What’s happening at the Council on Aging: Programs, events, classes for seniors

Senior work-off program

The town of Marblehead is accepting applications for the senior work-off program until Jan. 31. The purpose of this program is to allow senior taxpayers to volunteer their services to the town in exchange for a reduction of up to $750 on their fiscal year 2024 property tax bills. 


  • Must be 60 years or older. 
  • Must own (or be the spouse of the owner) and occupy the Marblehead residence for which the abatement will apply. 
  • Income must not exceed $51,528 for a senior household of one person or $69,824 for a senior household of two. Only one volunteer abatement per household is available per year. 

There will be 30 openings for 2023. Applicants must complete conflict-of-interest training and pass a CORI check. The town department head, Council on Aging director and the applicant must agree on placement. 

Lunching at the COA

Lunch is offered on Tuesdays at noon for $3. The meals are prepared in the Council on Aging’s commercial kitchen. The Friends of the Council on Aging support these lunches. 

Grab-n-go lunches 

Grab-n-go lunches are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Council on Aging. This program is offered through “AgeSpan,” formerly known as Elder Services of Merrimack Valley & North Shore. Pick up time is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations must be made the Thursday before by calling 781-631-6225. 

The Traveling Chef returns 

On Friday, Jan. 27, at noon, Grab-n-go is replaced with a seated meal at the COA. RSVP at 781-631-6225. Suggested donation is $2. 

Caregiver Support Group 

Everyone’s welcome at this dinner and conversation on Wed., Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 16 at 781-631-6225. 

Flying Solo with Sharon 

COA Outreach Coordinator Sharon Doliber leads this group specifically for people who live alone. Tues., Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m. RSVP at 781-631-6225. 

Elder Survival Skill Basics 

Police Chief Dennis King will share personal safety techniques to use when out or at home. King will also offer tips on how to protect yourself from scam artists. Thursday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. 

Coffee with a Cop, now on Fridays 

Join Chief Dennis King or someone else from the Marblehead Police Department to discuss community concerns. Fridays at 8:30 a.m. 

Blood pressure clinic 

Drop-in blood pressure clinic on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.  

Muscle Conditioning 

Senior Muscle Conditioning with Kim on Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Stay Active 

This osteo class with North Shore Physical Therapy runs Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. There’s also Balance and Mobility with Mary Manning on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Each class is $3. (No classes on Jan. 16) 

Zumba Gold 

Zumba Gold classes are held on Wednesdays at noon. It is a lower intensity, Latin and world music inspired dance fitness class for all abilities.

Parkinson’s Fitness  

The Parkinson’s Fitness class is free on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Specifically developed for folks with Parkinson’s disease but appropriate for all, this class focuses on strength, mobility and balance. This program is paid for by the Friends of the Council on Aging.

Indoor curling  

Indoor curling takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. 

No experience is necessary for this indoor sport.  Instructions on how to play the game and learn the rules will be available at every session. Yearly fee is $15. Contact pbibbo@aol.com with questions.  

Strength & Stretch 

The Council on Aging offers a Strength & Stretch class on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $3.  

Step it Up 

Karen Jancsy leads this low-impact movement and muscle conditioning class. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. (No class on Jan. 16.) 

Weight training 

A weight training class is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Yoga with Evie 

A yoga class is held on Mondays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.  

Chair yoga  

Gail Perry Borden teaches chair yoga on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Line dancing 

Kate Hoffman teaches line dancing on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first hour is focused on beginners; however, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Cost is $5. 

Drop-in Songs & Music 

Enjoy this sing-along to golden oldies, show tunes, sea shanties and more. If you play an instrument, bring it along. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to noon. 

Movie days 

The COA is hosting a screening of the movie “Endangered” on Friday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. 

Popcorn and drinks will be served. RSVP by calling 781-631-6225. 


Learn how to quilt in this class on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per class. The Quilt Guild will meet Tues., Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. 


Cribbage is held on Tuesdays. Doors close at 9:30 a.m.  


Play mahjong Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (No Mahjong on Jan. 16.) 

I Love Bridge 

This advanced bridge instruction class meets Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5. (No class on Jan. 16.) Drop-in bridge is on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


Canasta is now at the COA on Thursdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Book Club 

In January, the book club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 27, 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call Sharon for the book title at 781-631-6225. 

Get a senior Charlie Card 

People who are 65 years or older are eligible for reduced MBTA fares with a senior Charlie Card. 

These cards are valid for eight years. Call Nadine Lepick at 781-631-6225 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to ask questions or make an appointment to process an application. Cards can also be reloaded with cash on any bus. 

Need help with heating costs?  

The Home Energy Assistance Program at North Shore Community Action Programs, Inc. helps income-eligible households pay their winter heating bills even if the cost of heat is included in their rent. If your gross household income falls within certain limits, you may qualify for payment towards winter heating bills. In addition, eligible National Grid customers may qualify for a discount of up to 32 percent off their electric and gas bills. For more information about Home Energy Assistance, call 978-531-8810 or email fuelassistance@nscap.org.  

Need a lift?  

The COA offers transportation services to both in-town and out-of-town medical appointments and in-town errands such as the hairdresser, bank, to vote or to the COA for programs and/or lunch. Weekly grocery shopping trips to Crosby’s and Market Basket and bimonthly trips to the North Shore Mall are also available. Transportation runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, call 781-631-6225. 

Home safety audits  

The town offers home safety audits to local residents. A representative from both the Marblehead Fire Department and the Council on Aging will schedule a time to meet seniors at their homes and review and discuss home safety options.. Also, free fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and lock boxes can be installed. To learn more, contact Sharon Doliber at 781-631-6225. 

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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