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.

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

Anything Goes – Thursday, July 12this sold out. Wait list only.

Fire Cracker Super Bingo – Monday, July 16th – is sold out.

Dollar Days at the Movies – Tuesday, July 17th starting at 12:00 a.m. with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. at the Somerville Theatre.  $1 cost for movie.  This month we are having a special lunch that will be served immediately following the movie at our Holland Street Center for a cost of $5.  RSVP a must.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Josie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Advanced Care Planning – Thursday, July 19th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Attorney Michael Dwyer at our Holland Street Center.  Meet with Attorney Michael Dwyer as he discusses Health Care Proxies, Wills and End of Life Wishes.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Essex, Gloucester & Rockport – Wednesday, July 25this sold out.  Wait list only.

Lowell Spinners – Wednesday, July 25this sold out.  Wait list only.

Mayor’s Annual “Old Time” Senior Picnic – Wednesday, August 1st – at Powderhouse Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Dancing, entertainment, music, lunch and prizes.  Tickets available at the following locations:  Holland Street Center, 165 Holland Street, Cross Street Center, 165 Cross Street, Ralph & Jenny Center, 9 New Washington Street, Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue and all senior buildings.  If you live in a senior building you must get your ticket there.  For additional information or questions contact Connie by calling

617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

The Music Man – Thursday, August 9th is sold out.  Wait list only.

Twin River Casino – Monday, August 20th – $25 – Check in time is 8:00 a.m. at Holland and 8:15 a.m. at Ralph & Jenny with an approximate return time of 6:00 p.m.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Walmart & Jimmy’s Steer House – Wednesday, August 22nd – $10 – Check in time is 10:00 a.m. at Holland Street with an approximate return time of 3:00 p.m.  Shop at Walmart – eat at Jimmy’s.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Howie Conley & The Memory Laners – Tuesday, August 28th – $10 per person due at time of reservation.  A special lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the performance at 1:00 p.m. – .  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Revere Beach – Wednesday, August 29th – $5 – Check in time is 8:30 at Holland with an approximate return time of 1:00 p.m.  Spend a morning at America’s first public beach.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Breakfast at Renee’s – Friday, August 31st starting at 8:30 a.m. at Renee’s Café located at 198 Holland Street.  Seating is limited, RSVP a MUST and there is a cost that has yet to be determined.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Mohegan by Day Foxwoods Overnight – Wednesday & Thursday, September 5th & 6th – is sold out.  Wait list only.

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.

New York City – October 26th to October 28th – 3 days and 2 nights $254 per person double or $368 per person single – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Macy’s and much more.  Seats sell fast and are very limited.  Check-in at Ralph & Jenny at 6:45 a.m. on Friday with an approximate return time of 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  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:    July 19th, August 16th, September 20th, October 11th, November 8th and December 13th.  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:   July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 4th, November 1st and December 6th.  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:     July 26th, August 23rd, September 27th, October 18th, November 15th and December 20th.  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 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** – 9:00 a.m. (H)

Tai Chi – 11:30 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life Group C – 1:00 p.m. (H)

Tuesday:

Strengthening – 9:00 a.m. (H)

$3 per class (H)

Fit-4-Life – 11:00 a.m. (C)

Bike Club – 12:15 p.m. (H)

Wednesdays:

Fit-4-Life Group A (exercise) – 9:00 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life Group B (nutrition) – 9 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life Group B (exercise) – 10:00 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life Group C (nutrition) – noon (H)

Fit-4-Life 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 – 9:00 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life Group B – 10:00 a.m. (H)

Fit-4-Life 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 starts on July 16th

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 The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware on Friday, July 20th.

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. (On hiatus)

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.

Memory Café – Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon.  Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group.  A welcoming place for people with forgetfulness and their family and friends to share a meal and create new memories.

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)ON HIATUS UNTIL THE FALL. 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.

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 INFORMATION

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.

Game Hour – Every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. at our Cross Street Center.  Join us for lunch and activities.  Immediately following lunch we will have a “Game Hour.”  Yahtzee, Sorry, Jenga, Cards, Scrabble, Checkers, Clue, Qwirkle, Dominoes, Uno & Connect 4 are available to play.  Community Cooks provides us with a family style lunch on the 1st & 3rd   Tuesdays and Food Services provides us with lunch on the off days.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require 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 & 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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