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  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 07, 2021

    Congressman Jim McGovern Supports CMAA Food Equity Efforts and Other Organizations In Extending Food Box Program Set To Expire At End of May

    One of our region’s biggest issues is food insecurity, especially among our most vulnerable populations. That’s why we are proud to support the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program in Central Massachusetts.

    This program provides thousands of pounds of farm-fresh food to people across Central Massachusetts free of charge (73 tons since September 2020!). The official USDA program may be sunsetting at the end of the month, but with the mutual assistance of several local organizations, there will be no stoppage in this service.

    In fact, we’re looking to expand it!

     

    By supporting the Farmers to Families Food Box program, CMAA and our community partners at Yes We Care, the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester County Food Bank, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts are committed to furthering food equity for all.

     

    We were honored to see an outpouring of support during our press conference this week, which included remarks from Dr. Moses Dixon of CMAA, Pam Suprenant of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Rev. Clyde Talley of Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion, Jean McMurray of the Worcester County Food Bank, and Congressman Jim McGovern.

    Check out the full press conference below!

    Want to hear more about the program? MassLive has you covered!

    Click here to read the full article about this week’s announcement.

    Pictured left to right: Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank)

    Pictured left to right: Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank), Tom Slicklen (Provision Ministries), Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church)

     

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – April 15, 2021

    Eldercare 2021 Updates

    (Including a Video Message From Dr. Dixon!)

    Check out this video message from our Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Moses Dixon, for more details about Eldercare 2021 (premiering May 3rd)!

    Our website also provides additional information about Eldercare, including presentation topics and community resources.

    You can also ‘like’ and follow our social media pages for updates about virtual vendors, community resources, and program sponsors throughout April and May.

    Eldercare 2021 is presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

    Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

     

    News and Updates

    Family Matters: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise and Here to Stay

    A new study reveals multigenerational living nearly quadrupled in the past decade, with the pandemic playing a strong role.

    Click here to read the full report and learn more.

    Local Events in Central Massachusetts

    State of the Lakes: 2020 and Beyond

    April 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm

    Virtual Event

    Join City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks to learn about the quality of Worcester’s recreational waters and the exciting projects aimed at keeping our lakes and ponds healthy and thriving.

    In this virtual presentation, they will be premiering 5 short videos providing an overview of their work at Bell Pond, Lake Qunisigamond, Coes Reservoir, and Indian Lake, as well as a summary of the City-wide efforts to keep Worcester’s Blue Spaces beautiful. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

    Learn more about the Lakes and Ponds Program at http://www.worcesterma.gov/water-sewer/recreational-waters.

    Register to receive the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145497070655

    Virtual Savvy Caregiver Training

    Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27

    June 3, 10

    Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

    Our friends at Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and Tri-Valley Inc. are holding a free six-week program for family and friends who are  actively caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

    Email lblack@tves.org or ddfoley@eswa.org to register!

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Information

    Beginning April 5th, all those who are 55 and older as well as those who have one certain medical condition are eligible.

    Beginning of April 19th, the vaccine will be available to the general public.

    Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

    Additionally, it is immensely important to continue to follow social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines even if you have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

     

    Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

    There are several ways to do so!

    • For online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. The state is regularly updating it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
    • For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.
    • CMAA also has COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.) Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!

    Your primary care provider can also be of great assistance when it comes to determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

    Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

    FEMA Offering Support for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

    At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

    Applications for Funeral Assistance will be accepted beginning on Monday, April 12, 2021 through a dedicated call center:

    1-844-684-6333 | TTY: 1-800-462-7585

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

    For more details about eligibility and documentation needed, visit the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website by clicking here.

    Gardner Regional Vaccination Clinic with Heywood Hospital

    The City of Gardner & Heywood Hospital Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Polish American Citizens Club will continue to announce upcoming vaccine appointments on the Gardner Health Department Facebook page as well as on the city website.

    To visit the website and learn more, click here.

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will share updates as they become available.

    (If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)

    To view past issues of ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol click here.

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – April 01, 2021

    CMAA and WCSO Distribute Over 1,000

    ‘File of Life Cards’ This Week!

    We’ve continued travelling across Central Massachusetts to distribute revised ‘File of Life’ cards to older adults. This week, we’ve distributed well over 1,000!

    What are ‘File of Life’ Cards?

    ‘File of Life’ cards contain valuable information about medications, prescriptions, and health conditions. They are magnetic cards that can be placed on a refrigerator for first responders to see during an emergency. With CMAA’s assistance, these updated cards now include a safe space to store COVID-19 Vaccination information! They are also available in Spanish.

    We made several stops in Athol and Gardner this week. Dr. Moses Dixon, CMAA staff members, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, The Mayor of Gardner, the Senior Citizens Director of Gardner, and the Executive Director of the Athol Council on Aging all joined in!

    CMAA and WCSO Gearing Up for

    Eldercare 2021

    The May 3rd premiere of Eldercare 2021 is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out our social media pages for updates about virtual vendors, community resources, and program sponsors throughout April and May.

    Our website also provides detailed information about Eldercare, including presentation topics and community resources.

    Presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

     

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

    Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

    Community Updates

    Franklin Public Library

    ‘Indoor Seed Starting Workshop’

    There are so many more varieties of vegetables than what the garden centers offer!

    On April 6th at 7:00pm, the Franklin Public Library and Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will show you everything you need to know about starting your own plants from seed.

    To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscO6sqDstGdw2l8CcAIbaqeX4D83nB2KM

    Writing Workshop with Worcester’s Poets Laureate

    Join the City of Worcester’s Poets Laureate Juan Matos and Amina Mohammed for a Poetry Writing Workshop on April 14th!

    Experienced poets and novices, teens and adults alike are invited to join this virtual workshop and hear the experiences of the Poets Laureate, who will share some of their works and guide attendees through creating their own poetry.

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, this Poetry Writing Workshop is hosted in partnership between the Worcester Public Library and the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division. For ages 16+

    More details available at mywpl.assabetinteractive.com.

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

    Beginning April 5th, all those who are 55 and older as well as those who have one certain medical condition are eligible.

    Beginning of April 19th, the vaccine will be available to the general public.

    Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

    Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

    There are several ways to do so!

    • For online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. The state is regularly updating it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
    • For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.
    • CMAA also has COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.) Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!

    Your primary care provider can also be of great assistance when it comes to determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

    Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

    Gardner Regional Vaccination Clinic with Heywood Hospital

     

    The City of Gardner & Heywood Hospital Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Polish American Citizens Club will continue to announce upcoming vaccine appointments on the Gardner Health Department Facebook page as well as on the city website.

    To visit the website and learn more, click here.

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will share updates as they become available.

    (If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)

    To view past issues of ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol click here.

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – March 19, 2021

    Welcome to The Senior Bulletin, a newsletter filled with important updates for older adults and their supporters across Central Massachusetts!

    CMAA and WCSO Continue with

    COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards Distribution

    Our efforts to get 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to older adults across the region continued this week up in Northern Central Massachusetts!

    This week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office went up to Leominster and Fitchburg to distribute hundreds more cards.

    ‘File of Life’ cards contain important medical information for first responders in the event of an emergency call. They are now a great place to store COVID-19 vaccine information and can be hung up right on a refrigerator!

    Thank you again to our community partners, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

    Learn More About Eldercare 2021

    Want to know more about this year’s Eldercare program?

    Look no further!

    Our latest poster highlights speakers and presentation topics for you. Check it out!

    We’ll be broadcasting the event online and across the region on access television stations starting on May 3rd.

    Presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

    Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

    RMV Extends Senior Hours Through April

    The RMV will extend their Senior Hours on Wednesdays through April for customers who need to conduct RMV transactions.

    To sign up for an appointment, call the RMV at 857-368-8005 or email the RMV at MassDOTRMVSeniors@dot.state.ma

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

    Beginning March 22nd, people over the age of 60, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, agricultural workers, meatpackers, and other foodservice workers will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

    Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

    There are several ways to do so!

    • For online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. The state is regularly updating it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
    • For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.
    • CMAA has also added COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!

    Your primary care provider can also be of great assistance when it comes to determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

    New Regional Vaccination Site in Uxbridge

    Starting March 22nd, the former McCloskey Middle School in Uxbridge will be a regional collaborative vaccination site.

    Learn more about the new Uxbridge regional vaccine center by clicking here!

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – March 11, 2021

    Welcome to another edition of The Senior Bulletin, a weekly update for older adults in Central Massachusetts and their allies.

    We have been so excited to see sunny weather this week and hope you are all doing well. Remember to roll your clocks ahead this Sunday for Daylight Savings Time!

     

    Read on for local events, updates, and the latest COVID-19 vaccine information.

     

    To view ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol” click here.

    CMAA UPDATES

    CMAA and WCSO Deliver 1,000

    COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards to Southbridge Area

    This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging worked with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Harrington Healthcare, and the Southbridge Casaubon Senior Center  to deliver 1,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to older adults in the Southbridge area.

    This stop was part of our effort to deliver 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to local senior centers and aging service access points across Central Massachusetts!

    ‘File of Life’ cards contain important medical information for first responders in the event of an emergency call. These cards now also provide a safe place for seniors to store their COVID-19 vaccination information.

    Thank you to our community partners, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, for this collaboration. We are excited to continue serving the seniors in our region!

    CMAA Celebrates Women’s History Month

    Each day on our social media, we will be highlighting a woman in history whose has made an impact on women’s history.

    Follow us on social media to learn more about these important individuals! Click the social media buttons below to be directly connected to our accounts.

    Eldercare 2021 Is Coming Soon!

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    Mark your calendars for May 3, 2021 because #ElderCare2021 is coming to a screen near you!

    Learn about local resources and information for older adults in Central Massachusetts virtually. We’ll be broadcasting the event online on our Youtube page and across the region on access television stations starting on May 3rd.

    Presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

    EVENTS AND MORE

    Leominster Senior Center Drive-Thru St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

    The Leominster Senior Center will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Drive Thru Lunch on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:00pm.

    Space is limited, so contact the Senior Center at (978) 534-7511 to reserve your spot!

    Clinton Senior Center Zumba at St. John’s Gym

    Join the Clinton Senior Center on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm for an hour of Zumba!

    St. John’s Gym is located at 149 Chestnut Street in Clinton.

    To sign-up, contact the Clinton Senior Center at 978-733-4747.

    Winchendon History and Cultural Center Looking for Volunteer Tour Guides

    The Winchendon History and Cultural Center is looking for volunteers to give tours of their buildings for this season. No experience necessary. They’ll show you what to do!.

    Message them on their Facebook page or call 978-833-3025 for more information!

     

    CENTRAL MA RESOURCES

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    Currently, the following groups are eligible for vaccinations:

    • people listed in Phase 1
    • people age 65 and older
    • people over the age of 16 with 2+ certain medical conditions
    • caregivers accompanying people 75+ to vaccination appointments
    • adults who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing

    • K-12 educators, child care workers, and K-12 school staff

    Please note that vaccine supplies are very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

    Here is a link to information about what medical conditions are currently eligible in the current phase: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-individuals-with-certain-medical-conditions

    Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

    There are several ways to do so!

    For online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.

    The state is regularly updating it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.

    The state is also rolling out a pre-registration link to be notified when it’s your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination location. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment

    For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.

    CMAA has also added COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!

    Your primary care provider and local senior center can also be of great assistance when it comes to determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

    For our friends in Uxbridge, Mendon, Douglas, and Northbridge

    The Uxbridge Board of Health now has a COVID-19 Vaccine Notification form available! Click here to access the form.

    If you are a resident or an employee who works in Uxbridge, Mendon, Douglas, or Northbridge and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine, please compete this form so they can notify you when a clinic becomes available to you. You can fill out this form on behalf of someone else. If you are inquiring about several individuals, please fill out one form for each individual. Notifications will be sent by email.

    The state is closely following a Vaccine Distribution Plan. The vaccine is being distributed in order of Priority identified in the plan. They will use the information gathered in this form to provide you updates on where and when you can receive the vaccine. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine is found at www.mass.gov/vaccine.

    For those with concerns about the safety of the vaccine or what information can be trusted, we have found an excellent resource to answer your questions.

    The state of Massachusetts has a very thorough information section about what the vaccine is comprised of, how it works to protect you against COVID-19, and more.

    Visit www.mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax to learn more.

    The AARP Tax-Aide Program Is Available to Help You Navigate Tax Season!

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who have low to moderate income.

    Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments using a variety of methods based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability. Visit aarp.org/taxaide for more details.

    (If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)