COUNCIL ON AGING

Join Our Wellness Webinars!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts wants to help you stay well, with no-cost health education webinars brought to you in partnership with your local Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Join a webinar to participate in educational activities, practice new hobbies, stay connected to other community members while remaining at home, and learn more about how to stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.

All are welcome—you don’t have to be a Blue Cross member to participate.

Register for a Live Health Webinar

Please see our webinar descriptions on the following pages. Click to register for a webinar on a day and time that works best for you.

Wednesday, September 23

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET

Six Strategies for Supporting a Healthy Immune System

Presenters: Lisa Farnham & Tricia Silverman

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Sept23

Thursday, November 5

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET

Nutrition Do’s and Don’ts During Uncertain Times

Presenters: William Rowbottom & Tricia Silverman

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Nov5

Monday, October 5

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET

Calming Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty

Presenters: Jenna Feitelberg & Janet Fontana

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Oct5

Wednesday, November 18

10:00 a.m.­–10:30 a.m. ET

Nutrition and Sleep: Fascinating Connections

Presenters: Lisa Farnham & Tricia Silverman

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Nov18

Tuesday, October 20

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ET

Yoga Chair Stretches and Guided Relaxation

Presenters: Luisa Lewis & Janet Fontana

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Oct20

December 8

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET

Taming Your Mind with Mindfulness Techniques

Presenters: Jenna Feitelberg & Janet Fontana

Register Now at bcbsma.info/Dec8

Free Hot Meal! 10/20/2020 4pm-6pm at Wing School, 33 Water St. Sandwich, Front bus loop, drive-thru
IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR SENIORS
While our building remains closed to the public, the full COA staff is available by phone and email during regular business hours. You can reach all staff members at (508) 888-4737. If a staff member is working remotely, we will relay a message to that person. Please see the latest newsletter (October 2020) on this website or available by mail.

Transportation – Essential medical appointments only. Please confirm with your doctor. We cannot transport anyone with symptoms of the virus. Please call your primary care physician if you are ill.

Grocery Shopping – We do not provide shoppers, but can transport individuals to the store. At this time, we can only transport one person at a time. Stops can be made at a pharmacy or bank. If you are unable to access food, please call the office for alternate resources.

Food Pantry - The Food Pantry is available for seniors. Please call Jennifer on Mondays from 10am-12pm to register if you have not used the Pantry previously. (508) 888-3816. You may go to the office on Wednesdays (10am-12pm) for help with registration. If you are new or do not have a phone to do an online order, a volunteer will assist you. When you are registered, Pantry hours are Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Every 3rd Saturday and the last Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm and 6pm-7:30pm.

Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Grocery Delivery – The Medical Reserve Corps is now providing a free grocery delivery service for seniors.
*MRC volunteers will pick up your pre-ordered, pre-paid groceries and deliver to you. Please call (508) 556-7161 for more information.

Outreach – Information and referrals for services are available. Please call the office at (508) 888-4737.

Caregivers – Please register with the COA if you are caring for a loved one with dementia. In the event that something happens to you, First Responders will notify the COA to make sure your emergency caregiver is contacted.

Telephone Reassurance – We will be reaching out via telephone to our most vulnerable seniors. Please let us know if you need telephone check-ins.


PLEASE NOTE: At this time you can still register for Meals On Wheels. Please call Elder Services at (508) 394-4630.

Programming – We have created several online program options via Zoom. We are working to bring you more possibilities via Sandwich Community TV for those without computers. Please visit our Programming web page here. While we won’t be open for our normal programs for a while, stay tuned to learn more about future safe and approved activities. Call the office for more information on all programs or check our latest newsletter available on this website or by mail.

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Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

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Council Overview

The mission of the Council on Aging is to partner with the Sandwich community to assure the best quality of life for older adults (age 60+), their families and caregivers. Our goal is to develop and provide programs and supportive outreach services promoting an independent, active and healthy lifestyle. We strive to ensure that Sandwich seniors have the opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters learning, social connection, and volunteerism.

Residents Under Age 60

Presently, the Council provides various assistance programs including fuel assistance and SNAP.  Referrals to other agencies are also offered.