Month: May 2021

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 27, 2021

    Senior Connection Blog:

    5 Ways to Recognize Older Americans Month

    We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Senior Connection blog!

    Our latest post focuses on tips to support older adults in Central Massachusetts this Older Americans Month. Click here to read more!

    Help Us Make Worcester an Age-Friendly City!

    Guess what? Th Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with several community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly City!

    The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on: 

    Improving access to housing

    Caregiver support

    Community engagement

    Social inclusion

    Transportation

    And more!

    We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our collective efforts, including you!

    Help us make Worcester a livable place for everyone. Come join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and other organizations that have already committed.

    Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information or to get involved.

    CMAA Helps Support Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park

    This week, CMAA partnered with other community organizations and businesses to put on the Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park. It was an excellent opportunity to further vaccine equity efforts in Worcester while checking out the new WooSox stadium. We were so happy to see such a great turnout! Thanks to all who participated in or supported this event.

    Eldercare 2021 is LIVE!

     

    To watch Eldercare 2021 online, visit the CMAA Youtube page or click the video above.

    Looking to learn more? Our website also provides additional information, including presentation topics and community resources.

    Eldercare 2021 is 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 Health, UMass Medical School, UniBank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

    Memorial Day in Worcester

    The Worcester Veteran’s Council and the City of Worcester Division of Veterans’ Services will observe Memorial Day with the following ceremonies:

    • Sunday, May 30 at 1:00PM: Water Ceremony at Elm Park,
    • Monday, May 31 at 9:00AM: Memorial Day Observance and Remembrance Ceremony at Hope Cemetery, 119 Webster St.
    • Monday, May 31 at 11:00AM: Wreath Laying at Massachusetts Vietnam Memorial, Green Hill Park (Sponsored by the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial Board of Directors)
    • Monday, May 31 at 1:00PM: Wreath Laying at Korean War Memorial, 52 Foster St.

    Boylston Garden Club

    Memorial Day Plant Sale

    Begins Saturday, June 5th

    9:00am

    701 Main St Cir, Boylston, MA

    Support the Boylston Garden Club this June! This year’s sale will have a drive-by system and will be using an honor system payment method.

    The sale begins June 5th and continues for the next 7-8 days after. Wide variety of plants available!

    LEI Homework Hotline

    Do you know a K-12 student who could use homework help?

    The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University offers a homework hotline every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30pm-5:30pm!

    Bilingual LEI Staff will be available to tutor K-12 students in Literacy and Math via phone and Zoom.

    Phone: 1-646-876-9923

    Zoom Meeting ID: 970 5633 6191

    For more information, contact Carla Orellana at 508-798-6507 or corellana@worcester.edu.

    People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

        • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
        • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
        • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

    Social distancing and mask restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

    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 the site to reflect new information.
    • 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 also has COVID-19 vaccination information on our website. 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 scheduling a vaccination appointment.
    • Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

    FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

    The Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. Reach out and stay connected!

    Visit https://bit.ly/3tYrxny or call 833-511-0311 to learn more.

    Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    Did you know that the

    Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Emergency Housing Assistance during COVID-19?

    Learn more about the application process and eligibility by clicking here.

    FEMA Offering Support for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

    At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

    Applications for Funeral Assistance will be accepted through a dedicated call center:

    1-844-684-6333 | TTY: 1-800-462-7585

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

    For more details about eligibility and documentation needed, visit the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website by clicking here.

    (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.

  • 5 Ways to Recognize Older Americans Month

    An official “Older Americans Month” graphic which reads “Strengthen Our Community #OlderAmericansMonth”
    Source: Administration for Community Living

     

    Did you know over 50 million Americans are 65-and-over? This May, celebrate Older Americans Month with these helpful ideas:

     

    1. Learn about its history.
      Older Americans Month began in 1963 when the National Council of Senior Citizens met with John F. Kennedy. They advocated for the needs of older adults, which led to the month of May being designated as “Senior Citizens Month.” The name was ultimately changed to Older Americans Month.Every May, the Administration for Community Living encourages others to honor and acknowledge the contributions of older adults in the United States. It is a time to recognize and support the diverse aging populations of our communities. The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.”
    2. Connect with an older adult in your community.
      Senior isolation has been at an all-time high with the challenges and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As communities, we can work to combat this. There are many ways to safely interact with older adults including phone calls, letters, emails, smaller gatherings. Everyone’s communication style is different, but we all need connection.
    3. Volunteer.Want to give back? Find a local community organization, council on aging, or assisted living facility and see if there are any opportunities to volunteer. Spend your time supporting your neighbors. It makes our communities stronger when people help each other.
    4. Watch Eldercare 2021.If you’re looking to educate yourself further on issues impacting older adults, check out Eldercare 2021, presented by CMAA and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Eldercare 2021 is a virtual broadcast event which features presentations on topics ranging from elder law to senior mental health. It also has a collection of local resources to help you find answers and information. Click here to watch the program on Youtube.
    5. Help Worcester become Age-Friendly.We are partnering with local organizations, businesses, and community members to make Worcester a safe, inclusive place for all populations, particularly older adults. Our goal is to have Worcester become officially recognized as an Age-Friendly Community. The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on improving things like access to housing, support for caregivers, community engagement, social inclusion, and transportation. We’re looking for community members and organizations who are interested in these efforts, including you! For more information or to get involved, email Ethan Belding at ebelding@seniorconnection.org.

    No matter what you do, May is a time to honor and recognize the accomplishments and contributions older adults across the country. To learn more about Older Americans Month, visit the ACL website.

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 13, 2021

    Eldercare 2021 is LIVE!

    We’re pleased to announce that Eldercare 2021 is now available for viewing on access television stations across the region AND online.

    To watch Eldercare 2021 online, visit the CMAA Youtube page or click the video below.

    Looking to learn more? Our website also provides additional information, including presentation topics and community resources.

    Eldercare 2021 is 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.

    Congressman Jim McGovern Joins

    CMAA and Other Partners to Fight Food Insecurity

    CMAA is proud to support local efforts to promote food equity for older adults and families in our region. We are working with Yes We Care, Inc., the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester County Food Bank, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts to continue to bring free, farm-fresh food, snacks, and supplies to our communities. You can read more on MassLive about how our organizational partnerships are reimagining mutual assistance in Central Massachusetts.

    The Farmers to Families Food Box program distributes these items for FREE every Wednesday at Belmont AME Zion Church (55 Illinois Street, Worcester) from 11:30am-2:30pm. First come, first served.

    Watch our informational video about the program by clicking here!

     

    Clinton Senior Center Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise Program

    Tuesday, June 1st

    1:30pm

    Clinton Senior Center (271 Church Street, Clinton)

    Get your groove on Tuesday, June 1st with Rondae Drafts, PhD.abd, Executive Director of MUSIC Dance.edu for  “Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors!”

    Call the Clinton Senior Center at 978-733-4747 to register as space is limited.

    This program is brought to you by a grant through the Clinton Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    LEI Homework Hotline

    Do you know a K-12 student who could use homework help?

    The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University offers a homework hotline every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30pm-5:30pm!

    Bilingual LEI Staff will be available to tutor K-12 students in Literacy and Math via phone and Zoom.

    Phone: 1-646-876-9923

    Zoom Meeting ID: 970 5633 6191

    For more information, contact Carla Orellana at 508-798-6507 or corellana@worcester.edu.

    Senior Companion Volunteers Needed

    The Americorps Seniors, Senior Companion Program is in need of in-home companion volunteers to visit homebound older adults in the Worcester Area.

    If you are interested in learning more, contact Joy Rehfeld at 508-425-9187 or emailing jrehfeld@fcsm.org.

    This program is brought to you by Americorps Seniors, Family Services of Central Massachusetts, and Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

     

    People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

        • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
        • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
        • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

    It is immensely important to continue to follow social distancing and other guidelines even if you have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

     

     

    Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

    There are several ways to do so!

    • 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 also has COVID-19 vaccination information on our website. 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 scheduling a vaccination appointment.
    • Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

    Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    Did you know that the

    Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Emergency Housing Assistance during COVID-19?

    Learn more about the application process and eligibility by clicking here.

    FEMA Offering Support for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

    At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

    Applications for Funeral Assistance will be accepted through a dedicated call center:

    1-844-684-6333 | TTY: 1-800-462-7585

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

    For more details about eligibility and documentation needed, visit the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website by clicking here.

    (If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)

  • The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 07, 2021

    Congressman Jim McGovern Supports CMAA Food Equity Efforts and Other Organizations In Extending Food Box Program Set To Expire At End of May

    One of our region’s biggest issues is food insecurity, especially among our most vulnerable populations. That’s why we are proud to support the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program in Central Massachusetts.

    This program provides thousands of pounds of farm-fresh food to people across Central Massachusetts free of charge (73 tons since September 2020!). The official USDA program may be sunsetting at the end of the month, but with the mutual assistance of several local organizations, there will be no stoppage in this service.

    In fact, we’re looking to expand it!

     

    By supporting the Farmers to Families Food Box program, CMAA and our community partners at Yes We Care, the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester County Food Bank, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts are committed to furthering food equity for all.

     

    We were honored to see an outpouring of support during our press conference this week, which included remarks from Dr. Moses Dixon of CMAA, Pam Suprenant of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Rev. Clyde Talley of Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion, Jean McMurray of the Worcester County Food Bank, and Congressman Jim McGovern.

    Check out the full press conference below!

    Want to hear more about the program? MassLive has you covered!

    Click here to read the full article about this week’s announcement.

    Pictured left to right: Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank)

    Pictured left to right: Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank), Tom Slicklen (Provision Ministries), Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church)