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.

Reverse Mortgages

Considering a reverse mortgage? Already using one but have concerns? Come learn about reverse mortgages and what to look out for with these financial products. South Coastal Counties Legal Services will be giving a talk on the topic at the senior center on Monday, June 10, at 1 PM. South Coastal Counties Legal Services is a nonprofit that provides free civil legal services to older adults, victims of crime, and people with disabilities in the community. Reserve a spot at the senior center by calling 508-539-1440 or stopping by the front desk to sign up. For more information, contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at extension 3512.

Vaping Presentation

E-cigarettes are a rapidly changing product class and are known by many different names including “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods” and “vape pens.” Recently a new type of e-cigarette has become increasingly popular due to its minimal exhaled aerosol, reduced odor and small size, making it easy to conceal. Whether you are trying to quit smoking yourself or perhaps you have heard someone (your children or grandchildren) talk about “vaping,” come join us on Wednesday, June 26, at 11 AM as Stacey Schakel, Mashpee school nurse, explains vaping and the risks associated with it. Reserve a spot at the senior center by calling 508-539-1440 or stopping by the front desk to sign up.

Tick Awareness Presentation

This presentation has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 4, at 1 PM. Join Larry Dapsis, entomologist from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, to learn more about Lyme disease. It is now the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is considered to be a public health crisis. Larry will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates, and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. This program will present a three-point protection plan: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable. Reserve a spot by calling the senior center at 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Incontinence Products Distribution

The senior center distributes incontinence products to low-income Mashpee seniors (both men and women) on the first Wednesday of every month from 10 AM to noon. On Wednesday, June 5, seniors are welcome to come to the center to be given one package of products. For more information regarding the style/type of products that are available and to register for the program, call Lauren Haddad, outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3502. No appointments are necessary, but you must be preregistered and be a Mashpee senior resident. Distribution will be subject to availability.

Cornhole Tournament & Cookout: Senior Center Versus Mashpee Police

What is cornhole, you ask? Think horseshoes but a very fun game that everyone can do. If mobility is an issue, you can even do it sitting down. We at the senior center are gearing up for our first annual tournament with Mashpee’s finest men and women in blue. Yes, we are taking on members of the Mashpee Police Department on Tuesday, July 11, at noon. We need your help. Come join our team or just come for the entertainment. We will teach you how to play and we will practice walking around with our championship smiles as we prepare to claim the trophy. Stop by the front desk or call Julie Silva, activity coordinator, for practice information at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Papa’s Chili—Talk And Tasting

On Tuesday, June 18, at 11 AM in recognition of Father’s Day, join us as we welcome two-time winner of the Amateur Cape Cod Chili Challenge, Papa’s Chili. Come learn how this secret recipe came to be and how Papa’s Chili participates in the Cape Cod Chili Challenge to prepare samples for more than 300 people. This is an opportunity for you to sample a crowd-favorite chili. Reserve a spot by calling the senior center at 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up. For more information, contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at extension 3512.

Monday Morning Movie Musings

Come join our friendly group as we watch each movie on our own and then will meet to discuss the performance of each leading man. Hollywood’s Spencer Tracy was among the contenders for best actor for films of 1967. On Monday, June 10, at 9:30 AM we will discuss his portrayal of his role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

Art Therapy Class

They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” What if it could be all that and more? Researchers have found that participating in art therapy may significantly improve your mood and lower levels of pain and anxiety. Making art can be a powerful therapeutic tool for older adults. Maybe you need to channel your scattered thoughts into one concise creation or perhaps just by creating something you will feel a bit lifted. On Wednesday, June 12, at 10:30 AM, join Barbara Greenspan, a registered art therapist, for a one-and-a-half-hour class as we cultivate our creativity and make a small inspirational plaque. For Mashpee seniors only. Reserve a spot by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Healthy Hearing Presentation

What did you say? Hearing loss is a silent handicap that affects one in three people older than 65. It impairs the quality of life for not only the hearing-impaired individuals, but also for their families. Learn how this common disability can be more prevalent with other conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Join Sandra Stumpf Reams, audiologist from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, on Wednesday, June 12, at 10:30 AM. She will discuss how we hear, how to identify and treat hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and decline in hearing. Reserve a spot by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Exercise For Longevity

This 50-minute class will teach exercises to encourage longevity and promote the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. By combining aspects of tai chi and qi gong with other self-care techniques, this class will focus on slow, gentle movements and nourishing practices for the body. Evidence-based studies have shown that the health and wellness benefits may include increased bone density, lower blood pressure, increased physical strength and balance, increased immune function, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as decreased inflammation. Seeking health in older age is a timeless art and one that can provide countless, palpable benefits for the older adult. This is a drop-in class and there is a fee. For more information, contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at extension 3512.

Mashpee Senior Center Van

Are you looking for a ride to a doctor’s appointment, hair salon appointment, rehab appointment, or for some other appointment in the towns we serve? How about shopping trips? We will pick you up at your home in our van, drop you off at your appointment, and then bring you back home when you are finished! The van will take you wherever you wish to go in each town it serves. To schedule rides, call our receptionist at 508-539-1440 at least 24 hours ahead of time. Our van cannot guarantee time of pick-up or drop-off.

Please note: The van is handicapped-accessible with a wheelchair lift. If not in a wheelchair, riders must have independent mobility. If you need assistance, aides and companions are welcome to ride our van with you; please include this information in your van reservation. If you need special assistance, contact the outreach coordinator at 508-539-1440, extension 3502. Van rides are free of charge.

The schedule is as follows:

Mondays—Mashpee and Sandwich. Please make medical or other appointments between 10 AM and 1:30 PM.

Wednesdays—Mashpee only. Please make appointments between 10 AM and 1:30 PM. Wednesdays are food pantry days.

Fridays—Mashpee and Falmouth, except for the first Friday of the month, when the van does not go to Falmouth. Make sure appointments are made between 10 AM and 1 PM on Fridays.

If we are not able to meet your transportation need, call the Cape’s public transportation service, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA), at 800-352-7155 for a ride.

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