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From the Sherborn Council on Aging

Here’s the latest from the Sherborn Council on Aging.


Karen Wellerson Juhl is the director of the Sherborn Council on Aging, and may be reached at 508-651-7858 or via email at

There will be no programming the week between Christmas and New Year’s; the COA office will be open from Dec. 27 through 29 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Senior Café

Held every Thursday as noted below. Seniors 60 and older welcome.

Cost: $3. Call the COA at 508-651-7858 to reserve your spot each week.

Dec. 29 — Senior Café is closed this week.

Jan. 4 — Our own local pharmacist, Brian Cordeiro, from Walgreen’s of Sherborn will do a “Brown Bag” meeting.

You bring all your prescriptions in a bag, and Brian will personally review what you’re prescribed, give advice on what time of day you should take the medication, determine if the meds should be taken with food or not, and, finally, see if drug 1 contradicts with drug 2 or 3. This is a terrific way to get personal advice on a very important subject — your health.

Jan. 11 — You asked for it and we listened — a week where you can just come, relax and chat among yourselves.

Feel free to bring one item from home that you’d like to swap for something new-to-you towards the end of the meeting. A great way to start the New Year.

Jan. 18 — Enjoy legends of the Great American Songbook, featuring Judy Garland, with acclaimed entertainer Bruce Hambro.

He includes an amazing powerpoint presentation along with the music. He has rave reviews from all over New England.

Lunch generously provided by Peter and Evelyn Liffiton.

Blood pressure clinic: 11:30 a.m. Provided by Natick VNA; sponsored by the Board of Health.

Jan. 25 — Join us on a trip to Australia with Broadmoor’s Joy Marzolf. It’s the perfect time of year to escape.

“Australia: — Above and Below” Flying, hopping, crawling, swimming — the wildlife of Australia is truly unusual. Tour the temperate rainforests of southern Queensland and the tropical rainforests of the Northeast. Enjoy views from above and below as we also visit the home of “Nemo” and many other beautiful creatures found on the Great Barrier Reef.


Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we stop stepping out. The COA has four trips on the schedule for winter 2018:

Boston Symphony Chamber Players on four Sundays: Jan. 21, March 11 and April 22. All performances begin at 3 p.m. (van will leave Sherborn at 1:30 p.m.). You need to buy your own tickets, however, we may be eligible for group pricing if enough seniors (age 55 or older) are interested. Transportation will be $10 per trip. Call the COA to reserve a seat.

Worcester Art Museum – Winslow Homer Exhibit. The COA travels to the Worcester Art Museum on Friday, Jan. 19 (snow date: Friday, Feb. 2). We’ll have a docent-led tour of Winslow Homer’s paintings. The exhibition “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England” explores the artist’s time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Cost: $20. Transportation partially subsidized by the Friends of the Sherborn COA. Lunch is on your own.

Canyon Country Presentation for Fall Trip. We are heading to Canyon Country in October. Come to the Westwood Senior Center, 210 Nahatan St., Westwood, on Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. to hear about our eight-day trip, which starts at the Grand Canyon, and travels through Lake Powell, Sedona, Bryce and Zion National Parks and ends in Las Vegas. Vincent Brown, from Collette, will show slides and discuss details of trip. RSVP by calling Westwood COA at 781-329-8799. Light refreshments will be provided.

Peabody Essex Museum — Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit. Join the Dover-Sherborn Travel Club on Friday, March 23, as they travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem to experience “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.” The show focuses on her use of compact masses, organic silhouettes, minimal ornamentation and restrained color palettes. $45 includes transportation, lunch, and museum admission.

Make this part of your New Year’s Resolution.

Complete/Update Your File of Life

Do you have a red magnetic “File of Life” folder on the refrigerator door? Do you know this is the first place medical responders go to look for important information when there is an emergency? If you haven’t updated your File of Life card with current medication and current phone number of your family members to be contacted in case of emergency, please do it now. Contact the COA if you need a File of Life folder or the insert.

If you are not a senior, but you are the primary contact for your parents, we’d be happy to give you a File of Life so you can keep their medication listing at your house. Stop by the COA office (the basement of Town Hall) and ask for one.

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