Bedford Council on Aging

LOCATION: 12 Mudge Way

Phone: 781-275-6825

Web: bedfordma.gov/council-on-aging

Email: coa@bedfordma.gov

Office hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Announcements

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help serve lunch at the Bedford Café on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. For information, call Kim at 781-221-7054. Meals on Wheels drivers are also needed. To volunteer as a driver, call Diane at 781-221-7093.

Programs

The programs and services offered by the COA are for education and information. The COA encourages people to be informed consumers when considering using a product or service. The Bedford Council on Aging does not recommend any specific service, speaker or product. To allow everyone the same opportunity at programming (especially when seating is limited), sign-ups for events and trips will now begin the first of each month, unless otherwise noted.

Ongoing activities

Bingo: 10 a.m. second Monday of the month. All are welcome for a chance to win token gifts. 

Play Scrabble: 1 p.m. Fridays.

RMV Near Me: 9 a.m. second and fourth Friday of every month. Get RMV services at the COA. Please call ahead for an appointment and to see if the COA offers the service needed.

Rebuilding Our Lives — Through significant life changes including bereavement, divorce and other events: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The group is a network of men and women who are experiencing significant life changes brought about through bereavement, divorce and other life-changing events. Participants are offered support, networking, sponsoring and friendship. The group intends to provide a strong sense of connection, belonging, even humor through the tears. Information and resources are also available. Mara Briere, the new facilitator, holds a master’s degree in family life education as well as numerous other credentials and is the founder of a nonprofit organization in Bedford called “Grow a Strong Family,” which supports families uprooted by mental illness. Briere and her therapy dog, Max, regularly visit the COA on Thursdays at 11 a.m. This is a group where “what is said here, stays here.”

Science & Tech Club: 10 a.m. first and third Monday of each month. 

Single Again: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Please join us for an informal discussion group.

Songfest: 10:30 Wednesdays. All are welcome to join this group.

Pickleball: Go to this website for latest updates. Click on MA for state and the list is alphabetical by town at usapa.org/places-to-play-pickleball.

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker: 1 p.m. Mondays.

Veterans Services: The Lexington/Bedford Veterans Services Department provides information regarding federal, state and local resources and benefits for Veterans. Please call Gina Rada, district director of Veterans Services at 781-698-4848.

Nom de Plume Writers Group: 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Do an exercise, share work and get feedback. New members welcome.

Computer Drop-In Help: 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Computer Club volunteers will help with questions about any aspect of computer or other electronic device usage.

Get Answers by Email: Todd Crowley answers computer questions of Bedford residents by email. Send questions to asktoddc@yahoo.com.

Drop-In Bridge: 12:30 p.m. Mondays. Stop in to join a game.

Chess: 2 p.m. Thursdays. Hone skills or learn.

Computer Club: A roundtable discussion will be held the first Wednesday of each month. 

Current Events: 1 p.m. Thursdays. This volunteer-lead discussion keeps the topics interesting each week. All are welcome.

Play Duplicate Bridge: 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ahead to put name in for substituting.

Fix It Shop: Open for business on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Genealogy: 10 a.m. second Wednesday of each month. Explore the family tree. 

Handcraft Group: 3 p.m. Thursdays. All are welcome.

Indian Social Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays. The group meets weekly. All are welcome to attend. For information, call Sharif at 508-317-4285.

Learn to Stitch: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Play Mah Jongg: 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. All are welcome. Lessons available.

Medicare Counseling: Minuteman SHINE counselors are available to provide assistance to seniors and individuals with disabilities in understanding their Medicare and MassHealth benefits and other health insurance options. Call the COA for an appointment.

Options Counseling: Noon-2 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. By Minuteman Senior Services. Provides unbiased information about long-term care services and resources.

Take a Hike: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. The group will explore the conservation trails in Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Waltham, Belmont and Lincoln. The walks will take two hours and will cover four to five miles. The group will meet at the trail head or carpool from the Bedford COA. The walks will be lead by Susan Grieb, who is a longtime Appalachian Mountain Club trip leader. Sign up with the Bedford COA or directly with Grieb at slgrieb@comcast.net.

Bedford Trails Committee Walks: The Bedford Trails Committee conducts free monthly trail walks in Bedford the first Saturday of each month. Trail walks vary monthly, from strolls on flat ground to hikes with hills, and are typically two hours or less. Most permit well-socialized children and dogs on leash. The group meets at the parking lot behind the library at 9:45 a.m. and leaves 10:10 a.m. from the trailhead. For information, visit groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails. 

Mexican Train Dominoes: Join in at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

QiGong: 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Join Joanne Shaughnessy for a free course. She will lead the group in Shibashi QiGong. This type of exercise can be done seated or standing. It combines slow, deep breathing with repetitions of slow, gentle movements. It is performed along with relaxing music as participants combine body, mind and breath. For information, call the COA. (If Shaughnessy isn’t available to lead, there will be a video played to continue this class in her absence.)

Cycling for Seniors: 10 a.m. Mondays. To be put on the list to be notified of rides and scheduling, email Jack Donohue at jmdonohue@alum.mit.edu. Rides are 15 to 20 miles long, depending on the preference of the riders. Riders should be able to maintain an average pace (including hills) of at least 10 mph, and have a multi-speed bike in good condition. The group may spend some time on busy roads, so riders should be comfortable riding with traffic. After the ride, have coffee and snacks at the COA.

Cribbage: 9 a.m. Mondays. Like to play? Want to learn? Join a game over coffee.

Sit ‘n Stich: 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. All types of handworkers welcome. Knitting, needlepoint, quilting, embroidery, needle-weaving and crocheting.

Wood Carving with Jane Layton: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $15 per class. Call the COA to register.

Muscle Care with Wayne Durante, LMT: 9 a.m. Thursdays. $10 for 10 minutes. Call the COA for an appointment at 781-275-6825.

Beginner Scottish Dancing: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Scottish country dancing, a form of folk and formal dancing similar to square and contra dancing, is taught in Scotland and around the world. Heather Day, certified SCD teacher, will teach a modified form, less strenuous but providing physical and mental exercise. Wear comfortable clothing (kilt optional) and flat, soft-soled shoes. The class is free, or people can just come to watch. Participants should be able to walk at a normal pace and follow directions.

Tech Support with Kai: 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Have questions or need help with your phone, internet, IPad or computer? Kai Holland will be at the COA to assist any senior having issues or questions with technology.

OsteoFitness: 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Beverley J. Ikier, senior fitness specialist and educator, teaches her evidence-based strengthening program to build bone in osteoporotic sites, including the spine, hips, femoral neck and forearm. The class involves movement to address stiffness, low/no-impact cardio warmup, balance and coordination drills reducing falls and fractures, posture and stretching for flexibility/injury prevention. The class teaches the latest osteoporosis information and provides handouts detailing natural, food sources of daily calcium and vitamin D. Personal bone density reports are collected and participants will be instructed on home strengthening. Ikier includes holistic disciplines for the immune system and promotes stress management for relaxation. Regular lectures and calcium cafés are included, as well as new member orientation. Cost: $200 per 20-class session. Mid-session or either Tuesday or Friday, $110. No makeups will be offered at other locations. Visit the COA or call to register at 781-275-6825.

Medicare Counseling: Minuteman SHINE counselors are available to provide assistance to seniors and individuals with disabilities in understanding their Medicare and MassHealth benefits and other health insurance options. Call the COA for an appointment.

Options Counseling: Noon-2 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. By Minuteman Senior Services. Provides unbiased information about long-term care services and resources.

Trips with the COA

July 24: Cruising The Charles River Tour. Cost $89 per person.

Aug. 14: North Shore Music Theatre to present “Jersey Boys” tour. Cost $119 per person.

Oct. 16: New Hampshire Turkey Train Tour. Cost $89 per person.

Fitness Classes

Morning Exercise Classes: Classes at 9 a.m. on Mondays are taught by Rita Khoury. This class includes an hour of aerobics and weights. Bedford local Sharon Cummings teaches at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays. Wednesday’s class is a combination of aerobic exercise, strengthening, stretching and balance work. Friday classes are a more-intense “Senior Boot Camp” with cardio and strength training. Classes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays are taught by Rita Khoury. Classes at 10 a.m. Thursdays are taught by Madeline Shaw-Moran. These classes focus more on joint strengthening, stretching and balance. These classes are the COA's lowest-impact morning exercise.

-- Five classes per week for $55 per month — $2.50 per class.

-- Three classes per week for $50 per month — $3.57 per class.

-- Two classes per week for $40 per month — $5 per class.

Drop-in rate for the classes is $6 per day.

Wellness Classes

Cost is $45 per five-week session. If cost prohibits participation, ask about financial assistance for subsidized exercise classes and available transportation options. See COA Director Alison Cservenschi for information. The drop-in rate for the classes is $11 per day.

Chair Exercise: 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Working from the safety and comfort of either a chair or exercise ball, this class uses multiple strength-training moves to develop range of motion, flexibility, endurance and balance. Weights, straps and bands will be used. Class members will work their core, arms and legs. Sign up at the front desk.

Zumba Gold: 4 p.m. Tuesdays with Vera. A modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves at a lower intensity. The design of the class introduces Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. The class is free, sponsored by the Bedford COA.

Chair Yoga: 9:30 a.m. Mondays with Laraine, 10 a.m. Fridays with Helen. A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair or standing using a chair for support. Includes 30 minutes of meditation at the end.

Floor Yoga: This form of yoga is practiced using a mat on the floor. This class is a way to build strength and flexibility while learning yoga techniques for breathing and meditation. The class uses postures and movements on all fours, seated, standing and lying down. The instructor will help modify the postures with props and modifications so that people's bodies and joints are comfortable and at ease. This is a multi-level class. Class always ends with a deep relaxation and meditation. Classes are Mondays at 11:15 a.m. with Laraine and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. with Helen.

Tai chi: Tai chi is a mind-body exercise from China and has its roots in martial arts. Because of its soft, gentle movements and deep breathing, it is sometimes called “moving meditation." Classes are Thursdays at 1 p.m., taught by instructors from the Oriental Healing Arts Association.