Acushnet Council on Aging and Senior Community Center

Acushnet Council on Aging and Senior Community Center Our Mission:

To advocate and support the community's older adults, their families, and their caregiver's while promoting independent and positive lifestyles, in a welcoming and secure environment.
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Cribbage, Mahjong, Weight Training, Aerobics, Bingo, Pitch, Line Dancing, Arts & Crafts, Nutrition Program, French Culture Group, Square Dancing, Free Legal Assistance, Fuel Assistance Applications, Outreach Services, Scrabble, Hand and Foot, Free Blood Pressure Screenings and much more. Please call for a complete program list.

Operating as usual

07/21/2021

A round of applause for Jerry Sounik and Gary Melo from EMA for helping us with some much needed building maintenance during today's vaccination clinic. #TeamAcushnet

Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage for older adults and some younger adults with disabilities. ...
07/21/2021
Medicare Plans Resource for Veterans | MedicarePlans.com

Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage for older adults and some younger adults with disabilities. If you have VA benefits due to your military service, you may be wondering if it's worth signing up for Medicare when you already have access to care at VA facilities.

https://www.medicareplans.com/va-military-and-medicare-benefits-resource/?msID=70e31dd3-fbc9-4b4f-9c8f-5db557edde0f

Can veterans get Medicare? Find out how Medicare works with your VA benefits and when it makes sense to sign up for Medicare as a veteran.

Be sure to follow the Town's official page for the latest news and updates!
07/21/2021

Be sure to follow the Town's official page for the latest news and updates!

A Message From the Town Administrator, Julie Hebert:

The Board of Selectmen and I are very excited to launch our official Town of Acushnet page! We are hoping that this page helps our residents and visitors to better engage in our community and access Town information.
Please feel free to “like”, follow, and share our page so we can reach as many residents and visitors as possible!

07/20/2021

Today we celebrated the holidays in July with our friend Pam the Singing Nurse.

07/20/2021

Today is Lollipop Day!

Lollipop Day allows us to celebrate and enjoy the creation of Lollipops. Could you imagine how sheltered our childhood, and perhaps adulthood, would be, if the lollipop had never been invented!? It sure would be a duller, and less tasteful world.
How to Celebrate National Lollipop Day:

Eat Lollipops: Go out and buy a bag full of lollipops. Then, have a couple over the course of the day. Kids (and adults), don't eat too many. We don't want you to get an upset stomach.

Share your Lollipops: Bring lollipops everywhere you go. Pass them out to everyone.

Play the Lollipop Game: Drill holes into a thick, flat board. Paint the bottom portion of a couple lollipop sticks. Stick the lollipops at random, into the holes in the board. Each player gets to select a lollipop. If they pull the one with the painted stick, they win a prize!

Congratulations to Sean Brown!Acushnet Resident and Valedictorian of Fairhaven High School Class of 2021The Board of Sel...
07/19/2021

Congratulations to Sean Brown!

Acushnet Resident and Valedictorian of Fairhaven High School Class of 2021

The Board of Selectmen recently had the opportunity to recognize the achievements of Acushnet resident Sean R. Brown. Sean graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 2021 at Fairhaven High School.

We wish Sean the best of luck in his future endeavors!

Congratulations to Sean Brown!

Acushnet Resident and Valedictorian of Fairhaven High School Class of 2021

The Board of Selectmen recently had the opportunity to recognize the achievements of Acushnet resident Sean R. Brown. Sean graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 2021 at Fairhaven High School.

We wish Sean the best of luck in his future endeavors!

Congrats to Officer Jimmy Costa!
07/16/2021

Congrats to Officer Jimmy Costa!

07/16/2021

Intergenerational Book Club

Join students from the Ford Middle School as they read Peak by Roland Smith and The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Read one book or both! Discussion groups will meet in the afternoon the first week in September.

Both books are available at the Acushnet Public Library and in New Bedford.

Please call the COA for details.

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, over the age of 55, unemployed, and interested in working remotely, you may be e...
07/15/2021

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, over the age of 55, unemployed, and interested in working remotely, you may be eligible for an exciting, new and innovative skills training program.

Operation ABLE of Greater Boston in partnership with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will soon be launching the ABLE Remote Employment Skills Training Program. This free 20-week program funded by the US Department of Labor provides individuals over the age of 55 with the skills, experience, and understanding needed to be able to work effectively in a remote or hybrid environment. The program, which will be offered virtually, will include instruction in computers and job search as well as components in customer service, accounting, or medical administration.

Access to computers through a loaner laptop program may also be available for those participants lacking the necessary technology to study and work from their homes.

The first training cycle starts September 13, 2021 with two more cohorts to start in the Winter and Spring.

If you are interested in applying and/or looking for more information, please contact Mark Gyurina at Operation ABLE, 617-542-4180 or via email at [email protected]

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, over the age of 55, unemployed, and interested in working remotely, you may be eligible for an exciting, new and innovative skills training program.

Operation ABLE of Greater Boston in partnership with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will soon be launching the ABLE Remote Employment Skills Training Program. This free 20-week program funded by the US Department of Labor provides individuals over the age of 55 with the skills, experience, and understanding needed to be able to work effectively in a remote or hybrid environment. The program, which will be offered virtually, will include instruction in computers and job search as well as components in customer service, accounting, or medical administration.

Access to computers through a loaner laptop program may also be available for those participants lacking the necessary technology to study and work from their homes.

The first training cycle starts September 13, 2021 with two more cohorts to start in the Winter and Spring.

If you are interested in applying and/or looking for more information, please contact Mark Gyurina at Operation ABLE, 617-542-4180 or via email at [email protected]

Community Electricity ProgramAcushnet Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) is the Town's electricity supply program t...
07/14/2021
Acushnet Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA)

Community Electricity Program

Acushnet Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) is the Town's electricity supply program that brings more vetted choices to Acushnet residents and businesses.

We periodically send enrollment letters to new electricity customers in town who are eligible for the program. Our most recent letter is in the mail on July 14, 2021.

If you have any questions about the letter, please email [email protected] and our partner in making this program a reality, Good Energy, will respond to your inquiry. You may also call 844-627-7232.

If you received the letter and WOULD like to participate in the program no action is necessary - you will be automatically enrolled.

If you WOULD NOT like to participate, by August 16, 2021, either return the enclosed opt out card in the included envelope, call the electricity supplier Constellation at (833) 461-0813 or complete the opt-out form on the website MassCEA.com/Acushnet.

Check MassCEA.com/Acushnet for more details and to learn about the other electricity options offered that support the development of more renewable energy resources.

Acushnet Community Electricity Aggregation program, providing renewable electricity options and stable rates to residents and businesses.

Sharing for our friends at Fairhaven Supportive Social Day
07/14/2021

Sharing for our friends at Fairhaven Supportive Social Day

Sharing for our friends at Fairhaven Supportive Social Day

The GLSS (Greater Lynn Senior Services) Conversations team wishes to share a free short Spotlight video on the topic of ...
07/14/2021
SPOTLIGHT: Mindfulness - A Tool For Managing Stress

The GLSS (Greater Lynn Senior Services) Conversations team wishes to share a free short Spotlight video on the topic of Mindfulness, with presenter Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, LADC I.

The impact of stress on individuals' physical and mental health can be tremendous. This Spotlight looks at the ways Mindfulness can promote healthy patterns under stressful conditions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yHhkXCzAxg

The impact of stress on individuals' physical and mental health can be tremendous. This Spotlight looks at the ways Mindfulness can promote healthy patterns ...

Imposter ScamsImposter scams come in many varieties, but work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust t...
07/13/2021
Federal Trade Commission

Imposter Scams

Imposter scams come in many varieties, but work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust to convince you to send them money. Learn how to spot an imposter scam. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0037-imposter-scams

What to do:

Hang up. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information to get your new card or new benefits, that’s a scam.

Don’t give personal information to a caller claiming to be from Medicare. You can’t trust caller id. These calls can be spoofed so they look like they’re coming from Medicare even when they’re not.

Before you give any personal information, initiate your own call to Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE.

Report the call. Report Medicare imposters at 1-800-MEDICARE.

The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams.

The official website of the Federal Trade Commission, protecting America’s consumers for over 100 years.

07/13/2021

Today is National French Fries Day!

National French Fries Day is today. One wonders why it is called a "National" day, as French fries are popular around the world. It should be called an "International" day.
It's name might suggest a French origin. But, French Fries are believed to have originated in Belgium in the 17th century. Fried potatoes were substituted in the Belgium diet in winter months, when fish were not available to fry. From Europe, their popularity spread literally around the world.

French fries were introduced to the U.S. by President Thomas Jefferson. In the U.S., French fries are the most popular fast food item. Some of us get a burger, while others get a hot dog. Some people choose a chicken sandwich, while others opt for a steak bomber. But, almost every one of these dishes are served with a side order of French fries.

High in fiber, you can enjoy eating French fries anywhere in the world. When traveling, be prepared to place your order in the native language:

• In the U.S., they're called French fries.
• In Belgium, they are known as "Belgium Fries".
• The French call them "pomme frites".
• In the UK, ask for an order of "Chips".
• In Spain, they are called "patatas fritas".
• Folks in some countries call them "finger chips"
• They are also known as "Flemish Fries"

Did You Know? Americans consume 30 pounds of potatoes per person per year. 25% of those potatoes are made into French fries.

You can call French Fries by many, many names. Just be certain to order or make French fries today in celebration of National French Fries Day. Despite their name, French fries can be fried, or baked. Depending on where you are, you will likely eat them with ketchup, salt, vinegar, mayonnaise, gravy, cheese, bacon, butter or sugar.

Two upcoming vaccine opportunities at the Acushnet Council on Aging. There are no residency requirements. July 21st - no...
07/12/2021

Two upcoming vaccine opportunities at the Acushnet Council on Aging. There are no residency requirements.

July 21st - no appointment needed. 1 dose Johnson and Johnson available. Must be 18+

July 31st - no appointment needed. Pfizer available. ages 12+ welcome

07/12/2021

The Visiting Dental Hygienists are back! To schedule your checkup at the Acushnet COA please call or email today.

Mobile Dental Hygienist - Call Teresa or Andrea at 508-827-6725. [email protected]

07/09/2021

Storm Update - from the National Weather Service Office in Norton

The back edge of the rain is moving east through western MA and CT at this time. The heavy rain will come to an end in the next 4 hours, exiting the east coast of MA by 5 PM.

Winds will be peaking on Cape Cod and the island through 3 PM and decreasing into the late afternoon. There remains a chance for some scattered thunderstorms this evening, a few of which could be strong, mainly in Connecticut.

For any clean up efforts on Saturday, the weather will be fairly quiet, but with some scattered showers and pop up thunderstorms. We do not expect anything severe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD0cChTnRTcMemory Café is held at the Marion Council on Aging, 465 Mill Street, Marion e...
07/07/2021
JF&CS Memory Café PSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD0cChTnRTc

Memory Café is held at the Marion Council on Aging, 465 Mill Street, Marion every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

508-748-3570 for more information.

This one-minute video helps the public learn about Memory Cafés, social programs for people living with dementia and those who care about them. Memory Cafés ...

So proud of our EMA team!
07/06/2021

So proud of our EMA team!

THE CREW! Pictured here are members of the ACUSHNET OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT who assisted at Monday night's Fireworks display in New Bedford. From left to right we have Gary Melo, Eric Chew, Ed Caron, Deputy Director and standing tall in the middle is Duncan Merrey followed by Jerry Sounik and Dave Maxim.

07/06/2021

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating scattered strong to severe thunderstorms on Tuesday (7/6) from 1 PM to 8 PM. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed the Commonwealth at slight risk for severe weather. The main threats are damaging winds, with gusts up to 50-60 mph, isolated hail & locally heavy rainfall which may lead to street flooding. The NWS is reporting a high-end widespread event is not expected.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for much of the Commonwealth with heat indices in the mid/upper 90’s for today and tomorrow.

07/02/2021
Massachusetts VaxMillions GiveawayWin $1 million or a college scholarship. Get vaccinated today! You can't play if you a...
06/30/2021
Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway

Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway

Win $1 million or a college scholarship. Get vaccinated today! You can't play if you aren't vaccinated.

Get 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Registration starts on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-vaxmillions-giveaway

Massachusetts is giving away cash prizes and college scholarships to registered fully vaccinated people

Timeline Photos
06/30/2021

Timeline Photos

This past year was extremely difficult for so many. The Trevor Project put together a survey that shed light on the many challenges our LGBTQ+ young people were facing across the country.

- 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting su***de in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.

- More than 80% of LGBTQ youth stated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful — and only 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth found their home to be LGBTQ-affirming.

- 48% of LGBTQ youth reported they wanted counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past year.

It is important that everyone has access to the support and help they need. Here are some resources whether you are looking for help, you know someone who would benefit on connecting with others, or if you are a simply an ally and want to do more.

Local:
South Coast LGBTQ Network- www.sclgbtqnetwork.org
The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth - ma-lgbtq.org
Pride Counseling & Consulting Southcoast - www.pridesouthcoast.com

National:
The Trevor Project - www.thetrevorproject.org
GLSEN - www.glsen.org
Center for Black Equity - centerforblackequity.org

06/29/2021
06/29/2021

Registration begins Thursday 7/1

Happy Holidays from the Singing Nurse

We weren’t able to celebrate the December holidays together in 2020 so let’s make up for it now!

Grab some cookies and hot coco on Tuesday, July 20th at 1:00 p.m. and enjoy the musical talents of Pam the Singing Nurse as she entertains us with favorite songs from her holiday collection.

This program is free but you must RSVP, 508-998-0280.

06/28/2021

Acushnet Road Will Be Closing for Bridge Repair

Starting July 12, 2021 for Approximately 1 Month

Detour

The Town of Mattapoisett and its contractor, Aqua Line Utility Inc., will be replacing the bridge on Acushnet Road. The bridge, located about ¼ mile south of Tinkham Lane, has structural and safety concerns, and will be replaced with a concrete box culvert.

In order to replace the bridge, Acushnet Road is currently scheduled to be closed on or about July 12, 2021 and will be closed for approximately 1 month.

06/16/2021

Council on Aging, Town Hall & Parting Ways will be closed this Friday, June 18th in recognition of Juneteenth.

Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Celebrated each year on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and is an opportunity to reflect on the need to continue working toward racial justice.

06/10/2021

HERE IS A LIST OF LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES OF VACCINATION SITES THAT ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBILC:

THURSDAY JUNE 10th, RITE AID parking lot, located at the corner of Holly St. and Acushnet Ave. New Bedford 4pm - 7pm.

SATURDAY JUNE 12th, PRICE RITE RT. 18 New Bedford 9am -1pm

SUNDAY JUNE 13th,RIVERSIDE PARK Belleville Ave. New Bedford 9am - 4pm

MONDAY JUNE 14th, McCOY RECREATION CENTER Hillman St. New Bedford (former Vocational High School site) 9am - 4pm.

06/09/2021
06/08/2021
06/08/2021

We want to take this opportunity to welcome our new custodian, Mr. Andrew Carreiro, to #TeamAcushnet

Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Address

59 1/2 South Main St
Acushnet, MA
02743

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General information

The Acushnet Council on Aging van is available to pick up any senior or adult with a disability living in Acushnet, free of charge, who needs transportation to and from the Senior Center. If you are a homebound senior and need services please call the Senior Center.

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

Telephone

(508) 998-0280

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