Health and Wellness Grant Programming

All programs listed below are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Virtual Adult Program - Should I Stay or Should I Go? - Decluttering, Rightsizing and Moving

Tuesday January 5, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Join Ellen Sullivan and Certified Senior Advisors and Seniors Real Estate Specialists, Erin DiCarlo and Lauren Watts for tips and tricks on home organization, de-cluttering, and deciding whether or not your current home meets your current and future needs. Also learn the best ways to move to a senior living community!

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Virtual Adult Program - Mindfulness: Simple Steps, No Cushion Required

Tuesday January 19, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

This program introduces mindfulness-based practices that support wellness and reduce stress. It presents a practical view of mindfulness and is designed to debunk common myths associated with meditation. This program will give you the opportunity to practice simple and doable mindfulness-based exercises, and you will leave with some simple practices that can be incorporated into everyday living. Some of the recent research on the benefits of these timeless practices to individuals and our society will also be highlighted. Presented by Paula Koppel, a registered nurse, geriatric nurse practitioner, and founder of Age Well Be Well.

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Virtual Adult Program - Immunity for a Lifetime

Thursday January 28, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Ever wondered how to improve your immune system? Well, wonder no more. Join Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore’s Andrea Thompson for a program covering the components of the immune system and how this can be impacted by the foods we eat. Adequate nutrition is just one way to keep the immune system in tip top shape. This program will cover everything you need to know in order to ensure a healthy and vibrant immune system.

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Virtual Adult Program - Now’s the Time, Make Your Own Plan!

Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

It’s more important than ever to take charge of your health care decisions and make your own health care plan. Join Ellen DiPaola of Honoring Choices Massachusetts for an interactive program in which participants will review a simple step-by-step process to complete a free MA Health Care Proxy and MA Personal Directive (Living Will), using Honoring Choices’ Getting Started Tool Kit.* Participants will also receive a handy discussion guide, “5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers”, and will review three other MA care planning documents to update and add to your plan as your health needs change. Bring your questions and comments for a lively, interactive webinar!

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Virtual Adult Program - Cooking for 1 or 2 with Liz Barbour

Thursday February 11, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

One and two person households are the fastest growing segment of the population. It can be tricky when cooking for one (or even two) to make the most of your ingredients and your time. Join Chef Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast for this fun and delicious cooking demonstration. Liz will help you fill your pantry with quick cooking, small batch ingredients that will be cost effective, healthy, and easy to prepare. You’ll enjoy a discussion, cooking demonstration, and tasting of 2 delicious recipes you can prepare at home.


Virtual Adult Program - Cards that Pop with Elaine Sousa

Tuesday February 16, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

To say “Hello” or to celebrate – a card says it for you! Join longtime crafter Elaine Sousa for a virtual card-making workshop. Participants will create at least two cards to use, and will also learn techniques to make cards after the class. Surprise your friends…these cards will “POP!” Card-making materials are provided in the form of kits to be picked up at the library during the week before the program.

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Virtual Adult Program - Piano Bar Favorites with Keith Belanger

Thursday March 9, 2021 at 7pm via Facebook Live

Join the library for an evening of piano bar favorites with musician Keith Belanger! This program will be held on Facebook Live, so no registration is required. Join us on Facebook for a fun night of classic tunes. Keith does take song requests, so bring some of your favorites to add in the comments!

More information about Keith: Keith Belanger has been playing the piano and singing since he was six years old. From being a church organist to singing lead vocals in a rock band as well as working as a theater music director and actor Keith loves to play and loves to sing. Keith is the music minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Concord NH. He is also the resident music director at the Majestic Theatre in Manchester. Keith has worked with many other groups in Northern New England including Windham Actors Guild, the Village Players of Wolfeboro, the Pentucket Players and many others. Keith is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform for the great audiences at the Front Porch and he is looking forward to making new friends while doing what he loves best – Making Music! For more about Keith, check out his website here.

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Virtual Adult Program - The Adventures of a 70 Year Old Veteran Walking Across America

Thursday March 16, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Meet U.S. Air Force veteran William Shuttleworth, who started a national conversation with his 109-day, 3,000-mile cross-country walk from Newburyport, MA to the Vandenberg Air Force Base in San Diego in 2019. William made the journey to raise money for veterans and to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness and health problems confronting veterans. William will join us to share memorable stories from his incredible adventure, accompanied by photos and videos. To learn more about William, visit his website.

Joe Ruggiero, Billerica’s very own Veterans Director, will introduce William and will also share some of the many wonderful local resources Billerica has available for those who have served our country.

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Virtual Adult Program - Lessons from the Blue Zones

Monday March 29, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

This program presents the latest research on the physiology of aging and longevity enhancement by exploring four areas of the world where people live the longest (Blue Zones). Learn how specific lifestyle changes can biologically slow down the aging process. Explore the role of genetics in aging and how lifestyle choices affect the expression of our genes. Discover how to create a plan or “roadmap” that will incorporate this important research and protect your most important asset: your health and vitality. This program benefits all ages but is particularly important for folks at mid-life (age 50-75). Presented by Paula Koppel, a registered nurse, geriatric nurse practitioner, and founder of Age Well Be Well.

Carolyn Savio, Health and Community Program Coordinator at the Billerica Council on Aging, will introduce Paula and will also share some of the many excellent resources available through the BCOA, our community’s primary source for aging services.

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Virtual Adult Program - A Funny Program about Funny Programs

Thursday April 8, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Award-winning author and pop culture historian Martin Gitlin hosts this fun and enlightening presentation based on his book, The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time. He is the only author to actually rank the best of the best, including I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers, Seinfeld and Frasier. He will show funny snippets from those shows and others such as M*A*S*H, The Andy Griffith Show and Modern Family, challenge patrons with sitcom trivia, discuss the criteria he used to rank the best of the best and talk about how sitcoms have evolved over the decades in humor, presentation and content. This program is really entertaining so join in on the fun!

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Virtual Adult Program - Laughter Wellness

Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Join us for an evening of laughter wellness!* Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainers and Laughter Ambassadors, Bill and Linda Hamaker will show you the joys and health benefits of playful laughter, all in an hour on Zoom. It will be a great way to connect with other people while remaining socially distant and it will be a thoroughly uplifting and immunity-boosting experience! There are no poses and you can sit or stand. All ages and all physical abilities are invited to join in this fun and uplifting experience!

*Please have water next to you to drink.

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Virtual Adult Program - Laughter in Your Life with Dave Rattigan

Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

We all need a good laugh, and this interactive hour does just that. Bring your jokes, funny stories and creativity to this presentation on using humor to have fun, reduce anxiety, and press your emotional reset button. Laughter will reduce your stress, improve your outlook, and lead to better quality of life. As a college professor, writer and professional stand-up comedian, Dave Rattigan has been making people laugh for three decades in the classroom and on Sirius Satellite Radio as well as live comedy clubs. He’s also worked in less traditional venues like hospitals, libraries, a parking lot, warehouses, business lobbies, gazebos and lots of other places he’d like to forget. He has used humor to diffuse tense situations and deal better with stress. Dave uses his stand-up material to lighten the mood, reviews the benefits of a good laugh, and then leads the group through simple improv, funny stories, shared jokes and other exercises to create an always-fun comedy experience.

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Virtual Adult Program - Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Have you, your friends, or your loved ones been targeted by a COVID-19 scam? Have you heard about this happening to others in your community? Join us for a virtual program presented by Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau and Robin Putnam of the MA Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation that will cover major scams currently circulating in the community, including COVID-19 fraud concerns, the major red flags to watch out for, and the precautionary steps we can take to best protect ourselves from falling victim. This program will be introduced by Sergeant Tara Conners of the Billerica Police Department, who will share the resources available through our local police department for those who may have been targeted by a COVID-19 scam.

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Virtual Adult Program - Getting Started in Your Garden with Backyard Growers

Thursday May 13, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Spring into the gardening season with a garden planning training that will help you get started in your garden.  This program will be presented by Jess Reid, Program Coordinator at Backyard Growers. While appropriate for adults of all ages, this program will also introduce tips for seniors to use gardening as a sustainable, healthy hobby for years to come!

About Backyard Growers: Backyard Growers is a Gloucester-based nonprofit that cultivates healthy, connected, environmentally sustainable communities and fights for food justice by teaching people to grow their own food. This organization provides resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Find out more on their website here.

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