Mashpee Senior Center will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

SHINE News

Are you or someone you know turning 65 or thinking about retiring? SHINE can help! Every day there are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 who are now eligible for Medicare. Those new to Medicare can make costly mistakes resulting in higher healthcare costs, gaps in coverage, and possibly a lifetime late enrollment penalty. How do you get the Medicare benefit? Can you defer Medicare without penalty? Are you going to continue working past 65? Are you contributing to an HSA (Health Saving Account) and how does that work with Medicare? Each situation is unique and you want to make the best decisions for you.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) counselors can sit down with you and go over your situation and all your Medicare options. SHINE volunteer counselors are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and are re-certified each year to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate the complex health insurance system for free.

If you or someone you know will be turning 65 soon, call the senior center to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor or call the regional SHINE office, Barnstable County Department of Human Services, at 508-375-6762.

For Mashpee residents, the SHINE counselor is available at the senior center once each week for more information on these programs or assistance with any Medicare issue. Call 508-539-1440 to schedule a SHINE appointment at the senior center. The trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. If you need immediate help or have an urgent question, contact the regional SHINE office at 508-375-6762, 508-362-5885 TTY.

FOMCOA Thrift Shop

The Friends of the Mashpee Council on Aging are grateful to the many wonderful people who donate to its thrift shop! Your help goes to support the senior center as well as other community needs. We do ask, however, that you do not leave donations outside the shop when it is not open. We have had too many wonderful donations ruined by weather because our volunteers were not at the shop to accept the donations when they were left. Please drop off your donations only during open hours: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM; and Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM. The shop will be closed on Tuesdays until springtime.

Can you give us some time? The FOMCOA Thrift Shop needs volunteers to help. The thrift shop is across the parking lot from Mashpee Senior Center. Retail experience is helpful, but not necessary. Shifts are four hours. Volunteers must have good mobility. This is a great way to stay active. If you are interested in helping, call Eleana at 508-364-3893. This is a fabulous way for you and a friend to volunteer together as a team!

Friendly Visiting

Mashpee Senior Center offers a Friendly Visitors program! You might appreciate a weekly visit from a friend. Would you or someone you know benefit from this program? It is available to Mashpee seniors who would like the companionship and support of a new friend. Maybe you are new to Mashpee or perhaps have lost a spouse or you may find yourself spending more time alone at home for health reasons. All Mashpee seniors are eligible. If you are interested, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

Library Book Delivery

Do you like to read? Would you like help getting materials from the Mashpee Public Library, but you are homebound? The senior center has a special service for you. Our volunteer will meet with you to pick up books and other items such as DVDs or tapes from the library. If you don’t have a library card, she will also help you get one. For more information about this program, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

Civil Defense Emergency

The Mashpee Council on Aging maintains a list of seniors who are homebound, and/or frail to help the town provide assistance to them during a civil defense emergency such as hurricane or blizzard. If you would like to be on the list, call the senior center at 508-539-1440 and request a simple registration form to complete and return. Should you need assistance filling it out, ask for Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, extension 3502, when calling the senior center.

Massachusetts Alerts

Join the thousands of residents of Massachusetts who receive emergency alerts and critical information about disasters and public safety incidents on their smartphones. Massachusetts Alerts provides emergency notifications and public safety information based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select. Find out more information and how to download the app to your smartphone at www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/massachusetts-alerts.html.

Disability Indicator Form

Are you a disabled elder? Disabilities would include life support system, mobility impaired, blind, deaf and hard of hearing, teletypewriter, speech impaired, cognitive impairment, et cetera. If you have any of the listed disabilities, Clay Nicholson, Mashpee’s 911 municipal coordinator, recommends that a 911 Disability Indicator Form be completed and forwarded to him so that if an emergency occurs, public safety officials will be alerted that an individual residing at your address communicates over the phone via TTY and/or has a disability that may hinder evacuation or transport. This information is confidential and will only appear at the dispatcher’s location when a 911 call originates from your address. Contact Mr. Nicholson at 508-539-1400, extension 8499, with any questions and to pick up a form. You can also pick up this form at Mashpee Senior Center.

Emergency Alert Sign Up

Did you know that you could receive automated messages by phone from the Town of Mashpee, helping you with storm preparedness or other town activities? If you do not already receive important/emergency messages from the town, or if you want to edit your contact information, go to www.mashpeema.gov and select the Emergency Alert Sign-up box in the upper center of the page. Then select the next signup button and enter your contact information so local leadership may contact you with timely, important messages.

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Info

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) has been providing public transportation services since 1976 to residents and visitors for all 15 Cape Cod communities.

Large print directory schedules are available for the following fixed-route bus service routes: Barnstable Villager, Sealine, H2O Hyannis-Orleans, Flex, Bourne Run, Sandwich Line, and Hyannis Loop. They are year-round fixed routes. Download the large print files of the schedule by selecting “Bus Schedules and Maps”; then “Select the Route” showing “Large Print Schedule” at www.capecodtransit.org.

Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) Service is a daily general public service that is a door-to-door, ride-by-appointment, transportation service. This service is available to all Cape Cod residents for any purpose.

Boston Hospital Transportation is a transportation service to Boston area hospitals that runs Monday through Friday, by reservation. For more information about CCRTA, call 800-352-7155, 508-385-1430, or TTY 800-439-0183; or visit www.capecodtransit.org.

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