Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Friday September 25th, 2020

 The last weekend in September…wow!

As we head into the weekend, I want to call your attention to a statewide survey the Department of Public Health is conducting to solicit community , for lack of a better word, “feeling” about yourselves and how you’re managing in the midst of this really unprecedented (in most of our lifetimes) pandemic.I took it myself, it’s really straightforward and asks for information which really easy to ask, nothing complicated,  just straight up “tell us how you’re doing”.

Here are their words. I hope that you’ll respond to the survey.

“We write to call your attention to a survey that DPH is conducting that asks the question “How has COVID-19 Impacted You?” The details around the survey are found below as directly pulled from the DPH website. We have partnered with DPH and shared the survey with the AAA Planners as part of the wider effort to conduct the FFY2021 Needs Assessment Project. I should note that the survey is for anyone 14 and older living in MA, and allows for a “taker” to identify if they are completing the survey for another person – caregiver for older adults.

Right now, even people who have not become sick with COVID-19 are managing stress, uncertainty, and isolation during this challenging time. People of color and other communities who have been historically underserved are being hurt the most. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to better serving these communities by learning about their experiences directly through this COVID-19 Community Impact Survey and using answers to create new solutions.

This survey is intended for anyone 14 and older who live in Massachusetts. MA-DPH specifically seeks to hear from communities who have suffered the most through this public health emergency. All answers are anonymous.

The survey is offered online by computer, phone, or tablet. It will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete. You can choose to complete the survey in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. All survey responses will be anonymous.

Here’s another bit of good news. You may or may not know that the Registry of Motor Vehicles requires everyone over the age of 75 to renew their driver’s license in person. That would be a problem if we North Berkshire people didn’t have a local registry to go to. But we do and starting in October, the RMV has designated Wednesdays to serve the older population. The North Adams RMV will be open every Wednesday to serve Elders whose licences expire in October. You need to make an appointment but really, providing this option in October results in a safer experience and actually, setting space aside for this cohort just makes good sense…says the Council on Aging Director

Can’t answer the question about what happens in November. I would assume that since they opened like this elsewhere in the state in September that November will follow suit. But please folks! Let’s not get to November yet, OK?

Here are the pertinent details;If you are a AAA member, you may make a reservation now to renew your driver’s license/ID at an AAA location. 

 If you are not a AAA member, visit www.Mass.Gov/RMV to make a reservation to renew at an RMV Service Center. Select the Seniors License Renewal option on the Make/Cancel a Reservation transaction.  

Call the RMV at 857-368-8005. 

Here’s another bit of news from our friend Linda at NBSWMD. You can get yourself  a No-Cost Virtual Home Energy Assessment through the Mass Save program.

A No-Cost Virtual home Energy Assessment will reduce your carbon footprint while helping you save on monthly energy costs. HomeWorks Energy  has lots of experience in the eco-friendliest ways you can save energy in your home- such as insulation and air sealing. 

Sign up for an energy assessment by September 30th and receive 100% off the cost of approved insulation through the Mass Save® program! The assessment must be scheduled by September 30th 2020, and performed by October 31st 2020.

Click the link below to schedule your No-Cost assessment>>

Or call: 781-492-0692

By the way, there’s still time to complete your 2020 Census if you haven’t done it yet. Here’s a link; 

Have a great weekend!