Month: June 2019

  • Innovation for the Wellbeing of Older Adults Mini-Grants

    Background: On June 12, 2019, Central Mass Area on Aging (CMAA) in collaboration with the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Association will host the 21st Annual ElderCare 2019 event. As a result of our generous sponsors, we were able to raise funds that we are redistributing back into the community through this Mini-Grant opportunity. We plan to provide 15-20 Mini-Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000.

    Eligibility: Eligible organizations must be a non-profit with a 501 (c) 3 status located in the Central MA region and serve older adults.

    Funding Criteria: The primary goal of this funding opportunity is to advance the wellbeing of older adults living in the Central MA region using innovative approaches to fill gaps in programs and services. The intent of the funds are to activate a project or program and should not be used to supplement existing programs or services already in place.

    Successful projects will be weighted on the following scoring criteria:

    • Advancement of the wellbeing or older adults in Central MA
    • A strong evidence of need for the project or program
    • Innovativeness of the approach
    • Ability to fill a need that current isn’t being addressed in the region

    CMAA will follow up with awardees to get an overview of how the project or program impacted the wellbeing of older adults in Central MA. A short success story should be submitted to CMAA highlighting positive results and pictures from the project or program that will be shared with partners as part of a press release and posted on social media platforms.

    Grant Timeline: Below is a list of key dates for this opportunity.

    Opportunity Release Date: June 10, 2019
    Grant Due Date: July 12, 2019
    Award date: July/August
    Final Report Due Date: Upon completion of program

    Submission Instructions: Located on Application

    Questions:
    Please contact Vanessa Ramos at Vramos@seniorconnection.org or call 508-852-5539 if you have any questions about this opportunity.

    Click Here to Download Mini Grant Letter….

    Click Here to Download Mini Grant Application…

  • SHINE

    NEWS FROM SHINE FOR JULY/AUGUST 2019

    Staying Healthy with No Cost Medicare
    Preventative Benefits

    An important goal for Medicare is to help people stay healthy by encouraging prevention.  Medicare provides a number of preventive services.  These services are free whether you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, like an HMO.

    Some of these services include:

    • Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)
    • Mammograms
    • Pap tests and pelvic exams
    • Prostate cancer screening
    • Bone mass measurements
    • Cardiovascular screening
    • Flu and pneumonia shots
    • Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
    • Depression screening
    • Obesity screening and counseling

    There are very specific rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services.  For a complete list of free preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor.

    THIS IS OUR NEWLETTER FOR JULY AND AUGUST.  WE WISH ALL OUR READERS A VERY HAPPY SUMMER SEASON. REMEMBER YOU CAN STAY UP TO DATE ON OUR WEBSITE: www.shinema.org

    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.  You can now visit us on the internet at shinema.org

    CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE

    You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs. We also have a link to our very informative cable TV program Medicare and More.