Email us with any questions.
Margaret Bussiere, COA Coordinator
508-949-8010 #3    Monday & Friday 10am-3pm

**Seniors - you are welcome to attend any of our programs regardless of where you live !!**

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:    to help setup for Senior Lunches on Mondays and Fridays.
           Hours: 10 a.m. to Noon. Please call 508 943 3044 or 508 461 7315 or 508 949 8010

                AUGUST CALENDAR  Click Here

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Medicare and Mass. Health Patients (65+)  Click Here

Monthly Ongoing Schedule:

Monday: Chair Yoga: 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Instructor Joanne LaLiberte HHP $2.00
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Please call senior center 48 hours in advance to reserve your meal. A $3.00 donation is suggested.

Tuesday: 1 p.m.     13 Card Pitch and Dudley Senior Women's Needleworker’s Group.   Newcomers are always welcome!

Wednesday: 1 p.m.     Scrabble Players and Dudley Senior Women's Needleworker’s Group

Thursday: 1 p.m.     Cribbage - New players are always welcome!

Friday: FRIDAY: Aging Backwards @ 9AM-9:30AM, Chair Yoga @ 10:30-11:30 am. TRI Valley Lunch is at 11:30am, followed by BINGO, (a friendly, Small group, slower paced BINGO). *Please note on days we have Jimmy D’s Italian Lunch, (last Friday of the month), we will not be playing BINGO.

Oh Baby it’s September and it's still hot outside! Please remember to hydrate yourself often to replace electrolytes which are lost when you sweat! If you must be outside, stay out of the sun, look for shade, wear a hat and sun glasses, light loose clothing. Don’t spend energy doing things which could wait for a cooler day! Signs of heatstroke are confusion, dizziness, fainting, headache, muscle aches, absence of sweat, loss of consciousness, get help immediately, call 911. If you are in need of a place to cool off, please stop by the Senior Center, 8:30am-4:30pm. Our AC is frosty, and you are welcome to hang out here, cool off, watch TV, read a book, or visit with friends!

If you are in need of a place to cool off, please stop by the senior center, 8:30am -4:30pm. Our AC is on, and you are welcome to hang out here, cool off, watch TV, read a book, or visit with friends!

Seniors did you know that you are welcome to attend any of our events or activities regardless of where you live? Don’t be shy, if you see something on our schedule you’d like to try, come and join us, we like making new friends!

Don’t forget Panera Bread Donation is here on Friday mornings at 10am, until it’s gone! Thank you Panera!

The Holidays are fast approaching, our friends at The Salvation Army are looking for reliable holiday volunteers to “man the stations” for the annual Kettle Collection, Ring the Bell, starting Nov 14 at various local sites in Dudley/Webster. If you are willing and able, please volunteer, one or two hours, one day, or once a week, helping this charitable organization raise money, which actually stays in our local communities! The Salvation Army helps those who are truly in need. They are looking for reliable volunteers, wanting to make a difference in the community this holiday season.
Please call Dudley COA, Margaret for more info. 508-949-8010 X3. Also, if your company or organization would like to sponsor a Kettle Collection this holiday season, please call! Thank you!

Sept 2nd 10:30-11:30am BP Clinic and Ask the Nurse with Joan Grindle from Overlook VNA.

Sept. 5th CLOSED Labor Day

Sept. 7 and 8, Senior Center is closed due to voting prep. and State Primary Elections.

Sept. 12, 1-2pm, Computer Class with Instructor, Sharon Nelson. Please call the senior center if you would like to sign up. Please bring your updated computer and a notebook to class. No non-working computers please, as we do not have time to stop and fix them. Thanks!

Chair Yoga with Joanne Laliberte, HHP, continues on Mondays and Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am. Also on Fridays @ 9am-9:30am in the senior center, Aging Backwards. Come and join us for the latest proven trend of being mindful of your own body posture, and realize better health utilizing proper body mechanics for a taller stance and smoother joint movement! Why not look and feel great at the same time?
Wednesday Scrabble players are taking the summer off for a little R&R. See you in late September!

September 15, 4pm-6pm, Common Ground Memory Café at the Dudley Senior Center. FREE to caregivers/family/friends, and their loved ones who are suffering with memory issues due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, or other brain difficulties. Come and enjoy a fun date together complete with a light meal and refreshments. We offer music programs with live music, art programs, games, ping pong, gentle sports, etc. The monthly Memory Café’ is meant to be a great time out together, sharing laughter, and non- judgmental, fun times! Please RSVP to Margaret for the September 15th Memory Café, Call 508-949-8010 X3, for more information or to RSVP. Please leave your name and number and we’ll get back to you. *Please note, “Walk- In” friends are welcome too! The Common Ground Memory Café is scheduled to take place every Third Thursday 4pm to 6pm. Future dates are: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, & Dec., 15, @ 4-6pm. Come and check us out!

Sept 26, Monday, @12:15 after lunch: Sing a Long and Laugh a Long with Mel Simons. WBZ Radio Host will be here to entertain us with his music, delightful humor and quick wit! FREE, come and join us!

Sept 27: Trip to Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, Ma. 9:30-2:00pm. COST: $5.00 round trip, via Elder Bus. Park entrance FREE! Please call to reserve your seat on the bus by Sept 9th. Lunch/ snacks can be purchased on your own, at Twigs café at Tower Hill. Call and Reserve your seat early!

Sept 30 @ Noon, Jimmy D’s Little Italian Lunch, made with homemade ziti and meatballs with a beautiful tomato sauce! Also included: Salad, bread, dessert, coffee, and a small glass of house wine. Tickets are still only $4.00 and are available through Alice or Margaret in the COA office. This will be the last Jimmy D’s Lunch, until February, so come and join us! Hope to see you here, CIAO!

Coming in October:
~ October 14, 12:30-1pm. Conversations About Dementia , with Julie McMurray MA, LMHC Alzheimer’s Association. FREE.
~ Flu Clinic here October 18 from 10:30-11:30AM by Harrington Health.
~ “Oktoberfest” Lunch Oct. 28th at Noon. Come join us for an Authentic German/Austrian Menu, Catered! Tickets available soon @ $5.00 each!
** We are always looking for new programs and creative ideas on how to stay healthy and fit. Come motivate us with your learned expertise regarding mind/body and nutrition. If you’re an instructor, a nutritionist, a humorist, Choir leader, or perhaps someone who can teach us how to make meals for one; I would love to investigate the possibilities of YOU presenting an interesting, informative, and group engaging program! Must possess a passion and ability for what you would be presenting! **

Alzheimer’s Association Hotline; expert advice free of charge. When you have questions about memory problems, Alzheimer’s Disease, caregiving, or brain health. Call 800-272-3900 Alz.org/MANH 24/7 Helpline.
Support for families in need.

HANDS Helping Address the Needs of Dudley’s Seniors is a non-profit group comprised of Dudley residents, employees, and business owners, here to help Dudley seniors whose good planning is no longer enough to meet their monthly food, heating and/or utility expenses. HANDS will provide aid for those who qualify, through grants paid directly to heating and utility companies. If you are 60 years of age or older, a resident of Dudley, and find yourself in need of heating or utility assistance, please pick up an application at the Dudley Senior Center.
For more info, or to receive an application call 508-949-8010 X3 and leave a message for the COA Coordinator, Margaret. (Please don’t forget to leave your phone number on voicemail).
Click here for the  Fuel Assistance Form


The following organizations are available to help you compare Medicare drug plans and to answer any questions that you may have about drug coverage.

SHINE Counselor: 1-800-AGE-INFO #3    www.800ageinfo.com   
Individual health insurance counseling is available to all Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare 1-800-MEDICARE  www.medicare.gov  For general assistance with the Medicare part D benefits and the Medicare drug plans.  Please look for the Medicare and You handbook that was sent to you in October.  Contact Medicare if you did not receive one.

PROJECT BREAD’S FOOD Source Hotline 1-800-645-8333 Counselors available via “ Live Chat” on their website: www.gettingsnap.org
Worcester Community Action Council (LIHEAP) Program. To find out if you qualify for fuel assistance & how to apply, please visit: www.wcac.net or call: 508-754-1176

Tri Valley Elders www.trivalleyinc.org  
1-800-286-6640 (Reporting Elder Abuse, Home Care, Ombudsman, Meals on Wheels, etc.)

Elderbus:   Safe, Reliable and Affordable Transportation. Call 800 321 0243. Click Here  for more information.

Benefits Check Up, to find the benefits and programs that meet your needs. www.benefitscheckup.org

SNAP food stamp 1-866-950-3663 to see if you can qualify by phone.

Mass Health Customer service: 1-800-841-2900 www.mass.gov/masshealth

Salvation Army Fund   www.magoodneighbor.org
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is now in its 30th year! They have provided energy assistance to hundreds- of- thousands of residents in temporary crisis.   This helpful resource is run by the Salvation Army 1-800-334-3047 and will start taking applications Feb 1st.

Eligibility requirements, benefits, and how to apply.

Prescription Advantage has a new Website. The new website includes: Benefit and eligibility information. The most recent application forms and rate sheets. A user-friendly on-line application.

www.800Ageinfo.com 1-800-243-4636 The Shine Program, Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders. Ed Roth, Regional Director 508-422-9931 email edroth@shinema.org

Mass Senior Med Patrol (SMP), For more information on how to pre CARE at Home:

Ace Medical Services Inc.: Click here or email us at info@acemedservices.com 508-792-3800

Visiting Angels of Worcester Click here or email glindstrom@visitingangels.com Phone: 508-757-4014

Samaritan Health and Homecare: Webster, Ma. Medicare Certified. The private care arm of the VNA of Southern Worcester County. The Samaritans offer a wide range of supportive care to maintain individuals in their homes. Email tgoodrich@vnaswc.org referral ph. # 800-336-7639

VNA of Southern Worcester County: Webster, Ma 508-943-0612 vnaswcmajf@aol.com Medicare Certified.

Overlook Care at Home: Click here

Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol, (SMP), For more information on how to protect, detect and report healthcare errors, fraud, and abuse, or to schedule a free educational session, please contact the MA SMP program. 1-800-892-0890
Medicare Outreach, ESMV.ORG, or MASMP.ORG,

MASS HEALTH: Provides comprehensive health insurance- or help paying for private health insurance to mor than 1 million Massachusetts children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. 1800-841-2900

Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213 Socialsecurity.gov

Medicare: Health insurance for people age 65 or older: people under 65 with certain disabilities or people of any age with End Stage Renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant.) 1-800-MEDICARE www.medicare.gov If 800- Medicare or your Medicare plan cannot resolve a problem with your Medicare drug coverage call 617-565-1232; or call 617-565-1267 for problems with a Medicare Advantage Plan.

Mass Executive Office of Elder Affairs: Responds to reports of elder abuse, which may include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect by a caregiver, self-neglect, and/or financial exploitation 1-800-922-2275

Elder Hotline: Provides statewide information on elder related issues and programs including but not limited to: debt and debt collection practices, health insurance, home improvement, landlord and tenant issues, long-term care insurance, scam awareness, telemarketing. 1-888-ag-elder (1-888-243-5337)

Information about Senior Care and Services in the area.   Click Here