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  • Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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    On behalf of all of us here at the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, we want to wish you a safe, restful Thanksgiving holiday.

    We know this year poses unique challenges for celebrating the holidays. That’s why we’ve compiled a series of #ThanksgivingTips to help you get through as safely as possible.

    These tips will be posted on our social media throughout the coming days, but as a newsletter subscriber, you get a first look!

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    Elderly Turkey Giveaway 11.23.20 (with video recap!)

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    We had an excellent time helping Jubilee Worcester and Friendly House distribute hundreds of pounds of food for the holidays! CMAA also contributed Senior Fraud Helpline materials to be included in the meal kits.

    Want to see a recap video? Click here to view!

    Senior Fraud HelpLine

    A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

    The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
    When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

    You are not alone.

    RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

    9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

    1-800-297-9760

     

    Central Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

    a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

    What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

    An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

    These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

    For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

  • Senior Connection Bulletin 11/25/20

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    Welcome to The Central MA Senior Connection Bulletin

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

    serves 61 towns and municipalities.

    We want to spread the word about excellent events

    and programs for senior citizens in our region.

    Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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    Zoom will be waiving their 40-minute time limit on Thanksgiving Day.

     

    That means you can talk with friends, family, and loved ones as long as you’d like!

    Get your favorite food together and share a virtual meal. It’s a great, safe way to meet!

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    FriendshipWorks invites family members, caregivers, and front-line workers to join in a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of those we have cared for, loved and lost during the past season.

    This is a special opportunity to listen, share, remember and honor those who have passed during this most challenging time. Our intention is to create a safe virtual environment where we can hold space for each other and honor the lives of our elder friends, volunteers, family and pets who we have lost over the last year. Readings will be given in English and in Spanish.

    Directly after the Service of Remembrance we will break out into small groups for a virtual coffee hour to continue the sharing and receive support from others.

    We invite you to share names and photographs. If you are unable to attend the event, and you would like us to share a name or photo of someone you have lost, please email otennyson@fw4elders.org.

    The Service of Remembrance will be held on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92564554542 and will also be broadcast LIVE on the FriendshipWorks’ Facebook page. The event is 3-4:30pm.

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    LUNENBERG

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    A friendly reminder that the Lunenberg Council on Aging offers a Dementia Caregivers Toolbox to help people find the resources and support they need. Located at the Eagle House Senior Community Center, the Lunenberg COA is an excellent local resource, especially for caregivers.

    If you’d like to receive a free tote bag, call 978-582-4166 to make arrangements to pick one up Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

    *Note: The COA will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the holiday.

    GARDNER

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    The Gardner Senior Center is pleased to announce a socially distant ‘Holiday Stroll’ (weather permitting). Meet at 1:00pm at the skating rink lot on Park Street. Treats for participants will follow the stroll.

    To RSVP, call 968-630-4067 and reserve your spot!

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    WORCESTER

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    The Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery presents The Cup Show.

    Join Worcester Center for Crafts on Saturday, November 27 from 10:00am-5:00pm for an afternoon of handmade cups and mugs from talented artists!

    Handmade cups are on view and available for purchase in the Krikorian Gallery (25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester) & online at wccgallerystore.com

     

    RUTLAND

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    Rutland’s 1st Annual Holiday House Decorating!

    Rutland Recreation has collaborated with the Rutland Historical Society, Rutland 4th of July Committee, CTMS, Glenwood and Naquag to bring you…

    Rutland’s first (and-sure-to-be-annual) Holiday House Decorating Contest!

    Your display can have any holiday theme you can cook up! Lights, inflatables, construction projects, live actors (Clark Griswold, crazy Uncle Eddy??)

    Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

    1. Creative Inflatables
    2. Traditionally Elegant
    3.Christmastime Cheer
    4.Clark Griswold Award

    Deadline to register to get on the map and be prize-eligible is 5PM on Wednesday, December 2nd.

    To register, the form on the town website and show your receipt of your $20 donation.

    Your display must be drive-by-spectator-ready for voting and viewing by Monday, December 7th.

    Displays must be fully lit (if applicable) nightly from dusk to 9pm (minimum) through Saturday, December 19th (weather permitting).

    Judging will be done by the public via a voting link that will be posted on Monday, December 7th. Prizes will be awarded to the best display in each category.

    Winners will by announced on Sunday, December 20th at noon.

     

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    BLACKSTONE

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    Mark your calendars for December 10th because the Blackstone Public Library is hosting an adult holiday ornament workshop!

    Learn how to use recycled light bulbs to create a fun holiday decoration from the comfort of your own home. Supplies will be provided except for glue guns and craft sealer spray.

    Registration is required to obtain a craft kit, which can be picked up using curbside delivery starting December 1st.

    Call the library at 508-883-1931 or this link. Hope to see you there!

    STURBRIDGE

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    Join the Sturbridge Recreation Committee for the 2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony this Friday, November 27th.

    The event begins at 6:00pm and will be available to watch on Facebook Live or on Sturbridge Community Television (Channel 191)

    For more information and updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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    What a way to kick off the week!

    We had an excellent time helping Jubilee Worcester and Friendly House distribute hundreds of pounds of food for the holidays! CMAA also contributed Senior Fraud Helpline materials to be included in the meal kits.

    Want to see a recap video? Click here to view!

    Senior Fraud HelpLine

    A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

    The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
    When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

    You are not alone.

    RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

    9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

    1-800-297-9760

     

    Central Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

    a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

    What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

    An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

    These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

    For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

  • Senior Connection Bulletin 11/19/20

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc. logo

    Welcome to The Central MA Senior Connection Bulletin

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

    serves 61 towns and municipalities.

    We want to spread the word about excellent events

    and programs for senior citizens in our region.

     

    Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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    MassSupport is a program funded by FEMA and managed with the Massachusetts DMH and Riverside Trauma Center. It is a free, anonymous, and confidential program that provides support and resources to caregivers.

    Sign up for one of their Caregiver Coping Groups by using the links below:

    ·    Thursday 11/19: 7 PM to 8:30 PM https://forms.gle/x6dcgjqSieL3fVBu5

    ·    Saturday 11/21: 10 AM to 11:30 AM https://forms.gle/iqsUjS1eq3KtniZUA

    ·    Waitlist: https://forms.gle/7P6uRa6FutXzETzC6

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    AYER

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    The 150th anniversary of Ayer is right around the corner on February 14th, of 2021. APAC is making an 150th anniversary video of the Town and would like your help putting the video together. Using your smart phones, we want you record yourself talking about Ayer. If you don’t want to record on your phone we can also set up a zoom call to record you. The goal is to put together a video collage of everyone in Ayer (residents, employees, and business owners) who make this town great! We also wants to know how the town has been a part of their lives.

    Here’s a list of things to choose from to talk about.:

    • Family History: Does your family have historic roots to the town? Talk about your family history, and if you have photos you want to go along with your interview please submit them with your video.
    • Personal History: When did you come to Ayer? How did the town change your life?
    • Town History: Are you on a town committee? Do you help preserve the integrity of the Ayer? Talk to us about it.
    • Business history: When did you set up your business? How did you become apart of the community?

    How to film your videos?

    • Contact APAC via email: ayerpaced@gmail.com or skurland@ayerpublicaccess.org.
    • They can walking you through using your cellphone to record and send a video.
    • They can set up a zoom interview.
    • They can also walk you through using your own camera if you have one.

    How to Send Your Video:

    CLINTON

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    The Clinton Senior Center has some excellent virutal opportunities for staying connected and active! Here are a few examples:

    • Bingo (Thursdays at 12:30pm)
    • Chair Yoga (Fridays at 12:30pm)

    The above programs are hosted through Zoom. Please call the Senior Center at 978-733-4747 for information about how to participate.

    SHIRLEY

    The Shirley Council on Aging Senior Center has announced that they are closing the Senior Center to the public to combat the spread of COVID-19. Here are some updates about their operations:

    • The Van is running for essential rides. Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered.
    • Social services and Outreach meetings are over the phone. If it is determined an in person meeting is needed, they will schedule an appointment.
    • Please leave a message when calling. 978-425-1390. They will return calls by the next business day.
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    BERLIN

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    The Berlin Council on Aging would like to remind senior residents that they have extra blankets and other supplies for winter time.

    To learn more, call 978-838-2750.

    LEICESTER

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    Virtual Pastel Paint Class: Georgia O’Keefe’s Miracle Flowers

    Join the Leicester Public Library on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm for a a virtual class with artist Greg Maichack.

    Greg will guide you through the process of creating your own unique work of art. Suitable for older teens, adults, and seniors. No previous experience necessary, all materials will be provided. Space is limited.

    Email library@leicesterma.org to reserve your spot in advance.

    BOYLSTON

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    The Tower Hill Botanic Garden is pleased to offer on-demand webinars of their program offerings. Everything from ‘Intro to Birding’ to ‘Native Shrubs – Colorful Throughout the Year’ is a mouse click away! Visit their website for more details.

    Note: each on-demand webinar has a small fee to offset costs ($7-$10).

     

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    SPENCER

    Did you know that Spencer Cable Access is broadcasting exercise classes from the Senior Center?

    From Tai Chi to yoga, there are tons of ways to get active and connected right from your own home!

    Visit the Spencer Cable Access On-Demand page to find broadcast times and watch recent episodes on-demand.

    To watch past episodes whenever you wish, visit www.youtube.com/user/SpencerCableAccess

    STURBRIDGE

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    Join the Sturbridge Recreation Committee for the

    2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 27th.

    The event begins at 6:00pm and will be available to watch on Facebook Live or on Sturbridge Community Television (Channel 191)

    For more information and updates, visit the Facebook event pageFor more information and updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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    Senior Fraud HelpLine

    A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

    The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
    When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

    You are not alone.

    RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

    9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

    1-800-297-9760

    Central Massachusetts

    Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

    a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

    What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

    An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

    These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

    For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

  • Senior Connection Bulletin 11/16/20

    Welcome to The Central MA Senior Bulletin!

     

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

    serves 61 towns and municipalities.

    We want to spread the word about excellent events

    and programs for senior citizens in our region.

     

    Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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    ASHBY

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    Join the Ashby Council on Aging at the Ashby Free Public Library (Central Library) for a free cup of coffee and a snack.

    You don’t even need to leave your vehicle!

     

    The Drive-Thru will be held this Friday, November 20th

    from 9:00-10:00am. 

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    GRAFTON

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    MILLBURY

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    SHREWSBURY

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    The In It Together Volunteer Group is looking for newly purchased gifts to distribute to local seniors during the holiday season. The program runs October 1 to December 1.

     

    Items can be dropped off at the front of the Shrewsbury Senior Center, located at 98 Maple Ave. There are designated bins for items. Remember, all items must be new with tags on.

     

    They are looking for:

    • holiday cards (handmade or bought)
    • non-skid socks
    • sugar-free candy
    • diet and regular ginger ale
    • adult coloring books
    • colored pencils
    • granola bars
    • cookies
    • cereal
    • peanut butter
    • crackers
    • Spam
    • large print crosswords
    • word search books
    • lotion
    • deodorant
    • toothbrushes and toothpaste
    • soap
    • coin purse
    • flashlight
    • stuffed animal
    • water
    • blankets
    • mittens
    • combs and brushes
    • toilet paper
    • paper towels
    • tissues
    • hand sanitizer
    • masks

     

    Questions? Email Paula at inittogether01545@gmail.com

    Boxes of non-perishable snacks including Jif to go cups

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    SUTTON

    Did you know that Sutton Public Access Television broadcasts a regularly schedule Senior Exercise Series?

     

    Airing times:

    Monday – Friday 10:30am

    Weekends 4:30pm

     

    Watch on:

    Charter 191/192/194

    Verizon 29/30/31

     

    UXBRIDGE

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    Join the Uxbridge Senior Center every Tuesday morning (8:30-10:00) for grocery shopping at Hannaford.

     

    Pick up begins at 8:30 AM. Please sign up in advance by calling  508-278-8622 to reserve your seat on the van.

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    Senior Fraud Hotline

    A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

     

    The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
    When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

     

    You are not alone.

     

    RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

    9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

    1-800-297-9760

     

    Central Massachusetts

    Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

    a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

     

    What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

    An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

    These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

     

    For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org