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Updated 4/13/2021

March 2021 Newsletter

UPDATED 12/22/2020

Watch out for scammers this holiday season and info on contact tracing! COVID-19 Vaccine Scams 2020[4398] Help COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Not Scammers(1)

UPDATED 9/10/2020

Please look at the following word document for the latest COVID-19 Update.  COVID-19 UPDATE 9-9-2020

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Now Is the Time to Update Your Vaccines

You have the power to protect yourself against serious diseases like shingles, pneumonia, and flu. Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults may need vaccines to protect against whooping cough, flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Ask your doctor about vaccines you may need for your age, health conditions, job, or lifestyle.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, especially people at high risk. Over 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. Learn more about preventing seasonal flu.

This year’s flu season may be complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. To learn more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19).

While there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, you can safely get a flu vaccine at multiple locations including your doctor’s office, health departments, and pharmacies. Use to find flu vaccines available near you.

To protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), people over 50 years old should get the Tdap vaccine, if you did not receive it as an adolescent. Then you should get a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.

If you have a condition that weakens the immune system, a cerebrospinal fluid leak, or cochlear implant should ask your doctor about other important vaccines.

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. In addition to flu vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), older adults should also talk with their doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended.

Ask about vaccines that protect you against:

  • Shingles (recommended for healthy adults 50 years and older). Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime and your risk of shingles increases as you grow older.
  • Meningitis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections. This is recommended for all adults 65 years or older, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain health conditions.

Learn more about recommendated vaccines for various health conditions.

Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself and your family from serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

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UPDATED 8/19/2020

Age Friendly Rhode Island – Very important information here.

UPDATED 7/30/2020
New! Relocation of Portsmouth Emergency Food Bank and Farmer Market Vouchers are now available at the senior center. Please see attached memos

The Food bank has moved – Read more here. FOOD BANK RELOCATION
Farmers Market Vouchers – Get more information here PSC Farmer Market Vouchers 2020

Portsmouth Senior Center August Newsletter 2020 August Newsletter(1)

Portsmouth Senior Center Menu August 2020 Menu

Contact Tracers Not Scammers – Help on the scams going around and targeting the Seniors. After months of stay-at-home orders, RI is starting to open up again. An important part of opening safely is by doing contact tracing. Contact tracers, who are contracted by the RI Health Department, try to track down anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19. But some scammers are pretending to be contact tracers so that they can try to steal your identity, your money, or both! Read this article to learn some ways to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer! Help COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Not Scammers

Weight Loss Scams. Read more here. Nearly half of Americans say they are trying to lose weight, and with more and more people worried about weight gain while stuck at home during the pandemic, that number may very well rise.  Unfortunately, scammers know this and are trying to take advantage of you for their own financial gain. In fact, diet scams are the most common types of health care fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission.  Click here to learn more about Weight Loss Scams Weight Loss Scams


If any our seniors are in need of help or have concerns on the COVID-19 Crisis to please call the office or my cell and I will try to get you touch with the right resources.
Office (401) 683-4106
Cell (401) 297-6102

Portsmouth Senior Center closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Keep in touch.

Our April Newsletter 2020 April Newsletter and our New Emergency Food Security Menu and COVID-19 UPDATE 4-23-2020 (1)  Project

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Adherence Newsletter Print Friendly 32020

URI Pharmacy Outreach

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STAY HEALTHY, BE SAFE, AND KEEP COMMUNICATION OPEN.  As your director I will do my best to be accessible to you in the crisis.
God Bless you all and keep you safe.

Cynthia Koniecki

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