The Outreach Department provides services that support and enhance Ashland’s senior citizen’s quality of life through:
- Assessment/ Home Visits
ü Housing – Subsidized, Over 55, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
ü Social Security/Medicare
ü Legal services
ü Adult Day Health
ü Caregiving and Support Groups
ü Area Agency on Aging – Baypath (www.baypath.org)
ü SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders)
ü Protective Services
ü Ashland Emergency Fund
ü Family mediation
ü Veteran’s affairs
- Application Assistance
ü Fuel Assistance
ü SNAP (Food Stamps)
ü Mass Health
ü Tax Exemptions
- Case Management
The Ashland Caregiver Support group welcomes all family caregivers who care for an ailing parent, child, spouse, or other loved one, regardless of their ailment. We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Ashland Senior Center, unless otherwise announced. The facilitator is Susan Wells, Outreach Coordinator at the senior center. She can be reached at 508-881-0140, x 7945.
We strive to give everyone a chance to speak and share their experiences, tips and resources and we aim to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Occasional speakers and related activities round out the group’s menu.
ATTENTION: ALL VETERANS
Honor Flight New England is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. Through generous donations Honor Flight transports veterans to Washington D.C., to visit and reflect at their respective memorials. There is absolutely NO cost to the veteran and they need to bring NO money with them. While top priority had been given to World War II survivors and those who are terminally ill, Honor Flight is now scheduling trips for Korean War veterans, soon to be followed by Vietnam War vets. There is a wait list for this trip but applications are being taken and are date stamped upon arrival. Spouses, because of the waitlist, cannot go, but any veteran needing assistance will have volunteer escorts provided to take care of all their needs. Flights leave from Boston and arrive at one of the three Washington D.C. airports with charter buses taking them to their memorials. The first flight was on June 13, 2009 and since that time, over 1299 veterans have made this trip, including 53 women, 34 prisoners of war, 20 sets of brothers and several veterans that served in 3 wars. Those who have participated said it was the event of a lifetime, it brought back memories that were locked up for 65 years and that they were treated like royalty.
If you are interested please contact Susan in the Outreach office. More information is available as are applications. The contact person for Honor Flight New England is Joe Byron, Founder, 603-518-5368; or use their toll free number, 1-877-992-8387.
“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” Will Rogers