Services for Seniors

 

Senior Citizen Parking Sticker

senior-parking-stickerThe Town of Maynard has a Senior Parking Sticker program that allows residents who are 62 years old or older to park at any metered space free of charge for up to 2 hours.

Residents interested in the program should bring their license and registration to the Maynard Police Station (197 Main St.) to be issued a sticker.

 

Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program

help-phoneThe Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard.  Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.

This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.

Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.

 

Voluntary Home Safety Visit

mfd-patchThe Maynard Fire Department is offering free home safety and smoke detector checkups to our residents. This is a great way for us to help our community stay safe. We will be able to give our safety recommendations and answer questions you may have during our visit.

We book our safety visits from April 1st October 31st. All inspections are done at no charge and conducted on Saturdays. Please call to book your appointment.

Call Nancy Brooks 978-897-1015

 

Tips for Calling 9-1-1

Most of us probably assume we know how to make a 911 call. In a high-stress situation, calling 911 should be the least stressful part of dealing with an emergency. But the act of effectively reporting a crisis is not as simple as just dialing 9-1-1.

Read our 9 tips that may help prevent the anxiety and confusion of dialing 9-1-1.

 

BenefitsCheckup

https://www.benefitscheckup.org/

BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply.

BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form.

Here are the types of expenses you may get help with:

  • Medications
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Legal
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • In-home services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Employment Training
 

Senior Legal Helpline – 866-778-0939

DO YOU NEED HELP APPLYING FOR LEGAL SERVICES?

The Helpline provides assistance to Massachusetts senior citizens (60 years or older) applying for free legal help. Call to complete an intake if you need legal help in one of the following areas:

  • Social Security/SSI
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Mass Health and Medicare
  • Consumer issues
  • Public Benefits
  • Unemployment
  • Foreclosures and Bankruptcy
  • Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Utilities
  • Executing advance directives & simple wills
  • Family law
  • Nursing Homes

Our staff will screen you, the elder caller, for eligibility. If you are not eligible for free direct representation, we may be able to give you advice or reduced fee referrals. If you get our voicemail, please leave your name, telephone number and the town where you reside for a call back. We provide interpretation services in many languages.

The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, the Legal Advocacy & Resource Center and Community Legal Aid with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

 

Mass 211 – Need Help & Don’t Know Where To Turn?

Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don’t always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1.

Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Mass 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community.

Mass 211 responds immediately during times of crisis, to field calls regarding the crisis and to direct callers to services most appropriate for their needs. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available 1-877-211-MASS (6277); Hearing impaired callers can reach us using 508-370-4890 TTY

 

CrosstownConnect is Now Regional

cross-town-connect-logoAs of July 11, all services in Acton, Boxborough, Littleton and Maynard are now operating as a single service.   What does this mean for you?

Standardize Fares

  • All rides within the four town area are now $1 PER ONE WAY
  • All rides to and from medical facilities in Concord are now  $1 PER ONE WAY
  • Rides to and from a Council on Aging in any of the four (4) towns are free

Friday Medical Trips to Boston Area and Lahey Clinic in Burlington

  • $7.00 per one way trip
  • Boston: First and third Friday of each month
  • Lahey: Second and fourth Friday of each month

More Vans Are Available To You

  • If your town’s vans are busy, a van from a neighboring town may be able to help out
  • Vehicles in all four towns are wheelchair accessible

Extended Hours

Hours vary by service, but with more services available to you, it may be possible to book rides at times that you previously could not.

What Stays The Same

Phone Number: Book your reservations by calling dispatch at 978-844-6809

Special Shopping Trips: Each service continues to offer the same schedule shopping and other trips.

CrossTownConnect Wants to Hear From You

CrossTown Connect would like to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete a quick survey online http://app.keysurvey.com/f/1053850/358c/. Paper copies will be available on the vans and at the Council on Aging.

 

Tax Scam Awareness

In recent years, thousands of people have lost money and had their personal information compromised due to tax scams and fake IRS communications.

The IRS will NEVER:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.  Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media to request personal or financial information.
  • The IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.

Please share this information with others and check out Consumer Alerts at the IRS Website.

 Courtesy of the Commonwealth’s Comptroller