DUNSTABLE SENIOR NEWS

Dunstable Council on Aging Barbara Martin chairman, Mary Dow secretary

Donald Pottle, Vincent Hollins, James McManus

Assistant to the Elderly Anne Fenochetti 978-649-4514 # 223                     

Program coordinator. Susan Tully 978-649-6750                  sjt0213@verizon.net    

Dunstable Seniors ……we are a peer group for those over 60.

The Mission of the Dunstable Council on Aging is to serve as a supportive family resource as emerging needs of Dunstable residents become more complex; and to advocate for and provide, in a cost-effective manner, a safe, congenial environment where seniors may participate in social, educational, and cultural programs reflective of their needs. Feel free to give us your ideas.

There will be NO MEETINGS at the Dunstable Library till further notice

Senior Services

Bone Builders Program   This will resume once the library reopens.

PEPPERELL FOOD PANTRY NOW OPEN TO DUNSTABLE RESIDENTS

PACH Located at 66 Hollis St. Pepperell is open on Tuesdays from 5 – 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 7p.m. PACH provides food, paper goods and personal care items to residents in need of assistance. If you are interested in using this service contact office at 978-925-9770 or visit their web site at www.pachoutreach.org. Food collection boxes are placed in the library, church and post office.  Donations would be appreciated they just need to be non-expired. A volunteer will pick them up on Tuesdays. Thanks for your support. Our hope is that Dunstable residents will take advantage of this program if needed.

Van Service is available for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Cost is $5.00 for local trips, Lowell, Chelmsford, Nashua, Tyngsboro, Westford, Ayer, Groton & Pepperell.  $10.00 for any other.  Check with Anne Fenochetti as soon as you know when your appointment is to make sure a ride is available.

Meals on Wheels Do you or someone you know need the services of Meals on Wheels? This service is now being merged with Tyngsboro’s MOW. For information contact Joyce Dastou at Merrimack Valley Elder Services at 1-800-892-0890.

Durable Medical Equipment  Try us FREE before you buy. Check out the COA’s inventory. We have a variety of good, gently used walkers, wheelchairs, transport chairs, canes, commodes and much more that people have generously donated. These are on loan and need to be returned when not in use.

Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice: For information on home health, flu clinics, nursing availability, or hospice – call 1-800698-3307. Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients to give the caregiver a break. Call Wendy Chieffo for more info 1-800-698-3307 ext. 352 or wchieffo@nashoba.org.

Medicare    Remember if you are turning 65 you should contact Social Security to enroll in Medicare. Medicare has no connection to your eligibility for social security benefits. If you have questions call Elder Services at 1-800-892-0890.

Invisawear, the smart jewelry that could save your life. This discreet device can send an immediate SOS to 5 emergency contacts with your GPS location. Free and optional contact 911 feature is also available and has no monthly fees. One of our seniors gave us info on this product. You also may like it. Go to www.invisawear.com for more info.

We now have the application for RMV Handicap placards

Charity Navigator There aren’t many days go by that we are not contacted to make a donation to different organizations. Want to make sure they a legitimate and the money you donate is well used. You can now look up these charities at www.charitynavigator.org

Brown Bag Program Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. and the Greater Boston Food Bank have joined forces to offer an Elder Brown Bag Program for income eligible residents 60 years and older in the Merrimack Valley.  Eligible elders will receive a FREE bag of groceries on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Each bag contains a variety of basic healthy foods: soup to cereal, meat to veggies, there may be a treat or two.  Pick up at the Tyngsboro Senior Center. Applications are now being accepted and are available through Anne at the Dunstable COA office.

Elder Hotline Finding the answer to questions about issues can sometimes be confusing. The Attorney General’s Office has a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline to assist individuals on a wide range of elder issues. The number is 1-888-243-5337 (TTY: 617-727-4765) Monday thru Friday 10:00 am– 4:00 pm This elderly hotline provides a valuable service to Massachusetts’ senior citizens, their families, and other information about elder related issues and programs throughout the commonwealth.