Newton at Home provides a variety of interesting programs and events for NAH members and their guests. Recent programs have included:
In October, NAH members visited Fruitlands Museum -
Multiple museums (art, native American artifacts, Shaker documents) in
a picturesque setting in Harvard, MA. We focused on their exhibits
of New England Impressionists Rediscovered and Witness to Global Conflict illustrating the life of US combat soldiers overseas.
Also, in October, NAH sponsored a community event highlighting the innovative yet practical work being done at the AgeLab at MIT.
Lisa D'Ambrosio, PhD, Research Scientist and Newton resident explained how the AgeLab “translates technologies into practical solutions that improve
people’s health and enable them to ‘do things’ throughout the
Members of Newton at Home and their guests truly enjoyed June and July trips to the Shalin Liu Performance Center for Rockport Chamber Music Festival concerts. An architecturally and acoustically superb performance site and equally outstanding musicians, to include David Finckel, cellist, and Wu Han, pianist, and the St. Petersberg String Quartet, providing exceptional music experiences for everyone.
Members and guests enjoyed two trips to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the magnificent Dale Chihuly glass exhibit: Through the Looking Glass and to visit the new Art of the Americas wing to see a significant collection American art, furniture, textiles, silver and other artifacts.
Dr. Juergen Bludau, author of "Aging but Never Old; Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement" spoke at the Newton Free Library. His presentation, co-sponsored by the Newton Senior Services Department and Newton at Home was very well attended.
Dr. Bludau's book is full of sage advice, humor and suggestions for the 65 plus generation and for their adult children who seek appropriate information and advice about the health and housing needs of their older parents. Dr. Bludau educates readers about the specialty of geriatric medicine, what true geriatric care is and how it helps older adults. His presentation was followed by a book signing (books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair). Interesting chapters in 'Aging But Never Old' include 'Secrets of Aging' and 'Enjoying the Passage of Time', and included features such as,
- Contributions from 20 distinguished physicians from Harvard Medical School
- Quotes/other materials with over 100 original papers to ensure scientific accuracy and up-to-date context
- Case examples that help explain material and bring the advice to life
A colleague, Newton at Home Board member Dr.Jatin Dave, introduced Dr. Bludau, MD, who is a board-certified, Harvard fellowship-trained geriatrician, Acting Clinical Chief and Director of the clinical geriatric services at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Aging and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
This winter, Newton at Home members took a trip to the Jackson Homestead Museum to view 'Mapping a New Town 1714 - 1874'. Susan Abele, retired Curator of Documents and Photographs, provided an informative and lively discussion about the role and use of maps for survey and other purposes as Newton grew from a sleepy rural town in 1714 to the 'Garden City of the Commonwealth' in 1874.
A February trip to the All Newton Music School to hear the Con Brio Series presentation: “The Adventures of John Manjiro”, a narrated suite of piano pieces widely performed throughout the United States by poet Pat Callan and composer and pianist,Yoko Nakatan.
A docent-led tour of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College to view the Fred Sandback minimalist exhibit of drawings, sculpture and acrylic yarn spanning several floors in the Davis Museum.
A performance at the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton Centre, followed by dinner at Skipjacks.
A wonderful performance of 'The Nutcracker' at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts (with a special invitation for grandchildren), followed by ice cream at Cabot's in Newtonville.