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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Update from the Council on Aging - January 15, 2021

What's Happening at the Shrewsbury Council on Aging?

Upcoming Events

Virtual Zumba Gold for Seniors 

Mondays at 11:15AM

Shrewsbury Parks & Rec has teamed up with The Core Fitness in Northboro to offer Seniors a Zumba fitness offerings. You can purchase a 6 class pass for $24 that can be used on Zumba Gold virtual class. Once you register with us, the Core Connection will create a username enabling you to sign up on online for classes. Zumba Gold is offered on Monday mornings at 11:15am. Let's stay healthy and active this winter!

Parks & Recreation Online Registration

Get Fit with Joe Fish

February 3rd @ 10:00AM and February 19th @ 1:30PM

Enjoy an Exercise Class led by Joe Fish, a certified Group Exercise and Balance Instructor.

The Class consists of:
· Functional Strength Training
· Range of Motion Training
· Aerobic Exercise
· Balance and Falls Prevention Training
· Stretching

This Class is for everyone:
· Go at your own speed.
· All exercises can be done seated or standing.
· All exercises are easily modified to your ability and fitness level.

Call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 or email Christine at for the Zoom meeting information.

Outreach Coordinator Public Forums

February 8th @ 10:00AM and February 22nd @ 2:00PM

Come and join Elisabeth, the Outreach Coordinator, for a public forum regarding the programs and services available through the COA at the Shrewsbury Senior Center. Any and all residents, questions, and ideas are welcome and encouraged. We look forward to connecting "virtually" and speaking with you about the different ways in which the COA can better support you and the other senior residents living within our community.

Virtual meeting link:
Phone number and PIN: +1 413-829-7568 PIN: 286 821 554# 

Wartime Fashion Virtual Presentation

February 16th @ 10:00AM

Have you ever wondered what changes in fashion occurred during WWI and WWII?  Despite wartime shortages and restrictions, men and women managed to dress in style.  How did they accomplish this? Join us to discover what these wartime shortages were and how they were overcome by the determined people of this era.  We will explore the clothing and accessories worn during both of these war periods, focusing on some of the innovative ways in which fashion was followed.

Call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 or email Christine at for the Zoom meeting information.

Golden Age of Hollywood Virtual Presentation

March 16th @ 6:30PM

Fashion on the silver screen during the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s was not only glamorous and influential, but also was enjoyed as an “escape” from the problems of each decade.  In the depression era, folks could attend the movies as a way to forget their current circumstances, while the films served as both escapism and news reporting during the long years of World War II.  Finally, the 1950s movies continued to show elegant fashions that were inspiring to the audiences of that period, but the advent of television caused fashion influence to be split between the silver screen and the smaller TV in America’s homes.  Join us as we travel through these fascinating decades and enjoy a glimpse into the glamour of that golden age.

Call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 or email Christine at for the Zoom meeting information. 


Sponsored Grab and Go Meals

The Shrewsbury Council on Aging is proud to sponsor all Grab and Go Meals from now until April 30th. Grab and Go Meals are available for all Shrewsbury residents, 60 and over. Visit our Grab and Go webpage for menus here: 

To place your order, please call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 by 10AM at least two days prior to your desired meal pick up date and provide your name, street address, date of birth and phone number. COA staff may ask for proof of residency at your first meal pickup. Meal pick up is at the front door (circle drive) of the Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave, Monday through Friday, 11:15AM-11:45AM. 

If you enjoy the Grab and Go Meals we strongly encourage you to sign up for Meals on Wheels. Get the same great food delivered to your home by trusted Shrewsbury volunteers! Find more information on our Meals on Wheels page here:

Call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 with any questions.

Intergenerational Pen Pal Program


Do you want to connect with other generations in town? Do you enjoy learning about other people's lives as well as sharing your own experiences?

Become a part of the Sherwood 6th Grade Pen Pal Program through the COA at the Senior Center! This program connects students with seniors living within the Shrewsbury community through writing and other means of communication. Not only does this program allow seniors and students to build meaningful relationships, but it also allows students to practice important, life-long skills, such as: addressing mail, writing letters in the correct format, and learning to connect with others through their words. All necessary materials (envelopes, paper, writing utensils, and stamps) for letter writing will be provided for Seniors - at no cost - from the COA.

To register or to answer any clarifying questions, please contact Elisabeth Peterleitner, the Outreach Coordinator at the Senior Center. She can be reached via phone directly at (508) 841-8647 or via email at We look forward to hearing from you and helping build more meaningful relationships between our community members.

Commit to Be Fit Walking Club


Commit to Be Fit has officially started but its not too late to get in on the fun! Call the Senior Center to get your free water bottle, pedometer and calendar (delivery is also available!). The program runs until April so there is plenty of time left to get in your steps! Prizes will be available for those who record the most steps and for those who record their steps the most consistently! Check out our website:

Valentine's for Seniors

Send a Valentine!

Call the Senior Center today to send free valentines to your friends and family! All requests should be made by February 9th. Please provide the recipient's name, address, phone number, and any special message you would like to provide.  Valentine will be delivered on February 12th and will include some holiday goodies. Please let us know if your recipient has any dietary restrictions and sugar-free alternatives are available.

Food Pantry at the Shrewsbury Senior Center


The Shrewsbury Council on Aging has created a food sharing pantry for Shrewsbury Seniors at the Shrewsbury Senior Center @ 98 Maple Ave. Frozen Meals, Soups and Desserts are available from Heart to Home Meals in Marlborough. This food pantry is made possible by generous donations. Please call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640 for more information. We will arrange for pick up or delivery and provide you with additional resources.

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