Learn What Is Happening at the COA
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 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!
COA Forum - August 25th
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.
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
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast - May 24th
We want to thank those who helped to make our May 24th Veterans Appreciation Breakfast a success.
Forever Young Choral Group
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!