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Highlights Upcoming at the COA -- June 2018

UMass Boston conducted a community forum regarding the town needs assessment of the 55+ population.  Presentation slides now available on the Town's main page.

Pizza & Proxy Party Who’s Your Agent? Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 PM.  Sign up required.

Introduction to Archery Wednesday, June 20th 6:30 PM.  Sign up required.

Memory Café – June 26th – 10:00 AM

Current COA Monthly Newsletter  - June 2018

Upcoming Bedford COA Trips

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Tour Wednesday, June 13th $89 per person (This trip is now FULL)

Seaport Grille in Gloucester Thursday,  July 19th

Block Island Wednesday,  August 15th

Current COA Monthly Newsletter  -  June 2018


Regional Events

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention - Are you concerned about falls? Have you fallen in the past? Are you interested in improving balance, strength and flexibility? This is the class for you! Lexington - Dates: May 7 – July 2 (no class on May 28 due to Memorial Day) Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM     Flyer

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention at the Bedford COA

In the fall the COA will begin offering 4 Matter of Balance classes for the community with a generous grant from Lahey Hospital.  Please check the monthly fall newsletter for dates and sign up soon !

*The Bedford COA does not endorse or recommend any products or companies listed.  This is for infomation purposes only

In the News

Seniors Health

How much should seniors exercise to improve brain function?

Medical News Today-May 31, 2018

More specifically, they examined all of the randomized controlled trials in which a group of seniors exercised for a minimum of 4 weeks and had 

Seniors Slow to Embrace Online Access to Doctors

WebMD-May 30, 2018

A University of Michigan poll found only about half of patients 50 to 80 years old have set up an online account with their health care provider.

Web opens a wider world for seniors

Chicago Daily Herald-Jun 5, 2018

"In today's world, many of us live very far away from our parents and elderly family members so we need to find new ways to engage with them.

How To Talk About Cannabis With The Elderly

The Fresh Toast-Jun 5, 2018

This isn't an easy topic to broach, whether you're an adult child talking to your aging parents, a senior who has seen the light and wants to ...

In the News

Seniors Housing

"Age in Place" is guide to adapting homes for aging parents

Albany Times Union-May 31, 2018

During her work as an occupational therapist, Lynda Shrager often sees senior citizens and their families in crisis. She's called to help an elderly person recover after a fall

The kids are gone, but their boomer parents can’t afford to downsize

Boston Globe – Jun 5, 2018- In the Boston area housing market, there's no longer an upside to downsizing for many empty nesters.


In the News

Seniors Money

Lily Tomlin, William Shatner, and Other Famous Seniors Want You to Plan for Your Old Age on Last Week Tonight

 Slate Magazine- Jun 5, 2018

Take the case of Rudy and Rennie North, whose court-appointed guardian, April Parks, billed them for ludicrous amounts of money for her services, like $1,500 ...

To Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs, Ask Your Pharmacist For The ...

NPR-May 29, 2018

A simple question at the pharmacy could unlock savings for millions of Medicare beneficiaries. Under a little-known Medicare rule, they can pay a lower cash .

“Hey John” Advice: Adult Sister's Drug Lifestyle Has Wiped Out Elderly ...

Brownwood News-Jun 1, 2018

My parents have been financially unstable since I was in my late teens. I worked and put myself through college, got married, started a family ...

The US economy needs seniors to work longer. Here's how to make ...

CNNMoney-Jun 2, 2018

Seniors are mostly working longer because they need the money. Hikes in Social Security's retirement age, a sinking savings rate, mounting personal debt and ..

Skimping can't save seniors from rising medication costs, Feds say

CNBC- Jun 5, 2018

The Health and Human Services inspector general's office says it found a 17 percent drop in the overall number of prescriptions for brand-name medications.

In the News

Seniors Caregivers

 As parents age, the burden of guilt falls to the kids and neighbors
Minnesota Public Radio News (blog)-Jun 5, 2018
The Star Tribune series on young generations taking care of their elderly parents — a likely Pulitzer Prize winner, it seems to me

A new source of help for family caregivers
The San Diego Union-Tribune- Jun 5, 2018
But for the estimated 650,000 unpaid family caregivers in San Diego County, most of whom are adult children taking care of an elderly parent, ...

Concerned about senior abuse, states loan out secret cameras Jun 5, 2018
MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin is trying to curb senior abuse and gather reliable ... Attorney General Brad Schimel says it will make it harder for caregivers to get

Double duty: Caregivers take on a second shift in an aging America
Minneapolis Star Tribune-Jun 3, 2018
“We are still using caregiving policies from the 1950s, when many more ..... He got his real estate license, and now specializes in helping seniors and their ...


In the News

Seniors Scams

How to Avoid Medicare Scams

U.S. News & World Report-Jun 5, 2018

Here are some of the new Medicare scams to watch out for: ... The majority of the seniors surveyed admit that they are concerned about being the target of a

AG: New Medicare card coming in the mail, watch for scams

Richmond Register-Jun 3, 2018

This year, Beshear's Office of Senior Protection and Mediation received reports of Medicare and other insurance scams in Anderson, Boone, Boyle, Gallatin,

NY State police warn about 'grandparent scams' targeting elderly with ... 5, 2018

NY State police warn about 'grandparent scams' targeting elderly with ... The scammers also ask the victims not to contact his or her parents ...

Don't become a victim of scams targeting seniors, DA says 1, 2018

Fortunately, the elder Quinn called his son before anything bad actually happened. But it's easy for older people to fall prey to scammers, DA Quinn said.

5 ways to prevent—and handle—elder financial abuse

Chase News & Stories-May 29, 2018

Financial scams that prey on the elderly cost victims an estimated $36.5 billion each year. The US Department of Justice recently unveiled a multimillion dollar ...



AARP Fraud Videos

Fraud Watch Network Alex Goldman's Call Center Scam – AARP – Apr 6

A podcast host receives a peculiar phone call from someone claiming to be from Apple and discovers it's a scam.