The Elder Milfordian At-A-Glance November/December

November / December 2014 – Volume 16 Issue 6
The Elder
Milfordian
Friends of the Milford Senior Center
60 North Bow Street, Milford MA 01757-3405
ARTICLE 13
At-A-Glance November/December
At the October 20th Town Meeting Selectman Brian Murray
proposed an article to appropriate $75,000 for the purpose
of finishing an unused room on the second floor of the
Senior Center and converting it into a Fitness Center. Town
Meeting Members voted unanimously to make this happen.
Tuesday, November 4
Election Day
This is a great day at the Senior Center. As many of you
know fitness is a major component of the activities happening here. Now we will have the space we need to make it
happen. No more wondering what room will we be in today!
The goal will be to incorporate more fitness classes into the
schedule to meet the needs of all the seniors that currently
visit and those thinking about visiting. If there is a special
class that you would like to see happen give me a call and
let’s see if we can make that work.
This is just the first step in transforming the Senior Center
into a wellness center. The plans for the future will be to offer programs and workshops on matters that will help keep
you healthy in mind, body and spirit.
A special thank you to all Town Officials and Town Meeting
Members that supported our vision of making fitness a
priority.
Let the construction begin.
Sue Clark, Director
SENIOR EXPO
On October 16th the Center held a Senior Expo and Free Flu
Clinic; thanks to all the vendors that came out to support
this event. Special thanks to Salmon VNA for holding the
flu clinics and to all the volunteers that assisted in making
this event a tremendous success. Over 30 door prizes were
supplied by the vendors. Congratulations to those that won
the prizes.
Voice (508) 473-8334
email: [email protected]
Wednesday, December 3
Poinsettia Breakfast
Thursday, December 4
A Salem Cross Christmas
Friday, December 5
A USO Christmas
Monday, December 8
Foxwoods
Wednesday, December 10
Blood Pressure Clinic (VNA)
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 10
Wednesday, November 12 Super Bingo
No Bingo
Tuesday, December 16
Book Club
Thursday, November 13
Thanksgiving Luncheon
Tuesday, December 16
Let’s Do Lunch
Tuesday, November 18
Book Club
Thursday, December 18
Healthy Living Luncheon
Thursday, November 20
XMAS Yankee Swap
Healthy Living Luncheon
Friday, December 19
Friday, November 21
Movie
Movie
Wednesday, November 26 Wednesday, December 24
No Bingo
No Bingo
Thursday, December 25
Christmas – CLOSED
Wednesday, November 5
VFW Breakfast – Veterans
Day Remembrance
Thursday, November 6
Foxwoods
Thursday, November 6
No Yoga Class
Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Brunch
No Bingo
*BINGO every Wednesday & Sunday
(except where noted for holiday closings)
TTD (508) 473-8334
Tri-Valley Nutrition (508) 478-8102
Fax (508) 634-2339
Shine (800) 243-4636
ACTIVITY ROSTER
ACTIVITY
TIME & DAYS
COST
911 Cell Phone
During Regular Business Hours
Free
AARP Tax Assistance
Seasonal
Free
Acrylic Painting Class
Friday 10:00 am
$40 for 4 consecutive weeks
Bingo
Wednesdays & Sundays 1:00 pm
50¢/Card $1.50/Paper Booklet
Book Club
3rd Tuesday of the Month 10:00 am
Free
Breakfast
Monthly 9:00 am (see calendar)
$3
Casino Trip
Monthly 8:00 am (see calendar)
$20
Chess
Wednesday 1:00 am —5:00 pm
Free
COA Meeting
Monthly - 2nd Tuesday 10:00 am (No Meetings July/August)
Free/Public Welcome
Cribbage
Monday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free
Exercise Equipment
During Regular Business Hours
Free
Fuel Assistance
November – April (by appointment)
Free
Game Room
During Regular Business Hours
Free
Gift Shop
Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reasonable Prices
Hairdresser/Barber
Friday by Appointment 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Price Chart Available
Healthy Living Luncheon
Monthly 12:30 pm (see calendar)
$5.00/Refundable
Internet Access
During Regular Business Hours
Free
Knitting/Sewing
Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 am
Free
Legal Assistance
NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON SITE
Call 855-252-5342 for information
Movie
Last Friday/Month (see calendar)
Movie 12:30 pm
Movie/Free
Bring Your Own Lunch
Mah Jongg
Tuesday 1:00 pm
Free
Mexican Train Dominoes
Monday 1:00 pm
Free
Morning Stretch & Balance
Friday 9:15 – 10:15 am
$3
Notary Public
Call for an appointment
Monday & Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Free
Safe Exercise
Monday & Thursday 1:15 – 2:15 pm
$3 per class
Senior Yoga
Thursday 9:30 – 10:30 am
$3 per class
S.H.I.N.E. (Serving the Health Insurance
Needs of Everyone)
Senior Tai Chi
Monday through Friday
During Regular Center Hours
Tuesday 10:00 am
Tri Valley
Meals on Wheels
Monday – Friday (see calendar) 12:00 pm
No onsite congregate meals on Friday, delivery only
Free
by Appointment
$3 per class
$3 donation
Turkey Foot Dominoes
Tuesday 12:30 pm
Free
VNA Vital Sign Screening
2nd Wednesday every other month
11:30 am – 1:30 pm (NO VNA in AUGUST)
Free
Walking Club (Silver Sneakers)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 am (8:00 am in summer)
Free
Watercolor Art Class
Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$40 for 4 consecutive weeks
Whist
Zumba Gold
Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mondays & Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 am
Free
$3 per class
Outreach Services
Volume 16 – Issue 6
Free
Must reserve 48 hours prior
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D I D YO U K N O W ?
LATEST NEWS AT THE CENTER
JURY DUTY
FUEL ASSISTANCE (SMOC)
If you are 70 years or older, you can choose not
to serve on jury duty. The juror confirmation
form must be filled out with your birth date and
sent back. If you are younger than 70 and physically or mentally incapable of serving, a note
must be written by your doctor. If you have any
questions or need help with the process, please
call Catherine at 508-473-8334.
Application for the year 2014 and 2015 begins
November 1. Please call the Senior Center for an
appointment.
MEDICARE IS NOT CALLING YOU
TREASURE CHEST GIFT SHOP
Open Monday through Friday 10:00 am—2:00 pm.
There are many quality items available for reasonable prices. Donations of new or gently used items are
welcomed. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept
donations of used clothing.
Please read this warning from Office of Elder
Affairs. An elder received a phone call from
“Medicare”. A very well spoken caller claimed
they had “sent her a letter” prior to a doctor
coming to her house to ensure the proper services
were being provided. The caller wanted to send
Dr. “X” to her house the following day.
BJ’S MEMBERSHIPS
The elder said “this didn’t sound right” and felt
very uncomfortable, but the caller gave her a
phone number for verification. When she hung
up, she called the Medicare number on her card
(1-800-633-4227) and was told it was a scam…
and that when they got to her house they would
more than likely try to sell her insurance products. Do not be fooled by these scams. Please call
the Senior Center or police if you think it doesn’t
sound right.
UPCOMINGMOVIES
The center offers half price memberships to BJ’s
Wholesale Club to our local Milford seniors. Drop
by the center to request a discount letter. If you have
already paid full price, you can still get a discount by
Friday, November 21
The Oranges
Friday, December 19
Prime
Bring your own lunch
Movie Time: 12:30 pm
FREE POPCORN!
MONTHLY EVENTS
BREAKFAST
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
VFW Frascotti Post #1544
Veterans Remembrance
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Poinsettia Breakfast—
Christmas Sing Along
9:00 am – Cost: $3
HEALTHY LIVING
LUNCHEONS
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Cornerstone at Milford
Understanding Assisted Living
BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye
by Rachel Joyce
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
TBD
Thursday, December 18, 2014
10:00 am – FREE
Milford Regional Medical Center
Annual Christmas Party & Yankee Swap
12:30 pm – Cost: $5 refundable
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2014
SPECIAL
EVENTS
PLEASE BE SURE
TO CARRY YOUR
FILE OF LIFE ON
ALL TRIPS
FOXWOODS
SUPER BINGO
Thursday, November 6 &
Monday, December 8
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Because we keep a waiting list, please do not give
your ticket to anyone else; we will not be able to
honor it.
Tickets for the next trip go on sale the day after each
trip. Please carry your file of life emergency
information with you.
Trip Cost: $20 per person
Bus departs at 8:00 am from center lower
parking lot
THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
Thursday, November 13, 2014
 Turkey Dinner with all the fixings
 Entertainment by Trooper Dan
Cost: $7 per person
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
 Ice Cream Sundaes
 Prizes
 Special Caller
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
HEALTHY LIVING LUNCHEON
CHRISTMAS PARTY
Thursday, December 18, 2014
 Spaghetti & Meatballs
(Oliva’s)
 Garlic Bread
 $10 Yankee Swap
Cost: $5 (refundable)
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
LET’S DO LUNCH
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A SALEM CROSS CHRISTMAS
Thursday, December 4, 2014
 Four Course Luncheon at Salem Cross Inn
 Milford Mandarin
Meet at 11:30 am at the Senior Center
 Yankee Candle Shop in Deerfield
NEW YEAR’S EVE BRUNCH
 Bright Nights at Forest Park
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Cost: $69.00 per person
Bus departs at 9:00 am from center lower parking lot
A USO CHRISTMAS
A Star-Studded, Star-Spangled Holiday Tribute to
The USO Shows of WWII
Friday, December 5, 2014
 Appetizers & Punch by Bobby Devita
& Company
 Music by Johnny Guido
 Please join us as we count down
to 12:00 NOON
Cost: $5 per person
Time: 10:00 am—12:00 pm
 Hopkinton High School
 Further details to be announced at a later date
Cost: $15.00 per person
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9-11 MEMORIAL
CENTER EVENTS & ROAD TRIPS
BOURNE SCALLOP FESTIVAL
TURKEY TRAIN
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SENIOR CORNER…
Who guessed it right?
NEXT UP!
Dominic DiVittorio, Mickey Smith, Jim Marcello,
Peg Knowlton, Grace Lavallee, Larry Bonetti,
Ed Motuzas and Joe McDonough.
Selling Hank Camelli Buttons. Who are these men?
Milford Country Club, Asylum Street ca 1949
The answer will be provided in our next newsletter.
Call us at the Center 508-473-8334 or email
[email protected] and give your answer.
STORY CORNER
TRI-VALLEY INC.
A LESSON LEARNED
My mom was a good cook but she was very frugal
as dad’s job was seasonal and she could not afford
to waste anything. My job when she was cooking
was to help clean up. So when I got married, I had
never cooked a thing. One day I decided to make
BLTs, how hard could that be. Little did I know
that you didn’t have to grease the pan before cooking bacon. Needless to say, it was floating in
grease. My new husband was so sweet and ate the
greasy bacon without a word.
Joan Lancisi
A BUBBE’S LAMENT
I looked in the mirror and what did I see...I saw an
old Bubbe and she was me….whoa….where did I
go...I was just 35 a few months ago.
Now I paint and I read…. I enjoy good food. I may
be an old Bubbe but I’m a really COOL DUDE!
Sandra Kaplan
WINTER STORM POLICY
Please remember: If the town closes
schools due to inclement weather, the
Senior Center will also be closed. All
activities will be cancelled. Bread and
pastry will not be available.
Stay home, be safe.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS – A Special Thank You
Help to Feed a Homebound Neighbor….by volunteering
a couple of hours weekly to help pack and/or deliver lunch
to older adults or disabled persons in your town. Travel
reimbursement is available for drivers. Please call
Tri-Valley Meals on Wheels at 1-800-286-6640.
You Can Make a Difference….be the voice for elders
living in nursing homes—be a volunteer Ombudsman!
In just an hour or two a week you can provide information
and advocacy for residents of nursing homes and rest
homes. Training is provided. Please call Tri-Valley at
1-800-286-6640 to register for an upcoming training.
Reach out in Your Community.. By visiting an elderly
neighbor as a Friendly Visitor or as a Companion Volunteer by providing transport and escort to medical appointments, errands or out for lunch or coffee together. This
support makes an important difference in an elder’s day.
Please call Jayne at Tri-Valley, Inc. at 1-800-286-6640
today.
New Caregiver’s Guide Available… the newly revised
2014 Caregiver’s Guide is now available. This free guide is
meant to be a tool for those providing care for older adults
and offer education on programs, supports and resources
available in the Central Massachusetts region. The Caregiver’s Guide is a free publication, funded in part through a
grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. For more
information or to request a copy of the guide, please
contact the Caregiver Program at Tri-Valley, 508-949-6640
or 1-800-286-6640. A PDF version of the guide is also
available at www.trivalleyinc.org.
Lena Calagione for making the beautiful afghan as a raffle for our Senior Expo
Bobby Devita for preparing the food at the Senior Expo and all our Volunteers for your assistance with this program
Jeanne van Dyke for donating the beautiful ferns from her garden
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NEWS FROM SHINE
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT UPDATE MEETING – PLAN YEAR 2015
The Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7th! Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
Make a SHINE Appointment Now!
Every year, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO) plans can change their premiums, co-pays, deductibles, formularies (list of drugs covered) and preferred pharmacies. It’s
important to review your options EVERY year to make sure you have the plan that works best
for you for next year.
Assistance is available from the SHINE program. Call your Senior Center and ask for a SHINE appointment.
Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. You may also contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE. Their customer service is available 7 days a
week 24 hours a day.
“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM
The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly Cable TV program called “SHINE’s MEDICARE
AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up. This program is designed to educate and update
MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health
insurance needs. If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them a call and ask about it.
CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE
The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website. You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our
site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with your insurance needs.
Trained SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you! They offer free,
unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior
center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or
say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you
back. During Open Enrollment it may take a couple of days to return your call. You can now visit us on the
internet at shinema.org
NEWS FROM OUTREACH
Our Client Services Coordinator, Catherine G. Ziesmer, LSW, is available to help with problems you may be
experiencing. She provides information and referral as well as assistance with applications for SNAP (food stamps) and
Mass Health. She is trained in the SMART 911 program, a system that shares vital personal and medical information
with response teams in the event of an emergency. Catherine works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Drop by or call
ahead for an appointment. You may reach Catherine at 508-473-8334 or via email at [email protected]
TRANSPORTATION NEWS (did you know…)
We provide medical transportation, grocery shopping, and miscellaneous errands within
Milford for all eligible Milford residents. We also provide medical transportation to eligible
Hopedale residents. Hopedale residents must call Hopedale Senior Center to arrange for a
ride. Out-of-Town medical transportation is for specialist doctors only, and is on a limited
basis. Please call our transportation coordinator, Marie O’Leary for more information.
Community Legal Aid (Legal Assistance)
Community Legal Aid provides free legal services to elders and low-income individuals who
qualify for services. To apply for services, dial (855) CLA-LEGAL / (855) 252-5342 during the
following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or
Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. You can also apply online at www.communitylegal.org.
SPECIAL NOTE: Effective July 2014, Community Legal Aid WILL NO LONGER hold regular office hours at the
Bleakney Senior Center.
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DONATIONS & MEMORIALS
The Friends gratefully acknowledge these donations
IN LOVING MEMORY
♥
Robert & Dolores DeVita in memory of Donato DeBartolomeis
♥
♥
Irene Ferrante & Eleanor Fontanna in memory of Esther
McBride
Grace, Anne, Richard & Robert in memory of
Anthony J. Ruggiero
♥
Loving Wife Pamela in memory of Daniel P. Knight
♥
Carl & Muriel Swenson in memory of Dee & Vinnie Macaluso
♥
Ruth O’Connor in memory of Patricia Genoa
♥
Louis E. Iannitelli in memory of Ernest, Theresa &
Claire Iannitelli
♥
Rose & Danny Niro in memory of Giampietro & Niro Families
♥
Thomas & Doris Higbee in memory of Gerald Parnin,
Anne Gallagher & Paul Cormier
♥
Blaisdell Family in memory of Anne Gallagher
♥
♥
Elinor Quirk in memory of Peggy Carrabba
Nancy DiPietro in memory of Deceased Members of
DeIeso & DiPietro families
♥
Husband George Clemens in memory of Alice A. Clemens
♥
Dolores DeVita in memory of Lisa Dec
♥
Ruth O’Connor in memory of Elizabeth “Betty” Mazzaro &
Kathleen Amendola
♥
Raymond & Marie Lambert, Kelly Oliver,
Ms. Diana Heinsohn, Maureen Dort & Carmella
Piergustavo for their kind donations
♥
Loving Family in memory of Joe & Rose Saracino &
Dave Hiller
♥
Dr. & Mrs. Noel C. BonTempo in memory of
Donato DeBartolomeis
FRIENDS OF MILFORD SENIOR CENTER
Brian Murray, Esq., President
Dino DeBartolomeis, Vice-President
Joseph F. Edwards, Jr., Treasurer
Board Members: Richard Buma, Perry Cacciola, Thomas Cullen, Michael Diorio, Felice O’Rourke
The Friends is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide funds for programs, services and equipment for the Ruth Anne Bleakney
Senior Center which cannot be provided by local or state government. Milford seniors do not need to join the Friends to receive services from the
Senior Center.
Membership is open to all regardless of age or residency. A membership is $5 per year. Out-of-town members may subscribe to The Elder Milfordian for
an additional $5 per year to cover the postage. Annual membership expires June 30th of each year but can be renewed at any time.
Please consider making a donation to the Friends in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. An acknowledgment of your donation will
be sent to whomever you designate and will be published in The Elder Milfordian.
Please make checks payable to the Friends of Milford Senior Center, Inc.
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RUTH ANNE BLEAKNEY SENIOR CENTER STAFF
Senior Center Director/Editor: Susan Trotta Clark
Program Coordinator: Dolores Alvarez-DeVita
Program Coordinator: Johnna L. O’Loughlin
Assistant Editor/Clerk: Susie Cadrin
Transportation Coordinator: Marie O’Leary
Weekend Coordinator: Claudia Cormier
Coordinator of Volunteer Services: Jean Dudley
Client Services (Outreach) Coordinator: Catherine G. Ziesmer, LSW
Van Driver: Robert Remy
Custodian: Burt Cormier
MILFORD COUNCIL ON AGING
Edwin Roth
Chairperson
Dr. Robert Dwyer
Vice Chairperson
Vincent Squiciari
Secretary
Council on Aging Members
Marcia Andreano
Regina Ferrera
Paul Gallagher
Josephine Magliocca
Charles Skaff
Francis Small, Esq.
Support Staff (alphabetically)
Marcia Andreano
Carol Booth
Paul Gallagher
Linda Gosselin
Doris Higbee
Judy Lewinski
Ann Maurico
Patricia McHoul-Bowman
Joan Motuzas
Joanne Rosen
Vincent Squiciari
Carol Ann Thompson
Pam Zabchuk
Volunteer Proofreader for
The Elder Milfordian: Gail Brown
Board Emeritus
Joan Bagaglio
Emma Barry
Nina Barry
James Berrini
Jeanne Brattin
Mary Costantino
Catherine Curtin
Domenic D’Alessandro
Ernest Giardini
Mary Goddard
Elaine McNanna
Ernest O’Brien
*Council on Aging Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the COA Board Room at 10:00 am.
except for the months of July and August – Public Invited
Production/Distribution of this newsletter is funded by the Friends of Milford Senior Center,
the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and from generous donations from the community.
Thank You!
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