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.

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.

Amsterdam And Tulip Presentation

If there is one thing that Amsterdam is most known for, it might just be the beautiful tulip. This bright and stunning flower has become a colorful symbol of Amsterdam and the Dutch countryside. Join us on Wednesday, May 29, at 10 AM as we enjoy a presentation on “Amsterdam and Tulips,” while nibbling on samples of cheeses. This program is sponsored by North River Home Care. Make a reservation at 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

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 Paul Newman and Spencer Tracy were among the contenders for best actor for films of 1967. Only one person won.

On Monday, May 20, at 9:30 AM we will discuss Spencer Tracy’s portrayal of his role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

New members and drop-ins are welcome!

A Message from Julie Tooher Of The Visiting Nurse Association Of Cape Cod

A “Coffee For Health Talk” is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 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 and along with a one-on-one consultation with Mashpee Town Nurse Julie Tooher. This group accepts requests for specific health-related topics. Please stop by and see what it’s all about! We meet on the third Monday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Bring a friend. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Staying Positive With Age: Attitude As A Route To Health & Happiness

From the Mayo Clinic—Changes that come with aging can mean opportunities for new ways of thinking and doing. No one is ever too old to learn, hope, or renew. Very often one of the nice things about aging is that you begin to appreciate what really matters in life, including the small things you may have previously taken for granted. Research shows a daily practice of gratitude can boost your energy, improve your mood, increase optimism, and enhance well-being. Make gratitude a habit:

• Before you get out of bed, make your first thought one of gratitude.

• Start a gratitude journal.

• Collect gratitude sayings.

• Be grateful to those you help.

• Look for positives in the negatives.

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 Drop-in attendees are welcome.

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 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.

What Is MassOptions?

MassOptions is a service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Are you an elder looking for help, such as in-home care, an individual with a disability seeking help to live independently, or a family member or caregiver trying to locate services for a loved one? It is a free resource that links you to services that help you or a loved one live independently.

How MassOptions Can Help: Everyone’s situation is unique. MassOptions will connect you to resources in your community that are right for you. The MassOptions trained staff will connect you to its statewide network of local partners and agencies that have expertise in working with people with disabilities, elders, and caregivers. These specialized agencies can give you information, help you to determine what you need, and can support you with choosing and coordinating services and supports that are right for you. Their staff can also assist you with determining your eligibility for and applying to MassHealth. Further information is at; or, you can speak to a specialist at MassOptions Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM by calling 844-422-6277. This is a toll-free call.

Mashpee Senior Center Van

Door-to-door service! Are you getting tired of driving? Reluctant to drive in bad weather? Or just trying to save on gas? Don’t be shy, give us a try; you’re sure to love our van service! 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, 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, as safety is very important to us. 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.

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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