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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Friday July 24th, 2020

There’s another Blood Drive scheduled next week, this one is in North Adam at the Elks on Wednesday, July 29 from 9am – 2:30pm. Of course they’re looking for  healthy donors without Covid symptoms-no cough, cold, or fever please. Eat and drink before donating! They would really like donors to schedule an appointment in advance, we don’t want rides or lots of people milling about these days right?   To schedule an appointment call (413) 447-2597 x 2 or email camuso@bhs1.org

Speaking of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Baker-Polito Administration’s  plan to  reopen  Massachusetts , get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.is available to review through this link;https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts 

I think we may have already posted this information but who cares right? Repetition is good in some places and you might have missed it the first time around!

I just heard that Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, “An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency”, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. Now that’s really good news for some people dontcha think? 

This law’s limitations on evictions and foreclosures have allowed many tenants and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their homes during the state of emergency. This extension will allow some of our friends, neighbors and relatives a breather and guarantees continued housing security for now. More of us are returning to work and Massachusetts is coming back to life, even if somewhat altered under the new abnormal, more people return to work, and this action by the Governor is just another reflection of how different we in Massachusetts are in the approach to the pandemic than some other states are. Glad I live here! The original  moratorium was set to expire on August 18, 2020

My friend Jim Fuccione at the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative wants me to post a survey on biking in the state. AARP Massachusetts is using the  survey to compile data about cycling and people aged 50 or older.. It’s all about planning and funding and all those kinds of opportunities you need data for to start. We all know that we’re going to build a bike trail here, not everyone is as lucky. Data helps and actually, I don’t mind completing random surveys if they fall in an area of interest. Here’s the link; This questionnaire will close on July 31, 2020. Please share the survey link with other cyclists who are age 50 or older.

Chapter Two  Bookstore is reopening, actually reopened yesterday, with restrictions of course. Here’s the link to their site; https://www.chaptertwobookstore.org/

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is hosting an exhibit of original art works outside at their home on Sheep Hill, Cold Spring Road in Town. Great place to walk about in nature, they’re calling this show “Art Close to Home” and you’ll only be able to enjoy it for a very limited time, this Friday through next, July 31st. Of course the strictures of Covid are to be followed-masks, social distance-this is outside folks..none of this should be too hard. Bring lunch and take a walk in the woods!

Massachusetts Elder Affairs has posted a new resource guide  for family caregivers. Here’s a link;

Where Do I Start Resource for Family Caregivers

Some folks may find this helpful. Share with people whom you think will benefit! 

Finally for the week, the Williamstown Historical Museum is reopening to in person visitors this Saturday, July 25th from 10-4:00.  Remember to bring your mask as you can’t go in without one!

Brian O’Grady