Somerville Council on Aging Press Outreach

Taxi Rides
Do you need a ride?
The COA has a new program just for you.
Taxi Rides for Somerville Residents 60 and Over
Rides can be used for:
Grocery Shopping in Somerville
Pharmacy Prescription pick up in Somerville
Routine Medical Appointments in the follow areas:
Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, Boston or the V.A. in Jamaica Plain or West Roxbury
Two Days Advanced Notice Required
For more information please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2319

Mask Pick Up

The COA has masks available for Somerville residents who are 60 and over.
If you are in need of a mask or may know of a friend or neighbor who may need a new mask, you can pick it up at our Drive -Thru location
Holland Street Senior Center 167 Holland Street
Tuesday, September 15th​​​ 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
If you have any questions, please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Healthy Eating Workshop
Monday, September 14th at 10:00 A.M.
Please join in our new group workshop via ZOOM. Planning meals can be tiresome and gets to be boring. Let’s share ideas on how to balance out your day with tasty and nutritious meals and snacks. We will focus on getting in all of the daily food groups, while enjoying some summer treats. Things we will cover include: · Knowing how much to eat and spreading out your meals · How to choose foods that are delicious and nutritious · Meal preparation for weekly planning and leftovers · How to get started on your grocery list · Filling out a meal plan that works for you and your schedule RSVP to Mary Marshall at 617 625-6600 ext. 2316. Please leave your name, number and email or you may email me at headtofitness10@yahoo.com

“Music and Munch” Program

Wednesday September 9th & Wednesday September 23rd
Starting at noon.
Why not pair your lunch with a celebration of music? This 45-minute session via Zoom will treat you to a playlist of diverse musical offerings: a little jazz, some “oldies but goodies,” a smidgen of classical, a dip into barbershop, a trip to Broadway. The music is taped but the experience is live. Your guide is Somerville Resident, Laura Zoll, trained as a medieval musicologist and with a life-long love of all things musical. Your preferences will help shape the session. Learn a little, sing-along, relax and enjoy some Music while you Munch.

Please RSVP by Tuesday September 8th @ 12:00pm for September 9th and by Tuesday September 22nd @ 12:00pm for September 23rd to Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at dhiggins@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. You will then receive your email invitation to join the program via ZOOM.

Join our Email Lists
If you would like to receive a virtual copy of our monthly newsletter and daily tips please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov
If you would like to become part of our Google Group please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

Social Services
Are you interested in learning about different social benefit programs or have question for one of our Social Workers? Social Workers can be reached via e-mail, phone or Zoom. They can set up a zoom meeting if you want to meet face-to-face while socially distancing. Zoom meetings can occur during business hours which are Monday-Wednesday 8:30-4:30, Thursday from 8:30-6:30 and Fridays from 8:30-1:30.
Friendly Phone Callers
Looking for a way to practice social distancing but still remain connected to other people? Look no further than the Somerville Council on Aging’s Friendly Phone Caller program. We have many wonderful volunteers who are waiting to give you a call. Whether you are looking to make a new friend or would just like a friendly chat to look forward to every week, this program has you covered. Call Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 to learn more about the program and to sign up.
Open Enrollment
Open enrollment is around the corner! Once a year, from October 15th to December 7th, Medicare recipients are able to change their health insurance plans for January 1st of the following year. While having the freedom to change your health insurance plan can save you money, there are many health insurance plans and companies to choose from. You don’t have to make the decision alone, the Somerville Council on Aging has SHINE Counseling available over the phone or on Zoom to assist you with finding out what health insurance options are available for you. You can call Natasha at 617-625-6600 ext. 2317 to book an appointment.

Facebook
Stay connected via our Facebook page – often updated by Debby or Maureen. Informative, entertaining, lots of photos and updates. Visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/SomervilleCOA/

Exercise
Exercise Schedule
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom exercise
Thursdays 1:00 .p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. = LBT Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise

Somerville City Cable
RCN = 13/Comcast = 22
The Fit-4-Life Exercise Show = Daily at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Fit-4-Life YouTube
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video # 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hd26HjpwBI&t=68s
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwHfyoEZaws&t=247s
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcI2eBSS024&t=158s

Yoga YouTube
Yoga with Janine video #1 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDGF_EEbqF0&t=130s

For questions or to register for a Fit-4-Life Zoom exercise class, please contact Chris at CKowaleski@somervillema.gov or call 617-625-6600, ext. 2315

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