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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Hurricane Season Officially Started On June 1

Now is the time to prepare in case Mother Nature pays us an unwelcome visit. You can find detailed preparedness information on the National Weather Service’s website, www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php, and at FEMA’s ready.gov site for hurricanes, www.ready.gov/hurricanes. And don’t forget about your pets! Check out Cape Cod DART at www.capecoddart.org for complete details.

It’s Time To Celebrate Summer

Our patio furniture is ready to use! It is set back out and ready for you to relax! So come and enjoy the sun from our lovely patio!

Annual Summer Art Exhibit

Stop by the senior center to view the summer exhibit of paintings by the Wednesday class of talented painters. The paintings will be on display through Wednesday, September 4.

Cornhole Tournament & Cookout: Senior Center Versus Mashpee Police

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest competitions in Mashpee. On Thursday, July 11, from noon to 2 PM, the senior center is taking on members of the Mashpee Police Department. Grab a burger, grab a hotdog, grab a cornhole bag and toss away for the bragging rights of being the champions. Participation in this activity is limited to Mashpee seniors only, and the competition will go on whether rain or shine! To join the team, stop by the front desk or contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Osprey Presentation

You see them majestically flying above estuaries and bays, whistling at each other, scanning for fish. Spotting their prey, they hover and then plunge into the water catching the fish in their talons. Ospreys were once near extinction and now are one of America’s great conservation success stories. Find out more about their feeding and behavior. Join Vaira Harik of Cape Cod Osprey Watch who will present information about these iconic birds on Friday, July 12, at 11 AM.

Identifying And Avoiding Financial Scams

It is likely you know someone who has been a victim of a financial scam. Older adults tend to be targets of such scams. Join us on Tuesday, July 16, at 11 AM as Taryn Wilson, director of fraud prevention at Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, discusses financial scams, how to best protect yourself as an older adult, and what to do if you believe you have been a victim of such a scam. Come to this presentation to become more knowledgeable about this important topic.

Falmouth Commodores Meet & Greet

Cape Cod is known for many things, its beaches, boating and baseball. Did you know that the Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier amateur baseball league in the nation since 1885? The Cape League is recognized as the best amateur summer league in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts. Players from across the US and representing all college divisions are recruited to play in the league. Several Cape League players have reached the majors. Join us on Wednesday, July 17, at 10 AM as we host a meet-and-greet with some members of the Falmouth Commodores and you might meet a future major leaguer!

Breakfast Trivia With The Activity Coordinator

If you have been to some of our recent events, you know our activity coordinator loves trivia—at least asking the questions. It’s a lot of fun and a really great way to meet people. Come join us on Thursday, July 18, at 10 AM for a light breakfast and a very fun-filled session. This program is limited to Mashpee seniors.

Independence House Relationship Education And Advocacy

Independence House will have a volunteer at the senior center on Wednesday, July 10 (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

Join us at the senior center on Thursday, July 11, and on the second Thursday of each month at 10 AM for a support group for persons affected by Parkinson’s disease. This month’s guest speaker will be discussing deep brain stimulation and its therapeutic benefit for early onset and advanced 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 Support

This 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 July 10 and 24. The support 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.

Coffee For Health Talks

A “Coffee For Health Talk” is scheduled for Monday, July15, at 9:30 AM. Join us for coffee, a healthy snack, and casual conversation about managing your healthcare. In addition, we invite you to get your blood pressure checked along with a one-on-one consultation with Mashpee Town Nurse Julie Tooher. This group accepts requests for specific health-related topics. Stop by and see what it’s all about! Bring a friend. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Tick and Lyme Disease Prevention

The first line of defense against tick-borne infection is you! Entomologist Larry Dapsis, director of the Barnstable County Deer Tick Project, explains that ticks “attach to you, pets or other animals that brush up against them. Nymph stage ticks are found mostly at ground level. Adult stage ticks can be found up to a couple of feet off the ground on vegetation.” Once ticks attach to your shoes, socks or pant leg, they typically crawl up, looking for a place to feed.

• Wear light-colored clothing and socks to make it easier to spot a tick.

• Tuck your pant cuffs into socks; check inside your cuffs.

• Use repellents and follow all instructions.

• Always do a tick check after coming inside.

• Tumble dry your clothes for 20 minutes.

What to do if you find a tick on you: Once you have grasped the tick by its head, pull it up straight and avoid twisting it. After removing the tick, apply antiseptic to the bite area. Note the date the tick was removed. Save the tick in a sealed bag for identification to determine if it is carrying infection. It will help to have as much data as possible when you see your doctor. You can send the tick specimen for a laboratory analysis at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Laboratory of Medical Zoology to be tested for Lyme disease and 20 other tick-borne pathogens. Visit their Laboratory of Medical Zoology website, Tick Report, at www.tickreport.com. Notify your primary care physician for next steps, which may include a blood test for Lyme disease and a course of antibiotics. Education and information are your best defense.

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