Council on Aging Newsletter: May 2024

Submitted by Alison Cservenschi, Director, Council on Aging

I hope you are able to get out and about on these beautiful May days, enjoy the lovely spring blooms and budding trees, birds singing and nesting, and the wonderful warmer weather. The fresh spring smell in the air reminds us of what, in my opinion, is the best season to enjoy new life, growth, and hopes for a great month. With a new month comes another round of great programs and offerings from the COA to you. Everyone is invited to join us. 

This month’s highlights include the popular Let’s Paint program, as well as the return of Bedford’s youngest crooner, Ben Couvee, sponsored by Brightview Concord River, and another round of Friendly Feud, thanks to the generous time donated by Assisting Hands.

Thanks to Linda Langone for planning an afternoon Sinatra Sunday trip and dinner in Boston on May 19, and to the FBCOA for providing complimentary transportation. Sign-up for this trip by May 11. Please see page 10 of the latest COA newsletter for more trip information.  

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Thanks also go to BPD Officer Matt Piccirillo and BFD Firefighter Dana Park for their planning and time this month for Coffee with a Cop and Fire Safety, respectively.

Minuteman Senior Services brings another four-week Matter of Balance, falls prevention program, and a shopping on a budget presentation with nutritionist Deb McLean.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and social worker Danika offers important information and resources on page 3 of the newsletter. Danika is also offering a new “Snacks with the Social Worker” AARP webinar series and discussion program with different topics each session. Join in for the supportive group discussion on relevant topics. This month, as part of the COA’s dementia-friendly work, there is a new “caregiver corner” at the COA. This is a space in the COA library/computer area to relax, have a snack, read a book, do a puzzle or just sit in peace. Please call the COA for more information on this new caregiver-friendly space.     

Also, thanks to the Throckmorton family and friends, Bedford Arts and Crafts, and everyone who planned, assisted, submitted art, and participated in the annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Art Show last month. Congratulations to Diane, Kathy, Laura, and Sylvia for their winning entries in the annual greeting card competition. This year’s cards, along with cards from previous years, are available year-round for purchase at the COA. All proceeds go to the Throckmorton Fund that supports ukulele classes. If you would like to learn how to play the ukulele, there is always space at the complimentary jam session. No experience is necessary to get started.

You are invited to join any program of interest. There are many great opportunities to learn, take part, engage, and enjoy.

Enjoy the month and have a happy and healthy spring.

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