Here's what the Council on Aging has planned for October

Oct 5, 2021

October 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.

Lower back workshop

The workshop, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m., will give participants knowledge they need to keep lower back strong flexible and injury. Participants will be required to perform exercises.

Free walk-ins are welcome.

Let’s talk feet

Join podiatrist Dr. Alan Lechan Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. as he discusses the causes, risks, factors and prevention of callouses and bunions. A question and answer session will follow the talk. Walk-ins are welcome.

Creative arts Fridays

Beginning Oct. 8, 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.

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

The Center’s Alzheimer's support group will resume meetings at the center on Oct. 19. This professionally led group is for caregivers. 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 Oct. 14 and 28 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.

Medicare 101

Joseph O’Neil of Medicare Help 65 will present Medicare basics and the importance of enrollment periods for seniors on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

To sign up, call the Center at (508) 999-4717.

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.

Hearing clinic with At Home Healthcare

Hearing evaluations and hearing aid checks will be held Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Legal advice

For other legal advice, the COA will host consultations with elder law attorney Brandon Walecka on Oct. 14 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 Oct. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the Center.