The CMAA Senior Bulletin – April 01, 2021

CMAA and WCSO Distribute Over 1,000

‘File of Life Cards’ This Week!

We’ve continued travelling across Central Massachusetts to distribute revised ‘File of Life’ cards to older adults. This week, we’ve distributed well over 1,000!

What are ‘File of Life’ Cards?

‘File of Life’ cards contain valuable information about medications, prescriptions, and health conditions. They are magnetic cards that can be placed on a refrigerator for first responders to see during an emergency. With CMAA’s assistance, these updated cards now include a safe space to store COVID-19 Vaccination information! They are also available in Spanish.

We made several stops in Athol and Gardner this week. Dr. Moses Dixon, CMAA staff members, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, The Mayor of Gardner, the Senior Citizens Director of Gardner, and the Executive Director of the Athol Council on Aging all joined in!

CMAA and WCSO Gearing Up for

Eldercare 2021

The May 3rd premiere of Eldercare 2021 is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out our social media pages for updates about virtual vendors, community resources, and program sponsors throughout April and May.

Our website also provides detailed information about Eldercare, including presentation topics and community resources.

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

Community Updates

Franklin Public Library

‘Indoor Seed Starting Workshop’

There are so many more varieties of vegetables than what the garden centers offer!

On April 6th at 7:00pm, the Franklin Public Library and Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will show you everything you need to know about starting your own plants from seed.

To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscO6sqDstGdw2l8CcAIbaqeX4D83nB2KM

Writing Workshop with Worcester’s Poets Laureate

Join the City of Worcester’s Poets Laureate Juan Matos and Amina Mohammed for a Poetry Writing Workshop on April 14th!

Experienced poets and novices, teens and adults alike are invited to join this virtual workshop and hear the experiences of the Poets Laureate, who will share some of their works and guide attendees through creating their own poetry.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, this Poetry Writing Workshop is hosted in partnership between the Worcester Public Library and the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division. For ages 16+

More details available at mywpl.assabetinteractive.com.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Beginning April 5th, all those who are 55 and older as well as those who have one certain medical condition are eligible.

Beginning of April 19th, the vaccine will be available to the general public.

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 also has 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.

Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

Gardner Regional Vaccination Clinic with Heywood Hospital

 

The City of Gardner & Heywood Hospital Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Polish American Citizens Club will continue to announce upcoming vaccine appointments on the Gardner Health Department Facebook page as well as on the city website.

To visit the website and learn more, click here.

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will share updates as they become available.

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

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