Topics: Aging

Woman Suffers Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Home

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A Crowell Road resident is clinging to life after being exposed to deadly carbon monoxide in her home Monday. Officials received a call Monday morning from two women at the senior center reporting that their friend, 91-year-old Nancy Olson, hadn’t shown up as expected. “She goes there regularly to play Scrabble, and she didn’t show up this morning,” Deputy Fire Chief David DePasquale said Mond...

CHATHAM — After a crack appeared in the ceiling of the computer training room, town officials brought in a structural engineer to check the condition of the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road. The results weren't good, and officials say the repairs could top $100,000. The problem was discovered in March, and the engineer recommended the installation of a steel beam to better support the roof. Witho...

ORLEANS — A 108-year-old tradition was renewed in Orleans Friday when Town Clerk Cynthia May awarded the Boston Post Cane to the oldest resident of the town, Sarah Harris. And the tradition is only a bit older than the honoree. Harris turned 103 in June. “I don't mind being old,” Harris quipped. From the comfort of her living room easy chair, she received the congratulations of Selectmen Jon Fuller and Alan...

Death Cafe: An Informal Discussion About Facing Mortality

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — People have a hard time talking about death and dying and discussing plans for the inevitable. So the Council On Aging has taken steps to encourage such discussion, not in the form of grief support or counseling, but in a more informal fashion. Kevin Grunwald, MSW, social service coordinator at the COA, facilitates the Death Cafe, a group-directed discussion of death with no specific agenda. Using...

Orleans COA Director To Head Harwich Senior Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town of Orleans will be looking for a new executive director of its council on aging after Harwich Selectmen confirm the appointment of Judi Wilson as the town's new director of the council on aging. Wilson replaces Barbara Anne Foley, who retired on July 3 after 18 years as director. She and her husband are taking over management of the Commodore Inn in West Harwich. Wilson is scheduled to start...

Robert Cutts And Barbara Burgo: Cape Verdean Strength And Wisdom

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Robert Cutts and Barbara Burgo, both Harwich-born and of Cape Verdean descent, have only known each other for a few short months, but the two have joined forces in a labor of love. Their shared passion is the creation of the Harwich Cape Verdean Museum in order to preserve and share the unique culture, food, language and history of the nation of islands off the coast of West Africa which gained independence from ...

Planning Advances For New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it's too early to know what it might look like, or even where it would be located, a new senior center is in its earliest design stages. Officials have hired an architectural firm to calculate how much space would be needed in a new council on aging building, and the firm will also present some conceptual floor plans to generate discussion. It remains to be seen whether the existing site on...

B.U. Seeks Cape Residents For Alzheimer's Research

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When she's not spending time with her family in Chatham or volunteering for the town's Independence Day parade committee, Nicole Gullotti is helping fight a disease that afflicts more than 5 million Americans. She's part of a Boston University team that's conducting a host of studies and clinical trials to better understand Alzheimer's disease. Gullotti's job is to recruit participants for the vari...

Retiring Harwich COA Director Foley Takes On A New Career

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — There will be new faces greeting people at the Commodore Inn, but they will not be unfamiliar to many people in the community. Longtime Council on Aging Director Barbara-Anne Foley and her husband John are starting new careers as managers and innkeepers of the 27-room resort. “It's a big step, literally a dream come true,” Barbara-Anne Foley said of the decision to leave her council on aging pos...

Hi I'm Kat and I was a Facebook addict. (All together now, “Hi Kat.”) Until recently when I did something that in this day and age is probably considered shocking. I disabled my Facebook page, at least for a while. The truth behind my decision is as simple as it is complex. I have depression. For those who aren't familiar, depression goes beyond feeling "meh" or "blah." It can mean difficulty just waking up in...

HARWICH — The Friends of the Council on Aging, Inc. will file a petition in Barnstable County Probate Court to redirect approximately $700,000 it has raised over more than 40 years for constructing a senior center to instead fund programs, counseling, facilities and education to benefit senior citizens in town. The petition is being filed in the form of a complaint with the state Attorney General's Office, whi...

ORLEANS — How to address the needs of a booming program can be even more complex than shoring up one in decline. By many measures, the council on aging is getting the job done. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1,242 Orleans seniors were served by the senior center's many programs. While reason for satisfaction, some say the numbers call for a reorganization. “Members of the council on aging board, t...

HARWICH — When it comes to Social Security, there are some questions and problems that can't be answered by a website or a phone call. For those needing face-to-face help, a new resource is available in Harwich. The Social Security Administration is now offering assistance to recipients via video conferencing from the community center once a month. Harwich is the first video service site on Cape Cod and is par...

Firefighters everywhere know that, when it comes to fires or injuries at home, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable. A successful state grant program is helping to ensure that firefighters and elder advocates continue to team up to keep seniors safe. The Senior SAFE grants are an offshoot of SAFE, the Student Awareness of Fire Education program that has provided millions of dollars for fire safety educa...

Reassurance Programs Make For Happier Holidays

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — We all want to be home for the holidays. But what if we can't remember where home is? For people with Alzheimer's Disease, the familiar becomes unfamiliar. They can walk out the front door and forget how to come back home. About 10 years ago, a local resident was reported missing. It wasn't known that he had Alzheimer's. Public safety personnel and volunteers began what turned into an 18-hour se...

At Thanksgiving, Brax Serves Up Community Spirit

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — For almost a quarter century, Brax Landing has made sure that nobody in town has to be alone on Thanksgiving. This year, owners Tad Peavey and Jeff Gomes will be serving up 800 turkey dinners as part of their free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors. That's 200 more than they prepared just three years ago. They'll be accommodating all of the guests in three seatings, but it promises to be a full h...