Reservations are requested for most programs offered at Mashpee Senior Center unless indicated otherwise at the end of each description. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Health Fair

The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod will be hosting a free health fair at Mashpee Senior Center on Monday, April 29, from 10 AM to noon. During the event, VNA nurses and staff members will be providing free screenings, education materials, wellness services, and so much more: nutrition demonstrations and food samples; blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and bone density screenings; falls prevention; aromatherapy; health and wellness materials; and giveaways. Join us for a fun-filled event. Reservations are not necessary. Drop in and meet us! Mashpee Human Services is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod and the Mashpee Council on Aging.

Older Americans Month Puzzle Event

May is the celebration of Older Americans Month. Join us on Thursday, May 2, at 2 PM as we Connect, Create and Contribute (literally). Join us for refreshments and socializing as we “kick off” our connection of a 1,000-plus piece puzzle and create a replica of our beautiful Mashpee Senior Center. The puzzle will remain in the lobby until its completion, at which time it will be framed and proudly displayed. Individually we are like a single piece of a puzzle, but when we come together and connect, we create a strong community! Call 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Fit & Strong! For Men

Fit & Strong! is an evidence-based, multiple-component exercise program that will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 through July (except May 27 and July 4), at 2 PM. It combines flexibility, strength training and aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis. This men-only class is a 12-week program that improves lower extremity stiffness, lower extremity pain, lower extremity strength, aerobic capacity, participation in exercise and caloric expenditure, self-efficacy for exercise. The program is presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. Registration is required. Call Amy from VNA at 508-957-7423 to sign up. Please be aware that a physician release is required in advance before you can participate.

Lifeline Program: What Consumers Should Know

The Lifeline Program is a government benefit program that provides eligible low-income consumers a monthly discount on telephone service to help them stay connected to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access healthcare services, and call for help in an emergency. There are two ways to qualify for the Lifeline Program: income-based eligibility or program-based eligibility. You may be able to complete a provider’s application process online, by telephone, or by mail. For additional information regarding the Lifeline Program, contact the Consumer Division of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable at www.mass.gov/service-details/lifeline. If you are a Mashpee senior and have questions or need help, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502. Please note that this Lifeline Program is not a medic alert device.

Outreach Update

The Mashpee Senior Center offers a Friendly Visitors program! You might appreciate a weekly visit from a friend. Would you or someone you know benefit from this program? It is available to Mashpee seniors who would like the companionship of a new friend. Maybe you are new to Mashpee or perhaps have lost a spouse or you may find yourself spending more time alone at home for health reasons. All Mashpee seniors are eligible. If you are interested, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

Library Book Delivery

Do you like to read? Would you like help getting materials from the Mashpee Public Library, but you are homebound? The senior center has a special service for you. Our volunteer will meet with you to pick up books and other items such as DVDs or tapes from the library. If you don’t have a library card, she will also help you get one. For more information about this program, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

Civil Defense Emergency

The Mashpee Council on Aging maintains a list of seniors who are homebound, and/or frail to help the town provide assistance to them during a civil defense emergency such as hurricane or blizzard. If you would like to be on the list, call the senior center at 508-539-1440 and request a simple registration form to complete and return. Should you need assistance filling it out, ask for Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, extension 3502, when calling the senior center.

Massachusetts Alerts

Join the thousands of residents of Massachusetts who receive emergency alerts and critical information about disasters and public safety incidents on their smartphones. Massachusetts Alerts provides emergency notifications and public safety information based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select. Find out more information and how to download the app to your smartphone at www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/massachusetts-alerts.html.

Disability Indicator Form

Are you a disabled elder? Disabilities would include life support system, mobility impaired, blind, deaf and hard of hearing, teletypewriter, speech impaired, cognitive impairment, et cetera. If you have any of the listed disabilities, Clay Nicholson, Mashpee’s 911 municipal coordinator, recommends that a 911 Disability Indicator Form be completed and forwarded to him so that if an emergency occurs, public safety officials will be alerted that an individual residing at your address communicates over the phone via TTY and/or has a disability that may hinder evacuation or transport. This information is confidential and will only appear at the dispatcher’s location when a 911 call originates from your address. Contact Mr. Nicholson at 508-539-1400, extension 8499, with any questions and to pick up a form. You can also pick up this form at Mashpee Senior Center.

Emergency Alert Sign Up

Did you know that you could receive automated messages by phone from the Town of Mashpee, helping you with storm preparedness or other town activities? If you do not already receive important/emergency messages from the town, or if you want to edit your contact information, go to www.mashpeema.gov and select the Emergency Alert Sign-up box in the upper center of the page. Then select the next signup button and enter your contact information so local leadership may contact you with timely, important messages.

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