Emergency Preparedness for Older AmericansNatural disasters are not fun for anyone. Unfortunately, they can be especially traumatizing for seniors. Older people are more frail and less mobile, making it a challenge for them to respond quickly. They may not always have the help they need immediately when they need it to escape a danger zone. The thought is frightening, but the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for possible emergencies if you're a senior. If you're a caretaker or a family member of a senior, you can also take measures to help him/her stay safe during dangerous natural disasters. This guide will cover the common types of emergencies that family and caregivers of seniors should be aware of, tips for helping the elderly evacuate when needed, and a handy checklist of items to have and bring with you in the event of an emergency. For more information, visit the Senior Living Website.
We are always in need of candy (soft individually wrapped chocolates in particular) to share with our members and guests. We also have a need for yarn and knitting/crochet patterns. If you would like to make a monetary donation in honor/memory of someone, please make checks payable to Gardner COA. Thank you!!!
WHAT DOES “SWIPE YOUR CARD” MEAN?
The Gardner Senior Center utilizes a computer program called “MY SENIOR CENTER” and this enables us to know how many people make use of the center. By registering as a member (NO FEE INVOLVED) you receive a scan card which enables you to sign in on our computer monitor. Swiping your card is not mandatory, but if you choose to, the senior center may gain some additional funds/grants based on how many feet walk through the doors. If you would like to receive a scan card, see Celeste or Claude in the first floor office. Please note that no information you provide is ever shared with anyone.
If events or programming are canceled, our “My Senior Center” system allows us to notify members through automated phone calls. In order to receive notification, your membership card must be scanned each time you visit, otherwise the system has no recognition of who attended each respective event. Please make sure the office has your correct phone number. The number on your home caller ID will indicate the “Robo Call” is generated from Cambridge Mass and NOT from the Gardner Senior Center.