Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for September 2017






• The first celebration of Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.

• 10,000 workers marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd to Wendel’s Elm Park for speeches.

• It is unclear if Peter McGuire, the cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, or Mathew Maguire, a machinist, proposed the idea of Labor Day becoming a holiday.

• Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.

• June 28, 1894 is when a decision was made to have the first Monday of September Labor Day.

• 19th century Americans worked 12 hours days 7 days a week.

• September 3, 1916 – the Adams Act was passed to establish an 8 hour work day.
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Are you interested in learning how to play musical instruments? The silver Chimers Handchime Choir, under the direction of Mary Hourigan, will begin a new session of music.

For those who are not musically talented, this activity does not require prior musical knowledge. Mary will teach basic note recognition and rhythm and how to apply them to playing music with chimes.

Handchimes are light weight, hand held musical instruments, each with its own note. Each chimer plays one or two hand chimes. Additionally, learning a new skill is a great way to stay mentally sharp while making new friends and beautiful music. Those interested in joining should contact the COA at 508-261-7368. This is a free activity. return to menu

Computer class will now be a group computer instruction class that will meet the 1st Tuesday of each month beginning September 5th at 10:00 AM. return to menu

The COA Painting Program meets on Tuesdays, at 1:00 PM, at the COA, $3 for residents, and $5 for non-residents. This program is for beginners and for those who have experience in painting.

Important items to bring to your first class are water color paints, a paint brush, a pad of water color paint paper, and ideas of what you’d like to paint. The class is taught by commercial artist Nancy Bellerose. Nancy has been a lifelong painter and artist. A graduated of Vesper George School of Art, her students characterize her as patient, supportive and encouraging.

Each student decides what they would like to paint and Nancy helps them develop their skills. Those who have never painted before are pleased with their own artistic development. Additionally, students have reported that they enjoy getting to meet people that they would not have met before. They stated that this program is their “oasis from reality.” return to menu

As you age, your body and life changes. When you become an older adult, your body begins to need fewer calories. A diet rich with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is essential to your overall health. According to the “National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Older adults, along with other Americans, are advised to "eat from the rainbow" of foods rich in nutrients.”

  • Fruits& Vegetables - Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but rich in nutrients and fiber. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your chances in getting Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. It’s best to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Green vegetables like spinach and kale protect against age-related eye disease. White foods like cauliflower help protect against some cancers. Red foods like tomatoes and watermelon are thought to be important for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease. Blue and purple foods like blueberries and eggplant may help protect the body from cancer.

  • Oils—The main function of fats in the body is to provide energy. By supplying energy, fats save proteins from being used for energy and allow them to perform their more important role of building and repairing tissues.

  • Fluids—Consume plenty of liquids. Fluids can come from water, soups, fruits and vegetables.

  • Grains—Whole grain and fortified foods are good sources of fiber and B vitamins. Almost any grain based product is now available in a whole grain version for example whole wheat bread.

  • Dairy—Provides Vitamin D which functions in the body to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorous, thereby helping to build and maintain bones.

  • Protein—Provides building blocks of body tissue, and can also serve as a fuel source for your body.

    In addition to a proper diet, physical activity is important for your wellbeing. Regular exercise may improve your endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Check with your healthcare provider for the exercise that is right for you.

    The Council on Aging is committed to supporting older adults in their quest to maintain overall health by offering multiple exercise programs that meet your needs. We currently offer:
  • Arthritis Exercise with Joyce, Mondays at 11:00 AM & Wednesdays at 11:15 AM
  • Balance with Kim, Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
  • Exercise with Michelle, Mondays, 1:30 PM
  • Tai-Chi for Arthritis with Joyce Tuesdays, 10:45 AM
  • Cardio Fitness with Lee Ann, Wednesdays at 1:30 PM
  • Core and More with Kim, Thursdays at 11:30 AM
  • Chair Yoga with Tina, Thursdays at 2:30 PM
  • Strength/Balance/Endurance with Lee Ann, Fridays at 1:30 PM
  • Line Dance with Lestyn, Fridays 11:30 AM
  • COA Walking Club with Maribell, Tuesdays at 8:45 AM
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