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Acton Senior Bulletin

September 2011

The COA Office/Senior Center at 50 Audubon Drive is open weekdays 8am-5pm. Telephone number is 978-929-6652. Please send all COA mail to: Acton COA, Town Hall, 472 Main St., Acton, MA 01720 Visit the COA website at Go to Government, then down to Council on Aging.

Thursdays, September 15th, 22nd, October 6th, 13th, 27th and November 3rd, 1:00-2:00 This six-part lecture series will explore the fascinating religions of the East and the interplay of these religions with the West. Professor Giannetti has presented other programs at the Senior Center, including World Religions and Islam. He does a wonderful job of presenting complex information in an entertaining way that is organized, straight-forward and easy to understand. Sept. 15 - Hinduism: Vedas, Upanishads, Shankara Oct. 13 - Ch'an and Zen Sept. 22 - Buddhism Oct. 27 - Religions East and West Oct. 6 - Confucianism and Taoism Nov. 3 - America's Reception of Eastern Wisdom This program is offered in partnership with Sage Educational Services and is funded by the Friends of the Acton Council on Aging. Prof. Giannetti holds a Master's of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Master's of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. He currently teaches at Dean College. Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. When to stop driving is a difficult, often emotionally charged, decision. When should someone with mobility issues, decreasing reaction time, failing vision, Alzheimer's or other dementias hand over those keys? Dr. Elizabeth Dugan, author of The Driving Dilemma and gerontology professor at UMass, and Michele Ellicks of the RMV, will speak. Open to seniors, family members and caregivers. Call the COA to register. Refreshments will be provided by Right at Home, an in home care and assistance agency. Index Programs Highlights Classes Thank You... Trips Exercise Volunteer Opportunities Clinics Dining Opportunities Ongoing Activities Health News Transportation Senior Cinema Outreach & Support Services Around Town and Beyond Calendar Friends of the COA Page 2-3 3 3 4 5-6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 12

Religions of the East with Professor Jason Giannetti

The Driving Decision - When to Stop Driving

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The COA will be closed on Monday, 9/5 for Labor Day.

Registration for exercise classes begins in person or by phone Tuesday, September 6th at 1:00. Registration for all other classes/programs begins in person or by phone Wed., Sept. 7th at 1:00.

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FOR SEPTEMBER.............................REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH at 1:00 Tuesday, September 13th, 12:30-1:30 Otis will do anything for a cookie! Come meet this sweet Aussie-doodle (half poodle, half Australian Shepherd) and his owner Jeff Young. Otis is a certified pet therapy dog with an outstanding temperament. Jeff is an architect in Concord with an outstanding temperament as well! Please join us and learn what pet therapy is all about.

Meet Otis! A Certified Therapy Dog

Watch the Red Sox Game in High Definition!

Wednesday, September 14th, 1:30 Stay after lunch to watch the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays on the large screen TV. The Red Sox are sure to be in the thick of the Pennant Race where every game is important! For information on the Town Employee prepared hot dog lunch, see page 7.

Telephone Hour

Friday, September 16th, 9:30-10:00 Following the monthly breakfast, Moira Hennessey of MassRelay will share information about free telephone relay services which improve telephone communication for individuals with hearing loss. Many people think free telephone relay services benefit only those who are deaf, but if you have some hearing loss, use a hearing aid, or have difficulty hearing on the telephone, there are helpful services available to you. Monday, September 19th, 11:45 Would you like to understand the signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Gout? Join Dr. Alan Marks for lunch and an informative presentation. Dr. Marks is a board certified physician who practices rheumatology and internal medicine in Concord, Ayer and Leominster. See page 7 for information on lunch.

Those Aching Bones! Lunch and Program

Influenza Outlook

Tuesday, September 20th, 11:15-11:45 Join Linda Cullen, RN of Acton Nursing Dept. for an overview of what health officials predict for this year's flu season. Learn what vaccines will be available, and what you can do to keep yourself healthy during flu season!

Mindful Eating Discussion

Wednesday, September 21st, 11:15-11:45 Do you take the time to taste your food or do you eat mindlessly? Does it make a difference? Let's Discuss! Facilitated by Peg Mikkola, RD, Minuteman Senior Services. Friday, September 23rd, 10:00-11:00 in the dining room Explore your life through writing - no experience necessary! Whether you are writing a memoir, your family history, a journal or essays, come read your work to the group to receive feedback. Each meeting also has a particular focus, such as how to get started or finding your voice. Call to register if you are new to the group. Wednesday, September 28th, 12:30-2:30 Certified Professional Coach and Acton resident Kathy Bowen will present this program full of learning, feedback and FUN. Kathy developed this course and needs feedback as she tweaks it for various audiences. Tweens and teens may have a reputation for being difficult, but they need family relationships as much as other age children. Grandparents are one step away from parents and can provide a different perspective. This course will help you get a glimpse of your grandchild's life, and you will leave with a better understanding of the changing teen brain, how to bond at a distance and maintaining healthy relationships.

Memoir/Non-Fiction Writing Group facilitated by Chris Chirokas

Understand Your Tween and Teen Grandchild - Enjoy Meaningful Grandparenting!

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FOR SEPTEMBER.............................REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH at 1:00 Thursday, September 29th, 1:00-2:00 Join Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Linda Hamaker as she teaches you simple exercises to add more laughter to your life! Laughter yoga is a fun new exercise of simulated laughter combined with gentle breathing techniques. No fancy movements or contortions required! When you pretend to laugh your body produces happiness chemicals which strengthen the immune system, unwind the negative effects of stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mental alertness. Please bring your water bottle as laughing is dehydrating!

Let's Laugh Today

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FOR SEPTEMBER.............................REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH at 1:00 Sue Nordhausen's Watercolor Class is tentatively scheduled to begin mid-October. Check the October newsletter for more information on the fall session. Thursday, September 8th and 15th, 9:00-10:30, Computer Lab Continue learning how to personalize newsletters and notes with photos, artwork, and text. Make Word documents your "own" with plenty of time to practice these features during fun-filled classes. Class size is limited to 4. Wednesdays, September 14th through November 16th, 9:00-10:30 Join this watercolor studio workshop and be inspired! Explore landscapes and still life, work on new or old projects and engage in the joy of painting in watercolor. Group and individual work and guided and shared critique are part of this art experience. Beginners welcome! Materials list available in the COA office. Mondays, September 19ththrough October 31st, 9:30-11:00 (No class on October 10th) Learn some basics that artists often take for granted! This six week class takes a multi-media approach and is for beginners and intermediates. You will learn elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture), one point perspective (horizon line, vanishing point), two point perspective, drawing the figure, and putting it all together. Work will include still life and figure contour sketches in pencil, charcoal and ink. Drop by the COA office for a copy of the materials list. Carol Bull is an Acton resident; she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master's in Art Education. Thursday, September 29th, 9:00-10:30, Computer Lab Bring your digital camera to class and learn the how-to's of camera-to-computer transfers and some basic photo fix-ups using a free downloadable photo editor. No computer at home? Learn how to print your digital photos using a stand-alone photo printer ­ no computer needed. Small class size will allow for plenty of hands-on practice and instructor interaction. All printing supplies will be provided for class-time use. Class size is limited to 3.

Let's Continue "Prettying-Up" Your Word Documents ­ Part 2

Watercolor Studio Workshop with Cynthia Durost

Art Fundamentals with Carol Bull

Working with Your Digital Camera Photos

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...the Finance Department and Town Clerk for the ever-so-festive Hawaiian Luau-themed lunch. ...the Middlesex County Deputy Sheriff's Association for the fabulous spagetti dinner. ...Dean Charter of Municipal Properties for an enjoyable walk in the Town Arboreteum. ...Jean and Ray Warren for all their help cleaning out and then reshelving the books in our library. 3


FOR SEPTEMBER.............................REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH at 1:00 Tuesday, September 27th, leave NARA Park at 9:30 Enjoy a fall day full of Robert Frost and good food! During the bus ride, professional tour guide Stephen Collins will talk about Robert Frost's life and recite some of his beloved poems, which are often said to be the epitome of New England. A park ranger will give us a tour of Robert Frost's home in Derry, New Hampshire, where he lived from 1900-1911 and then we'll be off to the Colosseum Restaurant in Salem for some great Italian food. Lunch will include salad, choice of chicken parmigiana over ziti, linguine with white clam sauce, or spaghetti and meatballs, cannoli for dessert, soda, coffee, tea. The Colossseum's Annibale Todesca won Best Italian Chef and Restaurant in the World by the Guardians of the Nine Doors in Rome, the only restaurant in the United States to win this award. Please indicate your meal choice when registering. Thank you to the Friends of the Acton Council on Aging for funding part of this trip to make it more affordable for everyone. Depart: 9:30 a.m., from NARA Park Upper Fields Lot. Approximate return time: 2:30 Cost: $50 due by Sept. 20th, includes lunch, admission/tour, coach bus transportation (w/restroom), gratuities Wednesday, October 12th, leave NARA Park at 9:45 (Call soon; registration underway) Tour the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, with views of colorful foliage and Lake Winnipesaukee from atop the Ossipee Mountain Range. We will tour the circa 1913 Lucknow mansion, which features work of the finest craftsmen of the era combined with the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available. Before the tour, we will enjoy lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith, NH. Lunch will include your choice of turkey, roast beef or broiled haddock, with salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable, carrot relish, apple crisp, coffee, tea. Please indicate your meal preference when signing up. Depart: 9:45 a.m., from NARA Park Upper Fields Lot. Approximate return time: 6:30 Cost: $46 due by September 28th, includes lunch, admission/tour, bus transportation (w/restroom) and gratuities COUNCIL ON AGING TRIP POLICIES: 1. Please call the COA office at 978-929-6652 to make trip reservations before sending in your check. 2. Payment is due as specified in each description. Refunds will only be issued if a trip is canceled by the COA, someone on the waiting list can take your spot or you can find someone to go in your place. 3. Make checks out to: Friends of the Acton COA. Drop your check off at the office or mail to: COA, Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720. Make a separate check for each trip. Checks are cashed after the trip occurs. 4. Parking for trips is at NARA Park in the Upper Fields Parking Lot, unless otherwise noted. Take Main Street/Route 27 North, left on Quarry Road, the Upper Fields lot is the second lot entrance on the right. 5. Call COA Director, Sharon Mercurio, at 978-929-6652 for financial assistance from the Friends organization. 6. Always bring a copy of your FILE OF LIFE card with you on trips.

Robert Frost Farm & Colosseum Restaurant

Fall Foliage Trip - Castle in the Clouds and Hart's Turkey Farm

Indicates that you must register in advance! COA Trip Photos - We are beginning to put photos from COA day trips online for participants to enjoy. If you would like to view them, go to and enter "acton council on aging" in the search box. Then click on the photograph of the trip you are interested in or the words "see more from this album." You can order prints through Picasa or right click on a photograph to copy, print or save. If you take photos on trips and would like to add them to the on-line albums, please call Chris in the COA office for the password. You do need Picasa, a free photo editing download from Google, to upload photographs. Thank you to Ted Reifenstein for his help with this project. 4


FOR SEPTEMBER..........................EXERCISE REGISTRATION BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPT. 6TH, at 1:00 *The summer DVD exercise schedule continues through Sept. 9th. See the calendar for exact times. * You may register yourself and one other person for exercise classes. This can be done by phone or in person. Exercise programs are popular and often have waiting lists. In order to offer exercise opportunities to everyone interested, please consider the following: If you are going to miss more than 3 weeks of an exercise class, call the office so we may offer your spot to someone on the waiting list for the remainder of the session. Call when you return to see if space is available. Please only register for a class that is held twice a week if you can regularly attend both days. Exercise has been proven to help increase strength, bone density, endurance, and metabolism while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and maintaining cognitive abilities. If that's not enough incentive to join, there are added benefits of friendship and socializing! Please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program and remember to wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water. All participants must sign a waiver of liability. Mondays, September 12th through December 12th, 8:30-9:30 (No class on 10/10) This class is designed for all fitness levels. Start with a gentle warm-up and then progress to resistance training using Thera-bands or free-weights (both provided by the COA).

"Stretch and Flex" with Terri Zaborowski

"Senior Cardio-Flex" with Terri Zaborowski Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 13th through December 15th, 8:30-9:30 (No class 11/24) th th or Wednesdays and Fridays, September 14 through December 16 , 8:30-9:30 (No class 11/11 and 11/25) Start with a stretch and warm-up followed by a lively 20 minute aerobic routine, 5 minute cool down and 30 minutes of muscle toning and strengthening using hand weights. Floor work is optional. Weights are available at the Center or bring your own. The workout in the Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday classes is the same. You may not register for both sessions as it is best to wait at least 48 hours before repeating the same workout. "Senior Stretch, Flex, Tone and Cardio" with Terri Zaborowski Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 13th through December 15th, 9:45-10:45 (No class 11/24) This class offers all the same muscle toning and strengthening benefits of the 8:30 class, with the option to stay at the end for a 10-15 minute aerobic segment. All strength training can be done standing or in a chair.

Thursdays, September 8th through December 22nd 10:30-11:00 or 11:00-11:30 (No class on 11/24) Join Health and Wellness Coordinator Liz Jewell for a half hour of gentle chair exercises. All the exercises aim to increase strength, balance and coordination, and are helpful in preventing falls. This is a low-impact program best suited for people getting little or no physical activity. Tuesdays, September 13th through December 13th, 11:00-12:00 Taoist Tai Chi incorporates stretching and turning into a series of slow, rhythmic moves that improve the health of body, mind and spirit while improving balance as well. This session will cover approximately 28 of the 108 movements in the Taoist Tai Chi set. It can be done sitting in a chair for those unable to stand for the workout. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with fairly smooth treads. If you've been participating in the Tuesday class, you may register to continue (starting from the beginning) or move on to the Thursday class if you feel comfortable with the 108 movements.

Gentle Chair Exercises

Beginner Taoist Tai Chi with Ray Caisse and other Taoist Tai Chi Society instructors

Continuing Level Taoist Tai Chi with Ray Caisse of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Indicates that you must register in advance!


Thursdays, September 15th through December 15th, 11:00-12:00 (No class on 11/24) For those who know all 108 movements of the Taoist Tai Chi set, whether learned at the Center or elsewhere.

EXERCISE (continued)

FOR SEPTEMBER..........................EXERCISE REGISTRATION BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPT. 6TH, at 1:00 Fridays, September 16th through December 2nd, 10:00-11:00 (No class 11/11, 11/25) ZumbaTM is the exercise sensation that' sweeping the nation and the spring session at the Senior Center was a s great success! Latin-inspired international music and dance steps have created "exercise in disguise." This cardiobased workout tones the entire body using fast and slow paced international music. Toning blends bodysculpting and Pilates techniques with Zumba moves, creating a fun calorie-burning, strength-training class. Floor work is optional and done at the end of the class. This program is designed so that you are in control of your own intensity; you will be encouraged to modify it as needed. Participants should wear sneakers, bring water, an exercise mat (if doing floor work), and a smile! This class is funded by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, which requires the COA to ask for donations. A $10 donation for the series is suggested. Yvonne Benelli is a certified Zumba and Stott Pilates instructor. She holds an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology, a BS in PE and has been teaching fitness classes and American Red Cross CPR/First Aid for over 30 years.

ZumbaTM/Toning Class - Join the Party!

Yoga Class with Patsy Brightman *Note change in day*

Thursdays, Sept. 8th-29th, Nov. 3rd-17th, and on Dec. 1st, 2:45-4:15 (No classes in October and 11/24) This gentle form of exercise works the joints and muscles to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and circulation. The class will include seated postures, standing postures (using a chair for support if needed) and optional floor work. Each yoga class will also include a period of deep relaxation and has an emphasis on wellness. Bring water and a yoga mat (if doing floor work) to each class. A $10 donation for the series is suggested, per grant guidelines from the Executive Office or Elder Affairs, which is funding this program. Patsy Brightman is a certified yoga instructor with many years of experience teaching yoga to seniors and is a retired Registered Nurse.

Wednesdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 8:45-9:30 at NARA Park with Liz and/or Mondays, September 12th, 19th and 26th, 12:30-1:15 at the Senior Center with Judy Walking has a host of benefits which keep not only your body limber, but your mind as well. What better way to achieve this than with friends! Join Health and Wellness Coordinator Liz Jewell on Wednesdays for a one or twomile walk around the loop at NARA Park. Meet in the lower parking lot. Judy Peters will lead a one or two-mile walk on Mondays in the Senior Center neighborhood. Wear sneakers and bring some water.

Acton Striders Walking Group **Additional Day/Time**

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Office Receptionists: We are seeking people interested in being office reception volunteers. The position requires attention to day-to-day details of the COA, the ability to work with the public, maintain privacy and have good record keeping skills. Please contact the COA if you are interested. Computer Teachers: We are looking for instructors to teach a variety of computer classes. If you have the teaching bug and are comfortable with computers call Judy at COA to talk about the kinds of classes we offer. Volunteer Drivers: We have seniors who occasionally need rides outside the area of our van transports or outside the time frame the van runs. If you can offer your services to drive a fellow senior to an appointment please call the COA for more information on the volunteer driver program.

Current Volunteers ­ If you were unable to attend the June Volunteer Reception you may still pick up your

"thank you" water bottle in the COA office.

canes, walkers and tub benches to borrow. We also have some less frequently needed items such as shoe horns and sock aids, so please give us a call. It's best to call Mary Lou weekday afternoons (except Wednesdays) at 978-929-6652 and please allow a couple of days to gather the equipment. 6

Durable Medical Equipment Available to Loan: The COA has a variety of items such as

in conjunction with the Acton Public Health Nursing Service Podiatry Clinic: Tuesdays, September 13thand October 4th, 8:20-11:00 with Dr. Sandra Weakland, DPM Offered by APHNS, includes evaluations and nail clipping not covered by insurance. The $25 fee may be waived in cases of hardship. Appointments call 978-929-6650. Funded by Friends of the Acton Nursing Service. Blood Pressure & Wellness Clinic: Tuesdays, September 13th and 27th, 9:30-11:30 The Acton Public Health Nursing Service will have a Registered Nurse available to check blood pressure, pulse, weight, and discuss any medication, nutritional, or health related questions. No appointment necessary.



**Please sign up in the COA office for the following meals: Friday, September 2nd, 11:45 Join us for lunch - the menu isn't known in advance, but it's always delicious! As a local rehabilitation and longterm care facility, Life Care Center of Acton is pleased to connect with residents and deliver this meal to seniors. Please call the COA to check on availability, as reservations began over the summer. Wednesday, September 14th, 11:45 The Town Manager's Office is returning to cook a "Take me out to the ballgame" hotdog lunch with salad and dessert. $3 donation. Come dressed to support our Red Sox and then stay for the game at 1:30 on TV. Friday, September 16th, 9:00-10:00 Join us for a free breakfast in celebration of National Senior Center Month! We'll have pastry, fresh fruit and more. Call the COA by Wednesday, Sept. 14th for a reservation. At 9:30, Moira Hennessey will speak about the services offered by Mass Relay, a free 24/7 service that provides telephone services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired. She will also talk about the Mass Equipment Distribution Program that offers specialized telephone equipment at free/reduced rates to people with permanent disabilities. Monday, September 19th, 11:45 If you are attending Dr. Marks' arthritis presentation, a free lunch will be served, courtesy of Abbott Laboratories in Waltham. The planned menu is sandwiches, chips, cookies, and fruit salad. See page 2 for more information on the presentation.

Free Luncheon Provided by Life Care Center of Acton

Town Employee "Home Cooked" Luncheon

Free Continental Breakfast and Hearing Presentation

Free Lunch and Arthritis Talk

Inn at Robbins Brook Lunch ** Please note that this sign up is now in the COA office.** Tuesday, September 20th, 11:45 Beef Stew. $3 donation. Please sign up at least one week before the lunch.

**Please sign up in the Dining Room with Joy for the following meals: Minuteman Lunches are served weekdays at 11:45. Voluntary donation is $2.00. To sign up call 978263-5053 by 10:30 the day before. Lunch is free to those celebrating a birthday each month courtesy of the Friends of the COA. Birthday/Special Lunch: Wednesday, September 14th

Indicates that you must register in advance! Senior Center Art Exhibits - We continue an exhibit by artist Doris Carlson featuring a variety of abstract paintings. Ms. Carlson focuses on a different topic each year, developing several works at the same time to thoroughly explore her current subject. The works in this exhibit illustrate several of her chosen themes, including her signature use of brilliant metallic color. Many thanks to Angelo Urso for sharing his work with us in June/July.


Drop-In Activities Reminder: Regularly occurring groups and drop-in activities are sometimes canceled due to space constraints at the Senior Center. Please remember to check the COA Calendar (in the newsletter and also on the town website) to make sure your group is scheduled to meet. Friday, September 9th, 1:00-2:30 Come share your research, seek some advice or just share your passion for family history. Beginning family historians welcome! COA Program Coordinator Chris Chirokas will talk about how to start a genealogy blog. If you have your own blog or have some you like to read, please bring the website addresses to the meeting. Monday, September 19th, 1:00-2:00 This month the Bookies are reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. When a retired British army major in an English village embarks on an unexpected friendship with a local widow, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and the Major's carefully regimented life. Copies of the book are on hold at the Memorial Library. You don't have to read the book to join the lively discussion! Friday, September 16th, 2:30-3:45 Massages may include the back, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands (for those with arthritis). The discounted fee for a 20 minute chair massage is $15 and should be paid directly to Nancy Ames with cash or check. Wear a long or short-sleeved t-shirt. Please mark your appointment on a calendar as reminder calls are not always possible and call the COA if you must cancel an appointment. Mondays, 1:30-3:30 For questions regarding health insurance or prescription coverage call the COA office 978-929-6652 for an appt. Fridays, September 2nd, 16th and 30th, 10:00-11:30 Wednesdays, September 7th and 21st, 1:30-3:00 Everyone welcome from the novice to experienced computer user. Bring your questions and suggestions. Please see the Monthly Calendar on page 11 for days and times of the following groups: Knit/Crochet Group Drop-in One-Stroke Tile & Board Games Quilting/Sewing Group Poker Drop-in Bridge Drop-in Watercolor Drop-in Pool


Genealogy Group

"The Bookies"

Chair Massage at the Senior Center with Nancy Ames, licensed massage therapist

SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders)

Computer Club

Indicates that you must register in advance! Alzheimer's Disease Services HEALTH NEWS

· Alzheimer's Association Helpline 1-800-548-2111. Available for calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. · Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. 978-318-0046. Provides adult day health and Alzheimer's day programs.

Services Comparison Websites help you find and compare options for home health, hospital and nursing.

· Home Health Agencies ­ · Hospital ­ · Nursing Home ­

Healthcare Websites

· Alzheimer's Association, for recommendations and questions to ask care providers. · Office of the Attorney General,, click on elders. · Long Term Care, 8

TRANSPORTATION COA Senior Van runs Monday thru Friday, 8:00-4:00. The van runs until 3:45 pm in-town and 3:30 pm for

out-of-town rides. The last ride in the morning is at 11:30 and the first ride after lunch is at 12:30. For a reservation call 978-929-6652 between 8:00-11:00 at least one day in advance. When you call have the name, telephone number and address of your destination. One-way in town is $1.00; one-way into Concord or Maynard is $1.50.

MinuteVan Dial-a-Ride Shuttle Service runs Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:00am and 3:15-8:15pm. Rides

must be scheduled at least 24 hours ahead by calling 978-844-6809 weekdays 8:30-10:30am. Rides are $2 in town and $4 out of town. Rides are anywhere in Acton and certain locations in Concord, Maynard and Boxboro.

LRTA Road Runner Van runs Monday through Friday, 8:00-3:30. In addition to rides in Acton, Concord

and Maynard, the Road Runner offers rides to Market Basket in Westford on Fridays as well as rides to Lahey, Bedford VA and Boston area hospitals on Wednesdays. All rides must be scheduled at least 2 days ahead of time. You must be pre-registered with the LRTA. Forms are available at the COA or from the LRTA at 1-800-589-5782.

MinuteVan Commuter Rail Shuttle runs between the West Acton Fire Station lot on Central St. and the

South Acton Commuter Rail Station. The service runs Monday ­ Friday, 6:45 AM to 9:24 AM and 5:10 PM to 7:24 PM. For information, contact Michele Brooks at: 978-844-6809 or visit to book online.

Friendly Drivers Available to drive seniors to appointments, shopping, etc. Rides must be arranged ahead of

time. You must register with the COA by calling the Outreach Coordinator at 978-929-6652. We encourage seniors needing a ride within Acton, Maynard or Concord, 8-4, Monday through Friday, to use the COA or Road Runner van. If however, you need a ride not covered by our existing transportation please call the COA.

Note: Due to the closing of local video stores, it may occasionally be necessary to make movie substitutions. You may call the office to confirm the selection on movie days. st Thursday, September 1 , 12:30-2:15, "Believe in Me," (2007, PG) - The true story of a man who rises to the challenge of coaching the girls basketball team. Stars Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, Bruce Dern. Friday, September 2nd, 12:30-2:30, "In the Shadow of the Moon," (2007, PG) - Critically acclaimed documentary reveals the history of the Apollo space program using interviews with the astronauts. Friday, September 16th, 12:30-2:10, "The Perfect Game," (2010, PG) - Real life inspirational story of a 1957 Mexican youth baseball team that became the first non-US team to win the Little League World Series. Friday, September 23rd, 12:30-2:30, "The Conspirator," (2011, PG-13) - Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. Robin Wright and James McAvoy star in this historical drama directed by Robert Redford. Friday, September 30th, 12:30-2:00, "Stolen," (2006) - Investigative documentary pieces together clues gleaned from archival documents, art critics, historians, collectors, and informants to shed light on the unsolved theft of 13 masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Shakespeare DVD and Resource Sheet - If you missed all or some of the In Search of Shakespeare

documentary series at the Senior Center this summer, the four episode DVD set is available to borrow from the COA. We also have information the Memorial Library reference dept. put together for us that lists some of the Shakespeare related books, DVDs and CDs available there. application form in the mail. Please complete this form with the documentation specified and return it to SMOC as soon as possible. If you need assistance please call the COA to set up an appointment and we will be more than happy to help. New applicants can call us beginning the last week in October at 978-929-6652 to set up an appointment as the Fuel program runs from November 1 to April 30. All applicants must submit a copy of a current photo ID. Beginning this year, only award letters from Social Security can be submitted for proof of Social Security income (they will no longer be accepting bank statements). 9

Fuel Assistance ­ If you received Fuel Assistance from SMOC last year, you should have received a re-


We are available to Help You Find Resources in the community to address many concerns related to aging. Call 978-929-6652 for a confidential chat.

Handyman Program: Helps seniors with small repairs and simple household jobs. Friendly Visitors: Volunteers visit seniors at home for about an hour each week. If you are interested in

becoming a visitor or know someone who would enjoy visits, call the COA at 978-929-6652.

Food Pantries and Community Suppers: Call for a list of local area suppers and pantries. The Acton Home Care Services: Please call the COA if you have questions on how to obtain home care services.

Minuteman Senior Services, our State Home Care, can be reached at 1-888-222-6171.

Food Pantry at 235 Summer Rd., Boxborough is open Wednesdays 10:00am-7:00pm except that it is closed on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Registration (ID and one bill with your name and address) required first visit.

NSTAR Program for Low Income Customers: Low income customers have the opportunity to pay off

their old arrearages for their gas and/or electric bills. For details call NSTAR at 1-866-315-2496. Project Bread at 1-800-645-8333, M-F, 8:00-5:00 or visit

SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers low-income seniors food assistance. Call AROUND TOWN...AND BEYOND Annual Rotary Club Senior Barbecue at the Boxborough Holiday Inn

Sunday, September 18th, 12:00 Noon The Acton-Boxborough Rotary Club is holding its annual barbecue for seniors at the Holiday Inn. BBQ chicken, side dishes, cookies, and ice cream will be prepared by the Holiday Inn culinary staff. There will also be live entertainment. Call the Acton COA for a reservation, not the Holiday Inn. When you call, please indicate if you'd like a ride from a Rotary Club volunteer. Note this free luncheon is for Acton and Boxborough seniors only.

Household Hazardous Waste and Unwanted Medication & SHARPS Collection Day

Saturday, September 24th, 9:00-11:30, DPW Garage Board of Health holds its Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Unwanted Meds. & SHARPS Collection. A list of acceptable items is available at the Health Department, Transfer Station, Acton Library and website This collection is for Acton residents only and proof of residency is required. There will be a $25 charge to dispose of TVs and computer monitors (cash or check). Questions, call the Health Dept. at 978-929-6632.

Acton Recreation Department's Fall/Winter Program will be coming out within the next few weeks! They

are offering some great shows through the Lowell Memorial Auditorium; Rock of Ages, Holiday Boston Pops featuring Keith Lockhart, and Sesame Street Live! Contact the Rec. Dept. at 978-929-6640 for more information.

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Senior Lunch at 472 Massachusetts Ave

Thursday, September 22nd, 12:15 -1:30 Donation suggested. Reservations required. Call 978-263-5156.

Town of Acton Senior Work Program offers qualified seniors the opportunity to earn money to put Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market

toward their property tax bill. Seniors work at an hourly rate of $13.35 for a maximum amount of $1,000 per fiscal year. For more information call the Human Resources department at 978-929-6613. Sundays through October 31st, 10:00-1:00 on Pearl Street in West Acton Local farmers and vendors offer fresh vegetables and fruits, wines, honey, eggs, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, baked treats, bagels and more. Contact Jennifer Taylor at 978-877-1657 or [email protected]

Theatre III presents a dress rehearsal of Jekyll and Hyde, Wednesday, September 14th, admission is free. Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton. Visit or 978-486-9524 for information.

Bach's Lunch Concert - Thursday, September 15th, 11:00 and 1:30, Free admission. 10

9:00-9:50 Easy Does It DVD 10:15-10:45 Balance Class 11:00-12:00 Continuing Tai Chi 12:30-2:15 Movie


9:30-10:20 Easy Does It DVD 10:00-11:30 Computer Club 10:30-11:00 Arthritis DVD 11:45 LifeCare Luncheon 12:30-2:30 Movie 1:00-4:30 Poker 9:30-10:20 Easy Does It DVD 10:30-11:00 Arthritis DVD 1:00-2:30 Genealogy




9:00-9:20 One Mile Walk DVD 9:30-9:55 Fit & Strong DVD 11:00-12:00 Beginner Tai Chi 12:30-3:00 Board & Tile Games 1:00 Exercise Registration


8:45-9:30 Stretch DVD 9:00-10:30 Drop-in Watercolor 9:45-11:45 Quilt /Sewing 12:30 Knit/Crochet 1:00 Class/Program Registration 1:30-3:00 Computer Club 2:30-4:30 Drop-in Bridge

7 8:45 Walking Group at NARA

9:00-9:50 Easy Does It DVD 9:00-10:30 Word Documents 10:30-11:00 Balance Class 11:00-11:30 Balance Class 11:00-12:00 Continuing Tai Chi 2:45-4:15 Yoga Begins



8:30-9:30 Stretch/Flex Begins 9:30-11:00 Drop-in One Stroke 10:00-12:00 Drop-in Bridge 12:30-1:15 Walking Group at COA 1:30 Friend's of COA Meeting 1:30-3:30 SHINE 3:45 COA Board Meeting



8:20-11:00 Podiatry 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex Begins 9:30-11:30 Wellness Clinic/BP 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone Begins 11:00-12:00 Beginner Tai Chi 12:30-1:30 Meet Otis! 12:30-3:00 Board & Tile Games

8:45 Walking Group at NARA 9:00-10:30 Watercolor w/Cynthia 9:45-11:45 Quilt /Sewing 11:45 Birthday/Home Cooked Lunch 12:30 Knit/Crochet 1:00-3:00 Drop-in Pool 1:30 Red Sox Game on TV 2:30-4:30 Drop-in Bridge 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 8:45 Walking Group at NARA 9:00-10:30 Watercolor w/Cynthia 9:45-11:45 Quilt /Sewing 11:15-11:45 Eating Discussion 12:30 Knit/Crochet 1:00-3:00 Drop-in Pool 1:30-3:00 Computer Club 2:30-4:30 Drop-in Bridge 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 8:45 Walking Group at NARA 9:00-10:30 Watercolor w/Cynthia 9:45-11:45 Quilt /Sewing 12:30-2:30 Understanding your Grandchildren 12:30 Knit/Crochet 2:30-4:30 Drop-in Bridge

14 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex Begins 15 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex

9:00-10:30 Word Documents 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone 10:30-11:00 Balance Class 11:00-11:30 Balance Class 11:00-12:00 Continuing Tai Chi 1:00-2:00 Religions of the East 2:45-4:15 Yoga

8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 9:00 Monthly Breakfast 9:30-10:00 Hearing Talk 10:00-11:00 Zumba Begins 10:00-11:30 Computer Club 12:30-2:10 Movie 2:30-3:45 Chair Massage


8:30-9:30 Stretch/Flex 9:30-11:00 Art Fundamentals Begins 10:00-12:00 Drop-in Bridge 11:45 Aching Bones Talk & Lunch 12:30-1:15 Walking Group at COA 1:00-2:00 Book Group 1:30-3:30 SHINE 8:30-9:30 Stretch/Flex 9:30-11:00 Art Fundamentals 10:00-12:00 Drop-in Bridge 12:30-1:15 Walking Group at COA 1:30-3:30 SHINE

18 12:00 Rotary BBQ in Boxboro 19


8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone 11:00-12:00 Beginner Tai Chi 11:15-11:45 Flu Chat 11:45 Robbins Brook Luncheon 12:30-3:00 Board & Tile Games


8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone 10:30-11:00 Balance Class 11:00-11:30 Balance Class 11:00-12:00 Continuing Tai Chi 1:00-2:00 Religions of the East 2:45-4:15 Yoga 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 9:00-10:30 Digital Photos 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone 10:30-11:00 Balance Class 11:00-11:30 Balance Class 11:00-12:00 Continuing Tai Chi 1:00-2:00 Lets Laugh! 2:45-4:15 Yoga


8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 10:00-11:00 Zumba 10:00-11:00 Memoir Writing 12:30-2:30 Movie


9:00-11:30 Hazardous Waste Day

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8:30 Newsletter Mailing 8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 9:30 Robert Frost Trip 9:30-11:30 Wellness Clinic/BP 9:45-10:45 Stretch/Tone 11:00-12:00 Beginner Tai Chi 12:30-3:00 Board & Tile Games



8:30-9:30 Cardio Flex 10:00-11:00 Zumba 10:00-11:30 Computer Club 12:30-2:00 Movie


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If you are comfortable with email, please consider getting your newsletter using email rather than through the postal service. For every household using email to receive the newsletter the COA saves about $6.00 a year. For more information or to switch to the email list call Judy at 978929-6652 or email [email protected] Thank you!

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Friday Oct. 14th, Thursday, Oct. 20th and Friday Oct. 28th, 9:00-11:15 Joan McKenzie will lead volunteers to create beaded jewelry to sell at the Friends of the COA Holiday Fair in November, a fundraiser for Senior Center programs. The Acton Council on Aging would like to thank the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs. Funding from the state' formula allocation is utilized in part for staffing and programs. s

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Holiday Fair Beading - Save the Dates

ACTON COA STAFF Sharon Mercurio, Director Judy Peters, Assistant to the Director/Van Dispatcher Chris Chirokas, Program Coordinator Mary Lou Repucci, Staff Assistant Priscilla Cotter, Van Driver Ron Paskavitz, Van Driver Liz Jewell, Health and Wellness Coordinator

ACTON COA BOARD MEMBERS Barbara Tallone, Chair Charlie Aaronson, Vice Chair Stephen Baran Ann Corcoran Pat Ellis

Jim Papachristos Sally Thompson Paul Turner Barbara Willson

Acton COA Board will meet on September 12th @ 3:45 Friends of the Acton COA will meet on September 12th @1:30



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