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9 Takeaways from the September Council on Aging Meeting

A moment to remember Arthur Costa, plus come enjoy breakfast at the Senior Center

Upon opening the meeting, Chair Lynn Murphy asked for a moment of silence and prayers for Arthur Costa and his family. Arthur passed away suddenly in July. He was an active member of the COA Board for many years. Arthur will always be remembered for his generous support and dedication to the senior center and this community.

The chair next welcomed the COA’s newest member. Jeff Dufour was appointed by the Select Board last week and said he is looking forward to becoming an active member of the board.

The calendar printed in the monthly newsletter, Senior Moments, does not list activities for Sundays. But on Page 5 of the October newsletter, under FRIENDS OF THE ELDERLY, you will see information on a breakfast that will be served at the center on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come have a delicious breakfast, a second cup of coffee and chat with friends and neighbors. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and no reservation is needed.

It’s flu season again, and the Senior Center in conjunction with town nurse Ashley Pavlakos, BSN RN, will host a vaccine clinic on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. You can call Ashley for details and to register for an appointment at 978-640-4473.

Be on the lookout for several day trips over the next few months. See the fall foliage in Vermont or Christmas lights at Forest Park. There will be details in the newsletter.

There is still time to join the Alzheimer’s Walk on October 1. Information is online at the Alzheimer’s Association website. To sign up go to 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Northeastern MA – Andover | Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The monthly DJ Dance and Lunch is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. Tickets should be purchased by the Friday before. $8 per person includes lunch and dance.

Tewksbury did receive another round of funding from EMHOT (Elder Mental Health Outreach Team) and will be able to continue work in outreach and mental health areas. Please check the newsletter calendar for workshops and support groups that might interest you. The EMHOT program is funded by the Massachusetts Councils on Aging.

The Board then voted unanimously to change the time of their meetings. COA meetings will now start at 3 p.m. No change of day, still the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

Be sure to check the Carnation’s Community Events page for events and happenings around town. If you would like your noncommercial event listed, reach out to Donna directly or send email to with the subject line “Event Listing.”

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

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