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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-8571 fax
Activities for Fun and Fitness
The Council on Aging holds numerous classes and activities for both fun and fitness. From time-to-time, additional workshops, programs, health screenings and lectures are added to the schedule.

For information  on COA activities contact the Coordinator at 781 631-6225.

To contact an Outreach Worker with concerns about a senior or for a senior call 781 631-6737.

Please check the Marblehead Council On Aging Monthly Newsletter for the current schedule.

Our Activities and Programs

Better Balance - A physical therapy instructor leads this class which focuses on improving
        balance and incorporates some tai chi movements. Suggested donation is $1 per class.

Bingo - Bingo is held at the Center. Please refer to the newsletter for the current schedule.

Book Discussion Group - Join other senior readers at the Center to discuss your favorite books.
        Monthly reading list is listed in The Old Marblehead Cod, the COA's weekly newsletter.

Bridge - Join this group of bridge players for a few hours of enjoyment playing bridge. It is
        essential for participants to know the rules of the game and scoring in order to join this group.

Computer Classes - Learn introduction to computers, Word, Excel and the internet. Call the
        Center for the class cost and schedule.

Country Line Dancing - Learn easy to follow line dances and add new ones each week.
        Suggested donation is $4.

Crafts - Join this group to learn new techniques in arts and crafts. Create an item for yourself
        and make others to support the Center. Suggested donation is $1.

Crazy Whist - Play Crazy Whist and enjoy lunch for suggested donation of $5 ($2 for whist 
        alone). Reservations are required.

Cribbage - Join this fun-loving group of men and women for a morning of spirited cribbage. An 
        understanding of the game is required to participate.

Drawing - A variety of drawing classes are offered from time-to-time at the Center. Check
        for the latest schedule.

Fitness Room - The Center has a well-equiped fitness room monitored by personal
        training professionals. There are 2 treadmills, a seated elliptical, a recumbent bike
        and more. Check the Center for a current schedule and fees.

Golf League - The COA sponsors a golf league run by COA participants. Contact the Center    
        for further information.

Keep Well Clinics - The VNA Care Network & Hospice sponsors monthly blood pressure 
        clinics. Check the monthly newsletter for schedule or click on link below.

Library - Our Lending Library is available during Center hours. A vast selection of hardcover
        and paperback books, jigsaw and VCR/DVD movies are available for you to borrow.

Line Dance - Learn the fundamentals of a variety of line dances - a great way to exercise while
        having fun. Suggested donation is $5 per class.

Lunch - Lunch is served at the Senior Center Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays. Reservations are 
        required at least 24 hours in advance. Please see Meals Program for suggested donation and

Mah Jongg - Please see monthly newsletter for schedule.

Men's Group - This social group for men meets quarterly. A guest speaker will provide
        information on various topics for men.

Movies - Movies, from classics to new releases, are shown at the Center twice a month.

Oil Painting - Learn oil painting from local artists. Please call the Center for class cost and for
        a list of supplies needed.

Osteo Prevention Class - Staff from North Shore Physical Therapy leads this class designed to
        strengthen bones and improve balance to prevent osteoporosis and eliminate falls. Suggested
        donation is $3 per class.

Outreach - An Outreach worker is available to contact and/or visit seniors in need of information 
        about COA activities or other services. Referrals accepted. To contact an Outreach worker call
        781 631-6737.

Puzzlemania - A complex puzzle is always underway in the Center lobby. These are
         community puzzles so feel free to add a few pirces while at the Center.

Quilting - This group of quilters works on joint and individual projects.

Rep. John Tierney Office Hours - Congressman John tierney's Senior Coordinator is
        available to assist seniors with issues such as Medicare, Social Security, etc.

Rug Hooking - This group works on individual projects while enjoying the fellowship of other
        rug hookers.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-off Program - This municipal program provides property
        tax credit in exchange for volunteer work performed by eligible senior citizens. Please
        see Property Tax Work-off Program for more information.

S.H.I.N.E. - Health insurance information and assistance is available at the Center by
        appointment. Certified volunteer SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
        counselors will provide assistance to Marblehead seniors

Strength & Stretch - This class includes both weight training and yoga stretches and relaxation.
        The suggested donation is $5.

Stretching - Taught by staff from North Shore Physical Therapy, this class will teach you 
        effective safe techniques for stretching all the muscels of your body to relieve joint and
        muscle pain, improve posture and increase your energy. Alternate techniques are
        provided for those with arthritis and other painful joint conditions. Suggested donation is $3.

Tai Chi - This exercise class is a low impact fitness class that improves balance, strength AND
        flexibility. Cost is $5 per class.

Tap Dance - Learn to tap dance. Beginners are welcome. Suggested donation is $5 per class.

Transportation - Transportation is offered Monday through Friday. Please see Transportation for

TRIAD - This is a partnership of public safety, senior citizens and agencies serving seniors to
         provide safety programming for seniors. TRIAD also sponsors "Shredding Day" - a
         shredder available in the Center lobby for seniors to dispose of unwanted papers
         safely - every Wednesday. The group meets monthly and any senior is welcome
         to join.

Trips - The COA sponsors a number of day and overnight trips throughout the year. Please see Trips
        for more information.

Walking - The Center's gymnasium is available for individuals to walk during the winter months
        (November - April). There is no charge but walkers must sign-in at the COA desk. Please
        call the Center for times.

Watercolor Painting - Experiment with watercolor in this six week class for beginners and 
        intermediate painters. Cost is $60 for six weeks.

Weight Training - These classes utilize light hand and leg weights in strength work. Bands may
        also be used. The emphasis is on proper exercise. Suggested donation is $3 per class.

Wellness Clinic - The town's Public Health Nurse, Rochelle Bartlett, is available on Thursdays at 
        11:00 a.m. for questions regarding health issues, blood pressure checks and for those who
         need continuing monitoring.

Wisdom Works - This employment program is a resource to assist individuals age 55 or
         more in their job search. The program is offered every few months. Check with the
         Center for dates and times.

Wool & Bull - This group knits items which are donated to local nursing homes and sold at
        the Center.

Yoga - Yoga is an exercise of the mind and body which reduces stress and tension while
        improving your health. Suggested donation is $3 per class.

Zumba - Zumba Fitness classes are an exciting way to exercise, dance and have fun.
        Move to the beats of the merengue, salsa, cumbia, tango and other Latin songs and
        learn easy-to-follow dance patterns that will reenergize your exercise routine.  $5 
        per class.