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Life @ 50+


Life @ 50+ - Life-long learning

About Life@50+

The Jacob Edwards Library enjoys a rich legacy of excellent service and is committed to the promotion of reading, education, literacy, culture, and lifelong learning for persons of all ages in the Southbridge community.

-Long-Range Plan, 2004

Our Life@50+ programming is partially funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Additional funding was provided by the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

Things To Do

Drop-In Knitting Group & Library Events

The library hosts a weekly drop-in knitting and crafting group every Tuesday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Stop in with whatever you are working on and chat with other knitters, get some tips, or just to chat! 

We also have new events happening every month - see our full events calendar to find out more!

Council on Aging

The Southbridge Council on Aging hosts a variety of events at the Causabon Senior Center on Chestnut Street. To see their calendar, click here

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Life@50+ History

Senior CitizensLife@50+ was a culmination of two dedicated individuals,  Margaret Morrissey, Adult Reference Librarian, and Susan Chaplin, retired Technical Services Librarian.  Margaret and Sue wrote and were awarded the Equal Access Grant in 2007.  They attended formal training sessions through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  Equipped with this new knowledge, they have worked tirelessly to provide services and programs that meet the specific needs of our 50+ patrons. 

A group from the library visited the AARP Conference in Boston in 2007, as well as the National Guard in Worcester in 2005. See some of the photos below!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Created with flickr slideshow.

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Did You Know? Resources for Seniors

Southbridge Council on Aging
Casaubon Senior Center, 153 Chesnut Street, Southbridge MA 01550
Email:  Phone: 508-764-5436 Fax: 508-764-5464

Southbridge Recreation Department
Recreation Department Website
Phone:508-764-6459  Director: Steven Roenfeldt

Tri-Valley, Inc.
10 Mill Street, Dudley MA 01571
Phone:508-949-6640 or 1-800-286-6640

Elder Abuse Hotline
Call 1-800-922-2275 to report instances of abuse and neglect

Massachusetts Information for Seniors
1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4637)

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)  State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Elders

Prescription Advantage
1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241

MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program
Call for a comprehensive review of your medications and prescription drug coverage. Also provides information on assistance with accessing affordable prescription drug programs. MPCHS Website
Call 1-866-633-1617

National Parks Service Senior Pass
The NPS has a special 'America the Beautiful' pass for seniors aged 62 and older. For $10, seniors are eligible to purchase a lifetime pass.

Social Security Benefits

US Social Security Administration

Reverse Mortgages - According the HUD, reverse mortgages are becoming popular in America.  They are a special type of home loan that lets a homeowner convert the equity in his or her home into cash.  They can give older Americans greater financial security to supplement their incomes.

Click HERE to Learn More About Reverse Mortgages

DriveSharp Software Available at JEL
DriveSharp is a computer software program that focuses DriveSharpon the visual systems in the brain that are essential to safe driving. It strengthens the brain's ability to process what you see so that you can focus better, keep track of more on the road, and react faster while driving.  Improvements in your visual processing skills decrease your risk of accident and ensure that you feel more confident behind the wheel.

The software is available to check out for home computer use, or in library use.

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Helpful Websites


AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all of us as we age.  With over 39 million members, AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States.

AARP Women's Scholarship Program

The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income, 50-plus women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families. Women who are seeking new job skills, training or educational opportunities but have limited financial resources are encouraged to apply.  To learn more, visit or call 202-434-2110.  Support for the program comes from AARP Foundation and AARP.

Bridges to Benefits

"Bridges to Benefits is meant to be used as a tool to help instruct individuals who may be inexperienced with computers and technology. The site serves as a great learning tool to help novice individuals learn the basics or individuals who need additional information about technology that they may be unfamiliar with. This website also serves as a resource for people who want to help others improve their digital literacy skills."

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