The Council on Aging offers many social, recreational, and educational programs for people age 60 and over. Please review the brief listing below for a sample of our activities, or click on the link to our newsletter for the complete schedule. To register for any of the
classes or activities of interest, please call the Council on Aging at (781) 235-3961. If payment is required, cash, or checks made payable to the Town of Wellesley, are accepted.
Arts Classes: The Council on Aging is proud to be able to offer classes in the arts such as writing, fine art (watercolor, drawing, collage), and opera appreciation. Classes are held at various times throughout the year. Call for a schedule of upcoming classes.
Book Discussion: This group, led by Joellen Toussaint, meets twice a month on Thursdays 9:30-10:30am to share impressions of assigned books (October through May, call for dates).
Bridge: This is Standard Bridge. Men and women gather to play for fun. There is no fee to play and no cash winnings. This program meets every Monday from 12:30-3:00pm at the Council on Aging.
Community Service Bears Plus: This is a community service project to make teddy bears for needy children. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. We need stitchers, pattern cutters, stuffers, knitters (for bears' clothing), and more. Some members also knit caps for premature babies born at Newton Wellesley Hospital. The group meets every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am in the Tolles-Parsons Senior Room, October through mid-May.
Day Trips: Visit historic and other places of interest; theater; gardens; summer cruises and more. Luncheon is typically included. Fees are set to cover trip costs and usually range from $25 - $100 per person, depending on the trip. All trips leave from and return to the Council on Aging/ Community Center at 219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills.
Exercise Classes: The Council on Aging offers a variety of exercise classes including Better Bones, Better Balance, Yoga, Zumba, Walking Group (meets every Monday at 10:00am in the Library's Main Branch parking lot). Call the Council on Aging, or see our newsletter for current class schedule, fee, and registration and information. There is a fee for joining exercise classes as the instructors must be paid. Please note, space is limited in fitness classes.
Class fees must be paid in their entirety no later than the first day of class regardless of student absence (planned or unplanned) from one or more classes. It is recommended that you contact your physician before beginning any exercise class to be sure that the exercises are appropriate and safe for you.
Free Friday Matinees: Every Friday at 12:45 pm, movies are shown at the Council on Aging. Check our newsletter or call the office at 781-235-3961 to find out which movie is playing this week!
Fuel Assistance Applications: This program, run by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), is for people age 18 and over. The program assists eligible people in paying their heating bills during the winter months. The Council on Aging is a designated application site for people age 60 and over in the town of Wellesley who wish to apply for the program. Fuel Assistance is for low to moderate income individuals and families. Applications taken by appointment only at the COA office November to April. Call 781- 235-3961 for details. Individuals under age 60 may receive assistance from The Wellesley Friendly Aid 781-235-3960.
Health Screenings: The Council on Aging occasionally offers health screenings as often as possible, in partnership with local hospitals and medical professionals. Screenings are usually free of charge. These screenings are not intended as a diagnosis, but will help you to know if a problem may exist and if you should contact your physician for follow-up. Screenings that have been offered in the past are: Hearing, Skin Cancer, Blood Pressure, Podiatry, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Glaucoma, and more. Call 781-235-3961 to find out if any screenings are currently scheduled at the Council on Aging.
Intergenerational Programs: In conjunction with Wellesley schools and the Wellesley Youth Commission, the COA offers intergenerational programs at various times during the year. Past programs have included BINGO, Game Day, Line Dancing, cookie swaps, and more. Call for a list and schedule of upcoming programs.
Publications: COA newsletter "Highlights" issued six times per year (bi-monthly). "Senior Neighbors" column weekly in The Wellesley Townsman.
Seminars: The Council on Aging offers many free, educational seminars on such topics as genealogy, local authors, finances, health, the arts, safety, health insurance, benefits programs, and town and community programs. Call for a list of upcoming seminars.
Senior Lunch: Sponsored by Springwell, Inc. Meals are served at the Wellesley Community Center at 11:45am Monday through Friday. Call the Council on Aging office at least one business day ahead, no later than 11:30am to make a reservation. Lunch is a great time to socialize and meet new people. Suggested Voluntary Donation of $1.75 ($2.00 if you drink coffee or tea). Lunch servers are volunteers of the Council on Aging.
TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly): Free tax return preparation assistance provided by trained volunteers through AARP and the IRS from February through mid April of each year. Assistance available at the COA office by appointment only. Call 781-235-3961.