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.

Tick Awareness Presentation

Larry Dapsis, entomologist from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, will be at Mashpee Senior Center on Wednesday, May 8, at 11 AM to discuss 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.

Beginners Bridge Instruction

Bridge is played everywhere. For anyone who has seen it being played and thought, “I wish I knew how to play,” here is your opportunity to learn. Join us for four weeks of bridge lessons on Wednesdays through May 22 at 10 AM. This is a perfect for those who want to learn how to play bridge or others who may need a refresher. These fun hands-on lessons will not only provide you with instruction, but will also give you the opportunity to meet other new bridge players. To sign up, call 508-539-1440 or visit the front desk at the senior center.

Travel Safety And Wellness

Travel can be wonderful and staying safe and healthy while you are away is a good thing. The travel safety presentation will cover information about staying safe while you travel to maximize your experience. Topics covered will include fall prevention, maintaining fitness, what to eat and drink, medications and immunizations, health care documentation, personal safety, jet lag, and so much more! This program will be presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 PM. Call 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Perkins Library Presentation

Perhaps you or someone you know is starting to notice some vision loss or another condition making it difficult to read or hold a book. You may not be able to experience the joy of being immersed in a book. Debby King from the Perkins Talking Book Library, which is a free service, will describe the services offered, such as audio books and magazines, audible newspapers, large print books, and much more. Learn about who can become a patron, how to sign up for the service, and all that is available on Wednesday, May 15, at 10 AM. The Perkins Library serves people with vision loss; however, patrons do not have to be legally blind. A person with conditions such as brain injury, stroke patients, or those with learning disabilities can become patrons of the Perkins Library. Call the senior center at 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. This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 29 (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.

Monday Morning Movie Musings

Come join our friendly group as we watch each movie on our own and then will meet at 9:30 AM on Mondays, May 6 and 20, to discuss the performance of each leading man. Hollywood’s Paul Newman and Spencer Tracy were contenders for best actor for films of 1967. Only one person won. On May 6, we will discuss Paul Newman’s performance in “Cool Hand Luke”; May 20 our focus will be Spencer Tracy in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” New members and drop-ins are welcome!

Independence House Relationship Education And Advocacy

Independence House will have a volunteer at the senior center on Wednesday, May 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

Join us at the senior center on Thursday, May 9, and on the second Thursday of each month at 10 AM 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 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 May 8 and 22. 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.

Book Club

The Book Club will meet on Friday, May 17, at 2 PM. The selection for May is “Educated, a Memoir” by Tara Westover. This book was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. Come and join us on the third Friday of each month. Reservations are not required; just pop in for a fun hour. New members are always welcome to join this lively group in which everyone has a say and they spend 99 percent of the hour discussing books. Book Club participation is also a nice way to meet people.

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