HEALTH & WELLNESS
Tax season is already upon us. By now most people have received their yearend tax documents. This month AARP tax aides will begin offering
appointments one day a week for free income tax preparation at the Northborough Senior Center. There is still time to schedule an appointment,
although availability is limited. A brief publication by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, “Tax Tips for Seniors
this process. For example, The Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is available to many homeowners and renters age 65 and older (single filer’s income cannot exceed $57,000, head of household
income $71,00 and $86,000 for joint filers). The Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is claimed by filing a schedule CB with your state income tax return. In 2016 the maximum allowed credit was
$1,070. There is also an option for obtaining a tax credit for the previous year if the taxpayer qualified but did not claim it during
last year’s filing. Paperwork is a daunting task for many. Filing one’s income tax return is no exception even when being assisted. Upon request,
we can assist with a checklist for your tax return preparation. The checklist helps to ensure that you search for the items you actually need and that you arrive for your appointment prepared.
We are happy to host the AARP tax aides at the Northborough Senior Center. Please do not miss out on this opportunity for help and a possible tax credit. Contact the Outreach Coordinator,
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, with requests for the documents mentioned and other questions.
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW, Outreach Coordinator
Are you familiar with the following local programs; CODE Red,The Northborough Registry of Emergency Needs and the Northborough Police Department Dementia/ Cognitive Issues
Alert? These programs can provide security and reassurance to older and or vulnerable persons in Northborough.
Code Red is the Town of Northborough’s emergency alert system. In an emergency automated phone messages are delivered to residents enrolled in Code Red. Examples of emergency notices include; evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices and missing person reports. All residents are encouraged to enroll in this important service. Enroll online or obtain a paper copy of the online form at the Senior Center. Return the completed form to the Senior Center front desk and volunteers will enter and submit the information online.
The town of Northborough maintains a voluntary record of residents with special needs. The Northborough Registry of Emergency Needs (forms available at the Senior Center),
informs town personnel of the special needs among residents and reassures residents that their needs are known. Information of this nature is especially important in emergency
situations particularly in the planning and prioritizing of response and recovery efforts.
All residents, including those who have submitted information to The Registry of Emergency Needs, are still required to develop their own contingency plans for emergency situations.
The Dementia/ Cognitive Issues Alert makes it possible for family members, caregivers and friends concerned about a loved one who is
experiencing confusion or disorientation, to share their identifying information, including a photo, with the police department. The form is
available on the Police Department website or in printed form at the Northborough Senior Center. Consider signing up for this program before a
wandering event occurs.
Please contact me at the Northborough Senior Center Outreach Department with questions about these proactive, community oriented programs, requests for help with the forms and more.
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW,