Looking Ahead

October is 'Immunization Month' in Melrose

... complete schedule listed in "Looking Ahead"

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA

Adult Immunization Clinics
Flu - Pneumonia - Tetanus

The Melrose Health Department is administering vaccinations on the

dates and locations listed below:

Memorial Hall - Wed., Oct. 20,  1 – 2:30 PM
65 + years old or with chronic medical conditions
Sponsored by Pfizer Inc.

Milano Senior Center - Mon., Oct 25, 2- 3 PM  
Anyone 18 years old and older.

K of C Hall - Tues., Nov. 9,  7-8 PM  
Anyone 18 years old and older.

K of C Hall - Wed, Nov 17   7-8 PM  
Anyone 18 years old and older.

Free with Medicare Cards, Blue Care 65, Secure Horizons, First Seniority, & Fallon Senior Plan - $5 per shot without the cards - Bring BOTH Medicare & HMO cards.

Forms are available in advance at Milano SeniorCenter, library and city hall. For further information call the Melrose Health Dept. at 781-979-4130. Volunteers are needed at some clinics. If you can help, call us in the morning at (781) 665--4304. Thank you!

Medex Presentation

On Mon., Oct.18 at 10:00 AM, a representative from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts will discuss Medicare and Medex®. All three "classic" Medex plans – Core, Bronze, and Gold – will be explained, along with the new option called Medex Core Plus. There will be a brief overview of Medicare discount cards and Medicare Reform.

The presentation is open to both members and those exploring their health care options.    

September’s Health Fair was successful with over 150 people attending and about 90% of them receiving at least one screening. Pictured here all smiles is Mike McDonough after finding out that his blood pressure is just fine. Taking his blood pressure is Vickie Gurfolino of Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice.

Avoiding Mistakes in Choosing Housing

Walnut Hill Advisors is offering a free luncheon seminar entitled "Choosing and Affording Your Housing Choice." It will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Oct. 26, 2004 at 1:30 PM. Presenting will be Christopher Grande, CSA.  
At this seminar, you will:

  • Compare the real costs of various housing options, see why some folks should sell their home and what they could do.

  • Explain ways to distribute property and why NOT to use joint ownership with your children.

  • Why some people should have Long Term Care Insurance.

  • Why some people will regret  Medicaid "planning."

  • Discuss reverse mortgages.

Call 781-662-6886 for additional information and to reserve your place.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"Laws of Attraction" – Comedy starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Michael Sheen.  High-powered divorce attorneys have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios—so, how bad could their chances be? PG13 Shown at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m.

Ride in COA Minibus

The Council provides transportation within Melrose for residents age 60 plus. The van runs Mon.-Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Medical appointments may be booked up to three months in advance. Non-medical related rides, such as for shopping, to visit a friend, bank, etc., may be booked after Thurs., 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. Call us at 781-665-4304.

To offset minibus expenses, a $1.00 donation is requested.

Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is distributed in bulk to the elderly housing buildings. It is free and may also be picked up at the Milano Center, COA office, library, city hall, and Johnnie's Foodmaster and Shaw’s supermarkets.

If you prefer to receive Looking Ahead by mail, please send a $4 check payable to the Melrose COA, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176. Those who are homebound and unable to afford the $4 can receive the newsletter without charge.

Senior Dining Program

Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday, at 12 noon, at the Milano Senior Center. Daily entrees are listed in the calendar. 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 for the meal.  

Rides are available by calling 665-4304.  

Trash Fee Discount

The Oct. 29 filing deadline for discounts on the $150.00 waste/trash fee is fast approaching. Senior citizens with incomes of $30,069 or less for a single person and $38,399 for married couples may be eligible for a 50% discount. Property owners earning $18,259 or less for a single person and 20,419 for a couple may be eligible for a 100% discount.

Applications are available at the Milano Senior Center and Public Works Dept in City Hall.

At September's Health Fair, Hallmark Health and the Melrose Rotary donated a new technological marvel called an external cardiac defibrillator (AED). Pictured (L-R) are Donna West, Representative Festa, Senator McGee, Michael Sack, CEO Hallmark Health; Jack Beckley, Peter Kapfhammer, Hallmark Health; Mayor Rob Dolan and Alderman Gail Infurna. In a medical emergency, the defibrillator can be used by laypeople to jolt the heart back to a regular rhythm. Hopefully, it will just sit on the wall and never be used. But, it's nice to know that it is there if we need it.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS - Friday, Oct. 8, 2004 from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.  Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more.

PODIATRY: Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care and 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.

Bridge Club -- Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome.  Recent winners: Fran Vennochi 1st, Bill Ciampa 2nd; & Lou Froio 3rd; Neska Berthol 1st, Betty Crane 2nd, and Mary Manning 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Elizabeth Mandracchia 2nd, and Esther Parsons 3rd; Mary Hicks 1st, Roxie Ananian 2nd, and Gloria Frazier 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge -- Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include: Dick Dunn & Rachel Dunn, and Claire Crotty and Shirley Neumyer.


Oct. 8 -- AARP Chapter 1124 -- 1:30 p.m. meeting at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Program: Daniel O’Leary Director, Mystic Valley Elder Services. "Boutique" and Bake Sale.
Oct. 16 --  Ham and Bean Supper -- 6:00 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church. Public invited. 781- 665-7331. $7.00.  
Oct. 20 -- Woman's Club of Melrose --  Most Blessed Sacrament Hall.  
Oct. 25 --  Melrose Arts and Crafts Society  9:30 a.m. Classes with instructors. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.
Oct. 23 -- 200 Club's  23rd ANNUAL FAIR -- Fuller House Activity Room, 101 Cottage St. from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Public is welcome. Lunch of lobster or chicken salad roll, beverage, chips and dessert will be served in the Levi Gould dining room from 11:30 a.m.--1:30 p.m. Lunch is $7, to be paid at the door. You can reserve a lunch by calling 781-662-7676 until Oct 10.  
32nd Annual MHS Scholarship Fund Pancake Breakfast -- Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30 -- 11:00 a.m. -- First Baptist Church. Sponsored by Johnnie's Foodmaster. Adults $5, children, students and senior citizens $3. Thank you for your support!
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 bus.
Oct. 4 -- Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.-- returns at 1:15p.m.
Oct. 18 -- Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m. -- returns at 1:15 p.m.      
Oct. 25 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. -- returns at 1:15 p.m.

200 CLUB -- Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips.
Oct. 15 -- Winnipesaukee Turkey Train – Meredith, NH. $52.
Nov. 19 -- Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield, MA -- More than 2 miles and over 300,000 Christmas Lights, lunch at Salem Cross Inn. Meal choices: Yankee pot roast or chicken pot pie. Stop at Oakwood Barn. $47.
Dec. 1 -- A Hollywood Christmas plus Hartford's Light Fantasia, -- Lunch included at LaRenaissance followed by a Christmas Show like no other. Music and comedy. $62.
Dec. 15 -- Boston "Pops" Christmas Concert -- Floor seats or First Balcony Seats, $55.

AARP Chapter 1124 -- Call Anne Maratta 781-438-5311. Wright's Chicken Farm & Apple Orchard  Roast chicken with all the fixings. All you can eat!

Milano Senior Center Renovation Campaign

Thanks to our Milano Senior Center Renovation Fund contributors, the Melrose Friends of the Aging has raised $142,000 toward its $175,000 goal. Donations are still welcome. Some recent donors are Ruth daForno, Phyllis and Richard Gorman, Winifred Sablock, and Geraldine Williams.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges contributions by Walter Coffin in memory of the troops who died in Iraq for us; Paul and Barbara Anderson, Jack Beckley, Edward & Katie Brown, Len and Joyce Dalton, Shirley Graves, Lois Kligerman, Ann Lloyd, Doris and Ernest Masiello, Melrose Senior Chorus, Esther Parsons, Elaine Porter, Jean Pulsifer, Wednesday Bridge Club, Betty Yaffe in memory of Dennis J. Markelionis; Jack Beckley, Levi Gould & Fuller House residents, Pegasystems in memory of Carl Behrle; and John Johnson in memory of Dorothy Pinkney Johnson. A donation was also made by Rose and Theodore Wong in honor of all seniors.   

Six Tai Chi class students demonstrate their technique at this year's Victorian Fair. Pictured are (L-R): John Moylan, Doreen Rosenzweig, Nate Purpel, Elsa Moylan, instructor Rick Wong, Lorraine Amerault and Betty Sapp (partially obstructed). Let Tai chi improve your balance too. Come to a class on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for a few community-minded people to help at the Milano Senior Center and/or to serve on the seven-member boards of the Council on Aging and Melrose Friends of the Aging. The COA Board meets monthly. Members help with programs, set policy, and decide on suitable COA services and Milano Center activities and programs. Board members are appointed to serve three-year terms by the Mayor subject to Board of Aldermen approval.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging is a private, non-profit organization formed to support the programs and services of the Council on Aging. In addition to supporting programs, they have purchased minibuses, raising money for the construction of the Milano Senior Center, and are now fundraising to complete the basement of the Center. Meetings are held quarterly. You do not need to be affluent to serve on the Board on the seven-member Board of Directors.

Please call Jack Beckley (781-662-6886) to submit your name for Board consideration or to volunteer at the Center. We hope to hear from you.

Property Tax Work-Off Program

The Council on Aging is accepting applications for the City's Property Tax Work-Off Program. The program is open to income-eligible senior citizens (age 60 and over) and disabled individuals.  

Participants may "volunteer" in city departments in exchange for a reduction in their property taxes of up to $500, at a rate of $6.75 per hour of service provided. The dollar amount of the tax reduction is not considered income, wages or employment for purposes of taxation.  

Disabled individuals under age 60 are paid as part-time workers. Maximum income levels for eligibility are $27,930 for an individual and $31,225 for a two-person household.

Applications are located in City Hall and the Milano Senior Center. For additional information, call Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304.

Caregiver's EXPO
Surviving the Challenges of Alzheimer's and Dementia
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Galvin Middle School, Wakefield, MA

This exciting caregiver's conference has 40 exhibitors and workshops for family and professional caregivers including: New Developments in Alzheimer's Disease, Legal Issues in Caregiving, Preventing Alzheimer's Disease, Making a Home Safer, Activities for those with Alzheimer's, Using Music as an Alternative Language, and much more. The cost is $10 per person, includes lunch. Sponsored by Hallmark
Health VNA through a grant from Mystic Valley Elder Services. For additional information, call 781-338-7903.  

The Melrose Council on Aging has a few complimentary tickets; just ask for one in the lobby of the Milano Senior Center.  

Maplewood Place Presentation:  

Maplewood Place is a 98-unit assisted living residence located in a renovated school in Malden. If you have questions about assisted living residences, you are cordially invited to an informal presentation by Stacey Blaksley on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m.  

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