The Concord Council on Aging and Harvey Wheeler Community Center announced its upcoming programs and services. If you are in need of assistance, please call the main office at 978-318-3020.
CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP ON ZOOM: 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 15 and Aug. 19. Living with a chronic illness can offer challenges in all aspects of one’s life. Peer support to share your feelings and experiences can offer you support in coping with your journey.
ADDRESSING HEARING LOSS FOR YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE: 1 p.m. July 8. Join Gary Downey, Hearing Care Practitioner from Beltone New England. Hearing is a vital part of our ability to communicate. Do you or a loved one ask others to repeat? Do you have difficulty understanding others, especially in a noisy environment? Education regarding hearing loss can provide you with the proper support and assistance you may need.
DIABETES AWARENESS AND EDUCATION: 1 p.m. Aug. 31, in person at the COA. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar, starches and other nutrients into energy. As a result, the body is left with too much sugar, and many complications can occur. Prevention is the key. Join Ashley Pickering-Brown, nurse practicioner and diabetes educator for Emerson Hospital, who specializes in diabetes and endocrinology.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays July 7 to Aug. 25. Appointments are required so please call and register for a 15-minute appointment with the COA’s geriatric nurse.
PODIATRY CLINIC: 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 6 and Sept. 10 with Dr. Ayleen Gregorian; 8:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 with Dr. Dan Selligman. Please call the COA for fee and appointment information at 978-318-3020.
Art Space: “Art In The Time of The Pandemic.” Did creativity soothe your soul in the past year? If so, we’d love to share your writings, photos, paintings, poems, needle works and other creative endeavors. Our goal is to display them on our ArtSpace walls, (anonymously or with your name) when we are again open to the public. Please contact Vikki to talk about what you can contribute, 978-318-3023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for volunteers to lead Trivia: Currently we are offering monthly Trivia games on Zoom. It is a popular activity, and many have asked if we can do it more frequently. As we start thinking about a return to in-person activities at the COA, we are looking for a Trivia Host or two to run the games twice a month at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. It will involve picking categories, selecting questions from Trivial Pursuit cards, hosting the game, and keeping score. It will take approximately an hour in preparation and an hour for the game. If you are interested in giving it a try, call the COA office and ask to speak to Tina Close.
Market Basket Shopping: The COA is now offering transportation to the Maynard Market Basket on Thursday afternoons. Call to sign up. Masks are required on the van regardless of vaccination status.
Relax and Reminisce on Zoom: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 9 through July 28. “Relax and Reminisce” gives us the opportunity to remember, share and listen to each other’s stories. We use photos, pictures, and memories of events to prompt discussion, relate to one another, and share good times, accomplishments, family traditions, and anything else that comes to mind. No Zoom? No problem. You can phone in and just talk. The group is facilitated by COA volunteer Jane Randall, and is open to new members as well as those that have previously participated in the group. Please call the COA to sign up or get more information. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom/Phone invitation.
American Art from the 18th to 20th Centuries, in person: Seven-Week DVD Series presented by Janice Muir. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 6, 13, 20 and 27. In this summer DVD session, we will explore American artists from John James Audubon and James McNeill Whistler to Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden and Roy Lichtenstein. We will look at paintings, sculptures, mobiles, and collages all created by Americans. June artists include Audubon, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran and John F. Peto. Material will be presented on DVDs furnished to us by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Please call the COA to sign up and we will send you a Zoom invitation.
Returning to the Harvey Wheeler Community Center
Exercise with Julie – Aerobics and Strength & Flex – in person: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Join experienced instructor Julie Medjanis, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for aerobics and at 10:45 a.m. for strength and flex. Julie uses a combination of floor and chair exercises, resistance bands and weights. If you are new to exercise, Julie can introduce you gently to moves that are within your comfort, strength and abilities. Each class is $5 paid directly to the instructor. Call the COA to sign up, even if you are one of Julie’s regular students.
Coffee and Conversation, in person: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Coffee and Conversation is a friendly group of men and women that get together weekly to have lively conversations about “anything and everything.” Starting June 8, they will return to meeting on-site at the COA. They welcome new members. Call the COA office to reserve your spot even if you are a “regular.”
Quilting Group, in person: 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays starting June 8. Quilting is so much more than stitching pieces of fabric together. Quilting bees date back to the late 18th century as a social event and opportunity to learn new skills. This weekly group offers the opportunity to share quilting ideas, get advice or just drop in for a chat. Starting June 8t the group will be meeting on-site at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. If you are a quilter, and this sounds like something that appeals to you, please call the COA office to sign up.
Games, in person: Registration is required. Please call the COA to sign up.
Hand and Foot: 1 p.m. Mondays. Hand and Foot is a popular variation from the rummy type game of Canasta. It can be described as a simpler, easier version of Canasta for beginners. Hand and Foot uses about five or six decks of standard playing cards and is played with two to six players. The objective of Hand and Foot is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards and for your team to have the most points.
Bridge: 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Bridge is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world’s most popular card games.
Mahjong: 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed in the 19th century in China and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and luck. The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.
Ping-pong: 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Ping-pong is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball, also known as the ping-pong ball, back and forth across a table using small rackets.
Cribbage: 1 p.m. Thursdays. The game has relatively few rules yet yields endless subtleties during play, which accounts for its ongoing appeal and popularity. Play proceeds through a succession of “hands”, each hand consisting of a “deal”, “the play” and “the show”. At any time during any of these stages, if a player reaches the target score (usually 121) play ends immediately with that player being the winner of the game.
John Clark Presents: Big Band Swing, Part 1, A Multimedia Presentation – on Zoom: 3 p.m. July 1. The Big Band era officially started in the summer of 1935 but the transition from hot jazz and Dixieland had begun much earlier in the decade. We’ll trace the roots of Big Band music, including the back story of the King of Swing himself, Benny Goodman. You’ll hear Benny’s hits like Goody, Goody and Taking a Chance on Love. The last part of the program will be devoted to the popular band leader Glenn Miller, with 22 his chart-topping songs from 1939-1943. You’ll understand the origins of the unmistakable Glenn Miller sound heard clearly in his theme song Moonlight Serenade. For ten years, orchestral jazz became America’s popular music, and you’re invited to learn about and experience two of its biggest stars. Join historian and music teacher John Clark for a lesson about WWI wartime music. Please call the COA to reserve, and we will send a Zoom invitation.
The Musical Quiz Show with Jerry Hurley on Zoom: 1-2 p.m. Mondays. Join Jerry Hurley at his piano for The Musical Quiz Show, live every Monday at 1 p.m. on Zoom! Participants answer musical questions and build up points. Each of the top three weekly point winners will receive special recognition by all participants. New players are always welcome. If this sounds like fun, call the COA and sign up for this weekly group, and we will send you the Zoom invitation.
Healthy Helpings: Has your doctor told you that you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and that eating differently might help? Are you struggling to meet your basic food needs, let alone follow a new diet? If so, the COA in partnership with Open Table has a new program to help! We are offering food insecure seniors twice-monthly Healthy Helpings kits. This program follows the American Heart Association’s recommended eating plan to lower or control blood pressure and heart disease. You will receive pre-prepared meals ready-to-reheat-and-eat, select easy-to-prepare pantry items, plus recipes, health tips, and incentives to eat “heart healthy.” If you are interested in signing up or have questions, call the COA at 978-318-3020.
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