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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: September 27, 2021

What's Happening at the Senior Center?

Holiday Blanket and Gift Card Drive

A blanket may seem like a simple gift- but think how much warmth and comfort your favorite blanket provides for you when you are cold or lonely. Let's share that cozy feeling with our Shrewsbury seniors. Donate a blanket! All blankets must be new with tags or original packaging. The Shrewsbury Council on Aging is also seeking grocery gift card donations in $10-25 increments. Each blanket and gift card will be delivered to a Shrewsbury senior/Community Member during the week of December 15, 2021 through the Shrewsbury COA transportation service. Donations accepted now through December 3, 2021. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Shrewsbury Senior Center at 98 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. 

Blanket Gift Card Drive

October Halloween BINGO

Ready to scream BINGO? Join the Friends of Shrewsbury Senior Center for a scary good time on Tuesday October 26 from 1PM to 2:30PM. Wear your best costume for a prize!

HALLOWEEN BINGO

Veteran's Day Grab and Go Lunch

Sponsored by the Shrewsbury COA and Veteran's Services and supported by Chief Joseph and Representative Hannah Kane on Wednesday, November 10th, pick up a FREE grab and go meal for yourself and one guest. Lunch includes 1/2 roast chicken, whipped potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce and a cookie from Napoli's Italian Deli. Meal pick up is between 1PM and 2PM at the Senior Center. Please call the Center at 508-841-8640 by November 3rd to reserve your meal. Proof of Veteran status is required (VA ID card or copy of DD214).

VETERANS LUNCHEON

Leading the Way Walking Club

Join the Shrewsbury COA Walking Club on Tuesday mornings from 9AM to 10AM. Water and snacks are provided. 

WALKING CLUB

Savvy Caregiver Group

This training series is for family and friends who are active caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Connect with other caregivers in a supportive environment and learn how to devise strategies for managing the care of your loved one as their cognitive abilities change.

Savvy Caregiver will help you:

  • Understand the impact of dementia on you and your loved one
  • Learn to manage daily life and strategies to help minimize stress
  • Take control and set goals
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Strengthen family resources
  • Achieve better balance between caregiving and your own self-care

Class materials are provided. Caregiving of our loved ones can bring enormous rewards as well as great demands and challenges. The daily caring of a person's increasing needs means that caregivers often ignore taking care of their own needs. Call Renee for more information and to register at 508-841-8647.

Minimum number or 8 participants required to start the program. Masks are required and safe social distancing measures will be maintained. 

SAVVY CAREGIVER

NEW Grief & Loss Support Programs

Are you having difficulty coping or managing your grief and loss of a loved one, pet, or other losses that leave you with unresolved grief? If you would like to meet and be able to talk openly with others who understand, this is a safe, confidential space where feelings are able to be shared and respectful conversation takes place.

Grief and loss support groups are intended to offer sharing and support for individuals dealing with various types of loss, such death of a loved one; death of a pet; loss of functions from illness or disability; loss of friends; loss of a home; loss of roles: empty nest, relationships, job, or retirement, among others.

Two groups, each will be 12 sessions.

Group (A) is for those who have participated in a Grief & Loss Support Group and wish to have continued support. 

Starting October 12 - March 22 (Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month)

October: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

November forward: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Group (B) is for those who are newly grieving, dealing with unresolved grief, or have not participated in a Grief & Loss Support Group. 

Starting October 7 - March 17 (Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month)

1:30 pm – 3 pm

COVID requirements for participants: Masks are required and safe social distancing measures will be maintained. 

Call Renee for more information and to register at 508-841-8647. The Shrewsbury Council on Aging is providing support groups for members of the Shrewsbury senior community dealing with grief and loss. This is a general psychoeducational support group and is not intended to serve as counseling or psychotherapy. This service is provided free of charge. 

Grief Loss Flyer


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