Month: December 2020

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren During the Pandemic

    Watch Spectrum News video at https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2020/12/24/grandparents-raising-grandchildren

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working to help grandparents raising grandkids.

    The nonprofit focuses on seniors serving 61 cities and towns across Central Massachusetts.

    Executive Director, Dr. Moses Dixon, said the pandemic can be an especially challenging time for older caregivers because of the technology kids are using for remote learning.

    “The grandparents that are raising the grandkids, or are having to homeschool them which is a difficult challenge for them since a lot of them are not technology savvy. So we reached out to a number of funders and other entities to support us to be able to support these grandparents during this difficult time as well as going into the holiday season where there is a lot of mental health challenges not only among the grandparents but also the grandkids,” said Dr. Dixon.

    The agency is offering scholarships in partnership with the Elder Services of Worcester for up to $300 per family.

    For more information you can call 508-756-1545.​

    https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2020/12/24/grandparents-raising-grandchildren

  • The Central MA Senior Bulletin

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    CMAA Updates

    Recently, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, including Executive Director Moses Dixon, visited senior centers across Worcester County to deliver hundreds of cold weather items and goodies as part of the Central MA Elder Coat Drive.

    Curious about how our stops went?

    Click the play button below and find out!

    Having trouble watching? No worries!

    We’ve also posted the video to our Facebook page.

    CMAA Events

    Join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and Jarelys Yoga on Tuesday, December 22nd at 2:00pm for an hour of yoga for older adults and caregivers. This time right on your Facebook!

    To participate, visit the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging Facebook page on December 22nd and watch the Facebook Live starting at 2:00pm. Jarelys will guide us through stretching and functional movement to get rid of built up tension.

    This free class is a great way to shake out the stress of the year!

    Participants will need:

    • comfortable space to practice
    • comfortable clothes to move in
    • chair to sit
    • journal for contemplation
    • rolled-up sock or tennis ball
    • Internet to access the event
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    Central MA Local Happenings

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    West Boylston

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    Uxbridge

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    Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

    Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren or other family? Looking for help paying the bills and affording the holidays?

    Consider the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Season Scholarship.

    This scholarship provides up to $300 per eligible family for expenses related to holiday gifts, food security, winter clothes, utilities, and more!

    Email Deb Dowd-Foley at ddfoley@eswa.org or call 508-756-1545 x390 for more details.

    This program is generously funded by the Reliant Foundation and collaborative effort between Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc.

     

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  • Central MA Elder Coat Drive

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    The Central Massachusetts

    Agency on Aging Gives Back:

    Central MA Elder Coat Drive 

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging continues to offer support for efforts to help seniors across Central Massachusetts through its partnership with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

    With a donation of $12,000, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging was able to help get the Elder Coat Drive the traction it needed amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “But how did you get 2500 coats delivered to everyone?”

    Very carefully and strategically!

    Check out our photo highlights and recap video to see how we helped with this effort.

    Central MA Elder Coat Drive Highlights

    This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging visited senior centers in Sterling, Leicester, Worcester, Millbury, Sutton, and West Boylston to deliver hundreds of cold weather items and goodies.

    (Sheriff Lew Evangelidis joined in on the fun too!)

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    Curious about how our stops went?

    Click the play button below and find out!

    Having trouble watching? No worries!

    We’ve also posted the video to our Facebook page.