Looking Ahead

Fall's coming, great activities scheduled

... September 07: endless programs for seniors

by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead: September, 2007
Melrose Council on Aging
Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey
Rick Mockler
Ted Bond

Golden LivingCenter
Melrose Mini-Series

This month, the Golden LivingCenter - Melrose, located at 40 Martin St.- is offering a four-session series on Wednesday afternoons, at 1:30 p.m., at the Milano Center. The public is invited to attend one or all of the sessions.

Health Check, Sept. 5 –Blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Falls & Rehabilitation, Sept . 12. Presentation and exercises to lessen the risk of falling.
Bingo, Sept 19. Just for fun with prizes awarded.
Hospice, Sept 26. Making medical decisions when you or a loved one is seriously ill.

Come to this fun and informative series.

AARP Chapter 1124
Presents  Medicare Made Clear”

This month’s AARP meeting features live music, refreshments, a raffle, and a generic Medicare presentation by representatives of United Health Care. They’ll describe the basics of Medicare, answer questions, dispel myths, and get to the nitty-gritty of what you really NEED to know.

AARP members, their guests and the public are invited to this special AARP meeting at the Milano Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. To help us plan, please register by calling 781-662-6886. We hope to see you there!

New fee Policy

In order to maintain the Center and purchase supplies (paper towels, cups, etc.), instructors charging class fees are now asked to pay the Center a minimum fee of $5 per session. Some instructors with larger classes already pay more than that, but this fee should help the Center.

We hope you will understand why some classes may be raising their fees slightly to cover the new charge.

Passports Made Easy

Now is a good time to get or renew your passport since new regulations will soon require citizens traveling outside the United States, including to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, to have valid passports.

On Tues., Sept. 18, at 11:00 a.m., Janet Gould , Malden Post Office, will give a "Passports Made Easy” presentation at the Milano Center. She will bring the necessary forms, walk you through the application process, and take your picture upon completion. If you prefer, take the paperwork home and return it when Janet returns on Tues., Oct. 16 at 11:00 a.m.

You should bring a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license or military ID, and proper proof of American citizenship, which includes a previous U.S. passport, certified birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization certificate. Bring two checks for the application ($67) and execution $30) fees.

On Tues., Oct 16, at 11:00 a.m., Janet will return to process paperwork and take pictures.

Writing Challenge

You are cordially invited to a writing course offered by Dr. Ed Boyd called "Writing Bits and Pieces: Recollections.” This course is for people who have a glimmer of something they would like to write, if they dare. It could be a piece from a dream or a bit from a story that might be recounted. The job is to challenge a writer who has been reluctant to come forward until now.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10:00 a.m. This gives you plenty of time to write something, between one and five pages, to bring with you to the first meeting. Writings will be copied and shared with others in the group.

Dr. Boyd is a counseling psychologist and has studied writing at the Cambridge Adult Education Center. There will be a nominal $10.00 charge for an eight-session series which will be donated to the Milano Center.

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 schedule or check on rides, call the COA office (781-665-4304) mornings and 781-662-2030 afternoons until 3:30 p.m. There is a $1 per ride suggested donation.

SHINE Program

Many health insurance plans have their open enrollment periods in the fall. Prescription Advantage now has yearlong open enrollment. If you have questions about your plan, now is a good time to talk with SHINE counselor Lillian Martin. She is at the Milano Senior Center Wednesdays from 11 AM–2 PM. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program providing support and ongoing training. No appointments necessary. If you prefer, call Lillian at 781-662-6886 to schedule an appointment, or just stop in.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noontime 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).

The Best Deal Going!

Did you know that you can enjoy a choice of a traditional hot meal or a lighter fare such as a sandwich or salad each weekday at the Milano Senior Center? The meals have never been better and the price can’t be beat! To help offset the costs of maintaining the quality of the menu and increasing selection at the dining program, we ask you to make a voluntary contribution of only $1.50. Your contribution is essential towards meeting overall program costs. 100% of your donation is directed to supporting the dining program. We all want to eat tasty meals .… please consider making a donation each time you eat at the Milano Senior Center. Thank you for participating and contributing no matter the amount. If you have any questions, please contact Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-324-7705.

Property Tax Work-Off Program

Applications for the City’s Property Tax Work-Off Program are being accepted and should be returned to the COA office by Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 to be drawn by lottery on Mon., Sept. 17, with numbers assigned for the 25 work-off slots available. Thereafter, if slots remain, applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. Applications are at the Milano Center, COA office, and City Hall.

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 $7.50 per hour of service provided. The tax reduction is not considered income for purposes of taxation. Maximum income levels are $30,630 for an individual and $34,225 for a two-person household.

Duplicate Bridge – Played on the first Wednesday of the month. July winners were Arthur Hughes & Doreen Connell, N & S and Frances Wadland & Ethel Whitaker, E & W. August winners were Ida McGirr & Mary Mihaljan, N & S, and Arthur Hughes and David Marshall, E & W.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. Recent winners were: Fran Vennochi 1st, Bill Ciampi 2nd, Doreen Connell 3rd; Helen Dealy 1st, Ann Donahue 2nd, & Ellen Durant 3rd; Joe Fellica 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, Vinnie Markelionis 3rd, Arthur Hughes1st, Vinnie Markelionis 2nd, Neska Berthel 3rd, Paul Frazier 1st, Bill Haley 2nd, Jean Pulsifer 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Jeanette Stanley 2nd, Fran Vennochi 3rd; Martha Edgeworth 1st, Mary Hicks 2nd, Mary Barchus 3rd. New members welcome.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

Directed by Kevin Reynolds, "Tristan & Isolde." is a timeless medieval tale that follows Tristan (James Franco) and Isolde (Sophia Myles), star-crossed lovers doomed by the forces of imperial politics. When gallant English knight Tristan wins the love of beautiful Isolde -- the daughter of the Irish king (David O'Hara) -- their liaison threatens to destroy the uneasy truce between their two nations. Rufus Sewell plays English warlord Lord Marke.

All are welcome to this free showing on Tuesday, September 11, at 1:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.


AARP Chapter 1124 Sept. 14, 1:30 PM, Milano Senior Center. Live music, refreshments, a raffle, and a "Medicare Made Clear” presentation. New members, their guests, and the public are invited to this special meeting. To help us plan, please register by calling 781-662-6886.   

Melrose Veterans’ Club  Meets Fridays at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall.

Jazzfest 2007  Sunday, September 30, 2007, Memorial Hall.

Victorian Fair Sunday, September 16, 2007, Main Street, Melrose. Your friends participating in Rick Wong’s Thursday morning Tai Chi class will be performing at this year’s fair. Come and watch them!


Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.
Sept. 10  - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 – Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. – returns at 1 p.m.

200 CLUB – Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips. Checks payable to: The 200 Club.
Sept. 14 Foxwoods Casino, CT Casino time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Includes $10.00 Food & $15.00 Keno. Pick Up: Pleasant Street 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m./Cochrane House 7:45 a.m.
Cost is $23.00
Oct 5 – Winnipesaukee Turkey Train, NH. Begin your day with a stop at the Christmas Tree Shop. Next, on to the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for a spectacular two-hour round trip train ride from Meredith to Weirs Beach along beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. A delicious turkey dinner from Hart’s Turkey Farm is served right on board, carved fresh at your table. A stop at Apple Hill Farm before returning home. Pick Up: Pleasant Street 8:00 a.m./Levi Gould 8:15 a.m./Cochrane House 8:30 a.m. $61.00

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 at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu.

The SilverStringers are a friendly group of people who welcome new members. Anyone interested in writing, photography, or on-line publishing is invited to their Wednesday afternoon meetings at 1:30 PM.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Ellen Fahey, Barbara Leedham, and Claire Scarborough. Generous donations were also received from Joe Graves and family in memory of Elmer and June Graves; Carol Crownfield in memory of Jack Herlihy; Arlene and Josh Feinberg in memory of Rose Stryke and Francis Ricardo, and Luke & Ann Volpe in memory of Luke and Phyllis Volpe.

Quilting Class

There is something special about a handmade quilt whether enjoyed personally or given as a gift. If you want to make one, a quilting class is being offered by Marie Salamanca. The cost is just $30 plus materials. It will be held on Fridays, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Oct. 5 through Nov. 9. Class size is very limited. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 781-662-6886.


Aerobics:  In September, Kay Danieli’s popular fitness class resumes on Sept. 7 at 10:00 AM. This lively, fitness class costs $4 per class.

Ask A Nurse:  Tues., Sept. 25, at 10:00 a.m. Joan Farren, R.N. provides health care counseling courtesy of Hallmark Health Homecare. She’ll check your blood pressure, heart rate, listen to your lungs, and answer health-related questions. It’s free and no appointments are necessary. It’s held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.

Cardiac Rehabilitation:  Cardiac Care Nurse Ginger Verge, presents on cardiac care and Hallmark Healthcare’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic. Come with questions on Tues., Oct 9, at 12:30 p.m.

Eating Healthy:  Mary Joyce of Hallmark Health Homecare leads this free, four session series on eating healthy for the holidays. Sessions are at 10:00 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 3, 10, 31 & Nov. 14. There is no charge but registration is requested by calling 781-662-6886.

Free Wellness Checks:  – Thurs., Sept. 13, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. On the second Thursday of the month, Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

Health Fair:  The Council on Aging and Hallmark Health Homecare are hosting a Health Fair on Wed., Oct. 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Milano Senior Center. Mark your calendars!

Line Dance Classes:  Dancing restores both the body and the mind. Anne MacGillivray’s class starts on Mon., Sept. 10 at 1:30 PM. Cost is $3. Steve White’s class moves to Monday mornings starting Mon., Sept. 10 at 10 AM. Cost is $5.  

Podiatry: Sept. 21, On the third Friday of the month Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations ($30). Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 to schedule your appointment.   

Primetime Fitness:  This friendly group exercise to a fitness video on Tues., and Friday mornings at 8:30 AM. $1 donation goes to the Center. New members welcome.

Strong Bones:  This strength & fitness class is designed to prevent osteoporosis and build friendships. Led by Susan DeColaines, it starts on Sept. 6 at 2:50 PM. Cost is $3.50.

Tai Chi:  with Physical Therapist Rick Wong. Beginners are especially encouraged to come to the first class on Thurs., Sept 6th at 9 AM. If it’s not for you, there is no charge for the first class. If you decide to continue, it’s still a bargain at $35 for the 8 class series. Numerous health studies support the remarkable benefits of practicing Tai Chi, including improved balance.

Yoga: with Trudy Macdonald, RN, MSN resumes on Mon., Sept. 10 at 8:45 AM.  The cost is $40 for 8 classes or $5 on a walk-in basis.

A New Look at Osteoporosis with Dr. Timothy Tierney

The fourth and final session of the Arthritis Foundation series "Breaking the Chronic Pain Cycle of Arthritis” features Dr. Timothy Tierney speaking about Osteoporosis. The public is cordially invited to attend on Fridsy, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Milano Senior Center. This series has been facilitated by Susan DeColaines representing the Arthritis Foundation with support from Mystic Valley Elder Services.

Protect Your Assets

Your are invited to a free seminar on "Protecting Your Assets” by Ted Dukas, an agent of the New York Life Insurance Company. Ted works with seniors in Massachusetts on a variety of issues. Topics include:

Transferring Assets: The Pros and Cons
Nursing Homes and Medicaid: The Laws
Trusts: Revocable & Irrevocable
Long Term Care Insurance: Basic Information
Estate Taxes: Federal & State limits
Gifting: As a means to minimize loss

The seminar will be held at the Milano Center on Tues., Sept. 25 1:30 p.m. Ted will be available at the conclusion to answer any specific questions. His seminar is for informational purposes only. Please RSVP to Ted Dukas at 781-398-9172.

Grandparent and Grandchildren
Educational Support Group

Custodial grandparents are invited to join an ongoing educational support group at the Stoneham Senior Center on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. A sampling of the topics offered include legal and financial considerations, community resources, and the emotional rewards and challenges of raising grandchildren. Limited childcare is available. Please call 781-662-2722 for additional information and to register.

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.

A good time was had by one and all at July’s Summer Celebration thanks to fabulous entertainment by the Senior Tones. Shown performing is our Senior Dining Program volunteer John DeCecca (left) with Damien Hurlburt. In the photo on the right is longtime Senior Dining Program volunteer, Monique Hardy, dancing with Damien Hurlburt.

Newsletter notices/announcements may be sent to the Council on Aging, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176. They must be received by the 5th day of the month proceeding the month in which your announcement will appear. Questions? Call us at 781- 665-4304.

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