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A Message about Coronavirus
A novel coronavirus is leading to respiratory disease and affecting those in certain provinces in China. The CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and other government agencies are monitoring the situation. Currently the risk to residents in Massachusetts is low. Please call your doctor/provider if you have recently traveled to Wuhan City, China, and are experiencing lower respiratory illness symptoms such as, but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Please note that influenza infections are high in Massachusetts. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Please practice the following infection prevention activities:
MassOptions - (1-800-243-4636) is a statewide resource directory available by phone and through the web (www.massoptions.org) which offers local and regional resources for elders and caregivers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All services are free.
Eldercare Locator - The Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116) is a national resource database available by phone or through the web and managed by the Administration on Community Living. This database helps callers looking for information and assistance about services and programs throughout the United States.
www.medicare.gov - Drug and health plan finder
www.ssa.gov - When and how to sign up for Medicare and applying for Low Income Assistance for drug plans.
www.medicareinteractive.org - This website is maintained by the Medicare Rights Center. The site provides an excellent overview of Medicare Basics and is easy to use and navigate.
www.benefitscheckup.org - Find out what Federal and/or state programs provide assistance (financial) with Medicare Part B premiums, drug plan premiums and copays, utilities and food. Also will find useful information on housing and elder care assistance.
MassHousing Hoarding Resource Directory - Lists individuals, organizations and groups to help confront hoarding.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission's Home Modification Loan Program - This state funded loan program began in 1999 and has assisted hundreds of Massachusetts residents by providing low or no interest loans to make access and safety modifications to the residence of elders and individuals with disabilities. The intent of the program is to allow people to remain in their homes and live more independently in their communities.
DisabilityInfo.org - INDEX collects and maintains up-to-date information on programs, providers and services in Massachusetts that have something to offer to people with disabilities. INDEX is a project of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
AB Cares - A community-based collaborative effort in Acton and Boxborough that seeks to prevent suicide across the life span and support those who are impacted.
LGBT Aging Resource Guide - This booklet includes resources that provide programs, services and helpful information to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) aging community in and around Boston.