Month: March 2021

  • 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.)

  • Bidder’s Conference – March 23, 2021

    The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is pleased to announce a

    Bidders’ Conference

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    10:00 AM

    Online

    LEGAL NOTICE

    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will hold a Bidders’ Conference on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM, online.

    If you are interested in attending, the meeting can be accessed at: https://meeting.windstream.com/j/1122756769?pwd=UHJoYzl2cVM0bVZNRXJ0OUlPNDI0dz09.

    The purpose of this Bidders’ Conference is to review FFY 2022 Priorities for funding under the Older Americans Act, the application process, including letters of intent, and highlight criteria used by the Planning and Allocations Committee in its review of proposals.

    Only organizations which submit a letter of intent that appropriately addresses the FFY 2022 Priorities will be invited to submit a full proposal.

    The Planning and Allocations Committee determines the type of services to be funded by the area agency under each priority. The Committee reserves the right to request interviews with any or all applicants. Applicants’ letters of intent will then be considered for the following areas:

    • III B Supportive Services
    • III C Regional congregate and home delivered meal services
    • III D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    With adequate notice, people with disabilities may request special accommodations (e.g. sign interpreter, sound system, etc.).

    For more information, please call CMAA at (508) 852-5539 V/TDD or

    1-800-244-3032. Website: www.seniorconnection.org

    EOE/AA

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – March 5, 2021

    Welcome to The Senior Bulletin, your weekly update for older adults in Central Massachusetts and their supporters.

    We have to new activities and resources to share with you this week, including the latest updates on our region’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

    (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.

    CMAA UPDATES

    CMAA and WCSO Team Up To Deliver 10,000 COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards

    This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging worked with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to deliver 500 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to the Worcester Senior Center in addition to several hundred cards for the Northborough Senior Center.

    Over the next few weeks, we will be delivering 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards in total to local senior centers 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 helping with this immense effort. Together, we can keep the older adults in our area a bit safer.

    CMAA Celebrates Women’s History Month

    Did you know that March is 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!

    Alternate text

    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 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

    Virtual Rally to Open Nursing Home Doors

    Join Consumer Voice on Friday, March 12th at 12:00pm ET for a rally commemorating the one year anniversary of the nursing home visitation ban.

    The rally will honor those we’ve lost and provide an opportunity to hear directly from residents and family members about their experiences during the lockdown.

    Click here for more information.

    Fitchburg Envision JFH Artwork Challenge

    Community members of Fitchburg are invited to submit artwork to the City’s Envision John Fitch Highway Artwork Challenge – depict your vision for a climate resilient corridor and be entered for a prize!

    Deadline: March 12th.

    For more details, visit the webpage: https://www.fitchburgma.gov/JFHProject

    CENTRAL MA RESOURCES FOR SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

    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

    Beginning March 11th, all K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Educators, child care workers, and K-12 school staff may book appointments at all 170 sites currently open to eligible residents in Massachusetts by visiting www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap.

    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.

    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.

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Black Vaccination Day is March 10th

    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.

    Need Help This Tax Season?

    Check out the AARP Tax-Aide Program

    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.

  • ‘File of Life’ cards

    This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging worked with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to deliver 500 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to the Worcester Senior Center in addition to several hundred cards for the Northborough Senior Center.

    Over the next few weeks, we will be delivering 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards in total to local senior centers 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.

    With the support of our Agency, these updated cards are now in the hands of hundreds of area seniors!

    Thank you to our community partners, like the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, for helping to continue this effort across our region.

    Together, we can keep the older adults in our area a bit safer.

    For the full story, check out Spectrum News 1’s coverage by clicking here!

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