Topics: Aging

William Nickerson Walker’s third spy novel, “Target Switzerland,” will be released later this month. In retirement, Walker, 82, is a prolific writer, an indefatigable golfer and an energetic vice president of the Nickerson Family Association, Inc. (NFA). In the past he was an international businessman and financier, diplomat, government official and partner in a large Wall Street law firm. Two years ago, Wa...

COA Making Adjustments To Address The Needs Of Seniors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The council on aging, working with the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps, will be reaching out to senior citizens to better understand their unmet needs. The COA has been functioning without a social services coordinator since April 24 when Susanna Keith resigned to take a new job closer to family in Maine. Because the town has a hiring freeze in place due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

The constant flow of information about COVID-19 over the past three months has led local councils on aging to daily changes requiring new ways of living, limiting activities and programs, closing buildings and dispersing staff and volunteers, and leading to readjustments in services and a rethinking of how to get things done. That is now being followed by a slow process of reopening that may continue for months. ...

The question of where the town’s new senior center should be built has been dragging on for so long that some seniors question if they will even be alive when the building is completed in two, three or more years. “Will I live that long?” asks Barbara Segall, who will turn 84 this summer. Segall chairs the town’s seven-member council on aging board. “We’ve been waiting 10 years for a facility.” Right now, t...

Council On Aging Chefs Know How To Keep Seniors Happy

By: Debra Lawless

“I just try to make them happy,” says Linda St. Pierre, the chef at the Harwich Senior Center. Lunches are served on a varying schedule at the Harwich, Chatham and Orleans Senior Centers and chefs in all three towns know how to keep the senior diners happy and healthy. St. Pierre has been cooking lunches and dinners at the Harwich Senior Center for 10 years now, and she knows many of the seniors by name as ...

Local COAs Are Front Line In Helping Seniors Cope With Holidays

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

The holidays are a time for celebration, for gathering with friends and family and making the most of our time together. At least, that's often the Hallmark version, complete with tinsel and trim and holiday cheer. What's the reality? For Mandi Speakman, director of the Chatham Council on Aging, people react to the holidays along a spectrum from "full-blown Santa's elves to those who find themselves severely d...

CHATHAM – The staff at Broad Reach Hospice and Palliative Care were well aware of Eugene “Gene” Peterson's background as a Navy and commercial airline pilot. When he expressed a desire to fly again, his care staff went into action. Susan Eenigenburg, the Hospice chaplain, social worker Jenna Good-Fantini and hospice nurse case manager Teri Reilly met with Administrator Carla Torres and told her about Peterson'...

If you have already seen “Wrinkles, the Musical,” why should you see the new performance opening Oct. 18 at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT)? Let us count the ways. First off, the cast of the new production is made up of professional equity actors between the ages of 60 and 80 who have performed on Broadway, in award-winning films and on TV. The actors have been nominated for and awarded Tony and ...

CHATHAM - For Chatham's Jo Ann Sprague, staying active means continuing to serve. Ever since she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps right out of high school in 1950, serving others has been her secret to a happy, active and engaged life. From her days as a staff driver in the Pentagon through her years as a full-time wife and mother of six children, to six years as a representative in the Massachusetts House f...

Three Locations Eyed In Senior Center Site Search

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In their search for a location for a new senior center, selectmen have narrowed the list to three sites: the existing site on Stony Hill Road, the rear of the Marconi property in Chathamport, and a private parcel at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. With all board members saying they firmly support construction of a new council on aging building, selectmen are under pressure to find a location that vote...

In retirement, Chatham's Huntley Harrison brings a strong background in computers and education to three major town activities—Pleasant Bay Community Boating, the cable advisory committee and the airport commission. Anyone who was a teenager in the '60s may remember their first transistor radio as the height of new technology. For Harrison, a significant memory from that time was taking his first computer cour...

Town's Boston Post Cane Is In Good Hands

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Every member of the board of selectmen came to honor Barbara P. White in her home at Jack Knife Point Aug. 1. Presiding from a comfortable chair, the 104-year-old welcomed them with grace as she accepted the Boston Post Cane, traditionally given to the town's oldest resident. “We didn't want to live in Summit, N.J., so we came up here,” White said of a relationship with Orleans that became stronger...

CHATHAM – At the end of every Monomoy golf season team members like to give their coaches thank you cards. Jack Farrell pays close attention to the notes written within because that, he says, is when he knows the students he works with have understood that there's more to golf than just the game. Farrell, a longtime Chatham lawyer and Realtor, has certainly earned himself the right to retire, but can't imagine...

CHATHAM — A week after town meeting voters rejected it, the proposal to build a new senior center could soon be making a comeback. A revised plan—likely on a different parcel of land—could be back before voters as early as this summer. “I think we all kind of agree generally we have to move ahead,” Selectman Peter Cocolis said Monday. “I believe that we need a new council on aging building.” Delaying the pro...

HARWICH — The assisted living facility Royal at Harwich Village has closed, and its residents have been relocated to other facilities. But advocates for the elderly are criticizing the way the abrupt closure was carried out. Around April 25, the facility notified residents and their families about plans to close by July 26, the 90-day minimum required by state regulations. The notification was followed sever...

HARWICH — It seems almost everybody on the Lower Cape has a story to share about a friend or family member with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and there's a growing need for support, counseling and programs. This weekend, a special fundraiser will take place to support the grassroots Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod , which offers a range of services, all free of charge, covering the full range ...