Council on Aging

The Canton Council on Aging is the only Public Human Services Agency in Canton providing a variety of social services to its residents.

Although our building is closed to the public at this time, we are in the office assisting individuals with food shopping, food pantry delivery, prescription delivery, mask deliveries, friendly visitor phone calls, emotional support, and more


 We are working on virtual programs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

We are eagerly awaiting the day we can all be together again!


You can also find our programs at:

Canton COA Facebook

Canton Community TelevisionComcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 43

If you are having problems connecting with any of these programs, please call us and we will walk you through it. 

We are here to help!

 781-828-1323




***NEW***

COVID 19 VACCINE UPDATE

Are you 75 years or older or do you have at least two underlying medical conditions that make you a high risk for contracting COVID-19?

If you answered YES to this question, please call the Council on Aging at 781- 828 -1323 to have your name added to the list of individuals who need the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.   You must be a Canton resident.

As soon as we have more details on the arrival of the vaccine and clinics, we will contact you.  We anticipate that the vaccine will be available in early February.


**NEW** 

Warm Wishes for a Happy New Year from your friends at the Canton Council on Aging!


During these uncertain times, things are changing rapidly and we are doing our best to give you the most up to date information.

Starting Monday, December 21st, due to the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and in the Town of Canton, our Senior Center will be moving to a “by-appointment only” service model until such time as we can re-open safely. 


As a result, our Senior Center will be closed to all Live Fitness programs beginning Monday December 21st. 

Visits to the Senior Center will be limited to appointments only, in accordance with Township guidelines. 

Please call us at 781-828-1323 to make all appointments


We had not anticipated closing down our Senior Center for Live Programs so suddenly and have now transitioned all events to a “virtual” medium. 


From January, we will have all Fitness classes virtually and are working with the Instructors to use Zoom for their respective classes.  


We are here to help you set up Zoom or assist you in any way to enable you to have an enjoyable virtual experience. 


We will also start to offer Technology Assistance on Friday afternoons in January. Please call us at 781-828-1323 to make an appointment. 


You can enjoy several programs by simply Dialing in, using your telephone! Please call us if you need assistance with technology to participate in any of these programs.


We are offering transportation for essential services and providing social services to those in need.


You can access our schedule as well as all that we are offering by visiting the following:

 

Please call us 781 828 1323 to pre-register or if you have any questions.

We miss you all very much!  The Senior Center is not the same without you. 

 

We have transitioned to all Virtual Programs at the Canton Senior Center- here is the line-up for all the programs you can participate in, from the comfort of your homes.

Please call us at 781-828-1323 if you require assistance


Check out all the Upcoming Programs for January at the Canton Senior Center!!

Click here for details


Check out our new WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF VIRTUAL PROGRAMS!


Virtual Programs At A Glance

Day Time Event
Monday 9:00 AM  Sports Class with Sherry
Tuesday 9:00 AM Yoga with Sherry
Tuesday 10:00 AM  Coffee & Chat
Tuesday  11:00 AM Line Dancing with Rich
Wednesday 10:00 AM Zumba with Eddie
Wednesday 1:00 PM T'ai Chi with Vince
Thursday 9:00 AM Sit Fit with Sherry
Thursday 2:00 PM Conversations That Count
Thursday 5:00 PM Virtual Happy Hour
Friday 10:00 AM Zumba with Eddie
Friday 12:30 PM  Friday Specials!
Friday 2:00-4:00 PM Tech Help

We have some wonderful guests from our community for our Tuesday morning Coffee Chats in January!

Join Zoom meeting  https://zoom.us/j/365693758     

OR           

Dial in:    +1 929 205 6099      At prompt enter Meeting ID 365 693 758#

1/5:  Canton Veteran’s Agent Arafat Knight  

1/12: Barbara Reardon from Canton Board of Health  

1/19:  What are you watching with COA staff 

1/26:  David Fleischman from APR Physical Therapy on Back Pain


Special Presentation: Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30 PM

Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not and What to Do About It.  

Dr. Andrew Budson is back to explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer’s versus normal aging, what medications, vitamins, diets, and exercise regimes can help and the best habits, strategies and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps.  

Dr. Budson is Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Director of Education at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and Professor of Neurology at Boston University.  Call 781-828-1323 to register for this wonderful presentation!    

Join Zoom meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82335067862   

OR Dial in:1 929 205 6099 US  At Prompt, enter Meeting ID: 823 3506 7862


Here are links to some wonderful online programs that you can enjoy!

Please call us at the Center 781-828-1323 if you require assistance with any of these programs, we’re here to help!


Links to Other Programs

https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/

https://nyphil.org/watch-listen

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

https://www.newportmansions.org/about-us/videos

https://www.kennedy-center.org/digitalstage/

https://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress

Tech Help on Fridays!

2:00- 4:00 PM

We are pleased to offer Technology Assistance on Friday afternoons with Dawnmarie and Shaun.

Please call us at 781-828-1323 to make an appointment.

The Canton Council on Aging/Senior Center is working in conjunction with other local COAs to offer a variety of Virtual programs for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home during this difficult time. Please feel free to explore and use the following links:

Click here to view the Programs at the Walpole Council on Aging

Click here to view the Programs at the Dedham Council On Aging.

** NEW**

Canton Corresponds

The Canton Council on Aging and the Canton Parks & Recreation Department are opening registration for a community-wide pen pal program. 

The program “Canton Corresponds” will connect older adults (or anyone feeling alone) with youth participants. 

We are looking for student volunteers in grades K-12 and anyone who is feeling isolated during these trying times and would benefit from corresponding through letters with other Canton residents. This experience will be fun for all involved and be a great way to feel connected! 


You can register by calling the Council on Aging at 781-828-1323

or at https://www.cantonrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29315



"Conversations that Count" with Professor Angelina Avedano

The daily barrage of bad news can often cause us to lose focus. This four week long discussion forum will look at the changes we are facing in the world today and how to identify and focus on the things that matter. These are the “Conversations that Count”: they create community and inspire us to live an engaged and fulfilled life. 


Check out Dr Avedano's video at https://youtu.be/B-Da4rFfGTc


Thursdays January 7th,14th 21st, 28th at 2:00 PM


Join Zoom meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86257030822 

or Dial in +1 929 205 6099       At prompt enter Meeting ID 86257030822 


Grab and Go Lunch at the Canton Senior Center

Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Canton Council on Aging with the generous collaboration of HESSCO is offering a Grab and Go Lunch on Wednesdays

The packed lunch consists of a sandwich, chips, side salad, dessert and lemonade with a different sandwich each week.

Registration is required by noon on the Friday before and a suggested donation is $3, though the HESSCO estimate of the actual cost of the lunch is $8.50

Please call the Senior Center for registration

781-828-1323

Click here to see the flyer

Book Club On Zoom

The Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. Join this group for a wonderful discussion!


Please call us at 781-828-1323 for Zoom information

Caregivers Support Group :TELEPHONE CALL 

Tuesday, January 12th at 1:00 PM


Calling all Caregivers to carve out some of their well-deserved time to join the Canton COA Caregivers Support Group Meeting. 

Let's share our stories and discuss the ways we are caring for our loved ones during these difficult times!


Dial in: +1 929 205 6099    At prompt, enter Meeting ID: 853 4588 4031#

OR

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85345884031


Low Vision Support Group Call!

The Low Vision Support Group will meet via a conference call:

Wednesday, January 27th at 11:30 AM 

Please join us for a friendly chat with our Support Group!

If you know anyone who might benefit from this meeting, please have them join us.


Dial in  +1 929 205 6099

At prompt Enter Meeting ID   896 557 858 58#

OR 

Join Zoom Meeting  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89655785858

Memory Café

Thursday January 28th at 1:30 PM

The Memory Café will meet via Zoom/Phone call on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Please join us with your family and friends!


The Memory Café is a free, virtual event that provides a safe and supportive gathering place for friends with varying level of memory loss to relax and enjoy conversation with their care partners, family and community members.

Please RSVP for this event to

mschaus@cornerstonecanton.com


Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89843796800


Meeting ID: 898 4379 6800


Call in: 1 929 205 6099 . At prompt Enter Meeting ID 898 4379 6800#



Memory Cafe Jan

Happy Hour!


Thursdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th at 5:00 PM

Join your friends for a chat with cocktails at our Virtual Happy Hour! 


You can call using your telephone: Dial +1 929 205 6099 At prompt Enter Meeting ID 84352718811# 

OR 


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84352718811


Friday Specials!

At 12:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85999623025 

OR

Dial in +1 929 205 6099 At prompt enter Meeting ID 85999623025#


1/8: Southern Italian Cooking with Michael Scutari! 



1/15: Creating Your Psychological First Aid Kit for Surviving the Coronavirus with Henry Quinlan



1/22: Sheryl Faye presents: Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible. 



1/29: Covid 19 Vaccine, Is this the Cure? Presentation by Ed Martucci 




Resources and Referrals

For information on the social services we provide and helpful phone numbers please click  on the following link:


https://www.town.canton.ma.us/807/Resources-and-Referrals?fbclid=IwAR1aQzcHwDZAsfbVHqmgxBRljtLFJshL5DlG20Fw927rHpIM-gz7U8RnLG8 



Building Closure

Beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020 the Senior Center will be closed to the public, indefinitely.  Your COA Team will be working on and addressing the challenges we are currently facing, and will be able to answer your phone calls and work through issues that arise.  At this time the Meals on Wheels Program and Take-Out Congregate Meals, Limited Transportation and Outreach Services will continue.  This was not an easy decision, we care deeply about all of our members, and we will continue to be here to support you.

 We also want to make sure you are aware that this has unfortunately become an opportunity for COVID-19 scams. The AG’s office warns that scammers may try to steal your money and information by sending phony communications via phone calls, emails and texts. If a stranger claiming to be an expert on coronavirus contacts you, ignore them

 Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any assistance 781 828 1323.

Mission Statement


The Canton Council on Aging is the only Public Human Services Agency in Canton providing a variety of social services to its residents 

Our Mission

  • Serve as the primary resource and advocate for residents 60 years and older and their caregivers
  • Offer comprehensive programs and services that enhance quality of life
  • Inspire and promote community spirit through involvement and   collaboration across town


COA BOARD 

Chair Janet Walrod
Vice Chair Elaine Gilmore
Secretary Ellen Donovan
Member Dr John Crowe
Member Alan Leary
Member Jane Pratt
Member John Thoener