Looking Ahead

MBTA passes at Milano Center Sept. 27

... plus latest scoop on health matters

Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead, September, 2006

Melrose Council on Aging
Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey
Rick Mockler
Ted Bond

MBTA Senior and T.A.P ID’

Get your free MBTA Senior Citizen or T.A.P. (Transportation Access Pass for persons with disabilities) ID at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Sept. 27, from 1:00-4:00 PM.

MBTA staff will take photos and issue temporary permits. First-time customers must show an ID showing that they’re 65 or over. The new Senior Photo ID will arrive in the mail. Applications for new T.A.P. ID’s will be available. Upon approval, first-time T.A.P. applicants may obtain a new ID at the MBTA’s Office for Transportation Access, Back Bay Station.

For additional information, call the MBTA at 1-800-543-8287 (voice) or 617-222- 5854 (TTY).

Cholesterol Talk/Screening

Hallmark Health VNA is sponsoring a Cholesterol Screening and informative presentation by Joan Farren, R.N. about the health benefits of controlling cholesterol. During her presentation, a nurse will be on hand to test your cholesterol. The test takes just 3 minutes and fasting is not required. The presentation at the Milano Senior Center starts at 9:00 AM on Thurs., Sept. 14.  Please register by calling 781-662-6886 to help us plan the screening efficiently.

Save Money on Prescriptions

On Tues., Sept. 12 at 1:30 PM, Steve Bernardi, a pharmacist at Johnson Drug in Waltham, will give an informative presentation on prescription drugs, including ways that his pharmacy has helped customers save money.

Mr. Bernardi is a regular featured guest on Boston TV and radio stations and his program to save seniors up to 70% was recently featured in the Boston Globe.

Milano Center Gets a Facelift
Over the summer, the exterior of the Milano Center received a much-need painting. It was a huge undertaking. Many thanks are due to Middlesex Country Sheriff James DiPoala and the hardworking inmates of the Community Work Program. Thanks also to everyone for supporting the Melrose Friends of the Aging which paid several thousand dollars for paint, repairs and equipment.

Play Bingo!
Friday afternoon Bingo at the Milano Senior Center starts Sept. 15, at 1:30 PM. Come on down for an exciting afternoon of fun and many chances to win. John Bernadi will call Bingo. A three game sheet is $4, 2 sheets for $7 and 3 sheets for $10. Daubers are $1 each or bring your own.

We care about you!

We love you and want you to be well. So please take care of yourself. Take a look at the many health and fitness options described on in our message and start doing somthing. You will be glad that you did -- we promise.

Jeopardy Tea
You are cordially invited to Jeopardy Tea at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., Sept 26 at 1:30 PM. Following Tea, Ross Capobianco of Home Instead Senior Care will lead us in a fun game of Jeopardy testing our knowledge of historical facts from about 1910 to 1950.

If you plan to attend, please register by calling the Center at 781-662-6886.

Melrose Mirror Online

The Melrose Mirror is an ever changing online publication with lots of pictures
and interesting stories. It is written and produced by Melrose residents, the SilverStringers, at the Milano Center. Take a look at it online at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu.

The SilverStringers welcome new members to their Wednesday afternoon meetings
at 1:30 PM. During meetings members receive training and discuss story ideas.

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.

Buy Stamps/Send Packages

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

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).

City Yard Accepts Recyclable Materials

Any time the City Yard is open, residents may drop off paper; cardboard; bottles & cans; and yard waste for recycling, as well as clothing items for donation. The City Yard Dispatch Office also accepts mercury items (such as thermometers, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs), and propane tanks at no cost; and televisions and computer monitors for a $7 fee per unit.

Five times during the year, Public Works and the Melrose Recycling Committee hold weekend drop-off recycling events at the City Yard for TVs, computer monitors, tires, and mercury items. The next event is September 16; be sure to watch local press for more details.

The City Yard is open Mon.-Fri., 7:30 am-2:45 pm, Saturdays 8am-3pm (April through Nov. only), and Sundays 9am-noon (April, May, Oct., and Nov. only). For more recycling information, contact Katrina Rideout, Recycling & Solid Waste Coordinator, at 781-979-4170.


Please Note: AARP IS MOVING: As of September 8, 2006 at 1:30 PM, Melrose AARP Chapter 1124 will hold its monthly meetings at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street, Melrose. A light lunch of sandwiches, desert & beverage will be served at the first meeting. Please join us at the new location and celebrate the start of our 34th year. guests are always welcome. It would be appreciated if members could carpool if possible

AARP Chapter 1124 , Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m. Milano Senior Center. Fall Social. New members are cordially invited. See above note.

Ham & Bean Supper Sept 16, 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 Veterans’ Club  Fridays, 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome

Bridge Winners
Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Ester Snow 1st, Alan Fuller 2nd, Bill Ciampa, 3rd; Joe Fallica 1st, Ann Burnside 2nd, & Arthur Hughes 3rd; Bill Ciampa 1st, Ida McGir 2nd, & Vinnie Markelionis 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Bill Ciampa 2nd, & Frank Cain 3rd; Ann Burnside 1st, Roxie Ananian 2nd, & Lou Froio 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge Meets the first Wednesday of the month. July winners were Bill Ciampa & Lou Froio N & S and Esther Snow & Arthur Hughes E & W.  


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

Sept 11 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.

Sept 18 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.

Sept 25 - Leaves City Halll 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.

Oct. 6  Winnipesaukee Turkey Train Two-hour round trip restored classic rail from Meredith to Weirs Beach along beautiful New Hampshire’s largest lake. Everybody has a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings while enjoying the magnificent views! A shopping stop will be made on the way home. Pickup: Cochrane House 9:15 a.m./Levi Gould 9:30 a.m. $54

Nov. 3  Mohegan Sun Casino & Wright’s Mill Farm, Ct. Casino Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm {Includes $30 Casino Package}Plus a short trip to Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury including coffee & pastry and the performance of  Out to Lunch” musical comedy. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:30 a.m./Levi Gould 7:45 a.m. $49

Dec. 4 Bright Nights at Forest Park, Holyoke, MA. This fun day includes complete lunch at the pretty  Delaney House,” Choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Fillet of Sole Stuffed with Crabmeat.Afternoon show  Nightlife at Noon” music and comedy. Visit and drive thru Bright Nights in Springfield for a spectacular display. Pickup: Cochrane House 10:30 a.m./Levi Gould 10:45 a.m. $78    

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve At Noon, Lake Pearl, Wrentham Choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Baked Boston Scrod for a complete Lunch and then Dancing, Fine Show, & a Happy New Year’s Count Down. Pickup: Cochrane House 10:00 a.m./Levi Gould 10:15 a.m. $68

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Dot and John Allen and Ellen McKenney Fahey, Generous donations were also received from Elaine Torres in honor of her mother Ruth Christensen, the Mallon Family in memory of Dick Olsen, and from Arlene and Josh Feinberg in memory of Benjamin Giordano.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The World’s Fastest Indian” starring Anthony Hopkins will be shown at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Sept 13 at 1:30 PM. This remarkable film follows the true story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years and grew old modifying a 1920 Indian motorcycle – a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1964. PG 127 minutes.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Thursday, September 14, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

PODIATRY, Sept. 15, Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations ($30). Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 to schedule your appointment. Be sure to indicate that you wish to be seen at the Milano Senior Center because Dr. Connolly travels to different centers.  

New Season of Weight Management First session starts Sept. 22. Join this support and education group as we start a new season. The group is led by community nurse Mary Joyce of Hallmark Health Homecare. Starting in October, it meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 10:00 AM. The group is free and no registration is necessary.  

Ask A Nurse Tues., Sept. 26, at 10:00 AM. Joan Farren, R.N. provides individualized health care counseling courtesy of Hallmark Health Homecare. She’ll check your blood pressure, heart rate and listen to your lungs. Joan can help you find a doctor, understand your medications and health care regime, or answer your questions.  Ask A Nurse” is free and no appointments are necessary. It will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.

Beginners Tai Chi Class Starting Physical Therapist Rick Wong invites you to try Tai Chi at the Milano Senior Center on Thurs., Sept 7th at 9 AM. This very gentle exercise class is for absolute beginners and, to get you to give it a try, the first class is free! Thereafter, it is a bargain at $30 for 8 classes. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Numerous health studies have proven the remarkable benefits of practicing Tai Chi. for people of all ages. A recent Mayo Clinic newsletter reports that studies show that for older adults Tai Chi may improve balance and coordination, reduce the number of falls, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, and slow bone loss in women after menopause.  (www.mayoclinic.com/health/tai-chi/SA00087.

Give it a try!
Aerobics In September, Kay Danieli’s popular fitness class will be led by YMCA Asst. Dir. Nancy Madden starting on Sept. 8 at 9:00 AM. Kay returns in October. In the meantime, we wish her well. This lively, fitness class costs $4 per class.

Chair Exercise For those hoping to reap the rewards of exercise but a little fearful of starting, Debbie Small’s Chair Exercise class is a fun way to get or stay fit. The first class is Sept. 14th at 1:15. The cost is $3.00 per class.

Line Dance Classes Dancing restores both the body and the mind. Anne MacGillivray’s class starts on Mon., Sept 11th at 1:30 PM. Cost is $3. Steve White’s class begins on Tues., Sept. 5th at 10 AM. Cost is $4.
Primetime Fitness This determined group of women exercise to a fitness video on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:30 AM. $1 donation goes to the Center.

Strong Bones This is a wonderful class that builds strength & fitness (prevents osteoporosis), creates friendships, and much more. Led by Susan DeColaines, it starts on Sept. 7 and will run a little longer this season from 2:50 to 4:05 PM. The cost is $4.

Yoga This popular health promoting class taught by Trudy Macdonald RN, MSN resumes on Mon., Sept. 11th at 8:45 AM. The cost is $35 for 8 classes or $5 on a walk-in basis.  

OPEN ENROLLMENT September 15 – November 15, 2006
Prescription Advantage Can Help Lower Your Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription Advantage, the state’s pharmacy assistance program, is a secondary payer to Medicare Part D and can help to reduce your out-of-pocket costs by providing benefits during coverage gaps such as deductibles or the  donut hole,” lowering your co-payment amounts, and providing you with an annual out-of- pocket spending limit.

There is no monthly premium for Prescription Advantage and those with limited income may also receive help paying for Medicare Part D plan premiums.

Prescription Advantage will be holding an Open Enrollment from Sept. 15 to Nov. 15. Enrollment forms are at the Milano Senior Center or can be obtained by calling Prescription Advantage Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1- 800-243-4636) or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241.

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.

Beautiful Nails

Who doesn’t love beautiful fingernails? If you appreciate pretty nails but can’t apply the polish or shape your nails yourself, we have good news. Nancy Sassone has volunteered to do them for free on Wednesday mornings! You can even pick the color. All you have to do is call 781-662-6886 for an appointment.

SHINE Counseling

Shine Counseling:  Lillian Martin (on left), the Milano Senior Center’s new certified SHINE Counselor, shows Eileen Olsen, Chairperson of the Council on Aging, the new Prescription Advantage Enrollment Application for the Sept. 15 to Nov. 15 open enrollment.

Lillian will answer your health insurance-related questions every Wednesday (except Sept 6) from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. If you can’t get to the Center, call her at 781-662-6886.

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is a program of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Free Legal Consultation

This month, thanks to an Older Americans Act grant, Attorney Daniel Bartley of Greater Boston Legal Services will provide free individual consultation at the Milano Senior Center. Attorney Bartley can help those having trouble with bureaucracies, such as the Social Security Administration & Mass Health, utilities, landlord-tenant relations, power of attorney, etc. (not wills, estates, accident or criminal cases).

Consultation is by appointment only on Tues., Sept. 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Call 781-662-6886 to schedule your appointment.

September 1, 2006

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