Senior Spotlight: December 1, 2017

To sign up for any of these Council on Aging events, to reserve a seat on the COA van, or for more information, please call 978-456-4120. Unless otherwise noted, signup and payment in advance are necessary.

Beat the holiday blues!

If you’re alone or have a hard time during the holiday season, there are several strategies to cope with the blues at this time of year:

  • Don’t isolate yourself
  • Volunteer your time
  • Try to avoid alcohol
  • Watch your finances
  • Don’t deny or hide feelings of sadness

Join the COA Tuesday, Dec. 5, to learn about other strategies from Ann Mazola, RN, from Home Instead.

Let’s go to the movies

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, see a feature-length PG-13 film starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, and Jenny Slate. The movie is about a single man struggling to raise a child prodigy.

Healthy eating and hydration

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 12:30 p.m. Denise Mercury, a registered dietician from Minuteman Senior Services, will speak on the importance of good nutrition and good hydration, especially around the holiday season.

Girl Scout tea

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p..m. at St. Theresa’s Church, Harvard Girl Scouts will host their annual holiday tea for seniors.

Holiday dinner

Join the COA for a chicken and penne pasta dinner to celebrate the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 14, at noon at St. Theresa’s Church. Besides lunch, Debbie and Bob will lead a singalong of favorite holiday tunes. There is no charge, but donations will allow the COA to continue to offer these special meals. The event is limited to 70 people; sign up by Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Create your own book of family memories

Join the COA on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. to learn how to produce an affordable hard-cover book with your written memories and treasured photos. Facilitator Michelle Page will offer expert help.

Winter at Tower Hill

See the spectacular display of lights throughout eight acres of gardens and trees at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston Wednesday, Dec. 20. The van will leave HIldreth House at 4:30 p.m. and will return by 8:30 p.m. The fee is $15; sign up and pay by Dec. 8. Food is available at Tower Hill at additional cost.

Memoir-writing group starts in January

In January, the COA will start a memoir-writing group that will meet weekly at Hildreth House. Participants will decide on the most convenient day and time. Facilitators will be Harvard Press writers Carlene Phillips and Connie Larrabee. The group will be limited to eight participants.

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