On behalf of all of us here at the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, we want to wish you a safe, restful Thanksgiving holiday.
We know this year poses unique challenges for celebrating the holidays. That’s why we’ve compiled a series of #ThanksgivingTips to help you get through as safely as possible.
These tips will be posted on our social media throughout the coming days, but as a newsletter subscriber, you get a first look!
Elderly Turkey Giveaway 11.23.20 (with video recap!)
We had an excellent time helping Jubilee Worcester and Friendly House distribute hundreds of pounds of food for the holidays! CMAA also contributed Senior Fraud Helpline materials to be included in the meal kits.
Want to see a recap video? Click here to view!
Senior Fraud HelpLine
A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts
The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud.
When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.
You are not alone.
RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from
9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday
Central Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes
a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!
An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.
These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!
For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org
NOVEMBER 10, 2020
HONORING OUR BRAVE
The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is committed to supporting veterans near and far. For over 45 years, we’ve worked to help older Americans across Central Massachusetts get access to the resources they need. Read on to learn more about local events and happenings for this important holiday.
Massachusetts Veterans Day 2020
Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony, 10:00am
Featuring speakers and musical performances, remarks by Governor Baker, and more! The ceremony will be broadcast on Facebook pages for the Department of Veterans’ Services, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, and the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea as well as on the Commonwealth’s website.
Stream the ceremony online at: www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-veterans-day-2020
Fitchburg Access Television (FATV)
Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony, 11:00am
A livestreamed broadcast available online and your television!
If you reside in Fitchburg and have cable, watch on Comcast Channel 99 and Verizon Channel 37.
To view the broadcast online, visit live.Fatv.org and click on the ‘Government Live Stream’ button.
The City of Leominster and Leominster Veterans’ Services
Veterans Day Presentation, 11:00am
Due to the Governor of Massachusetts’ recent orders, in person attendees will be limited to staff, the Mayor, award recipients and a select few key participants. The ceremony can be watched on Leominster Access Television.
If you reside in Leominster and have cable, watch on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 34.
To view the broadcast online, visit Leominster.tv and watch at 11:00am.
Veterans Inc. presents:
Veterans’ Day Car Parade and Pancake Breakfast-To-Go!
Decorate your car in a patriotic theme and celebrate our veterans!
- 10:00am – Line up at Percy’s Appliance (19 Glennie Street, Worcester, MA)
- 10:30am – Parade Begins
- 11:00am – Parade Ends at Green Hill Park where there will be a WWI Memorial Unveiling
*COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced and participants must remain in their vehicle at all times. Limited numbers, so register today!
Old Sturbridge Village
Veterans’ Day Activities at The Village, 9:30am-4:00pm
Cost: All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day. (*up to 6 people). For non-military guests, Veterans Day activities are included with standard daytime admission or Village membership; Please make sure to reserve/purchase tickets before arriving!
Photo courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village
To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation’s military history. Listen to fife and drum music, watch musket and cannon demonstrations, and see how American military uniforms have changed over the past 200 years.
(Weather conditions could impact where and how certain activities take place. Visitors are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks when interacting with staff and other guests.)
A Note From the Sutton Senior Center/Sutton Food PantryIt’s important for senior citizens to know and trust anyone they accept assistance from during this difficult time. People with wonderful intentions are offering to volunteer and assist others with shopping and other errands. Unfortunately, scammers often prey on people during their most vulnerable times. Coronavirus-related scams targeting the elderly have been reported throughout the country. Some scammers claim to be from medical organizations with a COVID-19 vaccination and require over-the-phone payments to reserve a dose. Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus. Do not click on pop-ups or links from any sources you don’t recognize. Additionally, avoid charity scams or investment schemes involving research.As the Director of your Senior Center, I’m looking out for your safety by urging you to not accept help from anyone you don’t know. Local volunteers, not associated with the Senior Center, are offering to assist with banking, shopping, prescription pick-ups and in-home assistance.DO NOT provide your banking or prescription information to anyone you don’t personally know, and don’t let them in your home. If you’re approached by such a volunteer, politely say “thank you for thinking of me, however, the Sutton Senior Center has provided assistance for those of us in need.”All Sutton Senior Center volunteers are CORI checked and provide credible references. If you’re concerned about a local senior, are a senior in need, or would like to volunteer, please call us at 508-234-0703. The building is closed to the public but our services remain available.Michelle EdelsteinSutton Senior Center/Sutton Food Pantry19 Hough RoadSutton, MA 01590508-234-0703