Life @ 50+
Edwards Library enjoys a rich legacy of excellent service and is
committed to the promotion of reading, education, literacy, culture,
and lifelong learning for persons of all ages in the Southbridge
partially funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library
Commissioners with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act
(LSTA), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute
of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding was
by the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Jacob
Things To Do
Drop-In Knitting Group
& Library Events
The library hosts a weekly drop-in
knitting and crafting group every Tuesday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Stop in with whatever you are working on and chat with other knitters,
get some tips, or just to chat!
We also have new events happening
every month - see our full events calendar to find out more!
Council on Aging
The Southbridge Council on Aging hosts a variety
of events at the Causabon Senior Center on Chestnut Street. To see
their calendar, click here.
was a culmination of two dedicated
individuals, Margaret Morrissey, Adult Reference Librarian,
Susan Chaplin, retired Technical Services Librarian. Margaret
Sue wrote and were awarded the Equal Access Grant in 2007.
attended formal training sessions through the Massachusetts Board of
Library Commissioners. Equipped with this new knowledge, they
have worked tirelessly to provide services and programs that meet the
specific needs of our 50+ patrons.
A group from the library visited
the AARP Conference in Boston in 2007, as well as the National Guard in
Worcester in 2005. See some of the photos below!
You Know? Resources for Seniors
Southbridge Recreation Department
Council on Aging
Casaubon Senior Center, 153 Chesnut Street, Southbridge MA 01550
Phone: 508-764-5436 Fax: 508-764-5464
Director: Steven Roenfeldt
10 Mill Street, Dudley MA 01571 http://www.trivalleyinc.org
Phone:508-949-6640 or 1-800-286-6640
Elder Abuse Hotline
Call 1-800-922-2275 to report instances of abuse and neglect
Massachusetts Information for
SHINE (Serving the Health
Insurance Needs of Everyone)
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Pharmacy Outreach Program
1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241
for a comprehensive review of your medications and prescription drug
coverage. Also provides information on assistance with accessing
affordable prescription drug programs. MPCHS Website
National Parks Service Senior Pass
The NPS has a special 'America the Beautiful' pass for seniors aged 62 and older. For $10, seniors are eligible to purchase a lifetime pass.
Social Security Benefits www.socialsecurity.gov
US Social Security Administration
Mortgages - According the HUD,
reverse mortgages are becoming popular in America. They are a
special type of home loan that lets a homeowner convert the equity in
his or her home into cash. They can give older Americans
financial security to supplement their incomes.
HERE to Learn More About Reverse Mortgages
Software Available at JEL
computer software program that focuses on
the visual systems in the brain that are essential to safe driving. It
strengthens the brain's ability to process what you see so that you can
focus better, keep track of more on the road, and react faster while
driving. Improvements in your visual processing skills
your risk of accident and ensure that you feel more confident behind
available to check out for home computer use, or in library use.
(American Association of Retired
Persons) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all of us as
we age. With over 39 million members, AARP is the leading
nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and
over in the United States.
Women's Scholarship Program
AARP Foundation Women’s
Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income,
50-plus women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that
can lead to better employment and increased financial security for
women and their families. Women who are seeking new job skills,
but have limited financial resources are encouraged to apply.
more, visit aarp.org/womensscholarship or call
202-434-2110. Support for
the program comes from AARP Foundation and AARP.
"Bridges to Benefits
is meant to be used as a tool to help instruct individuals who may be
inexperienced with computers and technology. The site serves as a great
learning tool to help novice individuals learn the basics or
individuals who need additional information about technology that they
may be unfamiliar with. This website also serves as a resource for
people who want to help others improve their digital literacy skills."