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Fuel Assistance and Share the Warmth
Home heating bills are expected to be 20% higher this year. If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, I am taking applications (by appointment) and would like to encourage you to apply. Fuel assistance applications (new and renewals) are accepted until April 30, 2022. This year’s income limit for a one person household is $40,951, and $53,551 for a two person household. Share the Warmth is a program funded by donations collected and administered by SELCO to help customers in need with meeting their Winter Electric Bills, and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2022. For fuel oil customers who have an emergency as they wait for their fuel assistance to come through, you can call for one time emergency assistance. Eversource customers can arrange for balanced billing and 0% interest payment plans.
Social Connectedness and Health
Everyone needs social connections to survive and thrive. But as people age, they often find themselves spending more time alone. Being alone may leave older adults more vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation, which can affect their health and well-being. Studies show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, depression, and cognitive decline. Older adults are at higher risk for social isolation and loneliness due to changes in health and social connections that can come with growing older, hearing, vision, and memory loss, disability, trouble getting around, and/or the loss of family and friends. (Excerpted from CDC website. For more information and tips on staying connected and reducing isolation, visit: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/loneliness-and-social-isolation-tips-staying-connected)
I hope you will take advantage of the many activities and programs here at the Center. Dine at the Village Café, NOW OPEN! Cards, Exercise, Current Events anyone? Or just come and hang out, read, use a computer, etc. in the lounge. We love to see you! Socializing with friends regularly is beneficial to our mental health, can help overcome loneliness and the winter blues. If you can’t/don’t want to drive, you can call the Center (508-841-8640) to arrange transportation. We also have a wellness check/friendly caller program called Are You Ok?
Call Renee 508-841-8647 for information about programs and area resources, or for an appointment. Feel free to reach out if you are concerned about a friend or loved one in need. The information you share is confidential.
LGBT News from Worcester LGBT Elder Network (WLEN)
The Rainbow Lunch Club has resumed meeting in person, on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA. Lunch is served at noon, followed by programs or social time.
If you wish to attend the Rainbow Lunch please call or email WLEN one week prior: 508-756-1545 ext. 404 or email@example.com. If no one is available please leave a message including your name and phone number and date you plan to attend. The suggested donation is $2.50 for guests age 60 and older. The fee for all guests under age 60 is $5.50. Donations and fees help to defray the agency’s cost.
The 2021 LGBT Resource Guide is now available. The guide provides information on health and personal service providers in the Worcester area that have been vetted by the WLEN editors and approved as LGBTQUIA friendly. Obtain a hard copy by calling 508-756-1545 ext. 404; or email: WLEN@eswa.org. Or download: https://eswa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/WLEN-resource-guide-September-2021-update.pdf.