August at the Senior Center: Summer Supper, Flower Arrangements, a Book Club and Much More

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Watertown Senior Center

The Senior Center has many activities during the month of August, including some in-person events.

In the August Watertown Senior News, put out by the Council on Aging, Director of Senior Services Anne-Marie Gagnon writes that the Senior Center is open and welcoming residents again. She added that there will be no meals (with a couple of exceptions below) provided because the kitchen remains closed, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Also, visitors may want to bring a sweater because the windows will remain open to provide circulation inside the senior center.

Here are some of the events going on this month at the Watertown Senior Center:

Book Club

Held at the Library and on Zoom

Wednesday, August 11 at 9 am

We will be discussing Emma, by Jane Austen. First published in December 1815, Emma is a comedy of manners, youthful hubris and romantic misunderstandings and depicts issues of marriage, sex, age, and social status. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people’s lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. Upcoming: If you would like a copy of the book list for the coming season, please call the Senior Center after August 1, and it will be sent to you.

How to Talk to Your Doctor and Be Your Own Advocate, with Lynn Croft

Wednesday, August 11 at 2 p.m

In the current healthcare environment, pa ents must learn to become their own advocate. This presentation educates and provides practical tips about keys to better communication for better outcomes from your physician visits. Lynn Croft is a Professional Healthcare Advocate. Professional Healthcare Advocates help individuals, and their families navigate the complicated healthcare system. 

Flowers with Ernie

Thursday, August 12 at 2 p.m.

Welcome Back! We are doing a refreshing arrangement to cool ourselves in hot August with an ice cream dish made of “vanilla ice cream and a red cherry on top” at the COA! Anything will become an art of beauty! Call us to register: number of participants is limited to twelve people, 617-972-6490.

Zoom Q&A with State Rep. Steve Owens

Monday, August 16 at 3 p.m.

Representative Owens will discuss what he will be doing in the upcoming legislative session around various issues and there will be me for a Q&A.

Summer Supper

Tuesday, August 17 at 5 p.m.

We are offering a special boxed Summer Special Supper. You are welcome to stay longer, meet and greet friends in the parking lot or inside depending on the weather. The number of guests is limited to 25 people. The Marshall Home Fund will be sharing the cost to offer this dinner to you for $5.00. Order by August 10 by calling the Senior Center, 617-972-6490. Signups start on August 3rd.

Zoom: “Loneliness: A State of Mind” with Lynne Croft

Wednesday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

During the Covid Pandemic, and beyond, many folks have been experiencing feelings of loneliness. Or perhaps other times in your daily life you have felt lonely. This presentation will explore what is loneliness and what drives those feelings. Additionally, Lynn offers some practical suggestions to ward off feeling lonely.

Zoom: “Parents Don’t Want to be Parented: Plans to Keep YOU in Charge” with Michelle Woodbrey, 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors

Thursday, August 19 at 3:30 p.m.

You will enjoy a heartfelt discussion about why your adult children begin to “parent” you. We will discuss planning and communication in order to refocus your relationship from negativity into one focused on your wishes.

Zoom: American Heritage Museum with Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing

Tuesday, August 24 at 2 p.m.

During this virtual presentation you will explore America’s conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War to today. See the August Senior News (click here) page 5 to register for the trip to the museum in September.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m.

Join our Zoom Knitting Group at the COA for a freely flowing conversation, sharing patterns, and discussing yarn types over knitting.

Zoom Pet Lovers’ Group

Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m.

With special Guest Veterinarian Dr. Dawn Binter.

Grab-and-Go Lunch

Thursday, August 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy our Grab-and-Go lunch in August. We will be sharing the cost to offer this dinner to you for $5.00. Order by August 10 by calling the Senior Center, 617-972-6490. Signups start on August 10. at the COA

Flowers with Ernie at the COA

Thursday, August 26 at 2 p.m.

Welcome Back! We are doing another refreshing arrangement to cool ourselves with an ice cream dish made of “vanilla ice cream and a red cherry on top.” Call us to register: number of participants is limited to twelve people, 617-972-6490.

Zoom Technology for People with Hearing Loss with Kathleen Krefethen

Tuesday, August 31 at 2 p.m.

Adult Hearing Loss is a part of life for one third of people over age 60. Fortunately, we are living in the best era to effectively mitigate hearing loss, and at a decreasing expense!

See many more activities, including movies, the Senior Shuttle, exercise classes and much more in the Watertown Senior News, click here to view.

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