Regular exercise for wellness and independence
August 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Our bodies are meant to move. As we age our bodies lose muscle mass and bone density, a condition known as sarcopenia, which the National Institutes of Health has called “one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.” Regular exercise can slow and reverse this process leading to greater wellness that can help you stay independent and help to prevent diseases and fall risk and even brighten your mood and mental sharpness! Learn more about sarcopenia and the benefits of exercise as we get older and try a few of the exercises for yourself when Terri Zaborowski, the COA’s aerobic and strength training instructor who teaches classes for every fitness level, comes to Bemis Hall Thursday, Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m.. Terri is an AFAA-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and AAAI/ISMA older adult trainer with over 16 years experience in senior fitness. Come in comfortable clothing.
Adapt your home for disabilities
August 14 at 10 a.m.
The Home Modification Loan Program, administered in Lincoln by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), provides loans of up to $30,000 to elders and adults with disabilities and families with children with disabilities to make disability-related modifications to their homes. In many cases, the loan only needs to be repaid when the property is sold or transferred. You can have an income of up to $144,800 for a one-person household with higher maximums for larger households and still qualify. Landlords may get loans to modify units for renters with disabilities. Find out more about this program when Susan DiClemente Aaron of SMOC comes to Bemis Hall on Monday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Pam Gallup of the Lincoln Housing Commission will also be on hand to discuss the town’s new Affordable Accessory Apartment program.
Free elder law clinic
August 14 at 3 p.m.
Got a question about issues such as estate planning, MassHealth, protecting assets for a loved one with a serious disability, guardianship, conservatorship, or probate? The COA is pleased to provide a monthly legal clinic with elder law attorney and Lincoln resident Sasha Golden on Monday, Aug. 14 from 3–4 p.m. There is no charge for the 30-minute consultation, but please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
Luncheon for veterans and spouses
August 16 at noon
Veterans, spouses, and partners are invited to a special lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at noon at Bemis Hall featuring Hebrew National all beef hot dogs and turkey dogs (all available with classic condiments and toppings), coleslaw, and vegetarian beans. Widows and widowers of veterans are most welcome to join us. The COA is hoping to create a dynamic veterans community here in Lincoln and would love to see everyone at the luncheon. Sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 by August 9.
Bees, butterflies and flowers with Tom Gumbart
August 16 at 2 p.m.
Join Lincoln Conservation Director Tom Gumbart on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. for a short walk at the Muster Field conservation land. This will be to view summer wildflowers and the abundance of pollinator species, such as bees and butterflies, that use these flowers. You will also visit the new boardwalk that is located nearby at the Lincoln School. Park and meet in the field at the intersection of Sandy Pond Road and Baker Bridge Road. The field is on the south side of the road and there will be signs for where to enter the field. This will be in the full sun so please bring hats, water, and sunscreen.
Brush up on CPR and auto defibrillators to save family and friends
August 23 at 10 a.m.
Knowing CPR and how to use an automatic defibrillator (AED) can help you save a life. Come to Bemis Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. for a brush-up or an introduction to CPR and use of a defibrillator given by the Fire Department. This free workshop will not lead to certification, but it will give you the basics of what to do if you are with someone who has a medical crisis for which CPR or a defibrillator are appropriate. Call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up. All ages are welcome (maximum of 20).
Charles Reid, painter: a film and discussion with Jane Cooper
August 28 at 10 a.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. to see a film by acclaimed watercolorist and teacher Charles Reid, The Figure in Watercolor. The film shows you step by step how to use watercolors to depict the human figure in a way that is expressive of what you are trying to convey. Lincoln COA’s watercolor instructor Jane Cooper will then lead a discussion and give her own insights into the art of watercolor painting. This program will be of interest whether you are an accomplished painter, a beginner, or just thinking of getting started!
Save the date:
Greatest artworks of the 20th century
In this five-week free course co-sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the COA, the genius behind various 20th-century artworks and artists from Picasso to Pollack and beyond will be revealed and the group will discuss their own thoughts and reactions to each piece. The course will be from 3–4:30 p.m. at the library on Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, and October 7, 21, and 28. It is open to all adults. Please sign up by calling the library at 781-259-8465.
World hand drumming for fun and well being
Hand drumming is a fun and unique way to spend enjoyable time with others, improve musical skills for playing any instrument, and de-stress, relax, and feel more positive. Learn this special art with acclaimed drummer Mike Connors from the Concord Conservatory of Music on six Tuesday mornings at 9:30 beginning September 19 at a cost of $78. Sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
If you are interested in writing your memoirs or just curious about what goes on in the group, please come to the first meeting of the Memoir Group on Wednesday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and find out what they do. If you like what you hear and you want to continue, the cost of the eight-session term is $75. The dates for the term are Sept. 6 and 20; Oct. 4 and 18; Nov. 1, 15, and 29; and Dec. 13. If you want more information, contact Connie Lewis at 781-259-9415 or email@example.com.
Fall tai chi classes
The COA’s fall tai chi session will begin September 11 and finish the week of December 11. Beginners may sign up now for Mondays from 2:15–3:15, Wednesdays from 1–2 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:15–10:15 by calling the COA at 781-259-8811. The cost is $60 for one hour a week, $80 for two hours a week, and $100 for four hours a week. Continuing students do not need to sign up. For info, contact Jane Moss at 781-259-9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.