Panel of News Outlets, Non-Profits Will Discuss How to Reach Older Adults

Groups looking to reach older adults in Watertown can attend a panel discussion hosted by the Marshall Home Fund in late October. The group provided the following announcement:

The Marshall Home Fund, a community-based charitable foundation benefiting Watertown residents age 55 and older, is sponsoring a free workshop for non-profits interested in promoting their services and programs to our dynamic community of older adults and exploring the challenges of reaching those who are isolated. A panel of experts representing local news media and organizations that serve our older adults will include the Council on Aging, Perkins School for the Blind, Springwell, Watertown News, Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Tab, and the Watertown Housing Authority. They will exchange ideas, experiences, and insights to help non-profits increase their outreach to older adults. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct.

October at the Senior Center: Harvest Party, Dental Screenings & Senior Living Options

Watertown Senior Center

See what’s going on at the Watertown Senior Center in October. Here are highlights from the Watertown Senior News. Greetings from the Director

We look forward to seeing you at the Senior Center this month! We will be learning about the music of Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee, hostng a Flu Clinic, creating a unique Fall centerpiece with Ernie, offering free dental screenings with the Regis College Dental Program, celebrating the season at the annual Harvest Party, and learning about Senior Living op ons. As we welcome a new Fall season, we also welcome two new members to the Council on Aging Board, Tom Lewis and Araxie Poladian.

Rotary Club Invites Seniors to Annual Cookout at Sons of Italy

The Watertown Rotary Club will hosts its annual Senior Citizen Cookout on Oct. 6, 2019. The free event features food, music and entertainment and will be held at the Sons of Italy Hall, 520 Pleasant St., Watertown from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Food includes hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. There will be prizes, give aways and more. Entertainment will be provided by Disc Jockey “Rock’n'” Richard Picceri and Miss Maria’s School of Dance.

Watertown for All Ages Non-Profit Group Launches Website

The following information was provided by Watertown for All Ages:

A website to connect people interested in improving life for Watertown residents of all ages and abilities was launched this week by Watertown for All Ages (WAA), a grassroots non-profit organization. “We hope people will visit www.watertownforallages.org to learn more about our group, find resources of interest to older people in Watertown, and sign up to receive occasional email updates about our work,” said Bob Shay, WAA’s President. Watertown for All Ages is part of an international movement, supported in the U.S. by the AARP, whose aim is to increase the livability of cities and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages. One of the long-term goals of Watertown for All Ages is to help the town achieve recognition as a member of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities Network. Details about the “age-friendly” movement are available on the WAA website.

Senior Center in August: Senior Cookout, New Electricity Plan, Summer Bus Trips

Watertown Senior Center

The following information was provided by the Watertown Senior Center:

Greetings from the Director

Summer fun is in full swing at the Senior Center! This month, Ed Lewis, Watertown’s Energy Manager, will join us for a Lunch and Learn to help us understand what electricity choice is all about. It helps residents and the Town save money, but how does it work? Mr. Lewis will help us sort it all out. We will also bring back the dynamic Professor Gary Hylander for Part 2 of his June D-Day lecture that will focus on the Battle of the Bulge.

Scams Aimed at Seniors the Topic of Local Cable Show, Inside Watertown

Watertown Senior Center Director Anne-Marie Gagnon, far right, and Watertown Police Det. Patty Grady, second from right, appeared on “Inside Watertown” to talk abut scams aimed at seniors and others. The latest episode of Inside Watertown tackles of the subject of scams, many of which are aimed at older members of our community. Members of the Watertown Police Department and Senior Center Director Ann-Marie Gagnon spoke with co-hosts Charlie Breitrose and Bob Airasian during the episode of the Watertown Cable show. Gagnon said she has heard more conversations at the Senior Center about people being scammed or worried about becoming a victim.

February is Full of Activities at the Watertown Senior Center

February may be the shortest month, but the Watertown Senior Center has a long list of activities for the month. The Watertown Council on Aging provided the following information:

HEART HEALTH MONTHHelp us to celebrate Heart Health Month! This year Marie McCune, RN from Mt. Auburn Hospital, will speak to us about how to keep your heart healthy. After, we will enjoy a light brunch. 

WHEN: Tuesday February 19 TIME: 10:30 – 12:30 PM COST: $ 7.00Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Funds Available for Groups Working to Make Watertown a Place Where Older Adults Can Thrive

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund is encouraging public and non-profit organizations to submit innovative proposals to support Watertown’s efforts to be an Age-Friendly Community — a place where older adults can live, thrive, and contribute. While proposals addressing various topics are welcomed, the fund is particularly interested in projects addressing unmet needs in housing, transportation, and communication about services available to older people. The Request for Proposals will be available on February 8, 2019 and proposals will be due March 15. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Program Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the WSB Room in the Watertown Public Library and to visit marshallhomefund.org. To RSVP to the Information Session and for additional information, contact info@marshallhomefund.org