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Councils on Aging Update

Updated August 6, 2020 The information here is valid as of August 6, 2020, but is subject to change. Please confirm service availability with your COA. Some COAs and Senior Centers are opening on a limited basis and by appointment only. Others remain closed and project staying closed through the summer. This document will be…
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Hurricanes & Covid-19

July 31, 2020 August 1 is the first day of the peak hurricane season (August-September).  While the last hurricane in Massachusetts was Bob in 1991, the Commonwealth has a history of destructive hurricanes. In 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above normal hurricane season. Regardless of the seasonal forecast and the…
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Elder Abuse & Covid-19

Jul 24, 2020 According a study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, 11% of the 5,000 adults age 60 and over who were surveyed reported some form of mistreatment. Of those who reported physical mistreatment only 31% had reported it to authorities. Social isolation is a known risk factor for elder abuse. The social…
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Heat Safety

July 18, 2020 It feels like we’ve arrived at the “dog days of summer” as my Grandmother used to say.  As I’m writing this article, it’s a toasty 88 degrees outside.  I was going to go to the beach, but when I got there, it was outrageously crowded.  In consideration of social distancing, I came…
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Free Farmers Market Coupons for Seniors

July 15, 2020 Seniors are invited this summer to participate in the Massachusetts Farmers Market Nutrition Program– hosted by SeniorCare Inc. and your local Council on Aging. Due to COVID-19, instead of issuing Farmers Market Coupons, we will provide you with fresh produce by distributing bags filled with a variety of fresh produce from local…
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Voting By Mail in Massachusetts 2020

Jul 10, 2020 The news has been full of the national debate about voting via mail for the past several months.  In Massachusetts, the debate is over.  The legislature and Governor recently signed a new law, which allows Voting by Mail. This new law was passed in Massachusetts early this month and allows all registered…
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SeniorCare Nutrition Dept Update

July 1, 2020 (The following message was sent to all of SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels home-delivered meals recipients) Happy July! We hope you are doing well, we all miss you! Please read the following information for important updates. You should have received extra frozen meals to keep in your freezer in case there is a…
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Home Care Recognition Day Honors Frontline Essential Workers

Jun 24, 2020Submitted by: Julie Watt Faqir, Home Care Aide Council More than 60,000 homecare aides are working in homes across the Commonwealth to meet the needs of vulnerable older adults during the Coronavirus pandemic. On June 24, the Home Care Community is coming together to recognize these unsung frontline heroes with a Home Care…
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Rabies – What You Need to Know

Jun 12, 2020 Several years ago, we found a bat in our house in the early summer.  I trapped it and threw it out into the yard; and it disappeared after about a half hour.  After thinking about it, I realized that the bat had been in the house for several days.  Later that day,…
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Jun 10, 2020 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has been helping low – moderate income seniors prepare and file their federal and state tax returns since 1968. However, on March 16, in response to the COVID-19 situation, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide operations across the nation were suspended and remain closed for the safety of our volunteers and taxpayers.…
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