Chatham Council On Aging January Events

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The following council on aging events are scheduled during January. Most take place at the Stony Hill Road senior center and require registration or reservations. Transportation is available for most programs. For information or to register, call the COA at 508-945-5190.

Monday, Jan. 9, CCRTA Travel Training Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Paula George from the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority will be doing a presentation at the senior center on the public transportation services that are provided on Cape Cod and the CCRTA’s expanded Travel Training program that includes group and individual one-on-one customized travel training.

Monday, Jan. 9, “Bleak Outside, Happy Inside: How To Beat The Winter Blues,” 1 p.m. Join us to talk about ways to not just survive the dark, cold days of winter, but thrive. Facilitated by Peggy Wilbur, Social Worker/Bereavement Coordinator with Broad Reach Hospice in Chatham.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, January Birthday Celebration, 2 p.m. For Chatham residents born this month.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, Free Lunch And Learn,"Demystifying Dementia: A Dementia-Friendly Educational Seminar," noon. This seminar is designed to improve attendees’ understanding of dementia-related diseases so that we, as a community, become more dementia-friendly.  Presented by Patricia Collins, certified dementia practitioner, director of community outreach at the Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod. Free soup, salad and dessert will be served, sponsored by Friends of CCOA. Space is limited, reservations are required. This program is supported by Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (snowdate Jan. 25), Daytrip: Lunch At The Hidden Cove at Cape Cod Tech, where Culinary Arts students offer a daily a la carte menu with soups and salads along with a variety of entrees, sandwiches, and desserts at very low prices. Bus departs COA at 11:15.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, Senior Day At Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. The event begins at 10 a.m.; the COA van will leave Chatham at 9 a.m. Reservations required.

Friday, Jan. 20, COA Recipe Exchange, 11 a.m. Bring your all-time favorite recipe (just the recipe, not the dish) to share at the COA’s first Recipe Exchange Group meeting.

Monday, Jan. 23, “Flannel and Frost Party” lunch and a show, entertainment by Peter Donnelly, noon. Here is a perfect opportunity to get out of the house, throw on some flannel and spend an afternoon sipping hot cocoa and listening to some great music. Tickets are $9.

Friday, Jan. 27, It’s A Game Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Wheel of Fortune, Trivia and Bingo. RSVP requested by Jan. 20. Free, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Chatham.

Monday, Feb. 13, Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Show, noon. Chev Hardy and Frank Poranski will provide music. Tickets are 9. Reservations available now.

A New Year’s Invitation from TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Lose weight sensibly; learn smart tips about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise and how to avoid the pitfalls of dining out. In addition, professional speakers share their knowledge on nutrition, medicine, exercise and in particular, how to avoid unhealthy foods by substitution with better options. The Chatham TOPS chapter meets every Tuesday at the Chatham Senior Center from 3 to 4 p.m. For more details contact Carol Kelley, chapter leader at 508-945-1130 or

Durable medical equipment loan program. The COA makes available free medical equipment for Chatham residents. Due to space constraints and for safety and hygienic reasons, the following are not accepted for donation or offered for loan: commodes, adult incontinence products, crutches. Donations and loans are by appointment only. Call 508-945-5190 to inquire about DME availability and to arrange a time to donate or pick up the equipment. For more information and the complete program description, please call 508-945-5190 or visit and click the “Policies” tab.

Coa Library Corner. Donate new or gently used children's books, preschool to age 10. The COA library is bringing back the free basket of children’s books to be taken and read to your grandchildren or other young ones. To do this, we need donations of books for children. If you have any and are willing to part with them, the Friends of the COA would be delighted to receive them and see that other are able to enjoy them by placing them in our basket in the COA library. Donations may be dropped off at the COA office with the receptionist.

Feb. 13, Save the date: “Being Mortal” documentary free screening, 4:30 p.m. Nauset Neighbors, in conjunction with the Village to Village Movement, Beacon Hill Village and potentially libraries in our area, will be offering "watch parties" of a simulcast from the Boston Public Library featuring Atul Gawande, the author of “Being Mortal.” Check the February Flash for more information regarding location.

Free Movie Mondays at the COA Cinema. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m., “Five Flights Up” (2014); Monday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. ,“Sully” (2016).