Northborough – The GFWC Northboro Junior Woman’s Club made a donation of grocery gift cards to the Northborough Senior Center on Aug. 21 in honor of National Senior Citizens Day.
“Now more than ever it is important that seniors and their families are reminded of how much help is available from the [Center’s] Outreach Coordinator, Jocelyn Ehrhardt,” the club said in a press release. “Outreach is helping the community’s older citizens remain safely in their homes by advocating for the kinds of service that will enhance their dignity, support their independence and promote their general well-being.”
The Outreach Department functions at the local or community level; accessible to older residents or to family members with aging related concerns. Outreach is just as likely to be involved in situations that require a referral for adult protective services (cases of self-neglect or elder abuse) as it is in helping people access a life alert system to increase their safety at home. They assist people with RMV matters: obtaining a placard for disabled parking, surrendering driver’s licenses to obtain, at no cost, a MA ID, with home health matters whether subsidized by the state or private pay. They work with people on housing options and benefit eligibility matters. People are often not aware of the property tax exemptions available in Northborough or other programs that help to mitigate increasing expenses for those on a limited or fixed income. They work with people directly, for example on applications and they also work to appropriately refer people to other resources or agencies within the aging services network.
Outreach services are confidential and free of charge. Transportation, food resources, obtaining medical equipment, support systems are additional areas of frequent involvement.
To contact the Northborough Senior Center call 508-393-5035.