25 October 2013
Keeping Connected in Massachusetts
SeniorCare is committed to helping our consumers as the cold weather approaches. Call us to get information on the nearest agency to call for weatherization or fuel assistance.
If you are a low income individual and need to find information on how to keep from having your utilities shut off, click on the following link::
Posted by senior care blog at 3:38 PM
10 October 2013
Where to Find Federal Shutdown Information
SeniorCare has made no public statement at this time, since we are still assessing the impact of the Government shut down as it applies to aging and disability services. However, consumers should be aware that some of our programs are funded at both the state or federal level.
The following information is being offered as a courtesy for those who wish to find out if a particular service or location is open or not. Most government web sites have a statement posted on their home pages. For example, here is the Administration on Aging page: http://www.aoa.gov/
. Please note that SeniorCare Inc. is open for business in both the Gloucester and Beverly offices and you may refer consumers to us as usual for services or information.
This number is operational during the shutdown if you wish to call about a particular department or for general information: 1-800-FED-INFO. Please do not use the number to register your feelings about the shutdown, as they will not be relayed to your elected officials. If you want to tell elected officials how you feel, please contact them through normal channels.
This list of contingency plans for various agencies was posted by the White House Office of Management and Budget: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans
If you are an elder (age 60+) or a disabled adult, and are being impacted by a problem caused by the shutdown, please feel free to let us know via SeniorCare Public Relations Office at 978-281-1750 or (toll free) 1-866-927-1050, ext. 569.
Posted by senior care blog at 2:05 PM
05 July 2013
Don't Follow Your Heart
The Scam that Relies on Love
Never send money to anyone you cannot positively identify as your family member or you could be a victim of the "Grandparent Scam" - check with your children or a trusted advisor if you aren't sure what to do. Scammers are very good at tugging at your heartstrings in an effort to part you from your money.
Continue reading Don't Follow Your Heart
Posted by senior care blog at 12:00 AM
04 June 2013
Does Someone You Love Have Too Much Stuff?
New Support Group Starts in Beverly
It can be very frustrating trying to deal with a family member who has a problem with compulsive hoarding, or cluttering. You feel frustrated that they are making choices that don't seem to be in their best interest. They may be facing eviction, or health consequences, and you feel powerless to help, or have been refused when you try to help. This new support group, unlike some others, is not for the victims of this compulsion, but rather for the family members of those who have persistent difficulties parting with possessions.
See our Tweet about the new group and retweet to friends!:
Posted by senior care blog at 1:41 PM
28 May 2013
SeniorCare/RSVP Volunteer Tea
On May 23, SeniorCare and RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore held a volunteer tea to honor the 447 volunteers who serve at 22 area non-profits. They gave 50,305 hours of service last year, which, according to research done by Independent Sector, translates to a value of $1,379,866.00.
The Presidential Award is given to those who give 4000+ lifetime hours of volunteer service. The following people were so recognized: Ed Chabot, Frank Clocher, Virginia Curto, Carole Isaacson, Leatrice Krochmal, Arline Moore, Catherine Morrocco, James Nolan, Carol Rawston, Jeanne Riddle, Carole Shanley, Beatrice Smith and Beverly Wiley.
Special recognition was also given to the volunteers who have served for more than 25 years. They are: Blanche Arnold, Herbert Cheeseman, Mary Femino, Alice Lewis, Priscilla McKay, Dorothy Nowicki, Carole Shanley, and Wallace Rowe.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TEA
Posted by senior care blog at 3:40 PM
07 May 2013
"A Community Conversation"
Thousands of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual seniors who fought the earliest battles for equality are now so fearful of the care they need in their old age that they are going back into the closet, are afraid to ask for help, and are dying sooner. But a small group of young and old is trying to change that...
(Gen Silent Movie Trailer
) (LGBT Resource links
SeniorCare will present a screening of the very powerful film, "Gen Silent" on Monday, May 20th from 4:00-6:30 P.M. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The public is invited to attend (pre-registration is suggested as space is limited) and tickets are $10 per person, $8 for seniors.
According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"Federal programs designed to assist elderly Americans can be ineffective or even irrelevant for LGBT elders. Several studies document widespread homophobia among those entrusted with the care of America's seniors. Most LGBT elders do not avail themselves of services on which other seniors thrive. Many retreat back into the closet, reinforcing isolation. Several federal programs and laws blatantly treat same-sex couples differently from married heterosexual couples. For example:
- Social Security pays survivor benefits to widows and widowers but not to the surviving same-sex life partner of someone who dies. This may cost LGBT elders $124 million a year in unaccessed benefits.
- Married spouses are eligible for Social Security spousal benefits, which can allow them to earn half their spouse's Social Security benefit if it is larger than their own Social Security benefit. Unmarried partners in lifelong relationships are not eligible for spousal benefits.
- Medicaid regulations protect the assets and homes of married spouses when the other spouse enters a nursing home or long-term care facility; no such protections are offered to same-sex partners.
- Tax laws and other regulations of 401(k)s and pensions discriminate against same-sex partners, costing the surviving partner in a same-sex relationship tens of thousands of dollars a year, and possibly more than $1 million during the course of a lifetime.
- Even the most basic rights such as hospital visitation or the right to die in the same nursing home are regularly denied same-sex partners.
- Many LGBT elders experience social isolation and ageism within the LGBT community itself."
SeniorCare is committed to serving our LBGT seniors with the same commitment, confidentiality, and care that we serve all other elders and disabled adults - to the best of our ability.
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Posted by senior care blog at 3:27 PM
11 April 2013
Come See Us in Beverly
SeniorCare Opens Additional Office at Cummings Center
SeniorCare Opens Additional Office at Cummings Center
Convenient Access to Aging and Disability Services for Residents of the Greater Beverly Area
Beverly, MA- SeniorCare Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of an additional office in Beverly at 106-H Cummings Center. SeniorCare currently serves more consumers in Beverly than in any of the other communities it serves, and the opening of the Cummings Center office is seen as a way to increase service availability to the public in Beverly, but also in several surrounding communities. The office is open now, and walk-ins are welcome. The Beverly office will be staffed on week days from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
“The new office will add convenience for consumers to access information and services, and provide greater opportunities for public and professional education regarding the elders and disabled people we serve,” said Scott Trenti, Executive Director of SeniorCare.
SeniorCare Inc., founded in 1972, has its main office in Gloucester at 49 Blackburn Center. It is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging and Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point serving the following cities and towns: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. The agency is consumer-focused, providing and coordinating services to elders and disabled adults, enabling them to live independently at home or in the setting of their choice. Board members who volunteer their service to the organization come from the communities served, and more than half are elders. The following Beverly residents currently serve on SeniorCare’s board: Linda Anderson-Mercier; Randolph D. Maloney, MD, FACS; Thomas E. Sullivan, MD; and George A. Winston.
In Beverly alone, there are nearly 14,000 residents aged 60 and over, all of whom can potentially benefit from SeniorCare services, such as Meals on Wheels, Options Counseling, Home Care, Protective Services, or seamless referral to other services or agencies within the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore Inc.
SeniorCare Inc. is available online at http://www.seniorcareinc.org or by calling 978-281-1750, or our toll free line 1-866-927-1050. Email email@example.com. Find SeniorCare on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/seniorcareinc.org.
Posted by senior care blog at 10:54 AM
27 February 2013
SeniorCare and NeedyMeds Team Up to Help You Save
Drug Discount Card Available Through SeniorCare
SeniorCare and NeedyMeds Announce Drug Discount Card Partnership
Gloucester, MA~SeniorCare Inc. recently announced an opportunity for those they serve to save money on prescription drugs through a program with NeedyMeds, a Gloucester-based national non-profit. The drug discount card, which is widely accepted by major chains and local pharmacies, provides a discount of up to 80% on prescription drugs and other medical supplies.
The free drug discount card is a joint project of NeedyMeds and SeniorCare. The card may be used to obtain a discount on prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or medical supplies written as a prescription, as well as pet medications purchased at a pharmacy.
The card is available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at SeniorCare’s main office at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester (the card will also be available after March 4 at SeniorCare’s additional site in Beverly at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H M-F from 9-4).
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SeniorCare and hope this resource will contribute to the good work the organization is already doing supporting elders in the community,” said NeedyMeds President Richard Sagall, MD. "Although the card can't be used in combination with insurance or state or federal programs, many seniors find it helps for medicines not covered by their insurance or if they’re in the Medicare Part D Donut Hole."
"One thing we really like about the card," said Scott Trenti, Executive Director of SeniorCare, "is that there is no tracking by individual. No one knows who is using the card or what medications they are buying. We value privacy and this card maintains user confidentiality. We recognize that the cost of medications is very hard on people and are hoping that the Needy Meds card will help to defer some costs.”
SeniorCare (http://www.seniorcareinc.org) is part of the Aging and Disability Resources Consortium of the Greater North Shore and is the regional consumer-centered elder and disability service agency for Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. The agency administers programs such as the Massachusetts Home Care Program and Meals on Wheels, and their primary focus is on assisting elders and disabled adults to live more independently within their communities.
NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit, is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance programs available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. The website (http://www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 17,000 people each workday. NeedyMeds' information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors.
The NeedyMeds card is accepted at over 70,000 pharmacies nationwide and anyone, regardless of age, insurance status or income level, may use the card. An entire family can use the same card or each person can have their own.
Contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (toll free). Contact NeedyMeds at 978-281-6666.
Posted by senior care blog at 3:58 PM
06 February 2013
SeniorCare News Bits
SeniorCare has announced that it will open an additional office location in Beverly. It is expected that the office, which will be located at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H, will be ready for business on or about March 1st. The site will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. There will be a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in May, during Older Americans Month.
In other news, Dori Prescott has been named as the new Director of Home Care at SeniorCare, replacing Scott Trenti, who was recently named as the agency's new Executive Director. Dori previously directed the Special Programs area, dealing with seniors and disabled adults who receive more assistance due higher levels of disability or frailty.
On Monday, Steve Corbett, who supervises SeniorCare's Adult Protective Services
unit, will be honored at the State House for his incredible work in suicide prevention. Renee Gauthier, an Investigator with Protective Services, was awarded a plaque by the District Attorney in recognition of her extraordinary work protecting elders and people with disabilities. We're so proud of that department and how they go "above and beyond" in their service to our communities.
Public Relations Director, Anne Springer, who also manages the Pawsitive Connections
program, is slated to appear on Danvers Cable TV with her therapy dog, Sioux, on February 28th. She'll highlight the differences between therapy and service dogs, and talk about new laws that govern both. Anne also owns Paws for Praise in Danvers, which, among other area businesses, is a sponsor of this year's Meals on Wheels Valentine Breakfast, which will be dedicated to the memory of long time supporter, Charlie McIntosh.
Please support the Valentine Breakfast - you can buy tickets at the door or get them at SeniorCare. Don't forget to patronize and thank all of our Valentine Breakfast Sponsors
Dont' forget to check our Facebook
page often! We appreciate if you "like" the page and help us get valuable information out to our consumers and communities!
Posted by senior care blog at 10:37 AM
31 December 2012
A Bad Combination - Fixed Income and Low Temperatures
Unbeknownst to family and friends, many seniors struggle with the cost of heating their homes. They may not want to burden relatives by asking for help, yet may be ineligible for assistance programs if their income isn't quite low enough to qualify. That, coupled with frigid winter temperatures, is often a real health concern, as they try lower thermostats to save money, but at the same time have a diminished ability to retain body warmth due to age or infirmity.
Family members should be observant, when visiting older people, and check to see that they are warm enough. Temperatures that are fine for younger people may be low enough to cause hypothermia in an older person. Hypothermia is the dropping of the body's core temperature, and it's dangerous because people who suffer from hypothermia can lose the ability to think clearly enough to realize the predicament they are in.
Aside from setting thermostats at an appropriate level, older people can retain warmth by adding layers of clothing, such as thermal underwear, warm socks, and caps. Closing off unused rooms, and properly weatherizing the home can help conserve heat.
Symptoms of hypothermia:
- Rapid breathing
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech (Can also be related to stroke, so here's a simple test to see if it's a stroke
- Low energy
- Lack of awareness about being cold
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Some health disorders affect your body's ability to regulate body temperature. Examples include underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), poor nutrition, stroke, severe arthritis, Parkinson's disease, trauma, spinal cord injuries, burns, disorders that affect sensation in your extremities (for example, nerve damage in the feet of people with diabetes), dehydration, and any condition that limits activity or restrains the normal flow of blood." So, people with any of these conditions should be especially concerned that they keep warm enough during cold weather, indoors or out.
Families, armed with this knowledge, can do a lot to insure that loved ones have enough heat and warm clothing. Noticing is the first step in being able to help!
Posted by senior care blog at 9:41 AM
07 December 2012
What is the Olmstead Decision?
How Does Olmstead Affect Seniors in Massachusetts?
In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a favorable decision in Olmstead v. L.C, a case that challenged the
state of Georgia’s efforts to institutionalize people with mental disabilities. The Court ruled that the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) required states to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities; additionally, the Court indicated that each state should develop an Olmstead plan
consistent with the Supreme Court's decision. This is the plan that has been developed for Massachusetts.
SeniorCare plays a strong role in developing and providing many of the community-based services described in this plan:
Posted by senior care blog at 1:57 PM
05 December 2012
How Could Local Seniors be Affected by the Fiscal Cliff?
Nutrition Programs at Risk
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