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.
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.
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.
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.
Recharge your driving skills! AARP Driver Safety helps drivers stay safe, educated and confident behind the wheel with the AARP Smart Driver™ Course, the AARP announced in a press release. These courses are designed to help drivers age 50-plus familiarize themselves with the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.
The course will be offered Wednesday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall St., Watertown, MA 02472. Call 617-972-6490 for information or to register. In addition to learning safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of a crash, participants of the course will learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health-related issues affect driving ability, and how to adjust driving accordingly to allow for these changes.
Head to the Senior Center this month to find out about Medicare Open Enrollment, the Harvest Party or plenty of other activities.
The Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center sent out its October Newsletter:
Some of our OCTOBER 2017 events include:
October Notes from the Director
October is a busy month at the Senior Center and we hope you will join us for an informative program or fitness class. If you haven’t visited in a while, stop in and say hello, grab a cup of coffee, browse our lending library, and share in some conversation with others in the lounge. Perhaps you’ll try your hand at chess or cribbage, or bring your laptop and surf the web on our free WiFi. If you or a friend cannot make it to the Center, give us a call and let us know how we can help. It’s that time again!
Senator Will Brownsberger announced he will sponsor a Senior CharlieCard Day on Monday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton. Seniors age 65 or older can save a trip to the MBTA offices in Downtown Boston and apply for a Senior CharlieCard at this event. Sen. Brownsberger’s office sent out the following information:
Staff from the Office of Senator Brownsberger will be on hand to take photos and process applications, which will be provided. Seniors will just need to bring a valid, state-issued photo ID that includes date of birth. No advance sign-up required.
LCB Senior Living, LLC, owner and operator of The Residence at Watertown Square located at 20 Summer Street in Watertown is pleased to announce the selection of Teresa Burns as the community’s new Executive Director, LCB Senior Living announced.The Residence at Watertown Square offers the area’s finest independent, assisted and memory care assisted living for local seniors. Ms. Burns has 13 years of experience in the senior living industry, where she has served in several management roles with Emeritus Senior Living, Kindred Healthcare, Healthbridge Management, and Wingate Healthcare. Prior to her role with LCB, Ms. Burns served as Executive Director of The Arbors at Winthrop in Winthrop, MA. Independent Living residents at The Residence at Watertown Square have private apartments with a kitchenette and bath, along with the peace of mind of 24-hour security, three nutritious meals prepared and served “Anytime Dining” style on-site, fitness center, available laundry and cleaning services, a full activities program, building and grounds maintenance, and a host of optional services. Assisted Living residents have all of the above, along with assistance with the activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, medication reminders, and other services.