WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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22 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 M E D I A B A K E R Y 10 tips five Become a volunteer. Advocate for consumers, help seniors fill out Medicare forms, or tutor students. It's immensely satisfying to make a difference in someone else's life. You can put your own expertise to work or receive training through nonprofit and government programs. After watching the erratic care some of my loved ones received at nursing homes, I volun- teered to become an ombudsman, part of a gov- ernment program that assigns senior advocates to long-term care facilities (contact www.springwell.com for local opportunities). Your local schools and councils on aging can also point you to volunteer opportunities, ranging from reading out loud to youngsters to giving rides to seniors. six Learn a foreign language. Aside from taking classes, you can learn on your own by purchasing a course or borrowing one from your library. My wife is learning German and French simultaneously, relying solely on materials she's borrowed from the library and found online. Among her favorites: the Michel Thomas Method, which makes learning fun and fast. seven Get some exercise. While I realize not everyone is a morning person, I find that hitting the Y when its doors open provides multiple benefits. Aside from burning calories, I feel that even if I do nothing else during the day, I've accomplished something; I jumpstart my work day; I've formed a bond with my fellow early birds; and I don't have to think about when I will go to the gym for the rest of the day. If morning doesn't work for you, don't fret. Build exercise into your schedule any time you can! Contact the Wellesley and Weston Recreation Departments for information about walking groups and fitness classes. eight Dig out history. Research your family or home history. Seek out old family letters, sort through attic boxes, interview your oldest relatives, and tap into websites like ancestry.com or Google family members. At the library or historical society, you can find street indexes and old fire insurance maps that offer amazingly detailed information, including ages and occupations of people who used to live in your home or neighborhood. You might discover whether you live in a former apple orchard, cornfield, or summer estate. nine Expand your mind. You can virtually attend MIT, Stanford, and other great universities through noncredit online courses. The free Khan Academy, which has a channel on YouTube, demystifies physics, biology, even world history. For ideas, visit www.openculture.com. ten Experience nature. If you want to develop a green thumb or just an appreciation for flora, visit the Massachusetts Horticultural Center at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley. Visit www.masshort.org for a listing of workshops and lectures. You can become a birder without even leaving your home: just buy a feeder, a pair of binoculars, and a guide. For help, contact the Massachusetts Audubon Society (www.mass - audubon.org), which offers guided and self-guided tours of its many sanctuaries, including Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick. And if you haven't been to the Wellesley College greenhouses, they are well worth a visit.

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