Categorized | Technology

Wellness fairs in Taunton and Middleboro aim to be one-stop shopping for seniors

TAUNTON — In a time of uncertainty and major changes in Washington D.C., state Sen. Marc Pacheco wants to give senior citizens an opportunity to get their questions answered without endless hold music and interminable lines, he said.

“Right now, with everything happening with Medicaid and the potential impacts at the federal level on Medicare and Social Security, it’s important for people to be able to access the resources that are out there,” the Taunton Democrat said Tuesday.

Pacheco has organized a pair of senior health and wellness fairs for next week in Taunton and Middleboro.

He said the idea is to provide one-stop shopping for seniors with questions or concerns in a wide range of areas, not just financial.

The events will feature blood pressure screenings, flu shots, safe sharps disposal, prescription drug take backs and fitness demonstrations.

And there will be representatives on hand to answer questions from: Morton Hospital, the Social Security Administration, the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services, AARP, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, South Coast Legal Services, the Alzheimer’s Association, the YMCA, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, the Department of Veterans Services, GATRA, the local councils on aging, Consumer Assistance from the Attorney General’s office, Bristol County Elder Services, Citizens for Citizens and more.

Getting all those groups together under one roof took a lot of behind-the-scenes organizing, said Pacheco, who represents the First Plymouth and Bristol District, which consists of Taunton, Raynham, Dighton and Berkley in Bristol County and Bridgewater, Middleboro, Wareham, Carver and Marion in Plymouth County.

There will be one fair in each county but residents from throughout the district are welcome to attend whichever one is more convenient for them, he said.

“We have 10,000 people per day turning 65 years old in this country and a disproportionate share are in the Northeast,” Pacheco said.

“When you go through the process of even signing up for Medicare and trying to get your questions answered, it can be very confusing,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco said he will be attending both fairs all day.

“It’s very rare you can go to one place and get information on a variety of topics,” he said.

“It seemed to me based on the calls we are getting and the environment we are living in, in terms of the potential for changes on the horizon, that it would be helpful,” Pacheco said.

The massive Republican overhaul of the federal tax system that Congress approved last month will likely have ripple effects that are worrisome to senior citizens in particular, who rely on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Pacheco said.

The tax changes will create deficits that could put entitlements like those programs on the chopping block, he said.

It’s too soon to say how that will play out. But just having a place to ask questions is important, Pacheco said.

“This forum isn’t going to give everyone all the answers, but it will put them in touch with agencies they can stay in contact with,” he said.

The first senior health and wellness fair will take place in Taunton on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Roseland Ballroom, 174 Broadway.

The second fair will take place in Middleboro on Friday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Middleboro Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Ave.

Pacheco asked that anyone planning to attend try to RSVP to his office at 508-822-3000 but seniors are also welcome to drop in any time during the day without registering in advance if they prefer.

Dial-a-Ride services from GATRA will be available for eligible seniors. For Taunton pickup, call 508-822-6106. For Middleboro pickup, call 508-946-2490.

For more information about the fairs or a schedule of speakers, contact Pacheco’s office at 508-822-3000.

 

 

Article source: http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/20180109/wellness-fairs-in-taunton-and-middleboro-aim-to-be-one-stop-shopping-for-seniors

Comments are closed.

Call Now: 877-642-5321 ` ` . .