At Mashpee Senior Center

Masks are required for all persons entering town public facilities, including the Mashpee Senior Center. Persons who have a health risk or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt.

Activities Schedule September 13 through September 17*

Monday: 8:30 AM, Strength Training; 12:30 PM, Mahjongg.

Tuesday: 8:30 AM, Exercise; 9 AM, Woodcarving; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 10:30 AM, Men’s Club; 2 PM, @Ballroom Dancing.

Wednesday: 8:30 AM, Strength Training; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 10 AM, Sports Group; 10 AM, @Painting Class; 12:30 PM, Canasta; 1 PM, @Painting Class; 2 PM, Tai Chi (waiting list).

Thursday: 8:30 AM, Exercise; 9 AM, Travel Information; 9:30 AM, Singing Seniors; 10 AM, Cribbage & More; 10 AM, Knitting & Crocheting; 1 PM, Social Bridge.

Friday: 8:30 AM, Strength Training; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 11:30 AM, Ageless Yoga; 12:30 PM, Mahjongg.

*Schedule subject to change. Classes with @ have a fee.

Mashpee Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please drop by to say hello or if you need assistance, have a question, or want to learn more about our minibus service or volunteer opportunities. We encourage you to sign up for our e-mails to receive up-to-date news regarding activities, volunteer opportunities, programs and more. Contact the senior center at 508-539-1440 or e-mail coaofficeassistant@mashpeema.gov to be added to our e-mail list.

Mashpee Council On Aging Activities

Activities at the senior center are subject to change.

Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Nutrition/Healthy Eating Presentation, Wednesday, September 22, from 11 AM to noon—Join Food Service Clinical Manager Emily Pacetti, who has a background in gerontology, as she discusses healthy eating habits for healthy aging, including important nutrients for brain health, muscle mass and tips for cooking for one or two.

Home Composting 101, Monday, September 13, 1 PM—You’ve heard of your carbon footprint but did you know there is a food-print as well? A food-print refers to the environmental pressures created by the food demands of individuals and organizations. Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as we welcome Kari Parcell and learn about home composting and other ways to reduce your food-print. Kari is the regional solid waste and recycling expert for the Cape and islands. In addition to her work with the state and county, she is an adjunct professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

To register for either presentation, call Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or send an e-mail to Julie Silvia at coaactivitycoordinator@mashpeema.gov.

Mashpee Senior Center Book Club, Monday, September 27, from 2 to 3 PM—Join us at the Mashpee Senior Center the last Monday of the month for Book Club. This month we will discuss “Genesis.” New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer in this timely and explosive new medical thriller. Just show up; or call the center for more information at 508-539-1440.

Savvy Caregiver Workshop, Tuesdays, October 5 through November 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM—Are you caring for someone with a dementia-related illness? Join Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands at the Mashpee Senior Center for this six-week series of two-hour sessions starting October 5. Connect with other caregivers and navigate the stages of dementia. Space is limited. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, contact Sarah Franey, family caregiver support manager, at 508-394-4630, extension 227.

Sight Loss Services Peer Support Group, Monday, September 27, from 10 to 11:30 AM—This support group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Mashpee Senior Center from 10 to 11:30 AM. It 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 http://sightloss.org.

Mashpee COA Outreach Programs

Home Safety as You Age, Tuesday, September 28, from 10 to 11 AM—Join Lieutenant Brenden Ramsey, Mashpee EMS officer, and Lori Nelson, COA outreach coordinator, as they share important and relevant information aimed at improving safety in the home for Mashpee older adults. This information will help you stay safe while aging at home. Important topics to be covered are: File of Life, emergency lock box, personal emergency response system (medical alert), Mashpee police reassurance program, emergency alert sign-up, silver alert program, fire/carbon monoxide detectors, important emergency numbers and emergency preparation/safety plan. You will hear many suggestions and ideas to stay safe and remain in your home as long as possible.

If you are interested in attending, contact Lori at 508-539-1440; or e-mail her at Lnelson@mashpeema.gov.

Gratitude Journal and Meeting, Tuesday, October 5, and Tuesday, November 2, from 1 to 2 PM—The last couple of years have given us a lot to think and worry about. A great way to change the negative is stop and think about what we are grateful for. Even our darkest days can have a positive thought. Let’s come together and spend 30 days looking for what we are grateful for. This group will meet once in October and again in November to write a gratitude journal. On October 5th, participants will meet at the Mashpee Senior Center to receive their journal and write their first thought of gratitude. November 2nd, we will meet to share what this journal has meant to the participants and read from their journals if they like.

To reserve your journal and register to start your Journal of Gratitude, contact Darlene Perkins, part-time outreach coordinator, at 508-539-1440 or e-mail her at pperkins@mashpeema.gov.

Elder Services Senior Dining Is Back!

Senior Dining Program, Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM—Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands has resumed the Senior Dining program at Mashpee Senior Center. The dining program schedule is Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Diners should arrive no earlier than 11:15. As a reminder, reservations are required and must be made 48 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call the Mashpee nutrition site at 508-477-0910. For more information about Elder Services, visit www.escci.org. Come join us for some great food from our new caterer and a chance to see some friends!

The Importance Of Exercise

The following message is from registered nurse Stephanie Lattanzo, the public health and wellness town nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.

Exercise is an important part of overall health and wellness at any age but is especially beneficial as we get older. Benefits such as improved strength and balance can help to reduce the risk of falls and physical injury. Improved sleep, better mood, and increased energy are among some of the other great reasons to get and stay active. Physical activity can also help you manage and prevent osteoporosis, certain types of cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis. In addition, regular physical activity is an important part of achieving and maintaining healthy body weight.

Participating in regular physical activity could help you stay independent longer or even gain some independence back if you feel you have lost it.

Whatever your motivation for exercise, always focus on safety so you can continue for years to come. For most older adults walking, swimming, riding a bike, and gardening are considered safe. However, you should always consult your physician before starting an exercise program. The National Institute on Aging has many helpful resources and safety tips at nia.nih.gov, especially the information related to safety with outdoor exercise.

If you are finding it difficult to get moving regularly, it may be helpful to make a plan with a friend or family member to help keep you accountable. Participating in an exercise class or scheduling a walk can help make your workout more fun.

Always listen to your body, increase activity slowly, and try to select activities you enjoy.

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