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

News for March/April 2017

PROGRAMS ON HIATUS

HELP WITH HEATING COSTS

HOLIDAY CLOSING

COA ANNOUNCES NEW STAFFING ASSIGNMENTS

THE EFFECT OF EXERCISE ON AGING


PROGRAMS ON HIATUS
COA Cinema Pub and Chi Gong will be on hiatus until a later date. As the new COA staff evaluates and designs new and ongoing programs for older adults, look for our upcoming exciting new additions and changes to what is offered. Do you have an idea for a program? Let us know about it—call Debi at 508-261-7368.
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HELP WITH HEATING COSTS
If your winter heating costs are unmanageable, the COA is here to help. Programs for heating assistance are still available for low to moderate income households. Applications are confidential and are simple to complete. For information, or to make an appointment to apply for a program that best fits your need, please contact Beverly, Lynette or Rose in the COA Outreach Department at 508-261-7368. return to menu

HOLIDAY CLOSING
April 17 Monday- Patriots’ Day the Council On Aging will be closed there will be no programs, transportation services or meals. Please plan accordingly. return to menu

COA ANNOUNCES NEW STAFFING ASSIGNMENTS
The Council on Aging is proud to announce two new staffing assignments. Mansfield resident Josephine Madrazo has been appointed the Assistant Director, and started her assignment on March 13th.

Josephine has worked in subsidized housing programs, homeless sheltering programs and as a caseworker for families in crisis at the state Department of Social Services. She has a BA in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and is currently working on a Certificate in Public Health Management from Boston University.

Sherry Norman, a Plainville resident, has been named as the Activities Coordinator and began her position on Friday, March 10th. Sherry has a BA in Anthropology from UMass Boston, a Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling from Northeastern University, and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Bryant University. She is a SHINE volunteer in Norfolk County at the and has served as an Acting Director at the Westwood Council On Aging and an Outreach Worker at the Plainville Council On Aging. All members of the COA community are encouraged to visit and meet both Josephine and Sherry. return to menu

THE EFFECT OF EXERCISE ON AGING
In a recent article published on the National Institute on Aging webpage, it was revealed that regular exercise helps older adults stay well longer. This translates to the fact that well adults remain more independent for longer. Regular physical activity and exercise play an important role in improving not only physical health, but also in mental health.

It is also known that regular physical activity over long periods of time produces long-term health benefits. It has been shown that regular physical activity has a positive impact on reducing the risk of chronic health conditions and illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Did you know that regular walking also helps to improve balance, respiration and an overall feeling of well-being? Physical activity does not have to be an exercise program to have benefits. Household chores such as raking or gardening help to work different groups of muscles during outdoor time. Parking further away from a destination or a store gives the added value of a longer walk.

Exercise also benefits arthritic joints by restoring flexibility and range of motion by strengthening the muscles around the joint. It has also been found that chemical changes during exercise help to lubricate joint cartilage. And, finally, regular exercise has a positive impact on weight loss and weight management, which helps to reduce the stress on arthritic joints.

The Council On Aging offers exercise and fitness programs for those who need to ease into a regular fitness routine. Chair Yoga, Arthritis Exercise, Therapeutic Tai Chi, Line Dance and Balance Class are great classes to take when your fitness level is low to moderate. For those who have regular fitness routines, Walking Club, Monday Exercise, Cardio Fitness and Strength/Balance and Endurance might be the challenge needed.

If you are unsure which classes you feel comfortable with, please come and visit. The class instructors are always available for consultation. It is not too late to become more active and reverse the negative effects of aging. Make a new exercise and physical activity program part of your “fountain of youth.” return to menu