Senior Snippets, Jan. 13 edition

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    The Hopkinton Senior Center staff continues to be available to seniors and residents during this pandemic. 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.

    Lunch Program
    The Senior Center has 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. Anyone who knows of a senior who might benefit from this program can call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730. The menu is refreshed monthly. Cost is $2 per meal.

    Online Safety and Shopping Rights
    Friday, Jan. 15, 12:30 p.m.
    Anyone who received new technology this year and is concerned about online safety should join Robin Putnam, events and outreach manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, for this presentation. In addition to providing information about the Office of Consumer Affairs, it will cover how to be safe online whether it be on a smart device, social media or online banking, as well as phishing emails and general protection from scams and identity theft. Attendees also will learn about expressed and implied warranties, return policies, defective merchandise, pricing discrepancies, and shopping online, through the mail or via television. Participants should pre-register by calling the Senior Center.

    Books, Books and More Books
    Friday, Jan. 22, 12:30 p.m.
    Seniors are invited to participate in a book club being held virtually (phone, laptop or iPad) to share what they have been reading and to get reading suggestions. Participants should call the Senior Center for the call-in number or Zoom meeting invitation link.

    Creating Your Psychological First-Aid Kit for Surviving Coronavirus
    Friday, Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m. (virtual)
    In the coming months there will be more stay-at-home time because of winter and surging coronavirus. It is more important than ever to be prepared. Psychological first aid is designed to mitigate the effects of stress and anxiety that can be brought on by a coronavirus lockdown. It outlines the steps needed to cope with the stresses brought on by the coronavirus. Henry Quinlan, who visited last January to present “USSR/Russia Myths, Mysteries and Spying,” is back to talk about his insights into how to prepare for the psychological impact of coronavirus. Participants should pre-register by calling the Senior Center.

    Calling all Jigsaw Puzzlers
    Monday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    For those who are tired of the same puzzles and would like a new one, the Senior Center is offering a puzzle pickup day. Participants should pre-register so the center can make sure to have the correct number of puzzles to share. Puzzle donations are welcome.

    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.

    TED Talks
    Mondays, 12:30 p.m.
    In 1984 TED Talks were created to bring technology, entertainment and design information to the curious and open-minded public. These videos cover a wide array of subjects and always lead to lively discussion and conversation. The Outreach Program at the Senior Center will have casual TED Talks group meetings over Zoom for one hour every Monday at 12:30 p.m. The meeting will consist of viewing a video and then discussing it. The program is free. Register by calling the Senior Center at 508-497-9730.

    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.

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