July at the Senior Center: A Visit from the Middlesex DA, Paint Party, A Movie for the Grandkids

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The Watertown Center will be full of activities this July, including a visit from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, a movie for seniors and the grandkids and a paint party, to name just a few.

See more information in the Senior Center Newsletter, below:

July Notes from the Director

It’s Summer! And we hope you will stop in the Senior Center to enjoy the air conditioning and take part in one or more of our many programs and activities. Take a look in our lending library for a new beach read, stop by and play a few rounds of Cribbage, Whist, Bridge or Rummikub, test your skill at Chess, attend an exercise class, or drop in for the Thursday movie. If you enjoy singing consider joining the Mellowtones who meet Friday afternoons. Everything is listed on our calendar on page 7. We look forward to seeing you!

We also hope you will join us for a special presentation about the Opioid Epidemic and its impact on the family. District Attorney Marian Ryan will be joining us on July 25 during our Coffee Time with the Police Chief. You don’t want to miss it.

July 1 begins the new Fiscal Year for the Town and on behalf of all of us at the Senior Center, I would like to take a moment to express thanks to the Honorable Town Councilors, the Town Manager and the Council on Aging Board for supporting the Fiscal Year 2018 Council on Aging Budget. The staff and I look forward to adding new programs and continuing to provide essential services to help Watertown’s older residents age well in the community. Thank you for your support!

Please remember to look in on your neighbors as the temperatures climb and contact us if we can be of any help. We’re here for you. Happy 4th!

Anne-Marie Gagnon


Windsor House will be here at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 to host a Paint Party! All supplies are included for a fun time. A light lunch will be served. Seating is limited & pre-registration is required.


Join Tina Rose as she shows us how to make bookmarks from beautiful paper. The bookmarks make great gifts for any occasion. All tools and paper are supplied. Each person will have the chance to make up to six bookmarks. The cost of this program is $2.00 WHEN: Wednesday, July 19 TIME: 10:00 AM
Children age 7 and up are welcome to join! Registration is required. Funded in part by the Friends of the COA.

The Opioid Epidemic – How It Impacts Seniors
A Special Presentation by District Attorney Marian Ryan

Join District Attorney Marian Ryan and Police Chief Michael Lawn at the Senior Center for an important presentation about the impact of the opioid epidemic on older adults and families.

When: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 10:00 A.M.

Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Public Safety Mornings at 9:30 AM
July 11 & July 25
Coffee with Police Chief Lawn and Friends
July 18
Hot! Coffee with Fire Captain Ryan Nicholson


JULY 20—Theatre trip to N.H. Lakes’ Theatre to see South Pacific with lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm. Leave:8:30 AM Return: 5:00 PM Approximately Cost: $ 85.00
JULY 26—Revere Beach Trip. We will be sponsoring this trip with the Belmont Senior Center. Great day at the beach to see the Sandcastles and lunch at Marina at the Wharf. Leave: 10:30 AM Return: 3:30 PMApproximately Cost: $ 45.00 payable to Town of Belmont.
AUGUST 16—Boston Duck Tour / Senior Shuttle. The Watertown & Belmont Senior Center’s Duck Tour of Boston. Get lunch on your own at the Aquarium or buy a ticket to visit. Leave: 9:15 AM Return: 3:00 PM Cost: $36
AUGUST 30—Salem Trip / Senior Shuttle. Join us for a talk on Salem before heading out for a tour of some of Salem’s sites. Details to follow.
SEPTEMBER 22—Scallop Festival & JFK Museum. Join us as we head to the Cape for the annual Scallop festival & fair. After we head to the JFK Museum where they are celebrating his 100th Birthday. Leave: 8:30Return: 5:30 Approximately. Cost: $ 73.00
OCTOBER 17—Indian Princess Riverboat. Foliage trip to western MA for a cruise aboard the Indian Princess. Next it’s lunch at the Point Breeze on Webster Lake. We end the day with a stop at the Foppema Farm. Leave:9:00 Return: 5:00 Approximately. Cost: $ 83.00
In Order To Keep Costs Low There Are No Refunds. You can pass your ticket to a friend.

Case Worker Corner, Marina Kirsanova, LSW
Question: “How do I go about finding housing in Watertown?”
Marina: “I have many seniors coming to the Senior Center for assistance with their housing situations. Some of them were renting apartments in Watertown for many years. Due to recent retirement, loss of job, change in family or medical condition, they find themselves in a situation when they cannot afford paying the same rent anymore. Seniors come to the Senior Center to get help with finding a subsidized place in Watertown or nearby town. Others are looking for information on assisted living or nursing homes for themselves or for their loved one.”
If you find yourself or your loved one in a similar situation, please call the Senior Center and make an appointment with me. During our meeting, we will discuss the best options for your individual case.
Call Marina at (617) 972-6490 to set up an appointment.

Ride the Watertown Senior Shuttle! Call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for more information.
The Watertown Senior Shuttle travels throughout Watertown to take seniors grocery shopping. We continually adjust the route to accommodate new riders.

TUESDAYS: Stop & Shop on Watertown Street
THURSDAYS: Super Stop and Shop on Pleasant Street
2nd and 4th WEDNESDAYS: Watertown & Arsenal Malls

Call the Senior Center 2 days in advance if you are new or want to change from your scheduled day.
· Suggested donation is $1.00 Round Trip
· 3 bag limit 

Options for rides to doctors’ appointments are also available. Call the Senior Center for more Information.

Exercise at the Senior Center Drop-In!
Come to the air-conditioned Senior Center to keep up with your exercise routine during the summer.
General Exercise classes are held:
Mondays at 11:00
Tuesdays at 9:30
Wednesdays at 11:00
Fridays at 10:40
Yoga is offered on Thursdays at 10:00. Please bring your own mat.
Chair Exercise is offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 and Line Dancing meets Tuesdays at 11:15

See you at the Center!

Medicare’s Free Preventive Services
Did you know that many preventive services are not subject to any Medicare deductible or co-pay? These services are free whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, such as an HMO.
Some of the FREE services include:
· Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)
· Mammograms
· Pap tests and pelvic exams
· Bone mass measurements
· Cardiovascular screening
· Hepatitis C screening
· Diabetes screening lab tests
· Flu and pneumonia shots
· Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
· Depression screening
· Obesity screening and counseling
There are rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services. For a complete list of preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs.
To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Watertown Senior Center at (617) 972-6490.

HEALTH SCREENINGS are held on Thursday mornings
JULY 20 – Podiatry Clinic – 11:00 a.m. Toenails, corns, callus care only. The cost for this service is $25.00 payable to Dr. Alper. Insurance is not accepted.
JULY 27 – Blood Pressure at 9:30 a.m. by Linda Micklay, R.N. from CareGroup Home Care. Free

Bring your grandchild (age 7 or older) to join you when we present MOANAWe’ll have ice cream in our air-conditioned lounge. Please pre-register at 617-972-6490.

A Note from Captain Ryan Nicholson, Watertown Fire Department

The Senior SAFE program provides fire & life safety education for seniors. As part of this The Watertown Fire Department will conduct an in-home visit and provide and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to those in need. To qualify for the install you must be 65 or older and own and occupy the home.
Call the Watertown Fire Prevention Bureau at 617-972-6510 to book your visit.

JULY MOVIE MATINEE Come on over and enjoy in our comfortable lounge Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall St.
7/6 Yankee Doodle Dandy—James Cagney won the Best Actor Oscar for his lively portrayal of “Mr. Broadway,” George M. Cohan, in this lavish screen biography that highlights Cagney in some of his finest song-and-dance routines. Cohan, a playwright, entertainer, composer and patriot, made his mark on the vaudeville stage and penned countless memorable tunes, including “Over There,” “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and the film’s title number. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Eddie Foy, Jr 1942 NR 126 mins.

7/13 Beauty and the Beast—In this live action version of the Disney adapted animated feature, young Belle yearns to escape her ordinary existence — and her village’s boorish suitors — until she becomes imprisoned in the castle of a monstrous prince. Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. 2017 PG 129 mins.

7/20 Hacksaw Ridge—Based on a true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss, who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines, braving enemy fire and putting his own life on the line. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey. 2016 R 131 mins.

7/27 Moana—This aquatic animated tale follows the journey of Moana Waialiki, a plucky Polynesian teen who sets out on a long and perilous ocean voyage in search of a mythical island, aided by Maui. Cast: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tud. 2016 PG 107 mins.

COMING IN AUGUST – Looking to combat stress and bring more relaxation into your life?
August 9th at 10:00 Artemis Yoga will be joining us to share techniques for mindfulness and to teach poses you can do at home to reduce stress and lead a more balanced life. Pre-Registration Required


A small group has formed to play Chess on Mondays at 1:00 PM but they need a few more players! No reservations, just drop in!

A Note from the Friends of the Council on Aging
Thank you for your support of the programs at the Senior Center! We are looking for volunteers to help with different projects. Please consider joining the Friends as an active member. To learn more about us call 617-926-5295. ~ Mary Keenan, Chairperson

ENJOY READING? The summer is here and a great time to sit back and relax with a good book. Visit our paperback and magazine exchange in the air-conditioned Senior Center. When you are finished you can “recycle” it by passing it on to a friend or dropping it back here at the Center. Stop by and browse our selection or to drop off your donations.

Happy Independence Day And Thank You To All Those Who Serve!
The Senior Center will be closed on July 4th. 

PAGE TO STAGE Is Coming Back! Fall 2017 September 21- October 19, 2017
Through a generous grant from the Marshall Home Fund, 15 seniors from Watertown are given the opportunity to take a 5-week class from New Repertory Theatre taught by Associate Artistic Director, Bridget Kathleen O’Leary for FREE.
This will be in conjunction with the upcoming production of OLEANNA by David Mamet. Stay tuned for more information.


Have the Watertown Senior News emailed to your home computer every month by going to the Town website: www.watertown-ma.gov and signing up on the ‘Notify Me’ list. Follow the link on the left side of the home page, scroll down to Watertown Senior News and check it off! Or call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 with your email address & we’ll add it for you!

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