Rivermills Reminder 

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The RiverMills Reminder is printed and distributed with funds provided by the City of Chicopee, the state Executive Office of Elder Affairs, local businesses, and individual contributors. 

                                                      Current Issue:

Meditation on Thursdays and Chair Yoga on Wednesdays have been cancelled until further notice. At this time there is not enough participants to continue these programs. Chair Yoga on Mondays will continue on its regular schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

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The Alexa Program for Isolated Seniors 

The Alexa Program for Homebound Seniors is an attempt to connect older adults with their loved ones and the World Wide Web, along with assisting them with daily tasks and offering some level of companionship. Alexa is a voice-activated virtual assistant that works through the Amazon smart speaker Echo Show 10. All it takes to activate assistance is the command phrase “Alexa.” For example, if you want to set a timer for 10 minutes, you would say, “Alexa, set timer for 10 minutes.” Alexa would confirm your timer and when the timer ends, Alexa would light up and beep. To stop the beep, all you say is, “Alexa, stop timer.”

Alexa can be incredibly useful for someone who is having memory issues. It can remind you to take your medication or when your next doctor’s appointment is. You can even use it to order prescription refills and have them delivered to your home. Alexa can help create a list of daily tasks, such as a grocery list and then be linked to your phone to give you access while you are out shopping. Alexa can let you know when you have an incoming call or text message, and alert you to the latest news and weather reports. It also offers a wide range of health and fitness apps, along with brain games to keep your mind sharp. You can also access music streaming services and Kindle books.

Though this is not an end-all solution to help older adults dealing with isolation issues, it is a viable tool to keep them connected to the outside world, provide stimulation, and assist as a medical companion to help with mental and physical health.

This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Council on Aging and is completely free of charge. RiverMills Center will provide set up assistance which will be conducted by phone. The center will provide a PDF guide on how to use Alexa, and if needed, a tablet to use along with the Amazon Echo device.

                  Who qualifies for the Alexa Program?

Candidates must meet the follow criteria:

• Must be a Chicopee resident

• Must have Internet access (Wi-Fi)

• Needs a smart device (smartphone, tablet, computer for initial set up)

• Must complete application screening/sign waiver

• Must complete post program

RiverMills Center
5 West Main Street
Chicopee, MA 01020-1864

If you have any questions not covered here please contact Program Technician Jona Ruiz by calling 534-3698 ext.104. Or you can send an email to jruiz@chicopeema.gov

iPad Lending Prgram

RiverMills Center Tablet Lending Program now has more tablets available for lending. If you are a Chicopee senior with internet access who needs an updated device, or if you are thinking of buying a new tablet but are not sure what to get. You can borrow one of our iPads for up to 3 weeks! These tablets can be used to get online, play games, or join Zoom programming. The tablets will also have charging and typing accessories, as well as a user's guide.

If you are a Chicopee senior who could use a tablet please contact Program Technician Jona Ruiz at 534-3698 ext.104 or send an email to jruiz@chicopeema.gov.

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Below is a list of all our programs availbile at RiverMills Center. All programs rerquire pre registration by stopping at RiverMills or calling 534-3698. Click on the newletter link above for more information on paid programs. 

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