Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead May 2004
Marks Arthritis Awareness Month

 ... lists updates, new programs, latest activities

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

Living with Arthritis - A Free Seminar
Wed., May 26, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

This Arthritis Awareness Month seminar will cover "Arthritis in 2004" by David Freeman, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, Arthritis Foundation, "Breaking the Chronic Pain Cycle of Arthritis" by Suzanne Guthier, Arthritis Foundation, and People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) by Susan DeColaines, Certified PACE, Self-Help and Support Group Leader.

To register, please call 781-662-6886. Space is limited! Register early! Bring a friend! Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation Mass. Chapter, the Melrose COA and MVES.

Milano Senior Center Renovation Campaign

A year has passed since the COA and Melrose Friends of the Aging announced the renovation plans for the Milano Senior Center.

Thanks to so many individuals and members of the business community, the fund raising committee has raised nearly $110,000 toward our $175,000 goal. The figure was raised from 150,000 to $175,000 to include a restroom and to waterproof the interior.

On May 27, a full page Recognition Ad will appear in the Melrose Free Press listing all donors. Needless to say, additional donations are welcome. All of us are looking forward to finishing the money-raising phase and to begin work on building the drop-in center, computer lab and health office.

2004 Elder Law Education Program

We are pleased to announce that this year's "Elder Law Essentials" program presenter is Melrose attorney Anna Bastian. Her talk, followed by a question and answer period, will cover wills, living trusts, durable power of attorney, health care proxy, and life support statements.

Mass. Bar and National Academy of Elder Law attorneys will offer free presentations at over 125 councils on aging and senior centers around the state. Melrose's program at the Milano Center is on Wed., May 19, at 1:00 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Program
featuring The Melrose Senior Chorus

This year's Volunteer Appreciation Program will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited.

The featured entertainment is the Melrose Senior Chorus, directed by Starr Demitre. Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School students have prepared delicious refreshments.

Afterwards, volunteers will assemble in Tierney Hall for a group portrait. Please call 781-662-6886 to register. Bring a friend! We want all the volunteers in the picture. Volunteer names are listed below.

If we missed you, please call us.

Medicare Drug Discount Cards

You are invited to learn about the new, much talked about Medicare Discount Drug Card Program on Tues., May 11, at 1:30 p.m., at the Milano Senior Center. Presenting will be Susan Cripps, Regional Director of the SHINE Program. Twenty-eight companies have been approved to sell the cards for up to $30 each beginning June 1, 2004. Some low-income people will be able to get them without charge.

Open House at Mystic Valley Elder Services!

Are you an elder? Do you help someone who is an elder? Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) can help you! Come to an open house at MVES for Melrose residents on Wednesday, June 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You'll meet Dan O'Leary, MVES' Executive Director, and you'll have a tour of the agency (over 100 people work there) and its many departments. You'll also enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to ask questions. See what MVES has to offer! Reserve a spot by calling 781-324-7705 by May 25th.

Minibus Transportation

The Council 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. Riders are asked to limit grocery shopping to 4 bags.

To schedule a ride, call 781-665-4304. A $1.00 donation is suggested.

Health Insurance/Prescription Information
SHINE volunteer Mary Sullivan can help with your health insurance/Medicare Drug Discount Card related questions 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.

Senior Dining Program

Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday at 12 noon at the Milano Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.

To reserve a meal call 781-662-6886 from 10-11:45 a.m. at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 donation is requested. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS - Friday, May 14, 2004 from 11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

PODIATRY Friday, May 28, 2004, Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25). Appointments (781-662-6886) are required and can be made on or after the 1st of the month. Melrose residents receive preference.

ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP: The Arthritis Support Group will not meet in May. Members are encouraged to attend the special Arthritis Foundation program scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center. Seeabove for details.

Bridge Club - Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include Ida McGirr, 1st & Bill Cahmpa, 2nd; Vinnie Markelionis, 1st & Fran Vennocchi, 2nd; Arthur Hughes, 1st & Betty Crane, 2nd.

Duplicate Bridge - Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include Al Mandracchia & Elizabeth Cserhalmi, N & S; Ann Morse & Frances Wadland, E & W.

Mayor Dolan presents Public Works Day

Looking for something to do with a grandchild? Bring them to "Public Works Day." There will be loads of equipment for them to see and a one-hour interactive demonstration and tour. It will be held on Wed., May 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rain date: May 6.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling Beth Lucien in the Mayor's Office at 781-979-4440.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give ," starring Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton will be shown at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., May 25, at 1:30 PM. Following his heart attack, (Jack Nicholson) a never-married lothario who never dates anyone over thirty suddenly finds himself attracted to a middle-aged woman who has all but given up on romance.

Volunteer Drivers Needed
Melrose's FISH organization is looking for volunteers to drive Melrose residents to medical appointments. Long-time FISH member Preston Johnson says, "It is so sad to turn calls away knowing that they have no other way to get to their doctors. Unfortunately, the need for medical transportation keeps growing while our team of volunteer drivers is dwindling."

If you can help, even one day a month, please call Preston Johnson at 781-665-1796.


May  4 - Community Associates - 1:00 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.
May  14 - AARP Chapter 1124 - 1:30 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Fashion Show by Kappa Swap Shop.
May  14 - The Melrose Arts & Crafts Society will present its 99th Annual Exhibit, "Gifted Hands" from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 561 Main St., Melrose. Free & opened to the public. Complimentary tea & pastries from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
May.15 - Ham & Bean Supper, 6:00 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St. Public invited. Call 781-665-7331. $7 (children 12 & under with parents Free).
May  15 - High School Band Pops Concert -Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5. Seniors free.
Melrose Veterans' Club - Meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!
Go Go Seniors - No meeting in May.
Womans' Club of Melrose - Resumes in October


Minibus to Square One Mall - 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.

May  3 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
May 10 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
May 17 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

AARP Chapter 1124 - Contact Janet Metzler at 781-662-1309.
July 17 - Tallships, Quonset Pt., RI - Three hour cruise & buffet, $79

200 Club - Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips
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.
July 17 - Tall Ships, Quonset Pt., RI - Three hour cruise aboard the Bay Queen's Vista Jubilee. Buffet luncheon and narrative of the Tall Ships. $79

GO-GO SENIORS - Call Mary Pagano at 781-662-9796.
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
July 14 - The Mount Washington Hotel & Resort, Bretton Woods, NH. Lunch & tour. $72
July 21 - "My Fair Lady" at the Lakes Region Summer Playhouse, Meridth, NH. Lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm. $59

Milano Senior Center & Steele House Meal Sites offer New Menu Choices

We all like choices, especially when it comes to food. Happily, since mid-April, Milano Center and Steele House lunch guests began enjoying a choice between a traditional hot lunch entrée or a sandwich and salad three days a week. Both meal choices include hot soup, milk, and dessert.

The lunch program is managed by Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) in cooperation with the COA. The new menu choices are part of an ongoing effort by MVES to improve both the quality of the meals and the dining experience. In the coming months, meals will be served on china dishes, doing away with the environmentally unfriendly disposable plates.

Seniors are encouraged to make a $1.50 donation. To reserve a meal at the Milano Center, call 781-665-4304 in the morning at least one day in advance. Ask for Mary McEachern, the meal site coordinator. For additional information about the new choice menu, call MVES at 781-324-7705.

5th Annual Car Show
sponsored by the Melrose Rotary Club

The public is invited to see old classics, sport cars, Model A Class and more at the 5th Annual Car Show on Sunday, May 16, 2004, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (rain date May 23). It is held at the Melrose High School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway. The cost is $3.00, or $5.00 for families. Proceeds benefit the Melrose High School General Scholarship Fund.

Thank You Volunteers

Volunteers and their guests are cordially invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Program
on Thursday, May 12, 2004 at 1:30 p.m.

Bill Ahern - COA Board
Margaret Ambrogne - Flu Shots
Roxanne Ananian - Bridge Club
John Averell - COA Board
Shirley Averell - Flu Shots
Jack Beckley - Meals on Wheels
Rosemary Behrle - COA Board
Al Bertulli - Milano Center
Ted Bond - Chair Caning
Andrea Bradford - Friends of the Aging
Ann Butler - Flu Shots
Gloria Carroll - Milano Center
Norma Cefalo - Flu Shots
Ruth Christensen - Flu Shots
Helen Conway - Newsletter Mailing
Thomas Damario - Telephone Friends
William Dawson - Tax Aide Program
Susan DeColaines, Arthritis Support
Vincenza DeFeo - Tax Aide Program
Rita Quinn-Dietrich - Friends of Aging
Nina DiOrio - Tax Aide Program
Jim Driscoll - COA Board
Ellen Durant - Bridge Club Instructor
Virginia Eck - Cribbage
Charles Eggleston - Escort
Marjorie Enos - Handcrafts
Marion Ewell - Flu Shots
Louise Fennell, - Photography
Betty Fondulis - Knitters Club
Eleanor Forrest - Meals on Wheels
Wanda Forrest - Newsletter Mailing
Louis Froio - Lunch Program
Olga Giannetti - Newsletter Mailing
Dee Gonzales - Flu Shots
Phylis Gorman - Movies
Priscilla Gray - Handcrafts
Roseanne Greene - Milano Center
Lucille Haddock - Fitness Instructor
Earl Hansen - Tax Aide Program
Monique Hardy - Lunch Program
John Hodgson - Chair Caning Instructor
Eleanor Hooten, Meals on Wheels
Ruth Jefts - Newsletter Mailing
Donald Johnson - Milano Center
Roberta Johnson - Flu Shots
Peggy Kenny - COA Board
Stephanie Koh - Flu Shots
Susan Krasco - Meals on Wheels
Renee Lawless - Telephone Friends
Angie Leavy - Handcrafts
Mary Lepage - Friends of the Aging
Ella Letterie - Melrose Mirror Editor
Dorothy Lucas - Flu shots
Kay McCarte - COA Board
Margaret McCarte - Flu Shots
Anne MacGillivray - Silver Haired Legislator
Kathleen McGrath - Friends of the Aging
Carl Mockler - Tax Aide Program
Shirley Neumyer - Sunshine Girls Bridge
Carolyn Norton - Friends of the Aging
Don Norris - Melrose Mirror Editor
Eileen Olsen - COA Board
Dorothy O'Toole - Flu Shots
Esther Parsons - Bridge Club
Philip Pendleton - Pianist
Marie Petricone - Flu Shots
Grace Pike - Flu Shots
Eleanor Pistorini - Meals on Wheels
Martha Pitts - Newsletter Mailing
Richard Pitts - Tax Aide Program
Russ Priestley - Melrose Mirror Editor
Helene Quinn - Milano Center
Doris Rice - Lunch Program
Marie Salamanca - Milano Center
Jeanne Savage - Flu Shots
Josef Schwarz - Lunch Program
Jeanne Shanklin - Lunch Program
Lea Shea - Newsletter Mailing
Barbara Sullivan - Telephone Friends
Catherine Sullivan - Flu Shots
Mary Sullivan - SHINE Volunteer
Nancy Sumares - Office Volunteer
Natalie Thomson - Melrose Mirror
Antoinette Volpe - Milano Center
Carl Ward - Flu Shots
Ruth Worthylake - Flu Shots
Ed Wright - Friends of the Aging
Helen Wright - Meals on Wheels
Marion Young - Office Volunteer
Mary Young - Milano Center

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning
Medicare & Prescription Drug Coverage

The League of Women Voters of Melrose is pleased to announce an educational meeting open to the public regarding Medicare and prescription drug coverage on Wed., May 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Milano Senior Center.

Guest speaker Kristin Broberg Ciarmetaro, Program Manager of the Information and Referral Department at North Shore Elder Services as well as certified SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, will address a variety of issues. Her area of primary concern will be the new Medicare prescription drug discount card that comes into effect on June 1, 2004.

This program is the first phase of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Ms. Ciarmetaro is pleased to speak from the audience. Please join the League for "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning."

PACE Class Starting May 7

PACE is a recreational community-based program that includes exercises designed to promote joint mobility and endurance.

However PACE is more that that. It is designed specifically for persons with rheumatic disease taking into consideration the pain, fatigue, and decreased motion and strength that accompany the disease. It provides education, peer support and socialization.

PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) classes will be held at the Milano Center on Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The instructor is Susan DeColaines. There is no charge for instruction thanks to support from the Melrose Friends of the Aging. To register for the class, call 781-662-6886. Leave your name and phone number.

Minor 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 grants from the Farnsworth Trust and Elder Affairs.

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.

Newsletter notices/announcements may be sent to the Council on Aging, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176. They must be received by the 5th day of the month before you want the notice to appear. Questions? Call us at 781-665-4304.

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