November 2014 Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly—Seasonings Seasonings FREE Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc. P.O. Box 1116, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 NOVEMBER 2014 17 Barstow St. Friends of the Ma"apoise" Council on Aging, Inc. Board of Directors Bob Kelley, President Sandra Reynolds, V-P Maureen McCarthy, Treas. Carolyn Thomas, Clerk Joan Cotter Mary Flood Kay Levine Dot Lewis Leona Mansfield Joan Noyer Jo Pannell Lou Reade Dorothy Salgado Mary Scott Board Meetings Next Meeting: November 3rd at 3 p.m. PUBLIC IS WELCOME COUNCIL ON AGING Execu!ve Director Jacqueline Coucci MATTAPOISETT COUNCIL ON AGING P.O. Box 528 Mattapoisett 02739 508-758-4110 Art For Your Mind Genre Painting Tuesday, November 18th Time: 12:30—1:30 p.m. Only $3 Genre is an umbrella term for painting in various specialized categories, such as historical paintings (including religious and mythological), portrait, landscape, animal paintings and still life. Learn more about genre painting and how artists have made decisions over the years. Art For Your Mind presentations reveal entirely new ways to "look". Observing art becomes intriguing, fun, relevant and a great way to learn. People are energized to find that they're good at it; the experience encourages creativity. [email protected]"apoise".net Outreach Coordinator Susan Keir [email protected]"apoise".net Administra!ve Coord. Cynthia Macallister [email protected]"apoise".net C.O.A. Board Chair: Liz Field Vice-Chair: Lois Murray Secretary: Judith Kennedy Treasurer: Bob Walter Robert Belenger Gayle Jarvis Rachel McGourthy Marcella Nelson Melody Pacheco Peg Weymouth C.O.A. Meeting WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5th 8 a.m. From $0 to $48 a month! Just like that! This is what someone just realized they would have had to pay with the changes to their stand -alone drug plan. Luckily, that person was able to find a better plan to keep their costs down. How? They met with a SHINE Counselor at the COA, and so should you! Chances are, you may not really know if you need your insurance changed unless you have a review of your current plan, and there is only a small window of time to check on it. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is Oct.15 – Dec. 7th (Changes will take effect on January 1.) On Monday, November 3rd, (continued on page 2 under “Insurance”) www.mattapoisett.net Although the “experts” are calling for a mild winter, we all know that we, New Englanders, will have to put the heat on at some point, and that means added oil and home gas prices. Don’t put yourself in a bind. See if you qualify for assistance. Eligibility for most programs is determined by family income and size. Seniors from other communities should contact their town Council on Aging for additional information. Mattapoisett Senior residents are encouraged to contact the Mattapoisett Outreach Coordinator, Susan Keir, on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8:30-3:30 p.m. She can assist with applications and help determine if you are eligible. · PACE (People Acting in Community En- deavors) - Federal funds are available during the winter months. · Curtis Grant – a private, non-profit fund specifically earmarked for Tri-Town Seniors, administered through Coastline Elderly Services. This limited, once-a-year funding must be applied for directly through your town’s Council on Aging (Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester). · Citizens Energy Oil Heat program- A private, non-profit program to assist families in need of home heating oil. Telephone: 877- 563-4645 · Utility Discounts-All MA electric companies and most gas companies have lowincome discount programs. You automatically qualify for the discounts if you receive food stamp benefits, MassHealth, SSI, or Fuel Assistance. These discounts can save you 25-35 percent on each bill. To apply for discounts, call your gas and electric companies to ask for an application. Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly—Seasonings 2 MOVIE & PIZZA Sponsored by the Friends of Mattapoisett Council on Aging November 25th at 12:00 noon This adult comedy stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret affair with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, ten years after their divorce – only to find herself drawn to another man: her architect Adam (portrayed by Steve Martin). Rated R. 2 hours. RSVP & Payment by 10/24 $2 pizza / Free movie MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP Topics vary. Great way to connect with others. New guys welcome. Just drop in. Wednesday, November 12th 10 am—11 am at Matt. Library Conference Room LEGAL ADVICE. Tue., Nov. 18th: 15 min. appointment 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. by appt. Provided at no charge by Suprenant & Beneski. This service is for any senior—no obligation required. JOIN THE BOOK CLUB! 3rd WEDNESDAY each MONTH 11 a.m.—12 noon Everyone is welcome to join the book club at 11:00 a.m. at the COA. At the meeting on Wednesday, NOV. 19th. If you want to know what book will be discussed in Nov., call Rachel at 508.758.7995. Drop ins welcome. WALKING GROUP 9 AM -Tuesdays. Approx. 3 miles/ 1 hour. Route varies, but often goes from COA to Ned’s Point. Need a slower pace? Call for info. Meet inside COA. SOUTHCOAST LGBT SUPPER CLUB Meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5-7 p.m. at the Fairhaven Council on Aging. Free! Call Fairhaven COA at 508.979.4029 November 2014 Insurance….continued from pg 1 representatives from Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be here from 3-4 p.m. and SHINE Regional representatives will be here from 4–5 p.m. It is highly recommended that anyone 65+ (or who will be) attend the two (2)-hour session, or any portion thereof. You may also contact your local COA and ask for S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders). A trained SHINE Counselor will call you back to assist you with any of the following: · Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan and vice-versa. · Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan. · Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage or vice-versa. · Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. · Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. · Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage com- pletely. REASSURANCE PROGRAM—Peace of Mind The Reassurance Program, sponsored by the Mattapoisett Police Department, offers Mattapoisett Seniors and their families reassurance that they are being checked on daily. It is reassurance in knowing that help is available in the event the resident does not call in. Senior residents call the Police Department everyday between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. As each member calls in prior to 10 a.m., the dispatch officer notes which residents have not called in. The dispatch officer then calls the resident directly. If there is a busy signal or no answer at the residence, the officer then dispatches a cruiser to check on the member. Many Mattapoisett residents do not have immediate family in the area. For this reason, the Police Department started the Reassurance Program so that residents may feel confident that help is available to them. Even if you don’t want or need this service on a regular basis, you may consider signing up for special situations. For example, sign up prior to a big storm so the police will check on you if you lose phone and electricity service; or sign up when other household members are on vacation and you’re alone for a period of time. If you would like to sign up or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the police station at (508) 758-4141. Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly—Seasonings November 2014 TRANSPORTATION One or Two Thoughts for Food by Margaret Pauline Everybody likes football. Sunday, Monday or whatever night it is on television. Or maybe you don’t like football, but you may like food—with or without a gathering! Whether a dip, appetizer or snacks, whatever you want to put together should go over well. Here are a couple of ideas you might like......... For Mattapoisett residents, (except where otherwise noted.) No car? Call us! Have a car but tight on gas money? Call us! Traf!ic too crazy? Call us! Want to car pool? Call us! Wheelchair accessible. MONDAY—FRIDAY Mattapoisett to Mattapoisett (service to and 48-hour call ahead from ANY Mattapoisett location-incl. the $1 r.t. beach! Based on driver availability) 5-LAYER DIP 1 can (15 1/2 oz) refried beans 1 tbs chili powder 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 cup sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 3 green onions, sliced 1/3 cup sliced black olives 1 tomato, chopped Mix together beans, chili powder and cumin; spread onto bottom of 9" pie plate. Top with layers of remaining ingredients. Refrigerate several hours. Serve with tortilla chips. CRAB FILLED CRESCENT SNACKS 1 (6 oz) can crabmeat, drained 1/2 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tbs sliced green onion 1/4 tsp garlic salt 2 (8 oz) cans crescent rolls 1 egg 1 tbs water 1 cup sweet and sour sauce Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl combine crabmeat, cream cheese, onions and garlic salt; mix well. Separate crescent rolls into triangles; cut each in half lengthwise( you will have 32) Place 1 teaspoon crabmeat in center of each; roll short end over pinching sides to seal. Roll up and place on cookie sheet. In small bowl beat egg and water well; brush over snacks. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Serve with sweet and sour sauce. 3 MONDAYS 8:00 a.m. $2 r.t. YMCA NB (Water Aerobics or other) 12 noon $1 Fairhaven Loop (ANY stop in the Fhvn area along Rte 6 and Alden Road to the bridge.) TUESDAYS 8:30 a.m. $1 Food Shopping (Stop & Shop, Fhvn) WEDNESDAYS 2nd Wed. of month TRADER JOE’S, Foxboro Leaves Matt. approx. (Mattapoisett residents have !irst pri9:15 a.m. $5r.t. ority. Call COA for more details) THURSDAYS Varies All trips pick up at Matt. Park & Ride and Village Court. Day trips for luncheons, shopping, sightseeing and more. Check “Trips” for more information. (no residency requirement for these trips) FRIDAYS 1st & 3rd Fridays WAREHAM CROSSING. Get on and off Leaves Matt. approx. the van to shop at any store, based up10:30 a.m. on requests. $3 r.t. 2nd & 4th Fridays 8:30 a.m. $2 r.t. Market Basket LOCAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS Call the C.O.A. to connect with F.I.S.H. for your local medical appointments between Wareham and Dartmouth. All drivers are CORI’d. If you need wheelchair accessible van, the C.O.A. will provide the service. BOSTON MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS Enjoy!!! See you next time, For those 60 or older without dental insurance or without the financial means, please contact Holly Petruzzo, RDH of Visiting Dental Hygienist, LLC. at 774-766-7238. SRTA offers transportation to Boston’s major medical facilities. Service leaves from New Bedford every TUESDAY. The Mattapoisett COA van can provide round-trip drop off and pick up to New Bedford. SRTA van leaves New Bedford at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Boston by 10:30 a.m. It leaves Boston by 2 p.m. Make your appointment on any Tuesday after 11 a.m. and tell your doctor your appointment must end before 2 p.m. For more information and to make an appointment please call 508-758-4110 or 508-991-6253. Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly—Seasonings 4 MONDAY TUESDAY 8:00 NB Y Van Svc 3 8:45 Tai Chi Lite 10:00 Knitting 10:00 Qi Gong 12:00 Strength & Balance 12:00 Fairhaven Loop 1:00 Scrabble 3:00 FoE Meeting 3-5 Health & Drug Insurance Education 8:30 Food Shopping 8:00 8:45 10:00 10:00 12:00 12:00 1:00 3:00 8:30 Food Shopping NB Y Van Svc 10 Tai Chi Lite Knitting Qi Gong Strength & Balance Fairhaven Loop Scrabble FoE Meeting WEDNESDAY 4 November 2014 THURSDAY 8:00 COA BOARD FRIDAY 6 5 7 8:45 Sport Yoga 9:30 Cardio Fit 9:00 9:00 Walking Group 10:45 Meditation 9:15 IKEA 10:00 Presc. Qi Gong 10:00 Public Health Nurse 12:00 Strength & Balance 10:00 Public Hlth Nurse 10:30 Wareham Crxing 1:00 Water Color Painting 1:00 Bingo 11:30 Belly Dance 1:00 Line Dance ELECTION DAY! Hammondtown School Polls Open 7 a.m.—8 p.m. 11 8:45 Sport Yoga DAY 9:00 VETERANS’ Walking Group Bridge 8:45 Yoga 1:15 Mah Jongg 9:15 Trader Joe’s 13 12 9:00 Bridge 10:45Meditation 10:00 Public Hlth Nurse 8:45 Yoga 10:00 Men’s Discussion 11:30 Belly Dance 10:00 Presc. Qi Gong 8:30 Market Basket ************************* 10:00 Public Health Nurse Town Hall & COA 1:00 Craft Group CLOSED 1:00 Water Color Painting 14 9:30 Cardio Fit 1:00 Line Dance 12:00 Strength & Balance 1:00 Bingo 1:15 Mah Jongg 8:00 NB Y Van Svc 8:45 Tai Chi Lite 17 10:00 Knitting 10:00 Qi Gong 12:00 Strength & Balance 12:00 Fairhaven Loop 1:00 Scrabble 8:30 Food Shopping 8:00 8:45 10:00 10:00 12:00 12:00 1:00 NB Y Van Svc Tai Chi Lite 24 Knitting Qi Gong Strength & Balance Fairhaven Loop Scrabble 8:00 NB Y V Van S Svc 27 8:45 Tai Chi Lite 10:00 Knitting 10:00 Qi Gong 12:00 Strength & Balance 12:00 Fairhaven Loop 1:00 Scrabble 8:45 Sport Yoga 9:30 Cardio Fit 18 10:45 Meditation 19 9:00 Bridge 20 9:00 Walking Group 11:00 BOOK CLUB! 10:00 Public Hlth Nurse 10:00 Public Health Nurse 12:00 Strength & Balance 11:30 Belly Dance 12:30 Art Talk: Genres 1:00 Bingo 11:15 Cameron’s Rest. 1:00 Water Color Painting 1:15 Mah Jongg 8:30 Food Shopping 8:45 Sport Yoga 25 9:00 Walking Group 10:00 Public Health Nurse 12:00 Movie & Pizza 9:30 Cardio Fit 1:00 Water Color Painting 1:15 Mah Jongg 8:30 F Food Shopping d Sh pi 9:30 Cardio Fit 8:45 Sport Yoga 28 9:00 Walking Group 10:00 Public Health Nurse 12:00 MOVIE & PIZZA 1:00 Water Color Painting 10:45 Meditation 26 12:00 Strength & Balance 1:00 Bingo 10:45 Meditation 29 9:00 Bridge 21 8:45 Yoga 10:00 Presc. Qi Gong 10:30 Wareham Crxing 27 1:00 Line Dance 28 8:30 Market Basket28 9:15 Wrentham Outlets 8:45 Yoga THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 10:00 Public Hlth Nurse ……………………………………………………………………………... 10:00 Presc. Qi Gong Town Hall & COA 11:30 Belly Dance 1:00 Line Dance CLOSED HALLOWEEN! 9:00 Bridge 30 12:00 Strength & Balance 10:00 Public Hlth Nurse 1:00 Bingo 10:00 Color Analysis 1:15 Mah Jongg 11:30 Belly Dance 31 8:45 Yoga 10:00 Presc. Qi Gong 10:30 Dartmouth Trip 1:00 Line Dance THIS NEWSLETTER IS FUNDED, IN PART, BY THE TOWN OF MATTAPOISETT, THE FRIENDS OF THE MATTAPOISETT COUNCIL ON AGING AND BY OUR SPONSORS. COMING IN NOV. Dec. 5th……..Coonamessett Inn Dec. 12th……Friends of Elderly Holiday Party at Knights of Columbus Dec. 13th……Town Holiday Tree Lighting Festivities—starts at 3 p.m. Van Service is available. Dec. 18th……Holiday Fun; Home-style Yankee Swap, desserts, games, raffle, etc. SAUNDERS DWYER 15% OFF with this ad Home For Funerals 508.758.9922 508.758.9923 “Our Family Serving Your Family” 50 Marion Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, MA 02739 www.OnTheGoTakeout.com 508-758-2292 www.saundersdwyer.com Comfort of Home Audiology SLA2012 In-Home Hearing Services Dr. Kristy Winberg Lamoureux 508-887-6283 www.ComfortOfHomeHearing.com This Space Available For Information On Advertising, Please Call Our Representative Lisa Templeton at 800-732-8070 x3450 or Email: [email protected] FOR AD INFO CALL 1-800-732-8070 © LITURGICAL PUBLICATIONS INC. OCTOBER 3, 2014 9:02 AM MATTAPOISETT COUNCIL ON AGING, MATTAPOISETT, MA, 06-5132 O ID Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly—Seasonings 6 November 2014 Trips & Events make checks payable to: Mattapoisett COA Mailing address: PO Box 528, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Date Event/Location Leave P&R Cost 11/3 Health Insurance Talk 3-5 p.m. FREE 11/4 Election Day. Ride to Polls 10-11 Free Call for ride 11/6 Trip: IKEA 9:15 a.m. $6 11/11 11/12 VETERANS DAY—CLOSED Men’s Discussion Group at Library 10-11 Free Date Event/Location Cost Leave 11/18 Art Ed: Genre Painting 12:30$3 1:30 11/19 Book Club 11:00 Free 11/20 Trip: Cameron’s Restaurant 11:15 $6 11/25 Movie & Pizza 12:00 $2 pizza 11/27 & 11/28 THANKSGIVING—CLOSED Mission Statement: The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc. is a 501(c ) (3) non-profit organization that raises money to provide financial & organizational support to the Matt. COA and other organizations. Read it online and help us save! This newsletter can be sent to your e-mail each month. If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please send an e-mail to [email protected] NON PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc. P.O. Box 1116 Mattapoisett, MA 02739 MATTAPOISETT, MA PERMIT NO. PI 101 Change a Person’s Life; Be a Friend by Susan Keir, Outreach Coordinator Autumn is drawing to a close and the long winter months are just around the corner. We are heading into the most difficult time of year for many senior residents in town. The days are shorter, many friends and family leave for warmer climates to escape the cold; depression and loneliness can become a real issue for many seniors. I would like everyone, family, friends and neighbors, to think about people you know who may benefit from a weekly visit. We all look forward to the holiday season as a time of happiness, coming together with loved ones, socializing and entertaining. For many people it can be quite the opposite; a very difficult time. Depression rates soar during the winter months. Your time and commitment really can change a person’s life. Friendship is an essential ingredient for everyone’s mental health. Consider requesting a weekly visit for someone you know or become a visitor yourself. Those of us who are permanent year-round residents have a responsibility to look out for each other. Friendly visitors are matched one on one with a local senior. They make a weekly commitment to visit or chat on the phone. No further obligation is required. Volunteers benefit by network opportunities with other visitors for support and education. Please consider changing a life. Call the COA to learn more.
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