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Council on Aging
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Director, Council on Aging
Council on Aging
5 Broad St.
Salem, MA 01970
Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Salem Council on Aging is offering a free 12 week health and wellness program to residents and city employees 55 and over entitled “Aging Mastery Program”.

This is a wonderful opportunity for adults to participate in and reap the benefits of a cutting edge wellness program. The goal of this program is to empower oneself to make and maintain small but impactful changes in heath behavior.
There will be 8 initial weeks of structured class time to be followed by 4 weeks of additional supporting activities. Topics that will be covered include physical fitness, communicating with your doctor, healthy eating, fall prevention, Medicare prevention benefits, medication management, planning your future and sleep behavior. Educational material will be provided on each topic. Healthy refreshments will be served and participants will earn points for positive actions and rewards.

We are hoping to get 40 plus committed adults to participate. There is no time like the present to become a healthier, vibrant, stronger you!

Please contact Rosanna Donahue at the Salem Council on Aging, 5 Broad Street, 01970 (978-744-0924 or ) for more information as well as to register.

Please pardon our appearance, the Council on Aging/Senior Center website pages
are under construction  

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        A Council on Aging (COA) is a department of municipal government, authorized under
Chapter 40 Section 8B of the Massachusetts General Laws.  The law states that a Council on Aging
may be established for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the
needs of the aging in conjunction with programs of the Office of Elder Affairs.
        As people continue to live longer, the concept of aging is undergoing a massive  shift, and
with that shift, a challenge to Senior Centers around the country  on how to serve our "aging"
community.  Senior Centers currently serve a population from 60 years old to 100 years old and with
each decade, the needs of seniors can dramatically change. In the 60's baby boomers redefined music,  
fashion, hairstyles, lifesyles and more, and today, in the 21st century, they are once again redefining
society as relates to the process of aging.   On the other hand, many people today are living into their late 80's, 90's and 100 plus years.  
Each decade of aging present unique challenges and opportunities.  
        According to the Pew Research Center, "today and for every day for the next 19 years,  
10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65.  The aging of this cohort of Americans will dramatically change the
composition of the country.  But don't tell baby boomers they are old.  The typical Boomer believes that old
age does not begin until age 72...fully 61% of Boomers are feeling more spry than their age would imply."
        In 1914, the average life expectancy for males was 52 years, for females it was 56.8 years.  
Based on the 2010 Census, today men's life expectancy is 75.7 years and women's life expectancy
is 80.8 years.

The Senior Center Today      
        The Salem Council on Aging was founded in October of 1937 to serve the needs of Salem's
aging  community.  Between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, the Senior Center served more than 2,000 individuals, providing a
variety of services including but not limited to:  in and out of town trips, social services, exercise
classes, home delivered meals and daily hot lunches, music programs, special events and overall
support services to ensure that all seniors can mazimize the quality of their lives.  

        The 2010 US Census tells us that the City of Salem has approximately 7,584 people who are
60 years or older.  Of this population, more than 790 seniors are 85 and older.  

The Senior Center of our Future....A Community Life Center
        During the next 18 months, the Senior Center will be looking at how we best redefine
ourselves into a Community Life Center by broadening our programs to be increasingly more
cross generaltional, rethinking how we look at aging, and meeting the needs of our Salem residents
who are in their 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's and a few even in the 100's.  We hope you will join us for the
exciting journey ahead.  

To learn more about aging worldwide, go to:

This study by the World Health Organization provides an indepth analysis on the worldwide
challenges and opportunities that communities will face as our aging population continues to

Salem Residents

2013-14 Parking Stickers
Available Now

For entrance to Winter Island Park, Forest River Park
And McCabe Marina & Recreation Area

Salem resident parking stickers can be purchase at:

Council on Aging, 5 Broad Street, Salem
Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm
Thursday evenings until 7pm

Winter Island Park Office/Store, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem
Beginning on Monday, May 6th, Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm
Beginning on Saturday, May 25th,   Saturday & Sunday 8 am - 4 pm

$20 for the 1st vehicle ($15 for seniors 60+ & veterans)
$5 for the 2nd vehicle registered to the same Salem address

To obtain your sticker, drive your vehicle to the COA or Winter Island Park Office/Store, show your license and registration, and we will place the sticker on the windshield of your vehicle. If you are requesting a 2nd sticker, bring a copy of the registration for that vehicle, a copy of the driver’s license for the person the vehicle is registered to (if for someone else in your household), and we will give you the 2nd sticker to take with you.

Thank you and enjoy all Salem Parks!

Salem City Hall 93 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-745-9595
   City Hall Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8AM - 4PM Thursday 8AM - 7PM Friday 8AM - 12PM
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