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.)