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.

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.

Malnutrition Educational Session

Do you want to learn more about the important topic of malnutrition, which may impact you or someone you know? Join the staff of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands at the senior center for this educational session on Tuesday, May 14, from 10 AM to 1 PM. At this session, a representative from Elder Services will talk about the scope of malnutrition and how to eat well to prevent it. Additionally, free malnutrition screenings will be offered. This session is part of the first Massachusetts Malnutrition Week (May 13 to May 17 this year), which is planned to become an annual recognition. Reserve a spot by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk at the senior center to sign up. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Parkinson’s Good Start On The Cape

On Tuesdays, May 14 and 21, from 6 to 8 PM, a light supper will be served starting at 5:30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, East Sandwich. This two-night series is an introduction to Parkinson’s disease for individuals diagnosed within the past five years and their family members. The program will present up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment. Although there is no fee for the program, registration is required. Contact the APDA Information and Referral Center at Boston University Medical Center at 800-651-8466 or 617-638 -8466; or send an e-mail to apdama@apdaparkinson.org.

Group Health Coaching

In health coaching, we look at how all areas of your life are connected and contribute to your overall well-being. Things such as relationships and spirituality have just as much impact on your health as do kale and spinach. Here are six reasons to join our free group health coaching program: personal support system, higher likelihood of achieving your goals, collective wisdom, new perspective, team investment, and having fun! Group health coaching is presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod on Fridays, May 17 through July 12, at 10 AM. Reserve your place by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk at the senior center to sign up. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Cabaret Show With Liz Saunders

Don’t miss out on a show coming up on Tuesday, May 21, at 1 PM, with music performed by Liz Saunders, a favorite local entertainer and cabaret vocalist here on the Cape and beyond. She specializes in sharing music from the Great American Songbook era, standards that are known by everyone; but she is also known to mix it up a bit. Come for an entertaining afternoon. You may even leave humming a tune and with a spring in your step! Make a reservation at 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Sight Loss Services Peer Support Group

For this month only, the Sight Loss Services support group will meet at the senior center on Monday, May 20, from 10 to 11:30 AM. The group is open to anyone with vision issues from diagnosis to legal blindness and provides access and information on services available. For more information, call Sight Loss Services at 508-394-3904 or visit www.sightloss.org. Drop-in attendees are welcome.

Wood Carving

A wood carving class meets on Tuesdays from 9 AM to noon. When people visit the class at the senior center, we often hear people say, “I could never do that, I don’t have the patience.” Try it first! If you are a novice, you need not worry: none of our group’s members—including the instructor—had any experience prior to joining the group. Join us at a session and see how we do it and what tools you might need. We would be happy to start you out with a No. 2 pencil, sandpaper, an easy cutout to work on, a set of plans or a picture. It’s free and it’s great fun! There is no cost for the class and both men and women are welcome to join us.

Mashpee Singing Seniors

On Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, join the Mashpee Singing Seniors, an informal singing group. Members rehearse a variety of musical tunes from old to new. The Singing Seniors perform on the Upper Cape at local skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities. It is not necessary to be able to read music.

Tax Information

Please Note: If AARP did your taxes at the Mashpee Senior Center and you have additional questions about your taxes or refund, contact the IRS for federal information or the Massachusetts government for state information. The staff at the senior center are not trained to answer tax return questions. For information on your federal refund, check the status at www.irs.gov/refunds or call the IRS toll-free at 800-829-1954. Automatic service is available every day of the week, 24 hours per day, and you can check on your refund in either English or Spanish; or you can call 800-829-4477 to reach the IRS TeleTax System. For the status of your Massachusetts refund, check https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/ or call 617-887-6367 or 800-392-6089.

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