Monthly Activities

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We invite you to join any of our many educational and recreational programs; we offer a variety of services
to provide assistance to older adults in their homes and at the Senior Center.
Please call our Center at 508-394-7606, X 1330 and speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff for further information about any of the services described in our monthly publication.

Tax Assistance Programs (Personal Exemptions)
The Board of Assessors administers tax assistance programs for various eligible
taxpayers. Additional information and the necessary application forms are available on the Assessor’s Office website at, or by calling 508-398-2231, X 1222. Assistance filling out forms is available at Yarmouth Senior Services with our outreach department.
Please contact Outreach. All applications are confidential. Exemptions are granted on an
annual basis.


Yarmouth Energy Committee

Sign up at the Yarmouth Senior Center now!!!!!

Image result for happy birthdayFor those folks who have had a birthday this month, Thirwood Place wishes you a very “Happy Birthday!” Enjoy the beautiful floral bouquet in our library which is delivered monthly to celebrate your birthday all month, compliments of Thirwood Place!!

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ESCCI Resource Page for Elders/Families
Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC). The GAFC Program pays for the cost of personal care and medication administration in group adult foster care or at approved assisted-living communities throughout the state of Massachusetts. This program does not pay for room and board. Personal care includes assistance with the five activities of daily living - bathing, transferring or mobility, toileting, dressing and eating - as well as other important activities, such as
personal hygiene. Elders participating in this program are not eligible for Elder Services.
For more information contact:

Benefits Checkup
Call 508-394-7606 for your appointment today!
Benefits Checkup is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and
advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Benefits Checkup asks a series of questions to help
identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. Here are the types of expenses you may get help with: Medications, Food, Utilities, Legal Costs, Health Care, Housing, In-Services, Taxes, Transportation, Employment Training. You can service yourself using this tool and/or review with us in Outreach at Yarmouth Senior Services by making an appointment or for additional information.

“Buried in Treasures”
Support/ Educational Group for Help with Compulsive
Acquiring, Saving, and Cluttering.
If you are having problems with excessive acquiring,
difficulty throwing items away, or keeping  ossessions
organized, this may be the group for you.
Group will be held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00, starting March 1st until graduation on July 12, 2017.

The “Buried in Treasures” book will be provided for you.
Group will be limited to ten people who are first-time
participants in such a group. Please call the Yarmouth
Senior Center to register for the group @ ext. 1337.


Image result for conversations imagesConversations with Kathi Thursday, April 27th at 1:00 PM

The April topic will be: Housing for Older Persons.
Let’s have some topic-driven discussions to improve our understanding of one another’s
hopes and expectations for today and tomorrow.

Thursday, May 25th at 1:30 PM
The May topic will be: Human Rights
Let’s have some topic-driven discussions to improve our understanding of one another’s hopes
and expectations for today and tomorrow.

Options Counseling for CORD Thursday, April 27th at 1:30 PM

Join us in meeting with Steve Spillane, Options Counselor for CORD. CORD assists people with disabilities to live independently in the community. As an options counselor,
Steve helps seniors and people with disabilities sort out the choices they have with respect to remaining in the community or moving in or out of nursing homes.
Please call 508-394-7606, X 1330 to reserve your seat.

Image result for BOCCE images   BOCCE Group Meeting Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Join us for an annual meet-and-greet at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Everyone interested in signing up for this fun group and assisting in organizing teams for the season is welcome. Bring a friend and make some new friends on the bocce court!
*Season begins in May 2017 * Let’s discuss how many days we’ll play this year * Would you like an evening schedule? * Bring your suggestions for collaboration.
* Shall we have a handicap day of games scheduled? Call 508-394-7606 ext. 1330 to save your seat!

Image result for sandcastle imagesCalling all Artists
The Senior Center is getting another sandcastle this summer. We would like you
to tell us what it should look like. Please submit your sketches and or written ideas to Kathi
Bailey at the Senior Center. The theme for this year is Age-FriendlyYarmouth.
A gift card to an area dining spot will be given to the originator of the sketch or idea that best reflects the spirit of an Age-Friendly community and can be turned
into our “SUMMER 2017 Sandcastle”

walkingWalking Program
Monday at 10:45 AM & Wednesday at 9:00 AM May 1, 2017 — June 26, 2017

Join us for a healthy eight-week, instructor-led walking program. Cholesterol, Glucose, Body Mass Index (BMI,) and Blood Pressure measurements are taken before and after the program to track your progress. Walk at your own pace and have some great conversation with like-minded,
health-oriented seniors! Group led by VNA of Cape Cod and this program is sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please contact Amy at 508-957-7423 to register.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Mondays from May 1- June 12 at 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program: This workshop meets once a week for six weeks at 2 ½ hours per session. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with
problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of
medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) pacing activity and rest, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.
This program is free, facilitated by VNA of Cape Cod and sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department. Call 508-394-7606, X 1330 to register.  

Image result for bicycle riders  ATTENTION BICYCLE RIDERS
“Silver Spokes”
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Is there any interest among seniors to begin a bicycle-riding program in Yarmouth? In the near or distant future, the Cape Cod Rail Trail will be extended into Yarmouth’s Homer Park. An informal get together will be held at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Please feel free to come to this
meeting to learn more about this free program. Call 508-394-7606, X1330 for more information.

Attention Bicycle Riders - “Silver Spokes” 
Thursday, May 18th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Is there any interest among seniors to begin a bicycleriding program in Yarmouth? In the near future, the Cape Cod Rail Trail will be extended into Yarmouth’s Homer Park. Join us for an engaging, informational get together at the Yarmouth Senior Center.
Special guest speakers include: Kathy Williams, Yarmouth Town Planner, who will include an update on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We will also be joined by Ryan Alty, the co-owner of The Bike Zone bicycle shop located at 484 Station Avenue in the Stop & Shop Plaza next to the new paved bicycle trail. Mr. Alty will speak on bicycling opportunities in the Mid Cape Area, proper bicycle type selection, bicycle sizing, safety considerations, basic cycling skills and Power Zone indoor cycling. Power Zone indoor cycling is a program
in which various types of bicycles can be put on a stationary indoor training stand with a resistance roller that
provides varying resistance to match a rider’s fitness level.
The Power Zone indoor cycling program also enhances the user’s experience with large-screen video of numerous scenic cycling rides that match the interests of the user. The program can be an activity in itself or used as a supplement to outdoor cycling. Attendees of Mr. Alty’s presentation will receive a voucher for a free bicycle rental, a free bicycle riding refresher lesson and one Power Zone training session at the Yarmouth Bike Zone location.

taichiTai Chi for Healthy Aging Beginning on May 2nd from 4:15 PM- 5:15 PM
The VNA of Cape Cod is excited to be offering Tai Chi for Healthy Aging at the Yarmouth Senior Center starting May 2 from 4:15 PM -5:15 PM. Tai Chi for Healthy Aging is free to Yarmouth residents and sponsored by the Yarmouth Board of Health Department.
This evidence-based program focuses on preventing falls and improving balance through regular practice of Tai Chi. Participants will learn eight single forms, all of which are derived from the traditional, well known, 24-form Yang Style Tai Chi. The forms are tailored to older adults who wish to improve balance and
mobility, and consequently reduce the risk of falling. Performance of Tai Chi movements is also closely coordinated with natural breathing and stress reduction. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
Please contact Amy at (508) 957-7423.! Three Sessions are offered: Please register for all three or register for one entire session beginning with Session I.
Session I: May 2 - June 9
Tuesdays May 2, 9, 23
Thursday June 1, 29
Tuesdays June 6, 13, 20

heathly eating       

• A proven way to make lifestyle changes that will
improve your health!
• Achieve your eating and exercise goals by
strategizing with your peers age 60+.
• Build new behaviors; step-by-step throughout this
six-week workshop.
• Motivate yourself and others by sharing your
challenges and victories.
• Receive trusted answers to your nutrition questions
from Registered Dietitians.
Bring a friend and make some new friends!
Register now for this free educational, hands-on workshop.
Each participant receives a free 100-page manual filled with
Healthy Eating Tools for Successful Living!
Program Requires Pre-Registration!
Save these dates:
Educational Presentation: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Workshop Schedule: Wednesdays from May 10, 2017 to June 14, 2017
at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop Location: Yarmouth Senior Center Call: 508-394-7606, X 1330 to Pre-register
Workshop is sponsored and facilitated by: Elder Services of Cape Cod & The Islands.
Call: Dot Kingsbury, RD at 508-394-4630 ext. 407 for additional information or to Pre-register.

hearingHEARING CLINIC Monday, May 8th at 1:00 PM
A wonderful free program, sponsored by Mass Audiology. Make your appointment to meet Susanne Capra, Hearing Instrument Specialist. Services provided will include a visual inspection of both ears, a hearing screening, and a cleaning with check-up of existing hearing instruments. Call
ext. 1330 to schedule your appointment.

golfIntro to Golf at Any Age Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Informational presentation covering an introduction to golfing at any age from Bayberry Hills Golf Club. People that participate will receive a coupon for a free bucket of driving range balls at Bayberry Hills Golf Club. The second half hour of the program will include golf stretching and
exercises, presented by Donna Vachon, PTA of PT In Motion.
Program is sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department. Let’s get ready for golf season together! Call 508-394-7606, X1330 to RSVP.

Parkinson's Talk May 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Join us for an informational presentation facilitated by the VNA of Cape Cod, sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department. Join us in welcoming our featured guest speaker from the medical community to learn more about this disease. Call Amy at 508-957-7423 to RSVP

bird carvingBird Carving Group “Open House”
Monday, May 15, 2017 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Join for an Open House, meet the instructor, and view all the great projects in the process by students and view completed works of art. You may decide to stay awhile and
create your own masterpiece. Call 508-394-7606, X1330 to RSVP.

cookingCooking Class with Chef Rich Conti Friday, May 19th at 1:30 PM
Join us for our next cooking class "springtime in Tuscany." Chef Rich will be using some of his Tuscan recipes to prepare some of the Italian springtime favorites. We will have pasta, salad, apps, and other dishes straight from "grandma's kitchen." Class cost is $20 per person
prepaid. Have a great meal, take home all of the recipes, and most important - - have fun. Hope to see you there. Call 508-394-7606 X 1330 for more information.

grillingWeekly Grilling with Chef Rich Conti
Thursdays from 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Summer will here before you know it and with it comes the return of our Thursday Grilling Lunches. Starting on Thursday June 8th, chef Rich will be grilling such favorites as Black Angus burgers, his famous 1/3 pound Vermont hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a specialty sandwich of the day which will be sausage and peppers, pulled pork, or BBQ chicken. We'll be open from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM and as always our prices are less than half of what you would pay at a restaurant! And, you don't have to tip!! Enjoy a delicious lunch, fresh air on our beautiful patio, and great company of new friends!

healthcareWho’s Your Agent?
Part I Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM
This is a public education and engagement program to help adults open the door to health care planning discussions with their families and care providers, and receive person-centered care all through their lives. You can start to make your own health care plan or help a competent loved one create their plan.
Facilitated by VNA of Cape Cod. Please call Meg at 508-957-7737 to RSVP and save your seat for this informational presentation. Program sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department.
Who’s Your Agent?
Part II Thursday, June 1, 2017
This is Part II of the public education engagement program where individual appointments are scheduled one–on-one consultation with a representative from VNA of Cape Cod. Appointments will be scheduled at the Part I presentation on May 26, 2017. This program is sponsored by Yarmouth Board of Health Department.