Looking Ahead

Computer lessons at Milano Center

... Looking Ahead, October 2006: Fall season activities

by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead, October, 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

The Milano Center welcomes a new computer team, Bob Nelson and Richard Legault. Learn to operate or improve your present computer skills.

Computer training classes

This month, the Milano Senior Center will offer two computer training classes to interested seniors The first class, Computer Orientation, is intended for individuals who might need to become more familiar with the use of computer equipment, such as the keyboard, mouse and monitor, before attending the Introduction to Using Computers class. The Introduction to Using Computers will cover general use of a computer at a high level and include such subjects as initial set up of your computer; how to connect and use the internet, including online banking and shopping; how to  surf”’ and search on the internet; using email, computer security; use of available software on your computer, including how to work with photographs, and Microsoft Word and Excel.

The instructor for Computer Orientation will be Richard Legault, a Melrose resident with a solid working knowledge of computers and using peripheral equipment.

The instructor for Introduction to Using Computers will be Bob Nelson, a resident of Melrose recently retired from Electronic Data Services, a world wide corporation that offers on site computer development and support for major corporations. Bob has a total of 30+ years of experience in the computer industry as a Sr. Business Systems Analyst, and has a solid level of expertise on using personal computers and the internet.

The schedule for the two classes is as follows:

Computer Orientation: Cost - $10.00

When – Mon. through Fri., Oct. 16 2006 through Oct. 20 2006, 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Where – Milano Center Computer Room, Carriage House Lounge

You may attend any number of days that are necessary to achieve a level of comfort that works for you

Introduction to Using Computers: Cost - $15.00

When – Mon., Wed. and Fri., Oct. 23, 25 and 27 2006, 1:30 to 2:30 PM

Where – Milano Center Computer Room, Carriage House Lounge

Both Bob and Richard are offering the instruction on a volunteer basis. Course fees will offset the many costs associated with operating the computer room. Checks should be make payable to the Melrose Council on Aging.

Interested seniors will need to register for the above classes by Monday morning, October 16th. Please drop in at the center to complete the short registration form between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. If you have questions about the classes, please contact the center at (781) 662-6886.

Additional classes will be scheduled depending on the amount of interest from the senior community, and will be posted at the center and announced in local news media whenever possible.

Low Vision Presentation

The Alliance on Aging research reports that visual impairment is one of the top four reasons for Americans losing independence.

MAB Community Services has been providing in-home rehabilitation for visually impaired elders for over 15 years. Come to a MAB presentation by case manager Norm Cohan.  He will describe his services and bring a wide variety of vision aids. The vision aids are offered without charge following a free home visit to determine which ones may be useful.

The presentation will be held on Wed., Oct. 25 at 12:30 PM. All are welcome.

Volunteers needed for Flu Clinics

Call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304 for more information and to volunteer. The dates for the Immunization clinics are listed on page 3.Prescription Advantage Presentation Open Enrollment Ends November 15

Don't miss this very important meeting on the state’s Prescription Advantage Program at the Milano Center on Tues., Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m. Kathy Campbell from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will explain how the plan works with your Medicare prescription drug plan or other coverage to lower your drug costs and avoid the dreaded  donut hole.” There are no monthly premiums and people who are Medicare eligible can have incomes up to $49,000 for an individual and $66,000 for a couple. Program deductibles and annual out of pocket spending limits are prorated depending on income.

Grandparent & Grandchild
Halloween Sing-Along

Put on your costume and come join the fun. Penny Kohut will once again dazzle both young and young at heart with her energy and talent. Grandparents are invited to bring their 2 & 3 year old grandchildren to experience the joy of music and movement together. Halloween costumes are optional for all. This fun entertainment is sponsored in collaboration with the North Suburban Family Network.

Join us on Thursday Oct. 31, from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Milano Senior Center. Registration is required and may be made by calling 781-662-2722.

FREE Community Education Program:
Citizens Drug Recognition Academy

The Melrose Health Dept., Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Melrose Police are sponsoring an informative and entertaining series of presentations to help adults recognize drugs, drug paraphernalia and the signs of drug abuse on the eyes and body. 

Sessions will be held on Wed. evenings Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29, 2006, from 7—9 PM at the Milano Senior Center. Weekly topics include Plant Based/Traditional Drugs; Prescription & Over the Counter Drugs, Club Drugs, and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults /Q & A.

To Register send your name, address, phone number, and email address to: Kara Showers at kshowers@cityofmelrose.org or (781) 979-4128.

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, 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.

Buy Stamps/Send Packages

Remember to buy stamps and mail your small packages on Tues., Oct. 17 at the Milano Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SHINE Program

Confused about health insurance and Medicare Part D? SHINE counselor Lillian Martin is at the Milano Senior Center to help on Wednesdays from 11 AM – 2 PM. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program. Call 781-662-6886 to schedule an appointment or just stop in.

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.

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).


AARP Chapter 1124, October 13, 1:30 p.m. Milano Senior Center. Program: Saving on Prescription Medications by Steve Bernadi of Johnson Drug.

Melrose Veterans’ Club , Fridays, 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome.


Minibus to Square One Mall Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.  

Oct. 2 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.

Oct. 16 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.

Oct. 23 - 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.

Oct. 6 Lake Winnipesaukee Turkey Train Two-hour rail trip on the restored classic from Meredith to Weirs Beach. Includes a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings and a shopping stop 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 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 received from Jack Beckley in memory of Dick Olsen; from Arlene and Josh Feinberg in memory of Edward Canty and Jerry Iorio; and Carmela Yannaco in memory of Ciro Yannaco.

Bridge Winners

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Fran Vennochi 1st, Millie Wadland 2nd, & Ruth Tracey 3rd; Bill Ciampa 1st, Ida McGirr 2nd, & Vinnie Markelionis 3rd; Mary Mahaljan 1st, Lou Froio 2nd, & Esther Parsons 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge Meets the first Wednesday of the month. September winners were Bill Ciampa & Lou Froio N & S and George Hughes, Sr. & George Hughes, Jr., E & W.  

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

Akeelah and the Bee A precocious eleven-year-old girl, Akeelah Anderson, from south Los Angeles, is discovered to have a talent for words. Over the objections of her mother Wanda, Akeelah enters a spelling contest and eventually the National Spelling Bee, the most famous competition of its kind in the world. On the way, she is helped by a forthright, mysterious teacher, Dr. Larabee, and other members of her community. Tuesday, October 10, 1:30 PM. PG, 112 minutes.


Join us on Friday afternoons (except the 2nd Friday of the month) at 1:30 PM for Bingo at the Milano Senior Center. John Bernadi calls Bingo. A three game sheet is $4, 2 sheets for $7 and 3 sheets for $10. Daubers are $1 each or bring your own. Hope to see you there!

Real Estate Transition Planning for Seniors

How You Could Turn Your Appreciated Real Estate Value
into a Comfortable, Secure MONTHLY CASH FLOW.

This workshop will cover:

  • Deciding whether downsizing may be right for you or not.

  • Choosing among the various housing options available today.

  • What causes interest rates to go up (hint: it’s not just the Fed).

  • Strategies that could dramatically reduce your tax bill.

  • How to sell personal & investment real estate and pay no tax.

  • How a millionaire can qualify for senior housing!.

  • How you could turn your home sale profit into a pension-like
    secure income that keeps coming month after month .

  • How you could protect your assets from lawsuits and liability.

  • How to plan for rising health insurance costs in your retirement.

  • What you should know about reverse mortgages.

The presentation will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Oct. 18, at 1:30 PM. Feel free to come with a friend. Refreshments will be served.

Presenting will be Christopher A. Grande, MSIM, Principal of Walnut Hill Advisors. Mr. Grande has 13 years experience handling these matters and has presented this topic in Belmont, Watertown, Melrose, Medford, Lexington & Arlington since 2004. Now he’s back to share even more in 2006!

Call the Milano Senior Center to reserve your place at 781.662.6886.

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.

Forum for Adults on
Prescription Drug Abuse

Please join us for an informative program on prescription drug abuse by the City’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Kara Showers, and Green Street Pharmacy pharmacist Donald Putney. Among the topics covered will be the most commonly abused prescription drugs, recognizing signs of addiction, why prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and what to do with unused prescription drugs.

This free program will be held on Mon., Oct. 16, at 10:00 AM at the Milano Senior.

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.

Hazardous Waste Recycling
Sat., Oct. 21. 9 AM – 12 Noon.

Melrose residents, mark your calendars. Hazardous waste recycling occurs only once a year! Some of the materials accepted include paint, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, mercury, car batteries, and other hazardous materials at the city yard on Tremont Street. There is a nominal charge. For additional information, call 781-979-4170 or visit the city’s website at www.cityofmelrose.org.

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