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Volume 6, Issue 1                                                                       June 2014

In June we invite you to join us for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Together we will help spread awareness and work to reduce or eliminate this issue in our community. 

We hope you will join us, too, in supporting our seniors by signing up for a volunteer training with one of our programs listed below or enriching yourself as a caregiver with an educational session.
Happy 20th Birthday, Petersham Luncheon Club!
May 16, 2014, marked the 20th anniversary of the first gathering of the Petersham Luncheon Club, who meet weekly for lunch at the Petersham Town Hall.

Twenty years later, Sue Hellen, who served that very first meal in 1994 with her husband, Fred, and two other participants, John and Anne Lepoer, still attends the weekly meeting of friends who gather once a week on Mondays for a well-balanced, catered meal.
Participants at the May 19 meeting of the Luncheon Club included (top, from left to right) Sue Hellen, Mary Russell, Nancy Robinson, Wanda Dickson, Janice Olson, Elaine Butkus, all residents of Petersham, and visiting guest, Lynne Feldman, also of Petersham, who is the new Director of Community Services at FCHCC. Additional participants were (bottom, from left to right) Barbara Nickless; Richard Nickless; Norman Hebert; Ann Hebert; Robert M. Lane, Jr.; and Ruth Robinson, all of Petersham.


Learn more about Dining Centers and Luncheon Clubs and find menus, guidelines, contact information, and a location near you at www.fchcc.org/community/seniordiningcenters.htm.

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Massachusetts law defines elder abuse and self-neglect as acts or omissions resulting in serious physical, sexual or emotional injury or financial loss to an adult age 60 or older.

In the North Quabbin, Franklin county and Berkshire county combined, there are about 95 reports per month of self-neglect or allegations of elder abuse.

Thankfully, there are three simple ways you can help:
  1. This June 15, wear something purple to show your support on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
  2. Tell people about the importance of reporting suspected situations of elder abuse, neglect, or self-neglect to Elder Protective Services of FCHCC at 413-773-5555
    or 978-544-2259.
  3. Learn more about the signs of elder abuse, neglect, and self-neglect by reading the chart below or visiting www.fchcc.org/other/protectiveservices.htm.
People with diabetes and their loved ones are invited to...
Lesley Kayan
Healthy Living Program Coordinator
413-773-5555 x2297
978-544-2259 x2297
Read more about other workshops in the Healthy Living program at FCHCC by visiting www.fchcc.org/healthy-aging.htm.
Sign up soon for "Conversations about Dementia" workshop
"Conversations about Dementia"
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 1-3 p.m.
Franklin County Home Care
330 Montague City Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376
The Alzheimer's Association

We are again partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to offer family caregivers and loved ones of those with dementia another free, educational opportunity.


At "Conversations about Dementia," presenter Melissa Grenier, LCSW, will hold a discussion about the ways we can have honest and caring conversations with family members about some of the most difficult topics when you are caring for someone with memory problems: the importance of going to the doctor for a diagnosis or follow-up, concerns about driving and making legal and financial plans for the future. You'll also hear from actual family caregivers about these challenging issues via video as well as recommendations for what to do next.


Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. To pre-register, call the Alzheimer's Association. This program is not open to professional caregivers.


Caregiver respite may be available. Contact Laurie Deskavich at ldeskavich@fchcc.org or 413-773-5555 x2211 or 978-544-2259 x2211 for more information.


Read more about caregiver program and support options at FCHCC by visiting www.fchcc.org/caregivers/index.htm.

Are you a good listener? Consider this volunteer training!
FREE Volunteer Training for Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
June 17, 18 &19, 2014
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Highland Valley Elder Services
Florence, MA
Trevor Boeding
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director
413-773-5555 x2241
978-544-2259 x2241

Usually it's easiest to talk to someone who you know is there to listen. Volunteers from the Long Term Care Ombudsman program at Franklin County Home Care fill that role for many nursing home and rest home residents. By hearing their concerns, advocating for their rights, and helping to resolve their complaints, Ombudsman volunteers ensure quality of life for the residents of the sites they visit weekly.


Good friends and neighbors often make great Ombudsman volunteers. If you think you'd make a good Ombudsman, consider attending the next free volunteer training this month. Contact program director, Trevor Boeding, to get started.


For more information about the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, visit www.fchcc.org/other/nursinghomeombuds.htm.

Join us for another intergenerational LGBTIQA gathering!
Second Annual Intergenerational LGBTIQA Gathering
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
5-7:30 p.m.
Greenfield Community College (GCC)
Dining Commons
Greenfield, MA
Roseann Martoccia

Bringing together LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, and allies) individuals of all ages and their families and friends to share a meal and socialize also gives everyone the chance learn from one another. 


The gathering is a community event of celebration and education. The goals of bringing youth and adults together are to share their experiences of being an LGBTIQA person, express how that experience is different now than in the past and vice versa, ask one another questions, and spend time together.


The event is cosponsored by FCHCC, Community Action, and GCC. Thanks go to Buckley Healthcare Center and Joe and Anna Viadero for their underwriting support.


Please RSVP to the above address by June 20.


Read more about quarterly LGBTIQA socials and find resources at www.fchcc.org/resourceslinks/LGBTIQA-Socials.html.

Could you make a difference as a Meals on Wheels driver?
Thanks to their daily dedication, volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers impact our community in so many ways. Home-bound elders look forward to visiting with the friendly drivers delivering their lunch; caregivers, family members, and other loved ones are at ease knowing that their loved one will be provided for while they are away; and our towns are strengthened by this simple act of kindness and generosity.

If you think that volunteering with Meals on Wheels could be the meaningful work that you've been looking for, now is the time to act. Volunteer drivers are currently needed in towns across Franklin County. In exchange for their time, drivers receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement. If you have transportation and a couple of hours to deliver noontime meals, give us a call at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259. You can make a difference.


Read more about the impact of the Meals on Wheels program at www.fchcc.org/homesupport/mealsonwheels.htm.

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We hope that this season brings many new opportunities and lessons your way. If you find yourself in need of some assistance, please don't hesitate to call us. We're always here to help elders, persons with disabilities, and those who care for and support them. 
Contact the Information & Caregiver Resource Center, your first step to finding the answers to your specific questions about support for elders, caregivers, and persons with disabilities. Resource Specialists can provide you with timely, relevant information to answer your questions and will help you access the services you need. Call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 during normal business hours or email info@fchcc.org anytime.

You can read more about our programs at www.fchcc.org




Roseann Martoccia
Franklin County Home Care Corporation

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