WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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But that word "Aging" in the name can turn people off. How do you get people in the door who feel that just by crossing the threshold, they're acknowledging they're not youngsters any- more? Even Belason, 79, of the lifelong learning program, acknowledged that he had been reluctant to go the COA. What drew him in was a talk on home generators. For others, Bogle says, it might be a seminar on estate planning, Medicare, or genealogy. Once inside the senior center, which is located in the ground floor of the Weston Community Center, they'll discover an array of programs that exercise the mind and body, uncover hidden talents, and offer opportunities to volunteer. Residents help their neighbors learn new lan- guages. Even in her 90s, local author Pat Richard has continued to draw big crowds with her passion for architecture. The campaign to build a dedicated sen- iors' center in Wellesley has raised the profile of its COA. "We've gone from being a sleepy little department to a household name," says Thieme as the council has spread the word about programming that ranges from tai chi and yoga, to monthly outings to area restau- rants and semiannual golf tournaments, to themed dances and lecture series. "It's eas- ier for me to tell you what we don't do than what we do," Thieme says. At last spring's "Jukebox Saturday Night," more than 100 people danced to the music of the '50s through '70s. Tie-dyed scarves and peace symbol key chains were among the party favors. The event was co-sponsored by the fundraising group Friends of Wellesley COA, which helped bring the younger end of the senior set to the gala. In partnership with the Wellesley Free Library, the COA offers a speaker series that is open to all ages, with subjects as varied as ancient Rome, Medicare, and the outlook for Boston's sports teams. Like the COAs, the library is looking at sen- iors much differently than in the past. Even Beyond Bingo 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 ( C O N T I N U E D O N P A G E 1 0 9 )

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