Meet the Southborough Senior Center and the Council on the Aging

by beth on August 23, 2013

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Above: Residents enjoy a 2012 program at the Southborough Senior Center (from website)

This is part of a series profiling organizations in our community. Volunteers or staff will clarify who they are and what they do. You can learn about how to utlize their resources, join or help. 

The Town of Southborough’s Council on the Aging

The Council on Aging is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The COA acts in an advisory capacity to the Senior Center Director and meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.

Mission
To create an environment where Southborough seniors can age in place and remain a vibrant part of the community.

To meet the needs of a wide spectrum of senior residents, the COA’s mission is to provide high quality services: outreach to isolated seniors, stimulating programs, a large variety of activities, and a facility that allows us to meet these goals.

Caring for our seniors is vital to the well-being of our community and is a direct reflection on the town’s commitment to its older generation.

The Southborough Senior Center

Main activities:
Offering a wide variety of programs and activities, a nurses clinic, and outreach services.

Programs include:

  • Weekly: card games (pitch, bridge, canasta, cribbage), senior singers, pool, ping pong, bocce, maj jong, fitness classes, yoga, tai chi, painting classes, book club, writers group, dull men’s club, walking group.
  • Monthly: Podiatrist, Earnie the Barber, Shine Counseling, movies, educational programs, luncheons, holiday parties, lecture series, bus trips.

Please see our website or newsletter for program details!

Our biggest challenges:
Trying to provide a balanced, wide variety of affordable activities within the Senior Center’s limited space and on a limited budget.

Most common misperception about your organization:
The Senior Center receives limited funding from the town. It relies on the Friends of the Council on the Aging and grants to supplement their budget in order to provide their programs which are affordable to all.

How can people help?

  • Join Friends of the Council of the Aging
  • If you are interested in assisting with fundraising efforts (like the Falconi Golf Tournament), please contact Brian Donovan at the Senior Center 508-229-4453.

How can people join Friends of the Council of the Aging?
Friends of the COA membership forms are available at the Senior Center and in the bi-monthly newsletter which is sent to all seniors in town. This donation helps fund the Friends and support the Senior Center. This membership is not required to attend the Senior Center.

Contact:
If you would like to speak to a Senior Center staff member, share information or have any questions or concerns, please call our center at 508-229-4453.

website: SouthboroughSeniors.com

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