Memorial Day Parade (photo by Linda Burkell)
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Council on Aging
The Rockport Council on Aging was established at Town Meeting on March 1, 1971.Councils on Aging in Massachusetts were first created by Chapter 495 of the Acts of 1956 and made part of the General Laws Section 8B of Chapter 40.
Identify the total needs of the communities elderly population
Educate the community and enlist support and participation of all citizens concerning these needs.
Design, promote or implement services to fill these needs; or coordinate present existing services in the community
Promote and support any other programs which are designed to assist elderly programs in the community.
The Rockport Council on Aging consisting of from seven to eleven citizens of this Town,appointed by the Board of Selectmen for terms not to exceed four years for any member.Said terms shall be staggered so that not more than three appointments shall be made in any calendar year. Members can be reappointed for consecutive terms. As of April 16, 2010 the Council currently has one opening.The duties of said Council on Aging shall be to:
The Rockport Council on Aging shall cooperate with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on Aging and shall be cognizant of all state and federal legislation concerning funding, information exchange, and program planning which exists for better community programming for the elderly.
The Rockport Senior Center located at 58 Broadway in the Community House building, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00-4:00 PM, and Friday from 8:00-1:00 PM, except holidays.
The Rockport Senior center is located in the heart of Rockport, close to the churches, and bus lines.While the center opened at its current location Feb. 1, 2011, the Senior Center has been active since 1972.The center has noon lunches, classes, activities, a well-equipped kitchen, television, DVD, fitness classes,computer room and fitness equipment.
The Senior Center offers many activities. We would like to invite you to join us for Bingo, Strength/Balance Class,Arthritis Exercise Class,Yoga,Tai Chi,Duplicate Bridge,Cribbage Scrabble,Quilting & Knitting groups, Bus Trips, Barbecues, and special lunches and dinners with entertainment.
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness is key to a healthy lifestyle.The VNA of the North Shore currently offers a blood pressure clinic. The clinic is at the Senior Center on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-12:00 Noon. Appointments necessary by calling the VNA.
Other wellness activities include Arthristis Exercise Class on mondays from 10:30-11:30AM, Strength, Flexibility and Balance 9AM on Fridays, Yoga every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-10:00AM, and Tai Ji every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00AM,Cost is $4.00 per class. Access to the senior center fitness room is available for use from 9:00-3:00PM Monday-Thursday and Friday from 9:00-1:00PM.
The Council on Aging provides information and referrals, client support, in-home services, housing assistance,senior advocate and benefit counseling.
Several educational programs are offered at the center. Programs have included elder law, fall and fire prevention, scam prevention, prescription information, nutrition information, health information, benefit information, arts & crafts.
Meals at the center are provided by SeniorCare Nutrition Program for those 60 and over. The center is a designated meal site (lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM. Cost is $2.00). Reservations are needed by calling 978-546-5027, 24 hours in advance.
SeniorCare provides meals for the homebound for those 60 and over. If you need meals on wheels, you can call SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 and ask for the nutrition department.
The Rockport COA together with the Cape Ann Food Pantry and SeniorCare Nutrition provide the Senior Mobile Market on the first Thursday of each month from 10:15-11:15 AM at the Senior Center for low-income seniors. Three bags of fresh fruit, vegetables, and groceries are provided for pick up.
Transportation is provided by Cape Ann Transportation Authority, (CATA), Dial-a-Ride program. CATA provides transportation for medical appointments, local shopping, and mall shopping. Grocery shopping is every Tuesday from 11:45-2:00 PM. You must call 978-283-7916 to make a reservation. The driver stops at Stop & Shop Gloucester, and Shaw’s Market, Eastern Avenue, Gloucester,and Market Basket. Cost is $4.00 round trip. The CATA bus rides to the North Shore Mall/Liberty Tree Mall once each month on the first Wednesday after the 3rd of the month. Pick up is at Pigeon Cove Ledges 9:30 AM., Millbrook Park 9:35 AM, and Rockport High School Apartments at 9:40 AM Cost is $5.00 round trip. You need to call 978-283-7916 to make a reservation in advance.
SeniorCare in Gloucester provides Rockport seniors volunteer transportation beyond Gloucester for medical appointments. You must call SeniorCare in advance.