Bedford Council on Aging Offering Support Programs for Seniors

September 8, 2023
Roberta Robinson is leading supportive sessions focused on acknowledging the different types of losses seniors face. Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Council on Aging 

This month, the Bedford COA offers three support groups in three different formats in hopes of reaching members of the community in need. Aging brings along different challenges and talking with others who are aging too helps. 

Below are the offerings for September. If you are interested in joining one, or more, please call the COA at 781-275-6825 or email [email protected] to register. All programs are complimentary, offered at no cost. 

Embracing the Process: Tools and Skills for Recognizing, Honoring and Healing from Life’s Losses: Monthly on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Join Roberta Robinson for supportive sessions focused on acknowledging the different types of losses we face. 

Robinson provides tools and skills each week, along with shared experiences by participants, guiding the group as everyone heals together. People tend to grieve the big stuff, but forget about the small losses that also affect their lives and health. Loss of vision, mobility, driving, independence, friendships, relationships as well as our community, connections, and routines due to Covid will be discussed during this welcoming, warm, and helpful group. Refreshments will be served. 

Moving Ahead Together: an Informal In-Person Evening Support Group from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Fitch Room at the Town Center.

Join a compassionate group of caring Bedford locals sharing life experiences, support, friendship, and coping strategies as we face life changes together. This group meets in person every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fitch Room on the second floor of the Town Center. 

Grieving One Day at a Time: Mondays on Zoom at 7 p.m., beginning on Monday, Sept. 11.

This group is a network of men and women who are experiencing significant life changes brought about through bereavement. Participants are offered support, networking, sponsoring, and friendship.  

In this group, there is a strong sense of connection, belonging, and resilience. Information and resources are offered to navigate this journey more effectively. There is a break in the isolation that significant losses bring and a place to be accepted “as you are right now.” 

Mara Briere, the facilitator, holds a Master’s degree in Family Life Education as well as numerous other credentials, and is the founder of a nonprofit organization called “Grow a Strong Family” that supports families uprooted by mental illness/brain disorders, and loss. This is a group where “what is said here, stays here.” 

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