Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead April 2004
Hospital VP to speak at Milano Center

 ... Q&A session on latest developments within Hallmark

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA

Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
William Ahern
Gene Baldi
Peggy Kenny
Rosemary Behrle
John Averell

Hallmark Health Care Update

Hallmark Health Care has had a busy year highlighted by Melrose-Wakefield Hospital being named "Outstanding Business of the Year" by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

Join us when Steven Kapfhammer, Executive Vice President of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, provides an overview of Hallmark Health Care and highlights its past year's accomplishments, such as the new primary angioplasty and endoscopy services. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and voice your opinions to senior management at Hallmark Health Care.

The presentation, open to all, is at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., April 20, at 1:30 p.m.  

PACE Class

We are pleased to offer a People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) class this month. Developed by the Arthritis Foundation. This 6-week class will improve your health without hurting your joints! Be sure to come to the overview presentation on April 23.
We are so sure that it will be beneficial that it is offered without charge thanks to a generous donation from the Melrose Friends of the Aging.

April Tea

This month's Tea will be served on Friday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m., in the Milano Senior Center. As a special treat, selected members of the Polymnia Choral Society will sing for us. Please register by calling 781-662-6886. A $1.00 donation is requested.

Diabetes Update/Screening
The ravages of diabetes can largely be prevented with early detection and ongoing treatment. Come to a Diabetes Talk and free Blood Sugar Testing at the Milano Center on Tues., April 13, at 1:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, please call 781-662-6886.

Clinical Pharmacist Jennifer Goldman-Levine, Diabetes Trainer at Malden Family Health Care, will give the Talk and oversee testing with help from students at the Mass. College of Pharmacy.  

Acupuncture - the Old, New Medicine

Do not miss this month's Arthritis Support Group meeting on Friday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m. The invited guest is Mimma Mogavero, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. For details see Arthritis Support Group on page 3.

Medicare-Endorsed Discount Drug Cards

The new Medicare approved Prescription Drug Discount Card program begins enrollment in May, with discounts honored June 1, 2004. Mark your calendars!

Susan Cripps, Regional SHINE Coordinator, will present at the Milano Center on Tues., May 11, at 1:00 p.m. She will describe the program and help you sort out all the details. In the meantime, you can stop in the COA office Tuesday mornings to speak with SHINE volunteer Mary Sullivan or call the SHINE Program at 1-800-AGE-INFO.

Italian Festival
Fund Raiser for Hallmark Health VNA

This promises to be a fun-filled evening benefiting a worthy case. A $25 ticket gets you an Italian buffet dinner, entertainment by New England Acappella, a silent auction and live auction with guest auctioneer Senator Richard Tisei. It will be held at the Italian American Club in Malden on Fri., April 30, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Call 781-338-7903 for ticket information.
Money raised is used to support VNA initiatives such as the Palliative Care Program for terminally ill patients and Community Outreach Programs.

MVES Ready to Help

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) provides information, services, and resources to elders and caregivers in Melrose. The agency helps elders live safely in their homes through comprehensive programs?most of which are low-cost or even free. Among our services are home care management, money management advisors, caregiver support, general information, volunteer opportunities, home-delivered meals, and providing daily meals at senior dining sites. Please contact us with any aging-related question.
Please contact us at 781-324-7705 or www.mves.org.

Minibus Transportation
The Council on Aging offers residents, age 60 and over, transportation within Melrose. The van runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Medical appointments can be booked up to three months in advance. Non-medical related rides, such as for shopping, to visit a friend, bank, etc., can be booked after Thursday, 12 noon, for the following week. However, if you wake up and decide you want to go shopping, call us and we'll try to fit you in. To schedule a ride, call 781-665-4304. A $1.00 donation is suggested.  

Senior Dining Program
Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday at 12 noon at the Milano Center. Daily entrees are listed in the calendar on pages 6. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services. To reserve a meal call 662-6886 from 10-11:45 a.m. at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 donation is requested. Call 781-665-4304 to schedule a ride.

Health Insurance/Prescription Information

SHINE volunteer Mary Sullivan can help on Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-12 noon, in the CoA office. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is a program of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Volunteers receive ongoing training and have the latest information on health care insurance developments. Call 781-665-4304 for an appointment or just stop in.


Free Wellness Checks - Friday, April 9, 2004 from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

Arthritis Support Group The next meeting of the Arthritis Support Group will be on Friday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m. The topic is "Acupunture - the Old, New Medicine" by Mimma Mogavero, Lic.Ac., MAOM.  She will also discuss herbal medicine. The Support Group meets at the Milano Senior Center the 4th Friday of the month unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, call Betty at 781-245-5003.

Podiatry - Friday, April 16, 2004. Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25).  Appointments (781-662-6886) for the April 16th visit may be made on or after April 1st. Melrose residents receive preference.

Bridge Club - Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include: Mary Mouradian, 1st & Ruth Tracy, 2nd; Betty Crane, 1st & Henry Porter, 2nd; Betty Crane, 1st & Phil Tedesco, 2nd.
Duplicate Bridge - Duplicate Bridge is played on the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include: Ralph LePage & Arthur Hughes, N & S; Helen Dealy & Betty Whelan, E & W.

Free Tax Assistance

Just two weeks remain for free tax assistance at the Milano Senior Center.  Tax-Aide Counseling for the Elderly, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, assists disabled persons and those over age 60 with low-moderate incomes in filing their taxes. Electronic filing of tax returns is available. Tax-Aides are available on Mondays, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. through April 12, 2004.
Appointments are filled; however, time permitting, walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Apr. 2 AARP Chapter 1124 - 1:30 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. "Spring Dessert Social" Program by Richard DeMone, Piano Melodies.
Apr. 6 - Community Associates - 1:00 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.
Apr.17: Ham & Bean Supper 6 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green Street. Public invited. Call 781-665-7331. $7.00 (children 12 & under with parents FREE).
Apr. 21 - Melrose Woman's Club - Annual Luncheon, 12 noon, Continental Restaurant, Saugus. "Judge Robert A. Barton" Law & Order.
Apr. 26 - Melrose Arts & Crafts Society. 9:30 a.m. Classes.  Reversible Needlepoint Bookmark, Flower Pot Pantaloon, and Decorative Wall Board. Program: 1:00 p.m., Annual Meeting & Pot Luck Luncheon.
Apr. 29 - The Melrose Garden Club Presents: - Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose. Waking up the Garden for Spring! Boutique @ 6:00 p.m. - Program @ 7:00 p.m. with Paul Parent, host of the top rated radio program "The Paul Parent Garden Club".  Donation: $10. For advance tickets or more information, call 781-322-7540 or 781-662-1399. Men are welcome!
Melrose Veterans' Club - Meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!  


Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall - Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the minibus.
Apr. 5 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
Apr. 12 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.
Apr. 26 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

200 Club - Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258.
Apr. 1-4 - Washington, DC
Apr. 28 - Charlie Prose at Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard, CT.   Trip includes: $10 buffet, $20 in Keno time and 2:00 p.m. performance with Charlie Prose.
May 13-17 - Ottawa Tulip Festival with Toronto & Niagra Falls. Twin, $499; single, $679; Triple, $479
May 28 - Boston Spring Pops with Keith Lockhart - 8:00 p.m. performance. - Orchestra & First Balcony, $55.
June 4 - Mystery Trip - includes morning Mystery Activity, lunch at a Historic Inn and afternoon Mystery Activity. $48
June 17-18 - 2 Day Cape Cod Trip - featuring Sandwich, Hyannis & Martha?s Vineyard. Hotels & dinner; $199 pp/twin; $189 pp/triple; $269 pp/single.

GO-GO SENIORS - Call Mary Pagano at 781-662-9796.
Apr. 7 - Foxwoods Casino - Buffet. $18
Apr. 14 - The Ricky & Lucy Show at Chez Josef, Agawam. Full lunch. $63
May 5 - The Top of the Hub - Lunch plus show. $65
May 18 - Secrets of Mark Twain's Hartford - Lunch & Tour.  $59
June 23 - Lobsterbake Luncheon & "Jazz Live" at Quidnessett Country Club, North Kingston, RI. $62

AARP Chapter #1124 - Call Janet Metzler at 781-662-1309

Apr.  17 - Lobster Clambake & Foxwoods Casino. $49
July  17 - Tallships, Quonset Pt., RI. - 3 hour cruise & buffet. $79


"Save Your Joints" is an old myth!
People With Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) Class

Beginning with an Introductory Talk at Milano Senior Center on Friday, April 30, 1:30 PM

Sponsored by the Melrose Friends of the Aging, this free 6-week exercise
series will run May 1 - June 4, 2004, from 1:30 - 2:30 PM.

For many years, it was thought that people with arthritis should not exercise because it would damage their joints. Today, doctors and therapists know that exercise can improve their health without hurting joints. With this in mind, the Arthritis Foundation introduced PACE.

PACE is an exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis that uses gentle activities to increase joint flexibility and range of motion and to help maintain muscle strength.    

PACE is also a good beginning for those who want to start exercising.

Who will benefit from a PACE class?

Any adult with arthritis. However, you must be able to walk independently with assistive devises, if used or if you are in a wheelchair, have the ability to transfer to a straight back chair.

If you have questions if this would be right for you, call your doctor.   People with osteoporosis, multiple or severe joint problems, a history of back or neck problems, or who had joint surgery should check with their doctors about the need for special precautions.  

Writing for Fun, Memory, and Personal Expression

Recall and jot down your happiest memories, or comment on life's changes and the new technological world; personalities past and present, famous or little known who influenced you. Join others in an informal friendly atmosphere, conducted by Jackie Wattenberg, Arts Correspondent of the Melrose Free Press and member of the Melrose Mirror, who has a background of writing and teaching in Chicago and Melrose, and classes in improved writing and speech at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The six-session series will be held at the Milano Senior Center starting Mon., April 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. The cost is $25 in advance or $5 per class. To register, call 781-662-6886 or just come to the first class.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The drama "Secondhand Lions", starring Robert Duvall and Michael Caine, will be shown at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., April 14, at 1:30 p.m. In Secondhand Lions, a teenager hears tales of grand adventure while spending the summer with his two great uncles whose reported riches may have been illegally obtained. This is a delightful film with exceptional acting.

Thank you from the family of Marie Sorice

In March, Marie passed away after a lengthy illness. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to all the individuals, community groups to which she was affiliated, and the followers of Traveling with Marie for the many well wishes and recent condolences.

Rabies Clinic/License Renewals

A rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2004, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Melrose Animal Clinic, 26 Essex St., Melrose. The cost is $10 (cash only). If you want a 3-year vaccination, bring your current year Rabies Certificate.

You may also license your dog for the year 2004 at the same time. The cost for a license is $15.00 (cash only) per animal.
All dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.

Beebe Estate Fund Raiser
Wine Sampling and Wine Auction

The Beebe Estate Association and Board of Trustees invite you to the first in a series of wine sampling events called "Vintages at Beebe."

Help us maintain and restore this Melrose treasure by coming to this fun fundraiser at the Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster St., on Fri., April 16, 2004, at 8 p.m. A professional wine expert will lead the sampling of six wines that will be available by silent auction and delivered several days after the event. Unusual breads, cheeses and appetizers will be served to "clear the palette." The wines for this first event were especially chosen for variety, region or country of origin and reasonable price.

Tickets are $50, payable to the Beebe Estate Association (BEA), a non-profit organization. Tickets are available at Remax Heritage, 653 Main St., Brad Hutchinson Realtors, 193 Green St., and Sweet Thoughts, 504 Main St., and the COA office. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 781-665-9672 or e-mail info@beebeestate.org

Home Repair Program

All residents age 60 and over can use this program for minor home repairs. Repair program hourly rates are $38 for the handymen and $70 for the electrician and plumbers. Sliding fee users, of course, may pay significantly less. To be eligible for the sliding fee, an individual's annual income must be $21,199 or less and $28,617 or less for a couple.  This program is supported by a grant from the Farnsworth Trust and the Community Associates of Melrose.

Teen-Aging Program

The Teen-Aging Program matches teens with elders who need assistance with snow shoveling, errands, yard work, and shopping. The Program has teens that are eager to work. If you have errands or other small jobs that a teenager could do, please call Doreen Lam at 781-665-4304. She will try to match you with a teenager.

April 2, 2004

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