Here’s what the Council on Aging has planned for December

Dec 1, 2021

December is here and the Dartmouth Council on Aging will be hosting a full schedule of events/activities. Here’s what’s coming up this month.

Council on Aging newsletter

The COA newsletter is available on the Town of Dartmouth website. Visit to check out the latest letter or previous newsletters.

Identity theft and fraud prevention

On Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., the Better Business Bureau and the Office of Consumer Affairs will present how to spot scams and other forms of prevention against identity theft and fraud. Pre registration required.

Old hymns and holiday songs

Ring in the holiday season with classic tunes performed by Russell Chamberlin of the New Bedford Salvation Army. Performances will be held at the senior center Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m.

Call the Center at (508) 999-4717 to register.

Annual holiday party

The party, scheduled for Dec. 14 at 1 p.m., will offer a lunch and will be followed by a performance of 1950s songs by the band Daddy-O.

Residents are asked to call the Center to reserve a spot.

Take in holiday displays

On Dec. 15, residents can hop on one of the senior center’s vans to take a tour of Dartmouth’s most dazzling light and holiday displays. The van will leave the Center at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but participants must register in advance.

Celebrations and holidays in art

The Center will host a presentation going over festive images from medieval times to the present day, along with offering a colorful backdrop to a

discussion about artists’ creative ways of telling stories. The presentation will be held Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

“Your life. Your legacy. Plan to make it right.”

This is an informative, voluntary presentation hosted by the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth will focus on the views funeral planning. All questions on planning ahead will be answered, along with providing attendee the four steps to creating and sharing your final wishes with those you love. Pre-registration is required.

Gentle yoga with Jane Hoffman

The Center will host weekly yoga sessions which combine dance moves with the typical positions. Classes will be held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Cost is $5.

New resistance bands with Larry

The Center will host a group class focused on stretching and balance. Classes will be held Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Bands are included for $2. Walk-ins are welcome.

Hearing clinic with At Home Healthcare

Hearing evaluations and hearing aid checks will be held Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Call the Center at (508) 999-4717 to schedule an appointment.

Creative arts Fridays

On Dec. 3 and 10, the Center will host classes going over the exploration of media, including drawing and painting.

The class, which will be held each Friday, is presented by the New Bedford Art Museum. Classes are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Pre-registration required as space is limited.

Dance for Parkinson’s

The Center will host a weekly training session in which participants are empowered to explore movement and music. Sessions are free and will be held Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Alzheimer’s support group

This professionally led group is for caregivers. Meetings are Dec. 14 and 28. For more information, contact facilitator Carolyn Greany at (508) 304-4587.

YWCA Widow Person Program

The YWCA Widow Person Program will be returning to the Center on Dec. 2 and 16 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for newly widowed and 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for all others. Walk-ins are welcome.

Book Club

The book club meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of the month.  Pre-registration is required.

Classes at the Center 

Cam’s body awareness is held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $2.

Gentle Yoga with Joan is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays. Cost is $5.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Strength and Flexibility with Larry will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Larry will teach how to improve your muscle, bone strength, balance and flexibility with a full body routine using hand weights.This modified class is fit for all. 

Cost is $2. Walk-ins are welcome.

Tai Chi will be held Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Classes returned Aug. 10 as part of an eight week session. Cost is $30 for the eight weeks. Those who want to get a preview before doing more tai chi are encouraged to drop in for a free class.


Bridge will be held Mondays from noon to 3 p.m. Cribbage will happen Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mah Jongg is on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the Center will offer billiards lessons. Classes are limited to four people. To register, call the Center.

Legal advice

For other legal advice, the COA will host consultations with elder law attorney Brandon Walecka on Dec. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. by appointment only.

For more information, visit, contact Walecka at or (774) 203-9003, or call the Council on Aging.

The COA also recommends reaching out to the Justice Bridge Legal Center, a UMass Law affiliate that can be reached by calling (508) 449-9296 or emailing

Justice Bridge will also hold a clinic on Dec. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the Center.