January Activities: Bedford Council on Aging

Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging

Entrance to the Council on Aging at the back of Bedford's Town Center - Image (c) Town of Bedford
Entrance to the Council on Aging at the back of Bedford’s Town Center – Image (c) Town of Bedford

Bedford’s Senior Center offers interesting activities each month:

Fridays, beginning January 3 at 10:30 AM
Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Seminar
Back by popular demand, Stephen Collins will be offering another 6-week poetry seminar beginning Friday January 3 at 10:30 AM. Edna (1892-1950) infused new life into poetic forms, bringing hope to a generation of youth disillusioned by the political and social upheaval of the first World War. She was considered a spokesperson for her personal freedom in America, particularly for women. She enjoyed a Bohemian lifestyle. Her poems deal with romantic love, loss, betrayal and patriotism. Please read the poem “Renascence” before the first class (copies are available at the Bedford Council on Aging). A great biography is Nancy Milford’s “Savage Beauty”. The cost of this class is $50 for 6-weeks or $10 per class (payable directly to Stephen Collins).

Thursday January 9 at 9:00 AM
January is National Oatmeal Month
In January of each year, after the holiday season has passed, and as low temperatures set in across the country our country, recognizes oatmeal for its nutritional value in what is known as National Oatmeal Month. Join us on Thursday, January 9th at 9:00 AM to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with all your favorite toppings! Improve dietary health through the consumption of oatmeal and see what other health benefits oatmeal can contribute in your life! Please call the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 to sign up as space is limited.

Wednesday January 15 at 1:00 PM
Real Estate and Housing Options for Seniors with Attorney Dale Tamburro
This talk will cover property law for elders while including property options if one chooses to go into an assisted living facility or nursing home. He will also address reverse mortgages, homesteads, downsizing, trusts for property, along with many other topics in addition to general real estate law. Dale will also be offering three 45-minute individual consultations that day beginning at 9:00 AM. Please call the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 to register for the seminar or to make an individual appointment.

Tuesday January 21 at 1:00 PM
Get the Most from Your Yearly Physical
What questions do we ask and when? What does Blood pressure really mean? Why do I take so many medications? With all of these things in mind how do we address the needs of the healthcare recipient? This program will review all of things we may take for granted in terms of going to the doctor. Join Michelle Caron from Greater Medford VNA at the Bedford Council on Aging on Tuesday January 21 at 10:00 AM to discuss all that is needed to successfully feel like you have gotten the most out of your visit with your doctor.

Wednesday January 22 at 1:30 PM
Music by Ken Pruyn
Come to the Bedford Council on Aging to join Ken Pruyn on Wednesday January 22 at 1:30 (Snow date will be January 29) for an afternoon of entertainment. Ken will play some winter songs on his guitar as well as some old favorites! So come on in out of the cold and enjoy some music with your friends!

Thursday January 23 at 11:00 AM
Who Killed Martin Luther King?
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join us on Thursday January 23 at the Bedford Council on Aging at 11:00 AM to take a look back to 1968, the year he was assassinated. This film, which includes archival footage and interviews with convicted killer James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King III and former police officers, explores lingering conspiracy theories. Discussion to follow the film. Please call (781) 275-6825 for more information.

Tuesday January 28 at 1:00 PM
Library Book Discussion of Any Human Heart
Staff from the Bedford Free Public Library will be leading a discussion at the Bedford COA on Tuesday January 28 at 1:00 PM. William Boyd’s Any Human Heart – “Writing a novel in the form of a personal journal is no easy task, but Boyd pulls it off. Mountstuart’s journals begin in 1923, when he is attending an English public school, and end shortly before his death at 85. His varied, continent-hopping career includes stints as a novelist, country gentleman, secret agent, literature professor, and member of a terrorist cell, and he rubs shoulders with Picasso and James Joyce, just to name a few…Though (like life) not every page is riveting, the book is a remarkable achievement, documenting one man’s passage from the arrogance and optimism of youth to the resignation of old age.” –Mary Ellen Quinn. Please call the Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 for more information.

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