Looking Ahead

"Project Safe" coming, previewing "Parkview"

... Looking Ahead for June, 2006

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging

Looking Ahead, June 2006
Melrose Council on Aging
Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
William Ahern
Peggy Kenny
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey

Coming Soon: "Project Safe"

Mayor Robert J. Dolan is pleased to announce Project Safe, a Mystic Valley Elder Services initiative for Melrose residents age 80 and over. Project Safe is designed to promote safety and independence as well as to provide residents with valuable information about community services.

In the coming months, if you are age 80 or over, you can expect to receive a letter from MVES explaining Project Safe in detail. Your involvement is totally voluntary but we believe that, because the program will benefit you in a variety of ways, you will want to participate.

Look for additional information about Project Safe in the local newspapers and in next month’s Looking Ahead. In the meantime, if you have questions, you can call the Council on Aging office or Ellen Holmes, MVES Project Safe Coordinator (781-324-7705 ext. 322).

Preview of Parkview on the Fells

Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, serving seniors as New England Deaconess Association, since 1889, is pleased to announce the planned development of a new not-for-profit senior living community at the site of the former Malden Medical Center.

Parkview on the Fells will offer a wide array of amenities, services and activities and, as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), will provide for future long-term care needs and offer estate protection.

Join us at the Milano Senior Center on Wed. June 21 at 1:30 p.m. when Parkview retirement living experts will present information about the new community, answer questions, and explain their risk-free, no-obligation Priority Program!. Refreshments will be served.

Note from the Director:

For nearly two years, we have been fortunate to have Neil MacFeeley helping out afternoons at the Milano Senior Center. Now, his Operation Able placement at the Center has come to an end. Though he is not leaving us and will continue to volunteer occasionally, we really need people willing to help afternoons. Please consider volunteering once a week or on an on-call basis!

The ideal person (remember no one is perfect) can occupy themselves during quiet times, answer telephone, warmly greet visitors to the Center, make coffee if needed, and help with cleaning and locking up at the end of the day.

Please call our Coordinator of Volunteers Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304 for more information or to volunteer.

Ever Changing Medicaid
and How the Changes May Affect You

Medicaid nursing home regulations changed dramatically following the enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Eligibility is now more difficult and many of the old rules no longer apply.

On Wed., June 14, at 1:30 PM at the Milano Center, Elder Law Attorney Patrick Curley will explain the new law and answer questions. Understanding how these changes affect you personally is important in preserving your assets. Joanne Cohn, a New York Life Insurance agent, will accompany Attorney Curley and be available to answer questions about long term care insurance.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noon-time meals are served each weekday at 12 noon in the Milano Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services. Entrees are listed in Looking Ahead’s calendar and the complete weekly menus in the Melrose Free Press.

To reserve a meal call 781-662-6886 from 10:00-11:45 AM at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 donation is requested for each meal. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304 ($1 suggested donation).

Ride in COA Van­

The Council provides transportation within Melrose for residents age 60 plus. The van runs Mon.- Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To reserve a ride, call the COA office (781-665-4304) mornings. In the afternoon, you may check on a ride or make a last minute cancellation by calling the Milano Center at 781-662-6886. $1 suggested donation.

Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is distributed in bulk around the City. If you prefer to receive it 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.

Thanks to Friendly Visitors

Our apologies to our wonderful Friendly Visitor volunteers whose names were inadvertently omitted from the list published last month. Many thanks to Joanne Donahue, Phyllis Hilton, Florence Memmolo, Bette Mulford, Gail Norcross, Etta Tilford, Denise and Dean Tyler and Patricia Umile for bringing sunshine into other peoples’ lives. Thanks also to our terrific coordinator Tara Deeble.

MVES: Here to Help

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) is a non-profit organization that provides information and services to elders and their caregivers. Our services are focused on helping elders live safely and independently in the setting of their choice. We are a one-stop resource for elder care information, advice, services, and solutions for anyone… regardless of age or income. Please call 781-327-7705 or visit www.mves.org to reach MVES.

Buy Stamps/Send Packages

Remember to buy stamps and mail your small packages on Tues., June 13 at the Milano Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Alan Fuller 1st, Joe Fallica 2nd, and Roxie Ananian 3rd; Bill Champa 1st, Lou Fioio 2nd, & Neska Berthel 3rd; Betty Whalen 1st, Paul Frazier 2nd, and Ed Butler 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge Meets the first Wednesday of the month. April winners were Ruth Tracey & Nancy Mooradian, N & S and Dorothy Lawry & John Lawry E & W.


AARP Chapter 1124 June 9, Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers Angelica’s Restaurant, Middleton. For ticket info call Mary Ellen Donahue at 781-245-7611 by June 5.

Ham & Bean Supper June 17, 6:00 p.m., Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St. $7 adults (children free with parents). No reservations needed. For information, call 781-665-7331.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Society June 5. 12 noon. Annual Luncheon.

Melrose Veterans’ Club Fridays, 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.

June 5 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
June 12 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
June 19 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.  

200 Club – Register for trips with Rosemary Behrle (781-665-3258). Checks payable to: The 200 Club.

June 7  Casino & Lobster Bake Foxwoods Casino. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Package & 10.00 Food Coupon & $15 Keno. Lobsterbake at Capt’n Jack’s Restaurant – clam chowder, clamcakes, shrimp cocktail, 1 fresh lobster or prime rib, corn on the cob, apple crisp & ice cream. Pick-up: Cochrane House 7 a.m./Levi Gould 7:15 a.m.$49

July 23-24 Tanglewood Overnight 8:00 a.m. departure to beautiful Berkshires. Lunch on your own in Lenox, then to Tanglewood’s grounds and reserved seats inside the Shed for an afternoon concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After the concert, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Williams Inn in Williamstown. After breakfast on day two, visit the Clark Museum, then onto the Mohawk Trail with stops at the Bridge of Flowers and the historic Potholes. A lunch stop and then homeward bound.$265 p.p. twin, $255 triple, $300 single

Aug 16 Songo River Cruise, Naple ME. River Queen is a replica of the famed Mississippi River Stern Paddle Wheelers. Enjoy Maine’s breathtaking view of the mountains. Lunch included at Cole Farms Restaurant, Gray, ME. Choices: Boneless Chicken, Yankee Pot Roast. Pick-up: Cochrane House 8:45 a.m./Levi Gould 9 a.m. $49

Sept. 7-14 8 Day Mackinac Island A unique island destination, between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, where you will experience the sites and sounds of a bygone era.  Tour includes: 7 nights hotel; 13 meals; ferry ride; carriage tour Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum and all sightseeing; taxes; baggage; professional tour guide by deluxe motor coach. $1,049 twin, $1,029 triple, & $1,429 single


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Knight-Harrison Fuel, Inc., Dr. George Nelson Torrey, and George Zackular.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"An Unfinished Life" -- Shown at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., June 13 at 1:30 PM. Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez star in this powerful story of risk and redemption. Stoic and heartbroken, Elnar Gilkyson (Redford) quietly lives on a Wyoming ranch with his trusted friend Mitch (Freeman) when, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke and desperate and with a granddaughter he’s never known. But even as buried anger and accusations resurface, the way is opened for adventure and forgiveness. PG-13 108 min.

Volunteer Meeting

On April 25, Milano Center volunteers met to update procedures and discuss suggestions from the public. Phone procedures, location of important information and having two volunteers in the afternoon were discussed. Suggestions from the public were for a Bingo program, Scrabble club, movies twice a month and more PR for our new computer room.

Attending the meeting were Marilyn McCormack, Ginny McGuire, Rita Quinn Dietrich, Ann Volpe, Marie Ryan, Barbara Bernardi, Helen Woods, Jesse Freeda, Margie McCarte, Neil MacFeeley and Mary Beth Calnan.

The next meeting will be Monday, June 19 at 11:00 at the Senior Center. Please join us if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity. Those interested in volunteering afternoons or helping organize and run a Bingo or Scrabble club, please call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.

Recycling Gives New Life to Old Products

Did you know that many items in your recycling bin take on a completely different life once they are recycled? For example, glass that cannot be made into new bottles can be used in a type of pavement known as  glasphalt.” Aluminum cans are generally made into new aluminum cans, and can make the journey from the recycling bin back to the store shelf in as little as 60 days!

While much of the paper that is recycled is made into new paper, paper can also be made into cardboard boxes, pencils, paper towels, and facial tissue. Plastics are very versatile too. Some items made from recycled plastics are fleece coats, stadium Astroturf, tote bags, and lumber. Granulated plastic can even be used in concrete in place of gravel or sand.

For more recycling information, contact Katrina Rideout, Recycling & Solid Waste Coordinator, at 781-979-4170.

Grandparent and Grandchild Support Group

North Suburban Family Network in collaboration with the Melrose and Stoneham Councils on Aging, received a MVES Grant for monthly educational support group for grandparents. The last meeting will be held on Friday, June 23 10 a.m.–noon, at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm St., Stoneham. Limited childcare is available. Call 781 - 662 - 2722 to register.

Be A Friendly Visitor

The Friendly Visitor Program, supported in part by a grant from MVES, matches volunteers with senior citizens who wish to be visited for companionship, walks, or sharing of mutual interests.

Friendly visitors are needed now. If you are able to devote an hour or two a week, you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. For more information, call Tara Deeble at 781 - 665 - 4304.

Take Advantage of the Internet

Please join us for a new series showcasing ways to use the Internet to your advantage. It will be held in the computer room of the Carriage House Lounge. This month, there will be presentations on  On-Line Banking” by the Melrose Cooperative Bank and Resources for the Hearing Impaired” by an audiologist from Atlantic Audiology. Programs will be limited to seven participants; one per computer. Register by calling 781-662-6886. Participants should be familiar with the mouse and keyboard.

On-Line Banking will be held on June Wed., June 14 at 1 PM. Melrose Cooperative customers will view their own account/checking information while non-customers will use a training account.

Resources for the Hearing Impaired will be held on Mon., June 12 at 1 PM. Participants will explore the wide variety of sites devoted to hearing loss as well as company sponsored sites providing details about hearing aides and other equipment.

Enrollment for Medicare Part D ended on May 15. Dedicated volunteers used Carriage House Lounge computers to help many beneficiaries select the best plan for them. Shown here providing instruction to volunteers (right, standing) is Keely Benson, Regional SHINE Coordinator, (L-R) Roseanne Greene, Neil MacFeeley, Barbara Bernardi, and Jim Driscoll. Also volunteering but not available for this picture were Marie Ryan and Mary Beth Calnan.

Computer Room Programming

For an up to date listing of the computer room learning opportunities, call 781-662-6886 or look at the bulletin board in the hallway of the Carriage House Lounge.  

Open House Pictures Online

The May edition of the SilverStringer’s Internet publication, the Melrose Mirror,is a gem. There are a variety of featured articles and a number of photo essays including ones taken in April at the art show in Memorial Hall and at the SilverStringer’s open house. If you came to the open house, look for your picture at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu.


Photo by Jack Beckley and Don Norris

In May, when the rain finally stopped and the sun came out, the Council on Aging held its Volunteer Appreciation Program. The volunteers assembled above were treated to a performance of the Senior Chorus, under the direction of Starr Demitre, refreshments provided by the N.E. Met. Reg. Vocational School, and a long stemmed rose courtesy of the Melrose Friends of the Aging.

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