Bedford Council on Aging Message for July/August

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Submitted by Alison Cservenschi, Director, Council on Aging

As we enjoy these summer months, please hold onto the double edition “COA Connections” newsletter until September since both July and August programs are included in one. As a reminder, the Bedford COA is open year-round with many programs continuing in air-conditioned rooms during the summer. The BLT is also in service and the hopes is to add five hours of Saturday transportation this year. 

The Carleton Willard lunches continue through the summer and attendance is coming back. Thank you to Carleton Willard, Minuteman Senior Services, and the dedicated lunch volunteers for helping bring this popular lunch back. Grab and go lunches can also be reserved with Minuteman and picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Brightview lunch, held monthly, must be picked up by yourself, or a named designee by 12:30 p.m. on that day. Lunches will not be held after this time.     

This summer, we are re-thinking how efficiently we are using our space. You may notice increased programming in the computer room since we are seeing fewer people in this space for computer use. Please stop by and see the lovely raised garden beds, kindly planted by the LABBB students. We also have a lovely flowering tree, donated by Bruce Fountain Stalker in honor of Jacob Wren Throckmorton, for which we are very grateful.

Monday, Aug. 21 is National Senior Citizens Day. It is a special day proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan to raise awareness about the issues around aging. Thank you for all your contributions to the community, whether by volunteering, leading, participating, working, or sharing words of wisdom to younger generations, your contributions to society matter. I am so proud that we are able to serve you and help ‘the roots of our community thrive’ in Bedford.  

Let me share the names of a few amazing older people and jog your memory with a few of their notable works. Age is just a number and you are never too old to learn something new.

Barbara Rush Jan. 4, 1927 It Came from Outer Space, Peyton Place, All My Children
Mel Brooks June 28, 1926 Wrote for Your Show of Shows and Get Smart
Dick van DykeDec/ 13, 1925 Bye Bye Birdie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins
Lee GrantOct. 31, 1925 Peyton Place, Valley of the Dolls, In the Heat of the Night
June LockhartJune 25, 1925 Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction
Eva Marie SaintJuly 4, 1924 On the Waterfront, North by Northwest, Superman Returns
Leslie PhillipsApril 20, 1924 Carry On, Doctor in the House, Harry Potter films
Carole CookJan. 14, 1924 Eva Marie Saint

Finally, I thank you, our readership, who continue to enjoy our publication each month. Thank you for your support and we hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing summer. Enjoy.

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