February Brewster COA Events

“New to Medicare” Seminar
Tuesday, February 4 6:00 pm Brewster COA, 1673 Main Street
Are you turning 65 soon?
Come and get the straight story about your Medicare options from certified SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) counselors.
Call the COA at 508-896-2737 to reserve your seat! Light refreshments will be served.

“If I Live to be 100, Where Will I Live?” Homes for a Lifetime Planning Series “A Home Away from Home - Evaluating Nursing Home Options”
Friday, February 7 2:30 - 4:30pm Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium 1822 Main Street FREE
Nursing home care may be needed on a temporary or permanent basis. 44% of residents stay less than a year; 30% between one and three years.
Learn how to ask the right questions, compare the quality of different facilities, and make a good choice if the time comes when more support may be needed.
Please contact the COA at 508-896-2737 to reserve your seat.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the COA and the Friends of Brewster Elders
Monday, February 10 1:30 – 3:00 $5.00 per person
Please join us as the COA and the Friends of Brewster Elders celebrate all things Valentines with a concert and some delectable sweets!
Our concert begins at 1:30pm and features the very talented Paul Ashley, a wonderful guitarist and entertainer (the same gentleman who performed at our Lobster Roll luncheon in August). After the concert, you’ll enjoy the “Everything Chocolate” Buffet!
Tickets are $5.00 and available at the Brewster COA during the week of February 3. Drop by soon so you won’t miss this fun-filled event!

Sound Event
Wednesday, February 12 1:00 - 2:30 pm $5.00 per person
Come join Carol Marcy for an early afternoon journey into health and deep relaxation. The sounds of the crystal singing bowls and the symphony gong will create a vibrational environment which has scientifically been shown to normalize your heart rate, blood pressure, provide better blood flow and increase the oxygen carried by the blood to all cells in the body. The lymphatic circulation and immune system function are also improved. We will begin with a brief guided meditation to help focus awareness internally by initiating a simple breath rhythm and relaxation response.
Please wear comfortable warm clothes. You can choose to sit in a chair or lie down on the floor. If you are on the floor, please bring something comfortable to put underneath you. You may also want something to cover your eyes. Please call the COA to sign up at 508-896-2737

The Savvy Caregiver Educational Program
Thursdays: February 27 – April 2 10:00am – 12:00pm Brewster Town Hall 2198 Main Street
The Savvy Caregiver 6-session course covers: the pathology of dementia diseases, strategies for caregiver self-care, dementia stages, developing contented involvement for someone with dementia, how to recognize options to optimize decision making, and making the most of family resources.
This FREE program is recommended for active family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases. Free respite-care is available during class hours.
This program is being offered by the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center, in conjunction with the Brewster COA. For more information, or to register, please call 508-896-5170, or email: support@capecodalz.org

Food to Encourage
Monday, February 10 and Monday, February 24 9:30 - 11:30am FREE
Lower Cape Outreach Council in partnership with the Barnstable County Public Health Nurses and the Brewster COA are looking to explore the impact of nutrition and healthy eating on diabetes and hypertension. This FREE program is open to everyone. Health monitoring by a nurse, involving blood pressure and glucose checks, is available. Each participant will receive a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables every other week, along with free recipes! No need to sign up. Please bring your own bag and stop by at any point during the time period listed.

Tours of the COA
The Brewster School Department and Council on Aging would like to keep the public and town officials informed of current space usage at the Stony Brook School and Council on Aging facilities. Accordingly, tours of the Council on Aging will be offered on Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Please call 508-896-2737 in advance to schedule a tour of the COA.

Looking for Volunteers!
Everyone has different talents. What is yours and would you be willing to share your skills with our community at the COA? Do you enjoy crafts and want to create something, have you traveled and wish to discuss your destination and experience, do you have a green thumb and can teach us how to care for our plants and shrubs, are you interested in theatre, arts, or dance and want to bring characters to life? How about photography? Soap carving? Genealogy? These are just a few examples of the myriad topics out there that can be offered. It doesn’t have to be a series; even an hour or two would be fun for our center. Please contact Lisa Donovan at the COA at 508-896-2737 if you are interested in being a volunteer and teaching a class or two, and thank you in advance!