This month marks the seven year anniversary of the Northborough Senior Center on Bearfoot Road. Over the course of those seven years, the age 60 and older population in Northborough experienced a more than 30% increase. In 2010 the 60+ population was 2,608. Today that segment of the population numbers 3,519. The figures for 2010 and the present were obtained from the Town Clerk, Andy Dowd. The increase is consistent with the trend occurring across the world as the baby boomer generation ages. The town of Northborough built a Senior Center years
ahead of many of our counterparts across the state. Vocal and persistent Senior Center advocates, with a lot of foresight, worked hard to make the Senior Center on Bearfoot Road a reality. The numbers indicate that older people want to remain in Northborough. Not only have they helped to shape the community, they are still contributing in substantial ways. Northborough benefits
when invested and talented residents want to be here. Similarly the construction of the Senior Center was an investment in our community. The increase in the 60+ segment of our population also
heightens the importance of advance planning for later life. Anticipate your needs, become acquainted with area resources and with gaps in the service continuum. We can help. The Senior Center Outreach Coordinator is available to assist town residents, of any age, with aging related matters. Assisting residents remain independent and safe in their chosen community is an important task of the Outreach Department. Identifying housing alternatives, applying for benefit programs that help to defray housing and other expenses, increasing accessibility through the use of the Senior Center van are examples of assistance provided through the Outreach Department. I look forward to working with you on the issues that matter to you.
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW, Outreach Coordinator
HOW CAN SHINE HELP YOU?
Are you turning 65 in the next three months? Are you over 65 and planning to retire soon? Do you understand all your Medicare plan options? Are you having trouble paying for medical expenses and prescription drugs?
If any of these apply to you, contact the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare) program for assistance. SHINE is not just here during
Medicare Open Enrollment. Trained volunteers are available all year to help you! They offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call your local Senior Center. For other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible.
SHINE (SERVING HEALTH INSURANCE NEEDS OF EVERYONE) APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITH OUR SHINE COUNSELORS
We have both day and evening appointments. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment
Day: Tuesdays (Day & Evening Appointments)
Counselors: Pauline O’Bray/Wayne Wirtanen
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) appointments are available with our SHINE Counselors. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.
SHINE - Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone… on Medicare) volunteers can help you! They offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call your local Senior Center. For other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the
SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. Or call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.
BLOOD PRESSURE AND WELLNESS CLINICS
The Blood Pressure and Wellness Clinics offered at the Senior Center and the Housing in Northborough are a valuable service. Many of us are asked by our Doctor or health care provider to have our blood pressure checked before returning for our next appointment. Janet Iacovelli, RN from SALMON VNA & Hospice is happy to help you out with that. She’ll document your blood pressures so that you ‘ll have a log for the next time you see your health provider. See the dates and times below that Janet is available.
The nurse also offers a clinic on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30–2:00 PM at the Senior Center. Janet is available to speak with you regarding general health questions and education, referrals, preventative health care advice, medication consultations, and glucose screening for those individuals who bring their own glucometers. Often times, people feel rushed when seeing their health care provider. This wellness clinic is an opportunity to sit with Janet, the nurse in a confidential setting and review health questions.
Additionally, the Northborough Board of Health has generously partnered with SALMON VNA & Hospice to offer a blood pressure clinic the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00–2:00 PM at the Senior Center and additionally, a blood pressure clinic at the Northborough Housing Authority, 26 Village Drive on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM.
These services are free of charge and are made possible by the efforts and funding of the Friends of the Northborough Senior Center, Inc. and the Northborough Board of Health in recognition of the importance of extending public health services to our valuable senior population. See the dates and times below and then plan to visit with Janet soon!
FREE WELLNESS CLINIC
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Senior Center
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Tuesday, March 7 at 1:00 PM at the Senior Center
Thursday, March 9 at 1:00 PM at the Northborough Housing Authority
FREE HEARING CLINIC
Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Peter Lee of Professional Hearing Healthcare Associates of Westborough will be at the Senior Center to provide free hearing screenings. Please call 508-393-5035 to make your appointment.
HOW’S YOUR HEARING?
FIND OUT…when New England Hearing Instruments comes to Northborough Senior Center
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
How often do you wonder if you heard right? How well can you hear the difference between words like “fifth,” “fish,” or “fist?” How often do you think others mumble?
New England Hearing Instruments will be conducting a limited number of appointments to check your hearing, so please call the front desk to schedule yours today. Find out how
you are hearing. Audiologist and Founder, Dr. Leslie Soiles has been partnering with over 90 area primary care physicians for the past ten years in Shrewsbury. We advocate the AMA recommendation that all people should have a baseline screening at age 55.