Looking Ahead

MVES plans open house at Milano Center

 ... Looking Ahead: Choice of menu, new china on the tables

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA

Happy to Serve You! In May, Milano Senior Center meal site manager Mary McEachern and volunteer Monique Hardy were pleased to start serving lunches on china dishes. This dining enhancement follows last month's introduction of a menu choice three days a week. Mystic Valley, which manages the meal site, has been working hard to enhance the dining experience at the Center.

Lunch Program Open House

Mystic Valley Elder Services invites all senior citizens to an open house showcasing the many changes in our weekday lunch program held at the Milano Senior Center. The Open House will include music, hors d' oeuvres, raffles, and a chance to see and talk with MVES Nutrition Program staff. Hopefully, you can stay for a special lunch planned for that day. Join us for lunch, pot roast with mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

The Open House will be held on Thurs., June 17, from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon.  Please call 781-662-6886 mornings by June 15 to RSVP. Let us know too if you plan to stay for lunch.

Senior Financial Focus

The stars of AM radio's "Senior Financial Focus" - talk show hosts Rich Rubino and Sam Liang of Rubino & Liang, LLC. are presenting an hour-long informative, upbeat financial seminar on Tues., June 15, at 9:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served.

Rich and Sam will discuss financial strategies that will help you breath easier for the rest of your life. From shrinking 401k and mutual fund portfolios, to determining how to pay for nursing home and long-term care down the road. Their dynamic presentation will help you understand the issues affecting your financial well-being in today' s economy, and highlight the best strategies for transferring wealth to your family and loved ones.

The seminar promises to be entertaining, complete with colorful stories and examples. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling 781-662-6886.

Secure Horizons Update

Secure Horizons representative, Kathy Barniak, will be at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., June 9, at 9 a.m., to present the 2004 Secure Horizons plan benefits and changes. She will also be discussing the March 1, 2004 premium reductions for individual members that took place as a result of the Medicare Reform legislation that was passed in the fall.

Members as well as those interested in the plan are invited to attend. Any questions, please call Kathy at 1-888-880-8699, extension 1080.

Strong Women Stay Young

Join us for a presentation by Susan DeColaines on a strength training program based on Dr. Miriam Nelson's best seller called Strong Women Stay Young. This exercise program is designed specifically for middle-aged and older women (men can benefit too). Participation in the ongoing exercise program will help you increase your strength, balance, energy, and to look and feel better about yourself.

The presentation will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Thurs., June 10, at 2:00 p.m. Melrose's own Strong Women Program, Strong Bones Osteoporosis & Fall Prevention Program will follow from 3-4 p.m. Stay and see the Program in action!

Prescription Drug Discount 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.

Drug Discount Card information is also available by calling 1-800-Medicare or online at www.medicare.gov.

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.

Minibus Transportation

The Council offers residents, age 60 and over, transportation within Melrose. The van runs weekdays from 9:15 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.

Senior Dining Program

Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday at 12 noon at the Milano Center. Daily entrées are listed in the calendar on page 6. 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, June 11, 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, June 18, 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 next meeting of the Arthritis Support Group will be held on Friday, June 25, 2004, at 1:00. The topic is "Osteoporosis" Speaker: Timothy Tierney, MD, Chief of Family Medicine Hallmark Health/Melrose Wakefield Hospital. The support group meets at the Milano Senior Center. For additional information, call Betty at 781-245-5003.

Bridge Club - Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include Lou Froio, 1st & Alicia Roman, 2nd; Lou Froio, 1st & Gloria Frazier, 2nd.

Duplicate Bridge - Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include Ralph Lepage & Arthur Hughes, N & S; Helen Dealy & Betty Whelan, E & W.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The romantic comedy "Under the Tuscan Sun," starring Diane Lane, will be shown at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., June 29, at 1:30 PM. A recent American divorcée ends up buying an old villa that she starts to rebuild, along with her life, when she visits Tuscany. PG-13.


Community Associates - 1:00 p.m. meetings at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church resume in October.

June  11 - AARP Chapter 1124 - June Luncheon at Hillview Country Club, 149 North Street, No. Reading. Social hour 11:30 a.m.-12 noon. Luncheon 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Tickets: $20.00. For information or tickets call Mary Ellen at 781-245-7611.

June 7 - The Melrose Arts & Crafts Society - Annual Membership Luncheon.

Melrose Veterans' Club - Meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!

Womans' Club of Melrose - Resumes in October


Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall - 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.

June 7- Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
June 14 Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
June 21 Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

AARP Chapter 1124 - Contact Janet Metzler at 781-662-1309.
June 25 - Portland by Train - Luncheon & Shopping. $79
July 17 - Tallships, RI - Luncheon on Tour Boat. $79
Aug. 25 - Mark Twain Tour & River Cruise - Luncheon. $49
Sept. 24 - Bourne Scallop Festival & Canal Cruise - Contact: Martha Carriere at 781-246-5803 or Janet Metzler at 781-662-1309

200 Club - Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips
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
Aug.11 - Horizon' s Edge Casino Cruise, Lynn, MA - A valid I.D. is needed for boarding. Gourmet buffet & entertainment. $34
Sept. 22 - Green Mountain. Railroad - Lunch at the Inn at East Hill Farm family style. Travel to Bellows Fall, Vt to board the Green Mountain. Flyer where you' ll cross eight bridges viewing the Gorge, two covered bridges, active farms & wildlife.

GO-GO SENIORS - Call Mary Pagano at 781-662-9796.
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, Meredith, NH. Lunch at Hart' s Turkey Farm. $59
Aug. 11 - Kennebunkport, Me Excursion - Lunch at Kennebunkport Inn & Tour. $52

Massachusetts Senior Games

The Senior Olympics for men and women age 50 and over will be held at Springfield College June 17-20. Competition is in 5 year age brackets to 90+. There are over 25 sports in which to enter including archery, basketball (3 on 3), volleyball, tennis track/field, swimming pistol shooting and golf.

The late entrance fee through June 11th is $40. No entries accepted after June 11th. Applications with detailed information are available in the Milano Senior Center.   

2004 Long Term Care Guide

The Massachusetts Extended Care Federation just released its 2004 membership guide listing over 500 nursing and rehabilitation facilities, hospital-based transitional care units, assisted living residences and continuing care retirement communities.

Facility information, listed alphabetically and by community, includes the name, address, telephone number, size, ownership and services provided at the facility.

The guide is available for reference at the COA office. The information is also available online at www.masslongtermcare.org.

To learn more about working and collecting Social Security benefits, visit Social Security' s Retirement Planner at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/whileworking.htm
or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

Elmhurst Family Night Presentation:
Identity Theft: Are You At Risk?

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime today. And, unfortunately, everyone is at risk. Worse yet, it can take years and several thousand dollars to stop the effect of identity theft on your life.

Due to the increasing frequency of this crime and the difficulty correcting the situation, Elmhurst is sponsoring this seminar to decrease your risk. This seminar will discuss 17 ways that thieves can easily steal your identity, as well as provide tips and suggestions to decrease your exposure to this crime.

The Health Care Proxy will also be reviewed. You are invited to this free seminar at the Elmhurst, 743 Main St., Melrose on June 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Card Contest

Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, has announced the 8th Annual Senior Citizens Artistic Interpretation of the State House Holiday Card Contest, open to all citizens age 62 and over. The 2004 contest theme is Celebrating The Winter Holiday at the State House. Entries will be accepted from both amateur and professional artists. All Entries will be exhibited at the Commonwealth Museum beginning in August. Professional artists will judge the entries.

All medium of art is acceptable (Oil, watercolor, ink, pastels, etc.). Size requirements are a minimum of 5" x 7" and a maximum of 18" x 24". If an artist is unable to mat and frame his/her entry, we will provide matting using basic materials. Please print name, address and telephone number on the back of the artwork.

The deadline for entries is July 15, 2004. Entries must be mailed or delivered to the Attention of Dolores McCray, Commonwealth Museum at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125. In order for artwork to be displayed on our web site each entry must include the enclosed signed authorization form. Artists are responsible for retrieving their artwork from the Commonwealth Museum at or after the awards presentation.

The winning card will be reproduced and sold at the State House Gift Cart with the artist's name printed on the card. The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth will retain ownership rights to the artwork only as a card. An Affirmation of Award will be presented to the winning artist at a date to be announced in August 2004.

Hot Weather Facts    

As we get older, we need to be more careful in hot weather. Change of season hot days can be particularly difficult because our bodies have not had time to adjust to the extreme heat. Here are some Hot Weather Facts to remember regarding the hot weather. Seniors are at an increased risk of developing heat-related disorders such as Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion.

Be aware of the danger Signals: Dizziness, Weakness, Agitation, Fainting, Confusion, Vomiting, Hot Skin, and Unresponsiveness.


  • Make sure your living environment is well ventilated. Use fans or air conditioners to promote air circulation.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Avoid using the oven

  • Take cool showers or cool baths.

  • Keep shades down during the day.

  • Wear loose clothing.

  • Avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

If you do not have air conditioning, open the windows and use fans to move the air around. And, plan to spend some time at the air-conditioned comfort of the Milano Senior Center or Melrose Public Library.

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 electricians 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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