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Below is a list of announcements, points of interest and other information. Each entry is posted in date order with the most recent date at the top. If you would like further information on the subject please email us at SeniorConnection.

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The Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15th and ends on December 7th

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Open Enrollment Appointments will begin in mid-October

Date Posted: 09-11-2017

Every year, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO) plans can change their premiums, co-pays, deductibles, formularies (list of drugs covered) and preferred pharmacies.  In the case of Medicare Advantage Plans, they can also drop providers from their Plan. It is important to review your options EVERY year to make sure you have the plan that works best for you for next year.  This year we are anticipating that there may be some new plans and choices for you to make.  Along with these new plans and choices, we expect there will be some aggressive marketing with an unusual high volume of plan-sponsored meetings.  REMEMBER!! YOU NEED TO BE SURE THAT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN AND OTHER PROVIDERS ARE COVERED IN THE PLANS NETWORK BEFORE YOU CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT MEDICARE PLAN.  YOU SHOULD ALSO BE SURE YOUR MEDICATIONS ARE COVERED AS WELL.

Assistance is available from the SHINE program.  Call your Senior Center and ask for a SHINE appointment.  Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.


We have scheduled 25 Medicare Update Meetings in the Central Massachusetts area.  Check with your local Senior Center to find a meeting near your home. Or check our website for a list of our local meetings.


The Central Mass Region has recently launched it website.  You can visit us on the web at Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.

Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you!  They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.  Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment.  You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3.  Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back.  During Open Enrollment, it may take a couple of days to return your call.   You can now visit us on the internet at



The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly cable TV program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up.  This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs.  If you do not see it on your local cable channel give, them call and ask about it.

Donors Fiscal Year 2016

Date Posted: 12-12-2016
Community Support  
AAA Northeast Notre Dame Home Care Center
Commonwealth of MA Employees Sunnyside Ford
Deborah Fins Associates, PC The Aging Space, Inc.
Financial Consulting Group Inc. Wong Dynasty Restaurant
Israel Real Estate Worcester Airport Limousine Service
Miller-Boria Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Northeast Insurance Agency  
Individual Donors  
Mr. Ronald Abraham Ms. Marian McGovern
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Babinski Ms. Nancy Meehan
Mr. & Mrs. Christian Baehrecke Ms. Elena Nasitano
Ms. Martha Bigelow Mr. Peter Neumann
Ms. Donna-Jo Burns Ms. Marie Newcomb
Ms. Elizabeth Callahan Mr. & Mrs. Eugene O'Rourke
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Castriotta Ms. Una Rice
Ms. Carole Cordiner Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rice
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeMarkey Ms. Carol Seager
Mr.& Mrs. Robert Dwyer Mr. Mark Watson
Ms. Theresa Eckstrom Ms. Rebecca Wild-Wesley
Mr. Alan Gootman  
Mr. Stephen Greenberg  
Mr. William Hardell  
Ms. Sona Hargrove  
Mr. Neil Isakson  
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lavin  
Mr. Bruce Leger   
Mr. Rocco Marino  
In Memory of: In-Kind Contributions
Al & Lillian Collier Ashdown Technologies, Inc
In Memory of Our Parents (Sonia Hargrove) Elder & Disability Law Advocates
Leonard & Sydell T. Israel Premiere Self Storage
Paul & Sue Leger TechSoup
Anna & Rocco Marino Microsoft
Gloria Abraham Mooradian  
Albert C. Nasitano  
Ellen Watson  
In Memory of Our Parents (Mr. & Mrs. Tom Wesley)  


Thank You Ashdown!

Date Posted: 10-17-2008


Contact: Robert Dwyer




14 October, 2004
West Boylston, MA

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA) is pleased to announce that Ashdown Technologies, Inc. (, web manager and host, has offered to temporarily underwrite an expanded Connection for Caregivers. This generous offer came as CMAA was prepared to downsize the website due to lack of funding. According to a statement from Ashdown,

"Ashdown Technologies, Inc. is a web design and hosting company that has been working closely with CMAA since 1998. The Connection for Caregivers website, including it’s interactive components, was developed with personnel from both organizations working hand-in-hand to offer a unique tool that met the needs of caregivers and the people they so courageously support.

Because of the effort and time invested in this project, we were very sad when we learned earlier this year that funding had run out for the site. Knowing the unique benefits of the site and not wanting to see it disappear, we began discussing how we could help. We quickly decided that offering our capabilities at no-charge was the right thing to do. To that end, as of September 1st, Ashdown Technologies began donating the necessary Internet services to keep the Connection for Caregivers website moving forward in its entirety. It is our great pleasure to be able to help CMAA and the community that they serve so well."

The Board and Staff of Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging would like to thank Ashdown Technologies, Inc. for its generous support of this important effort to educate and assist caregivers of elders.

Your help, however, is still needed to keep the Connection for Caregivers going. For more information on how you can help, go to, or call Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging at 508-852-5539V/TDD or 1-800-244-3032V/TDD.

For more information please click on the following link to email us

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