Category: News

  • Medicare Savings Programs – Find out if you qualify

    From the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and MassHealth:

    “A new state law in Massachusetts is expanding several Medicare Savings Programs (also known as “MassHealth Buy-In” Programs). These programs help older residents and people living with disabilities save money on their Medicare coverage. On January 1, 2020, more people are now able to get help paying for Medicare…” (From Medicare Savings Program release)

    The following link gives you more information, and three easy steps to see if you qualify:

    Medicare Savings Program Information January 1, 2020

  • Modifying Your Home For Healthy Aging

    Research shows that most older adults want to live in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Aging at home brings with it many benefits—both to older adults and the communities in which they live. A longtime home is a place of comfort and memories—and can be a source of connections to family members, neighbors, friends, places of worship, community groups, familiar shops, and health providers. However, most homes were not built to support the mobility, sensory and cognitive changes that often accompany aging. As one ages, everyday tasks such as climbing the stairs, standing up in the shower, getting in and out of the bathtub, and reaching objects in kitchen cabinets or other places in the home can become more difficult.” (From the Eldercare Locator website)

    n4a and the Eldercare Locator have partnered with the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology on the 2019 Home for the Holidays campaign, which focuses on home modifications. This national public education campaign aims to ensure that older adults and their caregivers are aware of the many services and programs available in communities around the country to support them as they modify their homes for successful aging. (From the n4a website)

    For more information please click the following links-

    n4a Home Modification webpage

    Home Modification Brochure from the website

    Eldercare Locator Website

  • Worcester Senior Center

    Free Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshops

    Honoring Choices is hosting free Ambassador Workshops – open to all care providers- in Worcester, South Shore, and Western MA. Everyone is welcome!

    South Shore
    Oct 24. Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Ambassador Workshop
    9:00 am-10:30 am, Season Hospice & Palliative Care, Norwood.
    Register Here.  Download the Flyer.

    Worcester & Central MA
    Oct 22.  Worcester Senior Center Ambassador Workshop
     9:00 am- 10:30 am, Worcester Senior Center, Worcester
    Register Here.    Download the Flyer.

    Springfield & Western MA
    Nov 20. Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum (TICCC) Workshop
    2:00- 4:00 pm, Baystate Medical Center Education Facility. 

    Register Here     Download the Flyer

  • Innovation for the Wellbeing of Older Adults Mini-Grants

    Background: On June 12, 2019, Central Mass Area on Aging (CMAA) in collaboration with the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Association will host the 21st Annual ElderCare 2019 event. As a result of our generous sponsors, we were able to raise funds that we are redistributing back into the community through this Mini-Grant opportunity. We plan to provide 15-20 Mini-Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000.

    Eligibility: Eligible organizations must be a non-profit with a 501 (c) 3 status located in the Central MA region and serve older adults.

    Funding Criteria: The primary goal of this funding opportunity is to advance the wellbeing of older adults living in the Central MA region using innovative approaches to fill gaps in programs and services. The intent of the funds are to activate a project or program and should not be used to supplement existing programs or services already in place.

    Successful projects will be weighted on the following scoring criteria:

    • Advancement of the wellbeing or older adults in Central MA
    • A strong evidence of need for the project or program
    • Innovativeness of the approach
    • Ability to fill a need that current isn’t being addressed in the region

    CMAA will follow up with awardees to get an overview of how the project or program impacted the wellbeing of older adults in Central MA. A short success story should be submitted to CMAA highlighting positive results and pictures from the project or program that will be shared with partners as part of a press release and posted on social media platforms.

    Grant Timeline: Below is a list of key dates for this opportunity.

    Opportunity Release Date: June 10, 2019
    Grant Due Date: July 12, 2019
    Award date: July/August
    Final Report Due Date: Upon completion of program

    Submission Instructions: Located on Application

    Please contact Vanessa Ramos at or call 508-852-5539 if you have any questions about this opportunity.

    Click Here to Download Mini Grant Letter….

    Click Here to Download Mini Grant Application…