Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts

Monday, June 13, 2022

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042 - Uvalde, Cribbage, Visiting The Neighborhood, Amazon and More (audio)

"In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center writer's group share stories, poems, writings and more about the tragedy Uvalde, Cribbage and a String of Pearls, Revisiting old neighborhoods, Amazon deliveries and more!

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for June 2022."

Audio file -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/episode-042-uvalde-cribbage-visiting-the-neighborhood-amazon-and-more

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042
Senior Story Hour: Episode 042


The writer's group meets weekly on Wednesday's at 1 PM either in person at the Senior Center or virtually via Zoom. Once a month we meet at the Franklin TV studio to record this session for radio and podcast.

If you would like to join the writer's group contact the Senior Center or send me an email (shersteve @ gmail.com) and we'll get you on the mailing list.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime

Attention seniors (but anyone who wants to know really!) 

"This free short course from MediaWise for Seniors will teach you how to tell what’s true and false on the internet. By looking at examples of political, health, travel and climate misinformation, you will learn techniques for identifying false information and how to seek out trustworthy sources.

Christiane Amanpour, Joan Lunden, Lester Holt, Hari Sreenivasan and Dave Jorgenson — MediaWise Ambassadors — will also pop in to share their advice as experienced journalists to help you navigate information on platforms like Google, Facebook and more."
You can register for a Poynter account, then register for the free course.

How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime
How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime

This is not the only course available via MediaWise for Seniors 

Friday, May 27, 2022

FHS Senior Awards Night 2022 (video)

The FHS Senior Awards Night was broadcast via multiple channels Thursday evening and is available via YouTube for replay.  Link -> https://youtu.be/soSP9PeOPKM


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

"a village is going to help them stay in their homes"

"For many older Americans and their families, the devastating COVID-19 outbreak — which caused more than 200,000 deaths in nursing homes nationally — was a persuasive argument for living at home as long as possible.

Now, as the pandemic grinds into its third year, a loose-knit band of tech gurus, gerontology researchers, and volunteer-powered elder support groups, called “villages,” is seeking to overcome the obstacles to aging in place. Among the toughest: a worsening shortage of home care workers, who can assist the oldest residents with walking, dressing, or showering.

Coronavirus sped up the deployment of “age-tech,” technology that helps older people age in place, by seven to 10 years, said Joe Coughlin, director of MIT AgeLab in Cambridge. "

Continue reading the article (subscription may be required)

Dale Orzalli, a Seaglass Village volunteer, arrived at Maureen Neumann's front door to take her to a doctors appointment at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody.MATTHEW J LEE/GLOBE STAFF
Dale Orzalli, a Seaglass Village volunteer, arrived at Maureen Neumann's front door to take her to a doctors appointment at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody.MATTHEW J LEE/GLOBE STAFF

Saturday, February 26, 2022

More Perfect Union -> "COVID and Seniors" (audio)

"In this episode, the group is rejoined with Frank Falvey to discuss the current COVID climate and the effects it's had on senior citizens; what it's like being a senior during this time, the disproportionate negative effects it's had on seniors, what has been done to aid this group and what more still needs to happen."

Audio file -> https://more-perfect-union.captivate.fm/episode/042-covid-and-seniors


More Perfect Union - episode 042
More Perfect Union - episode 042

Monday, December 20, 2021

Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks

Massachusetts residents aged 62 or older are eligible for a discounted lifetime parking pass. This pass covers the cost of parking at most state parks.

If you are eligible for a Senior Parking Pass, you can order it by mail.

Send a request for a Senior Parking Pass to your closest regional office:

Central Regional Office
355 West Boylston Street, Route 110
Clinton, MA 01510
Attention: Senior Pass 

Include:
  • A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license or other official proof of state residency and age.
  • A check for $10 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • A contact phone number or email in case we need to reach you. (Optional)
  • Senior passes may take 4-7 weeks before they are mailed.

For additional info on this program, use this MA Gov link ->  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/get-a-senior-parking-pass

Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks
Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks


Friday, November 26, 2021

Be Your Own Hero Q & A Event - Dec 3, 2021


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Be Your Own Hero Q & A Event - Dec 3, 2021

 
     

Friday, December 3 • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Are you thinking of moving to a senior living community, but have too many questions or concerns? Join us for a Q&A at Magnolia Heights and meet with current residents, our gracious staff, and knowledgeable guest speakers at our Be Your Own Hero Event. You'll get to learn all about our gracious retirement lifestyle so you can feel confident when planning for your next chapter.

     
 

For more information or to RSVP, please call

508-520-3471

 
     
     
   
     
     
 
 
Copyright © Magnolia Heights (567) All rights reserved.
 
     
Magnolia Heights Gracious Retirement Living (567)

Monday, October 25, 2021

Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments

FM #646-647-648 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 646-647-648 in the series. 


This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police retirement and promotion individuals, along with their guest and family members were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


I’ve split the just about two hours and forty minutes ( 2:40 total elapsed time) into three (3) logical segments:

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Oct 20, 2021


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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/october_20_2021_town_council_agenda.pdf


Agenda folder ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council/agenda/october-20-town-council-agenda 


My notes from the meeting  -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/recap-town-council-approves-creation-of.html


Town Council Quarterbacking session (a short recap with Council Chair Tom Mercer) -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/town-council-quarterbacking-with-chair.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit www.Franklinmatters.org   or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!


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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments
Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting 
October 13, 2021 - 6:30 PM


Agenda
1. Call to Order
2. Election of Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Clerk
3. Public Comments
4. Approval of Minutes - 6/16/21
5. Senior and Veterans Tax Workoff Programs:
a. Resolution 21-59: Further Amending The Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program
b. Resolution 21-60: Further Amending The Veterans’ Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program
6. Human Resources Department & Employee Benefits Presentation: Karen Bratt, Human Resources Director.
7. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Update: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
8. Future Agenda Items
9. Adjourn

Please find the agenda and links for the upcoming Finance Committee Meeting posted here: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-13-21_finance_committee_agenda.pdf

Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021
Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners

You may be entitled to a reduction in the real estate tax you’re required to pay this year!

You may be entitled to a $1,000 tax reduction if you have been continuously domiciled in Massachusetts for 10 years and have owned and occupied a Massachusetts property for 5 years; 

-AND-
You are single,
Age 70 or older on July 1, 2021,
Your income last year was $21,393 or less, and
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$35, 499 or less.

-OR-
You are married,
One of you was age 70 or older on July 1, 2021,
Your income last year was $26,385 or less, and
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$38, 034 or less.

If you are over an above limit, you may still be entitled to a $345 tax reduction if you have owned and occupied your Franklin property as your domicile for at least 5 years,

-AND-
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$50,712 or less,
-AND-
You are a surviving spouse; or single 70 or older July 1, 2021,
-OR- 
You are married and one was age 70 or older as of July 1, 2021.

If you think you might qualify and need information or assistance in completing the application, call the Franklin Senior Center; 508 520-4945.

Some widows of veterans may be eligible for a tax exemption.

Please contact:
Veterans’ Services Office at (508) 613-1315

Download a copy of this info

Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners
Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Panther TV: FHS Senior Awards - Class of 2021 - broadcast at 7:30 PM

Franklin High School's Senior Awards Ceremony premieres tonight at 7:30!! 
Watch it here: https://t.co/STms2Rh0EO via @YouTube  
@FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS @FranklinPSNews @FranklinMatters



the FHS field is set for graduation, Senior Awards are broadcast tonight
the FHS field is set for graduation, Senior Awards are broadcast tonight


Saturday, May 29, 2021

FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help

FHS PCC (@FHS_PCC) tweeted on Fri, May 28, 2021

Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help
Signup form -> https://t.co/FZLWoV3QMY 


Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/FHS_PCC/status/1398376995550072839

FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help
FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help


Saturday, May 1, 2021

SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - CPT James Ahn

SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

James Ahn
CPT James Ahn
 

Captain James Ahn, a graduate of UC Riverside and the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC program, died in 2015 during a parachute training operation while participating with his Special Forces unit in Washington State. For all of those who knew and loved James, he will never be forgotten. He was the consummate person and professional who was respected by everyone he came in contact with. 

In James' honor, Gain Service Academy is sponsoring an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Special Forces Veteran who is working towards the completion of a higher education degree. 

For more details and a scholarship application, go to the link below:   https://www.gainserviceacademyadmission.com/cpt-james-ahn-memorial-scholarship/



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide

Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide

The Town of Franklin has created an online resource guide for local and state government assistance programs, including information about the Senior Circuit Breaker and a tax credit estimation worksheet. Please find it posted on our website at https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/citizen-discounts-exemptions

Download the 4 page PDF here   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/local_state_assistance_programs_4_1.pdf

Shared from https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/citizen-discounts-and-exemptions-guide

Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide
Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Monday, December 21, 2020

CDC issues two new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine process

Via CNN
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations on getting a Covid-19 vaccine for those with a history of allergies.

The recommendations, published on the CDC’s site on Saturday, suggest that people who have ever had a severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, to any ingredient in a Covid-19 vaccine should not get that vaccine.

The CDC considers a reaction severe if it requires the person to be treated with epinephrine or they need to be hospitalized. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include shortness of breath, a closing of the throat, nausea, and dizziness.

The agency added that people with a history of anaphylaxis to other vaccines or injectable medications should consult their doctor on getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
Continue reading the article online  https://t.co/wHrhfOHraU 
The CNN tweet:  https://t.co/I0jwJKSWYr
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel recommended on Sunday that people 75 and older and certain front-line essential workers be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13-1 to advise the CDC to include those 75 and older and specific front-line essential workers, including emergency responders and teachers, in the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations, several news outlets reported Sunday.

These recommendations would apply to phase 1b of the vaccination process, after the committee and the CDC advised that health care workers and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities get the first vaccinations in the country. Phase 1b will aim to vaccinate about 50 million people before the end of February, according to The New York Times.
Continue reading the article online
 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

CommonWealth Magazine: "Elderly challenges go well beyond COVID; "Don’t place too many restrictions on telehealth"

From CommonWealth Magazine we share two articles of interest for Franklin: 

Elderly challenges go well beyond COVID

"THE EMERGENCE of promising vaccines to fight COVID-19 is certainly good news, but those older adults on fixed or limited incomes will continue to face serious issues in daily living in a variety of areas.  Many of these issues existed before the pandemic, and some have been made worse as a consequence of the deadly virus.  Older adults, especially those in nursing homes, suffered the highest rates of infection and death from the virus, and those rates were even more disastrous for older adults of color.  The pandemic caused a serious look at the deficiencies in our long-term care system, both institutional and community-based, and most of these deficiencies will remain even after a large portion of Americans have been vaccinated.

In skilled nursing facilities, we’ve learned that older adults should not be forced to live with three or more unrelated elderly in the same room.  We know that nursing home staff are underpaid and often need to work in two or more nursing homes to make a living.  Many staff are also unvaccinated for influenza, and may have the same low rates of vaccination when COVID-19 vaccines are made available.  We’ve also learned that infection prevention and control is an especially weak process in most nursing homes.  These are all factors that made such facilities ripe for attack by COVID-19."

Continue reading the article online

Don’t place too many restrictions on telehealth
"FOR DECADES, Massachusetts has been known for having the best health care in the world. As doctors who’ve practiced medicine for a combined 40 years in the Commonwealth, we have seen firsthand how our state has enjoyed the best hospitals and best doctors and providers to deliver the highest standard of care. Our biggest challenge? How to ensure those exceptional services can be accessed by every patient who needs them.

Then came COVID-19 – which threatened our nation’s health care system like no time in modern history. Instead of collapsing, our health care system reinvented itself. The rapid and effective use of virtual care (telehealth and other services) allowed us to continue to provide care to patients while the threat of coronavirus kept them at a distance. Patients with behavioral health needs, many of which were exacerbated by the pandemic, were able to still see their mental health providers. Patients with acute stroke could get rapid evaluations in a local emergency department but be transferred for advanced care if necessary. Unlike in-person visits to shops, restaurants, and bars which were abruptly cancelled, much needed virtual visits to medical specialists could continue unimpeded. Regular medical care is like car maintenance, when it is postponed or ignored conditions deteriorate rapidly."
Continue reading the article online

Monday, November 23, 2020

2020 Virtual Senior Health and Wellness Fair (Video)

"Senate President Karen E. Spilka is excited to announce a one-hour VIRTUAL Senior Health & Wellness Fair that will be broadcast on local public access channels, Facebook, and karenspilka.com on November 20, 2020. Designed to help seniors maintain their mental and physical health during the Pandemic, it will feature expertise and resources from local and state experts, including strategies to beat social isolation with AARP Massachusetts President Sandra Harris; short workshops on at-home fitness, fraud prevention, and getting the right care; and overviews of community organizations and services that can help with transportation, fighting scams, and lifelong learning, as well as helplines and other resources-by-phone."
If you missed the event on Friday, it was recorded and is available for replay anytime you want!  Video link = https://youtu.be/Zylka2zvgOE

Friday, November 13, 2020

virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20

Senate President Karen E. Spilka is excited to announce a one-hour VIRTUAL Senior Health & Wellness Fair that will be broadcast on Facebook and karenspilka.com on November 20, 2020, at 10 am. EST. 
 
Designed to help seniors maintain their mental and physical health during the Pandemic, it will feature expertise and resources from local and state experts, including: strategies to beat social isolation with AARP Massachusetts President Sandra Harris; short workshops on at-home fitness, fraud prevention, and finding the right care; and overviews of community organizations and services that can help with transportation, fighting scams, and lifelong learning, as well as helplines and other resources-by-phone. There will be fun and entertainment too! 
 
Learn more: https://fb.me/e/31IiyU7w0
 
virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20
virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Senator Karen Spilka: virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20

"The virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be LIVE on Friday, Nov 20, 2020! The 60-min show, which will be broadcast on local cable access TV in MetroWest, YouTube & Facebook, will offer expertise & resources from local & state experts, as well as fun!"
More about the event: https://t.co/DViNQ9UMxB 
Shared via Twitter:  https://t.co/RshOb59mAL



Senator Karen Spilka: Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20
Senator Karen Spilka: Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20