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  • 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!

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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 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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  • The Senior Bulletin – February 26, 2021

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

    We are excited to share new activities, resources, and opportunities with you this week! We’ll also be highlighting important updates about 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.)

    CMAA UPDATES

    Eldercare 2021 Goes Virtual

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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 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.

    CMAA Receives $16,500 From The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

    We are extending a big thank you to the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for recently awarding $16,500 to support grandparents raising grandchildren in North Central Massachusetts!

    “This pandemic has put enormous burdens on all families.  Thanks to our partnership with the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging scores of grandparents across North Central Massachusetts and the children they are raising will receive help to adjust to COVID conditions,” said Stephen Adams, President of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

    This will significantly help our Agency continue our efforts to reach older adults and families in need, particularly in the northern part of the region.

    Thank you for your support!

    “The State of Older Adults in Central Massachusetts”

    with Dr. Moses Dixon

    Our Executive Director, Dr. Moses Dixon, recently gave an address about the state of older adults in central Massachusetts. In the address, he highlighted the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the older populations in our region. He also discussed how the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging has responded to support local efforts during these challenging times.

    Click the play button above or click this link to watch!

    Produced and edited by Revelation 

    EVENTS AND MORE

    Uxbridge Senior Center

    The Uxbridge Senior Center, in collaboration with the UHS Student Council, and the National Residence Hall Honorary Bridgewater State University Campus, are offering FaceTime and Pen Pal Programs for seniors. This also include students from Taft Elementary School and local volunteers.

    Call 508-278-8622 to sign up and let the Center know if you prefer FaceTime or the Pen Pal Program.

    Spring Gardening Program with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens

    Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30pm via Zoom

    Join the experts of Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens for this virtual class on Herb Gardening.

    Let’s face it…. store bought herbs, either fresh or dried, can really put a strain on your wallet. Why not grow your own?

    This is a virtual class which will be held on the Zoom platform.

    Click here to register

    Medicare 101 Sessions

    The SHINE Program will be hosting Medicare 101 sessions via Zoom on:

    • March 2
    • March 9
    • March 16
    • March 23
    • March 30

    This is a great way to get introduced to Medicare!

    To register, visit shinema.org

    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 and older to vaccination appointments

    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!

    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.

    Black Vaccination Day

    March 10th

    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.