Senior Center – Wellness Programs

 

Fitness Tracker Research Study

Do you want to increase your physical activity using a wearable activity tracker?
You may be eligible for our research study if you:
  • Are 50-75 years old
  • Own a smartphone
  • Have never used an activity tracker

Our study asks you to use the Withings app on your smartphone and to complete 5 online surveys that will be emailed to you over a 6 month period.

Eligible participants will receive a WithingsActivité Pop tracker free of charge.

For more information or to check if you are eligible to enroll, please contact Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM by phone at 617-636-0438 or by email at lisa.gualtieri@tufts.edu

 

Zumba Gold Toning with Rita V. – Mondays at 9:30am

coa-workoutClasses 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 11:30am

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.

 

Watercolor Art Classes – Fridays

sandra-wilensky-watercolorSpaces available! Beginners especially welcome!

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to “brush up” on technique if you’ve painted before or experience the pleasure of trying something you’ve always wanted to do – our class is taught by Sandy Wilensky who has a studio at ArtSpace and taught in Sudbury.

Each week Sandy brings everyday seasonal objects: summer vegetables, cattails & milkweeds, apples and lemons, birch and evergreen branches from which participants create unique portraits.

Come by to try a class or just take a look at the COA gallery!

Classes will be held on Friday between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Supplies will be provided.

Signup is limited so please call Amy at the COA to register (or for more information).

(Watercolor by Sandra Wilensky)

 

Zumba Gold – Fridays at 11:30am

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!

 

 Tai Chi – Mondays at 12:30pm

Experience the benefits of this ancient Chinese exercise regime.  Mondays at 1pm.

Balance is important to help you perform many of your daily activities and prevent falls. In Tai Chi, which is sometimes called “moving meditation,” you work to improve your balance by moving your body slowly, gently, and precisely, while breathing deeply. Other benefits from practicing tai chi include: improvements in bone and heart health, easing of pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, better sleep and improvements in overall wellness.
(from the National Institute on Aging at NIH)

Our Tai Chi class is taught by Judy Welsh.

 

Knitting Classes – Mondays at 9:30am

Join us to learn, teach and enjoy a good “yarn” with a great group of knitters.

 

Bridge and Cribbage Groups

Bridge and Cribbage groups are forming.  Call the Council on Aging for more details & to sign up.

 

Places to Walk

Walking is a great way to maintain and improve your health.. here’s are some great walking resources you can use:

  • http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/resources/walkmaynard
  • http://www.new-england-vacations-guide.com/fall-foliage-hikes-massachusetts.html
  • http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/foliage
  • http://www.massvacation.com/fall
  • http://americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/MAstate.html
  • http://www.massaudubon.org
  • http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/ByState.cfm?state=MA
  • http://thefreedomtrail.org
  • http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/walking-trails.html
  • http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/walking-and-hiking