Looking Ahead

New holiday celebrations all about town

... Looking Ahead for December, 2008

from Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead
Melrose Council on Aging, December, 2008
Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey
Rick Mockler
Ted Bond



Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and a joyous Kwanzaa from the Council on Aging and its staff


COA Holiday Celebration

Come to the Council on Aging’s Holiday Celebration on Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will consist of chicken cordon bleu, baked potato with sour cream, peas & mushrooms, dinner roll and, for dessert, candy cane mousse.
 
The American Guild of Variety Artists will provide musical entertainment featuring Ginny Loring, Judy Valentine, Master of Ceremonies Dorothy Stratton, and Peter Marino on the piano.
 
There is a $3 suggested donation ($1.50 for lunch and $1.50 for entertainment) for tickets. Tickets are limited so please buy yours early.  

Immunization Clinic
Tues., Dec. 2, 7-8 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall


The Health Department’s last Immunization Clinic of the season is open to anyone 18 and over administering Flu, Pneumonia & Tetanus vaccinations.  Vaccinations are $10 or free with a Medicare Part B Card, Blue Care 65, Medicare PPO Blue, First Seniority, and Tufts Medicare Preferred. Wear a short-sleeved shirt!

It’s not too late.  Don’t let the flu bug get you! For further information, call the Melrose Health Dept at 781-979-4130.

Storm Cancellation Policy

When storms force delayed openings or cancellation of Melrose Public Schools:  
  • On delayed openings, the Milano Senior Center will open at 10:00 a.m.

  • When school is cancelled, the Milano Senior Center will be closed.

  • When school is cancelled, no congregate meals will be served at the Milano Senior Center. To find out if Home Delivered Meals will be delivered, call MVES at 781-324-7705 after 7:30 a.m. Cancellations are also listed on Channels 5 & 7 and on WRKO 680 AM radio.

  • When school is cancelled, the Minibus will not run the entire day.  When there is a delayed opening, road conditions will determine if the minibus operates. To find out if it its running, call 781-665-4304.

  • The COA office will be open unless City Hall closes.


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 are in the local newspapers.

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).

Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is available without charge at the Milano Senior Center and at several locations 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.

SHINE Counselors

Those seeking unbiased health insurance information or help dealing with health insurance related problems can visit SHINE counselors at the Milano Senior Center. Lillian Martin is available on Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Heather Gomez on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    
No appointments are necessary.

Ride in COA Van
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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 or check on a ride, call 781-665-4304 mornings and 781-662-2030 afternoons. $1 suggested donation.

Community Dinner

Mayor Dolan invites you to come to the Community Dinner on Tuesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center.
 
Reservations made by calling 781-662-6886 are requested by the Friday before the Tuesday meal.

The dinner will not be held on days when the Melrose Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

U.S. Post Office

For your convenience, representatives of the U.S. Postal Service are at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., Dec. 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  No lines, buy your stamps at the Milano Center.  

HEALTH PROGRAMS


WELLNESS CHECKS

Thursday, Dec. 11, at 11:15 a.m. 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.

PODIATRY

Friday, Dec. 19, Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations ($30). Please contact Dr. Connolly directly at 781-438-2525 for appointments.  

ASK A NURSE

No “Ask-A Nurse” in December. The next Ask A Nurse will be held on January 27, 2009 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.


Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome.  Recent winners were: Jean Pulsifer 1st, Bob Morrison 2nd, Martha Edgeworth 3rd. Esther Snow 1st, Gloria Frazier 2nd, Doris Sullivan 3rd.  Joe Fallica 1st, Rose Leone 2nd, Neska Berthel 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge - November’s winners were George Hughes Jr. & George Hughes Sr. N-S, and Neska Berthel and Jean Pulsifer E-W.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies
 
Get Smart When the identities of secret agents from Control are compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) promotes hapless but eager analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and teams him with stylish, capable Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), the only spy whose cover remains intact. Now, they must work together to thwart the evil plans of KAOS and its crafty operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp). Based on the classic television show, this comedy caper co-stars The Rock.

PG-13. See you at the movies Tues., Dec. 23, at 1:30 PM.    

Christmas Day Dinner
Thursday, December 25, at 1:00 P.M.


This festive holiday meal, sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom of Melrose in cooperation with the First Baptist Church, has become a tradition. Temple members invite you to a very special Christmas Day Dinner in the spirit of caring, sharing, and community.

To reserve places for you and your loved ones, call the Milano Senior Center at 781-662-6886. Let us know how many people will be attending, if any children will be coming, and whether you need a ride. The doors open at 12:00 p.m.; dinner is served at 1:00 p.m.

Let us know if you can help out on Christmas Day, wish to make a donation, or can give someone a ride. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Missing a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep eludes many of us. If you have trouble sleeping, you will want to hear Stoneham internist Ellen Mallsky.  She will describe reasons why people develop sleep difficulties as they age and provide suggestions for relieving the insomnia.

Doctor Mallsky’s presentation is sponsored by Hallmark Healthcare and Hospice. It will be held on Fri., Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m.  

COA Holiday Celebration

Come to the Council on Aging’s Holiday Celebration on Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will consist of chicken cordon bleu, baked potato with sour cream, peas & mushrooms, dinner roll and, for dessert, candy cane mousse.

The American Guild of Variety Artists will provide musical entertainment featuring Ginny Loring, Judy Valentine, Master of Ceremonies Dorothy Stratton, and Peter Marino on the piano.
 
There is a $3 suggested donation ($1.50 for lunch and $1.50 for entertainment) for tickets. Tickets are limited so please buy yours early.  

Immunization Clinic
Tues., Dec. 2, 7-8 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall


The Health Department’s last Immunization Clinic of the season is open to anyone 18 and over administering Flu, Pneumonia & Tetanus vaccinations.  Vaccinations are $10 or free with a Medicare Part B Card, Blue Care 65, Medicare PPO Blue, First Seniority, and Tufts Medicare Preferred. Wear a short-sleeved shirt!

It’s not too late. Don’t let the flu bug get you! For further information, call the Melrose Health Dept at 781-979-4130.

CLUB MEETINGS

AARP Chapter 1124: Dec. 12, 1:30 PM –– Christmas Luncheon and Entertainment. Please call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 for reservations.   

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

Woman’s Club of Melrose: Dec. 19, 12:00 PM, Most Blessed Sacrament Church.  Women are cordially invited to join the Woman’s Club. Call 781-665-7897.   

TRIP INFORMATION

Minibus to Square One Mall: Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.  There is now a two-person minimum for the van to make the trip:
Dec. 1 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex  at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.
Dec. 8 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.
Dec. 15 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.

200 CLUB

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 a.m., Stone Place; 10:45 a.m. Levi Gould; 11:00 a.m. Cochrane House. $56 pp.

Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve DAY Party, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA, starring Meryl Galaid. “The Best of Broadway and More” with “A Little Garland & A Little Minnelli.”  Lunch featuring escarole soup, roasted turkey dinner, oven roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, cheesecake with berry sauce, coffee or tea. The New Year’s Eve Countdown!

Pick-ups: 9:30 a.m. Stone Place; 9:45 a.m. Levi Gould; 10:00 a.m. Cochrane House. $59 pp.

Jan. 30: Surprise Bag Bingo, Wright’s Chicken Farm, RI, includes motorcoach to Harrisville, Rhode Island; your bingo card is included in your trip price; all prizes will be “grab bags”; Chicken Dinner Family Style; all you can eat chicken, salad, shells with sauce, french fries, dessert, beverage.

Wright’s Gift Shop!

Pick-ups: Stone Place; Levi Gould, Cochrane House – TO BE ANNOUNCED.$44 pp.

Feb. 11: “It’s SHOWTIME at Spinelli’s”  Route 1, Lynnfield, MA. Complete lunch at noon; your choice of Yankee pot roast or Boston baked schrod.  “SHOWTIME” with Mel Simons – live music, line dancing, ballroom dancing.  NO BUS! $44 pp.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT ROSEMARY BEHRLE (781) 665-3258. Please make 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 generous donations were received from George Melvin, Timothy and Gabriella O’Leary, and Stella Kasperwicz and Marguerite Small.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment
Period Ends Dec 31, 2008


If you are happy with your Medicare Part D plan for prescription medications, you do not need to do anything during the open enrollment period. However, if you do not have a plan or want to change your plan, you must do it during this enrollment period (Nov. 15-Dec. 31. 2008).

For additional information, you may call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 (24 hours a day), visit the web site at www.medicare.gov or speak with one of our SHINE counselors.

Holiday Help is Here!

The holiday season can bring joy and love, but the season also has its challenges. If you’re having trouble completing necessary tasks like cooking or food shopping, please call Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES). We offer information and services that will help you maintain your independent living. Make sure you, your family, and your friends keep the gift of independence this holiday season. Please call 781-324-7705 or visit www.mves.org.



The Milano Center needed a new door to the patio off Tierney Hall. Shown here taking advantage of a rare 65 degree November afternoon is volunteer Ed Rosinsky putting the finishing touches on his paint job.

Yes, I want to join the Melrose Friends of the Aging and support
the Milano Senior Center and COA

Please return with check payable to Melrose Friends of the Aging, Inc.
201 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176  

Beware Hypothermia

The National Institute of Aging estimates that thousands of older people die of hypothermia each year in their own homes. Hypothermia happens when your body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The risk of dying from hypothermia is actually five times greater for people over age 75 than for the general population. Most elderly victims become ill at temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit! Therefore, make sure your home is warm enough. If you feel cold indoors--regardless of the indoor temperature--wear more clothing!

If you rent, state regulations require temperatures of 68 F from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 64 F from 11:01 p.m. to 6:59 a.m.  If your apartment is too cold, notify your landlord. If you are having trouble paying for fuel, call Tri-City Community Action Program at 781-322-6284.

Social Security Facts:

Social Security Announces 5.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2009
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 55 million Americans will increase 5.8 % in 2009, the largest increase since 1982. This compares favorably with 2.3 % last year, 3.3 % in 2007 and 4.1% in 2006.

  • Nine out of ten individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits.

  • Social Security benefits represent about 40% of the income of the elderly.

  • Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 52% of married couples and 72% of unmarried persons receive 50% or more of their income from Social Security.

  • Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 20% of married couples and 41% of unmarried persons rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income.


Flat Screen TV Delayed

Last month we reported that the Milano Senior Center would be getting a new, wall-mounted flat screen television and sound system in Tierney Hall generously donated by the Piccolo Family Charitable Foundation.
 
Unfortunately, the installation, scheduled on November 12, was cancelled when Tweeter filed for bankruptcy on November 5.
 
Now, we are looking for another company from which to purchase the equipment and do the installation. Two possibilities are Circuit City and Best Buy.  

Bingo Help Needed

Friday’s popular bingo group is looking for some good folks to help out from time to time when regular volunteers aren’t available. They could use a substitute Bingo caller, someone to help at the registration desk and a couple of people to help with hospitality.

If you can lend a hand on occasion, please call Barbara Bernardi at 781-620-0442.



Angie Leavy is shown with the cute-as-a-button doll/handbag/crib that she knitted to be raffled off at the holiday celebration on Dec. 16th.  

If you have a granddaughter ages 2 to 8, this ingenious, handbag and doll crib is a gift she will never forget. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds benefit the Milano Senior Center

Teen-Aging Program Urgently Needs Shovelers

Pictures of a winter wonderland with trees and roadways glistening with snow paint a pretty picture in a book. In reality, it poses multiple risks for the seniors. Many are unable to get to appointments, do food shopping and are placed at risk. If you or your organization is able to assist an elder with shoveling, please contact Doreen Lam, Teen-Aging Coordinator at the Melrose Council on Aging at 781-979-9137.

With the slow economy shoveling can be an added income for teens. If you know of a teen who is looking for work or community service and is willing to shovel, please refer them to the Melrose Council on Aging.

Enriching Your Life with the Friendly Visitor Program

Having a cup of tea/coffee, taking a walk or sharing a mutual interest can change a person’s day from dull to meaningful. The Council on Aging’s Friendly Visitor Program, supported in part by a grant from MVES, matches volunteers with elders who would enjoy a weekly visit from a friend. Visits are usually weekly for an hour, which is a small amount of time but give an enormous amount of pleasure. If you have a willingness to make a difference in an elder’s life, please call Doreen Lam, the Friendly Visitor Coordinator, at 781-979-9137.

Fuel Assistance

Tri-City Community Action Program (Tri-Cap) should be your first call for help paying for heating fuel or repairing your heating system. Generally, eligible households must earn 200% or less of poverty ($20,800 for one or $28,000 for two-person households), but it would be a mistake to assume that you do not qualify for any assistance. Eligible households also receive discounts on their monthly utility and telephone bills.

For additional information, call Tri-Cap at 781-322-6284 for fuel assistance and 781-322-4190 for energy conservation. You can also visit the web site at www.tri-cap.org.   
      
“Taking Care of Yourself and Others”
Monday, December 22, 11:00 a.m.


Would you like to:  
  • Implement simple, healthy lifestyle changes into your everyday life to enrich your physical and emotional well-being;

  • Learn how to effectively manage stress through interactive discussion and activities;

  • Develop effective coping skills to deal with feelings of sadness and anxiety;

  • Discover wellness resources to help yourself?


Patricia O’Flynn, Senior Outreach Coordinator and Certified Wellness Coach, will present this free program at the Milano Senior Center. Ms. O’Flynn has worked for over 10 years in the elder care field in a variety of capacities including Senior Center Director, regional SHINE trainer, and health educator. She assists older adults reach and maintain their fitness and nutritional goals.

This program is funded through a grant by the Department of Public Health.

If you plan to attend, give yourself a break and make a reservation for lunch, served at 12 p.m., by calling 781-662-6886 by Friday morning ($1.50 suggested donation). There is a choice of stuffed pepper or seafood salad.
    
Bridge Lessons: If there is sufficient interest, we will offer beginners or intermediate bridge instruction on Wednesday afternoons.  Instruction would be provided by Millie Ring, an American Contract Bridge League certified instructor. The cost for the 8-session Beginners class would be $45 and $55 for the 10-session Intermediate class. Please call the Milano Center (781-662-6886) for information and/or to register.  



December 5, 2008


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