Mashpee Senior Center: We Are Here For You!

The doors may be closed for the public at the moment, but the Mashpee Council on Aging staff is working Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you need help with finding services, solving a problem, or need an answer to a question, we are here for you! We encourage you to call us at 508-539-1440 or e-mail us at coa@mashpeema.gov; we will respond as quickly as we can.

Have you signed up for our e-mails but are not getting them? Be sure to check your junk e-mail folder. Our e-mails communicate up-to-date news you can use, activity information, volunteer communication, reminders, and more. If you use e-mail and want to be included on our e-mail list, contact us at coa@mashpeema.gov or call Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440.

From Activity Coordinator Julie Silva

New Virtual Mashpee Senior Center Book Club—This time of social distancing has given me and so many others a chance to catch up on our reading. As the days get shorter and the cold weather creeps in, curling up with a good book is almost magical. Join us via Zoom on Monday, October 26, at 2 PM as we kick off our new virtual Mashpee Senior Center Book Club.

Join us with a cup of tea (or beverage of your choice) for this informal, comfortable session to hear what others have read over the past few months. A specific book will not be discussed during this session but rather you will have the opportunity to hear what others thought were great reads. Not only will it give you an opportunity to get your reading list together for the upcoming winter, but it will help you reconnect with some friends and make new ones who share the joy of getting lost in a good book. These will be fun sessions to keep us socially connected during the upcoming winter months.

If you are interested in attending this fun, welcoming virtual session, please call the senior center at 508-539-1440.

New Dedicated Senior Hours on Mashpee TV—Be sure to check out Mashpee TV (Channel 99) during the new dedicated “senior hours,” Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. The programming will be shown again from 2 to 4 PM. The current schedule includes exercise classes from your favorite instructors, such as Kim the Zumba instructor on Wednesdays and Fridays and Sandra, one of our yoga instructors, on Thursdays. Stay tuned for more programming dedicated just for you!

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

Cape Cod Healthcare offers support groups for caregivers of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A Caregiver/Care Recipient Virtual Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. The group provides an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences in a confidential, supportive environment and receive information and guidance regarding care planning strategies. To register or for more information, call 774-552-6080 or e-mail dementiainfo@capecodhealth.org.

Virtual Parkinson’s Good Start Program

Join us for this virtual educational program designed for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the past five years. The Parkinson’s Good Start Program is a two-part series presented by a team of Parkinson’s disease specialists from Boston University Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. The program will be held via Zoom on consecutive Tuesdays, October 20 and 27, from 6 to 8 PM.

There is no cost for this program, but preregistration is required. The program is supported by the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod, a branch of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Massachusetts chapter. To register, contact the APDA I&R Center at 800-651-8466 or e-mail apdama@apdaparkinson.org.

Lock Boxes

Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department in cooperation with the Mashpee Senior Center and Mashpee Council on Aging would like to discuss with you the importance of having a lock box at your home. A lock box is simply a locked storage device that is mounted to the outside of your property that is locked with the keys to access your home inside it. This key(s) would only be accessed by the police or fire department in case of an emergency. There are several different types of lock boxes that are on the market. Mashpee Fire & Rescue works closely with the Knox Company regarding the purchase of their lock boxes. The Knox company lock boxes are available online or through the mail. The company has a unique key code specific to only Mashpee Fire & Rescue. Each of Mashpee’s emergency vehicles has its own lock box mounted on apparatus that contains the keys to the Knox box. These are only accessed in cases of emergencies. These keys, if made available, would prevent the need to perform forcible entry into a home that would potentially cause damage by forcing open doors and windows; more importantly, it would expedite the time required to get to you in a medical emergency. We are free to discuss these options with you if you would like to call Lieutenant Michael Evaul at 508-539-1466.

Drive-Through Seasonal Flu Clinic

The Town of Mashpee will offer two seasonal flu vaccination clinics. Where? Parish of Christ the King parking lot, 5 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee. When? Tuesday, October 27, from 3 to 6 PM; and Tuesday, November 10, from 9 AM to noon. Who? All residents 6 months of age and older. Cost? Free. Pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration details—This will be a drive-through clinic, where assigned times and specific instructions are necessary. To register, visit https://clinics.barnstablecountyhealth.org.

Please bring your Medicare, prescription and/or insurance cards to the clinic for confirmation and identification purposes. Participants without insurance are still eligible to receive the flu shot.

If you have any questions, call the Mashpee Board of Health at 508-539-1426. Please do not contact the church for information!

Fuel Assistance Program

The Fuel Assistance Program is an assistance program that can help you pay for heat. If you are a Mashpee senior and are interested in applying, call Darlene Perkins, part-time outreach coordinator, at the senior center at 508-539-1440.

Fiscal Year 2021 income eligibility guidelines—For a single-person household, the maximum gross income is $39,105; two people, $51,137; three people, $63,169; and four people, $75,201.

SHINE News

The following is a message from the regional SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program at Barnstable County Department of Human Services. Now is the time to review your Medicare plan options. A quick review could save you money in 2021. Medicare’s Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) and Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) Annual Open Enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7. Please make sure you review your 2021 Medicare options during this time period so that you have the most cost-effective plan for 2021.

During this Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 to December 7), you will have a chance to change your plan. This change will take effect January 1, 2021. SHINE counselors can help you understand your plan’s changes, screen you for assistance programs and discuss other options you may have. If you do not change your plan during this period you may have to stay with your existing plan for another whole year. (Note: the open enrollment may not affect those with retiree coverage).

There will be no in-person shine appointments on Cape Cod. Please call Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440 to make a telephone appointment with a SHINE counselor for this year’s open enrollment. Until further notice, all SHINE appointments on Cape Cod will be via telephone.

If possible, create a mymedicare.gov account before your appointment. This will expedite the process. Please be sure to have a list (or bottles) of your current medications ready for the appointment and, if you are a couple, ask for two appointments.

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