Marion COA News

The annual Senior Citizens Chicken BBQ & Raffle by the Marion Social Club will be held on August 18. Doors open at 12:00 pm, with dinner served at 1:00 pm. Registration deadline is Monday, August 12, at 12:00 pm. Tickets are 50 cents and may be purchased at the COA office. Marion seniors may register one guest. Transportation may be provided. Meals will be delivered for homebound residents. No takeout meals are allowed.

YMCA in Wareham: Tuesday and Thursday – pick-up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.

Step & Stretch: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.

Senior Stretch: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30-10:30 am at First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse. 10-week sessions are $45. Try once for free. Sign up for one, two or three days.

Low-Impact Aerobics: Mondays and Fridays at Atlantis Drive Facility from 9:00-10:00 am, $4.

Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town Hall from 9:30-11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday-Friday.

Meals on Wheels: Delivered weekly to homebound elders.

Podiatry Clinic: Next clinic is August 19. Call for appointment.

Social Day Program: Monday-Friday to the Fairhaven Social Day Program. Pick-up begins at 7:45 am and return at 2:30 pm.

Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.

Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion, first and third Thursday at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.

SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Health insurance questions answered. Appointments are needed. Call the COA.

Upcoming trips: August 12, Providence Place Mall; September 23, Isaacs in Plymouth; October 30, Fuller Museum in Brockton. Call the office for more details and to reserve a spot on the van.

The Council on Aging has free tickets to the closed dress rehearsal for the upcoming production of Irvin Berlin Revue at ORR on Wednesday, July 31, at 7:30 pm. Please bring a canned good to be donated to a local food pantry. This show will feature alumni, along with current students.

Friends of Marion COA Makes First Donation

            The Friends of Marion COA has made its first donation to the Marion Council on Aging. The Friends is a newly formed charitable organization whose purpose is to raise money in order to help with the funding of various projects that support and enhance the operation of the Marion Council on Aging. At a regularly scheduled meeting of the COA on July 15, the Friends announced that they would be presenting the COA with a check for $2,500 to be used initially to expand the distribution of the Council’s monthly newsletter.

The Friends was formed as a 501(c)(3) in the fall of 2012 with the support of over 50 Charter members. We conducted the first annual membership drive in May with a distribution of brochures to every household in the town of Marion. Using some of the proceeds from these two efforts, the Friends’ Board of Directors voted to donate $2,500 to support the COA’s efforts to increase the availability of information about its programs and services to those aged 60 to 65; this part of our population does not currently receive the monthly COA newsletter. Susan Schwager, the Director of the Marion Council on Aging, had presented this project to the Friends as a priority need.

In addition to supporting the COA financially, the Friends continues to research activities that will enhance the quality of life in Marion for all its citizens, including the development of a community calendar and long-range planning for a community center. Our first annual Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:00 pm at the Music Hall.

For additional information about the Friends of Marion COA and a membership application, please log on to, or contact Susan Wood, President, at 508-748-6725.

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