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Committee member Jennifer Coplon has led us on a new initiative with the Waltham Council on Aging (CoA). CoA, primarily funded by the State Executive Office of Elder Affairs, serves the aging population of Waltham who are 60+.  Of the 10,000 people in this age group, 2,000 participate at CoA in a wide range of services and activities.  All services, including a daily medical van, a bus for local shopping twice and week, and discounted taxi vouchers, are available to all seniors in the city. Meals on Wheels serves 100 income-eligible seniors, who have meals cooked and delivered daily by 150 volunteers.  Although there are many courses, card games, craft groups, and programs from which to choose, a priority of the CoA is fitness so that the lives of elders can be improved physically, mentally and emotionally.

Letter from Mary Beth Duffy, Director, CoA

Twenty-four WSRC Scholars and staff contributed to our 2011 holiday donation of $200, which made possible supplemental groceries for the residents most in need of support. We want to build on this partnership through Marybeth Duffy, the CoA’s Executive Director, who is eager to work with us. Given the talents of the Scholars and the needs of the Council, we can make a difference in the community where WSRC makes a difference for us.

In February of 2012, Marybeth Duffy visited WSRC.

Marybeth Duffy, Executive Director, CoA, Waltham and Jennifer Coplon, Visiting Scholar, WSRC

She shared with members of the Waltham Committee literature on the varied ways CoA serves the senior population of Waltham and how may the Committee lead WSRC to collaborate and address and meet the needs of the local community.  Some ideas were to organize talks around topics such as inter-generational dynamics, developing  oral histories, issues of bereavement, film screening and discussion, book reading by Scholars who have recently published books. As a next step, a proposal will be submitted to CoA for their comments and approval. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.

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