"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!
Monday, June 13, 2022
Senior Story Hour: Episode 042 - Uvalde, Cribbage, Visiting The Neighborhood, Amazon and More (audio)
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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."
|How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime|
Friday, May 27, 2022
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
"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. "
|MATTHEW J LEE/GLOBE STAFF|
Saturday, February 26, 2022
"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."
|More Perfect Union - episode 042|
Monday, December 20, 2021
Central Regional Office355 West Boylston Street, Route 110Clinton, MA 01510Attention: Senior Pass
- 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.
|Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks|
Friday, November 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
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:
- Part 1 -> covers the opening, citizen comments, appointment/swearing in of new firefighter/paramedic and the update on ARPA funding (~54 mins) https://player.captivate.fm/episode/58eae587-351d-46ca-9e11-8f6c5e6523a4
- Part 2 -> covers the Census 2020 data and the reprecincting presentation and Q&A session (~ 40 minutes) https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7e79c518-913e-4002-99b9-1ccce36d5b3e
- Part 3 -> covers the Legislation for Action, Council Comments and meeting close. (~ 52 minutes) https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c578b0eb-36c0-4d2e-bb40-6ea793864b56
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Oct 20, 2021
My notes from the meeting ->
Town Council Quarterbacking session (a short recap with Council Chair Tom Mercer) ->
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|Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments|
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
October 13, 2021 - 6:30 PM
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
|Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021|
Saturday, July 10, 2021
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;
• 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.
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,
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$50,712 or less,
You are a surviving spouse; or single 70 or older 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.
Veterans’ Services Office at (508) 613-1315
Thursday, June 3, 2021
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|
Saturday, May 29, 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|
Saturday, May 1, 2021
SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
|CPT James Ahn|
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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
|Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide|
Thursday, January 21, 2021
From HockomockSports.com we share the FHS sports results:
Monday, December 21, 2020
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.
Via The Hill
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.Continue reading the article online
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.
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."
"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."
Monday, November 23, 2020
"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."
Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
"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!"
|Senator Karen Spilka: Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20|