Council on Aging
TOWN OF LINCOLN
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE
February 25, 2021
Emerson, Mass General Brigham, & Beth Israel Lahey Health
Vaccine supplies are severely limited, and MA continues to prioritize mass vaccination sites. After recently cutting-off supplies to hospitals, the state announced another change to vaccine distribution that allows some hospitals to offer the vaccine. The plan involves 13 organizations positioned to vaccinate any eligible resident. Emerson, Mass General Brigham, and Beth Israel Lahey Health may have access to limited vaccine supplies based on their patient base's broad geographic spread. Emerson is currently scheduling limited first-dose appointments for eligible patients based on inventory. However, they anticipate closing the clinic by the end of March after all second doses are administered. If Emerson's plans change based on the state's vaccine allocation, we will provide an update. In the meantime, we encourage eligible patients to schedule at a state vaccination site https://vaxfinder.mass.gov
The Town of Lincoln has been made aware by the state that they will not provide us with vaccine for additional clinics in Lincoln moving forward. Residents are strongly urged to continue to seek out other options
If you have specific questions, please contact
the Council on Aging at 781-259-8811.
Please note: the vaccine call center phone number is not currently active.
- Lowell General Vaccine Clinic, www.lowellgeneralvaccine.com. They have their own website and are accepting appointment for Mass residents 65 and older.
- CVS (www.cvs.com) (check CVS at midnight for your best chance of getting an appointment) and Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) pharmacies have partnered with the state to become vaccination locations. Please visit their websites for more information.
- We wanted to also share that there are significant number of appointments available at three of the mass vaccination sites. Please click the link below to check availability:
The State has just announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine registration phone number. Eligible seniors can call 2-1-1 and will be able to get through to a human being who can help them register. Representatives are available in English and Spanish, Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM.
Of course, there is still going to be high demand for the vaccine and there may not be enough appointments immediately. If no appointments are available, eligible applicants will be able to be placed on a call back list and receive a call when an appointment becomes available.
Please note, due to the high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it may take weeks to secure an available appointment.
Call 2-1-1 and follow prompts to reach
The Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line
Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
NEW ZOOM Exercise Classes or exercise with us using videos online
Line Dancing with Katrina Wednesdays at 11 am. Enjoy the fun and fitness of line dancing. Call or email Amy (781-259-8811/gagneA@Lincolntown.org) to register and sign waiver forms. The Zoom link and password will be sent to you before the class.
NEW Chair Yoga via Zoom with Rebecca Mondays at 10-10:45 am. This class will keep you moving and stretching in the chair. Call or email Amy (781-259-8811/gagneA@Lincolntown.org) to register and sign waiver forms. The Zoom link and password will be sent to you before the class.
NEW SAIL Fitness Class via Zoom with Derry Fridays at 10–10:45 am. Join Derry Tanner, retired nurse and certified personal trainer for Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL). Strength, balance, and flexibility exercises make you stronger and help you feel better. All you need to participate is comfortable clothing, a sturdy chair and light weights if you have them. Call or email Amy (781-259-8811/gagneA@Lincolntown.org) to register and sign waiver forms. The Zoom link and password will be sent to you before the class.
To get your workout online with Terri Zaborowski, go to:
Senior Fitness (a somewhat more challenging class courtesy of the Stow COA)
To line dance online with Katrina Rotondi, go to:
But please remember:
These videos are being provided in response to the suspension of our programming during the corona-virus outbreak. We are providing these free opportunities to you, at your discretion, for your enjoyment.
As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos, you need to use common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, you will want to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program.
By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. The Town of Lincoln, and the instructors will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this online fitness program. Thanks for your understanding. Prior to using the program please send a quick email to email@example.com verifying that you have read and understood these instructions.
If you wish to participate in our new outdoor fitness classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for times and availability.
Are You Experiencing Financial Difficulties Due to the COVID-19 Crisis?
Many people in the Lincoln community are experiencing financial distress due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Council on Aging’s Emergency Assistance Fund and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Financial Assistance Program and Food Pantry would like to help. If you are a Lincoln resident and:
- Will not be able to pay your rent or utility bills once the State of Emergency is lifted
- Cannot afford food, medication, health insurance, or other essential health-related costs
- Are going into credit card debt to pay essential bills
- Have other financial challenges that threaten your ability to live safely in our community
Please contact the Council on Aging at email@example.com or (781) 259-8811 or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Julia Parish at (781) 899-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may contact either organization for a PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION to determine what services and benefits may be of help, including possibly payment of some bills. Our two organizations are working together, so contacting either one will put you in touch with the assistance of both.
Both the Lincoln Emergency Assistance Fund and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are funded entirely by grants and donations. To make a donation to the Council on Aging Emergency Assistance Fund, please send a check payable to the Town of Lincoln, with memo “Emergency Assistance Fund” and addressed to CoA c/o Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. To make a donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please send a check to St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 324, Lincoln, MA 01773.
COA Offering Medical Transportation
The COA is offering limited medical transportation. Rides are for Lincoln residents aged 60 and older for medical appointments only. Ride availability is greater on Wednesdays. Please book your doctor's appointments accordingly. Transportation will be provided by a 12-seat school bus or mini-van driven by professional drivers. In order to maintain social distancing, only one rider will be in the bus or van at a time. The drivers will follow all CDC guidelines regarding disinfecting their vehicles and wearing protective equipment.
Riders are required to wear masks or other face coverings unless unable to do so for medical reasons. Capacity is extremely limited. Therefore, riders who have applied to MBTA’s the RIDE and been found ineligible will be given priority. Please call us at (781) 259-8811 for assistance if you wish to apply for the RIDE.
To request COA medical transportation, please email or call Marilyn Leviss, Transportation Coordinator, at email@example.com or (781) 259-8811 X103 to leave a message. Rides are partially funded by the Friends of the Lincoln Council on Aging, First Parish Church, and a grant from CHNA 15 which was made possible by Determination of Need funds received from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Riders will also be asked to donate to offset the cost of the rides.
Medical Equipment Loan Program & Podiatry Clinics Once Again Available!
The Lincoln Council on Aging is pleased to announce that our medical equipment loan program is once again up and running, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday to Thursday.
We are accepting returned equipment and loaning sanitized equipment by appointment only. To make arrangements, please call the COA at 781-259-8811.
Items currently available to for loan include, but are not limited to: Automated pill dispensers, canes, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower benches, seats, and stools, bed rails, grabbers, grab bars, bed rails, foot baths, leg braces, shoe horns, rollators, CAPTCHA telephones, commodes, commode liners, hearing aid cleaners, portable voice amplifiers, and much, much more!
We are now offering monthly podiatry clinics. Sign up is on a first come, first serve basis. To make an appointment, please call us at 781-259-8811.
Stephen Collins as Walt Whitman!
The Council on Aging and the Library had hoped to present a six-week series on Walt Whitman by Stephen Collins, whose class about Robert Frost so many of you enjoyed this winter. Since we will need to postpone that, we are hoping to whet your appetite for the class by offering this hour-long performance about Walt Whitman by Stephen on video! Purchase of the video is thanks to the Friends of the Lincoln Library and Friends of the COA. To watch the video, please visit Walt Whitman.
Welcome to the Lincoln Council on Aging!
The Lincoln Council on Aging serves Lincoln residents of all ages with a wide range of services.
We offer a wide array of classes and activities at Bemis Hall, many focused on topics of special interest to those 60 and over and their caregivers while others will be of benefit to residents of all ages. For a listing of current classes and activities you may go to My Active Center. Classes and activities include:
- educational presentations on health, legal, and benefits-related topics as well as the humanities, arts, travel, and much, much more
- fitness classes for all levels including strength and aerobics, Tai Chi, and line dancing
- Trips to exciting destinations. To see upcoming trips, click here.
- health clinics
- games and recreation activities
- social events
- art exhibits and classes
- and more
Except for some trips, classes, and other special activities, our programs and services are free. Those under 60 are welcome to come to almost all of our programs and activities, especially educational programs, concerts and performances, movies, interest groups, and the Lincoln Academy. You’ll find them all listed in our monthly newsletter.
We also provide one-to-one assistance to those 60 and over and their caregivers to help you stay safely in your home, including information and referral and care management, transportation, medical equipment loan, friendly visiting, meals-on-wheels, and more. Free home safety evaluations are provided through a grant from the Ogden Codman Trust. Specially trained volunteers offer health benefits counseling and tax preparation. We work closely with many town departments and private organizations offering human services to help create a “safety net” for our Town’s most vulnerable residents of all ages.
Residents of all ages experiencing extreme financial emergencies are welcome to call us. We may be of assistance through programs funded by donations and grants.
We implement the Senior Tax Work-Off Program for residents 60 and older and the Veterans Work-Off Program for veterans of all ages. Seniors offer their expertise and talent to a range of departments, ranging from the Schools to the COA to the DPW and beyond, in exchange for an abatement of some of their local property taxes.
The Town Social Worker, funded by the Ogden Codman Trust, provides assistance to those under 60 including benefits assistance, information and referral, help with family issues, and more.
The Community Health Nurse, who works jointly with the COA and the Board of Health, offers wellness clinics at Lincoln Woods and Bemis Hall as well as home visits for nursing evaluations and monthly educational programs. These are all open to residents of all ages.
The Veterans Services Officer provides assistance with state and federal veterans benefits and other service-related issues as well as outreach to the Lincoln veterans community.
Our programs and services are supported and frequently cosponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Council on Aging. All our work is made possible by the efforts of our 150 volunteers.