Please note that 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.

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Home Modification Loan Program

Come to Mashpee Senior Center on Thursday, January 16, at 11 AM and imagine being able to help yourself or a loved one to live more independently at home. This state-funded lending program provides loans to homeowners and small landlords to fund necessary changes to keep elders or disabled family members in their own homes and communities. Some examples of projects funded are ramps, lifts, and bathroom and kitchen adaptions. Join us to learn more about the program, the eligibility requirements, the loan information, and the application process. More details are available at www.mass.gov/home-modification-loan-program-hmlp.

Mashpee Fire Department

In response to the positive feedback and follow-up questions from the December winter preparedness presentation by Mashpee Fire Department, on Tuesday, January 14, from 9 to 11:30 AM, a representative from the fire department will join us in the senior center lobby to give folks the opportunity to ask specific questions. Learn and get to know better this valuable department and its wonderful resources. Come on by and get your questions answered and pick up an emergency preparedness bag with supplies for your use on such an occasion.

Smart TV Presentation

In today’s connected world, our television sets are getting smarter. Smart TVs have an Internet connectivity that supports a whole range of applications—browsing the web, streaming video such as YouTube, playing games, controlling a whole house full of connected gadgets—at times, it can feel overwhelming. Join us on Wednesday, January 15, at 11 AM as “gadget man” Greg McKelvey helps to demystify the smart TV.

Karen’s Krafts

Join us as Karen Thurber leads workshops for making beautiful crafts. She will provide the needed supplies. Come on in and create! There is a fee.

Chunky Yarn Blanket—Thursday, January 9, at 2 PM. Enjoy making a really soft lap blanket with your hands in only an hour! These blankets are so easy to make and are heavy, warm lap blankets. The fee for this project covers three skeins of yarn to create one lap blanket.

Finger-Loop Knitting for Gloves and Infinity Scarfs—Thursday, January 16, at 2 PM. Finger-looping yarn is designed for fun, fast hand-knitting projects! No knitting or crocheting is needed. Learn to make a beautiful infinity scarf or warm gloves. There are lots of colors to choose. They are wonderful for this winter weather and make great gifts!

Monday Morning Movie Musings

John Grisham has written many novels that Hollywood has turned into films. Please watch the film, “Runaway Jury” (2003) on your own; then come prepared to discuss it (like reading a book for a book club). The DVD is available through the public library CLAMS catalogue. Did the film follow the book’s writing? Did you like the acting? Directing? Music? Join us on Monday, January 6, at 9:30 AM and share your insight. Looking forward to an exciting discussion on this noteworthy author's material. There is no need to make a reservation—just drop in!

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Breakfast

On Thursday, January 9, at 10 AM, join us as we celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate our men and women in blue, the members of Mashpee Police Department. They do so much for the Mashpee community and our senior center community. Here is your opportunity to share a cup of coffee with them (and yes, a doughnut) and thank them for all they do. Mashpee seniors only. Due to space limitations, this is open to Mashpee seniors only. Reserve a spot by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

New Session! Matter Of Balance

Matter of Balance is back! Classes are on Thursdays, January 9 through February 27, from 1 to 3 PM. Presented by the team at Healthy Living Cape Cod, the eight-week session may transform your life and give you the confidence that you need to stay active and healthy as you age. Light to moderate exercise, group discussion, a reference workbook, videos and a visit from a physical therapist all contribute to a thorough learning experience. The workshop is free. Registration is required. Call Amy from the VNA at 508-957-7423 to sign up and obtain registration forms. Mashpee seniors only. A physician release is required in advance before you can participate. For more information, visit www.healthylivingcapecod.org.

Independence House Relationship Education And Advocacy

Independence House will have a volunteer at the senior center on Wednesday, January 8 (as well as every second Wednesday of the month), from 10 AM to noon to confidentially assist with information and referrals for services if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic, sexual, or elder violence. Appointments are not necessary; just stop by.

Parkinson Support Network Of Cape Cod

Guest speaker Dr. John Allen, health psychologist at Spaulding Cape Cod, will present "Parkinson's Partner Strain: Strategies for Mindful Caregiving" on Thursday, January 9, at 10 AM at the senior center. Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 10 o’clock for a support group for persons affected by Parkinson’s disease. All are welcome. Further information is available by contacting Jeanne Jackson at 508-367-4267.

Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services

This support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 PM at the senior center; the group will meet next on January 8 and 22. The group is for people with memory impairment and their care partners and provides information, guidance, and respite to caregivers, and conversation and social interaction for those with memory impairment. To preregister, call Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services at 508-775-5656.

Book Club

The book “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, who met and fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. It is their story of beauty, hope, courage and survival against the odds. Join us January 17 at 2 PM and on the third Friday of each month; reservations are not required, just pop in!

Volunteer Open House

Do you have some time to contribute? Want to use your talents and good cheer in a purposeful way? Are you looking for something to do occasionally? Maybe regularly? Have some questions or a curiosity about opportunities? Come on in Thursday, January 9, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Nina Cocomazzi, senior center volunteer coordinator, will be available to give information and address for all inquiries.

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