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 20 through September 24*

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

Tuesday: 8:30 AM, Exercise; 9 AM, Woodcarving; 10 AM, @Zumba Gold; 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. To register for this presentation, call Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or send an e-mail to Julie Silvia at coaactivitycoordinator@mashpeema.gov.

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 regular schedule for the dining program 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!

Support For Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Caregiver Support Group, Wednesdays, September 8 and 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM—Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Program has resumed its in-person meetings at Mashpee Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and provides an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences in a confidential supportive environment and receive information and guidance regarding care planning strategies. To register, call 774-552-6080 or e-mail dementiainfo@capecodhealth.org.

A Message From The Regional Shine Office

Open Enrollment 2021 & Your SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program—The time is now to review your Medicare coverage! By September 30, each Medicare beneficiary should have received an Annual Notice of Coverage that includes important information regarding Medicare costs and benefits. You can compare your Medicare benefits and health insurance options at no cost with your local SHINE counselor. A visit or phone call with a certified SHINE volunteer may reduce your out-of-pocket medical and/or prescription drug costs. In addition, meeting with your SHINE counselor during open enrollment can help you identify public programs that can help with premiums, copayments and health coverage based on income and assets.

Open enrollment is from October 15 to December 7 and state-certified SHINE counselors are available at your senior center, by appointment, to help you understand health care coverage, review cost increases, and find out what is new with Medicare. SHINE appointments fill up fast during this busy period, so contact Mashpee Senior Center at at 508-539-1440 to avoid making last-minute decisions or staying in a plan that no longer works for you. Appointments may be in person using current COVID-19 safety protocols, over the phone or by Microsoft teams (regional office).

Plan to have the following information available for your SHINE appointment: 1. Medicare A/B card; 2. Medigap or Medicare Advantage card; 3. Prescription Drug Plan member card (if you have a Part D plan); 4. List of medications and dosage, which can be obtained from your local pharmacy; 5. My Medicare account username and password (if you have an account created)—this will save time as all medications and dosage information are stored and can be updated.

For those who prefer to view Medicare plan choices and costs online, visit www.Medicare.gov; then, click on the Health & Drug Plans tab.

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