Seaglass Village invites all seniors in Marblehead, Nahant, and Swampscott to a party – a free party. Reimagining Retirement will be at the First Church Congregational (indoors), 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott, on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a band, wine, soft drinks, light refreshments, some funny retirement stories, and maybe even some dancing. Best of all, the party is free and parking at First Church is abundant.
Seaglass Village, one of more than 350 Villages in the United States, opened for business eight months ago. Its members, all seniors in Marblehead, Nahant and Swampscott, have been receiving volunteer services such as rides to appointments, help with household and garden chores, assistance with pesky technical questions, and friendly visits. More than that, both members and volunteers have enjoyed outings and gatherings to beach parties, historic houses, restaurants, etc.
The idea, begun more than twenty years ago on Beacon Hill, is neighbors helping neighbors to age in place. Some recent examples here in our communities: a 93-year-old woman, new to the area, asked for a volunteer to take walks with her. Now, after many walks together, that woman has a new friend, and so does the volunteer. Some other recent requests: help in flipping a mattrass, in bringing the patio furniture up from the basement, in setting up email on a new computer, and a volunteer stepped up immediately to drive a member to a medical appointment (the pick-up was at 6 a.m.), and she stayed for four hours to bring the member home again.
For more information about the Reimagining Retirement Party, go to the website – http://www.seaglassvillage.org, and to RSVP, call 781-718-0401. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.