Upcoming Programs

For a full listing of the Council on Aging events please see our monthly newsletter at:

Bedford Council on Aging
July 2018 Announcements

Date: Mondays in July
Time: 7:00PM
Line Dancing

This popular program teaches a variety of line dances to participants. Your instructor, Maria Devenney, demonstrates movements and the class carries out the dance moves to music. The class is free but a donation to the teacher is encouraged!


Date: Tuesdays in July
Time: 1:00PM
Beginner Scottish Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing, a form of folk and formal dancing similar to Square and Contra dancing, is taught in Scotland and around the world. Heather Day, certified SCD teacher, will teach a modified form, less strenuous but providing great physical and mental exercise. Wear comfortable clothing (kilt optional) and flat, soft-soled shoes. Come and have fun for this free class, or just come to watch. Note: Participants should be able to walk at a normal pace and follow directions.


Date: Wednesdays in July
Time: 10:45AM

Please join Joanne Shaughnessy for a FREE course! She will lead you in Shibashi QiGong. This type of exercise can be done seated or standing. It combines slow, deep breathing with repetitions of slow, gentle movements. It is performed along with relaxing music as you combine body, mind and breath. Come along and

paint rainbows in the sky, play in the ocean and fly like the dove. Please sign up by Monday, July 9th so we know how many to expect. For more information on QiGong, please call the COA.


Date: Wednesdays in July
Time: 1:00PM
Raiders of the Lost Art

“Step into the shoes of art detectives and forensic art analysts as they hunt down missing masterpieces in Ovation’s series, Raiders of the Lost Art. Through rare archival footage, re-enactment, and expert commentary, see how these treasures vanished into thin air, and how many—but not all—have been recovered.


Date: Thursdays in July
Time: 10:00AM-12:00Noon
Art Studio

Open Fine Art Studio Hours!
Flint Room ~ Thursdays from 10 AM -12 PM
Throughout July & August Please join fellow artists this summer to work on any of your projects.


Date: Tuesday, July 5
Time: 2:00 PM
Trivia with Susan

Join our very own Susan McDonough for a fun filled afternoon of trivia! Please call ahead so we know how many to expect.


Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time: 10:30AM
Fire Safety

Please welcome Fire and Life Safety Educator Christian Dispena for an informal meet & greet!  Please call (781) 275-6825 to sign up.


Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time: 12:00Noon
Introduction to Minuteman Senior Services Options Counseling

When an older person, or an adult of any age with a disability, faces the need for supportive services to help with basic activities (such as personal care, household chores, transportation, nutrition or medication management), locating and evaluating options can be a challenging task. The choices are varied and can feel overwhelming. This free service is available to people over age 60 and adults with disabilities of any age, and is provided by phone or email, or in-person in the home, hospital or most convenient place for consumer. Beth Ajalat, will be at the Minuteman Meal Site on Wednesday, July 11 to introduce you to Options Counseling, which provides unbiased information about long term care services and resources. The sessions can help determine next steps to take and is also available to family caregivers. Please feel free to meet with Beth to learn more about this service available to you!


Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time: 6:30PM
Replanting Lives

The group, Replanting Lives uprooted by mental illness/ brain disorders for caregivers and family members is moving to the COA! "Replanting Lives support sessions are skills based sessions made up of 90-minute segments conducted by a Master's level Certified Family Life Educator and a Mental Health Specialist. It offers family members effective tools and educational resources to manage the changes in the family since a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness/brain disorder. "Replanting Lives" is a place where participants can receive insight and feedback in order to help them practice new behaviors that enhance their lives and relationships. One of the key goals of a support group is so that members can return to their families and function in a new and healthier way. It offers members the strength and resilience that replanting from life's difficulties is a process, of which the group can be a part. Please contact the COA to be added to these sessions!


Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 9:30AM
Breakfast & BINGO

Brightview is back at the COA! Come play for a chance to win some GREAT prizes! Breakfast and prizes will be provided by Brightview Concord River. Please sign up by calling (781) 275-6825.


Date: Friday, July 20
Time: 12:45PM
Community Nurse Presentations (Skin)

Please join Mark Waksmonski, Bedford’s Community Nurse at the COA! On Friday, July 20 at 12:45 PM, you will learn about protecting the largest organ of our bodies. Protect the organ that everyone sees, it is our first line of defense. Get ready to see some interesting pictures of skin concerns.


Date: Monday, July 23
Time: 1:00PM
Art Matters
AMERICAN ART PART 2 (1900-1950)

The center of the art world has always been Europe, and American artists have, by necessity, mostly followed those evolutions. The American independent spirit pushed the boundaries of acceptable traditions, and in the early part of the 20th century Americans begin to develop their own unique voice; the Ash Can School, the flowering of photography, and the consciousness of Social Realism were just some of the new developments that reflected the history of those times. Join us for a look at how American Art grew from the baby in the back seat to an adolescent growing, experimenting, gaining attention and earning respect. Please call the COA to reserve your spot. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Date: Monday, July 23
Time: 6:30PM
Ice Cream social

Join Karen Halloran, Community Liaison from CareOne at Concord for an Ice Cream Social! Please call ahead to sign up!


Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Memory Café Continues

Tuesdays, July 24 & August 28 at 10 AM Flint Room; 2nd Floor, Town Center The Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging, Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. (CESI), and the Bedford Council on Aging are partnering to continue the Bedford Memory Café on the fourth Tuesday of every month. A Memory Café is a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones can socialize, listen to music, play games, and enjoy other appropriate activities. July’s café will host a musical performance, and August will be flower arranging with the Power of Flowers. Please call the COA for more information, or drop in to our Café!


Date: Monday, July 30
Time 12:45pm
Musical Baseball Show

Join Howie Newman as he sings baseball songs, does baseball trivia and tell stories about his days as a sportswriter on the Red Sox beat. Howie covered baseball for the Lynn Item, Lowell Sun, Patriot Ledger and Boston Globe. For three years, he provided color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm team, on WCAP radio. Please call the COA to reserve your spot!