Wellesley Council on Aging programs

Wellesley Council on Aging programs

Wellesley Council on Aging

500 Washington St.

Phone: 781-235-3961

Office hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays

A Word from the Director

With the start of the new Fiscal Year, we are reopening the Tolles Parsons Center on July 1! While many find this very exciting, we recognize that there are some of us who still have some reservations and anxieties with returning to in-person activities.

The plan for July and August continues to follow our track of slow and steady. While we will be opening the building, we will be continuing fitness classes and lectures on Zoom until the Fall. We hope to offer activities and social opportunities that will meet everyone’s needs.

So what’s new this summer? Many things. We will be holding specific card games as walk-in activities four days a week in the American Legion Room. Does anyone rejoice at the words “Ping Pong?” If so, you are in luck, every Friday we will be holding drop-in Ping Pong in the American Legion Room. Card games not your thing, does Scrabble bring you happiness? Drop-in Scrabble will be held once a week in the Cards & Games Room.

Not really into games, but interested instead in getting a cup of coffee and socializing with friends? Stop by the Café and grab a cup of coffee. We just purchased a new coffee pot, and although the delivery date is not yet confirmed, we hope to have coffee up and brewing by July 15.

Day time activities not your thing? Sign-up for an Al Fresco Night. These evenings are limited to a smaller group of participants and will be offered once in July and once in August. Not a fan of driving at night, not a problem, signup for a ride on our COA Bus. Our drivers will pick you up for the event and bring you home afterwards!

The American Legion Room

Card Games

Starting in July and August, we will be offering structured card games four days a week in the American Legion Room. We have procured folding card tables for this purpose and will be able to accommodate up to 24 participants each day. Reservations are not required. You may drop-in to the center at anytime after 12:30 p.m. to join a game. We have cards and some spare Mah Jong sets available for use. Have some friends you want to play with, bring them along. Going alone, be sure to say hi to some folks you may not know and invite them to play along. Bridge will be on Mondays, Cribbage on Tuesdays, Chinese Mah Jong on Wednesdays, and Mah Jong on Thursdays. Games are for players who already have a handle on the rules. Not sure how to play, check in with activities for future class opportunities in the Fall.

Ping Pong

Interested in being a bit more active? Is your competitive side hitting you? Drop-in to the Tolles Parsons Center on Fridays to join other enthusiasts in games of Ping Pong from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Reservations not required.

The Arts & Crafts Room

Drop-in Arts & Crafts

Want a place to go to work on one our craft projects? Interested in some space to come paint? Have a knitting project you want to work on? Come by the Tolles Parsons Center Monday-Friday this summer and use our space. Some supplies will be available for participant use, and more supplies will be made available as the month progresses. Coming Soon — Cushions for the seats in the Arts & Crafts Room.

The Café

Coffee

Ah yes, Coffee. The age old favorite. We have had so many requests for participant’s beloved coffee. We just purchased a new coffee machine and do not have a date on its proposed arrival. We expect that by July 15, our coffee should be brewing once more.

Newspapers

We are currently working on restarting newspaper subscriptions and funding those subscriptions. We anticipate having some newspapers back in circulation by August.

The Cards & Games Room

The Cards & Games Room will be open for walk-in cards and billiards (pool) most days of the week. We will no longer be separating card playing and billiard playing, as specific card games now have reserved times in the American Legion Room. We are currently working to purchase sound absorbing panels for our walls to help alleviate some of the disruption that may occur during billiard games.

Scrabble

The Cards & Games Room will be closed on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. for Scrabble players. We have procured a handful of Scrabble game boards and tiles and have also picked up a batch of low vision tiles for anyone’s use.

Bingo

The Cards & Games Room will be closed on Thursdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. for Bingo games.

Learn to Play Pool

The Cards & Games Room will be closed on Fridays from 9  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for participants interested in learning to play pool.

The Conference Room

In-Person IT Appointments

Lois will meet in person at the TPC with folks in person to assist with their IT needs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each day she will take up to five appointments. Tuesdays she will be available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays she will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please call for more information and to schedule a 45-minute appointment today at 781-235-3961. Still need a phone/zoom appointment, no worries, just ask when you call to schedule.

The Multipurpose Room

Movies

Movies will be shown in the Multipurpose room on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:15 p.m. Each showing will be limited to ten participants at a time and the movie that we will show will be advertised the week in advance. If we have enough interest, we may offer additional showings. Please call us at 781-235-3961 for our next showing and to sign-up.

Inclement Weather (Activities indoors)

In the event of inclement weather, lunches and outdoor activities may be held in the multipurpose room.

Patio Use: Open, No Limits

As of June 1, our patio is back to full swing. The patio is available for use to anyone who wants to stop by. The patio is open except for during scheduled programs (Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., and periodic times of activities). When the patio is closed, the sign will show such, with specific times.

Lunch on the Patio (Wellesley residents only)

Sign-up to join other participants for a delightful lunch. We will be able to accommodate up to 15 people on the Patio each week. Due to space restrictions, we will be offering this program only to Wellesley Residents at this time. We know this is not a large number, but, we hope to increase this over time.

When?

Lunch will be held twice a week in July and August on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

Where will we eat?

Lunch will be served on the patio. The idea behind lunch is to provide a nice meal to our senior residents along with an opportunity for safe socialization. In the event of anticipated inclement weather, lunch will be moved inside to the multipurpose room. Not a fan of that plan? Just let us know on the morning of your lunch and we will do our best to deliver your meal.

What is the cost of lunch?

All lunches must be prepaid at the time of ordering (credit card or check). We have a sliding scale on the costs for lunches. When you call to register, you will be asked if you would like to have your cost subsidized by the Friends of the WCOA, or if you would like to pay the full cost. The full cost of lunch will be $10 and the subsidized cost of lunch will be $5. If you have any financial concerns, please contact Kate at kburnham@wellesleyma.gov for assistance. All financial transactions are kept private.

What is for lunch?

The menu will be:

July 7: North End Pizza — Chicken Salad Wrap

July 9: North End Pizza — Chicken Kabob Lunch

 July 14: Comella’s — Chicken Greek Wrap

July 16: Comella’s — Albacore Tuna Garden Salad

July 21: Express Gourmet — Turkey Delight Sandwich and a Cookie

July 23: Express Gourmet — Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad and a Cookie

July 28: Captain Marden’s — Tuna Salad Plate and a Roll

July 30: Captain Marden’s — Salmon Wrap, Coleslaw, and Cornbread

Will there be coffee to drink?

Yes. As soon as our new coffee pot is up and running, we will have coffee to serve. Please note that this may not happen until July 15. 

How do I sign up for lunch?

Interested in signing up for lunch? Call us at 781-235-3961 to get signed-up today. Please note that due to limited space, lunch will be limited to Wellesley Seniors over 60 only and each caller will only be able to sign-up and pay for a maximum of two people.

When is the last day I can make changes to my lunch reservation?

The last day to sign-up for Lunch on Wednesday is Monday at 4 p.m. The last day to sign-up for Lunch on Friday is Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Tuesdays on the Patio (Wellesley Residents Only)

In May and June, our facilitated discussions with our social worker, Kate Burnham, were very popular. These discussions will return in July and August, with a few changes. They will still be offered on the Patio from 11 AM- 12 PM, in the event of inclement weather the group(s) will meet in the Lee Conference Room upstairs.

Each of these discussions are designed to offer residents an opportunity to share in dialogue and promote meaningful conversations. Kate Burnham, Health & Social Services Administrator at the TPC, will lead the groups in a structured format. Each group has a max of 9 participants and is currently limited to Wellesley Residents Only. The topics will be:

Retired, Now What? (7/6 & 8/3)

Widowed & Living Alone (7/13 & 8/10)

Building New Social Connections (7/20 & 8/17)

Caring for a Loved One? You are not alone (7/27 & 8/24)

FAQ’s

Movies (Increase to 10 People)

Movies will be shown in the Multipurpose room on Wednesdays. We will be offering two show times for the same movie, 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. We are limited to 10 participants at a time and the movie that we will show will be advertised the week in advance. If we have enough interest, we may offer additional showings. Call us at 781-235-3961 for our next showing and to sign up. Coming up (subject to change based on availability of the movie) is: June 30 — “Harriet” and July 7 — “Bad Education.” 

Announcements

Homebound Residents: Wellesley Health Department is updating its list of residents who are homebound or have health issues requiring medical assistance (i.e., oxygen or other). This will help emergency personnel better understand the needs of the resident when responding to a call at their home. To be added, call the Wellesley Health Department at 781-489-4356.

Program Registration: Registration for the July/August programming opened on June 29 and 30. Copies are available outside of the Tolles Parsons Center or on our website, www.wellesleycoa.org. Please note that all Zoom links will be emailed to those enrolled in a program on the business day before the event by 4 PM. For our evening programs, the Zoom link will be emailed by 4 PM on the same day. If you do not receive a link and the program begins in less than an hour, or if you need assistance, please give us a call at 781-235-3961. Don’t have a computer? Some of our programs can be listened to by phone, please give us a call for more information.

Phone Pal Program: Do you live alone? Do you have time where you wish you were making new connections? Are you wishing you had someone to talk to? We have space available for our weekly phone pal program where residents are matched with trained volunteers who enjoy a weekly call, while making new friendships. Call 781-235-3961 to sign up.

Cable Programs: Thanks to Wellesley Media, we are able to bring our COA programming into everyone’s home. Join us for COA programming at the following times each week on the Wellesley Media Community Channel (Comcast 9 and Verizon 39) — Monday at 2 p.m., Wednesday at 6 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Check your listings for more information!

Volunteer Call: We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with bringing programming to our seniors. All volunteers are CORI’d and reference checked. Do you love to chat? Do you have 30 to 60 minutes per week? We are looking for volunteers to match up with our patrons in our weekly Phone Pal Program. Call 781-235-3961 or email smiller@wellesleyma.gov for more information about opportunities.

Legal Advice: Attorney Stephanie Ozahowski will be available for 30-minute legal consultation calls on our senior resident questions the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. Her next available day is Aug. 5. MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal aid to seniors on housing, public benefits and social security matters; durable power of attorney, health care proxy and simple probate matters; Medicaid, nursing home issues, limited domestic relations; consumer and bankruptcy. Call 781-235-3961 to schedule a phone appointment with Ozahowski.

Programs and events

Mindful Living: 11 a.m. July 1 and 8. Would you like to experience less stress and better health? Join Lisa Campbell as she presents about mindful living. Let Campbell, certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, show you that what you seek is already within you. Each week we laugh, share mindful insights, practice different meditation and mindfulness techniques (including a practice that the Alzheimer’s Foundation recommends for boosting brain function), and go over easy techniques you can use anytime and anywhere to help keep you feeling well.

Virtual Tour of the Wang Theatre: 2:30 p.m. July 6. Do you love tours? Have you ever been to the Wang Theatre? Experience the beauty and wonder of the historic Wang Theatre live in your home through our Virtual Tour. Go behind the scenes of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks! The Boch Center is opening its doors digitally with new virtual tours of the historic Wang Theatre. Guests will go behind the scenes and see hallways walked by entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Ella Fitzgerald, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Queen, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli, and more! This is not a prerecorded video; each tour is led by a trained guide that will take viewers through the building and backstage and answer questions about its unique history; from its roots as a hotel and glamorous days as a movie “cathedral,” to today’s role as an impressive venue for performances and events.

Movies: 1:15 p.m. July 7 and 9. Join us for the showing of “Bad Education.”  We have 10 seats per showing available.

Piano Hour: Noon July 8. Those familiar with lunch at the Tolles Parsons Center know we have the good fortune of volunteers to play the piano for patrons during this hour. Join Ken Batts, Wellesley resident and COA Volunteer, who will provide us with an online musical lunch via Zoom. Ken will play popular music from the 1890s to the 1960s, including Ragtime, Great American Songbook, and Beatles music.

BINGO!: 1:30-3 p.m. July 8. Join us every other week for an action packed afternoon of BINGO on our patio (moves inside in inclement weather). 

Japan: The Rising Sun: 2 p.m. July 8. Join Larry Lowenthal for a virtual three -part series on the national character of Japan (host of the Summer Olympics 2021). In Part One, we will get a lay of the land and learn about modern history, demographics, government, and foreign relations. We will explore Japan’s traditional rituals, festivals, and age old customs. Learn about business etiquette that every foreign businessperson should know. An introduction to cuisine, living arrangements, family relations, the national religion of Shintoism, and the national sport of sumo wrestling.


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