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Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) will present two free programs beginning in March 2023, one aimed at managing falls and promoting healthy activity and one for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Both programs will be held at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm St., and are open to all; Stoneham residency is not required. UPDATED 2/24/23: The 8-week course “A Matter of Balance” is now full. We will post an update to our social media when the class is offered again, or you can contact Donna Covelle at or 781-388-4867 to learn more.

MVES will present “Dementia and Caregiving… Your Questions Answered,” a free workshop, on Thursday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Do you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Guest speaker Karen Coppola, CDP (certified dementia practitioner) will discuss these topics and answer questions. No registration required. This program is sponsored by MVES in partnership with the Stoneham Council on Aging. Call Kathy Learned at MVES, 781-388-2350, or Anne Lawrence at the Stoneham COA, 781-438-1157, for more information. (For additional caregiver resources, visit

CLASS IS NOW FULL: MVES will present “A Matter of Balance,” a free workshop series, on Wednesdays, March 1 to April 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This award-winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. You’ll learn how to see falls as something you can control; set goals for increasing your physical activities; make modifications to your home to reduce fall risks; and practice exercises that will increase your strength and balance. This workshop is designed for anyone — whether you are concerned about falls, have a history of falling, or are interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Registration is free, but required. To register, call 781-438-1157. If you have any questions about the program, contact Donna Covelle at or 781-388-4867.

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