The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 27, 2021

Senior Connection Blog:

5 Ways to Recognize Older Americans Month

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Senior Connection blog!

Our latest post focuses on tips to support older adults in Central Massachusetts this Older Americans Month. Click here to read more!

Help Us Make Worcester an Age-Friendly City!

Guess what? Th Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with several community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly City!

The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on: 

Improving access to housing

Caregiver support

Community engagement

Social inclusion

Transportation

And more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our collective efforts, including you!

Help us make Worcester a livable place for everyone. Come join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and other organizations that have already committed.

Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information or to get involved.

CMAA Helps Support Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park

This week, CMAA partnered with other community organizations and businesses to put on the Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park. It was an excellent opportunity to further vaccine equity efforts in Worcester while checking out the new WooSox stadium. We were so happy to see such a great turnout! Thanks to all who participated in or supported this event.

Eldercare 2021 is LIVE!

 

To watch Eldercare 2021 online, visit the CMAA Youtube page or click the video above.

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 Health, UMass Medical School, UniBank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

Memorial Day in Worcester

The Worcester Veteran’s Council and the City of Worcester Division of Veterans’ Services will observe Memorial Day with the following ceremonies:

  • Sunday, May 30 at 1:00PM: Water Ceremony at Elm Park,
  • Monday, May 31 at 9:00AM: Memorial Day Observance and Remembrance Ceremony at Hope Cemetery, 119 Webster St.
  • Monday, May 31 at 11:00AM: Wreath Laying at Massachusetts Vietnam Memorial, Green Hill Park (Sponsored by the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial Board of Directors)
  • Monday, May 31 at 1:00PM: Wreath Laying at Korean War Memorial, 52 Foster St.

Boylston Garden Club

Memorial Day Plant Sale

Begins Saturday, June 5th

9:00am

701 Main St Cir, Boylston, MA

Support the Boylston Garden Club this June! This year’s sale will have a drive-by system and will be using an honor system payment method.

The sale begins June 5th and continues for the next 7-8 days after. Wide variety of plants available!

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.

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.

Social distancing and mask 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 online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. The state is regularly updating the site to reflect new information.
  • 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!

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. Reach out and stay connected!

Visit https://bit.ly/3tYrxny or call 833-511-0311 to learn more.

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.)

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