Mashpee Senior Center: We Are Here For You!
While the Mashpee Senior Center is closed, staff is still working. We encourage you to reach out to us at 508-539-1440 or e-mail us at email@example.com. We will respond as quickly as we can.
• Our outreach coordinators are assisting Mashpee seniors, and they have a list of helpful resources for both Mashpee seniors and their caregivers. They are answering questions and making referrals to other programs and services. Lori Nelson’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, and Darlene Perkins’s e-mail is email@example.com.
• Some of our volunteers are willing to make “telefriend” calls to Mashpee seniors who want to talk or need a social connection while Mashpee older adults are trying to stay home. Let us know if you are interested.
The Mashpee Senior Center/Council on Aging is expanding its use of e-mail as a way to communicate news, activity group information, volunteer communication, reminders, and more. In light of the COVID-19 issues, all of us have been forced to rely upon new and different ways to communicate with friends, businesses, doctors, families, and others. Technologies that may have been foreign to us or merely “nice to have”—Zoom meetings, e-mails, texting, and others—now have become, in many cases, necessary and, in fact, have created new opportunities for communication. If you use e-mail, we would appreciate hearing from you to provide us with your e-mail address by sending that information to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440.
MashpeeTV & Recreation Dept. Present Virtual Memorial Day Service
With the annual Memorial Day service cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MashpeeTV has teamed up with the Mashpee Recreation Department to bring a virtual Memorial Day service to viewers. The program will be similar to a live service, with local speakers and veterans presenting their thoughts on Memorial Day through pre-recorded messages. Join us on Monday, May 25, at 10 AM for “Mashpee Memorial Day Service” on YouTube or MashpeeTV-Channel 99. The program will also air throughout the day and be archived on YouTube, making it available for viewing at any time thereafter.
Older Americans Month 2020: Make Your Mark!
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Make your Mark!”
Share Your Stories—Stories build community and connect us even when we can’t be physically together. Recalling adventures with childhood friends, that family weekend at the beach, a teacher who helped guide your life, or how you learned you would become a grandparent—all of those stories connect you with your past and the people who have mattered along the way. They help people you love get to know you better and feel closer to you. Looking back at how we got through other tough times can help us manage this challenging time. Sharing what we love about our friends and family members helps them feel stronger and more connected. Stories can be told over the phone, on the computer, over the backyard fence. They can be told in letters, in pictures, in headlines and photographs collected from newspapers. We don’t have to be together to share our stories and build each other up. We can make a mark on people’s lives with the stories we share.
Jumpstart the memories—Think about the stories that make up your life. Which ones would you like to share? Here are some questions that might get you thinking:
• What would you like to tell your 22-year-old self?
• What do you think your 22-year-old-self would want to tell you?
• What are the best and worst pieces of advice you’ve received?
• What’s your hidden talent?
• What are you most proud of?
• Looking back, is there something you wish you had done that you did not?
• What do you most admire about your best friend?
• What do you wish the world knew about you?
• Was there a time when an older adult helped you feel strong in a tough time?
• What does it mean to be a caregiver? What did you learn from the experience?
Free Food Boxes From Mass.gov
Thanks to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, we will be doing a future distribution of free food boxes. Each box will contain breaded chicken and mozzarella sticks. This program is for Mashpee seniors only. If interested, please call Lori Nelson, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440.
Important News On Face Coverings!
Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. has issued an order effective Wednesday, May 6, requiring face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Face coverings prevent the person wearing the covering from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing, or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start—or even never exhibit symptoms—wearing a cloth face covering can protect others around you. Face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus.
We want to help Mashpee seniors have access to face coverings. Lori Nelson, outreach coordinator for the council on aging, will be distributing face coverings to Mashpee seniors with curbside service at the senior center on Tuesday, May 26, from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you are interested in receiving a covering, leave a message for Ms. Nelson at 508-539-1440, extension 3502; she will call you back to give you a pick-up time and instructions. Due to a limited number of face coverings, distribution will be based on availability.
Affordable Housing Lottery In East Falmouth
Plymouth Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for the Brick Kiln Place Apartments through July 9 at 4 PM. Twenty affordable units are available. For details, see the flyer at www.plymouthredevelopment.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Attachment-C-RR-Flier-Brickiln-05082020-Revised.pdf. The application form is available at www.plymouthredevelopment.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Brick-Kiln-Lottery-Initial-Application-Falmouth-05052020.pdf.
Further information is available at 508-747-1620, extension 10147; or redevelopmentDir@townhall.plymouth.ma.us.
Senior Center Strength Training Class Coming To Your Home
Join us for our Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM strength training class—same days, same time, same workouts—and, we even added an additional time of 3 o’clock all three days to get you really moving! Tune into local community television station Mashpee TV-Channel 99 and get yourself back into your exercise schedule.
Fuel Assistance Applications Needed By May 31
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), more commonly known as the fuel assistance program, provides low-income households with help in paying heating bills. For the safety of all concerned, the South Shore Community Action Council’s fuel assistance offices at 71 Obery Street, Plymouth, and at 66B Willow Avenue, Hyannis, are closed to the public. You can still apply for fuel assistance through May 31 by calling 508-746-6707 or 877-FUEL-AID, Monday through Friday from 9:15 AM to 3 PM, to do a telephone intake. If you need help with this process, call Darlene Perkins, part-time outreach coordinator at the Mashpee Senior Center, at 508-539-1440.
Free Grocery Delivery Service For Eligible Adults
The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps, in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 response, is providing a free service delivering prepaid groceries to older adults and people at higher risk for infection. The new program is called Critical Delivery Service. Volunteers will pick up pre-ordered, prepaid groceries from food stores offering curbside pickup options, and deliver to residents in all 15 towns of Barnstable County.
Call 508-556-7161, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, to speak with a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. You will provide your name, address and phone number, and discuss options of stores where you can order. For more information, visit www.bchumanservices.net/2020/04/free-grocery-delivery-service-launches-for-barnstable-county-seniors-and-residents-at-higher-risk.