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

Watertown’s Older Population Faring Better Than State, Tufts Health Plan Foundation Study Finds

Watertown’s older population fared better, or equal to Massachusetts residents 60 years or older, in most categories in a study funded by the Watertown-based Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Some areas where Watertown residents fared better than the state average were mortality, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tobacco disorders, chronic kidney and liver diseases, and rate of people not seeing doctors when needed due to cost. The town fared worse, however, in rates of injuries from a fall, leukemia & lymphoma, and anemia. The study is designed fo provide information to help people age better, according to the report. “The information in the 2018 Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report can serve as a roadmap, helping to identify strengths and needs in communities across the Commonwealth,” the study’s Highlights Report reads.

Watertown for All Ages Starting Program to Help Seniors Who Can’t Drive

The following information was provided by Watertown for All Ages:

A local non-profit organization, Watertown for All Ages (WAA), is spearheading an initiative that will help older residents stay independent, active and engaged in the community even when they no longer drive. “Older people who stop driving are at risk of isolation and depression, a problem that our initiative will seek to prevent,” said Chris Miara, coordinator of the new project. WAA recently received two grants to start a town-wide effort to ensure older people have information about, and access to, safe and appropriate transportation. The grants from Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Watertown Community Foundation will be used over the next year to study the obstacles older residents face in getting around town without a car and develop a set of recommendations to address these obstacles. WAA is in the process of forming an advisory committee of town officials and residents to guide the work of the transportation project, and is seeking volunteers to participate in this and its other activities dedicated to making Watertown a more ”age-friendly” community.

Watertown Fire Department Spreading Fire Safety to Youth, Seniors With SAFE Grant

Watertown Firefighters visited every elementary school this year and also installed fire alarms for seniors around town with the help of the fire safety grants. In January the Watertown Fire Department received $5,407 in Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant and $2,813 in Senior SAFE grant. “We applied for the grant and got it in 2017,” said Capt. Ryan Nicholson, the WFD’s S.A.F.E and Senior SAFE Program Coordinator. “It was the first time we got it in about 10 years.” In the Spring, S.A.F.E. Educators Firefighter Jeffrey Pugliese Jr. and Firefighter Shane Gleason visited every third grade classroom at each of Watertown’s three elementary schools.

Find Out About Hearing Loss at Event Hosted by Marshall Home Fund, Council on Aging

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund and the Watertown Council on Aging are sponsoring “Hearing Loss 101” — a free presentation for older adults and their service providers — on Friday, Nov. 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. Hearing loss is a huge issue, affecting approximately one third of 65- to 74-year-olds and one half of people 75 and older. Jonathan O’Dell, an acclaimed speaker who is Director of Communications and Technology Services of the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will provide information and answer questions about this important topic. Attendees will learn about the causes of hearing loss, its connection to dementia, and new tools that can make life easier, such as a hearing aid/ smart phone interface and visual smoke, carbon monoxide and doorbell alerts.

Marshall Home Fund Supports Age-Friendly Programs in Watertown This Month

The Marshall Home Fund provided the following information:

Watertown’s older residents will have numerous opportunities in September
to experience what it means to live in an age-friendly community, that is, a place that helps older adults remain in town, thrive and contribute. A number of grantees of the Marshall Home Fund — a local foundation — are offering programs this month that promote safe and affordable housing, respect and inclusion, and social engagement. Fire and Life Safety for Older Adults: Fun, informative classes sponsored by the Watertown Fire Department, at the Senior Center. Sept 6 & Sept 13. 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

September is Busy at the Watertown Senior Center, See Details Here

The Watertown Senior Center has plenty going on in September, including a session on gardens, info on Alzheimer’s and dementia and a number of trips. The Watertown Senior Center provided the following information:

Some of our September 2018 events include: 

LUNCH & LEARN WATERTOWN’S SCHOOL GARDENS & THE SENIOR CENTER

Join Judy Fallows, official garden coordinator for Watertown’s public schools for the past three seasons, as she talks about the connections in elementary schools between classrooms and gardens. She will speak a bit about the challenges of maintaining the gardens in summer and the wonderful volunteers who help with this. Learn about the connections with the school food service and harvests for school cafeterias. Judy will also talk about the progress of the Senior Center gardens.