Month: January 2021

  • CMAA Senior Bulletin – Jan. 21, 2021

    Central MA Local Happenings

    Blackstone Valley

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    “Building a Ballpark” A discussion with Larry Lucchino & Janet Marie Smith,
    dicussion about Polar Park

    Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber for a one hour session with Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith on Tuesday January 26th 2021 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

    The session is a free live Zoom webinar.

    Larry Lucchino is Chairman and Principal Owner of the Worcester Red Sox.
    Janet Marie Smith serves as Executive Vice President of Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    You will learn about the magic behind “Building a Ballpark” the powerful relationship between Lucchino and Smith that has built iconic ballparks, and what the dynamic duo has planned for Worcester.

    Presentation will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link one day prior to event.

    To sign up, contact the  Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
    (508) 234-9090 or administrator@blackstonevalley.org

    Bolton

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    The Bolton COA presents “Songbirds of the Northeast” with John Root (Naturalist)

    The free virtual program will take place on January 26th at 11:00am.

    To register, call Heather at 978-779-3314 or email hgoodsell@townofbolton.com

    Medway

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    Medway COA is offering online exercise classes for ALL levels (from stretching to full workouts). Both fitness instructors are wonderful and will work with you if you have specific needs or goals.

    Please contact CRiley@townofmedway.org for more information.

    Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    There are a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. We’re here to help give you the best information directly from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

    *Note: this information is subject to change. It is best to consult the state website for the most up-to-date information about the vaccination process.

    Who is able to be vaccinated now?

    We are currently in Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution process. This means groups like clinical health workers, long-term care communities, congregate care settings, and emergency services are currently being prioritized for vaccination. Click here for a comprehensive list of the groups in each phase of the COVID-19 vaccination timeline.

    Not eligible for Phase 1 vaccination?

    Based on state information, the Department of Public Health aims to begin Phase 2 in February/March 2021. This means individuals with 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications), individuals age 75+, and residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing will begin receiving vaccines.

    Where can someone go to get vaccinated?

    There are several vaccination sites available across the state, including Gardner, Leominster, Southbridge, and Worcester. These vaccination sites are only for groups deemed eligible for Phase 1. To download a list of vaccination sites or view a map of vaccination locations, click here. The information is towards the bottom of the page.

    Have additional questions?

    The Department of Health has many frequently asked questions on their website ranging from vaccine safety to what the vaccination experience is like. Click here to be directed to their FAQ page.

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    FCC Seeks Input on Providing Broadband Services and Devices to Low-Income Households

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to provide broadband service and devices to low-income households. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the FCC to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The program will pay up to $50 for a broadband connection per qualifying household. On Tribal lands, that monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. The program will also purchase a device (such as a phone, laptop, or tablet) to connect to the Internet up to $100 of the cost of the device so long as the household contributes no less than $10 and no more than $50 for the device. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided.

    Find more information about this request for comment.

    Comments are due by February 16. Comments and replies may be filed electronically via ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/ecfs.

    All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 20-445. Filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. Comments may be filed by paper or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

    Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.

    Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

    U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 45 L St, NE, Washington, DC 20554.

    People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).

    CMAA Updates

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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 and across the region on cable access 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, WTAG News Radio,

    and The Vitality Magazine

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    CMAA Updates

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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 and across the region on cable access! More details to come.

    Presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester District Attorney’s Office,

    Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, WTAG News Radio,

    and The Vitality Magazine

    Central MA Local Happenings

    Across Our Region

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    Have you heard of the SilverSneakers program?

    It’s an great way for people who are 65+ to get active and moving!

    Many places in our area host virtual group workouts using this program, so give your local senior center/council on aging a ring to find out.

    To learn more about this program and view online offerings, click here.

    Ashby

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    On Friday, January 15th from 9:00am-10:00am, swing by the front of the Ashby Library and grab a free cup of joe and a freshly made donut!

    For safety, please stay in your car. Coffee and donuts will be delivered to you.

    Worcester

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    The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Community Breakfast, traditionally held at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, will be held virtually on Monday, January 18th at 8:00am.

    This year’s guest speaker will be Rev. John H. Vaughn, Executive Pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the home church for Dr. King.

    The program will feature the release of the first Worcester “Black History Moment” — a video presentation of the Worcester Black History Project in collaboration with the Worcester Historical Museum; Greetings from the Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty; and Awarding of the Martin Luther King Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    The link to view the virtual breakfast on Monday, January 18, 2021, @ 8:00 AM will be: www.qcc.edu/mlk .

    For more information contact Selina Boria at Sboria@qcc.mass.edu or 508 854-4368

    Franklin

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    The Franklin Senior Center is proud to present…

    TELE-BINGO!

    Mon & Thurs at 1:00 PM

    Join via phone call, no computer needed! We’ll provide a kit with everything you need to play. Call the Franklin Senior Center to sign up.

    Call-in telephone number for bingo is: 508-206-8603

    Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

    MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach Program

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    FCC Seeks Input on Providing Broadband Services and Devices to Low-Income Households

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to provide broadband service and devices to low-income households. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the FCC to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The program will pay up to $50 for a broadband connection per qualifying household. On Tribal lands, that monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. The program will also purchase a device (such as a phone, laptop, or tablet) to connect to the Internet up to $100 of the cost of the device so long as the household contributes no less than $10 and no more than $50 for the device. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided.

    Find more information about this request for comment.

    Comments are due by February 16. Comments and replies may be filed electronically via ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/ecfs.

    All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 20-445. Filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. Comments may be filed by paper or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

    Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.

    Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

    U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 45 L St, NE, Washington, DC 20554.

    People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).

  • CMAA Senior Bulletin – Jan 6, 2021

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    CMAA Updates

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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 and across the region on cable access!

    Presented by:

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

    Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

    Sponsored by:

    Joseph D. Early Jr. of the Worcester District Attorney’s Office,

    Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, WTAG News Radio, and The Vitality Magazine

    Central MA Local Happenings

    Grafton

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    Fitchburg

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    The Fitchburg Senior Center is now offering copies of “The Little Bird”, a newsletter where each issue focuses on a specific theme. Examples of topics range from The California Gold Rush, The Great Molasses Flood, and more! This publication is edited by Nancy Franks, a frequent presenter at senior centers and retirement communities around Massachusetts. She’s taken her extensive knowledge virtual during this time of isolation.

    Call the Fitchburg Senior Center at (978) 829-1790 to receive your copy.

    Worcester

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    WORCESTER SENIOR CENTER: INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY

    LEARN TO USE ZOOM

    You have heard the term and maybe even participated in a Zoom meeting. Now learn the basics to stay in touch with family and friends!

    Join Richard Spool, WSC participant and QCC professor of Computer Literacy who will conduct 3 sessions:

    Session 1: Wed. Jan. 13, 2021

    10am-11am: Intro to New Zoom Users

    Session 2: Wed. Jan. 20, 2021

    10am-11am: Creating and using a Zoom Account

    Session 3: Wed. Jan. 27, 2021

    10am-11am: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

    Participants need to know how to use the Zoom invite to participate in the sessions. Ample time for questions and answers throughout the sessions will be given.

    After registering by emailing lapins@worcesterma.gov, you will

    receive Zoom links, hand-outs to print and links to related websites.

    Sessions will be recorded to add to the Channel 192 and WSC playlists.

    Space is limited, so sign up today!

    Medway

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    The Friends of Medway Elders, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, is looking for applicants for its Board of Directors. If you would like to apply to this Board and help the Medway Seniors, please submit a letter of intent by January 10th 2021.

    Please contact the Center at (508) 533-3210 if you have any questions.

    Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

    MassSupport Caregiver Coping Groups

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