Bingo – Tuesdays at Ralph & Jenny Center starting at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at Holland Street starting at 10:00 a.m. Lunch available following Bingo. RSVP to Debby Higgins by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov
Project Outlook, Low Vision Group- 3rd Thursday of each month (May 19th) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. Project Outlook is a group of residents with low or no vision who enjoy getting together for camaraderie and socialization. Project Outlook has been active for over 30 years. Come join in the conversation, we look forward to meeting you. For more information, please contact Claudia Ferro at 857-237-1801.
Game Hour –Mondays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) This month the dates are May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th and May 23rd. Please join us as we play a wide variety of board and card games. Please RSVP to Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at email@example.com .
General Nutrition Classes – In-person, Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street. Virtual classes are offered Mondays at 11am via Zoom. New and returning members are welcome! To RSVP please call Mary Marshall at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking Group –Fridays at 9:30 a.m. The walking group meets in front of the Holland Street Center and will enjoy walks through area neighborhoods. All classes and groups will be limited in participation and are weather permitting. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register for the program, contact Chris Kowaleski by email at email@example.com or by phone at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315.
Fit-4-Life Exercise Classes—Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.—In-person, indoor at the Holland Street Center. Each class will focus on strength, balance and flexibility. Pre-registration is required as classes are limited; masks are required. Please contact Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for additional information.
Coffee & Conversation – Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – At the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) This month the dates are May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th and May 23rd. Meet people from all over the world as we discuss a range of topics. No books – no test – just friendly conversation. Please contact Maureen Bastardi at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 to RSVP.
Bowling– Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Flatbreads Company / Sacco Bowl Haven in Davis Square. This month’s dates are May 4th, May 11th, May 18th and May 25th. For more information or to sign up please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at Dhiggins@Somervillema.gov . Face coverings are required.
Yoga – In Person – Tuesday, May 3rd, May 24th & May 31st at 10:00 a.m. Easy-to-follow program lets you stretch and relax. Yoga provides modified, low-impact moves and easy-to-follow pacing for a healthy, active lifestyle. Please RSVP to Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600, ext. 2315 or email Chris at CKowaleski@Somervillema.gov
Line Dancing with Julie Kaufmann – at our Holland Street Center. Continuing Monday, May 9th, 16th & 23rd. As well as June 6th & 13th. No experience needed. For more information or to RSVP please call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov
LGBTQIA+ and Allies Social Group – Thursday, May 12th from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. at the Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. LGBTQ+ and allies are welcome. Come and join us for this social gathering. Meet and mingle with new people. Have a slice of pizza or two. RSVP to Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov
How to Help a Loved One Who Clutters –Wednesday, May 18th from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Holland Street Center. Do you have someone in your life that is more than a little messy? Does their clutter prevent them from having better relationships with family and friends? If you find yourself in this situation and have a hard time talking to someone about their clutter, look no further than this two part seminar. We will discuss different resources available to someone who is looking for support with de-cluttering. To RSVP for the seminar, please contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600 ext. 2317.
Book Club – Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. – Do you love books and want to discuss your love of reading with others? Consider joining book club. Group meets in person at 167 Holland St. and concurrently via Zoom. Please RSVP by calling Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600 or email Natasha at email@example.com as space is limited.
*Caregiver Check-In – Tuesday, May 24th at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Are you a caregiver for a loved one and want to connect with other caregivers? Would you like to discuss the joys and challenges of caregiving? The Somerville Council on Aging is hosting a monthly check-in via Zoom for caregivers. Please contact Natasha Naim by either calling 617-625-6600 ext. 2317 or e-mail Natasha at NNaim@Somervillema.gov.
*Movie Matinee & Pizza – Wednesday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Ralph and Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) Showing will be: Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer -generated analysis to acquire new players. $2 for Pizza – Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org Grab and Go Lunch Available after the Movie.
Left, Right, Center – Wednesday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center, located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn) or Friday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. LRC (Left, Right, Center) is a fun, fast-paced dice game that you won’t be able to put down! Players roll the dice to determine where they pass their chips. The last player with chips is the winner and wins the center pot. Due to popularity, please sign up for one of the sessions listed above. Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 4th. To register please call Debby Higgins a 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email her at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov Grab and Go Lunch will be available after the program.
Stepping Up Your Nutrition – Six week sessions beginning of Wednesday, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 8th & June 15th at the Holland Street Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.- This six week workshop targets adults 50+ who are concerned about their health and who are interested in improving their nutrition and strength to prevent falls or having any chronic health conditions. Key topics include: Key nutrition for older adults; particularly protein and fluid. How to determine personal nutrition risk and handgrip strength scores. The importance of muscles for strength, how nutrition affects falls risk, how to create an action plan to improve nutritional health and learn how to create a balance diet. Class space is limited – please contact Mary Marshall at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email Mary at email@example.com
Older Americans Month Celebration – Wednesday, May 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join the Somerville Council on Aging for our Older American’s Lunch Celebration. Bingo will begin at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an afternoon of music, food and fun as we celebrate you! $2 per person; special luncheon from May’s Café. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.
The Sweet Truth about Sugar and Your Body – Thursday, May 19th at our Holland Street Center from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The average American consumes 22 to 30 teaspoons of sugar each day, according to the American Heart Association. That’s an extra 350 to 480 calories each day and over three times the recommended daily amount. During the seminar we will discuss some of the foods and drinks each of us regularly consume and their sugar contents. Sugar messes with your functioning from head to toe; from minor annoyances to life-threatening health conditions. Educating yourself on the effects of sugar on your body is the first step to taking control of your sugar consumption. A special lunch will be served after the seminar. Please RSVP to Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.
Music & Movement – Thursday, May 19th at our Holland Street Center from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Steve as he plays guitar, sings and leads gentle movements. Just tapping your toe or singing along can help move your body in new ways. Being physically active is not just good for our bodies but it is also one of Mental Health America’s 10 tools to building resiliency; or the ability to overcome obstacles and manage through tough times. This program is in person, pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at dhiggins@Somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 2321.
Music & Munch Program – Wednesday, May 11th and Wednesday, May 25th via Zoom starting at 12:00 p.m. This 45 minute session 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. Learn a little, sing-along, relax and enjoy some Music while you Munch. Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at dhiggins@Somervillema.gov or call 617-625-6600, ext. 2321. You will then receive your email invitation to join the program via Zoom.
May Boxed Lunch Pick Up – Friday, May 20th at the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn) starting at 10:30 a.m. We hope you can stop by. Please reserve your lunch by calling Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.
Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2022 ELDER LAW PROGRAM – May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Holland Street Center. This event is part of the statewide Elder Law Education Program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). Among the topics this year are Veteran Affairs Financial Benefits, how to protect your home and assets, power of attorney and health care proxies, reverse mortgages, Homestead and Life Estates, Medicare/Medicaid changes, COVID-19 resources, and alternatives to nursing home care. The Elder Law Education Program matches attorneys from the MBA and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) with more than 80 councils on aging or senior centers throughout the state to make free presentations about the law. Volunteer attorneys have participated in the Elder Law Education Program since 1987. Past topics have touched on the Homestead Act, estate planning and long-term health insurance. The program is presented with the generous assistance and continued collaboration of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA. For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600 ext. 2317 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Continental Breakfast will be served.
Brown Bag Supplemental Food Program – PICK UP Thursday, May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) For an application contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.
Cambridge Fuel Assistance Office – Wednesday, June 1st at our Holland Street Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meet with a representative from Cambridge Fuel Assistance, who also helps many residents of Somerville. Learn about different programs available to help pay for or reduce your heating bill. Continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP by calling Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 or email her at nnaim@Somervillema.gov
Meet with Social Security – Wednesday, June 8th at our Holland Street Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hear directly from a social security representative and learn about how to apply for Social Security, when the right time for you to apply for Social Security may be, and what benefits you may be entitled to. Continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.
MBTA Travel Training and You – Friday, June 15th at our Holland Street Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join us for a presentation by the MBTA Travel Training about the safe use of the MBTA by older adults. Hear more about how to apply for a Senior Charlie Card, asking for help, paying one’s fare, accessibility of vehicles and stations, trip planning and much more. Continental breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP by contacting Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.
Wang Theatre Tour – Friday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. – The Boch Center is excited to announce that it will be bringing the beauty and wonder of the historic Wang Theatre live to the Holland Street Senior Center with their “On Location Tour.” This experience will take you behind-the-scenes of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks during the celebration of its 96th Anniversary. Learn about the theatre’s architectural highlights and unique history – from its hotel roots and glamorous days as a movie “cathedral”, to today’s role as an impressive venue for performances and events. Throughout the experience your guide may include a number of trivia questions and award a prize to the individual with the most correct answers, so keep on your toes and come share your love of the theatre! To register please call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or email her at email@example.com Grab & Go Lunch available after the “tour.”
The SHINE Program – Wednesday, June 22nd at our Holland Street Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hear from the regional SHINE director to learn about how to apply for Medicare. Topics will also include Medicare Part A and B, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), Medicare Supplemental Plans and various assistance programs available for people with limited resources. Continental breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.
Somerville Cambridge Elder Services – Wednesday, June 29th at the Holland Street Cener from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Learn about different services that can help support you to be able to age in place. Including but not limited to homecare services, Meals on Wheels and other offerings. Continental breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, please call Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.
Friendly Caller Program – 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 Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 to learn more about the program and to sign up.
Virtual FIT-4-LIFE SCHEDULE
Mondays 1:00 p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Wednesdays 1:00 p.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.
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The Council on Aging’s Senior Transportation Program Returns!
The Council on Aging is excited to announce the return of our Senior Transportation Program! The COA will be offering free taxi rides to Somerville residents over the age of 60. Rides are available to go to the grocery store, farmer’s market, pharmacy in Somerville and routine medical appointments in the surrounding communities. To best accommodate the needs of everyone in the City and to maximize the use of our funding, we will be capping the number of rides per week. To ensure the health and welfare of every resident of Somerville, exemptions will be made for chemotherapy and radiation appointments. To find out more information or to schedule your ride, please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2319. All rides must be booked two business days in advance. This program is funded through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Funding.