DIGHTON COUNCIL ON AGING MARCH 2017 MONTHLY HAPPENINGS
DID YOU KNOW? Did you know the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit has nothing to do with circuit breakers? It’s just a name. Certain taxpayers age 65 or older may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on their state income taxes for: the real estate taxes paid during the tax year on the residential property they own in MA., that is used as their principal residence; or the rent paid during the tax year on the residential property they rent in MA.
PRESENTATION “PRING INTO HEALTHY HABITS”!
It's easier than you think to start eating healthy! Take small steps each week to improve your nutrition and move toward a healthier you. At this presentation we will be giving away information on healthy eating ideas, how to make a 100 calorie snack, and much more. Join us Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Dighton Council on Aging, located at 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. Please call 508-823-0095 to let us know you will be attending. Walk-ins are always welcome. This presentation is sponsored by Marian Manor Home and Catholic Memorial Home.
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.
• A Service for decorated Korean War Veteran Davil L. Phillips will be held at the:
Dighton Community Church 2036 Elm St., Dighton, MA 02715 on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
• The town of Dighton Veterans Services has a new mobility van to transport Dighton Veterans to medical appointments at VA Hospitals. The Veterans Agent is seeking a volunteer driver. One who can fulfill requirements, including: 1. Have in your possession a valid MA RMV Driver’s License. If you would like to help in this venture please call Donald L. Hirschy at the Dighton Town Hall 508-669-4524.
REMINISCING WITH MYRNA: Join us for a free DVD trip back in Time. “Dighton, A Time Before Us”, more than 200 photographs set to music. Visions of Old Dighton, Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. at the Lincoln Village Community Center, 300 Lincoln Avenue, N. Dighton. Presented by Reminisce, with Myrna Santos. Bring your old pictures, newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, postcards, etc. Please call 508-823-0095 to let us know you’ll be attending. Walk ins are welcome.
VISION CLINIC AT PRIME TIME: A Vision Clinic will be held Tuesday, March 28th., at Prime Time. Cornerstone Family Vision provides this free service of minor repairs and adjustments to eyeglasses. If you are a Dighton resident 60+ and need this service, please call (508) 669-6272 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.
U.F.O'S/ARTS & CRAFTS GROUP: The Un-Finished-Object/Arts and Crafts Group will be getting together Tuesday, March 28th, 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.
MEN’S SOCIAL GROUP: The Men’s Social Group will be getting together on Tuesday, March 14th.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?
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.
SENATOR MARK PACHECO: Senator Mark Pacheco, or a representative, will be at the Dighton Council on Aging on Tuesday, March 21st., 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 come to the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Avenue, N. Dighton, (Lincoln Village Community Center). If you would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 508-823-0095.
LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVE VISITS LINCOLN VILLAGE: A Representative from the Dighton Public Library will be at the Lincoln Village Community Center on Tuesday, March 14th., and Tuesday, March 28th., from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. This program is for Dighton residents. You may check out and return books, videos, D.V.D's and more. For more information, please call (508) - 669 - 6421.
THE SOJOURN BEARS GROUP: The Sojourn Bears Group will be meeting, on Monday, March 27th., 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, please call (508) 823-0095.
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.
WELLNESS AND BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: Our Wellness Clinic will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. The scheduled topic for this month, “Vision Loss”. 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.
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.
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.
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.