In This Issue
Board Members from Boxborough, Harvard, Littleton and Woburn.
Meals on Wheels Drivers are needed in Arlington and Woburn.
Ombudsman volunteers are needed.
Read some tips on eating healthy and "beating the heat" this summer
Join Minuteman’s SHINE Director at this one-evening virtual class, designed for those who are either new to Medicare, planning for retirement, or caregiving for elders who need insurance information. Students will receive a SHINE kit with information about Medicare and other health care plan choices/costs available to Massachusetts residents. Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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We recycle cell phones and Smartphones. Please bring to our office at 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA or visit one of our community partners
Sophie is one of our youngest supporters - she challenged herself to read 100 books in a month to raise money to support people impacted by COVID-19. As Sophie said, “I wanted to donate to Meals on Wheels because during this time, it’s hard to get food, especially when you’re older or unable to leave the house. I think it’s really cool that you all can deliver it to them, and they won’t have to go outside.”
Thank you Sophie for your generosity and hard work!
The referral came from the hospital – the gentleman’s wife died at home due to COVID-19. He was hospitalized because he hadn’t been eating or taking his medications properly and his blood sugar levels were off. His English is poor, so our Options Counselor spoke to him using an interpreter. He’s unemployed, lives alone, has no income, and no family or friends in the area who can offer support. And he was headed home.
He was extremely fearful about contracting COVID-19 and said he felt afraid even to look out his window. He hadn’t been doing laundry because he dared not go to the laundromat; he hadn’t been going grocery shopping either, and thought he had 1-2 days of food left at home. His wife handled their finances as he can’t read English well, with no idea how to go about paying bills.
Our Options Counselor made referrals to our Nutrition, Money Management, and Home Care programs. Our Intake Coordinator brought him two bags of shelf-stable foods and several frozen meals. Meals on Wheels began the next day and he will get help with grocery shopping and laundry through the Home Care program, and assistance from our Money Management program. Lastly, because we know how important being connected locally can be, we consulted with the Outreach Worker at the Council on Aging, who is now also involved.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, call us at 888-222-6171
Our new LGBTQ+ Caregiver Support Group begins on July 2nd! Join us (virtually) to share experiences, challenges and solutions. Find out more
Space is limited. To register or with questions, contact us at (781) 221-7055 or A.Fieleke@MinutemanSenior.org.
Thank you Foundation for MetroWest for supporting this initiative!
LGBT Seniors/Older Adults are a growing population, and a vulnerable one, too! Current volunteers are invited to join Minuteman’s LGBT+ Initiative Coordinator for a virtual training to learn more about LGBT older adults and how to provide affirming, welcoming services to all consumers in our community. Email Hilary Viola at email@example.com to sign up for either session: Wednesday July 15th at 9:00am or Monday August 17th at 3:00pm.
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