Looking Ahead

A new visitor program is born ...

... "Looking Ahead" -- the electronic edition

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
George Nelson Torrey

Diabetes Discussion and Screening

Mark Wed., April 13, 1:30 p.m. on your calendars. Dr. Jennifer Goldman Levine, a Diabetes Educator and professor at Mass School of Pharmacy, will be at the Milano Center. After a short presentation, she, assisted by students, will conduct a diabetes screening and answer your questions about your condition, its treatment, or equipment used to test your blood levels.  

This program is sponsored by Hallmark Health VNA.

Basement Renovation

When Looking Ahead went to print March, work on the basement had just begun. There is a big dumpster in the yard and a company that specializes in waterproofing basements started work.  Next, they will be insulating the ceiling and trenching the concrete floor for new water pipes.

As work progresses over the next two months, there will disruptions and noise. We will try to keep them to a minimum and do apologize for inconveniences.   

New Visitor Program

This month, recognizing that loss and loneliness sometimes come with long life, the Council on Aging is starting a Visitor Program. Our first step is recruiting people to visit seniors in their homes for a friendly chat, to play cards, read a book or even go for a walk together.  

The program will be managed by Tara Deeble, LICSW. Please call her (781-665-4304) to volunteer or find out more about the program. Remember, as someone anonymously said, "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
Free Tax Assistance
The AARP sponsored Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program continues on Mondays, 12 noon - 3:00 PM, through April 11. You only have two weeks to get your taxes done!

To receive assistance, you must bring your last year’s tax return. Please do not come without it. You will also need this year's tax package and your current information. Call 781-662-6886 for an appointment or just drop in the Milano Center on a first-come, first-serve basis - after the appointments.

Add Zip to Your Meals

If the food that you have been eating has become bland and tasteless, you will not want to miss the lecture/demonstration by Candace Quigley, Registered Dietician from Mystic Valley Elder Services. On Fri., April 15 from 11:30-12 noon, she will offer a multitude of suggestions to enhance the flavor of your meals without the use of salt. A food sample and handouts will be provided.

You don’t have to be on a salt-free diet to enjoy this presentation. Plan to stay for lunch by calling 781-662-6886.

Domestic Violence Awareness

"Fifteen years ago, I was a victim of domestic violence with nowhere to go and no resources to help me. It took me seven years to eliminate the abuse because I lacked the funds for a divorce, had no job skills and no resources to turn to. It was demeaning, heart-breaking and stressful to be abused by the one I loved."
Shirley, age 68.

Someone you know may be experiencing abuse. To learn how you can offer support and help, attend a workshop at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., April 19 at 12:30 p.m. Presented by Domestic Violence Specialist Elizabeth Dierze of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence and protective service worker Amy Foreman of Mystic Valley Elder Services.

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 (4 bag maximum), to visit a friend, bank, etc., can be booked one week in advance. To schedule a ride, call 781-665-4304 before 12 noon. A $1.00 donation is suggested.  

Movies - Movies - Movies

Nostalgic for the greatness in movies? In EASTER PARADE starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire you’ll find all the elements that make this film a treat for all seasons. Fred plays a 1912 song-and-dance man whose partner abandons the act. Judy steps in, fills her shoes and falls head over heels for the undisputed all time king of the hoofers. All of this played against the songs of Irving Berlin. Little wonder that this motion picture makes everyone’s list as the feel good picture of all time.  

The movie will be shown on Friday, April 29, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. Assistive listening devices are available for the hearing impaired.
Senior Dining Program
Why eat alone? Good food tastes even better when it is enjoyed with others. 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, April 8, 2005 at 11:15 a.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, April 15, 2005 Dr. Connolly provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25). Please note an important change in procedure for booking foot care appointments. Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 for an appointment to be seen at the Milano Senior Center. Be sure to indicate  you wish to be seen at the Milano Senior Center because he travels to different centers.

Hallmark Health VNA Health Topic Presentations -- Diabetes Presentation/Screening
Wednesday, April 13, 2005. See above for details.

I'm Having Trouble Breathing -- Wednesday, May 11, 12:30 p.m.: Jim Peabody, respiratory therapist and director of Hallmark Health Durable Medical Equipment & Home Oxygen Company, will provide an overview of what causes breathing problems and demonstrate some of the latest equipment available for home use.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome.  Recent winners include: Ruth Tracey 1st, Ralph Levy 2nd,  Allan Faller 3rd; Fran Vennochi 1st, Joe Fallica 2nd, Mary Manning 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Recent winners include Arthur Hughes and George Hughes, Jr. and Dick Dunn and Rachel Dunn.  


April  8 - AARP Chapter 1124 – 1:30 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Dessert Social. Entertainment  Sisters Making Memories” Raynie and Delores.

April 16 - Ham & Bean Supper – 6:00 p.m.  Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St., Melrose. Cost: $7 (children under 12 with parents, free). Public invited. No reservations needed! For more info call 781-665-7331.

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.

April 4 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex to Square One Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
April  11 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses to Square One Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
April 25 - Leaves City Hall to Square One Mall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

200 Club - Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips

April 20 – Warren’s Lobster House, Kittery, Maine. Warren’s has great soup, salad and homemade bread that are included with a fantastic lobster dinner. Other options are steak and chicken. After lunch, shopping at the Kittery Outlets. Pick up 10:00 a.m. at Cochrane House, 10:15 a.m. at Levi Gould.

May 18 Boston Pops Spring Concert  8:00 p.m. Concert. Floor $58.00, 1st Balcony $55.00.  Pick up: 6:30 p.m. Cochrane House, 6:45 Levi Gould.

May 25 - The Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA Lunch at Cork & Hearth. Lunch choices: veal parmesan, grilled chicken breast, baked schrod. After lunch a tour guide will board the bus for a scenic Berkshires tour. Pick up: 8:15 a.m. Cochrane House, 8:30 a.m. Levi Gould. $48

Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association presents

Italian Festival
Friday, April 8, 2005, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

The fundraiser to benefit patients of Hallmark Health VNA and its programs will be  held at the Irish American Club, Malden. There will be an Italian buffet, entertainment by Street Magic, a silent auction, live auction and raffles. Guest auctioneer will be Dennis Catalso of Caraldo Ambulance Service

Tickets are $25 per person. Call 781-338-7903


The Melrose Friends of the Aging supports programs and services of the Council on Aging and at the Milano Senior Center. Recent donors include Ted Bond, Joseph & Jennie Bognore, Wanda Forrest, Rola Savarino, and the Wednesday Bridge Club.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges contributions made by Therese Crowley, James & Angela Falzarano, Gladys Latshaw, Vinnie Markelionis and Richard & Diane Olsen in memory of Peter Puglisi; Alice Dawson in memory of her brother George; and Doreen Lam in memory of Kay Gilardi.

Worry Free Retirement Planning for Home Owners

Chris Grande, Certified Senior Advisor, is offering a free educational workshop
on Tues., April 26, at 1:30 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center. This seminar will:

  • Compare the REAL costs of the various housing options senior have

  • Show you how to afford to stay in your home when the bills get too big

  • Explain who should and should not sell their home and why

  • Show you how to sell investment real estate and avoid tax

  • Show you how to afford "fancy" senior housing using your home

  • Explain why some people will regret Medicaid  planning.

Call to reserve your place at 781-662-6886. Light refreshments will be served.

Now Read Looking Ahead Online

Free copies of Looking Ahead may be picked up at a variety of locations around the city including the library, city hall, supermarkets and the Milano Senior Center. It can also mail be mailed directly to your home for an annual charge of $4.00. And now, for those with a computer, the newsletter may also be read online in the Melrose Mirror (see address below) and at www.seniorpubs.com.
Quilt Classes

Last fall, a handful of people took our quilting class and now have beautiful quilts. If they can do it, you can too!

You can make a quilt by machine in 8 weeks of 2-hour lessons. Starting Thurs., April 7, at 9:30 a.m., Marie Salamanca will be teaching how to make these family heirlooms. The cost is $5.00 per class or $35 for 8 lessons. Class size is limited, so call the Center (781-662-6886) now to enroll. A list of fabric requirements and supplies will be sent to you when you enroll.  

Portable Sewing Machines
The Milano Senior Center could use a couple easy to use, portable, sewing machines for its craft classes. If you have a machine that is in excellent condition that you would be willing to donate, please call Georgie Lewis at the Milano Center. Thank you!

Learn From The Company Dick Van Dyke
Has Chosen To Do Business With.

Plan to attend the "Cornerstones of a Successful Retirement" seminar workshop at the Milano Senior Center Wed., April 6th at 1:30 pm presented by Bankers Life and Casualty Company, whose slogan is "We specialize in seniors."

You will learn about:
  • Possible ways to minimize taxes on your Social Security income and interest earnings

  • Bankers annuities and how they capture gains of the S&P 500 and help protect you from losses

  • How LTC insurance can help protect your assets

  • A possible way to guarantee yourself an income for life

  • Options to help ease the financial concerns of your family if you would have a stroke or other debilitating illness of accident

  • Life insurance and the options it gives you to make sure your assets go to the people and charities you want, not as probate law decides

    The door prize will be a $25 to gift certificate to Turner’s Seafood. Call 781-662-6886 to register.

    Newsletter notices/announcements may be sent to George Nelson Torrey at geontorrey@aol.com or the Council on Aging, 235 West 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.

    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed at the Milano Center and COA office. Currently our biggest need is for Milano Center front desk helpers on a regular or on call basis. Natalie Urban (above) volunteers at the front desk on Thursday afternoons.

    If you can help, or to discuss volunteer opportunities, call Mary Beth Calnan at 781- 665-4304.  

    Meeting for Volunteers

    All Senior Center volunteers and would-be volunteers, please join us in this informal meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room.

    This will be an opportunity for volunteers to share thoughts on their experience and to voice ideas on ways that they may be better utilized.
    If you can not make this meeting, don’t worry. There will be meetings every third Tuesday for training, information sharing and to brainstorm about ways to do things better.  

    If you have any questions please call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.   

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