What must I do to volunteer at the Senior Center?
Please contact the Director, Marsha Petrillo, to learn where your talents intersect with the volunteer needs of the Center. We welcome new volunteers throughout the year and look forward to meeting you!
What must I do to join The Elderly Connection?
The Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc., is a non-profit fund raising group for the Uxbridge Senior Center. Anyone can join and we encourage families, caregivers, community leaders and the public at large to become part of this very important group. Membership is $2 per year. Please contact Catherine E. Thornton, Elderly Connection Secretary @ Catherine.Thornton1@verizon.net to learn more about how you can become a member. Cathy will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to getting to know you!
How do I participate in the tax work-off program?
If your primary residence is in Uxbridge and you have been paying real estate taxes for one year and you are age 60 or older you may be eligible for the local senior work-off program. The work off program is designed to help offset your real estate tax bill by $500. The program runs from January to December each year and requires 62.5 hours of your time. Please call the director @ 508-278-8622 to learn more about this program. Space is currently limited to 15 participants per year.
How do I qualify for assistance at the Food Pantry?
The People First - Food Pantry is located at 19 Douglas Street in Uxbridge. It is open on Wednesdays from 11AM - 1PM and reopens Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM ñ 8:00PM. For more information about the Food Pantry please call Denise Mussulli at 508-278-5506. If you are in an emergency situation please call the Uxbridge Senior Center @ 508-278-8622 and we will work together to assess your needs and advocate for available programs and services.
How do I qualify for the Fuel Assistance Program?
The Senior Center is an authorized in-take center for SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunities Council) fuel assistance. The SMOC season runs from November 1 through April 30th. We assist all Uxbridge residents with the fuel assistance application process. Because each household is different, we ask that you contact the Senior Center to check to see if you qualify. We will be happy to assess your household income to verify eligibility. If you are already in the SMOC computer system and received fuel assistance last season you will automatically receive a recertification packet from SMOC in early November. Please contact us to help you with your recertification paperwork. Don't wait to contact our office. Our fuel assistance in-take counselors are fully
trained to help you in a timely manner. We work closely with the in-take workers at SMOC to ensure your application is complete. You can find a list of required information to bring with you to the Senior Center here.
What is the minimum age of a "senior"?
The minimum age of a senior citizen is typically age 60 years. In some cases this age varies. For example, to qualify for Social Security one can be age 62, 63, 64, 65 or age 66. Your Social Security benefits will be calculated based on your age. To qualify for Medicare one must be age 65. It is important to note that different programs have different age eligibility requirements. Please contact the Senior Center if you have any questions.
Can I sign up at the Senior Center for Meals on Wheels?
The Meals on Wheels program is offered through Tri Valley Inc. They can be reached at 1-800-286-6640.
What can you tell me about the meals the senior center offers?
The Uxbridge Senior Center offers hot, heart-healthy meals Monday through Friday. We have our very own personal chef, Lynne McPherson. Lynne prepares fresh, low sodium, low sugar meals each day. We follow the DASH diet. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a dietary pattern promoted by the U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services)
to prevent and control hypertension. The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods; includes meat, fish, poultry, nuts and beans; and is limited in sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, red meat, and added fats. In addition to its effect on blood pressure, it is considered a well-balanced approach to eating for the general public. It is now recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an ideal eating plan for all Americans.
I'd like to know more about my computer at home. Can I get training at the senior center?
Yes, the Senior Center offers computer classes on Mondays from 3-4. Talented Nipmuck Regional High School students share their computer knowledge and serve as our instructors. Classes are geared to your individual needs. If you have a laptop we encourage you to bring it to our Center. The Town of Uxbridge provides free wireless internet connection at the Senior Center from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Computer classes are offered October through May each year. There are no computer classes during school vacations.
Now that I'm retired, I have lots of questions about my Social Security benefits, Medicare, long-term care options and other government programs. Do I have to go from one government office to another to get help?
Not necessarily, we can help you with basic questions and help you file for Social Security on line. Our SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) representative, Meg Walsh, is available on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 11:30 - 4:00 PM. Please call Meg to make an appointment. Meg can be reached at 508-278-8622.
The Uxbridge Senior Center offers so much. Are your programs affordable for someone on a fixed income?
Yes, our programs and services are offered at no charge. We do accept donations. If you have any questions relative to our programs, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Center at (508) 278-8622.
I am not a senior, but I am responsible for the care of one. I am overwhelmed. Can you help?
Yes, we can help! It is important for caregivers to take time to care for themselves as well as their loved one. Your aging parent may be eligible for the "Frail Elder Waiver" or weekly services from Tri Valley to help with activities of daily living; or ADL's. If you no longer drive an automobile, need assistance with bathing and/or managing your medication please call us. We are here for you!
My parents are reluctant to join a senior center but are very isolated at home. How can the Senior Center help them to integrate into the community?
The Senior Center Outreach Coordinator, Meg Walsh, is here to assist caregivers and elders make the transition from isolation at home to socialization at the Center. Meg will arrange a home visit to assess the needs of your loved one and develop a care plan in consultation with the client and family. Meg will assist clients to identify, accept and secure needed services either directly, or through referrals to other community agencies such as Tri Valley, Inc. Meg will monitor and follow up with the eldersí needs on a continuing basis.
I still have a lot to offer to my community. Can I share my skills and talents with others at your senior center?
Absolutely! Our senior center relies on volunteers to make it the special place it is. Volunteers teach classes, help the staff in the office or the kitchen, serve on the Policy Advisory Council, participate in intergenerational programs or assist other members at the center and those who are homebound.