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Retired men hear about sculptor Dallin's effort

Nancy Blanton at Retired Men's Club of Arlington

UPDATED Nov. 13: The Retired Men’s Club of Arlington heard Nancy Blanton, director of outreach and engagement of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, on Thursday, Nov. 11.

She presented the quest of sculptor Cyrus Dallin to create the iconic and larger-than-life Paul Revere monument, which stand's in Boston's North End.

Blanton’s presentation held the member’s interest through both a thorough knowledge of her subject along with a comprehensive matching of time-period photos.

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Town offers tax-relief options for seniors

Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens, May 23, 2019.Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens in 2019.

3 programs offer property tax, rental assistance

Arlington residents age 60 and older may volunteer in town departments to earn property-tax credit or rental assistance. Here is some information about three options:

  • Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Fund
  • Senior Homeowner Property Tax Relief Work Off Program
  • Harry Barber Renters Work Off Program 

Application links are here or call our office if you need a paper copy mailed to your home. Please see application for deadlines.

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Help CoA cross capital-campaign finish line

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Aims to open doors in fall

The Council on Aging is counting down the days until the renovated Arlington Community Center is complete, and we can open our doors again to our beloved older adults. 

Prepandemic, we would be reaching out this time of year, asking you to register for our Arlington for All Ages 5K Race. This year, we are asking you to join us in crossing a different type of finish line.

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$7,000 grant aids virtual exercise for those with dementia, caregivers

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Council on Aging Executive Director Kristine Shah has announced that the council has received a $7,000 grant to assist with virtual exercise-class offerings to support those living with dementia in Arlington.

The funds from The I'm Still Here Foundation offer a variety of programs to residents living with dementia and their caregivers through a virtual platform. These programs will run for one year and start with yoga and general exercise before advancing to different levels of cardiovascular exercise, stretching and meditation.

As part of the program, the council will train and educate instructors on dementia-related topics to best accommodate the needs of those with the memory-impaired and caretakers. The programs aim to be inclusive and accessible, allowing participants to choose their level of difficulty and have fun while exercising with a member of their family or other caretakers.

Classes begin in August and run through July 2022.

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Brightview owner named to Fortune 100 best in 2021

Brightview Senior Living is ranked on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® 2021 list for its exceptional company culture.

Brightview assisted living, Arlington, logo

The company, with a presence in Arlington, builds, owns and operates 45 communities on the East Coast, with seven senior living communities in New England.

As the only senior living company to make the list, this award is based on analysis of survey responses from more than half a million current employees across the U.S. 

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Tips to avoid Covid-19 scams targeting seniors

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The Office Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has reported this memo regarding Covid-19 vaccine scams targeting seniors:

Beware: Scammers are targeting seniors online and by phone offering to drive them to a Massachusetts vaccination site for a hefty payment. Seniors in Middlesex County could be at risk for Covid-19 related scams. Only take a ride from someone you know and trust.

For more information, join the Senior Scams Zoom presentation, set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16.

If you need assistance, contact your local police department (781-643-1212 in Arlington) or the Arlington Council on Aging at 781-316-3400.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sharing these tips to avoid vaccine related scams:

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$8M Senior Center renovations aim for spring completion

Project includes major building upgrades, new community space
Senior Center, Maple Street entrance, Sterling Associates rendering
Senior Center, Maple Street entrance. / Sterling Associates rendering

The major renovations at the Senior Center/Central School building, at 20 Academy /27 Maple, are expected to be completed in late spring.

Begun last spring after Town Meeting appropriated more than $8 million, the project has three goals:

  • Develop a modern, expanded space on the ground and first floors dedicated to the Council on Aging, Arlington Senior Association, and community events and activities;

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Council on Aging grant from Lahey eyes underserved

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The town Council on Aging has received a grant through the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Community Benefits Program.

Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Bongiorno and Council on Aging Director Kristine Shah report that the grant for $11,860 will be used to help decrease barriers between underserved minority populations of older adults in Arlington and their access to transportation.

As part of the project, the Arlington CoA will provide free curb-to-curb transportation to in-person medical appointments for underserved senior populations in Arlington. The CoA will use its accessible passenger vans as well as partner with a local taxi/livery company to provide the rides.

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Council on Aging 5K runs virtually, raises more than $2,000


UPDATED, Sept. 7: The Council on Aging through the Arlington Health & Human Services Charitable Corp. held the Arlington For All Ages 5K Race on Sept. 5 and 6. Because of  Covid-19, the race took place virtually.

Over 60 runners registered, and donations of support added more than $2,000 toward the capital campaign.

The top three winners in male and female categories are listed below. Kristine Shah, executive director of the Council on Aging, recognized Dick Smith, winner in the over-90 category, with a time of 61.19.

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Senior Center programs suspended; transportation to continue

In response to the coronavirus, town officials announced Wednesday, March 11, that all Arlington Senior Center programming is suspended until further notice.

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Senior transportation services will continue to run, to ensure Arlington's senior population can make it to vital appointments.

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Support urged for Community Center’s capital campaign

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Out with the old. / Rose Udics photo

Funds sought to equip new center, seeking to make it a destination for all residents

The Arlington Senior Center is undergoing its first renovation since the 1980s.

This project seeks to deliver a 21st-century facility aimed at meeting the unique and evolving needs of its residents, ultimately transforming the Arlington Senior Center as we know it into the Arlington Community Center.

The Council on Aging and Arlington Senior Association have launched a campaign to raise $300,000 in order to fully furnish and equip the new Arlington Community Center.

New accommodations will ensure a modern, comfortable and accessible space that is truly a destination for Arlington’s residents.

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Arlington for All Ages 5K road-race held


The 10-annual Arlington for All Ages 5K Road Race was held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in front of Town Hall, finishing at 27 Maple St.

At the 2019 finish line in front of the Senior Center, organizers plan to have fun activities for all ages as all cheer on the runners from age 8 to 88.

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$8 million Senior Center renovation plans detailed

Senior Center, Maple Street entrance, Sterling Associates rendering
Senior Center, Maple Street entrance. / Sterling Associates rendering

UPDATED, June 18: How will an $8 million building project better serve Arlington’s seniors? That question, and free ice cream treats, drew about 50 people out on a chilly, rainy afternoon to a presentation on upcoming renovations planned for the Arlington Senior Center.

The June 13 event’s featured speakers were Jennifer Raitt, Arlington’s director of planning and community development and secretary to the Redevelopment Board, and Christine Bongiorno, the town’s director of Health and Human Services.

Malcolm Hamilton, president of the nonprofit Arlington Seniors Association (ASA), and Susan Carp, director of the Arlington Council on Aging (CoA), also contributed to the discussion.

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86 seeking tax relief for seniors hear about options

Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens, May 23, 2019.Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens in 2019.

UPDATED, May 26: Concern about rising taxes in the light of reassessed properties and two June votes spurred 86 people to crowd into the mural room at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 23.

Seeking ways to address costs, they came for some hope and got information about how the town can help. Some of the programs are not well-enough known, as indicated by how few use them.

"We do not have an answer for everything," said Susan Carp, executive director of the Council on Aging (CoA). "I'm not going to sugar-coat this ...."

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Armstrong therapy dog visits Senior Center

therapy dogTherapy dog Willie Blue Armstrong receives attention from a Senior Center guest. 

Armstrong Ambulance took its new therapy dog on its first community outing, and it was to the Senior Center.  

The chocolate lab, Willie Blue Armstrong, paid a visit April 18. He was accompanied Armstrong HR Director (and Willie's trainer) Beth Keegan, Katherine Aker, the provider relations and marketing representative, and Meredith Lambroff, the chief business officer.

Following an invitation by Senior Center staff, the outing became Willie's first official trip into the community since he joined Armstrong earlier this year. During his visit, members of the Armstrong team filled attendees in on Willie's background and training.

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