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Helping elders, caregivers and persons with disabilities live better lives since 1974

Volume 6, Issue 6                                                          November 2014
Caregivers give of themselves every day. They are unsung heroes and heroines who do what needs to be done. They are often preoccupied with the needs of others and put themselves on the back burner.

Though it is difficult to carve out time for yourself, it is really important to take care of your physical and mental health when you are caring for others. It will help you, help the one you love, and help your overall schedule remain as uninterrupted as possible. 

We offer resources that can give caregivers a chance to take some time for themselves. Read more about the support we offer for caregivers here, and check out this blog post for some special personal care tips for family caregivers.

Learn More about Medicare at Free Seminar

The SHINE Program's Quarterly Seminar:
"I am New to Medicare: What Are My Options?"
Monday, November 17, 2014
10 to 11 a.m.
Greenfield Council on Aging
54 High Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Greenfield Senior Center

Celebrating that milestone birthday soon? Turning 65? Feeling uneasy about your insurance options? No Problem! Come and learn about Medicare from trained SHINE Counselors.


Call the number above to reserve your seat today!


The SHINE program provides free, confidential and unbiased health insurance-related resource information, education, assistance, and counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and persons who are getting ready to retire and participate in Medicare.... [read more]

Thanksgiving offerings for local seniors
Every year, local seniors age sixty and over and their spouses enjoy a special holiday meal during the week before Thanksgiving at Senior Dining Centers and Luncheon Clubs across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. 

Menu items for this year's celebrations will include turkey with gravy, stuffing, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, whole wheat dinner rolls, and cranberry sauce, with an apple-raisin crisp and whipped cream or a baked, spiced apple for dessert.
Call your local dining center or luncheon club to find out if and when they're participating in the special meal this year and to reserve your spot. You do not have to reside in the community in which you dine. Find a complete listing with phone numbers here.
Are you called to make a difference?
Become a Meals on Wheels driver!

You can make a difference!
Give us a call at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 
or email info@fchcc.org.


Homes are needed in Greenfield!
Adult Family Care (AFC) caregivers provide a private room and a caring home to an elder or a person with disabilities who is over age 16 and assist with daily personal or medical care needs.

AFC caregivers receive training and ongoing support from a professional team of nurses and social workers, as well as a tax-exempt, monthly stipend and an annual, two-week,paid vacation.

Find out if this opportunity is right for you.
Give us a call at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 
or email info@fchcc.org.


Mark your calendars for the third annual Valley Gives Day!

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November is Caregivers Month. Don't go it alone. Reach out for the support you deserve as you give so much to others.

The Information & Caregiver Resource Center offers timely, relevant answers to your questions. 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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