Learn What Is Happening at the COA

The Billerica Council on Aging is the primary resource for aging services in the town.  

There are two ways to learn about what is happening at the Senior Center.
  • The COA's monthly newsletter 'The Outlook'
  • Our Activities flyer
The Outlook

The monthly COA newsletter 'The Outlook' provides dates and times of all programs and activities.  Some programs are free, some are fee-based, and some are by appointment only. 

For more information about our programs, activities and services, check The Outlook and the 2016 Activities Flyer!

                Friends of the COA - Holiday Raffle                            

The Friends of the COA support us in numerous ways from Computer classes to Senior of the Year, to Volunteer Recognition event at the Elks to pool tables, from Billerica Bandstand to Men’s Group – and so much more! 

Without them we would offer LESS. Please BUY at least ONE ticket for $10 from the front desk at the COA – 25 Concord Rd to enter the drawing on DECEMBER 14TH at 3 PM. The GRAND PRIZE is $2,000, SECOND PRIZE is $300 SECOND prize and TEN prizes of $50 EACH. 

Thanks for your support!
Friends

                               COA Forum - August 25th                               

On August 25th, the Billerica COA was happy to host a forum that engaged Alice Bonner, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs; Dr. Joanne Conroy, CEO, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; Christine Schuster, President and CEO of Emerson Hospital; Jody White, President of Lowell General Hospital and Joan Hatem-Roy, Assistant Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. in a helpful exchange on how to work closer together to support the health and wellness of the aging older adult. The session was ably moderated by David Stevens, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors.

Close to 100 participants from the medical and health and human services worlds, local seniors, Billerica’s Board of Selectmen, Billerica COA Board members, Friends of the COA Board members, town municipal departments including Police and Fire Departments and key community partners participated in this important conversation on how to combine capabilities to keep seniors well in community.

The event was kicked off by Billerica Town Manager John Curran. Among the many Billerica dignitaries attending were Chair of the Billerica Board of Selectmen Andrew Deslaurier, State Rep. Marc Lombardo, Assistant Town Manager Cathy O'Dea, Billerica Fire Chief Tom Conway, Billerica Deputy Police Chief Roy Frost, Chair of the BCOA Board Peter Rodrigues with 1st Vice Chair Barbara Flaherty and 2nd Vice Chair Grace Gullotti, Friends of the Billerica COA President Ellen Rawlings and Vice President Nick Rosa.

A big thanks to Mary Leach of the Billerica MInuteman for the photos.

                            Integenerational Program                                    

From July 29, 2016 Lowell Sun Article by Rick Sobey

BILLERICA -- Tom Maloney, 75, had a slightly different childhood than Kasey Higgins, 23 -- to say the least.  Maloney grew up taking care of the farm and garden, while Higgins was able to grab food at fast-food restaurants and grocery stores.  The elder had to trek to school each day, but the millennial could ride the school bus.  

After hearing about Maloney's childhood during the Billerica Council on Aging's "Yesterday & Today" program, Higgins realized how good he has it in 2016.  "It's much easier for us to grow up," reflected Higgins, a Billerica Memorial High School graduate.  "You really gain a greater appreciation for our seniors, hearing what they went through," he added.

Dozens of other youths also gained that similar perspective after recently meeting with senior citizens at the Billerica intergenerational program funded by a grant from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  During the program, the senior citizens and youngsters (most between 13 and 15 years old) compared the similarities and differences of growing up today versus the early- to mid-1900s.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_30184064/billericas-intergenerational-program#ixzz4Fomz5Jq1

Intergenerational Foley
Intergenerational Flynn

         Veterans Appreciation Breakfast - May 24th                    

Thanks to all of our Veterans for their service!

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​We want to thank those who helped to make our May 24th Veterans Appreciation Breakfast a success.

  • FLIR Systems who supported the event and donated the door prizes
  • Michael Cunningham, our guest speaker, author of 'in Safe Hands'
  • Paul Cardello of IPods for Wounded Veterans
  • Representative Marc Lombardo
  • Selectman George Simolaris
  • Senior Sensations Tap Dancers
  • Forever Young Choral Group

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    and the 50+ Veterans who attended the event.

    From COA Director Jean Bushnell
    Our country is a land of opportunity and a source of hope and freedom to the rest of the world because our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airforce, and Coast Guards have fought fearlessly to protect the liberties we all hold so dear. Today we are humbled by their actions and gratefully pause to honor their many sacrifices, deep courage, and unwavering patriotism. Our armed forces have protected us and defended our national security continually and deserve our sincere gratitude and respect.

    Our five armed service branches consisting of courageous men and women have always put our country and what we stand for ahead of everything else. Over time, while our enemies might have changed, the bravery of our military has remained unchanged. Throughout our nation's history, the American Revolution, the intervention in Afghanistan, the invasion of Normandy, of Iraq and more, whenever our country has found it necessary to go to war to preserve basic liberties our servicemen and women have laid it all on the line to protect our freedoms and way of life.

    I encourage us to fully recognize and respect the service of those who keep us safe every day, not just on one day.

    Veterans Breakfast, Billerica COA
    May 24, 2016

     Walking and Wellness - Thanks Health & Wellness Fair!     

    WALKING REWARDS

  • Walking delivers comprehensive physical health benefits to seniors.
  • Walking promotes overall wellness, including mental and emotional health.
  • Regular exercise -- such as walking -- is a critical factor in maintaining independence throughout the aging process.
  • It’s never too late to begin reaping the benefits of a regular walking routine.
  • COA Director Jean Bushnell and Billerica Health & Wellness Fair's Joan Parcewski

    Joan and Jeanne 4-2016

    The staff and volunteers at the Billerica Council on Aging thank the Annual Health and Wellness Fair committee for their $500 to our walking club for 2016.  Pictured is Joan Parcewski, Chair of the Health and Wellness Fair with Jean Patel Bushnell, Director, COA.


                               Senior of the Year 2016   - Jo Leary                      

    Congratulations to Jo Leary who has been chosen as the 2016 Senior of the Year.

    We also congratulate our other nominees:
    • Carol Butze
    • Bill Collins
    • John DeClemente
    • Shirley Holdman

    Jo Leary - 2016 Senior of the Year

    Jo Leary 2

    ​Horseshoes Game is Back at the Senior Center for 2016!

    The 'Boys' are horsing around again!




    The history of horseshoe pitching can be traced back to Roman soldiers. During their idle hours, the soldiers occupied themselves with games that consisted of tossing metal rings over stakes pounded into the ground. Whether these first metal rings were actually horseshoes is a matter of some debate.

    April 15, 2016

    Boys Horsing Around again  4 14 16

    If you love this game please join us on Thursdays  AT 9 AM  for FUN, RECREATION AND CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS.


    If you love this game please join us on Thursdays  AT 9 AM  for FUN, RECREATION AND CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS.