Mashpee Senior Center will be closed Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

At Mashpee Senior Center

Masks are required for all persons entering town public facilities, including the Mashpee Senior Center. Persons who have a health risk or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt.

COVID-19 Safety

Please do not come to or enter the senior center building if you are not feeling well, or exhibiting the following symptoms: fever, cough, tiredness, headache, aches and pains, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, loss of taste or smell, rash on skin, discoloration of fingers or toes. This includes participating in an activity or program. Thank you for adhering to this in consideration of your health and the health and safety of others. This is a recommendation from the Mashpee Board of Health.

Current Regular Activities Schedule

Activities For January 18 through 21*

Tuesday: 8:30 AM, Exercise; 9 AM, Woodcarving; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 10 AM, Men’s Club; noon, Memory Café.

Wednesday: 8:30 AM, Strength Training; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 10 AM, Sports Group; 10 AM, @Painting Class; 1 PM, Canasta; 1 PM, @Painting Class; 2 PM, Tai Chi (waiting list).

Thursday: 8:30 AM, Exercise; 9 AM, Travel Information; 10 AM, Cribbage & More!; 10 AM, Knitting & Crocheting; 1 PM, Sketching; 1 PM, Fire House Chat; 1 PM, Social Bridge.

Friday: 8:30 AM, Strength Training; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 11:30 AM, Ageless Yoga; 12:30 PM, Mahjongg.

*Schedule subject to change. Classes with @ have a fee.

Mashpee Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please drop by to say hello or if you need assistance, have a question, or want to learn more about our minibus service or volunteer opportunities. We encourage you to sign up for our e-mails to receive up-to-date news regarding activities, volunteer opportunities, programs and more. Contact the senior center at 508-539-1440 or e-mail coaofficeassistant@mashpeema.gov to be added to our e-mail list.

Upcoming Mashpee COA Programs

Activities at the senior center are subject to change.

Tips for Selecting a Long-Term Care Facility, Wednesday, February 16, from 1 to 2 PM—Sarah Franey, an options counseling program manager at Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, will present “Checklist for Finding Quality Long-Term Care.” In this presentation Ms. Franey will highlight strategies and standards to consider when selecting the best long-term care facility for yourself or a loved one. Please call Mashpee Senior Center to register.

Healthy Living of Cape Cod: A Matter of Balance Program, Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 8 through March 3, from 1 to 3 PM—Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. A Matter of Balance community classes are offered in person, and meet for eight two-hour sessions. The in-person sessions are led by two trained facilitators for a small group of 10 participants. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mashpee Senior Center and are open to Mashpee seniors only. Registration is required, and a physician’s approval is required in advance for participation. To register, call Amy at the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod at 508-957-7423.

Ukulele Small Group Beginner Lessons, for six weeks starting Friday, January 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM—Playing a musical instrument not only improves memory abilities, but can provide a mood boost as well. Learn an instrument to engage memory, recall and use eye-hand coordination. Plus, with a ukulele, you may just be the life of the party! There is a cost for the lessons. Students must bring their own ukulele. Please call the senior center to register.

New Member Information, Mondays starting January 31, from 11 AM to noon (by appointment)—Are you a new resident of Mashpee? Have you been coming to the senior center, enjoying our newsletter but have questions about programs and activities? Are you interested in meeting people? Are you looking to learn more about current updates and events? Mashpee Council on Aging volunteer Gail Goraj will be available to meet with you by appointment, from 11 AM to noon, to review our welcome packet and fill out a form so you can start receiving information about up-to-date activities, events and services we provide. To set up an appointment to meet with Gail, please call the senior center at 508-539-1440. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to Mashpee Senior Center!

Adult Coloring Session, Wednesday, January 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM—Become a colorist without needing to draw. Learn some of the many techniques such as blending colors, shading and adding depth. Create a beautiful picture in a short time. Beginners or advanced can attend. Supplies will be provided. Please call the senior center to register.

Fire House Chat at the Mashpee Senior Center, Thursday, January 20, from 1 to 2 PM—Join us at the senior center on January 20 and every third Thursday of the month for programs and open discussions, as we welcome back Lieutenant Leonard Goldman of Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department. Lt. Goldman will discuss the challenges of the recent Northeaster and what you can do to protect yourself in future storms. Drop in with any of your fire safety questions and also see if you qualify for a free carbon monoxide detector. Snacks will be served.

Mashpee Senior Center Book Club, Monday, January 24, from 2 to 3 PM—New date for January only. Join us for January’s book choice, “Hamnet,” a 2020 novel by Maggie O’Farrell. It is a fictional account of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died at age 11 in 1596. If you are interested in attending this fun and welcoming group, just show up.

Aerobics for the Brain, Mondays, January 24 through February 28, from 1 to 2 PM—You are familiar with the quote, “move it or lose it.” Well, like our bodies, we need to keep our minds fit, too. Join us on Mondays for Aerobics for the Brain, a program comprising weekly, one-hour sessions in which folks participate in activities such as problem solving, observing patterns, math equations and other games. Have fun, socialize and be challenged. No registration is required; just drop in to help keep your mind sharp and focused. There will be no session on February 21.

Bereavement Talk, Thursday, January 27, from 10 to 11 AM—Grief is a normal, natural and necessary response to loss. We all feel the searing pain when someone we love dies. Join us as Emily Davern, a licensed social worker and bereavement coordinator with VNA Hospice, discusses what grief is, how it affects us, coping strategies, and ways to provide support for those around us. Written resource material will be provided. Please call the senior center to register.

Cape Cod Wildlife Presentation, Monday, January 31, from 1 to 2 PM—Interested in your local wildlife and their behaviors? Join Amy Croteau, senior natural resources officer, and her taxidermy collection to get an up-close-and-personal view of some of our year-round resident animals and some seasonal visitors to Cape Cod. Please call the senior center to register.

FOMCOA Thrift Shop To Reopen Thursday

The Friends of the Mashpee Council on Aging Thrift Shop, across the parking lot from Mashpee Senior Center, will reopen Thursday, January 20. Please drop off your donations only during open hours: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 10 AM and 2 PM. Please note that occasionally the thrift shop may be closed as a result of volunteer unavailability.

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