Somerville Council on Aging Weekly updates & information

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Free Smoke Alarm / Carbon Monoxide Detectors : Very limited amount available  This program is a first come first serve basis.  This is funded through the Senior Safe Program and services will be provided until the grant is exhausted.  – If you have any questions or need an application please call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

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.

Country Western Line Dancing – The 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month starting on October 18th at our Holland Street Center.  $3 per class – no experience needed.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

Expressive Art for Healing Group – October 23rd  and 30th and November 13th and 27th and December 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center.  Explore the healing power of the creative arts.  In this group we will use collage, image making and mediation for expression, connection and discovery.  Attendance for all meetings is encouraged but not required  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Natasha by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.

Lancaster, PA – Monday, November 5th to Thursday, November 8th  is sold out.  Wait list only.  

Wrentham Outlets – Sunday, November 11th is sold out.

Dollar Days at the Movies – Tuesday, November 13th – doors open at 11:30 a.m. movie starts at noontime.  $1 per person – Chappaquiddick – For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call Josie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Paint Day with Raquel Kaplan – Wednesday, November 14th – 9:30 a.m. – $10 per person due at time of reservation – space is limited.  No experience needed.  Lunch and bingo to follow.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Annual Festival of Trees – Sunday, November 18th is sold out.

MGM Springfield Casino – Monday, November 26th – $49 dollars per person.  Enjoy the Golden Carral Buffet and Grill as well as the Annual Forest Park Christmas display.  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 8:00 p.m.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Revere Beach “Then and Now” with Bob Upton – Thursday, November 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center.  Bingo and lunch will follow.  $5 per person due at time of registration.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Country Western Line Dancing – Thursday November 29th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Healthy Steps – Thursday, November 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street.  Healthy Steps is a therapeutic, gentle, movement class for anyone who needs to get moving, particularly anyone recovering from surgery, frail elders or those living with chronic fatigue or arthritis.  Class is free.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Red Sox Rhymes with Dick Flavin – Friday, November 30th at 10:00 am. at our Holland Street Center.  Here from his collection of humorous and nostalgic poems from his book, Red Sox Rhymes:  Versus and Curses.   Bingo and lunch to follow.  For more information or to join the fun call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Miracle on 34th Street Brunch – Tuesday, December 11th starting at 10:30 a.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street.  Movie followed by brunch.  $5 per person.

For more information or to join the fun call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

An Afternoon at the Theater – Wednesday, December 12th, is SOLD OUT.  Wait list only.

Illumination of Lights Tour – Saturday, December 15th – $8 – Hop on the trolley and be amazed at the Holiday Lights in Somerville.  Limited seating – check in is 4:15 p.m. at the High School Concourse.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

White Christmas Brunch – Tuesday, December 18th starting at 10:30 a.m. at our Holland Street Center.  Movie followed by brunch.  $5 per person.   For more information or to join the fun call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Christmas Crafts – Wednesday, December 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street.  Lunch and Bingo to follow.  For additional information, questions or to reserve your spot please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City – From Monday, January 14th  to Wednesday January 16th , 2019 – $189/Double and $269/Single – Deposit of $100. Per person due on or before November 1st.  Trip includes motorcoach transportation, 2 nights lodging at the resort, $25 slot dollers, (2) $25 meal credits and a show ticket if available.  Check in is 6:30 a.m. on Monday at Ralph & Jenny with an approximate return time of 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  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:   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:   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 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 m