Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for January 2018




Cards will be mailed between, April 2018 – April 2019 (

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are sending out a new Medicare card! Between April 2018 and April 2019, they will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity.

You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.

Here’s how you can get ready:
Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

  • Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. They will never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
  • Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. CMS Product No. 12002 September 2017 return to menu

Historical Information You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. entered college at the age of 15. He was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12. He enrolled in 1944 at Morehouse College where he met Benjamin E. May0,s president of Morehouse College. He described Mays as his ‘‘spiritual mentor,’’ In the sermon, ‘‘Mastering Our Fears,’’ written nine years after he graduated from Morehouse, “he drew on a 1946 newspaper column Mays wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier, which argued that black and white people must overcome their mutual fears to improve race relations.” (King: 21 July 1957 Papers 6:319–321)

Four days after Dr. King had been killed legislation had been introduced by United States Representative John Conyers to establish the holiday in Dr. King’s honor but the bill did not pass. In the following years millions of people had signed petitions of support for a holiday to honor Dr. King’s life work.

In 1980, Stevie Wonder released a song, “Happy Birthday,” which became both a hit and a uniting of followers of the holiday, and civil rights marches in Washington in 1982 and 1983 only served to strengthen their mission. On November 20, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to make a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. The holiday, first memorialized in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to Dr. King’s birthday January 15. George Washington is the only other American to have his birthday observed as a national holiday. return to menu

The responsibility of raising grandchildren is often an unanticipated situation for grandparents. It can provide many rewards, including joy to giving your grandkids a sense of security, developing a deeper relationship, and keeping the family together. It also comes with many challenges, such as the adjustment to new living arrangements.

The Roland Green Pre-School is providing Mansfield families a community resource group called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren for families with a forum to share information and experience. For more information about this group please contact Roland Green Pre-School at
(508) 261-1561. For more information about the mission of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, visit their website at return to menu