The Springfield Star A publication of the City of Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Department of Elder Affairs Good Life Center 1600 E. Columbus Ave. Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 787-6785 ~ www.springfieldcityhall/elderaffairs March/April 2011 Center Staff Janet Rodriguez Denney Director of Elder Affairs Katie Collins Fiscal Manager Charlotte Lee Senior Employment Director Alicia Germain SHINE Program Director Eliana Franklin Adult Outreach Liaison Alex Martin & Olga Ellis S.O.A.P. Kerry Welch Kerry Welch, Fitness Director, and Ernestine Dufresne attended the Eastfield Mall Health and Wellness Fair on Fitness Director Martin Luther King Day in January. They presented Elder Affairs’ brochures on keeping seniors healthy and active. Moraima Mendoza Riverview Center Director Kerri Jahn Greenleaf Center Director Mary Troy Hungry Hill Center Director Gloria Wilson Mason Square Center Director Alex Martin Mayflower Center Director Laurel Rancitelli Pine Point Center Director Pastor Morris Greater New Life Christian Ctr. Maddie Allen Forest Park Manor Ed Lubanski Riverview Senior Center Riverview Senior Center Computer Learning Center Sewing Classes ESL Classes Carl Perrot Smoke Detector Program For more information on either of these classes please see center Calendar or call 787-5220 COA Board Members J. Willard Cofield Jr. Department of Elder Affairs ~ Mission Statement Olga Ellis Donald Evans The Department of Elder Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the quality of Ruth Loving life for senior citizens in the City of Springfield. William Toller Springfield Golden Age Club Board Members Top Officers Madeline Chabot Julia Colon Annemarie Pajer Anna Aucella Brightwood Vice President Linden Towers Vice President President South End Vice President Jennie Choiniere Marie Spedero Walter Lankarage Marilyn Hallas Carew Street Vice President Mayflower Vice President 1st Vice President Tri-Towers Vice President Teresa Plasse Fred Dziewit Pearl Defilio Naomi Straughn East Springfield Vice President Pine Point Vice President Treasurer Winchester Square Anna Zaccheo Alice Lamothe-Roy Vice President Kathleen Murphy Forest Park Vice President Sixteen Acres Vice President Secretary March/April 2011 Page 2 Council on Aging Inside this RESERVED FOR SPONSORS 787-6785 Fax: 750-2694 Golden Age Club Issue... 787-6486 Front Page…………...…1 Senior AIDES Employment Program 787-6126 Director’s Corner.……...2 S.H.I.N.E. 750-2893 Community Computer Learning Center Bulletin Board……..…….3 750-2090 Outreach Program/ S.O.A.P. 750-2896/ 886-5260 Golden Age…….……4-5 Smoke Detector Program Travel Club 311 General Information....6-9 Happy Spring!!! Director’s Corner The days are getting longer, birds are getting louder, and let’s not forget our skunks are up and about in the evening! Yup it is spring! Hope that you have survived this recording breaking winter intact and that you are ready to come out of your homes to join all of the great activities planned by the senior centers and all of the branches of the Golden Age club’s. This Spring, Department of Elder Affairs is joining with Spirit of Springfield to celebrate the 375 birthday of Springfield. We will have tickets to give everyone to the Navy Band on March 18th and we will have a contingent of Elders marching in the celebration Parade on May 14th . These are just a sample of activi- Janet Rodriguez Denney, ties so please look for more fun in your sen- Director of Elder Affairs City of Springfield, Mass. ior centers, branch meetings and in your lo- cal newspaper. Looking forward to seeing you at all the events… Jan March/April 2011 Page 3 Community Bulletin Board ¿Usted está buscando empleo? Department of Elder Affairs SOAP Program ES UD? Mayor de Edad, Sabio, y Trabajando De 55 anos de edad o mas? Retirado ou desempleado? Senior Outreach Help Line Con recursos financials limitados? Buscando empleo Assisted Living info, Caregiver Support, LLAMENOS!! Companion Care, Dental, Employment, Food Sirviendo: Los condadados de Hampden, Hampshire, and Fuel Assistance, Grandparents as Berkshire parents, Hearing, Housing, Medical El Programa de Trabajadores Maduros, Equipment, Transportation and much more. Division de empleos 1600 E Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01103 Please Call Alex Martin or Olga Ellis (413) 787-6126, (413) 787-6861 413-750-2896 or 413-886-5260. Need Tax Preparation Help? THE LIONS CLUB NEEDS YOU!! AARP is preparing Free tax returns now through Help volunteer for the following community programs. April. Please bring a copy of last year’s tax return, W2, 1099’s, social security statements, and also a Scholarship Pancake Breakfasts copy of real estate taxes & water /sewer charges if Christmas Dinners Fall Harvest Sale you qualify for the Massachusetts “Circuit Breaker”. Easter Egg Hunt Call Now for an appointment at the Annual Bowl-A-Thon District Eye Mobile Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Ave Supporting Lions Peace Poster & Speech contests as well 413-787-6785 or as the All State Band for High School Students. For more information call the following LIONS:. Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 ½ Parker Street P. Demars-783-4247 ~ S. Miliefsky-782-9120 413-750-2873 A. Cocchi-783-1775 RESERVED FOR SPONSORS March/April 2011 Page 4 Springfield Golden Age Club Special Events & Trips April 19th, 2011 March 14-15, 2011 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2 day’s one night at OR Boston Aquarium Foxwoods and Mohegan Casino Trip includes: Round trip motorcoach, Entrance and Trip includes Tour of the Museum of Fine Art or Boston Bus, Breakfast, Lunch and Buffet at Casinos, Aquarium with Imax movie. “Shenanigan’s” at Cornerstone Productions Box Lunch for the ride home Cost $45.00 Cost $150.00 May 12th June 24th Dinner and a show Newport Flower Show “Bermuda Ave Triangle” @ “Trip includes: Entrance into the show at New port Playhouse Rosecliff Mansion. Free time for Trip includes: lunch and shopping. Guided riding Roundtrip Motor coach, tour. Round trip motor coach Buffet dinner and Show Cost: $75 Cost: $73 For more information on any of these trips or to know more about future GAC travel please feel free to call 886-5104 Springfield Golden Age Club Weekly Meetings MONDAYS TUESDAY WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS Mayflower - 10:00am Brightwood - 1:15 pm Tri Towers - 1:30 pm Wachogue Church Carew St - 10:30 am Springfield Hobby Tri-Towers Community Room Corner of Arvilla/Roosevelt Carew Boys Club 309 Chestnut Street 18 Saab Court 481 Carew Street East Springfield - 1:30pm South End - 12:30 pm Raymond M. Sullivan Public Pine Point - 1:15 pm Gentile Housing Safety Complex Pine Point Community Center 85 Williams Street 1212 Carew Street 335 Berkshire Ave Forest Park - 1:30 pm Winchester Sq. - 1:00 pm Forest Park Manor, Barney Lane FRIDAYS Independence House Sixteen Acres - 1:00 pm 1475 Roosevelt Ave Linden Towers - 1:30 pm Greenleaf Community Ctr. Community Room 1187½ Parker Street 310 Stafford Street August 2008 2011 March/April Page 4 Page 5 GENERACIONES RESERVED FOR SPONSORS EN LINEA ¤Nuevas clases de computadora gratis para principantes¤ Quisiera usted aprender a usar una compu- tadora para el correo electronico? Tener acceso al Internet? Afiliese a nosotros para disfrutar la experiencia y aprender a usar la computadora Ciudad de Springfield, Departamento de Asuntos Mayores Centro de Riverview de Personas Mayores 122 Clyde Street Springfield, MA 01107 (413) 787-5220 (413) 750-2090 RE- SERVED firstname.lastname@example.org LLAME HOY!! FOR March/April 2011 Page 6 FACT SHEET RESERVED FOR SPONSORS Chronic Kidney Disease on the Rise More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk and don’t know it. Since kidney disease can sneak up without any warning in the way of symptoms, the disease has been labeled a “silent killer” and a “quiet epidemic.” 1. The incidence of kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD), is ris- ing fast, with more than 546,000 Americans currently receiving treatment. This includes more than 381,000 dialysis patients and 165,000 people with functioning kidney transplants. 2. Of the more than 110,000 Americans currently awaiting organ transplants, 87,000 are waiting for a kidney. 3. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44 percent of the new cases. Nearly 215,000 people are living with kidney failure result- ing from diabetes. 4. Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure is the second lead- ing cause of kidney failure in the country, accounting for 26% of all cases. 5. The third and fourth leading causes of kidney failure in the U.S. are glo- merulonephritis, an inflammatory disease of the kidneys, and polycystic kid- ney disease. 6. CKD hits minorities disproportionately, with African Americans affected at a rate of nearly three times that of Caucasians as the number of new cases of kidney failure per million is 783 for African Americans and 295 for whites. Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and the el- derly are also at increased risk. 7. Each year, more than 88,000 Americans die from causes related to kidney failure. 8. Premature death from cardiovascular disease is higher in adults with CKD compared to adults without CKD. In fact, individuals with CKD are 16 to 40 times more likely to die than to reach kidney failure. 9. CKD continues to be a major cause of lost productivity, physician visits and hospitalizations among men and women. Sources of Facts and Statistics United Network for Organ Sharing (www.unos.org) United States Renal Data System (www.usrds.org) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) March/April 2011 Page 7 Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mason Square at Emerson Hall 439 Union Street, Springfield, Massachusetts ~Blood Pressure Readings ~Body Mass Index Calculations ~Speak with a medical professional about high blood pressure, diabetes and reducing your chances of developing kidney disease ~Learn how to keep your kidneys healthy This FREE event is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation Serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The U. S. Navy Band will treat Springfield to a birthday con- cert! Dressed in their finest, their sound will fill Springfield Symphony Hall on Friday, March 18th at 7PM. As the premier wind ensemble of the U. S. Navy, they will perform a wide range of marches, patriotic selections, orches- tral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.; As the original 60-member Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high- profile events for over 85 years. Ironically, the U. S. Navy Band's last performance in Springfield was in 1986 during Springfield 350th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets for the U. S. Navy Band Concert are free and can be obtained by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Spirit of Springfield/U. S. Navy Band, 101 State Street, Suite 220, Springfield, MA 01103. RESERVED FOR SPONSORS June 2008 2011 March/April 8 Page 6 A huge thank you to the dedicated SHINE Volunteers who assist- ed 461 elders in Springfield during the Medicare Open Enroll- ment period, ending on Dec 31. SHINE was able to save those 461 people a total of $584,450.00 by evaluating their medications, health needs and then making some changes to their coverage. That is an average savings of $1267 per person. What could you do with an extra $1267 next year? While Open Enrollment has ended, SHINE is still available for general Medicare questions, those new to Medicare, and assis- tance with billing errors. 2011 Open Enrollment is earlier this year: Oct 15-Dec 7 AARP invites you to join in a Community Conversation about your community. AARP wants to hear from you! Please join AARP and other Springfield residents to share your ideas and dreams for your community. Come pre- pared to talk about the issues that matter to you as you age. Join the conversation! Join in the work ahead! Springfield City Library, Central Library Greater Springfield Senior Services 220 State Street, Community Room 66 Industry Avenue Wednesday, March 16, 1 pm – 2:30 pm Thursday, March 24, 10:30 am - Noon RSVP by Wednesday, March 9. RSVP by Thursday, March 17. Together let’s figure out how we can create positive change and join forces to help serve people age 50 and over in your community. These discussions will guide AARP’s efforts to serve AARP members, their families and neighbors in Springfield in 2011 and beyond. We also invite you to join us afterwards on activities and projects that emerge from these community conversations. Please join us this year as we work to make a difference together. Sign up today for one of these community conversations by calling 1-866-448-3621. Space is limited and reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided. About AARP: AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offic- es in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. March/April 2011 Page 9 CLASES GRATIS de SALUD PARA RESIDENTES DEL NORTH END El Departamento de Personas Mayores ofrecerá la clases “SALUD PARA TODOS". Estas clases estan hechas posibles por una beca de, North End Coalition and Baystate Health. La Pérdida de peso/Clase de Fuerza está abierta a personas de todas edades. La Clase Aeróbica es para la edad de 50 y más. Aquí están los tiempos y los días que las clases “SALUD PARA TODOS" CLASES GRATIS de SALUD La Pérdida de peso/Clase de Fuerza Lunes / Miércoles / Viernes 8:00AM – 9:30AM / 8:00AM – 9:30AM / 8:00AM – 9:30AM CLASES GRATIS - Abierta a personas de todas edades. ―CLASES GRATIS de SALUD‖ La Clase Aeróbica Martes / Jueves 9:45AM – 10:45AM / 9:45AM – 10:45AM CLASES GRATIS - La Clase Aeróbica es para la edad de 50 y más. Si tiene cualquier pregunta llama por favor. The Department of Elder Affairs Fitness Center Teléfono #( 413)886 – 5240 Fax (413 ) 886 – 5241 Kerry Welch - Fitness Director City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs ~ Fitness Center 310 Plainfield Street, Springfield, MA Director: Kerry Welch ~ 413-886-5240 Affordable Fitness Fee: $1.00 a Day or $10.00 a month Fully equipped Center ~ 9 Cardio Machines ~ 9 Weight Stack Machines ~ Free Weights starting @ 3lbs-15lbs ~ 2 Adjustable Benches Wheelchair Accessible Equipment Classes: Strength ~ Aerobic For Ages 50 and Older Open: MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 am to 3:30 pm March/April 2011 Page 10 Mayflower Center Director: Alex Martin Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-2:00 pm - 1516 Sumner Ave. 782-4536 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 9:00—9:45 9:00-9:45 Tai Chi/ 9:00—9:45 Call for times & 8:45 - 9:45 Tai Chi Easy Does it Exer- Beginners Easy Does It Exercise schedule 10:00 - 12:00 Blood cise 10:00-11:30 Learn Health & Wellness ~ Beginning Line Pressure & Diabetic 10-12:00 to play dominoes 10:00 Movie time Dancing Check-No Fee Charged Line Dancing 10:00 Manicures 1st 11:30 Monthly Lunch ~ Chair Tai-Chi 10:00 Weight Loss 1-2:00 Healthy Tues of each month. Registration Required ~ Chair Exercise Support Group ~ No Living Registration Required Drop in pick up your cost 1:00 - 2:00 Home packet for 1:00-2:00 Mayflower Improvement Emergency Walking Tigers Preparedness Brown Bag 4th Thursday Riverview Center Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-4:00 pm 122 Clyde St., 787-5220 Director: Moraima Mendoza Hot Lunch Served Daily at 11:15. Pre-Registration Required Lunch ~ $1.75 Suggested Donation. Lunches provided through Greater Spfld Senior Services MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 9:30-11:00 Dance & Move- 9:30-11:00 Arts & 9:00 Foot Care, 9:30-11:00 Arts & 9:30-11:00 Dance ment Crafts Glucose & Blood Pres- Crafts & Movement 10:00 Walks, Dancing & 12:30 Bingo & sure Clinic 12:30 Bingo & Stretching Dominoes 9:30-11:00 Dance & Dominoes 12-1:30 Arts & 12:30 English Classes Movement 12:30 English Crafts 12:30 Bingo & Dominoes 1:00-3:00 Sew- 9:30 Fitness Walk Classes 12:30 Bingo & ing & Strength Class 1:00-3:00 Sewing Dominoes 12:30 Bingo & Dominoes Greater New Life Christian Center Open Tues & Thurs 11a.m.-3p.m. Contact: Pastor Morris –413-304-2077 1323 Worcester Street, Indian Orchard TUESDAY THURSDAY 11:30-1:00 Senior Luncheon 11:00-11:45 Arts & Crafts 1:00-2:00 Fun & Games 12:00-1:00 Fitness Hula Hoop & Aerobics for Seniors 1:00-2:00 Afternoon Prayer 1:00-3:00 Day Spa (manicure, pedicure, facials etc.) 2:00-3:00 Cyber 4 Seniors/Intro to computing 1st Thursday ~ Senior Bible Class 2nd Thursday ~ Afternoon Movie ** Note: Schedule is subject to change March/April 2011 Page 11 Greenleaf Director: Kerri Boland-Jahn Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-3:00 pm ~ 1187 1/2 Parker Street ~ 750-2873 Hot Lunch Served Mon.& Wed. from 12:00-1:00 $1.75 Suggested Donation. Reservations required MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 9:00 Coffee Hour & 9:00 Coffee Hour & 8:30 1st Wednesday of 9:00 Coffee Hour & 9:00 Coffee Hour & Walking Club Walking Club the month Foot Care Walking Club Walking Club 12:00 GSSSI lunch 10:30 Walk & Strength (by appointment only) 12:00-3:00 Play Pitch 10:30 Ballroom Dance reservations needed 12:00 Zumba Gold 9:00 Coffee Hour & Every Thursday lessons Walking Club 9:00a.m Jewelry 1:00-3:00p.m Line $2.00 (high score & 1:00 –3:00p.m. Making Class 3rd Dancing 12:00 GSSSI lunch door prizes) Golden Age Club Mtg Monday reservations needed ~ Jewelry class March 21, 2011 ~Blood Pressure 1st Monday of the month ~SHINE Counselor ~ by appointment ~ Ms Senior Massachusetts Monthly Meetings ~ Wednesdays Hungry Hill at Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex Director: Mary Troy ~ Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-3:00 pm 1212 Carew Street ~ 733-9411 MONDAY TUESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 10:30 Light Aerobics 10:00 Craft 10:30 Video Exercise fol- 10:00 Line Dance ($3.00 per month) 12:30 Pokeno lowed by Strength training 11:15 Zumba Gold ($2.00 per 1:00 Chair Exercise Lunches class or $5.00 per month) Neighborhood Council March 8th & 22nd Mtgs at 7:00pm April 12th & 26th Call for Dates Lunch provided through Greater Springfield Senior Services—Reservation one week in advance. Craft group meets at 10:00 am each Tuesday—the knitters are making baby blankets to be distributed in May at the City’s “Community Baby Shower”. Materials are supplied, just stop in and enjoy the com- pany. Health Screenings: Footcare by Pedi-care nurses Monday by appointment. Forest Park Manor Open Tues & Thurs 11a.m.-2p.m. Director: Alex Martin 24 Barney Lane ~ 782-4536 TUESDAY THURSDAY 11:00 Health & Wellness Speaker 1st Thurs ~ 11:00 Line Dancing / 1:00 Game Day 1:00 Exercise w/Kerry 2nd Thurs ~ 10:00 Vietnamese Mothers’ Group / 1:00 Resi- 1:00 Chat w/Ellen from Jewish Family Services dents Mtg 3rd Thurs ~ 11:00 Meet your neighbors 4th Thurs ~ Brown Bag ***Note: Schedule is subject to change March/April 2011 Page 12 Mason Square Director: Gloria Wilson Open Mon-Fri 8:00 am-4:00 pm - 439 Union Street, Emerson Hall 733-3917 Hot Lunch served daily at 11:30 am. $1.75 Suggested Donation. MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 9:00 Coffee & Chat 9:00 Coffee & Chat 9:00 Coffee & Chat 9:00 Coffee & Chat 9:00 Coffee & Chat 9:00 Manicures by appt Sewing & Crafts 10:30 Bible Study Sewing & Crafts 12:30-1 Blood 12:00 Bingo 12:30 Domino's 1:00 Movie Pressure Screening 1:00 Bridge Every Friday 12:00 Bingo !!! 1-2:00 Chair /Fitness 3rd Thursday 1:00 Movie Aerobics 10:30 am Brown Bag Pine Point Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-3:00 pm ~ 335 Berkshire Ave, 732-1072 Director: Laurel Rancitelli Hot Lunch Served Daily @ from 11:45-12:30 provided by Greater Springfield Senior Services ~ $1.75 Suggested Donation MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 10:00 Losers are win- 9:00 Chair Exercising 1:00 Card Playing 9:00 - 10:00 10:00 Losers are win- ners support group! 10:00-12:00 Cards FOOT CARE Chair Exercising ners support group! (weight loss) Monthly by appoint. 1:15 Golden Ages (weight loss) 1:00 - 3:00 Bingo 1:00 Card Playing Monthly\Chair Mas- Coffee, Pastries & 1:00 Pokeno & drop-in 9:00-10:30 -Breakfast Bingo crafts sage by appt Support Group (free Manicures once a Visiting Nurse month ~ Call for appt. Pine Pt. Council Mtgs Danish & coffee- 4th LAST Thurs. of the 1:00 Movie (3rd Fri.) 2nd Tues 7:00p.m. Wed.) month ~ Call to ask about our monthly featured speakers. ~ Jewelry Making call for dates and times ~ Glucose & BP check Monthly/Free ~ 3 Puzzle tables always going ~ stop in! Good Life Center Open Mon-Fri 8:00 am-4:00 pm - 1600 E.Columbus Ave, 787-6785 Available programs/services Outreach Program It serves as the primary vehicle for providing information and referral services for seniors in the Springfield area. Golden Age Club Provides Social/Recreational services to eleven branches across the city. Senior AIDES Employment Program- Provides useful, meaningful community service employment to eligible low- income, disadvantaged mature workers. S.H.I.N.E The SHINE Program is Massachusetts' State Health Insurance Program that provides free, one-on-one health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Computer Learning Center Seniors can learn to use email, the internet, and computer programs.
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