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Saturday mornings at Buttonwood Park or participate in outdoor yoga or meditation classes with the New Bedford Wellness Initiative ( or facebook. com/NewBedfordWell), or else join Laura for free yoga classes at Shell Point Beach in Wareham on Saturdays and Wednesdays ( Many churches, senior centers, municipal parks, and recreation departments will also be sponsoring outdoor yoga, tai chi, and exercise classes, so give them a call.

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Not all senior centers on the South Coast have completely reopened, but they are all still offering a full range of activities and services, whether conducted outdoors, on the phone or at a nearby recreation center, church hall, or library. Check out their offerings by calling, picking up a copy of their monthly newsletter or by checking out their websites – and always check out the SeniorScope newspaper at seniorscope for an overview of what’s going on in your area. Your local Council on Aging (aka senior center) is a one-stop clearinghouse: free counseling and info about health insurance and Medicare programs, legal aid, long-term care options, caregiver support, health and wellness activities, social groups, local transportation programs, hot meals, and links with local, state, and federal agencies and services for seniors. To find a council on aging or senior center near you that offers the activity or service you’re looking for: In greater New Bedford, visit or call 508999-6400 (Coastline Elderly Services). In greater Fall River, visit or call 508-6752101 (Bristol Elder Services). In Plymouth County, visit or call 508-584-1561 (Old Colony Elder Services). In Rhode Island, visit,, or call 401-462-3000.

Or show up by the carload with your folding chairs and picnic baskets for the Music at Sunset Concert Series on Wednesdays through September at Blithewold in Bristol (blithewold. org) or the Sunset Music Concerts at Westport Rivers Winery starting July 3 ( And if you’re in the mood for an outdoor movie, reserve your free ticket for the Fall River Drive-In Movie Series, held monthly at various locations throughout the city, by visiting the Greater Fall River Re-Creation Center or its website, the City of Fall River’s Facebook page, or by stopping by the city’s Government Center.

Put your skills to work again! If you’ve been bored out of your mind being cooped up this past year, think of all the things you can do with your spare time, now that you’ve been vaccinated! You can put your skills and talents to use helping others – join the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent program and help at-risk children with their schoolwork and social skills for 15 hours a week. Or volunteer to deliver hot meals or to be the friendly voice making those daily check-in calls to housebound neighbors, or sign up to provide rides to doctor appointments for seniors who don’t have their own transportation. You could train to become a SHINE counselor to help seniors and their caregivers find the right health insurance/Medicare options and other public benefits programs. Depending upon your background, you could help someone fill out their tax forms or navigate paperwork issues with the IRS or the Social Security Administration. Or maybe you speak a language other than English – you could offer to help out at a nursing home, senior center, after-school program, church, or any non-profit organization serving the immigrant community. Call your local senior center for more info.

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Engage with art For the third year, the Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) is hosting “WATER 2021” in New Bedford. This public art project features multiple exhibitions and projects throughout the city from June 17 through October 17. WATER 2021 will examine the role of water within the histories, economies, and cultures of several countries as well as those of the South Coast. To learn more about the specific programming and dates, visit fully reopened, but that doesn’t mean that they’re closed for business! And even when the doors are shut, you’ve got 24/7 access to everything through online catalogue services like and the OverDrive app. Using the Hoopla app, library patrons can stream movies, TV shows, music eBooks, podcasts, and even download comics from their home. You can call your library to make an appointment to use the computers or to arrange for curbside pick-up – or home

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delivery – of books, videos, audio-books and other materials. You can also sign up for free passes to selected museums and parks, and take out materials from the “library of things,” like binoculars, telescopes, fishing poles, metal detectors, and many other hobby-related supplies.

A nd Y Not? Don’t forget to check out what’s happening at your local YMCA! Health and fitness classes, swimming and many other activities are available for a very reasonable membership fee. Find the Y nearest you at,, or And don’t

overlook what’s available in your own town – check out what’s happening at nearby recreation centers, parks, beaches this summer – go to your town’s website for details! So, keep a mask in your pocket along with some sunscreen, bug repellent, and hand sanitizer, and enjoy your new normal!

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Staying curren curren t Sean McCarthy

Our region offers a wide variety of scenic waterways. So whether it’s a pond, a river, or the ocean, kayaking can make for an enjoyable exploration of the natural beauty the area provides.

Being introduced to this unique recreation is a fairly simple process. “The South Coast area is very conducive to learning how to kayak,” says Alex Daggett, 71, of Natick. “It’s a wonderful place. You can enjoy the scenic farmland and the bird watching is extraordinary as you paddle down a very mild river. You’ll see a lot of things you only have a chance to experience from the water. Every time I go out I see something new.” Al and Susan Bochman of Lakeville are in their early 70s. They take to their kayaks at least once a week during the clement weather of the summer. “You’ll return from a kayak outing feeling relaxed and refreshed, it’s invigorating,” Al says. “It’s nice to be out in nature. At our age we just like to go out and relax and get our heads together.” “Kayaking is very easy to get introduced


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to,” says Daggett, a certified kayak instructor and tour guide. “If you’re in relatively good physical condition it’s something you can start doing in your 60s or 70s with little or no problem. It’s good exercise and it’s not a great physical strain.” James Mancini is the co-owner of Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures in Westport, a business that offers kayak rentals, instruction for all levels, and tours of local waterways. “Kayaking is something that can definitely be learned at any age,” Mancini

says. “If you’ve never been in a kayak we can get you started. If you take to it and want to go further we can help you.” Osprey’s classes start out on “slow-moving, flat water,” including the Westport River and Slocum River. In addition to kayak rentals, they offer paddles and other accessories required for an outing. Osprey’s tours include Sunset Tours, Moonlight Tours, Osprey Tours, and Fall Foliage Tours. Their instructors and guides are all certified. “We’ll teach beginners fundamentals: how to sit in the kayak and stabilize it, paddling techniques such as how to move the boat forwards and backwards, water safety, and how to recover if the kayak tips over,” Mancini says. “Kayaking is good for your cardiovascular health,” Mancini says. “There

“After the last year with the pandemic there are a lot of people who want to be outdoors now, and paddle sports have really taken off in the last few years”

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are people who paddle for fitness and compete in races. After the last year with the pandemic there are a lot of people who want to be outdoors now, and paddle sports have really taken off in the last few years.” Daggett kayaks throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He particularly enjoys kayaking on the Charles River in Boston for the fireworks on the Fourth of July. He also takes his kayak with him on camping trips. He says that kayaking is a “very social” experience.

“A lot of people like to go in small groups, you can talk while you’re paddling; It’s a good way to make new friends” “A lot of people like to go in small groups, you can talk while you’re paddling,” he says. “It’s a good way to make new friends. It’s also a good idea to go with other people for safety reasons.” A few years ago the Bochmans introduced kayaking to their grandchildren, Nathan and Taylor Pearson of Dartmouth. They occasionally team up for outings. Some of their favored locations are Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, Long Pond in Freetown, and the Taunton River where they paddle from Assonet to Bridgewater. “We like to go early in the day before the weather picks up and you don’t have to paddle as hard,” Al says. “Don’t overdo it at first. If the wind is at your back don’t go too far because you’re going to have to turn around and paddle back, and you don’t want it to be a fight. If you’re a beginner you can go out on a nice, quiet pond and stay close to the shore. You probably don’t want to go out on a weekend when there’s a lot of traffic on the water.” “There are big benefits to being outside,” Mancini says. “For me and many others paddling is our happy place.”

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Spring is arriving, and for many folks there is no better way to get outdoors than with a trip to the countryside to pick up some farm-fresh vegetables, certified organic pasture-raised eggs, and heritage-bred pork and poultry.

At Cluck and Trowel Farm in picturesque Little Compton, owners Sarah Cogswell and Kate Levin, and their son Massimo Vliet, are looking forward to another successful growing season. “We began sowing the seedlings in the greenhouse in February,” Cogswell begins, adding that the farm stand offers local shoppers a CSA or “Community Supported Agriculture” program, which is a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.


Cogswell explains that CSA members are individuals who have pledged to support a local farm, sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members pay at the onset of the growing season (when the farm’s capital

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time when it is most crucial to establishing a healthy and productive growing season,” she continues, adding that CSA share fees are non-refundable. This season, a share costs $385 for 10 weeks of produce. “If you are unable to pick up your share on a given week you may assign someone else to retrieve it on your behalf,” Cogswell emphasizes, adding that Cluck and Trowel offers delivery to CSA families in Little Compton, Westport, Dartmouth, and New Bedford. “Our vegetable CSA offers 8-10 items per week including scallions, greens, and radishes as the season takes off, and then cherry tomatoes, different varieties of potatoes, squash, and other vegetables,” the farmer shares. “We also had great success last year with

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Our vegetable CSA offers 8-10 items per week including scallions, greens, and radishes as the season takes off, and then cherry tomatoes, different varieties of potatoes, squash,

watermelon, which we hope to continue.” “In addition to the CSA program, Cluck and Trowel also operates a small stand on the farm set to open in May. The farm stand will be open daily, offering herbs, greens, onions, tomatoes, and much more. The farm also offers soy-free eggs, pork, and frozen whole chickens, which will also be available at their farm stand. Fresh chickens are available on occasion from May to September. In addition to her work on the farm, Cogswell also works occasionally in the winter on Cuttyhunk island, where she is employed in the oyster industry, as well as part-time for a local agricultural nonprofit.

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“Cuttyhunk has a vibrant summer community,” she says, adding that on Saturdays, seasonal residents come down to the fish dock to make purchases or to stop in the harbor. “It’s a safe, welcoming harbor,” Cogswell adds, noting that during the summer, Cluck and Trowel offers a CSA program that is also available for island residents at a cost of $440 per season. For more information, visit or email

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Once upon a time, stories about our families, their adventures, our origins, and history would be passed down Ron at the family dinner table. It Fortier was pleasant and, although memorable, it wasn’t a perfect system. When elders die, they take an enormous amount of family, community, and institutional memories and information with them. There’s an African proverb that says when an elder passes away, an entire library burns down. Their death leaves more than a hole in hearts and lives. It also leaves gaps in our knowledge of our collective past, our understanding of the present, and sometimes, some vital information we need to move forward into the future. Their knowledge and memories, combined with ours, are a part of what is needed to create a well-rounded picture of our communities. Take New Bedford and its surrounding communities for example. It, according to the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s


Curator of Social History, Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes, “is an extraordinary place of infinite possibilities where different paths from around

collect and share the stories of those who live or have lived in the Greater New Bedford community – in their own words. Now is a great time for current residents, transplants, and anyone with ties to the area to “lend their voice to the collective story” through this project! The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Common Ground: A Community Mosaic project is easily accessible online and allows you to contribute

“Like a mosaic, this upcoming exhibition will highlight how the diverse identities and individual stories intersect to create a common ground” the world have intersected and defined the city’s character.” Dr. Gomes heads up the Museum’s Common Ground: A Community Mosaic project. The project’s goal is to

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information, stories, memories, and history whether submitted in writing or audio or video recording. The project is also a great opportunity for participants to

share their photos. The photos could be of people, such as family and friends, or of places or objects such as possessions from personal items to automobiles! And the best part, it’s easy to get involved, participate, and share both direct and passed down memories. Visit CommonGroundMosaic. org and participate from the comfort of your own home, or contact Dr. Gomes at stories@ to set up an interview to share your story.


knowledge Get your older family members involved. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to this initiative, which will culminate in an exhibition to share these lived experiences. There’s a lot of history to cover, from the area’s “beginnings as a part of Wampanoag territory to its early Azorean and Cape Verdean immigrants, and more recent Central American and Caribbean immigrants.”

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Everyone’s family histories and stories are relevant and should be told What stories of migration, ethnic traditions, and history can you share? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Dr. Gomes says, “Like a mosaic, this upcoming exhibition will highlight how the diverse identities and individual stories intersect to create a common ground.” Here are some of topics to help guide you. Share neighborhood stories about where you now or once called home and what’s special about it. Try telling a story as told to you by your elders. Everyone’s family histories and stories are relevant and should be told for the record of their migration to the city, for example, and their family’s experiences over the years. Or what about how you or how your life has been influenced by the arts, food, and culture? The project has been underway since 2019 with

an exhibit planned for 2022. Even though 2022 seems so far away, the pandemic has offered us the gift of time. In our confinement, we have had more time to review our lives, to invest in sharing our memories and information, and to reminisce on our past and collective history. This opportunity is now made more poignant by loss and offers us a chance to memorialize and archive the stories of those we’ve lost to Covid-19. The project will continue to collect these collective stories to tell and share when Common Ground wraps up the project with an exhibition in 2022 at the Museum.

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How do they choose the safest place to be, especially in these pandemic-restricted times? Leah Doroch offers a prime example of the latter choice. She’s the CEO of Professional Care Match, a company headquartered in Westport that supplies what she calls “Assisted Live-In Care: a stress-free, holistic, assisted living care at home program.” Her agency, a subsidiary of Perfect Match Care, LLC, takes care of home-bound patients with a special focus on dementia care and other full- or short-term care needs. Its hourly care ranges from sixhour shifts to entire 24-hour shifts, and she offers a unique live-in care program that is not just for the elderly. According to Doroch, Professional Care Match has also taken care of patients as young as 40 years old. Agency staff focus on monitoring the patient’s health concerns including their medication intake, their meal planning and preparation, and special dietary requirements based on their health conditions. They also assist with showering and all hygiene needs, and caregivers provide purposeful engagement, assistance with errands, and transportation to doctor’s appointments. Additionally, her agency partners with Boston Senior Medicine, a group of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that conduct in-home medical checkup visits. Geographically, her clientele has included seniors throughout all of Massachusetts, including the


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South Coast, but also Cape Cod and the islands, the North Shore, and Western Massachusetts. Doroch proudly noted her staff ’s recent accomplishments have included successfully helping patients return home after they’ve survived a Covid-related hospitalization. In fact, specialized Covid-19 training/certification and Infection Control training/certification is required of all staff. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided for all caregivers, including dementia-friendly masks, and infection control kits are also provided.

“I really feel it is my mission to help families in crisis that are trying to figure out how to best help their declining elders” Doroch assures all her clients that under current conditions her workers are taking these extra precautions. Everyone gets tested regularly, she said, and she encourages every worker to get vaccinated. Today, Doroch is also dealing with the increased need to reassure families regarding how well her staff is handling the new safety protocols. “It’s very important to us that families know that we are doing everything we can to keep their loved ones safe,” she said. She sees the at-home care model that her company offers as the best one for

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the times. “The staff is tested regularly and we have a health assessment that must be completed before any caregiver attends to their scheduled shifts,” she said. “With the assisted live-in caregiving program, caregivers stay with the client for long periods of time. So there’s not a lot of traffic. That’s been, perhaps, a very attractive part of our service during this complicated time of in-home pandemicera caregiving.” It’s not just a boast when Doroch adds that she’s a member of the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance. As part of this group of seasoned professionals in the field, she’s helped define the new pandemic-era protocols “while also trying to go above and beyond with our level of care,” she said. How does she try to go above and beyond? She said she is focused on a holistic approach, treating every aspect of a person’s health from a mind, body, and spirit perspective. In fact, Doroch is a board-certified holistic practitioner and a certified dementia care practitioner with over 15 years of experience. Doroch studied Ayurveda under Deepak Chopra and five other physicians, along with other specialized training regarding mind, body, spirit wellness. Her agency even helps with hospice support, and she does end-of-life and emotional coaching for her clients and their families. “I really feel it is my mission to help families in crisis that are trying to figure out how to best help their declining elders,” Doroch explained. “My goal is to assist them to feel empowered, despite their circumstances, and to thrive.”

Finding a community Sean Downes, General Manager of the Cottages at Dartmouth Village, acknowledged there are pros and cons to

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Rockin’ on So I’m lying on the floor the other day doing the exercises my physical therapist has given me to offset the painful ravages of arthritis (aka Paul Old Man Disease) in my K andarian back and shoulder. I’m feeling pretty good; I’ve been doing these awhile and find that stretching and strengthening the muscles around the affected area really does mitigate the pain. It’s helping. And so does putting on somewhat lively music to move my creaky body parts in time with the beat. But then “Dust in the Wind” comes on with sad and hopeless lyrics like “All we are is dust in the wind,” “Nothin’ lasts forever but the earth and sky,” and “Stretch all you want but you’re still gonna die.” Okay, that last line was mine, but really. Sometimes you just gotta ignore the voices in your head. Ain’t easy, though. Thing is with aging, and various parts of your body breaking down, it’s a slow, insidious process you really don’t notice except at certain times when your mind is saying “You can still do this!” and your body is shrieking “You try this, I’ll put you in a world of hurt like you’ve never seen.” I did a film recently in the sweaty, buggy bowels of the North Carolina woods, doing a scene in an old dilapidated barn with no stairs to get in, so they put up a small stepstool. The 20- and 30-something-year-olds on the crew had no trouble getting up, easily gliding up with one foot on the stool, extending the other leg into the barn and just walking in. Or not even using the stool, just jumping up the two feet between ground and barn. Me, I got one foot on the stool, then one


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on the landing and realized that’s as good as it gets. I tried pulling myself up on a nearby beam but then that put pressure on the upper leg and my knee made sounds like a box of Rice Krispies under a truck tire, so I had to literally kneel on the landing and waddle my way up to my feet, cussing the figurative dying of the light all the way in. I like walking on rocks a lot, or used to, skipping like a bug over long stretches of old stonewalls in the woods, or the rocky tops of rip-rap walls on the ocean, not thinking twice about falling because I never fell. If I stumbled at all, I’d selfcorrect and just keep going.

I just stared at this big smooth mound of stone with virtually no hollows or crevices to wedge a hand or foot into, shrugged, sighed and kept on walking I get to one of those walls now… fuggetaboutit. Couple weeks ago, I was hiking at Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham after my physical therapy appointment, feeling good, limber, ready to roll. And I hiked a good hike, got to near the summit and there was this giant boulder the top of which I knew could afford great views. I stood and stared at it. Forty years

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ago, thirty even, maybe twenty, I’d have scampered up that bad boy like it was a staircase. But now, I just stared at this big smooth mound of stone with virtually no hollows or crevices to wedge a hand or foot into, shrugged, sighed and kept on walking, knowing that damn big rock was a metaphor for all my years stacking up in a big damn unclimbable obstacle. Just about the only time everything doesn’t hurt is playing hockey, oddly enough. I’m a goalie, in ice hockey, and have to strap on thirty pounds of gear to flop around on the ice for an hour against kids half my age. And doing that, there’s no pain – usually – and maybe that’s adrenaline, or an overload of endorphins, just these hormones or chemicals that kick in when you’re doing something you love to do so much, the pain just doesn’t matter or even register. So I’ll still lie there on the floor doing the stretching and strengthening and work it takes to not avoid the aging process or slow it down that much, but make a place for it in my life, make it adjust to me and me adjust to it. Or to put it into musical perspective, “Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides. Can I handle the seasons of my life?” Sure I can. We’re all gonna be dust in the wind one of these days, but until then, we just gotta rock on. Even if it means not climbing the big ones.

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