Mashpee Senior Center: We Are Here For You!
Welcome back! The Mashpee Senior Center reopened to the public June 1. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please drop by to say hello, if you need assistance, have a question, or want to learn more about our minibus service or volunteer opportunities. There is no set date for in-person small or large group events to resume at the senior center; more information will be forthcoming at a later date. In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy our virtual programs and drive-by events. Face coverings and social distancing are required. We have missed everyone and are looking forward to seeing you all again!
We encourage you to sign up for our e-mails to receive up-to-date news regarding activities, volunteer opportunities, programs and more. Contact the Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our e-mail list.
Mashpee COA Activities & Virtual Programs
Virtual Aerobics for the Brain, Monday, June 21, from 11 AM to noon (via Zoom)—You are familiar with the quote, “move it or lose it,” yes? Well, like our bodies, we need to keep our minds fit. Join our virtual Aerobics for the Brain sessions and join a fun group to help keep your mind sharp and focused. Have fun, socialize and be challenged. Join us on the first and third Monday of the month for these one-hour Zoom sessions in which folks participate in myriad activities such as problem solving, observing patterns, math equations and other games.
Virtual Mashpee Senior Center Book Club, Monday, June 28, from 2 to 3 PM (via Zoom)—Join us as we discuss the Jeanine Cummins novel “American Dirt,” an unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug cartel to cross the US-Mexico border. Here is is a sneak peek at next month’s book: “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah.
Patriots Hall of Fame Virtual Tour, Wednesday, July 14, from 10 to 11:30 AM (via Zoom)—Watch this awesome tour from the comforts of your home or with some friends at the senior center. The Patriots Hall of Fame gives its fans a unique, technologically advanced venue to relive and celebrate great moments and great players and even recall some of the hard times that make all fans, including long-time season ticket holder Robert Kraft, appreciate the recent Super Bowl championships. The Hall will impress Patriots and football fans alike. Join its staff for a virtual tour of the Hall of Fame and an inside look at some unique artifacts!
To participate in any of these activities, register by calling Julie Silvia at Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Mashpee COA Minibus Service
The Mashpee Council on Aging minibus operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 AM and 1:30 PM. Trips can be arranged to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical/dental appointments, the post office and the bank. (Ride requests for this service must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance). Trips for medical/dental appointments within the towns of Sandwich and Falmouth are also offered on a limited basis during the minibus operating days and hours. To reserve your ride, please call Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440. The driver will get back to you to inform you that your ride is confirmed.
The following is a message from the office of Barnstable County’s regional SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program.
Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair: Learn about signing up for Medicare, Wednesday, June 23, 3 to 7 PM—This free virtual, online fair is for people turning 65 or becoming eligible for Medicare because of disability. There will be expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs. If you have Medicare questions, contact the regional SHINE office at 508-375-6762. If you have questions about the Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit www.shiphelp.org.
Mashpee Police Department’s Tip Of The Month
The following common elder fraud schemes are from www.fbi.gov.
Romance scam: Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on their elderly victims’ desire to find companions.
Tech support scam: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.
Grandparent scam: Criminals pose as a relative—usually a child or grandchild—claiming to be in immediate financial need.
Government impersonation scam: Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments.
Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scam: Criminals claim to work for legitimate charitable organizations to gain victims’ trust. Or they claim their targets have won a foreign lottery or sweepstake, which they can collect for a “fee.”
Home repair scam: Criminals appear in person and charge homeowners in advance for home improvement services that they never provide.
TV/radio scam: Criminals target potential victims using illegitimate advertisements about legitimate services, such as reverse mortgages or credit repair.
Family/caregiver scam: Relatives or acquaintances of the elderly victims take advantage of them or otherwise get their money.
Remember, only scammers will ask you to buy gift cards for payment of a bill or money owed. Never give out any personal information over the telephone, be very cautious when giving out personal information on the Internet or giving access to your computer or phone. You can always contact the Mashpee Police Department at any time regarding the legitimacy of a call.
Questions may be directed to Mashpee Special Officer and advocate Tara Carline at 508-539-1480, extension 7253.
AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed
Have fun doing taxes? Do you enjoy people? Do you think numbers can be fun? If yes, then AARP is looking to share the fun with you. Since 1968 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers have been helping low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their federal and state income tax returns free of charge. New volunteers are trained in the process of completing tax returns each fall and, upon passing the required test, are assigned to various centers across the Cape and islands. Preference is given to centers near their homes. From February through April 15, wonderful people are met and needed help is given. Schedules are flexible and allow for vacation time. If volunteering interests you but you are not sure about preparing tax returns, our Tax-Aide teams are also looking for volunteers with technology and administrative skills to support our tax counselors. Find out more about the fun you can have by being a Tax-Aide Volunteer Counselor. For more information, contact Paul O’Keefe, volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com; or call 203-249-1846.
Legal Services, Justice Center Host Virtual Seminar
Mind the Gap: Bridging Coverage Disparities in MassHealth & Medicare Seminar, Wednesday, June 30, at 10 AM—South Coastal Counties Legal Services and the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts are hosting this seminar. The presentation will start by explaining services not commonly covered by MassHealth and Medicare. It will then include information on resources or other programs people can use to afford those non-covered services. This will be a virtual presentation and you may attend via Zoom or by telephone. To register, call or e-mail KD Bond at 774-488-5957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.