senior citizens

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County

A new group in Berkshire County is looking to create a social network for LGBTQ seniors in the area.

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A New York congresswoman will join with senior citizens in Westchester County Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Social Security.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will appear at The Esplanade Senior Residences in White Plains to talk about the importance of Social Security benefits. Senior citizens will share stories about how Social Security has positively affected their lives. They will then enjoy a celebratory cake. The first Social Security check was issued on January 31, 1940.

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A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city.  Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.

The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill.  It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.

Senior citizens staged a protest at the Massachusetts Statehouse Thursday over a proposed budget cut for the elder nutrition program.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports…

The elderly activists rallied to urge legislators to reject Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed $1.5 million cut to the senior meals program.  The governor’s proposal would mean the number of meals served to seniors next year would be slashed by 25%, or 240,000 meals.