Activities/Programs at Orchard Cove


Our rich and diverse range of activities and programs at Orchard Cove are a reflection of the many interests of our residents. Research shows there are three major factors that contribute to healthy aging: physical activity, community involvement, and lifelong learning. Our programs are designed to enrich our residents' lives as well as provide opportunities for them to stay involved in civic activities and make important contributions to the community at large.

Lifelong learning

Hundreds of lifelong learning programs are held on our campus throughout the year. Many programs are taught by local professors and noted experts in their fields, as well as by our own residents - many of whom are former college professors and accomplished professionals. Programs include:

  • Lectures on topics ranging from "Social Awareness" with NPR reporter Robin Young to "Inside the Mind of a Director" with Boston theater director Scott Edmiston
  • Road Scholar "Adventures in Lifelong Learning" programs
  • Art classes weekly.
  • Intergenerational activities through partnerships with local schools and synagogues
  • Spirituality (includes Friday evening services, pastoral counseling on matters of the heart, text study, and supportive counseling for families.
  • Our Resident-run library with thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, DVDs, periodicals, and reference books
  • Computer classes covering basic skills, from email to creating a Facebook page
  • Dance classes that teach residents to learn folk dancing, ballroom dancing, and more
  • Jewelry-making classes taught by a local artisan

Diane Hoffmann is the Director of Member Services and oversees all the programming, transportation, and fitness services provided at Orchard Cove. She loves working with the various resident committees to design and implement concerts, lectures, entertainment, classes, day trips, and special events to enhance the lifestyles of our residents. Diane's team also provides full-service transportation, allowing our residents to take part in off-campus activities at all times of the day and night.


Orchard Cove residents are a passionate, community-minded group who place importance on giving back and contributing their talents to help better society. In fact, more than half of our residents regularly volunteer their time for a variety of causes both inside and outside the Orchard Cove community. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • OCRA - Become a member of the Orchard Cove Resident Association (or one of the many other activity committees on campus).
  • Scholarship Committee - Plan and host several fundraising events each year to raise money for scholarships that help Orchard Cove employees further their education. In 2010, more than $31,000 was raised for scholarships.
  • Project Linus - Residents make quilts and knitted goods that are distributed to Boston-area hospitals for infants and children.
  • Volunteering in our own community - Residents can visit with friends in our higher levels of care and share their skills, talents, and compassion.
  • Resident escort - Residents accompany their neighbors who need assistance.

Clubs and Events

In addition to the multitude of lifelong learning and volunteer activities, we offer many active clubs and events in which residents can enjoy their favorite hobbies and discover new passions. Such activities include:

  • Book Club
  • Short Stories Group
  • Orchard Cove Singers
  • Theater Group
  • Poetry Group
  • Current Events Discussion Group
  • Gardening Club
  • Duplicate Bridge
  • Writing for The Gazebo, Orchard Cove's quarterly community newsletter
  • Movies shown on campus several times a week
  • Film studies
  • Cultural events at museums, theatres, and the symphony
  • Shopping excursions to outlet malls and shopping centers

For more information, contact our Marketing Department at 781-821-1730.

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