Council on Aging: September Activities

Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging

A month’s worth of activities at the Council on Aging:

Friday September 6 at 10:30 AM
Contemporary Poetry

Stephen Collins returns to the Bedford Council on Aging this fall to present his class on contemporary poetry. Classes will be held on Fridays at 10:30 AM beginning on September 6 and running for 6 weeks. This class will focus mainly on post 1950s poets. We will study several Pulitzer Prize winners, including Robert Lowell, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, and Stanley Kunitz. A partial list of other poets will include Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall, Robert Haas, and Galway Kinnell. Please contact the COA at (781) 275-6825 for more    information or if you are interested in signing up. The fee for this seminar is $50 payable to Stephen Collins (or $10 per class should you choose not to attend the full six weeks).

Tuesday September 10 at 8:30 AM
Pancake Breakfast

Join Bedford’s Fire and Life Safety Educator Nick Anderson for breakfast! He will be making a pancake breakfast here at the Bedford Council on Aging for just $3.00 per person! Join him for a discussion on home fire safety tips as well. All are welcome! Please call the COA at (781) 275-6825 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday September 11 at 1:00 PM
Understanding Basic Estate Planning Terms and Documents
Dale Tamburro is back for another presentation at the Bedford Council on Aging! He will be presenting and answering questions regarding: estate planning terminology, what probate is and how to avoid it, Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, and how to protect your home if you need long term or nursing home care. Dale will also be here to offer three individual 45-minute appointments (free of charge) beginning at 9:30. Please call the COA at (781) 275-6825 to sign-up for this program or to schedule an individual appointment.

Thursday September 12 at 9:00 AM
Polypharmacy in our Senior Population
Are you taking medications of any kind? More than 1 or 2?  Do you  take  over  the counter medication too? Come and find  out  what Polypharmacy means, why we all should care, and what, if  anything, we should do about it. Laurie Moulis, LPN and Clinical Nurse Liaison from Concord Health Care will be leading this discussion at the Bedford Council on Aging. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday September 16 at 6:30 PM
East Meets West: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Our friends from Oriental Healing Arts Association return to the Bedford Council on Aging for Part 2 of the East Meets West lecture series. “Over the past two years I have been diagnosed with cancer twice and suffered a stroke last June as a result of an accident. I chose to refuse the Western approach of radiation and chemotherapy and have been dealing with the cancer using alternative approaches, the TCM way. This has been a very beneficial process as my health is good and I have not had to deal with the serious side effects of chemo & radiation. I would not have been able to make that decision had I not traveled to China and gained the knowledge on a prior basis to consider other options.” Please call (781) 275-6825 to pre-register.

Monday September 16 at 1:00 PM
Travelogue: Iceland
Join Carol and Ron Reynolds at the Bedford Council on Aging as they show video and photos of their trip to Iceland. You will see magnificent waterfalls. Learn about an Icelandic delicacy. Experience climbing a volcanic cone. Find out about ‘Lava bread.’ Float among the icebergs in a glacial lagoon.

Tuesday September 17 at 10:00 AM
Food for your Mood
Can your diet really help put you in a good mood? And can what you choose to eat or drink encourage bad moods or even mild depression? While certain diets or foods may not ease depression (or put you instantly in a better mood), they may help! There’s more and more research indicating that, in some ways, diet may influence mood. We don’t have the whole story yet, but there are some interesting clues. Michelle Caron, RN from Greater Medford VNA will facilitate a discussion at the Bedford Council on Aging, including some tips on what foods to eat and which ones to avoid.

Tuesday September 17 at 1:00 PM
Balance and Posture
Join chiropractor Dr. Kevin Baer at the Bedford Council on Aging for a seminar on   improving your posture and balance. Dr. Baer will teach you simple and effective exercises to help you improve and maintain a straight and healthy spine and stature and to help you stay on your feet! Learn some new techniques including hypnosis!

Wednesday September 18 at
10:00 AM
Understanding Your Options
Understanding your options before a health need arises is critical to informed decision making that often occurs  in  a  moment  of  crisis. Join Candy Costas, VP  of  Privatus  Care  Solutions,  at  the Bedford Council on Aging for a discussion of the various choices that are clinically safe, socially appealing, and   financially appropriate. We will discuss the true realities of assisted living, rehab after a hospital stay, how to find trustworthy caregivers, and what is covered by insurance.

Wednesday September 18 at 4:30-6:30 PM
Celebrating 50 Years!
In 1963, the Board of Selectmen appointed the first members of the Council on Aging Board. You are cordially invited to a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bedford Council on Aging. Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to (781) 275-6825 by September 13th

Thursday September 19 at 11:00 AM
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World’s Most Famous Dog! Ann Rosas of Senior Helpers will be at the Bedford Council on Aging to talk about Rin Tin Tin and the benefits of owning a pet, such as lowered blood pressure. We will also get a special visit from Certified Pet Therapy Team, Elizabeth and her German Shepherd, Bruschi.

Monday September 23 at 6:30 PM
East Meets West: Tai Chi for a Speedy Recovery
Please join us at the Bedford Council on Aging for Part 3 of the lecture series presented by the Oriental Healing Arts Association. “As a result of my stroke, I was hospitalized in ICU for four days while the neurosurgeons considered surgery to relieve the stress on the brain. There were four neurologists involved on my case. During that time they noticed I had lost no neuro-motor skills and my cognitive skills were intact in spite of the large bleed. One of the doctors was Chinese and asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I have been teaching Tai chi for many years, he nodded and told me that my neural pathways had been reprogrammed by the Tai chi to minimize any neural losses. The Tai chi in effect builds multiple redundancies in the cerebral cortex which explained the rapid recovery process. I could use all my extremities without impediment, walking, talking, balancing, etc. In fact, I was back teaching classes the following Tuesday after being released. This is consistent with the results of a University of Chicago study regarding Taichi & stroke recovery.”

Tuesday September 24 at 1:00 PM
Library Book Discussion: The Language of Flowers
Bedford Public Library staff will be leading a book discussion at  the  Bedford Council on Aging. The book to be discussed  is  a “mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers.  It  beautifully  weaves  past  and  present,  creating  a  vivid  portrait  of  an   unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.”

Wednesday September 25
West Side Story Trip
Join Lenore Dichard from the Bedford Council on Aging on a trip to the Ogunquit Playhouse. Your trip will first take you to The Weathervane restaurant in Kittery, Maine where you can get lunch on your own. You will then travel to Ogunquit to see the musical that changed theater forever, West Side Story! The cost for this trip is $78 (payable to FBCOA), includes your ticket and transportation (lunch is not included). The trip departs from the Bedford Town Hall Parking lot at 10:15 AM and returns to Bedford at 7:00 PM. Please contact the COA at (781) 275-6825 for more information.

Wednesday September 25 at 12:30 PM
Home Safety and Fall Prevention
Are you afraid of falling? Are daily activities and mobility too difficult? Are  you  worried  about  someone  being  left alone  at  home? Are  you  moving  or  renovating and need recommendations  on  how  to  make  your  new  home accessible?  Join  Karen DeRosas and Cindy Tulimeri of Independent Living Innovations at the Bedford Council on Aging PM for tips on how you can improve your quality of life and remain living safely in your  home for as long as possible. ILI is committed to educating clients and caregivers with the tools to help their clients remain independent. This program is also helpful in reducing caregiver burden.

Monday September 30 at 10:00 AM
Intel Info: Bedford VA Police
Join Elder Affairs Officer Kristen Dineen at the Bedford Council on Aging for an introduction to the VA Police department. You will learn how they operate as well as how they work in collaboration with the Bedford Police.

Wednesday October 2 at 9:00 AM
Mah Jongg Tournament
Attention All Mah Jongg players: you are invited to play in the Bedford Council on Aging Mah Jongg tournament! Registration will be held from 9 – 9:30 AM and the tournament will start at 10. All levels of Mah Jongg players are welcome. Come and enjoy the fun and challenge of playing with new people! The tournament will follow the National Mah Jongg League rules. The entrance fee is $15 (payable to FBCOA) and includes participation in the tournament, cash prize for the highest score. Lunch will be available for $2 with advance sign up. Registration forms are available at the COA. Deadline is September 23rd. Please mail to Chris Lipson c/o Bedford COA 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730. For more information, please call Bedford COA Director Lori Wittner at 781-275-6825 or email [email protected].

Wednesday October 2
Robert Frost Farm
The Robert Frost Farm was home to the Frost family from 1900-1911. One of the nation’s most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, Frost attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years. Our friend, Stephen Collins will be your tour guide. You will also have lunch at the Colosseum Restaurant where you will have the choice of Linguine with White Clam Sauce, Spaghetti with Meatballs, or Chicken Parmesan. Salad, coffee/tea, and dessert are also included. After lunch we will go to Hollis, NH to Brookdale Farm, a horticultural marvel astounding all in the fruit farm world. Enjoy the foliage and the great apple treats! The bus will depart from Bedford at 10:30 AM. The cost of this trip is $60 due upon sign up which begins on September 4. Please contact the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 for more information.

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