By Sherry Jackson, Associate Director
The Needham Council on Aging, with support from the , is offering a new exercise program geared toward people with arthritis. Participants will work on range-of motion exercises, including flexibility, strengthening exercises, endurance activities, weight-bearing activities, balance and coordination activities, posture and body mechanics training.
The eight-week session will be held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning April 10 and on Thursdays at 2 p.m. beginning April 12. Tuesday classes will be held at the , and Thursday classes will be held at the YMCA on Chestnut Street.
The cost for either eight-week session is $32, or sign up for both sessions for $64. To sign up, call 781-455-7555. Payment is due on the first day of class.
THIS WEEK AND NEXT
These programs are going on this week or require registration this week.
- Weekly Flicks—Watch "Beethoven" (1999) on Monday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. This is free, and there is no sign-up required. Coming up: “Breezy” (1973) on Friday, April 6.
- Monday’s Lunch Bunch—Try someplace new, socialize and enjoy a good meal with Monday's Lunch Bunch. The group meets at the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. to board a van to the lunch destination. Upcoming trips include Mick Morgan's in Newton on April 2 and Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Dedham on April 9. To sign up, call the Senior Center at 781-455-7555. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected on the van. Participants also pay the cost of their meals.
- Rep. Garlick office hours—Massachusetts Rep. Denise Garlick will visit the Senior Center on Monday, April 2 between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Garlick will be available to hear citizens' concerns and to answer any questions. No sign-up required.
DANCE AND EXERCISE CLASSES
Get fit and learn something new with Council on Aging dance and exercise classes. Sign up in advance by calling 781-455-7555. Payment is due at the first class.
- Senior Strength Exercise Class—This eight-week class will be held on Fridays beginning March 30 at 9:15 a.m. at the Senior Center. Led by Pearl Pressman, this exercise class is designed to accommodate mature individuals of various fitness levels. This seated class will begin with a thorough warm-up followed by strength training exercises for all the major muscle groups of the body using light hand weights and conclude with gentle stretching exercises to increase flexibility and reduce muscle tension. Cost is $32.
- Ballroom Dancing: “The Rumba"—Led by instructor Betty Hood, this four-week dance class will be held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning April 3 at the YMCA on Chestnut Street. Cost is $16. Participants should wear shoes that allow movement on a wood floor, not rubber soles.
- Better Balance, Better Bones: Are you Afraid of Falling? This eight-week session will be held on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. beginning April 11 at the Senior Center. Participants will have fun while learning to improve their balance and increase strength, led by instructor Leslie Worris. Using balls, bands, weights and incorporating yoga and tai chi, studennts in this class will work on improving posture, flexibility, gait, mobility, stability, breath and endurance and maintaining their independence. This class will help improve joint stability and pain. Cost is $50.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
- Art Class for All Levels—Monday, April 9 and 23, 12-1:30 p.m. at the Community Room. Work on your art in an informal atmosphere. Students should bring their own materials and ideas for projects. Each student will work on projects of their own choosing with guidance and suggestions from the instructor. All levels are welcome. Ramune Jauniskis, long-time watercolor teacher at the Senior Center, is currently teaching art in Belmont, Brookline, Needham and Wellesley. She is a teacher and craftsman selling her work in local stores and on the Cape as well. Fee is $8 for both classes. Call the Senior Center to sign up.
- Lunch and Learn Lecture: Better Bladder Health with Total Control Program—Wednesday, April 4, 1:15 p.m. This informative lecture about The Total Control Platinum class that will be sponsored by the Charles River YMCA and held at the Senior Center. This program is for women age 65+, and was developed by the Women’s Health Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization founded to improve pelvic health for women and to help women live their lives to the fullest. The presenter, Janice Kahn, will give an informative overview of this program and will be available to answer questions. Since this can be a sensitive subject, participants will have an opportunity to write down their confidential questions and the presenter will provide feedback to the audience. There is no fee for this program, but sign-up is required.
ALSO COMING UP
For information about any of these programs, call 781-455-7555.
- Meet the Candidates Forum—Meet the candidates seeking seats in the April 10 Town Election at the Council on Aging's Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Hear from candidates running for Board of Selectmen and other town offices, including Town Meeting members. There will be ample time for a question and answer period, so bring questions. All are welcome. And don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 10.
- Art History: Goya—Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m., Avery Crossings, 110 West St. Francisco Goya was known as the last of the Great Masters and the first of the Modern Masters. As Spain’s conscience and chronicler, Goya documented the Royal Court with a sarcastic edge born of justice. A versatile artist, he created paintings, etchings and lithographs, tapestries, and frescos. His career spanned an explosive era of Spanish history, which he portrayed with unflinching honesty. He observed clearly both the highborn with their excesses and the madness of the masses, and he painted both with an unprecedented dedication to truth. There is no fee or sign-up required for this program.
Spring is in the air! Get out and get walking with these programs offered by the Council on Aging. To sign up, call Sherry at 781-455-7555.
- The Walking Club—If you walk two to four miles, a couple of days a week, then this walking club is for you. The walks are designed to offer variety. Participants will have an opportunity to walk with other walking clubs and explore trails outside the local area, with transportation provided. Upcoming walks include: Friday, April 6, Cowassock Woods and Ashland Town Forest; Friday, April 13, Cutler Park in Needham; and Friday, April 27, Great Meadows in Concord.
- The Walking Partners Program—Would you like to have company on your walks? The Council on Aging will match you with two others who walk your pace and coincide with your schedule.