SUPPORT GROUPS & PROGRAMS
911 CELLPHONES: These recycled cell-phones are given out to our Brewster Seniors to have in case of an emergency.
AARP TAX-AID PROGRAM: This program is available to our Brewster seniors from February to April 15th. Although this service is free, a donation will be appreciated. Please call us at 508-896-2737 to make your appointment.
ANGELCARE CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP: This support program for caregivers meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 10:45am to 11:45am. If you’re caring for someone who is chronically ill, aged or disabled… and would like some support…we’re here for you.
BANKING ASSISTANCE: A representative from Cape Cod 5 will come on Wednesdays starting at 10:00am to help seniors balance their checking accounts. Please call us at 508-896-2737 to make your appointment.
BMCC – BREWSTER MEN’S COFFEE CLUB: This club meets on Thursdays at 2:00pm with roundtable discussions and speakers. See newsletter for specific topics.
FILE OF LIFE: This is a red plastic pouch that has a magnet on the back so you can place on your refrigerator. Inside is a form which you can write in your name, address, emergency contacts and medical history. If you need to go to the hospital by ambulance, the EMTs will take that form with them to the hospital. Please stop in at the COA to pick one up for your piece of mind. Smaller version of the File of Life is also available for your pocketbook or glove box of your car.
FINANCIAL PLANNING: 3rd Thursday at 10:00am. Information provided by a volunteer that answers questions and provides information concerning Long Term Care and Financial Planning. Please call us at 508-896-2737 to make your appointment.
LEGAL HELP: 9:30am on the 1st Wednesday with Charlie Ardito and 10:00am on the 4th Wednesday with Tom Kosman. The attorney will answer your legal question. No fee for the initial appointment. Please call us at 508-896-2737 to make your appointment.
LOCKBOX: In coordination with the Brewster Fire Department, a Brewster resident can request a Lockbox for their home. The resident’s key is placed inside this Lockbox. In case of an emergency, the Fire and Rescue Team can access into the resident’s home.
NAUSET NEIGHBORS: A volunteer, non-profit organization can help with small things that make it possible to remain independent at home, by providing one-call-does-it-all assistance with certain challenges of daily living and improving access to transportation for medical appointments, shopping, social, educational and cultural opportunities. For more information, go to www.nausetneighbors.org or call 508-514-7067.
PROJECT LIFESAVER: The Brewster Police Department has joined the Orleans and Eastham Police Departments as participants in Project Lifesaver. These police departments have fielded a new piece of equipment and developed procedures to provide a larger safety net for individuals with Alzheimer’s living. The radio band system bracelets are worn by those prone to wandering. The tracking equipment can be used to help quickly locate the missing person. For more information about this program, please call the police Station’s non-emergency line at 508-896-0011.
REASSURANCE PROGRAM: The Brewster Police Department Reassurance Program is designed Brewster residents that live alone or live with an ailing spouse or relative. Seniors are directed to call the Brewster Police Department before 10:00am. If a call is not received by 10:00am, the dispatcher will telephone the residence. If contact is still not made, a police officer is dispatched to the residence. For more information about this program, please call the Police Station’s non-emergency line at 508-896-7011.
SAFE RETURN PROGRAM: Safe Return is a nationwide identification, support and registration system operated by the Alzheimer’s Association. Locally, the Alzheimer’s Association is working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. Safe Return provides assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week if a person becomes lost. If a registrant is missing, Safe Return will fax the person’s information and photo to a local law enforcement agency. Because this program is nationwide, the information can be sent to any policy agency or hospital. For more information about this program, please call the Police Station’s non-emergency line at 508-896-7011.
S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of the Elderly): Every Monday with Maryanne Morse (Please call for times), and every Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm with Debra Johnson. Highly trained volunteer counselors help seniors and Medicare beneficiaries understand their rights and benefits under Medicare and all other health insurance coverage. Private appointments are free of charge. Please call us at 508-896-2737 to make your appointment.
SIGHT LOSS GROUP: Meets from September through June on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Brewster Ladies Library. Please call the Sight Loss Group at 508-394-3904 for more information.
W.O.W. (Wonderful Older Women – formerly known as Women’s Forum): Tuesdays at 10:00am. This is a wonderful group of women that review current events, talk about movies and books, give each other support and enjoy conversation. Consider stopping by!