COUNCIL ON AGING

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts wants to help you stay well, with no-cost health education webinars brought to you in partnership with your local Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Join a webinar to participate in educational activities, practice new hobbies, stay connected to other community members while remaining at home, and learn more about how to stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.

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December 8

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET

Taming Your Mind with Mindfulness Techniques

Presenters: Jenna Feitelberg & Janet Fontana

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Dec8

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR SENIORS
While our building remains closed to the public, the full COA staff is available by phone and email during regular business hours. You can reach all staff members at (508) 888-4737. Please see the latest newsletter (December 2020) on this website or available by mail.

Bread Donations – We have resumed offering bread donations from Stop & Shop on Mondays from 10am-2pm. The donation table will be outside only; you can pick up breads and baked goods for yourself or a neighbor. All donations are commercially packaged. Please observe social distancing guidelines if others are picking up and wear a facial covering. Please use the touch free hand sanitizing station before making selections. During the winter months the bread table will be moved to the lower level of the COA building.

Rent of Mortgage Payment Issues – For tenants to qualify for protection under the federal government’s moratorium, a tenant must apply for all available financial assistance and complete a declaration notice. Both the financial assistance application form and the federal declaration form are available online at www.haconcapecod.org.

Transportation – Full availability for essential medical and personal care appointments. Please note that due to safety protocols, we have fewer vehicles and are limited to one passenger per vehicle; call at least 3 days in advance for a ride.

Grocery Shopping – We do not provide shoppers, but can transport individuals to the store. At this time, we can only transport one person at a time, so daily schedules may vary. Stops can be made at a pharmacy or bank.

Outreach – Information and referrals for services are available. Please call the office at (508) 888-4737.

Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Grocery Delivery – The Medical Reserve Corps is now providing a free grocery delivery service for seniors.
*MRC volunteers will pick up your pre-ordered, pre-paid groceries and deliver to you. Please call (508) 556-7161 for more information.

Meals on Wheels – At this time Elder Services of the Cape and Islands is taking new clients for the Meals on Wheels program. Please call (508) 394-4630 for more information.

Food Pantry - The Food Pantry is available for seniors. Please call Jennifer on Mondays from 10am-12pm to register if you have not used the Pantry previously. (508) 888-3816. You may go to the office on Wednesdays (10am-12pm) for help with registration. If you are new or do not have a phone to do an online order, a volunteer will assist you. When you are registered, Pantry hours are Wednesdays 10am-12pm, every 3rd Saturday, and the last Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm and 6pm-7:30pm.

Caregivers – Please register with the COA if you are caring for a loved one with dementia. In the event that something happens to you, First Responders will notify the COA to make sure your emergency caregiver is contacted. If you don’t have a back-up plan, please consider your options in case of an emergency need.

SHINE – Our SHINE counselors are now available for telephone appointments for Medicare Open Enrollment and general insurance matters. Open enrollment continues until December 7th. Please call the office to schedule a time. Tuesday afternoons 12pm-3pm, Thursday mornings 9am-12pm. See full SHINE information inside the newsletter.

CORD – Options Counseling is available. Steve Spillan, PhD, will answer your calls about services that may assist you in staying in the community rather than going into a nursing home. Please call CORD at (508) 775-8300 ext. 20 and leave a message for Steve; or, email him at steve@cilcapecod.org.

Programming – We have created several online program options via Zoom. We are working to bring you more possibilities via Sandwich Community TV for those without computers. Please visit our Programming web page here. While we won’t be open for our normal programs for a while, stay tuned to learn more about future safe and approved activities. Call the office for more information on all programs or check our latest newsletter available on this website or by mail.

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Members

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Council Overview

The mission of the Council on Aging is to partner with the Sandwich community to assure the best quality of life for older adults (age 60+), their families and caregivers. Our goal is to develop and provide programs and supportive outreach services promoting an independent, active and healthy lifestyle. We strive to ensure that Sandwich seniors have the opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters learning, social connection, and volunteerism.

Residents Under Age 60

Presently, the Council provides various assistance programs including fuel assistance and SNAP.  Referrals to other agencies are also offered.