Social / Recreational Activities

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Enjoyment, Health, and Wellness

In addition to the social/recreational trips planned for seniors, various social and recreational groups regularly meet at the Fairhaven COA Senior Center once or twice a week. Their purpose is to foster enjoyment, fellowship, and skill in the activities involved. Memberships in these groups are open to all Fairhaven seniors. The contact person, or leader, for each group varies over time. The COA office can provide current details.

Check the Newsletter for up-date listing! Click here for daily and weekly activities, events and trips.

Daily Programs include Telephone Reassurance, a healthy noon Meal, Outreach, Information and Supportive Social Day.

Weekly Activities include: Blood Pressure Clinics, Fitness Classes (Tai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Walking, Osteo Prevention Weight Lifting), Painting Group, Bridge, Online Computer classes, and much more.

New groups may be initiated by interested seniors by consulting the COA Director.

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Educational Programs

Discussions, lectures, and seminars by professionals on topics that Fairhaven seniors have expressed an interest, are held at the Senior Center as the need is known by the COA Director, staff, and volunteers. Topics have included:

  • Legal seminars concerned with wills, trusts, protecting assets from catastrophic nursing-home costs, Elder Homestead Protection, estate/inheritance taxes, living wills, and the consequences of transferring real estate to children
  • Candidates’ forum to give seniors an opportunity to meet candidates running for office, hear their views and plans, and ask them questions
  • Financial concerns of elders, such as planning long-term financial security, trusts, protecting nest-eggs, using banking services, ATMs, rolling over funds, how to earn higher interest, etc.
  • Health related presentations by physicians, nurses, and other medical specialties on health maintenance, symptom assessment, or on how to talk to your doctor.

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Other Uses of the Senior Center

Other Fairhaven COA activities that regularly take place at the Senior Center include monthly meetings of the COA Board, COA committee, Friends of Fairhaven Seniors, Red Hats, Support Groups, and the Friendly Visitors.

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Dining - Nutrition

Congregate Meals

For those who enjoy getting out for lunch, the Congregate Meal Program is a neighborhood-based program which offers older citizens the opportunity to share their noon meal. Hot, nutritious balanced meals are served Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Advance reservations and cancellations must be made at least by the day before by 10:00am. If you are having any questions, call Coastline Elderly Service, Nutrition Program, at (508) 999-6400, ext.188 or speak to our Nutrition Site Manager at (508) 979-4029 for more information. Fairhaven Council on Aging vans will provide transportation to and from the lunch program.

Meals on Wheels

Fairhaven seniors who are homebound, 60 years or older, and unable to cook, may qualify to participate in the Meals on Wheels program. This program is offered Monday through Friday with home delivery between 10:30am and 12:30pm. Call Coastline Elderly Services, Nutrition Program, at (508) 009-6400, ext.188 to request this service.

For all meals Coastline Elderly Services recommends a $2.00 donation, and all donations are appreciated.

Monthly Menu See Page 8 in the Newsletter: Click here.

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Supportive Day Programs and Respite Program

Supportive Social Day Care Center provides a supportive community environment program five days per week. The program is located in the Senior Center and is open on Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 3:00pm. You can reach the Social Day Care Center at (508) 993-9455. This program is designed to enhance the physical, emotional, and social well-being of senior adults, especially those who are socially isolated due to physical or emotional limitations. The program is a fee-for-service program costing $20.00 for half a day and  $40.00 per day for eligible clients. Financial assistance is available, for those who qualify, through private / public grants and Coastline Elderly Services. Transportation is also available for an additional cost.

Individualized and group programs of social activities are provided to clients who require daytime supervision at sites other than their homes. Participants spend the day in a community setting with an atmosphere of understanding, laughter and sharing. Supervised activities are designed in a holistic manner with planned recreational and social activities suited to the needs of the participants and intended to encourage physical and mental stimulation and promote social interaction. Participants are provided with one meal and two snacks per day.

 

Elvis paid a visit in February 2018.  Fun!
Elvis paid us a visit in January 2018.  What Fun!

Posing with Elvis!

Posing for a picture with Elvis!

Exercise

Exercising with Activity Director, Sally Bourke

Why Consider Supportive Social Day Services?

For family and friends struggling with the task of taking care of an individual on their own, the Supportive Social Day Program provides a cost-effective, flexible, and convenient alternative to institutionalization. It also:

  • Provides relief for family members.
  • Enhances the development of interpersonal relationships.
  • Promotes physical and emotional well-being.
  • Offers warmth, enjoyment, and laughter.
  • Addresses an individual's strengths, needs, and problems.
  • Challenges and taps the potential abilities of participants.
  • Encourages peers to interact with and help each other.
  • Combats loneliness and depression.
  • Provides supervision or slight assistance with activities of daily living such as walking, eating, toileting, and grooming.
  • Ensures the safety and well-being of a loved one when the family or caregiver cannot be there.

The Fairhaven Senior Center Helps families coordinate health and therapeutic community services.

Our Social Day Program is one alternative within the elder care network.

For inquiries contact Sue at the Fairhaven Senior Center at 229 Huttleston Avenue, call (508) 993-9455.

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