Topics: Aging

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...

Honor Flight Helps Senior Vets Visit D.C. Memorials

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For aging veterans, a visit to the nation's war memorials in Washington can be a poignant experience. But for those who served in World War II and Korea, the most senior veterans, travel can be a challenge. On Monday, local vets heard from the founder of Honor Flight New England, which provides all-expense-paid trips to D.C. for senior veterans. Joe Byron spoke at the annual Veterans Day luncheon, ...

New Senior Center Needed, But Where?

By: Alan Pollock

Selectmen Mull Multiple Options To House COA CHATHAM — Selectmen agree that the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road is a bad fit for seniors, with ill-suited program spaces located on three floors. But when it comes to where a new senior center should be built, or what size it should be, board members say they need more information. Principal Projects Administrator Terry Whalen analyzed several...

Town Could Tap Former Water Office As Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It might prove unfeasible, but selectmen are asking staff to explore the reuse of the former water department building as a new senior center. The property at 127 Old Harbor Rd., given to the town by the estate of Marion Nickerson Ellis, once served as school district offices and later became the water department's headquarters. It is now mostly vacant, with the adjacent barn used for storage an...

Many Paths Beckon At Orleans Senior Center

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — A lot gets done quietly at the Orleans Senior Center. On a recent sunny afternoon, a group of painters worked on their canvasses, enjoying the camaraderie of shared studio space. Down the hall, adult day center clients were walking out onto a shady patio to continue their activities in the fresh air. At the front desk, a volunteer was answering a phone request for a ride to a medical appointment. ...

Like Other Year-rounders, Seniors Need Housing Options

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to senior citizens' housing needs, there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. That was the message the planning board heard from elder advocates last week. In a rare joint meeting with the council on aging board of directors last Tuesday, the planning board posed a series of questions designed to help them consider zoning changes that would encourage the development of sen...

Family Pantry To Hit The Road With New Van

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Each year, more people visit the Family Pantry's headquarters for help with food, clothing and other necessities. Thanks to generous supporters and a partnership with the Chatham Council on Aging, the Pantry will be taking their work to the streets next month. With donations from the Simon Foundation, the Greater Boston Food Bank and TD Bank, the Pantry has purchased a second-hand refrigerate...

Seniors -- Bob And Winnie Lear: Heart Of The Old Village

By: Jennifer Sexton

“We are either related to or we know probably 90 percent of the people here,” laughs Chatham native Winnie Lear.  Winnie and husband Bob, full time residents of Chatham's Old Village, are about as deeply involved in the community as two people can be. From the Chatham Conservation Foundation to the Chatham Historical Commission, the Eldredge Library board of trustees to the board of the Orpheum Theatre, from t...

CHATHAM — There are a number of steps the town needs to take to prepare for the expected surge in its senior population in the decades ahead, but the one that's likely to generate the most discussion is the replacement of the senior center on Stony Hill Road. Consultant Kathleen Schatzberg, the former president of Cape Cod Community College, is offering her services for free to the town; she analyzed the resul...

As thousands celebrated the glorious Fourth at Chatham's recent Independence Day Parade, Helen and Irwin Sitkin of Chatham were celebrating their glorious Eleventh. The self-proclaimed snowbirds rose the morning of the parade and donned their red, white and blue Uncle Sam and Mrs. Uncle Sam costumes for the 11th consecutive year and helped spread patriotic cheer before, during and after the parade by posing for...

Charles William “Bill” Burlin, Jr. of North Chatham, born in 1921, looks and acts decades younger than his 94 years. To what does he attribute his sharp mind, quick humor and steady step? “I have been very fortunate throughout my life on many different occasions,” he explains. “And I've also come up with a few habits and daily practices which I think have helped me to reach this age in such a good state of hea...