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 page 2 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 Volume 16 – Issue 6 page 3 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 Volume 16 – Issue 6 page 4 9-11 MEMORIAL CENTER EVENTS & ROAD TRIPS BOURNE SCALLOP FESTIVAL TURKEY TRAIN Volume 16 – Issue 6 page 5 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 Volume 16 – Issue 6 page 6 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. Volume 16 – Issue 6 page 7 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. MEMBERSHIP 2014 $5 PER PERSON New DONATION ENCLOSED IS Renewal NAME(S) ______________________________________ $ ______________ Donation Memorial Occasion FOR ________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________ FROM ________________________________________ TOWN ________________________ ZIP __________ ADDRESS _____________________________________ PHONE _______________________________________ I am not a resident of Milford, please mail me The Elder Milfordian. Enclosed is additional $5. Volume 16 – Issue 6 Please send acknowledgment to: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ page 8 Friends of the Milford Senior Center, Inc. 60 North Bow Street Milford, MA 01757-3405 NON-PROFIT U.S. Postage PAID Milford, MA Permit No. 41 Return Service Requested 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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