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6 Takeaways from the COA Meeting

Senior Center welcomes new Outreach Coordinator, coupon books available for fresh vegetables

The Council on Aging held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 18. The meeting started with the roll call of members, followed by a welcome and introductions from Chair Lynn Murphy. Minutes of the June meeting and the Financials were presented and approved. A big thank you was extended to Tracey Skahan and Arthur Costa for their reports.

Report from Director Jan Conole:

Be sure to stop and say hello when you’re at the Livingston St Community Market on Thursday. There will be a table with lots of information about the programs and activities being held at the Center.

Make your reservation for the monthly DJ dance and lunch on Monday, July 31. It’s BBQ time with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Tickets sell out fast, so sign up early at the Senior Center reception desk.

A big welcome to Susan Timmons. Susan will be working with Christina Hess, LCSW and will be coordinating the various support groups that we have at the center. Susan will also work on the Outreach Programs collaborated through AgeSpan and the EMHOT program. Stop by or give her a call if you have any questions about the many programs available.

30 farmer’s market coupon books arrived last week. Books are worth $50 each and can be used at local farms, including Farmer Dave’s here in Tewksbury. Coupons are subject to income eligibility, so if you or anyone you know needs help purchasing fresh vegetables, please contact Susan.

August is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Senior Center is going PURPLE in support. There is a team being formed to walk in the Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness walk which will be held in Andover. Watch for details in the August addition of SENIOR MOMENTS.

The August calendar is getting full with new support group meetings, technology help with tablets or phones, presentations and socials. We’ll keep you posted.

The next CoA meeting will be held Sept. 19.

Remember to sign in! Please make sure you check in at the computer when arriving at the center for ALL activities, events, classes and even volunteering. Signing in gives us the statistics needed for grants and funding. Assistance is available to anyone who needs help. Not a member? Just ask at the reception desk how to become a member of the center and avail yourself of these terrific programs.

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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