Looking Ahead

Fall session jammed with opportunities

... September, 2008 for "Looking Ahead"

by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead
Melrose Council on Aging
September, 2008

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





    
Friends of the Aging Donation

The carpeting in the Milano Center’s first and second floor hallways delaminated and needed to be replaced. While at it, we decided to give the walls in the first floor hallway a fresh coat of paint. Hopefully, by the time you read this newsletter, the painting and carpet installation will have been completed. Since work was scheduled evenings and weekends, no disruptions in Center activities were expected.

Many thanks to the Melrose Friends of the Aging for paying for these improvements.

Melrose Cultural Council Presents
"Impressionism”


The Impressionists, painters of light, painters of nature, and painters of human nature, changed the way the whole world looked at art.  Like a stone dropped into a still pond, the ripples from this revolutionary style of painting spread out, influencing a whole new generation of artists. Join us at the Milano Center for a close look at many of the paintings that moved the world into the modern era.

The presentation will be given by a dynamic speaker, Jane Blair, of ArtMatters on Tues., Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Milano Center.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.   

Volunteer Meeting

Volunteers are invited to an informational meeting on Tues., Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Milano Center’s Tierney Hall. If you have questions, please leave a message for Mary Beth Calnan at 781-662-6886.

Preview of Parkview on the Fells

Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, serving seniors since 1889 as New England Deaconess Association, is bringing the future in retirement living to the Malden/Melrose area with their development of Parkview on the Fells, a new not-for-profit senior living community at the site of the former Malden Medical Center.

Parkview on the Fells is a continuing care retirement community that will offer independent living in beautifully designed, spacious apartment homes, extensive services and amenities and access to long-term care services, if needed in the future.  Parkview also provides outstanding estate protection.  The 100% refundable entrance fee structure protects one’s assets from the costs of long-term care while providing assurance that one’s future needs will be met.

Join us at the Milano Center on Tues., Sept 16th at 1:30 p.m. when Parkview’s retirement living experts will present information about the new community and answer questions. Refreshments will be served and a $50 American Express Gift Card will be raffled. Please register by calling 781-662-6886.

Note: Please check the calendar for classes that are resuming this month. To mention a few, tai chi resumes on the 11th, yoga on the 8th, aerobics on the 5th, Writing Bits and Pieces on the 9th, and Bingo on the 19th.

Additional SHINE Counselor

More help is available at the Milano Center for those seeking unbiased health insurance information. Lillian Martin will continue to be available on Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a new volunteer, Heather Gomez, will be available on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting on Sept. 5, 2008

No appointments are necessary.
    
Receive Looking Ahead at Home

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.

Ride in the New COA Van

The Council provides transportation within Melrose for residents age 60 plus. The van runs Mon. - Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rides within the city may be booked for any reason, such as shopping, banking or to visit a friend. However, medical transportation is given priority by allowing rides to be booked up to 3 months in advance.

To reserve a ride, call the COA office (781-665-4304) mornings and 781-662-2030 afternoons. $1 per ride suggested donation.

U.S. Post Office

For your convenience, representatives of the U.S. Postal Service are at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., Sept. 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You can buy stamps, including one-cent stamps, mail small packages and even apply for a passport.


Writing Class

Ed Boyd’s popular writing class "Writing Bits and Pieces” resumes on Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m. Past members are welcome back as well as new participants. Please write something to bring to the first class, between one to five pages. Writings are shared with others in the group. Ed is also a member of the Silver Stringers group and can, if appropriate, help you.

There is a nominal $10 charge for the eight-session series that Ed donates to the Milano Center.

The Melrose Mirror

Read the Melrose Mirror, an Internet publication written by Melrose residents at the Milano Center, at:
http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu

After reading the Mirror, send us an e-mail to let us know what you think. If you are interested in editing, writing, photography, graphics, editing, etc., come to a meeting on Wed. afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noontime meals are served each weekday in the Milano Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with MVES, Inc.

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

Silver Singles Donate to Center

The Silver Singles group, which mets at the Milano Center since September 1995, disbanded in June due to dwindling membership. At their final meeting, members voted to donate the $257 remaining in its treasury to the Council on Aging.

Many thanks from the Council on Aging.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome.

Recent winners were: Ellen Durant 1st; Betty Whelan 2nd; Bill Haley 3rd.
Esther Snow 1st; Jean Pulsifer 2nd; Gloria Frazier 3rd. Elizabeth Cserhalmi 1st; Freeman Dicks 2nd; John Lawry 3rd. Fran Vennochi 1st; Henry Porter 2nd; Bill Ciampa 3rd. Norma Worthylake 1st; Gloria Frazier 2nd;  Jean Pulsifer 3rd. Bill Ciampa 1st; Paul Frazier 2nd; Gloria Frazier 3rd.
Gloria Frazier 1st; Martha Edgeworth 2nd; John Laurie 3rd .

Duplicate Bridge July’s winners were Arthur Hughes & Jerry Knight, N-S , and George Hughes Sr. & George Hughes Jr., E-W.

August’s winners were Henry Porter & William Ciampa, N-S and Lena Paladino & Eva Perry, E-W.

Economic Stimulus Payments

Some low–income workers and retirees who normally do not file tax returns may still be eligible to receive economic stimulus payments of from $300 to $600 for individuals and $600-$1200 for joint filers. As long as they can show qualifying income of at least $3,000, people have until October 15, 2008 to apply for the payments. In addition to wages, qualifying income includes Social Security, and certain veterans’ and Railroad Retirement benefits.

Forms are available at the COA office and the Milano Senior Center. For more information or for help filling out the form, call Doreen Lam at the COA office (781-665-4304).


CLUB MEETINGS

AARP Chapter 1124 Sept. 12, 1:30 PM, Milano Senior Center. Business meeting and Induction of Officers.

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

Victorian Fair Sunday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRIP INFORMATION

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

September 8 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10:00 a.m. - returns at 1:00 p.m.

September 15 Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10:00 a.m. - returns at 1:00 p.m.

September 22- Leaves City Hall at 10:00 a.m. - returns at 1:00 p.m.
    
200 CLUB

Sept. 3 Martha’s Vineyard Includes round-trip motorcoach to Falmouth; ferry aboard M/V Island Queen; 3½ hours Island tour; 2 hour stop in Edgartown to shop. Lunch is on your own!

Pick-ups: 7 a.m. Pleasant St.; 7:15 a.m. Levi Gould; 7:30 a.m. Cochrane House $59.

Sept.14-15 Indian Head Resort "Lobster Fest”, Lincoln, NH Includes round-trip motorcoach; 1 night hotel; 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, pick of the menu dinner-lobster offer); open bar cocktail party; floor show live dance band "Cahlua & Cream”; outlet shopping in Tilton.

Pick-ups: 8:30 a.m. Levi Gould; 8:45 a.m. Cochrane House – Returns 4:00 p.m. $159 pp/db

Oct. 1-3 Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with New Casino Visit, Stroudsburg, PA – 3 days, 2 nights Includes round trip motorcoach; 2 nights hotel; 4 meals (2 breakfasts, 2 dinners); tour of the
Poconos; evening entertainment; new casino visit.

Pick-ups: Levi Gould and Cochrane House/Return – TBA $339 pp/dbl; $329 triple; $409/sgl

Oct. 22 Winnipesaukee Turkey Train, Meredith, NH. Includes Christmas Tree Shopping, Salem, NH; Winnipesaukee Turkey Train, 2 hour scenic ride with full turkey dinner with all the fixins by Hart’s Turkey Farm! Stop at Apple Hill Farm.                                                
Pick-ups: 8:45 a.m. Stone Place; 9:00 a.m. Levi Gould; 9:15 a.m. Cochrane,    $62 pp.

Nov. 12 Mohegan Sun Casino/Cornerstone Theatre, Mystic, CT Includes motorcoach; 5 hour stay at Mohegan; $30 package ($10 food/$20 free bet); 90 minute performance of "The Nutty Cracker Christmas Sweet”; Snack pack lunch for ride home.

Pick-ups: 7:00 a.m. Stone Place; 7:15 a.m. Levi Gould; 7:30 a.m. Cochrane House. $59 pp

Dec. 10 Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Includes motorcoach; Christmas Tree Shop in Holyoke; Historic Yankee Pedler Inn for dinner; Meal choices: Baked Scrod, Chicken Pot Pie, or Yankee Pot Roast; 35-minute ride "breathtaking” through Forest Park - over 500,000 Christmas lights!

Pick-ups: 10:30 Stone Place; 10:45 am Levi Gould; 11:00 a, Cochrane House.  $56 pp.

For information, contact Rosemary Behrle (781) 665-3258. Checks payable to: The 200 Club.

MELROSE FRIENDS OF THE AGING
    
Please consider making a donation to the Melrose Friends of the Aging in support of the Milano Senior Center and programs and services of the Council on Aging. Last month a generous donation was received from the Silver Singles Club.

Senior Care Options

The Senior Care Options (SCO) Program brings Medicare and MassHealth together and is especially for MassHealth members. Seniors who are 65 years of age or older, and meet the MassHealth financial criteria, may be eligible for SCO.

Why choose SCO?

Because SCO will provide Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage without any co-payments.
Because SCO offers dental, vision and hearing-aid coverage.
Because SCO offers individualized care - each member’s doctor and a team of professionals design each care plan – and each member has 24 hour access to a team of professionals.
Because SCO members keep all their MassHealth benefits.

For more information, call 1-888-821-0484, TTY: 1-888-821-5225, or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth. The MassHealth SCO team will be at the MCOA Fall Conference with more information. See you then!

Financial Workshop

The public is invited to a free financial workshop hosted by Christopher Grande, MSIM, Managing Partner – Heritage Financial Group, Inc and Principal at Walnut Hill Advisors. Chris has 13 years’ experience in the financial field and his research skills help him present an interesting take on the current markets and what you should consider doing. This seminar will:

Show you potential alternatives to CD’s –

  • "Certificates of depreciation”

  • 3 Ways you could earn higher yields on your money right now.

  • Reveal a government sponsored way to help protect you from inflation
  • 3 contrarian investments that worked in the 1970’s inflation crisis and might possibly work again today

  • Explain why the value of your bond portfolio could plunge, and how to stop it

  • How you could potentially make money from rising interest rates – the borrower’s misery could be the saver’s delight


Questions will be fielded at the end of the seminar. The workshop will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Sept. 17. at 1:30 p.m.

Take the Shoppers’ Bus to Johnnie’s Foodmaster!

Every Thursday, Foodmaster offers senior customers free bus rides for grocery shopping. In addition all participants receive a 5% discount on their total order, and each participant has a chance to win a $10 Foodmaster Gift Card.

Bus Pick-up Times and Locations:
Steele House, 9:10 a.m.
Cefalo Apartments, 9:30 a.m.
Levi Gould and Fuller House, 9:40 a.m.
Cochrane House, 9:50 a.m.

All participants will have between 1 - 1 1/2 hours for shopping.

PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM

The City of Melrose is accepting applications for its Property Tax Work-Off Program, managed by the Council on Aging. It is open to income eligible residents age 60 and over and disabled residents under age 60. The Property Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners to provide services to the City in exchange for abatements of up to $500 on their property taxes.

Applications are available at the COA office, the Milano Senior Center and in City Hall. Complete the application and return it to the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 by Sept. 12, 2008. If more applications are received than the 25 available slots, a drawing will be held on Sept. 15. Otherwise, applications will continue to be accepted until all 25 positions are filled.
  
For additional information, call Jack Beckley 781-665-4304.

Recycling News: Alkaline batteries domestically manufactured since 1994 no longer contain mercury and should be disposed of in the trash. Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries and button (watch & hearing aids) batteries contain mercury and must still be recycled.

Movies Movies Movies

Young @ Heart Coldplay, the Clash and Jimi Hendrix will never sound the same once you've heard the Young@Heart chorus, a group of Massachusetts senior citizens who thrill audiences worldwide with their unusual -- and unusually poignant -- covers of rock songs. Stephen Walker's humane and heartwarming documentary, which premiered at Sundance in 2008, follows the elderly ensemble as they prepare their new show.

This free showing will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Are You Reaching the Donut Hole?

This year thousands of seniors in Massachusetts have already reached the gap in their prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) often known as "the donut hole.” They reached this gap when their total (retail) prescription drug costs reached $2,510. From that point on, the next $3,200 in prescription drug costs are not covered by Medicare!

This doesn’t have to happen to you. Prescription Advantage can help.

Prescription Advantage, the state’s pharmacy assistance program, can help to pay for your prescription drugs if you reach that donut hole. Call Prescription Advantage today at: 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) or speak to your local SHINE Counselor to learn how Prescription Advantage can keep you out of that donut hole! SHINE Counselors are at the Milano Senior Center on a drop-in basis on Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Free Legal Services

Case priorities for Boston Legal Services continue to include housing (especially eviction defense), MassHealth, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, Food Stamps, veterans' benefits, guardianship defense, and nursing home transfers and discharges. It also continues to give legal advice on many other issues, especially consumer collection and debtor relief. Please call attorney Daniel Bartley at (617) 603-1582 if you have such legal problems. Clients may also call him toll-free at 1-800-323-3205. Home visits are available.

If a person being sued to collect a debt has no assets and no income other than Social Security, the creditor ordinarily should not succeed in court in collecting any money from the debtor. However, if the debtor does not show up at all in court when summoned in certain types of debt collection actions called "supplementary process", the court could issue a warrant for the debtor's arrest. Our office frequently explains to seniors who are debtors their rights, obligations and legal options.

Open the Door to Learning

The Tufts University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has just released its Fall 2008 catalog of stimulating study groups that are sure to refresh the mind and help keep you on the track of lifelong learning. A small listing includes: From Others to Us: Survey of World Religions Part 1 - the East; Celebrating Mozart: His Music, His Life; The Chemistry of Energy in Our Environment; and America’s Other wars.

The Fall session begins Sept. 8th. The annual membership dues of $35 entitles you to participate classes and many activities at the Medford campus. For additional information, go to www.ase.tufts.edu//lli or call the office at 1-616-627-5699.

Computer Help

Friendly computer help is available at the Milano Center. Marion Ewell helps on Thursday mornings from10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Maureen Cotter on Fridays, Sept. 12 & 26 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Learn to use email, send pictures, or use the internet to check on a low auto insurance rate, medical conditions, vacation spots, news, anything. There is no charge to use the computers; however, a $3 suggested donation to the Senior Center is requested for one-to-one assistance. No appointment necessary, just drop in.

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 preceding the month in which you wish your announcement to appear. Questions? Call us at 781-665-4304.





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