Dighton Council On Aging January 2018 Monthly Happenings
Volunteer Needed: We are in need of a gentlemen to volunteer on a 1 time 6-hour project. Person interested must enjoy working with the elderly and must pass a CORI Check (Criminal Offender Record Information). If you are interested, and would like more information, please call 508-669-6272.
How To Report Elder Abuse: The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has centralized the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (elder abuse hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number simplifies the process for elder abuse reporting. To report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at: 1-800-992-2275
Reminiscing With Myrna: The Town of Dighton Historian, would like to listen to your stories about the good old days. Join us Friday, January 19th, at 10 a.m. (please call to confirm), at the Dighton C.O.A, 300 Lincoln Ave. Please call 508-823-0095 to let us know you’ll be attending.
Do You Need Help With Your Heating Costs? Help Is Available Wondering if you qualify for Fuel Assistance? If you do, you may also apply for the Weatherization Program and the Home Heating Repair / Replacement Program. Please call Citizens for Citizens, 1 Taunton Green, Taunton, at (508) 823-6346 to apply for the Fuel Assistance Program and then you can apply for the energy saving programs.
Prime Time: Do you know someone over the age of 60 who might benefit from meeting new friends, trying new experiences, and keeping active in their minds and bodies? Prime Time Adult Supportive Day Program, a service provided through the Town of Dighton Council on Aging, helps provide social interaction, a good diet, and exercise for the mind, body and spirit for senior citizens. Prime Time provides a clean, spacious, comfortable, homelike setting, with nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack served five days a week. Exercises for multiple activity levels for mind and body are provided every day, as well. A varied, extensive array of physical and educational activities addresses balance, health, strength, and memory, with the help of visiting guests and caring, attentive staff members. All staff are CORI checked, inoculated, and certified for CPR. Kitchen staff are certified food handlers. Prime Time’s services make it easier for seniors to stay in their own homes, or in their family’s home. There’s much, much more to say about Prime Time. Please call 508-669-6272 for more information or visit our new website: www.dighton-ma.gov.
Men’s Social Group: The Men’s Social Group will be getting together on Tuesday, January 9th, at 10:00 a.m. Come socialize and have a cup of coffee and “Shoot the Breeze”. The group gets together at the Dighton C.O.A at 300 Lincoln Ave. Hope to see you there?
We Need Your Help With The Sojourn Bears Group: The Group will meet on January 22, 2018, at 10:30 am. Bears made by caring volunteers, are distributed to Cancer Patients, Survivors and those effected by it, at nearby hospitals. For more information and to let us know if you would like to help stuff the bears, sew, etc., please call (508) 823-0095.
Library Representative Visits Lincoln Village: A Representative from the Dighton Public Library will be at Lincoln Village on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 1 -3 pm. This program is for Dighton residents. You may check out and return books, videos, D.V.D's and more. For more info., please call 508-669-6421.
Knitted Or Crochet Lap Robes Needed: Compassionate Care Hospice is in need of Lap Robes, size 36" X 36". Lap robes may be dropped off at Compassionate Care Hospice, (new address) 100 Miles Standish Blvd., Taunton, or at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Ave. For more information, you may call their Volunteer Coordinator at 508-399-5900. If you have yarn you would like to donate, please drop off at the Dighton COA at 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Compassionate Care Hospice is looking for volunteers who would like to visit clients in assisted living facilities, in clients home, and in nursing homes.
Wellness And Blood Pressure Clinic: The Wellness Clinic will be held on January 16, 2018, at 9:30 am, at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. The scheduled topic in January will be “Is it a Stroke?”. A Nurse will be available to answer questions and to check your blood pressure. Please call 508-823-0095 to schedule appointment. Walk ins are always welcome.
Veterans Corner: The Dighton Veterans Agents' Office is located in the Dighton Town Hall, 979 Somerset Ave, Dighton. Office hours are held Mondays and Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 7:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. Please call 669-6431 for more information.
Senator Mark Pacheco: Senator Mark Pacheco, or a representative, will be at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Ave. N. Dighton, on Tuesday, January 16th, from 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, needs or concerns that Senator Pacheco can help you with, please give us a call at 508-823-0095 to make an appointment. Walk ins are always welcome.
U.F.O'S/Arts & Crafts Group: The group will meet January 22, 2018, at 10:00 am, at the Dighton Council on Aging. Let's finish your projects, bring your quilting, beading, knitting or crocheting, and let's finish it together. Call 508-823-0095 for more information.
Dial-A-Lawyer Offers Free Legal Advice Each Month: To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Free Trial Day At Prime Time: “Prime Time” is an adult supportive respite facility located in the rear of the Town Hall, 1059 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, (Route 138). If you know of someone who cannot stay alone or whose family could benefit from some respite, we may be able to help both the elder and the caregiver. “Prime Time” is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “Prime Time” is a supervised program for elders where they can enjoy a full and productive life. Call Sheila at (508) 669-6272 or visit us at www.dighton-ma.gov for more information.
Chair Yoga: Chair Yoga class is held for those 60+, on Tuesdays, from 11 am -12 pm, at the Dighton Council on Aging, in the Lincoln Village Community Center, 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. Please call 508-823-0095 for more information.
Tai Chi Classes: Tai Chi Classes are held on Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Classes are held at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. For more information please call (508) 823-0095.
Exercise Classes: Classes are held for those ages 60+, on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Dighton Council on Aging. For more information please call 508-823-0095.
GATRA Transportation: Makes Everyday Life a Little Easier, GATRA provides Dial-A-Ride, a curb-to-curb transportation for persons 60 years or older. To find out which services are available call: 1-800-483-2500 or visit the website www.gatra.org
Med Wheels - Long Distance Medical Transportation: funded through United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton for seniors and people with disabilities that are ADA eligible in Dighton, and surrounding communities. To make a reservation, please call 508-823-8828, ext. 263.
Dighton Housing Authority: Applications are being accepted for one bedroom apartments at Lincoln Village, low income housing for the Elderly/Disabled. Dighton residents having preference. The age requirement is 60+. Those with a permanent disability or handicap also qualify. Limits of income are $46,000 for an individual and $52,600 for a couple. Rent is based on 30% of gross income and includes all utilities. Please contact the Dighton Housing Authority at 508-823-8361, 300 Lincoln Avenue, North Dighton, MA 02764. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For more information and an application please visit the Dighton Housing Authority website:
Pinochle-Cribbage-Whist: We need players! Games are played at the Lincoln Village Community Center, on Wednesdays and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. We also have a Whist Party scheduled for the 1st. and 3rd. Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
File Of Life Provided by the Dighton Lions Club. We have the File Of Life for distribution to Dighton Seniors. It is a RED file that you fill with medical information/history, and keep on your refrigerator door. It will be readily available if needed, by Emergency Medical Technicians, who will be able to perform corrective treatment at once. And it also helps in notifying proper emergency contacts. You may pick one up at the Dighton Council on Aging, or call 508-823-0095 for more information.
Nutritious Meals are served at “Prime Time” Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. by reservation. Call Sheila at 508-669-6272 by 10:30 a.m. the previous day to reserve a meal. A donation of $2.00 per meal is suggested. Home delivered meals can be arranged for homebound elders upon request. If you know of someone who is homebound and in need of home delivered meals please call (508)- 823-0095 or (508) 669-6272.
The SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is available to assist you with questions concerning available Medicare HMOs and Medicare Supplements (Medigaps). Please call 1-800- 987-2510 for more information.