We offer many types of programs and activities.
- Safety Programs
- Support Groups
- Health and Wellness
- Fitness Classes
- Recreation & Leisure
- Programs and Events
- Evidence Based Learning
- Engagement Based Programs
- Job Based Program
File of Life
The “File of Life” is a succinct medical history, which is kept in a red plastic sleeve with a magnetic strip. The magnetic sleeve is then placed on the refrigerator in a visible place. In the event of an emergency, the “File of Life” will be accessible to police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and hospital emergency staff. A “File of Life” can be obtained by calling the Outreach Department at ext. 5730 or 5731.
Safety Assurance (Previously known as R-U-OK Program)
This is an automated, confidential, computerized telephone calling program operated by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. A computerized call is placed to the senior at a pre-arranged time between 6 am and noon. There is no cost involved. Contact the Sheriff’s office at 1-800-622-4300 for more information or to enroll.
Safety Programs for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
There are many safety techniques and several programs available to persons with Alzheimer’s disease, such as: Medic Alert, Safe Return and Comfort Zone. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline for more information at 1-800-272-3900.
Town of Duxbury Special Needs List
The Town of Duxbury keeps a Special Needs List to be used during times of evacuation, power outages or inclement weather conditions. If you are disabled or elderly and would need assistance with transportation should evacuation be necessary, or would want to be checked on during an extended power outage or storm, it is recommended that you add your name to this list. Contact the Duxbury Emergency Management Dept. at (781) 934-7159 or the Outreach Department at ext. 5730 or 5731 to complete the necessary paperwork.
Contact the Duxbury Emergency Management Department at 781-934-7159 for information about emergency sheltering. The Senior Center may be opened during times of power outages or inclement weather as a heating and cooling center.
Home Safety and Fire Inspections
The Duxbury Fire Department offers home safety and fire inspections. To schedule an appointment to have your home inspected, call the Duxbury Fire Department at 781-934-5693.
Reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect
If you are aware of anyone age 60 or older who is being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by another, or is the victim of neglect or financial exploitation, or if you, yourself, are the victim of abuse or neglect, you can receive confidential assistance by making a report to the Protective Service Department at Old Colony Elderly Services at 508-584-1561, Monday – Friday, 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. All other times, call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275. Contact the Outreach Department at ext. 5730 or 5731 if you need assistance in the reporting process.
SafetyNet by LoJack
This service is provided by a partnership of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department and local police departments to provide peace of mind for caregivers and people at risk of wandering. Loved ones affected by Autism, Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions are prone to the chance of wandering and becoming potentially lost, with the possibility of tragic consequences. Working with public safety agencies, SafetyNet helps quickly find and bring your loved one home. To learn more, visit SafetyNet by LoJack online: http://www.lojack.com/People-at-Risk or call 877-434-6384.
Senior Police Academy
The Duxbury Police Department offers an 8-week senior safety education program. The goal of this program is to teach risk reducing strategies to enhance personal safety both at home and in public. Some of the topics covered in this course include: Identity Theft, Cons and Con Artists, Trusting Your Intuition, Awareness and Personal Safety, Protecting Your Personal Space, Home Safety and Security, 911 Safety, Street Safety, Safety in Public Areas, Public Transportation Safety, Different Types of Elder Abuse and Physical Defense. For more information call the Duxbury
Our support groups bring together people facing similar issues and they encourage the sharing of experiences and advice. Periodically, educational speakers attend a group to offer coping strategies and other valuable resources. The support groups typically meet on a monthly basis and newcomers are always welcome.
• Caregiver Discussion Group
• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Support Group
For information on other support groups in the community, contact the Outreach Department at ext. 5730.
Health & Wellness
Annual Community Health Fair
In collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth, the Duxbury Council on Aging sponsors a health fair once a year which showcases many local service providers. The fair enables seniors and their families to obtain information about programs that
encourage healthy living and enhance quality of life.
Community Housing Fair
The Duxbury Council on Aging sponsors a housing fair which showcases many local service providers. The fair enables seniors and their families to obtain information and resources to help with the decision to stay in their home or move to senior housing. Exhibitors represent the areas of finance, real estate, home modification, senior living advisors, downsizing, home care and senior housing.
Several walk-in clinics are offered on a weekly or monthly schedule. These clinics are made possible by our partnerships with area health care providers and trained volunteers.
• Blood Pressure
• Blood Glucose Screening
• Flu Shot Clinic (seasonal)
Appointments are available on a monthly schedule for a FREE hearing screening from an area hearing specialist. Please call the Front Desk, ext. 5703, to schedule an appointment or to inquire about the schedule.
Appointments are available on a monthly schedule for routine foot care for a fee by a foot care nurse. Please call the Front Desk, ext. 5703, to schedule an appointment or to inquire about the schedule or fee.
Appointments are available for oral health screening and dental cleaning by a traveling public dental hygienist. Please call the Front Desk, ext. 5703, to schedule an appointment or to inquire about the schedule or fee.
Fitness classes are offered in our well-equipped Fitness Room. Classes are led by instructors who adapt class routines to a variety of fitness levels. Yoga mats, hand weights and other equipment are provided. Fitness classes are scheduled on a weekly basis and there is a nominal fee per session. Please refer to the Duxbury Doings newsletter for a current schedule or call the Front Desk, ext. 5703 to inquire. Below is a sampling of our fitness programs.
Balance for Life: Balance exercises and practical strategies to reduce the risk of falling while increasing your activity level. Feel stronger, develop more control of your body, increase your activity and gain balance and skills to reduce the risk of falling.
Meditation: A guided meditation group suitable for anyone 18+. Overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.
Power Stretch: Improve balance & strength with a variety of stretches plus strengthening & toning exercises for the whole body.
Stay Fit: A lively and healthy hour of movement and music to keep your body strong.
Tai Chi / Qi Gong: A gentle practice of healthful postures and movement to improve balance, blood pressure and circulation, Tai Chi, regularly practiced, brings balance in mind, body, and spirit.
Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist: Seated and standing yoga postures and gentle movements to challenge your strength and balance. For all levels and all movements can be performed with the aid of a chair.
Walking Club: Our Walking Club meets and walks for two 30 minute sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Tarkiln Center indoors or out depending on the weather. The camaraderie experienced in our Walking Club is an added bonus to our wellness and healthy aging (and our steps). There is no charge for this club.
Labyrinth: Thanks to the generous work of an Eagle Scout project, we are able to supplement our Meditation class with an outdoor walking meditation labyrinth. The labyrinth offers a path and serene space for meditation, prayer and spiritual reflection.
Outdoor Fitness Center: Thanks to a generous grant from the Grafton Foundation, we supplement our indoor fitness classes with outdoor fitness equipment. This equipment is available for use by individuals or small groups. Instruction signs are posted by each piece of equipment.
Aquatic Fitness Benefit is available through a partnership with Plymouth Fitness. For more information, stop by the front desk at the Senior Center.
Recreation & Leisure
A sampling of regularly scheduled activities:
Drawing & Painting: Watercolor painting and drawing instructions are offered weekly. Additional art classes are scheduled periodically.
Computer Classes: Classes are scheduled monthly and are appropriate for beginner and more experienced computer users. Topics such as working with digital pictures, e-mail, and using the internet safely and effectively are offered.
Computer Lab: PC computers are available in the Computer Lab for individuals to use at any time that the Senior Center is open, except when the Computer Lab is in use. Users may access the internet for information or e-mail as well as use the programs installed for public use. Seniors may also bring in their own laptop or tablet and connect wirelessly at the Duxbury Senior Center.
Additionally, the Duxbury Council on Aging owns several iPads and Kindles which may be borrowed for use while at the Duxbury Senior Center.
Creative Hands: Bring your knitting, crocheting or craft project and enjoy the company of other crafters.
Current Events Discussion Group: A weekly discussion group is open to all those interested in hearing and sharing opinions about world events.
Foreign Languages: Whether to learn a bit of the language before you travel abroad or to pick up where you left off with a second language you loved, these classes offer instruction with an experienced instructor at a low cost in a friendly, conversational environment.
• Conversational French
Games: Some ongoing group games at the center include:
• Pick-up games at your leisure
• Mah Jongg
FREE Movie Matinees: New releases, old favorites and movies recommended by our viewers are shown weekly at the Duxbury Senior Center. We also feature monthly foreign films, art, independent films and chick flicks. See Duxbury Doings or the Front Desk for a schedule of movies.
Roots (Researching Our Own Trees) Genealogy: Knowledgeable assistance is provided in researching your ancestry using ancestry.com and other available online resources.
Access to the Duxbury Council on Aging’s ancestry.com membership is available for a nominal annual fee.
Programs & Events
Lifelong Learning Program: College-level courses in art, literature, music, history, religion and philosophy, politics and government, science and current events, with no tests or papers. The courses are open to all interested adults. Registration is open to non residents and residents of all ages. Courses are offered for both a fall and winter term each running for 6-8 weeks.
Cultural Programs: Trips to museums and theatre are offered frequently. Transportation is included in ticket prices.
Art Matters: Educational presentations featuring a famous artist or period are offered monthly and are FREE to the public thanks to a generous gift from the Curtis Foundation. Donations, however, are gratefully accepted.
Breakfast & Lectures: Join us for a breakfast and guest speakers on a variety of stimulating topics such as travel, gardening, history and local town and government. There is a nominal fee for the breakfast.
Travel Programs: Interesting travel-related presentations are scheduled regularly to provide an opportunity to learn about many different destinations and cultures.
Evidence Based Learning
My Life, My Health, Chronic Disease Self-Management: This six session workshop developed by Stanford University to help anyone living with ongoing health problems live a healthier life. Numerous chronic conditions are preventable, treatable or manageable. Participants are able to learn from others who are experiencing similar illnesses as well as from trained leaders who provide support and suggest strategies to guide the creation of a personal plan to improve your health and life.
Matter of Balance Workshop: An evidence-based program that teaches how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and begin an exercise plan to increase strength and balance. This 8-session workshop is offered several times a year.
Other Programs provided:
• Chronic Pain Self-Management – management techniques
• Diabetes Self-Management – Diabetes education
• Healthy Eating for Successful Living – nutrition promotes health
Engagement Based Programs
Aging Mastery Program (AMP): During this 10 week program, a variety of topics are covered to empower seniors to make small, impactful changes in health behaviors. Participants receive basic educational materials from highly trusted sources and a system for tracking behaviors. Participants earn points and rewards for positive actions.
AMP Clubs: The Club provides AMP (Aging Mastery Program) graduates with opportunities to participate in a variety of educational, recreational and social activities on an ongoing basis.
Job Based Program
“Wisdom Works” (Job Search Skills Training Program): Led by experienced Human Resource professionals, the Wisdom Works Job Search Skills Training Program will guide job seekers of any age through the many facets of how to find employment in today’s market. This is a five workshop series.