Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Updates & Information

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Join the SCOA’s email group – The email group is for Somerville Council on Aging Seniors and / or Caregivers who are interested in the latest information on resources, events, programming, etc…in and around the Somerville area.  Use the link https://groups.google.com/group/somerville-council-on-aging – If you have any questions or need help joining please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Silver Alert Program – The Somerville Council on Aging with the Somerville Police Department have implemented a program to take a proactive approach towards protecting some of Somerville’s most vulnerable citizens who suffer with serious cognitive impairments that put them at risk for wandering and getting lost.  The Silver Alert Program is designed to collect specific information about a potential missing person, along with photo identification.  This confidential information will be kept on file for immediate use in the event a loved one is reported missing.  Please contact the SCOA at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to register.

Free Groceries Every Month?  You may be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program!  CSFP is a once a month food distribution for individuals 60 years of age or older.  You may be eligible to receive two free bags of food once a month containing healthy shelf stable products.  Proof of identity and age are all that is required to apply.  Must apply beforehand.  Pick up at the Ralph & Jenny Center, 9 New Washington Street on the 4th Thursday of every month unless otherwise specified. For more information or to apply please call        617-625-6600, ext. 2300 – applications are available at the front desk of our Holland Street Center.

Conversations of the Heart – Mondays (see dates below) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center.  When you experience a loss; whether it is a loved one, a place of employment or even a change in your life, don’t process these feelings along; come join our group where we process difficult emotions together in a safe and welcoming environment.  For more information or questions please contact Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.  Refreshments will be served.  Future dates: Feb. 5th, Mar. 5th, Mar. 19th, Apr. 2nd & May 7th.

Friendly Caller Program

Do you know someone who could benefit from a friendly call?  Maybe you are feeling isolated and want someone to talk to – or you just want someone to listen.  Please call Natasha at        617-625-6600 ext. 2317 to sign up for our “Friendly Caller” Program.

UPCOMING EVENTS.

Winds for All –Tuesday mornings – 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center.  $10 per class – A music immersion class for those who have never played a woodwind instrument.  To reserve your spot or for additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

Lindsay Straw, Folk Singer & Guitarist – March 13th at 11:30 a.m. with a special Irish lunch then concert at 12:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center.  Cost is $5 per person – Traditional Irish ballads and classic Irish-American sing along.  For more information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Lucky Leprechaun Super Bingo – Thursday, March 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center.  $12 includes lunch, coffee, dessert, cards and prizes.  Limited seating and transportation.  If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Monday, March 19th is SOLD OUT

Senior Housing Fair – Wednesday, March 21st starting at 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center.  The SCOA along with the Somerville Housing Task Force invite you to join us to participate in a housing fair where you will meet local agencies to learn the many ways to age in place.  If you have any questions, require additional information or would like to sign up please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Twin River Casino – Monday, March 26th, is SOLD OUT.

Afternoon at the Movies – Tuesday, March 27th starting at 12:00 p.m. at the SOMERVILLE THEATRE in Davis Square.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $1 per person.  This month’s movie is Only The Brave.  RSVP to Josie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Diabetic Shoe Clinic – Monday, April 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center.  Did you know that you may be eligible for a new pair of diabetic shoes?  Must have appointment.  If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.

Magpie Puppets – Thursday, April 5th at our Holland Street Center starting at 11:15 a.m.  Shadow Songs and Stories bring favorite songs and stories to life with cleverly crafted shadow puppets.  Lunch and Bingo following the performance.  If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

History Through The Beatles – Thursday, April 19th at our Holland Street Center starting at 12:00 p.m.  Fran Hart of the 4EverFab group will be performing acoustic based songs of The Beatles along with a video slide show.  Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and Bingo immediately following the performance.  If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Gatlinburg, TN & Ashville, NC – April 22nd – 28th – 7 days – 6 nights $909 per person double or $1204 per person single – price includes transportation, lodging, 6 hotel breakfasts and 6 hotel dinners, Biltmore Estates with wine tasting, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner show, Ripley’s Aquarium and so much more.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Foxwoods Casino – Monday, April 30th, $25 includes transportation, $10 bonus slot and a $10 buffet.  Check in time is 7:00 a.m. at Holland Street and 7:15 a.m. at Ralph & Jenny with an approximate return time of 7:00 p.m.  If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Nutrition Fair – Thursday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at our Holland Street Center.  There will be health screening, food demos, healthy eating tips, recipes, giveaways and more.  Join us for a healthy lunch and bingo after.  RSVP is a must.  If you have any questions, require additional information or want to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Finger Lakes Region – Monday, May 7th to Friday, May 11th – 5 days and 4 nights – $989 per person double or $1389 per person single – includes transportation, lodging, 4 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 winery, 2 casinos and so much more. For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Belmont Stakes – Friday, June 8th to Monday, June 10th – 3 days and 2 nights – $552 per person double or $772 per person single includes transportation, lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, reserved seating for the Belmont Stakes, and guided tour of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Washington, DC – Monday, October 1st to Friday, October 5th  – 5 days and 4 nights – $619 per person double or $869 single includes transportation, lodging, 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners, visit Arlington National Cemetery, National Air & Space Museum, Illumination tour of monuments and so much more.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Lancaster, PA – Monday, November 5th to Thursday, November 8th -4 days and 3 nights – $425 per person double or $546 per person single includes transportation, lodging, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinner feasts, guided tour, pretzel factory and so much more.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Blood Pressure Screening – Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway.  Scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month: March 8th, April 12th, May 10th and June 14th.  If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Blood Pressure Screening – Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street.  Scheduled for the 1st Thursday of each month: March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd and June 7th.  If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Blood Pressure Screening – Ralph & Jenny Center located at 1 New Washington Street.  Scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month: March 15, April 19th, May 17th and June 21st.  If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

LGBTQ EVENTS

LBT Women Fit-4-LifeFitness Class is Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 P.M.  $10 a month fee – scholarships available & it just might be covered under your insurance.  We have available slots and would love to have you.  If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our Health & Wellness Coordinator, Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2315.

LGBTQ Lunch:  Come, relax, enjoy lunch and talk with your peers.  Scheduled lunch dates for 2018 are March 14th, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, October 17th, November 14th and December 12th.

      WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION CLASS SCHEDULE

(PLEASE CUT OUT AND SAVE)

Monday:  Keep Moving Walking Club** – 9:15 a.m. (H) / Tai Chi – 11:30 a.m. (H) / Fit-4-Life Group C – 1:00 p.m. (H)

Tuesday: Strengthening – 9:15 a.m. – $3 per class (H) / Fit-4-Life – 11:15 a.m. (C) / Bike Club – 12:15 p.m. (H)

Wednesdays:  Fit-4-Life  – Group A (exercise) – 8:45 a.m. / Group B (nutrition) – 9 a.m./ Group B (exercise) – 10:00 a.m. (H) / Group C (nutrition) – noon (H) / Group C (exercise) – 1:00 p.m. (H) / Zumba 4 All – 5:15 p.m. – $3/class (H)

Thursdays:  Yoga – 9:00 a.m. (H)  / Fit-4-Life – 11:15 a.m. (C) /  LBT Fit-4-Life, 6:00 p.m. (H)

Fridays: Fit-4-Life – Group A – 8:45 a.m. (H) / Fit-4-Life – Group B – 10:00 a.m. (H) /Group A (nutrition) 10:00 a.m. (H)

Adventure Group – Please call for details

*All Fit-4-Life classes are $10 per month and require pre-registration

** Keep Moving Walking Club is on hiatus until the Spring

HOLLAND STREET GROUP INFORMATION

Book Club – Meets the third Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This group self-facilitates.  Group members choose both fiction and non-fiction titles on a quarterly basis.  Books are available on reserve at the Central Branch of the Somerville Library.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Caregiver Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group.  Are you caring for a parent, relative, spouse or close friend?  Feeling isolated or overwhelmed?  You are not alone!  Come share your experience and practical support.  Open to all and new members are always welcome.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

Conversations of the Heart – Meets bi-monthly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center.  Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Current Events Group – Meets every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group.  Join a group of your peers to discuss current events.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

De-cluttering support group: – If you have concerns around your clutter, this group may be for you. This closed group meets both in spring and fall for 6-8 weeks. This group is co-facilitated by Natasha Naim and Marina Colonas. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Gardening Club – Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. and running for an hour most times.  Principal Master Gardener, Vilma Sullivan, facilitates this group.  A different topic each month ranging from gardening tips & secrets to inexpensive “greenhouses.”  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.  This group does not meet in January and February.

Golden Gals:  a.k.a. Women’s Group – Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilities this group.  A fun, safe, social group to discuss women’s issues and growing older.   Next date: December 26th – For more information, please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

Low Vision Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group.  Do you know someone who has trouble seeing?  Do you have low vision?  Join our Low Vision Support Group for educational and informative information and peer support in a confidential environment.  Lunch and transportation may be available on request.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

Mens Group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This group is facilitated by our volunteer, Norbert DeAmato.  Are you recently retired?  Looking to connect with other men in the community?  Join our men’s group where you can connect with old friends and make new ones.  All men 55 and over are welcome. Come chat about what is on your mind! If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call  617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Moonlighters (Senior Chorus) – Meets every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Holland Street Center.  The Moonlighters are facilitated by Jimmy DelPonte and runs September through June.  For more information please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Senior Housing 101 –Meets the last Tuesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M.  Social Worker, Natasha Naim will be facilitating this group.  Participants can learn about the range of options that older adults have when thinking about where to live. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Veterans Group – Meets the third Monday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Our volunteer, Norbert DeAmato, facilitates this group.  Are you a veteran?  The Veterans Group is the perfect opportunity to socialize, have solidarity, to reminisce and to meet other veterans. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

CROSS STREET GROUP INFORMAITON

English Conversation – Meets every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator and Sandy Francis, Cross Street Center Volunteer, work together to facilitate this group.  No books, no tests, no stress – just a great group of older adults from all over the world who help each other to listen, speak and learn English.  Continue conversation throughout a healthy lunch.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

Arts & Crafts – Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month starting January 11th – from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Join us in a relaxing atmosphere as we learn about a wide range of arts & crafts from weaving to watercolor pencils.  Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator facilitates this group.   Must call a week in advance if you plan on attending.  This is necessary to ensure we have enough material for everyone.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

Social Service Drop In – The 3rd Thursday of every month Social Workers, Ashley Speliotis and Natasha Naim will be taking turns and having a Drop-in Social Service hour from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Cross Street Center.  They will be available to address any of your Social Service needs.  Stop by or if you need additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335

RALPH & JENNY GROUP INFORMATION

Knitting Blankets – Every Tuesday & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Join us as we knit blankets for babies.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Judy at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

CENTER LOCATIONS, TIMES & SCHEDULES

Holland Street Senior Center: located at 167 Holland Street

(between Davis Square and Teele Square)

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fridays:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2300

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Cross Street Center: located at 165 Broadway

(East Somerville)

Mondays & Tuesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2335

Fax:  617-625-1414

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Ralph and Jenny Center: located at 9 New Washington Street,

(behind the Holiday Inn)

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

617- 666-5223

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Main Office: located at 167 Holland Street

(between Davis Square and Teele Square.)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday:  8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday:  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2300

Fax:  617-625-0688

TTY:  866-808-4851

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