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The Center’s Re-Opening Plan

There’s a lot to consider with re-opening. We know it is going to be different. But even with restrictions or limits, we will be able to address the social isolation that has occurred since March 20th. In general, as we age we are more likely to experience social isolation; adult children move away, health issues can impact abilities and we may experience loss. If these situations occur, they may lead to changes in social activities. However, the pandemic hit all of us fast and furious, taking all our social activities away and leaving many with boredom, apathy, loss of appetite, etc. Re-opening the Center to small outside gatherings will begin this month. Each day, weather permitting, we will welcome small groups (no more than 6 in a group) for outdoor meetings/conversations. Requirements: Sign ups for a group is required. All participants must answer a screening questionnaire. 

Scan cards are required so we can track attendance. Be sure to bring yours! 

The time limit will be for no more than 1 hour.

 Access inside the building will be for emergencies only. 

Masks must be worn until you get settled in your seat . 

Hand sanitizer will be available for use. 

Seats will be sanitized when group disbands. 

Participants can bring their own drinks/snacks/lunch.

JOINING A ZOOM CALL

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage/Part C and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, there is a better fit plan, there’s an option to switch, drop or add a Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan. 

The Open Enrollment Period cannot be used to enroll in Part A and/or Part B for the first time. 

During the Open Enrollment Period (OEP) the following can occur: 

  • Anyone who has ( or signing up for) Medicare Parts A or B can join or drop a Part D prescription drug plan. 
  • Anyone with Original Medicare (Parts A & B) can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan. 
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can drop it and switch back to just Original Medicare (Parts A & B). 
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan. 
  • Anyone with a Part D prescription drug plan can switch to a new Part D prescription drug plan. 

Each year, insurance companies can make changes to Medicare plans that can impact how out-of-pocket costs— monthly premiums, deductibles, drug costs, and provider or pharmacy, “networks.” A network is a list of doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies that negotiate prices with insurance companies. They can also make changes to plan’s “formulary” (list of covered drugs). Given these yearly changes, it is a good idea to re-evaluate your current Medicare plan each year to make sure it still meets needs. Below are some additional benefits of re-evaluating coverage during Open Enrollment: 

  • Switching to better prescription drug coverage can reduce out-of-pocket costs and ensure drug plans still cover needed prescriptions. 
  • Save money and keep your doctor in-network by switching Medicare Advantage or Part D plans. Research shows that the average consumer can save $300 or more annually if they review their Part D coverage 
  • Find a higher quality plan. Plans with a 5-star rating are considered high quality. If you are enrolled in a plan that is less than 3, consider using Open Enrollment to switch.

During Open Enrollment, Pre-Enrollment Open Enrollment forms are available at the Center. Once completed (sooner than later and before Nov. 1) drop off at the Center, a telephone appointment for you will be made with our SHINE Counselor so he can review your options.

FUEL ASSISTANCE: Fall is here and winter is coming 

Need help paying for fuel this winter? You are not alone. Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity; if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you can qualify to receive fuel assistance. The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task. If you previously received fuel assistance, you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not received your renewal application, you may call SMOC at 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem - I have applications available for new applicants. Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment.  

Minds in Motion Returns in October 

Enroll now for October’s Minds in Motion session. The program will be held outside, under the Center’s new tent, with participants spaced six or more feet apart. The opening session is October 7, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Future sessions will depend on the weather. 

Minds in Motion, which won a national award from the National Council on Aging this past June, is like a college seminar, backyard barbecue, and therapy session all rolled into one. 

Now in its sixth year at the Center, each session of Minds in Motion features a different topic, drawing on subjects ranging from the arts to psychology to creative writing to law to current affairs, and more. Nothing is off limits. 

You’ll be challenged, for sure, but you’ll also have a good share of laughs. 

Pre-registration is required by calling The Center at 508-359-3665.

Oktoberfest at the Center

The Oktoberfest takes place every year on the largest fairground in Munich, the Theresienwiese. It is adorned, or rather overlooked, by the bronze, 18-metre-high Bavarian statue, on which steps you can perfectly enjoy a break from the hustle of the Oktoberfest. This year the Oktoberfest in Germany is cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic. However, we will hold our own Oktoberfest in the parking lot on Thursday, October 8 from 1-3 p.m. We will have German music and celebrate with Wieners, Root beer Floats and Pretzels! Sign up for this afternoon of fun with a rain date of Tuesday, October 13.

FLU Clinic Sponsored by CVS 

CVS will be offering a flu clinic on Tuesday, October 20 from 10:15 am—1pm. This will be held by appointments only. If interested in this clinic, please call the Center to pre-register and pick up the paperwork to be completed prior to your appointment. This clinic will be held according to the Covid-19 policies for safety, including the use of face coverings and social-distancing. You will be assigned a time for your appointment at which time you may enter the building through the front doors and exit from the side door near the flagpole. Please wear a short sleeve shirt and bring your insurance card. Having your paperwork completed prior to your scheduled time is required. Failure to do so will keep you from attending this clinic. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 for your appointment.

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          


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