Sudbury Senior Center Update

Update 5/20/20:

Hello All-

I and the Senior Center staff hope you are managing well and staying healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, all programs, classes and events at the Sudbury Senior Center are cancelled until further notice, and the Senior Center is closed, along with other town buildings.   However, the Senior Center is continuing to offer services that can be provided safely, including: Phone Buddies, Grocery Shopping by volunteers, SHINE (Medicare) Counseling by phone, Information and Consultation by phone, and Legal Clinic appointments by phone. We are also researching and planning how and when to offer additional services and programs.

We recognize that this extended time of social distancing is very challenging for many reasons.  The Senior Center staff is working remotely and is checking messages and emails and returning calls and emails as quickly as possible.  Please feel free to reach out to us at 978-443-3055 or [email protected].

You can also check back to the Senior Center website at www.sudburyseniorcenter.org or the Town of Sudbury website www.sudbury.ma.us for more information.  

New Volunteer Service – Phone Buddies

The Senior Center is setting up a new way of connecting you to your neighbors.  We are looking for residents who would like to be matched with a phone buddy (a volunteer from the Senior Center*).  Phone Buddies will call once a week for friendship and conversation.  Please contact the Senior Center at [email protected] or 978-443-3055 and leave a message with your name, phone number and email address, if possible.

*All Senior Center volunteers are interviewed and complete the required paperwork, including a Mass. CORI Criminal background check.

BayPath Elder Services Home Delivered Meals Program

BayPath Elder Services continues to deliver lunchtime meals to clients in Sudbury on Tuesdays and Fridays (3 meals each delivery).  Many thanks to Debbie Peters, Meals Manager, and her wonderful delivery volunteers!  For more information, please contact BayPath Elder Services at 508-573-7200. 

Tax News

The IRS and State of Massachusetts have extended the filing deadlines for Federal and State taxes to July 15, 2020.  We are hoping to be able to provide Tax Return appointments and will notify people who had signed up.  It would be easier to notify people if we had an email address rather than a phone number.  If you are able to email us this information, please email [email protected]  Chery Finley, Administrative Coordinator will be contacting everyone with updated information as soon as we have it.

Information/Resources

The Sudbury Board of Health is posting updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak at Board of Health Coronavirus Updates

The Town Social Worker has comprehensive lists of resources on her webpage at Social Worker Resources.

Of note:

Wearing a Facial Covering – Per Governor Charlie Baker, we are all asked to wear a facial covering or mask when going out of the house and not able to practice social distancing due to the circumstances. 

Instructions on How to Use Face Coverings Effectively are available from Mass. DPH (Dept. of Public Health) on COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets

Continue to practice “social distancing” – keeping a 6-foot radius of space around you and between you and others.  Staying at home or outside away from people is the safest way to do this.

Beware of scams – there are many bad actors taking advantage of this situation to try to scam people of their money, or their identity information.  Please be very wary.  People may call, email or knock on your door offering free COVID-19 testing, or some other offer.  You should only talk to your doctor/doctor’s office about these things.  The town and state of Mass. are not calling or knocking on doors to offer these services.  There are also many other types of scams – if you don’t know the person – just do not respond.

Again, please feel free to contact the Senior Center with questions or concerns or if you need paper copies of information mailed to you at 978-443-3055 or [email protected].

 

Stay well,

Debra Galloway, Director, and all the Sudbury Senior Center Staff
Sudbury Senior Center
978-443-3055

 

Additional resources:

Sudbury Neighbor Brigade

Sudbury Board of Health

Sudbury Home Delivery Resources

Sudbury Town Social Worker Resource Page

 

Centers for Disease Control

CDC Coronavirus Information

High Risk Complications

 

Mass. Department of Public Health

Mass Dept. of Public Health Coronavirus Information

Mass Dept. of Public Health Coronavirus Blog – Ask Questions

 

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