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October 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 - December 7

State certified SHINE counselors are available via phone and Zoom (as well as limited face to face visits for those unable to do telephonic consults), to help Medicare beneficiaries compare their coverage and identify public benefits programs that could potentially reduce costs. Appointments are scheduled through local Councils on Aging. People who are not yet Medicare eligible are asked to schedule an appointment after December 7. Check local cable television listings for Medicare Open Enrollment sessions to be broadcast statewide.

Download the Medicare & You 2021 handbook

For more information about SHINE and Medicare please visit: www.Medicare.gov or shinema.org

Please Get Your Flu Shot!

Getting a flu shot is an easy way to help protect you and your family. While it is best to receive the vaccine before 10/31, it is effective at any time. Flu vaccines are available at primary care offices, pharmacies, urgent care centers, and through local public health departments (where home visits may also be available). Find a local vaccine provider at VaccineFinder.org

11th Annual Holiday Online Auction

Help us Spread the Word! Our catalog is full of great gifts for everyone on your list, including gift certificates for restaurants, museums, golfing, sightseeing attractions and more!

Register Now 
at www.biddingforgood.com/minutemansenior 
and Come Back to Bid November 30!

With appreciation to our sponsors: ABC Home Healthcare Professionals, Best Home Care, Daniel Dennis & Company, HUB International, Enterprise Bank, MIddlesex Savings Bank and Partners Healthcare at Home

Support for Family Caregivers

This is a challenging time for those caring for loved ones. Virtual support groups and trainings are ongoing and we welcome your participation:

Virtual Caregiver Support Group

LGBTQ+ Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver Resources During COVID: You Can Feel Safe With Us

Vote Safely

The voter registration deadline in Massachusetts is October 24. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with We Can Vote to provide important information to older adults across the country about how to vote in a healthy and safe way. The website HealthyVoting.org/ncoa includes state-by-state guides created by public health and elections experts. Please vote!

COVID-19 Impact Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is trying to better help people through the COVID-19 crisis by hearing about their experiences and challenges. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. Please consider participating using this link: www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey

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