Senior Snippets, Aug. 19 edition

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    The Hopkinton Senior Center remains closed to the public, but the staff remains available to assist residents. Call (508) 497-9730 if in need of assistance, with questions or just to say hi. For a more extensive listing of programs check Ourseniorcenter.com/find/Hopkinton-council-on-aging or hopkintonseniorcenter.com.

    Medical Equipment
    Durable medical equipment (walkers, bath seats, canes, crutches — but no longer commodes), for Hopkinton residents’ use only, is available to be loaned out free of charge. Wheelchairs, both standard and transport, require a $25 refundable deposit and are limited to two months.

    Lunch Program
    The Senior Center, partially funded by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, is running a limited takeout lunch program (Tuesday-Friday) for Hopkinton seniors, particularly those who are homebound and/or have relied on the center for their daily main meal in the past. While there are limited quantities, anyone who knows of a senior who might benefit from this program can call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730. Cost is $2 per meal.

    Our Time Memory Cafe
    Call for dates (Virtual)
    Our Time Memory Cafe is a welcoming gathering for those experiencing forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment or living with dementia, and their care partner, family and friends. The cafe is a place to socialize, share experiences with others going through similar changes, and form friendships. A care partner must accompany anyone who requires assistance. The program is a joint venture between the Hopkinton Senior Center and Hopkinton Public Library. For more information or to register, call (508) 497-0108 or email info@ourtimememorycafe.org.

    My Life, My Health — Chronic Disease Self-Management
    Teleconference or Zoom from home
    For those living with an ongoing physical or mental health condition, this free six-week workshop will help devise a personalized approach to managing chronic illness symptoms on a daily basis. Participants will learn skills to help with increased energy and physical activity, decreased pain, fatigue, depression and fewer social limitations. The phone session is an abbreviated format, relying on individual self-study with 5-6 people in each session. The Zoom session is an online video chat with 8-21 people, covering subject areas in-depth. Call for more information.

    Books, Books and More Books
    Friday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m. (Zoom)
    One of life’s pleasures is a good book. Another is the time to read it. That’s why on Aug. 21 anyone who has a phone, tablet or laptop can join the Senior Center virtual discussion about their summer reading. Share what you have been reading and get reading suggestions. To join, call the Hopkinton Senior Center to obtain the call-in number or Zoom meeting invitation link.

    Non-Financial Planning for Retirement Post Coronavirus
    Friday, Aug. 28, 12:30 p.m. (Zoom)
    A non-financial retirement plan must incorporate lessons learned from coronavirus experiences. This talk is led by Henry Quinlan, author of an upcoming book, “How to Build Your Emotional Pension — In a Post Coronavirus Era.” Pre-registration is required by calling 508-497-9730.

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