Director: Amy Loveless, LICSW
Principal Clerk: Patricia Kozik
Van Driver: Janine Parker
50 Brown Street
Maynard, MA 01754
(Maynard Golf Course building)
Office Phone: 978-897-1009
Van Line: 978-844-6809 (CrossTown Connect Dispatch)
Hours: 9am – 1pm (9am-3pm starting in September)
Van operating hours – 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (van details)
It is the mission of the Maynard Council on Aging to promote and support healthy aging for the town’s senior citizens. We will seek to assist seniors maintain dignity, independence and physical and psycho-social well-being through programs and services designed for them and their care givers.
COA Van Trips
News and Updates
AARP Smart Driver Program – Sep 30th
Cars have changed! So have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we drive on every day. Be a smart driver and brush up on your driving skills to stay safe! This is a great opportunity to better understand the updated technologies in new vehicles and strategies to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing, response time and much more. No written exam – no driving test. The course is part instructor, part video and covers a wide range of information focusing specifically on the aging process and how it affects our driving.
AARP offers a 4 hour classroom refresher course with a certificate of completion which may qualify you for an insurance discount. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 30th from 10am to 3pm. The cost is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non members (cash or check made out to AARP). Limited to 16. Lunch will be provided. The instructor is Helen Easton who you may remember as a co-facilitator for the Healthy Eating for Successful Living program.
Please sign up! Call the COA at 978-897-1009.
Bridges: Growing Together
The Maynard Council on Aging will be partnering with the Fowler School for an intergenerational program, Bridges: Growing Together, which brings together older adults and students of the 4th grade for shared experiences and collaborative learning.
In Bridges: Growing Together, participants explore different aspects of their own life stories along with those of their families and the greater community through interactive discussions and projects. Children are invited to take a lead in discussions about family histories, cultural touchstones, and growing older. Session titles include “Schools Then and Now,” “Ethnicities, Heirlooms and Traditions,” “Learning from Each Other,” and “Introduction to The Multiple Intelligence ‘Smarts’ Theory,” among others.
Through participation in Bridges Together programs, friendships across generations are cultivated. Families and communities are strengthened. Older adults are able to share, reflect, engage and learn. Children discover that seniors are valuable, interesting, knowledgeable and fun. Fond memories are imprinted on young hearts and minds leading to life-long personal and professional commitments to elders.
In each Bridges Together program, pairs of older adults collaborate with small groups of approximately five children,usually with three or four such groups in a classroom.
Volunteers (older adults) are needed for this program. You will be trained by the Bridges Intergenerational Leadership Team of Volunteer Coordinator (Amy Loveless) and Norma Hill, senior volunteer (ambassador) who will have both been trained by Bridges Together staff.
If you are interested in becoming volunteer and participating in the Bridges: Growing Together program at the Fowler School this fall, please contact Amy Loveless, Director of Maynard Council on Aging at 978-897-1009. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
Alzheimer’s Awareness Series
Alzheimer’s Awareness Series presented by Tammy Pozerycki from Pleasantries Adult Day Services. These presentations will help to understand and differentiate what are common cognitive changes within the aging process and what are concerning changes such as the early onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Tuesday, September 8th: Alzheimer’s disease…..The Basics (An educational and informative discussion about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, learn the facts)
Tuesday, October 13th: Concerns about Alzheimer’s (An informative and engaging conversation about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, learn how to manage caregiver stress)
Tuesday, November 10th: Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care™ (Learn community options, resources, and supports that can Create A Better Day™ for both the individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and the Caregiver)
All programs will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Maynard COA & Senior Center.
In 2008, Tammy Pozerycki created Pleasantries Adult Day Services, LLC in Marlborough, MA. Pleasantries is a successful home-based social model adult day program specializing in memory care for guests in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Tammy is personally familiar with Alzheimer’s as her maternal grandmother lived with the disease for years. It was a firsthand experience on how this affected her family members. Her passion to work with older adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their families is a lifelong commitment
Effective Discharge Planning – Sep 15th
Returning home from the hospital can be confusing, especially when you have to manage instructions from the hospital and doctors, arrange for nursing visits and other care and deal with insurance companies. A good discharge pan with adequate instructions and support can mean the difference between a smooth transition and a readmission to the hospital. Find out what you need to know to be prepared in advance for you own return or that of a loved one.
On Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. Pamela Connolly of HOME INSTEAD Senior Care will discuss what a good discharge plan should include and tips for working with the hospital both before and after the return. Bring your questions and concerns. Refreshments will be provided.
Health Care 2.0 – Building Your Medical Team – Sep 17th
On Thursday, Sep 17th at 1pm, Life Care Center of Acton will present: Health Care 2.0 – Building Your Medical Team. Ann Rosas, of Life Care Center of Acton, will present.
Start with your Primary Care Physician and build a medical team that works for you and your health needs. We’ll also talk about strategies for getting the most out of your office visits and how to keep track of all your health information.
Starting Your Genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition – Sep 17
Learn search tips and techniques to view the incredible collection of content available on the web’s best resource for genealogy. This e-resource is always available free at the library!
The program will be held on Thursday, September 17th @ 3pm in the Roosevelt Room of the Maynard Public Library. Please register at the library’s Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103.
(While not mandatory, please bring a laptop to follow along if possible.)
File of Life & Dispatch Update – Sep 24
On Thursday, September 24 at 1:00pm Sean Kiley of the Maynard Fire Dept. and Anne Camero from the Maynard Police Department will provide updates and information about the File of Life program and the new Joint Dispatch system used for emergencies here in Maynard.
The File of Life program is meant to provide quick and easy access to your basic medical information. It is a red magnetic plastic folder that can be easily kept on the refrigerator for speedy access in the event of an emergency. The file contains important personal information regarding your health and emergency contacts in the event that you are unable to give the information. The File of Life is also available in a smaller, non magnetic size that can be carried in a purse or wallet when you are away from home.
A Virtual Dementia Experience – Sep 23
Join this monthly educational series with David Currier, Life Care’s dementia specialist on Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This workshop was especially designed to let participants experience firsthand how dementia affects perception and creates challenges for individuals and their caregivers. A lively discussion will follow the demonstration and attendees will learn about ways caregivers can change their approach to make things easier when interacting with loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The workshop will be held at Life Care Center of Acton, 1 Great Road, Acton 978-263-9101
Coming on Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Habilitation Tips: This workshop will offer suggestions on how to make caring for someone with dementia less stressful.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is a proven, award-winning fall prevention program designed for adults. This program focuses on useful strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to:
- View falls as controllable
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Make changes to lessen the risk of falls at home
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
Who should attend? Anyone who…
- is concerned about falls
- has fallen in the past
- is interested in improving balance, strength and flexibility
Dates: October 21 through December 9. Limited to 18 participants.
Call the COA to sign up.
Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program
The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard. Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.
This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.
Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.
Longhorn Dinner Trips
Time to get out, socialize, enjoy a carefree ride and an affordable and air-conditioned meal with your friends and neighbors. The Maynard COA will be offering a dinner trip to the Longhorn Steakhouse on September 2 and again on September 9.
Seating on the COA Van is limited so please reserve your seat today.
Pick-ups begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. and typical return time is approx. 7:00 p.m.
Click here for dinner trip policies and reservation information
- $5.00 van transportation fee (cash only) is required when getting on the van.
- Meal cost (remember there a 6.25% meal tax) is per individual choice and will include an appropriate portion of the tip (20%) Assistance will be provided calculating and this also must be in cash.
- Signing up is a “first come, first served” policy due to limited number of seats available. An additional trip may be scheduled depending on demand. The day of the week trips are scheduled will periodically change. Trips are advertised in the Action Unlimited, the town website under Council on Aging and flyers will be available on the van. A reminder call will be made day before the trip.
- Participants are expected to respond respectfully and appropriately towards wait staff managing our large party, our van driver (usually this is Janine) facilitating and others on the trip.
- If you have any questions please contact Amy Loveless at the Council on Aging 978-897-1009.
For reservations call:
We look forward to seeing you on the trip.
Maynard / Sudbury Senior Center Trips
The Maynard Council on Aging is pleased to announce we will be partnering with the Sudbury Senior Center on their trips. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful trips they offer and help gather the numbers required to guarantee the adventure will begin! The flyers/brochures for trips will be available at the Maynard Senior Center. As well you may access the Sudbury Council on Aging newsletter online. Please call the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055 if you need information about trips and ask for Joanne or Joe, Sudbury’s volunteer trip coordinators.
Workout with Wilma!
Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
More Wilma! There are now 10am classes too!
Wilma’s classes include exercise with balls, weights and bands, standing or sitting for total body conditioning increase strength, range of movement, flexibility, balance and coordination
Format for this class allows you to participate at your own pace & ability.
Call the Council on Aging to sign up at 978-897-1009.
Yoga – Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.
Yoga provides an opportunity to decrease stress and can lessen chronic pain while improving your overall health and wellbeing with increased strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness. Breathe your way into a positive outlook on life.
Yoga – Thursdays at 11am
New Yoga class starting Thursday, May 28 11:00 a.m. Taught by Lisa Heffley. She will bring her background of multidimensional healing modalities for gentle guidance sprinkled with a sense of humor!
Zumba Gold – Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba Gold makes exercise fun! Strengthen your heart, improve your balance, posture and range of motion while moving to the steps of the cha-cha, salsa and merengue.
More Zumba! – Wednesdays at 9:30am
Due to popular demand a second Zumba Gold class has been added on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms while moving to the dance styles of merengue, cha-cha and salsa. Go at your own pace and you’re sure to find a smile on your face!
Bridge and Cribbage Groups
Bridge and Cribbage groups are forming. Call the Council on Aging for more details & to sign up.
The Walking Club starts on Tuesday, September 15th at 10am for a scenic walk around Maynard. Call the Council on Aging for more details & to sign up
A newsletter for Maynard’s Senior Citizens
Rep. Hogan Senior News
The Council on Aging Board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at the Maynard Council on Aging & Senior Center. These are open meetings – come one and come all! It’s a great opportunity to hear what’s currently happening at the Senior Center and what’s on the horizon. The purpose of the COA Board is to support the services of the Council on Aging through various means of determining the needs of the seniors in the community at large. The greater the attendance at these meetings increases the opportunity for better programs and activities.
- Next Council Meeting (Our Annual Meeting): Oct 1, 10:30am, Senior Center (Brown Street) [Agenda]