See What’s Going on at the Senior Center in November

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The Watertown Senior Center has plenty going on in November, including the Holiday Boutique, bus trips, exercise classes and much, much more. See details in the highlights from the Senior Center Newsletter below:

With Thanks from the Director

We look forward to seeing you at the Senior Center this month! We will be learning about the music of Bing Crosby with Mr. Bruce Hambro, offering free Flu Shots with the Watertown Health Department, providing exercise classes each day including Chair Volleyball on Friday mornings, and SHINE meetings by appointment for Medicare Open Enrollment in addition to our usual calendar of events. Stop in and see us. The carpeting is new too! As it’s the month of thanks, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the many partners, volunteers, friends and staff who help to make our Senior Center run smoothly and stay vibrant. To our exercise instructors, workshop leaders, speakers, games groups coordinators, the Police, Fire, and Town Department personnel who visit, our singers and their music director, our art teacher, bingo callers, and countless volunteers who make it all possible … thank you! To the Council on Aging Board, thank you for your guidance; to the Friends of the Watertown Senior Center, thank you for your support; to the maintenance staff, thank you for your assistance with facility improvements; and to the incredible team members at the Senior Center who greet and serve the public each day…Marina, Margie, Rae, bus drivers Jim and Bob, and our food pantry coordinator, Kathy…thank you! Finally, I would be remiss if I did not express thanks to those of you who use the services of the Senior Center, Food Pantry, or take the Senior Shuttle. We are thankful for YOU! On behalf of all of us, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

See you at the Center,

Anne-Marie Gagnon

The Friends of the Watertown Council on Aging Present 2019 Holiday Boutique!

Holiday treasures, décor, jewelry and hand-knitted items! Proceeds benefit programs at the Senior Center. Please bring a canned food item for the Watertown Food Pantry.
November 4 & 5, 2019
10:00 AM—4:00 PM
At the Senior Center—31 Marshall Street

VETERANS’ DAY
November 11, 2019—Senior Center Closed

BING CROSBY-SWINGING ON A STAR
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Presented by Bruce Hambro, join us for a lively audio-visual presentation and hear many of their hit songs, view their lives in photos, & enjoy many entertaining video clips. This lecture will be entertaining and fun!
Cost: Free Pre-register: Yes SIGN-UP: Now

SENIOR FLU CLINIC
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:00 AM—Noon
Provided by the Watertown Department of Public Health.
Please bring your Medicare or Insurance Card.
Cost: Free Pre-register: No

Coming in December
HOLIDAY BOXWOODS with ERNIE
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Cost: $15.00 Pre-register: Yes SIGN-UP: Now
ZEN ART with DAWN SCALTRETO
Session 3: Vibrant Alcohol Inks
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Cost: $5.00 Pre-register: Yes SIGN-UP: Now

SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY PARTY
Friday, December 13, 2019
Doors Open 11:30 AM
Event ends at 2:30 PM
HIBERNIAN HALL, Watertown Street
Tickets on Sale Friday, NOVEMBER 22 at 9:00 AM at the Senior Center. Cost: $10.00.
Join us for a fun afternoon to celebrate the Holidays! Pasta lunch catered by Maria’s, music for dancing by the Swing Fever Trio, and a special performance by our own Mellowtones. The Friends of the COA will also be holding their Basket Raffle.

PUBLIC SAFETY MORNINGS
Join us for casual conversation & coffee in the Lounge.
Cost: FREE Pre-register: No
Coffee with Chief Lawn & Captain Dupuis
Tuesday, November 12 & 26 at 9:30 AM
Hot Coffee with the Fire Department
Will be back in December.

SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Join the Book Club for a lively discussion of November’s selection: 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann. This nonfiction book takes a look at the consequences of Columbus’ voyages to
the Americas (Good Reads). Looking Ahead to December’s Meeting: 12/11/19 The December meeting will discuss Still Life by Louise Penny.This story looks to be an intriguing murder mystery. The Watertown Free Public Library will have copies of the book available by November 15.
Cost: FREE Pre-register: No

On the WATERTOWN SENIOR SHUTTLE
Call (617) 972-6490 to register.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Trip to Market Basket & Marshall’s in Waltham Call today to reserve a spot on the Senior Shuttle to Market Basket and Marshall’s in Waltham. Watertown seniors only. Space is limited to 16 on each run and 2 wheelchairs, so sign up early.
STRICT 3 BAG LIMIT. Driver provides limited assistance.
RUN 1: 8:45 AM: Leaving from 100 Warren, 55 Waverley or McSherry Gardens.
RUN 2: 11:30 AM: Leaving from other locations.
Cost: $2.00 donation paid to driver. Pre-register: Yes

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trip to Christmas Tree Shop in Natick & then Lunch at Ken’s Steakhouse on your own. Call today to reserve a spot on the Senior Shuttle for this trip. Watertown seniors only. Space is limited to 18 and 2 wheelchairs, so sign up early. Leaves from Senior Center at 9:30 AM or let us know if you need a ride.
Cost: $2.00 donation paid to driver. Pre-register: Yes

LAST CALL! FOX TOURS TRIP on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
YULETIDE NEWPORT, RI
Luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach travels to the grand Marble
House Mansion, lunch at Local Z and a stop at the
Christmas Tree Shop. Leaves at 8:30 AM. Cost: $64.00

How do I get help with Snow Shoveling?
Call the Watertown Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for an application for the program organized by the Watertown Recreation Department.

Caseworker Corner

Where can we get senior services for me and my elder relative(s)? Calling the Watertown Senior Center is a good start and we also recommend contacting Springwell, the Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Watertown. Springwell is a state and federal subsidized non-profit agency located in Waltham, that provides a host of senior services such as home delivered meals, personal care, home health care, caregiver support, information and referral, and other inhome assistance for Watertown residents and those in surrounding towns. Springwell offers affordable services to clients with lower incomes and offers private pay options too. Springwell can be reached by calling (617) 926-4100.

What can I do if I suspect that my next door neighbor can’t take care of him/herself anymore? Sometimes we get calls from community residents concerned with a senior’s well-being. Please call the Watertown Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for information and to share your concerns. Signs can be severe depression, malnutrition, declining self-care, unsafe driving, acting disoriented and confused, exhibiting bruises, commenting about frequent falls, or financial exploitation and scams. You can also report your concerns directly and anonymously by calling the Toll-Free Elder Abuse and Self-Neglect 24/7 Hotline at (800) 922-2275. Thank you for helping us to keep seniors safe. Did you know that the Senior Center can help with MassHealth, SNAP and Housing applications, Fuel Assistance and Emergency needs? We can also connect you to other services that might be helpful such as a free 20 minute legal services appointment with an attorney from Metrowest Legal Services, and Senior Parking Permits. Senior Parking Permits are for Watertown residents age 65 and older for up to 2 free hours of metered parking in Watertown’s municipal parking lots. Permits are $3 for 2 years. Please bring your driver’s license and car registration to sign-up. Call (617) 972-6490 to learn more about any of these services. We are here to help.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DIRECTOR
Join AnneMarie Gagnon, Director of the Watertown Senior Center, for an hour of coffee and informal conversation.
WHEN: Thursday, November 7 at 9:00 AM

Health & Wellness

November 6: Ask the Nurse Blood Pressure Clinic at 10:00 AM. Watertown Health Department Public Health Nurse Wil Vandinter will be here to take your blood pressure and answer questions. Free.
November 21: Blood Pressure Screening at 10:00 AM by Linda Micklay, R.N. from CareGroup Home Care. Free.
November 21: Foot Care Clinic at 11:00 AM. Toenails, corns, callus care only. The cost for this service is $25.00 payable to Dr. Alper. November 26: Flu Clinic from 9:00 AM—Noon

PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
Senior Homeowners—Earn up to $1,500! This program allows for up to ten
seniors (age 60 and older) and veterans a $1,500 deduction from their property tax bill in exchange for 125 hours of work for a Town department, from July 1, 2019 until March 1, 2020. Income limits apply. Applications are available at the Senior Center or by calling (617) 972-6490. Program begins July 1 for work in a Town Department through March 1, 2020.

MONDAY EXERCISE at 11:00 AM
Exercise with Shannon Exercises include muscle strengthening, light-stretching, balance and posture improvement, and low-impact aerobics. Cost: $3.00

TUESDAY LINE DANCING at 11:15 AM
Join Manny and friends and get up and get moving with this fun bunch!
Cost: $4.00

WEDNESDAY MAT YOGA at 11:00 AM
Yoga with Sue Bring your own mat and join Sue for this gentle, restful yoga session that promotes strength and agility. Cost: $3.00

TUESDAY EXERCISE at 9:30 AM
Exercise with Joanna Join the fun! Regular exercise can improve circulation, help to strengthen bones, increase muscle mass, reduce joint stiffness, and improve general health. Cost: $3.00

THURSDAY CHAIR YOGA at 9:30 AM Yoga with Diane Cost: $3.00 Join Diane for this seated yoga class that works all your muscles.

THURSDAY KEEP FIT with JOANNA at 11:00 AM.
Cost $3.00

NEW! FRIDAY CHAIR VOLLEYBALL at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE!

FRIDAY TAI CHI with MARIE at 12:30 PM
Cost: $4.00

FRIDAY STRENGTH & BALANCE at 2:15 PM
With Pearl Cost: $3.00

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