Mashpee Senior Center – April 30, 2021 | Columns

Mashpee Senior Center: We Are Here For You!

The doors may be closed for the public at the moment, but the Mashpee Council on Aging staff is working Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you need help with finding services, solving a problem, or need an answer to a question, we encourage you to call us at 508-539-1440 or e-mail us at coa@mashpeema.gov.

Have you signed up for our e-mails but are not getting them? Be sure to check your junk e-mail folder. Our e-mails communicate up-to-date news you can use, activity information, volunteer communication, reminders, and more. If you use e-mail and want to be included on our e-mail list, contact us at coaofficeassistant@mashpeema.gov or call Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440.

Mashpee Council On Aging Virtual Programs

Memorial Garden Drive-by Event, Wednesday, May 26, from 11 AM to noon—Join us as we recognize Memorial Day. Plant a memorial garden in memory of the people, pets and things you have loved and lost. Lori Nelson and Darlene Perkins, our outreach coordinators, will pass out seeds for forget-me-nots, a remembrance plant, and a few tips on how to start your new memory garden. A special garden is such a wonderful way to reflect upon your loved ones and cultivate the memories.

Preregistration is required by contacting the Mashpee Senior Center and this activity is for Mashpee seniors only. Supplies are limited. To register, call Darlene at the Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or send an e-mail to pperkins@mashpeema.gov.

Disability Placard Program, Wednesday, May 5, at 10 AM (via Zoom)—Join us as we welcome Michele Ellicks of the Mass DOT/Registry of Motor Vehicles as she presents the Disability Placard Program. Learn how to apply for a disability placard, plate, or a disabled veteran’s plate. Learn the rules and regulations concerning placards, plates and parking and learn the penalties for illegal use of placards.

The Return of the Hummingbirds, Tuesday May 11, at 9:30 AM (via Zoom)—You may recognize her from her travels, so it would make sense that she follows the travels of the hummingbirds! Join us as we welcome Karyn Wendell and learn how to attract hummingbirds to our Cape Cod back yards, by way of favorite feeders and the location and care of feeders. There will be a demonstration on how to make your own hummingbird food and other interesting facts.

Battle of Iwo Jima, Wednesday May 19, at 1 PM (via Zoom)—Join us as we welcome Joe Yukna, co-founder of the Cape Cod Military Museum, as he presents a virtual lecture on the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima was an epic military campaign in the Pacific Campaign during World War II. The iconic picture of the US Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, came from that event. Mr. Yukna, a well-known military historian, will share little-known facts about the battle.

To participate in any of these activities, register by calling Julie Silvia at Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or by sending an e-mail to coaactivitycoordinator@mashpeema.gov.

Outreach: Town Nurse Wellness Check

A VNA nurse is available to provide free medical well-being checks to Mashpee seniors who are at risk. The VNA nurse will conduct an overall assessment of the home environment and will check vital signs. Someone experiencing mild memory loss, a history of frequent trips to the hospital, no support system, and/or multiple medications/conditions would fit the criteria for a medical well-being check. If you would like a visit, call Lori Nelson, outreach coordinator at the Mashpee Senior Center, at 508-539-1440. Lori will explain more to you and, if you fit the criteria, she will refer you to the nurse.

Other Virtual Activities & Information

Cape COAST (Councils on Aging Serving Together) Connections has been collaborating to strengthen our partnerships and leverage our collective resources to offer older adults on Cape Cod enhanced options for virtual programming. Join us as we connect visually through Zoom, widen our circles and take advantage of greater opportunities for engagement, enrichment and education. Below are virtual programs open to you.

Falmouth COA Book Club…All Are Welcome!, Tuesday, May 11, at 1:30 PM (via Zoom)—“Indigo Girl” by Natasha Boyd. Come join our live book club on Zoom. In our live book club conversations, readers will come together to connect and have some great discussions. To register, call the Falmouth Council on Aging at 508-540-0196.

RMV’S Real ID Workshop, Tuesday, May 11, at 10:30 AM (via Zoom)—Understand the difference between a standard ID and a Real ID. Find out if you need a Real ID and what documents are required for it. Learn when and where a Real ID will be required. To register, call the Chatham Council on Aging at 508-945-5190.

Chatham COA Book Club, Wednesday, May 12, at 11 AM (via Zoom)—Hooked on books? Join an engaging live, online discussion of this month’s selection, “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman (2012). This novel is described as a “heart wrenching work that stays with you weeks after finishing it.” To register, call the Chatham Council on Aging at 508-945-5190.

Attracting Birds to the Garden with Native Plants, Thursday, May 13, at 10 AM (via Zoom)—By providing native plants in your yard, you can attract birds as well as other pollinators to your home. Bird feeders can attract mice, squirrels, chipmunks and even rats, but native plants provide needed habitat and sustenance specifically for birds. This program includes ideas about choosing your plants, planning your bird habitat, and selecting specific native plants that do well on Cape Cod. Presenter: Leslie Altman, Master Gardener. To register, call the Barnstable Council on Aging at 508-862-4761 or e-mail susan.griffin@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Outreach, Information Resources

Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Program is offering a three-part educational series next month, taught by Suzanne Faith, registered nurse, and Alan Johnson, licensed social worker. These classes are offered free of charge and help to lay the foundation for understanding and caregiving of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you have taken the classes in the past and would like a refresher, you are also welcome to attend any of the sessions or the entire series. You will also receive the class manual to print and follow along.

The sessions meet Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 PM and will be conducted on Zoom.

May 4—Understanding Alzheimer’s disease, the other common dementias and their progression.

May 11—Managing challenging behaviors.

May 18—Learning new communication techniques.

Free Food Boxes—The Massachusetts COVID-19 Center has provided Barnstable County with shelf-stable food boxes to support individuals and households who are in isolation and quarantine due to COVID-19. If you would like to receive a box of food, contact Andrea Marczely, food access coordinator, at 508-375-9644.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence provides evidence-based workshops and programs in both English and Spanish to educate individuals in Massachusetts about the prevention and management of chronic diseases and other health concerns.

One-on-One Programs: Receive personalized health coaching with one-on-one programs—such as Falls Prevention, Enhance Wellness and Healthy IDEAS—via Zoom or over the phone.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education: Once a week for six weeks, 2.5-hour educational sessions are offered remotely. An example of some programs are Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Pain Self-Management and Better Choices, Better Health, to name a few.

For more information, schedules or to register for a program, contact Healthy Living Center of Excellence at hlce@esmv.org or call 978-946-1211.

Mashpee Senior Center – April 30, 2021 | Columns
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