Senior FREE NEW BEDFORD’S Scope Serving the towns of Acushnet n Dartmouth n Fairhaven n Gosnold n Marion n Mattapoisett n Rochester Vol. 25, No. 7 Published by the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts • Scott W. Lang, Mayor FEbRuARy 2009 Prescription Advantage Changes Hit Seniors’ Pocketbooks Inside About 60 people attended a meeting at the Brook- lawn Senior Center recently, hoping to learn more about the changes in Prescrption Advantage that are hitting seniors in the pocketbook. Prescription Advantage, the state’s prescription drug assistance program for seniors and people living with disabilities, was hit by an $11 million budget cut that is affecting more than 44,000 Massachusetts seniors. Many seniors are learning they are now responsible for a $295 deductible formerly coved by Prescription Straight Shooters, p. 8 Advantage. And many are seeing their drug copayments double or triple. “The biggest problem this year,” says Regional n Editor’s Notes ...................2 SHINE Director Mary Bessey who spoke at the meet- Mary M. Bessey, Regional SHINE Director, ing, “is that Prescription Advantage is not helping with answers questions after the meeting on changes in the n Donations ..........................2 the $295 deductible. Most seniors did not realize they Prescription Advantage program at the Brooklawn had a deductible.” Senior Center on January 22. n If a Retailer Goes Seniors in lower income brackets did not have a bankrupt...........................3 deductible, but those in higher income brackets who did Prescription Advantage until they reach the Medicare are now responsible for the first $295 in drug copay- Part D “doughnut hole.” This is the threshold at which n Menu for February ..........4 ments. most Medicare Part D plans temporarily stop insuring Elders enrolled in the Prescription Advantage members. n Recipe Roundup...............4 program who would be affected by the changes were The “doughnut hole” starts when the total retail cost notified by letter that “due to the current nationwide of the drugs purchased by an individual reaches $2,700. n Shopping Guide................5 fiscal situation and its impact on Massachusetts, it is Also, Prescription Advantage members at the high- necessary to impose significant budgetary restrictions est income level, who only received help when they n update ...............................6 on the Prescription Advantage program.” reached the “doughnut hole” will not see any changes. But even with mass mailings and outreach by advo- The income cap for Prescription Advantage is $70,000 n The Way We Were ...........7 cacy groups, many seniors did not realize how or if they for a couple and $52,000 for a single person. would be affected by the cuts. All other Prescription Advantage benefits will remain n Senior Travel ....................7 For married Prescription Advantage members with the same for Medicare members. Prescription Advan- an annual income up to $21,000 and single members tage members who receive the Medicare Part D Low- n Senior Trends ...................7 with incomes up to $15,600, there will be no change to Income Subsidy are not affected by the change. They their Prescription Advantage benefits, according to Ms. will continue to receive help with their copays from the n At the Senior Centers ......8 Bessey. first dollar. Prescription Advantage members in higher income Ms. Bessey urges seniors to make an appointment n Hypothermia ....................9 brackets will no longer receive copayment help from Prescription Advantage... continuted on page 10 n Digital TV Conversion .....9 Study Finds Most Seniors Feel younger n Nutrition Facts ...............10 Older people tend to feel about 13 years younger than In general, women perceived their appearance as n Obesity in Later Life .....10 their chronological age. That is one of the findings of a being closer to their actual age, Smith said. “Women study reported in the Journals of Gerontology: Psycho- saw themselves as about four years older than their n Depression and Diabetes11 logical Science. The researchers analyzed the responses male peers,” she said. “There are several likely reasons of 516 men and women age 70 and older who partici- for this gender gap in subjective physical age. One is n brain Power....................11 pated in the Berlin Aging Study, tracking how their that women may be more aware of their appearance perceptions about age and their satisfaction with aging than men, especially given the negative stereotypes of n Reader Exchange ...........12 changed over a six-year period. older bodies.” “People generally felt quite a bit younger than they To assess satisfaction with aging, researchers asked actually were, and they also showed relatively high levels participants to what extent they agreed with these five n Los Articulos en of satisfaction with aging over the time period studied,” statements: “Things keep getting worse as I get older;” Español ................Página 9 said Jacqui Smith, a psychologist at the University of “I have as much pep as I had last year;” “As I get older, Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). Smith I am less useful;” “As I get older, things are better than n Os Artigos em conducted the study with colleagues at the Max Planck I thought they would be;” and “I am as happy now as I Português .............Página 9 Institute for Human Development in Berlin. was when I was younger.” “We examined individual changes over time, and Initially, men were more satisfied than women with expected the gap to increase. But we were surprised to their own aging. But over the six-year period studied, find that it was maintained, on average. Perhaps feel- men’s satisfaction decreased more than women’s. Poor PRESIDENTS DAY ing about 13 years younger is an optimal illusion in old health magnified these patterns, Smith said. age,” Smith said. In unpublished research based on the Berlin Aging Smith and colleagues found that some of the oldest Study, Smith and her colleagues found that people who participants did feel even younger over time. But poor feel younger are less likely to die than those who don’t, health reduced the gap between felt age and actual age. given the same level of chronological age and equiva- The researchers also assessed how old people thought lent physical health. they looked, asking them, “How old do you feel when “Feeling positive about getting older may well be you look at yourself in a mirror?” In general, at the start associated with remaining active and experiencing of the study people said they looked about 10 years better health in old age,” she said. “Thus, studies on younger than they were. By the end of the study, this self-perceptions of aging can contribute to our under- gap had narrowed. People felt they looked only about standing of potential indicators of resilience in older seven years younger than their chronological age. adults.” 2 Senior Scope februAry 2009 Editor’s Notes donations to SeniorScope A “Time of Tempest” In APPreCIATIon of Like just about everyone else, President Obama and his wife In appreciation of SeniorScope 10.00 I watched the inauguration of our Michelle are a striking couple, - Anonymous,New Bedford new President last month. It was a classy and elegant, not to mention momentous and moving occasion, super-smart. Maybe these attributes In appreciation of SeniorScope 15.00 not only because of the historic will have a positive effect on popular - Anonymous, Dartmouth nature of our country’s first African- culture. In appreciation of SeniorScope American President, but because of President Eisenhower took the Christmas donation 25.00 the overwhelming challenges Barack oath of office on a much milder day Obama faces. than our new President. At noon on - St. Hedwig Seniors Watching this inauguration made January 20, 1953, the temperature in In MeMory of me think of others I’ve experienced Washington, D.C., was 49 degrees. In memory of Douglas and Kevin 50.00 over the decades. Some seemed Security seemed to be less of a - R.R., New Bedford almost routine, but others were concern then. The outgoing and historic, such as the inauguration of incoming Presidents, Truman and In memory of my husband Antone R. Gomes John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic Eisenhower, rode down to the Capi- Birthday remembrance, January 7 20.00 President, all too quickly followed tol in a White House car, a Lincoln. - Wife Ann, New Bedford by President Johnson, who took “On the way back up Pennsylvania office at a time of national turmoil. Ave., in the Inaugural parade, Presi- In memory of my Estrella Vieira Mello The first inauguration I remember dent Eisenhower and Mrs. Eisen- 107h anniversary, December 23 5.00 was that of Dwight Eisenhower in hower rode together -- the first time - Daughter Kathleen Medeiros January of 1953. I was 12 years old a new President and the First Lady In memory of deceased members 25.00 and in the seventh grade. had ever done so,” according to The I looked up Eisenhower’s inau- Washington Post. “They rode in a - Mount Carmel Seniors, New Bedford guration and found much interest- White Cadillac, with its top down.” In memory of my sister Rita St. Laurent 25.00 ing information that brought back a The report continued: “The new - R.S.L., SC flood of memories. He and outgoing Chief Executive, after taking the President Harry Truman both wore oath of office, dedicated himself to In memory of Joseph E. Sousa and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Saraiva 10.00 black homburg hats “instead of the the pursuit of peace, and told the - Mary D. Sousa, New Bedford silk topper ordained by tradition,” world that the United States faces according to The Washington Post’s this ‘time of tempest’ not ‘with dread In memory of Aldor Surprenant 25.00 account of the day. and confusion,’ but ‘with confidence - Anonymous, Falmouth We had a black and white tele- and conviction’.” In memory of W.A.N. 40.00 vision at the time, but my mother Life seemed quite simple to me at - Anonymous, Dartmouth never had it on during the day. So the age of 12, and my worries were I was surprised when I came home minor. But in retrospect the Cold In loving memory of Frances P. Bonczek 25.00 for lunch to find her watching the War was raging and Communism - Vincent E. Bonczek, Fairhaven inauguration. It had to be important was something we all feared. for Mom to take time out from her There’s no doubt that once again, In memory of the Dupuis family 10.00 household chores. we find ourselves in a “time of - Anonymous, New Bedford I remember that the television tempest.” In the last five decades, In memory of my husband Henry Gongola 10th anniversary 10.00 announcers made a lot of the hats. we’ve gone from the Cold War to the I asked Mom what a homburg was War on Terrorism, with a couple of - Wife Teresa, New Bedford because I had never heard the word other bloody battles in between. THAnK you before. Both Eisenhower and Truman Let’s all hope and pray that this Thank you to St. Anthony and Sacred Hearts For prayers answered 10.00 wore the morning coat and striped new President can, indeed, usher in - R.M. Tessier trousers required for such an impor- an era of peace. tant occasion in the early 1950s. Thank you to St. Jude asking for prayers to be answered 10.00 - Anonymous, New Bedford Thank you to St. Jude and St. Anthony Letter to the Editor For favors and prayers answered 20.00 - Anonymous Acushnet Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 45.00 I am writing regarding Evelyn nity to build my self-esteem. My aunt Desrosiers’ “Christmas on the Farm” maintained that farm for many years - A.D.U., Dartmouth story that was recently re-published. and was heartbroken when she had to Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 10.00 Evelyn is my aunt and godmother. sell. To shed additional light on the - E.R., Acushnet She is a truly amazing, brilliant, and kind of person she is, Evelyn contin- warm individual. I spent a significant ues to walk daily, transports neigh- Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 10.00 amount of my childhood on the farm bors and friends to appointments - M.O.M., Dartmouth referred to in the story. My memories and shopping, is very active in her Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 10.00 continue to permeate my daily life, church, and volunteers at a nursing as she, my Aunt Julia, and my grand- home where her husband spent his - Anonymous, New Bedford mother, Julia made my childhood final years. All this and she is ninety- Thank you to St. Anthony for prayers answered 10.00 wonderful. I learned to knit, bake, one, as of January 12, 2009!! She is - Anonymous, Dartmouth and sew by Aunt Evelyn. I remember an incredible, strong, loving woman sheets drying in the sun, picking wild and I just needed to share her true self Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 10.00 blueberries, and learning to make with you. Thank you for publishing - Anonymous Boston Cream Pie. her story. She was intensely pleased My aunts and grandmother always and proud, as was I. Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 25.00 made me feel I was beautiful and Elizabeth A. Roy - Pat C., New Bedford smart, and never missed an opportu- Cranston, RI Thank you to Blessed Mary Mother, Sacred Heart of Jesus, And Our Lady of Fatima for prayers answered 5.00 Senior Scope newbedford’S - E.F., New Bedford Thank you to St. Anthony for prayers answered 5.00 Published by the City of New Bedford, Department of Community Services, - M.I.P., Mattapoisett with a grant from Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. Thank you to St. Jude for prayers answered 5.00 Scott w. Lang, Mayor distribution: Michael Graffeo - Anonymous, Dartmouth Jeannine wilson, editor franklin d. Hodson dora Gomes, office Manager Thank you to Blessed Virgin for prayers answered 10.00 SeniorScope will not accept political advertising. - M.A.F., New Bedford For further information on advertising rates, please call: Donations this month 480.00 (508) 979-1510 or Fax (508) 979-1514 Donations previous month 630.00 City of New Bedford, Council on Aging Total donations this fiscal year 1100.00 181 Hillman, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740 The preparation of this publication was aided through Federal financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended. feBRuaRy 2009 Senior Scope 3 You and Your Money Money Management Program If a Retailer Goes Bankrupt Celebrates 10th anniversary As a result of the declining econ- omy, the number of retailers closing dispute the charge with the credit card company and get their money Coastline Elderly Services’ AARP Office of Elder Affairs; George their doors has increased substan- back—for this reason, among Money Management Program Smith, Board president of Coastline tially, leaving confused shoppers others, BBB highly recommends (MMP) hosted a 10th anniversary Elderly Services; Nancy Munson, wondering what will happen to consumers pay with a credit card. volunteer recognition event Decem- Chief Executive Officer of Bristol goods they haven’t received, gift For the rest who paid by debit card, ber 17 at Coastline’s facility in New Elder Services, Fall River; and Rich- cards and outstanding warranties. check or cash, they will need to file Bedford. Charles N. Sisson, Coast- ard Hylan, Massachusetts Money Your Better Business Bureau if a claim with the bankruptcy court line’s executive director, congratu- Management Program Manager. offering general advice for consum- administering the process—the lated everyone and thanked them Following lunch, the volunteers ers on what to do if a retailer closes deadline is typically 90 days after for the terrific work they do. He learned all about the benefits of exer- up shop without fulfilling its prom- the filing date. More information on emphasized how important a role cising the brain in a presentation by ises. filing a claim, including download- they played in the lives of the seniors Dr. Andrew J. Revell, PhD, Assis- Some of the bigger names filing able forms, is available online at they help. tant Professor, in the Gerontology for bankruptcy in 2008 include A uscourts.gov. “Because of the work you do – Center at UMass Dartmouth. He Sharper Image, Linens n’ Things, getting the bills paid, balancing the was assisted by William Fitzgerald, Lillian Vernon, Levitz Furniture and Warranties checkbook, and keeping them orga- undergraduate psychology major most recently Mervyn’s department The validity of any outstanding store chain. warranties varies for each bankrupt- “Business bankruptcy filings cy. If a retailer goes out of business, Money Management Program increased 41.6 percent in the first the consumer may be able to rely half of this year compared to 2007, on the manufacturer’s warranty. If a and the U.S. economy saw nearly manufacturer goes out of business, 34,000 businesses go under,” said the consumer may be able to rely Paula Fleming, vice president of on any warranties provided by the communications and marketing retailer. Many extended warranties for BBB. “In the wake of so many and service plans are provided and bankruptcies, customers have been administered by third parties and are and will most likely continue to be typically not affected by a retailer or in the dark, wondering if they’ll manufacturer going bust. ever get the goods they paid for or if the gift cards they are holding are Gift Cards even worth anything.” In cases of Chapter 11 bankrupt- Following is advice from BBB on cy, courts will decide if the business steps consumers can take if a retailer must honor gift cards or certificates. files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy: If the business has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the holder must file a Enjoying the 10th anniversary of the Coastline Elderly Services Money Goods or Services Due claim. In some cases, consumers Management Program are the program’s Advisory Council, from left to right: Maureen Bertrand, SouthernMass Credit Union, Deborah Jenkins, Fairhaven Bankruptcy law is specific regard- might actually get at least part of Council on Aging, Rosa Farizo, South Coastal Counties Legal Assistance ing who will benefit first in the case the value of the card back. Some Corporation, Sandra Sevigney, Citizens-Union Bank, Diane Rocha, New of a retailer’s liquidation. Unfortu- retailers have tried wooing new Bedford Housing Authority, Karen Scott-Statser, Bristol Elder Services, Sharon nately, customers are at the back of customers by accepting a bankrupt Shustack, Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, and in front, Delia the line. Typically, the money gained competitor’s gift card – but this is DeMello, Social Security Administration. from the selling of the company’s generally a rare circumstance. BBB assets goes to paying back secured advises that consumers redeem gift creditors, as well as any employee cards as soon as possible in order to nized – you keep our seniors safe and research lab member in geron- wages, before whatever is left over avoid any headaches with bankrupt- and in their homes,” Sisson said. tology, who taught the volunteers is divvied among customers who cy files and court actions. “Coastline is dedicated to helping the ins and outs of Wii gaming. didn’t receive the promised services For more trustworthy advice on our elders to remain in their homes, The afternoon ended with the or goods. extended warranties, gift cards, and this service is key to helping us presentation of service anniversary Customers who paid with cred- and on how to become a savvier achieve our goal.” pins, with a special salute to those it cards, though, may be able to consumer, go to bbb.org. The AARP Money Management volunteers who had been with the Program, begun in 1998, provides program since its inception and bill-paying and organizational who were part of the original MMP representative payee services to Advisory Council. They include seniors in a 23-town area includ- Delia DeMello of the Social Securi- ing Acushnet, Attleboro, Berkley, ty Administration who serves as the Dartmouth, Dighton, Fall River, 2008 co-chair of the MMP Advi- Fairhaven, Freetown, Gosnold, sory Council, Rosa Farizo of South Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Coastal Counties Legal Assistance New Bedford, North Attleboro, Corporation, Diane Rocha of the Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Roch- New Bedford Housing Authority, ester, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Deborah Jenkins of the Fairhaven Taunton, and Westport. Council on Aging and MMP Advi- Joining Mr. Sisson in offering sory Council Emeritus, and Valerie their thanks to the volunteers were Nichols, also an MMP Advisory Mary Neal, regional protective Council Emeritus, who could not be services manager of the Executive present at the event. To: SeniorScope 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford MA 02740 Yes, I want to help support SeniorScope. My voluntary donation in the amount of $ ___________ is enclosed. You may list my name and my town/city in a future issue (my street address will NOT be listed) Do not list my name; I am contributing anonymously. Please list my donation as follows: In Memory of: ___________________________________________ Get Well Wishes for: ______________________________________ In Honor of: (Birthday or other celebration) ____________________ My Name is _____________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 4 Senior Scope february 2009 Menu for February 2009 COASTLINE ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM • 1646 PURCHASE ST, NEW BEDFORD, MA 02740 FOR RESERVATION/CANCELLATION CALL 508-999-6400 EXT. 188 AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. MENU IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. MILK SERVED WITH ALL MEALS. Monday Tuesday wednesday Thursday friday 2 3 4 5 6 Chicken Marsala American Chop Suey Roast Pork w/ Chicken Divan w/ Meatloaf w/Gravy Vegetable Soup Wax & Green Beans Rosemary Gravy Broccoli Whipped Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Vienna Bread Sweet Potatoes Confetti Rice Sliced Carrots Whole Wheat Bread Pineapple Roman Blend Veg Multi-Grain Roll Fruit Muffin Orange Dinner Roll Peaches Chocolate Pudding Spiced Apples Diet: Sugar Free Pudding 9 10 11 12 13 Stuffed Peppers w/ Beef Stew w/Vegetables Beef Stroganoff w/ Chicken w/ Seafood Newburg w/ Tomato Sauce Boiled Potato Buttered Noodles Friccassee Sauce Fluffy White Rice Mashed Potatoes Multi-Grain Roll Chuckwagon Blend Veg Peas Carrots White Bread Banana Whole Wheat Bread Lyonnaise Potatoes Whole Grain Bread Pears Butterscotch Pudding Parker House Roll Valentine’s Day Bread Pudding Diet: Sugar Free Pudding Mixed Fruit Diet: Sugar Free Pudding 16 17 18 19 20 Holiday Boned Chicken w/ Macaroni and Cheese Roasted Turkey w/ Gravy Sheppard’s Pie President’s Day Lemon Dijon Sauce Escalloped Tomatoes Cranberry Sauce Italian Blend Veg Site Closed Tomato Florentine Soup Fruit Muffin Mashed Potatoes Multi-Grain Roll Scalloped Potatoes Vanilla Pudding Winter Squash Pears Snowflake Roll Diet: Sugar Free Pudding Whole Wheat Roll Peaches Apple Turnover Diet: Cookie 23 24 25 26 27 Turkey Ham w/Fruit Sauce Stuffed Cabbage w/ Vegetarian Bean Chili Cajun Chicken w/ BBQ Sauce Pier 17 Baked Fish w/ Sweet Yams Tomato Sauce Fluffy White Rice Country Blend Veg Tartar Sauce Green Beans Mashed Potatoes Breadstick Smothered Potatoes Spanish Rice White Bread Whole Wheat Bread Birthday Cake Multi-Grain Roll Peas & Carrots Mixed Fruit Fruit Smoothie Diet: Graham Waffle Pineapple Fruit Muffin (Mod Fresh Fruit) Orange Recipe Roundup almond-Topped fish almond Crusted Pork in ingredients: sherry soy sauce 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine ingredients: 1 small onion, thinly sliced 1 1/2 lb pork, tenderloin, lean, raw 4 cod or haddock fillets (6 ounces each) 1/2 cup cooking sherry 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon dill weed 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup ground almonds 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1 tsp olive oil 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 cup fresh chopped onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 fresh carrot, peeled and diced 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted 1 celery stalk, fresh, medium, chopped directions: Place butter in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; place in a 400° oven until melt- directions: ed. Spread butter over bottom of dish; cover with onion. Arrange fish over In small bowl stir together sherry, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic; pour over onion; sprinkle with salt, dill and pepper. Combine the Parmesan cheese, pork in a self-sealing bag. mayonnaise, parsley and lemon juice; spread over fish. Bake, uncovered, Seal bag; marinate in refrigerator 1 hour. Remove pork from marinade, re- at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with serving marinade; pat dry. Coat pork with almonds. Heat oil in large skillet a fork. Sprinkle with almonds. over medium heat. Brown pork on all sides, about 5 minutes, turning carefully. Yield: 4 servings. Reduce heat to low, add reserved marinade, onion, carrot, and celery; cover and simmer 10-12 minutes. Source: Light and Tasty To serve, slice tenderloin and serve with vegetables and hot cooked rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro and accompany with a fruit salad. Chicken Potato bake ingredients: additional information: 2-4 pieces cut up chicken Marinate the tenderloin overnight in the refrigerator, and finish prepara- 2-4 red potatoes, cut into chunks tion just before dinner. This skillet supper is on the table in fewer than 30 1/4 c. prepared Italian salad dressing minutes. Accompany with a fresh fruit salad. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese Source: Theotherwhitemeat.com directions: Place chicken in a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Arrange potatoes around chicken. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with Italian seasoning and Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-30 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and chicken juices and let your hand give in proportion to your purse. run clear. George Washington Source: Adapted from Aaron’s Easy Recipes FEBRUARY 2009 Senior Scope 5 Special Shopping and Services Guide PROJECT INDEPENDENCE ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE CENTER “Serving Adults with Medical Needs For More Than 25 Years” Karen A. Maciulewicz, M.S. R.N.C 250 Elm Street* New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone:508-997-1441 Fax: 508-997-5594* www.piadhc.org Caregiver Grant Funded by Title III-E of O.A.A Sponsored by Coastline Elderly MECHANICS SQUARE PARTNERSHIP 39 N. Sixth Street New Bedford Accepting applications for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Specially designed for people 62 years and older Including elders and non-elders with mobility disabilities. Rent based on 30 percent of adjusted income. Income requirements. DARTMOUTH PEDORTHICS at Harve’s Shoe Box Heat and electricity included. Michael Friedland, Certified Pedorthist Tel. (508) 997-1749 Please call for more information 98 State Road (Route 6) • North Dartmouth Come in today for a free professional shoe fitting 508-995-1844 INTER-CHURCH COUNCIL We Might be Big and Bold on the Outside But We’re ELDERLY HOUSING Warm and Cozy on the Inside George H. Young House 790 Brock Avenue • New Bedford, MA 02744 Melville Towers A Residential Community of 850 Pleasant Street, New Bedford Studio and One Bedroom Apartments Section 8 Rental Assistance 508-993-3077 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments HUD Subsidized, Affordable Housing Heat & electricity included in rent. Making your life a little easier with- Olympia Tower Resident Services, Meal Site, Laundry Facility Now Accepting Applications. Overlooking New Bedford & Community Activities Harbor and Buzzards Bay, Olympia Tower is now accepting Now accepting applications. Located a few blocks from applications for 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. Specially Hazelwood Park. A tastefully restored red brick building with a designed for people 62 years old and over and for handi- new community room with fireplace and full kitchen. Recognized as a capped or disabled persons who are 18 years old and over. New Handicapped front entrance • On-site laundry facilities Full-time Manager & Maintenance • Resident Services Coordinator “National Community of Quality” Enjoy the convenient downtown location and feel secure in the Monthly Activities and Services Programs from the National Affordable Housing friendly atmosphere. Rent based on 30% of adjusted income. Call or stop by for more information. Income requirements, please call for info. Management Association Managed by MB Management Company Managed by Peabody Properties, Inc. (508) 997-1205 (508) 999-5240 • TDD 800-545-1833, Ext. 132 TDD# 800-439-2370 For information on Senior Scope’s ad rates, please call Privately owned building in the North End of New Bedford. Taber Mill is now accepting applications for bright 1 & 2 bed- room apartments. Specially designed for people 62 years old 508-979-1510 or and over and for handicapped and disabled persons who are 18 years old and over. Rent based on 30% of adjusted income. Income requirements, please call for more info. 508-979-1544 217 Deane Street, New Bedford, MA 02746 (508) 996-3111 VOICE-TDD# 1-800-439-2370 6 Senior Scope FebRuaRy 2009 Update Charlton Retirees Meet The Retired Employees of Charl- ton Memorial Hospital, a part of until 1 p.m. at Charlton Memorial Hospital in the Mooney Assembly Line Dancers Take a break Southcoast Hospitals Group, will Room. The snow date is on Friday, have their Annual meeting on February 27. All Charlton Memo- Friday, February 20, from 10 a.m. rial Hospital retirees are welcome. “Dreamz in Kolor” exhibit New Bedford resident and Sene- The exhibit also features a trib- gal native Antoine Ferreira’s artwork utary piece for jazz legend Louie in his newly-installed “Dreamz Armstrong. It will be held at In Kolor” exhibit pays homage to Artworks!, 384 Acushnet Avenue, Africa’s influence in America and is from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays dominated by depictions of faceless through Saturdays, from January 8 performers, dancers and musician. through February 14. Admission is free. 7th annual Take This Child To Heart The New Bedford Community Teen Enrichment Fund. Connections Coalition’s Task Force Great entertainment will be for Foster Care Support invites you provided by the A-List featuring to its 7th Annual “Take This Child Jackie Santos, Armsted Christian, To Heart” fundraiser on February Gabrielle Goodman and Daniel Some of the “regulars” at the line dancing class take a break at the 7 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the “Buddy” Monteiro. The event will Hazelwood Senior Center. The group meets on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Century House, Acushnet. Proceeds also feature fabulous art, a silent with professional instructor Nancy Cabral. will benefit the Foster Children and auction and cash bar. 10th annual Frederick Douglass Mattapoisett board Seeks Members Read-a-Thon The Mattapoisett Council on Individuals should be prepared One of our nation’s greatest aboli- New Bedford’s most renowned Aging is currently accepting letters to attend board meetings the first tionist leaders, Frederick Douglass and prominent resident on Sunday, of interest from individuals wishing Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. escaped slavery and lived in New February 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at to be considered for a seat on the Please send letters to Robert Walter, Bedford from 1838 to 1846. the First Unitarian Church, corner COA Advisory Board. The current COA Board Search Committee, at Join the New Bedford Historical Union and Eighth Streets. board is seeking individuals inter- the Mattapoisett COA, P.O. Box Society in celebrating Black Histo- Community members and school ested in contributing fresh ideas for 528, Mattapoisett. ry Month with this non-stop reading aged youth highlight this annual current and new programming in of the enthralling autobiography of event with their participation. support of well-being throughout later life. aHa! New bedford Lincoln 200 Come and celebrate the 200th Thursday, February 12 from 5 p.m. birthday of this great, remarkable to 9 p.m. Events will be held Down- New Veterans’ agent in acushnet president, Abraham Lincoln on town and in the National Park. Ron Cormier is the new Veter- His hours are Monday from 8 ans’ Service Agent for the town of a.m. to noon and Thursday from 11 “Frederick Douglass – Profile In Acushnet. He is available to assist veterans and their spouses with a a.m. to 2 p.m. For more informa- tion or to make an appointment, call Courage” variety of services. 508-998-0207. A superb film on Frederick Doug- Hill, on Friday, February 13, at 7 lass and his courage in revealing p.m. Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at his status as a fugitive from slavery Sponsored by the New Bedford least one outrageous thing every week. will be shown at the New Bedford Historical Society, the event is free Maggie Kuhn Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake with the Museum fee. Shrink your Footprint Series Take part in an enlightening Park Zoo on Saturday, February 21, lecture and hands-on workshop on from 10 a.m. to noon. “buying green” at the Buttonwood brooks School Fundraiser Enjoy an entertaining evening of Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elemen- Texas Hold’em poker and help raise tary School. funds for books, supplies, new tech- The event will be held at Café nology and maintenance assistance Funchal on Church Street on Satur- for needed improvements at the day, February 28, 5:30 p.m. Greater New bedford Home Show Experience New Bedford’s most organizations, attendees will surely informative home and garden show discover solutions to their home featuring practical results and prod- and garden needs. The event will ucts for use in and around the home. be held at the New Bedford Voca- Free workshops and seminars will tional Technical High School, 1121 focus on today’s hottest home and Ashley Blvd. on Saturday, March 7, garden topics. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, With nearly 100 exhibitors from March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. over 40 different product and service Music at St. anthony’s Featuring James Jordan Experience the magnificent St. Anthony of Padua Church 1359 music of the Casavant pipe organ in Acushnet Avenue. The concert will recital on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m., feature accomplished guest organist surrounded by the inspirational James Jordan. splendor of the majestic and historic I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln FEBRUARy 2009 Senior Scope 7 The Way We Were New Bedford Vocational High School Graduates 1955 Members of the New Bedford Vocational High School Class of 1955 Thomas Delgado, unknown, Gerard J. Braithwaite, Charlotte Carroll, posed for the camera outside of the school on Hillman Street. Our Peter Silva, unknown, Walter McMullen Jr. unknown, Anthony Louis thanks to class member Gerry Braithwaite of Falmouth for submitting Gomes, Gloria Jean Fell, Robert Coleman Gray, unknown, unknown, this photo and providing the names, “in memory of Charles H. Seguer, Bette L. St. Clair. an outstanding teacher and person.” Fourth row, unknown, unknown, Edward J. Machado, William F. Front row, Margaret Bergeron, John Marques Jr., Phyllis Matyiakowski, Hierholcer, Laura Jean Andrews, Desmond White, unknown, unknown, Joseph Reedy, Cynthia Berube, John Freitas, Muriel Fitchenmeyer, Jennie Ann Gonsalves, unknown, Leonard Hudzik, unknown, unknown, Robert E. Pearson, Doris “Curly” Angers, Charles W. Posiviata, unknown, unknown. Rosalie Slowik, Norman Bourque, Gaye Lees, Jay Bruce Borges, Fifth row, unknown, unknown, James Romero, George Kenny Lawrence, Phyllis Dobija, Donald F. Rousseau, Claire Bissonnette; Walter Koroski Jr., Thomas Edward Broadland, unknown, Barry J. Second row, Ronald Sylvia, Claudette Lavoie, Richard J. Manning, Poole, unknown, Edward J. Lima, unknown, unknown, unknown, Barbara Stevens, Eonald Paul Ouelette, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Anna Christina Cabral, Janet Cathcart. Francis J. Michalski, Emilie Lorraine Grenon, unknown, Patricia Last row, unknown, Leonard Faulkner, Paul M. Kelley Jr., unknown, Tinkham, William Francis Rapoza, Betty Conquest, Joseph Botelho, Richard Martin, unknown, unknown, William Faria, Arnold Robert Barbara Crumley, Leonard Frank Godomski. Atkinson, William J. Smith, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Third row, unknown, Charles Lentz, unknown, Nancy Jane Haskell, unknown. Senior Travel Day Trips Multi-Day Tours Contact the Fairhaven Council on Aging at 508-979-4029 about the Contact the Acushnet Council on Aging at 508-998-0280 about the following trips: following trips: Mon.Feb. 23 -- Foxwoods Apr 26 – 29 – Land of Song – Hotel du Parc Orford, Quebec. Sat. Apr. 25 -- Daffodil Days on Nantucket May 15-17 – Montreal – Cirque du Soleil Premiere, stay at Fairmont _____________________________ Queen Elizabeth Hotel. _____________________________________ Contact the Mattapoisett Council on Aging at 508-758-4110 about the following trips: Contact the Dartmouth Friends of the Elderly at 408-999-4717 about Thurs. Feb. 12 – Boston Museum of Fine Arts. the following trips: Thurs. Feb. 19 – Boston Symphony open rehearsal. Shades of Ireland Fri. Feb. 20 – Rhode Island Flower Show. The French Riviera Thurs. Mar. 5 – Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. The U.S. Dakotas Thurs. May 21 – Baseball night with the Boston Pops. ________________________________________ Thurs. July 2 – Pawsox game. Thurs. July 9 – Spirit of Boston cruise and tall ships. Contact the Mattapoisett Council on Aging at 508-758-4110 about the Fri. Sept. 4 -- Pawsox game. following trip: ______________________________ Mar. 23-25 – Atlantic City – Trump Taj Mahal. _______________________________________ Contact the City of New Bedford Senior Travel program at 508-991- 6171 about the following trips open to anyone 50 or older: Contact the City of New Bedford Senior Travel program at 508-991- Mon. Feb. 9 – Foxwoods Casino. 6171 about the following trips open to anyone 50 or older: Fri. Feb. 20 – Rhode Island Flower Show and lunch at Grist Mill. Mar. 8–10 – Atlantic City Trump Plaza – includes dinner buffet. Tues. Feb. 24 – Celebrate Mardi Gras – Holiday Inn, Boxborough. May 17-23 – Smoky Mountains show tour. Thurs. Mar 12 – St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Holiday Inn, Foxbor- June 22—24 – Beacon Lobsterfest, cruise on Golden Pond, New ough. Hampshire. Mon. Mar. 23 – Foxwoods Casino. Thurs. Apr. 2 – Foothills Theatre – “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and lunch at Toolhouse Restaurant. Wed. Apr. 15 -- New Dawn Singers – lunch and show at Sheraton in Senior Trends Leominster. Movin’ in … According to U.S. Census figures, from 2000 to 2007, Mon. Apr. 20 – Foxwoods Casino. the number of parents aged 65 years and older moving in with their kids Wed. Apr. 29 – Hart House restaurant and Wolf Hollow, Ipswich. increased by 62 percent. Wed. May 6 – Capt’n Jack’s Lobsterbake and Mohegan Sun. USA Today Wed. May 13 – The Four Aces – lunch and show at Luciano’s. Mon. May 18 – Foxwoods Casino. Retirement When … An AARP survey found that a whopping 70 Wed. May 27 – Hartman’s Herb Farm Restaurant and country percent of mature workers plan to work into what they view as their retire- cheese tour. ment years. When asked to explain their main reason for working now, a Wed. June 3 – Beantown Trolley Tour and Venezia Restaurant. full 64 percent of workers stated current financial need. Another 11 percent Wed. June 10 – Lobster Roll Cruise, West Dennis. cited reasons related to future financial security such as “to save more for Mon. June 15 – Foxwoods Casino. retirement” as their main reason for working now. Wed. June 17 – Best of Times variety show, Lantana’s Restaurant. AARP “Work and Career Study” 8 Senior Scope FEBRuaRy 2009 At the Senior Centers acushnet Senior Center Downtown Senior Center For more information on the following activities, call the Acushnet For more information on the following activities, call the Downtown Council on Aging at 508-998-0280: Senior Center at 508-991-6255: Everyone is invited to try a new card game, Hand and Foot, led by A Valentine’s Day Luncheon and party is planned for Friday, February Karen Mello on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.. 13, starting at noon. Registered Nurse Pat Midurski of Community Nurse and Hospice Care The Choral Group meets for rehearsal on Mondays at noon. Anyone will present a program for family members who are caring for some- who would like to join is asked to call the Senior Center. one with alzheimer’s disease or dementia on Wednesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. Call 508-996-0368 to register for this free program. A representative of the PaCE Fuel assistance program is at the center acushnet Straight Shooters every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the center for an appointment. Brooklawn Senior Center For more information on the following activities, call the Brooklawn Senior Center at 508-961-3100: Free and private 15 minute legal consultations with Attorney Robert L. Surprenant will be available on Tuesday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Topics to be discussed can include Durable Power of Attorney, Massachusetts Health Care Proxy, Living Wills, Medicaid Planning, Trusts and Veteran Benefits. Due to the popularity of this program, appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be seen. The Strength and Conditioning Class with Personal Trainer Larry Bigos is now free through June 30. Come in and join us on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This exercise class is appropriate for all ability levels. The Veterans Informational Series will resume on Thursday, March 5, at 12 noon. The free informational meetings for honorably discharged veterans, regardless of age, and their spouses are held on the first Thurs- A pool player lines up her shot as two other players look on at the day of every month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Various guest speakers will Acushnet Senior Center. be available each month to discuss veterans’ benefits and programs and address any concerns or questions that you may have. Buttonwood Senior Center Fairhaven Senior Center For more information on the following activities, call the Fairhaven For more information on the following activities, call the Buttonwood Council on Aging at 508-979-4029: Senior Center at 508-991-6170: Square Dance and Belly Dance lessons are now starting. Call for dates Mark DeStephano of PharmaHealth will discuss Life’s Total Care on and times. Thursday, February 19, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will The Center is looking for chess players to start a new league. be provided. A live band plays every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior The Gentle yoga group meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Center for your listening and/or dancing pleasure. The group is looking for Bingo players have several options, with games scheduled on Monday, fellow musicians to join the music jam at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 and Thursday morn- Old cell phones can be donated to the COA. These used phones will be ings from 9:30 to 11:00. used to ensure that seniors have access to 911 communications during an emergency. Dartmouth Senior Center For more information on the following activities, call the Dartmouth Hazelwood Senior Center Senior Center at 508-999-4717: For more information on the following activities, call the Hazelwood The Dartmouth COA is looking for Cribbage players. We would like to Senior Center at 508-991-6208: start a winter league on Tuesday mornings. Call for more information. Line dancing lessons for beginners with professional instructor Nancy Are you or someone you know having trouble purchasing enough food? Cabral are offered on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A more advanced The Dartmouth Council on Aging has a food bank that can help. We are class meets on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00. open to all residents in need. Play Bingo every Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Spend a fun afternoon while you organize and create a special keepsake Exercise classes meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 for your family at the Scrapbooking class that meets Tuesday afternoons a.m.. from 1:00 to 2:30. Most materials are provided. The Portuguese Cultural Group meets on Monday afternoons. Call for more details. Mattapoisett Social Center For more information on the following activities, call the Mattapoisett Council on Aging at 508-758-4110: A Food Safety presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, at 1 p.m. A Scrabble group meets Mondays at 9 a.m. and the Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. Enjoy a game of Bridge on Thursday mornings at 9:30. A monthly trip to Price Rite supermarket will begin on March 4. Discounted tickets for the Zeiterion Theatre are available. Call for a list of shows and ticket prices. Rochester Senior Center For more information on the following activities, call the Rochester Senior Center at 508-763-8723: Start your morning off by joining us for Breakfast any Monday through Friday morning, at the Senior Center, from 7 to 9 with a varied selection of breakfast items, and friendship. This new Program is made possible by a joint effort of the Friends of the Senior Center and the Rochester Lions Club. Tai Chi is being offered by seasoned exercise instructor, Karen Corcor- an, who recently received certification in the 12 step “Tai Chi For Seniors” Program. The one- hour class meets every Monday at 2 p.m. All ages and fitness Levels are welcome. Sponsored by AARP, certified tax aid counselors are available to assist you in preparing your income tax returns for 2008 for free at the Senior Center. Our newest counselor, Carolyn Gray, is scheduling individual appointments on Wednesday afternoons and all day on Fridays. FebruAry 2009 Senior Scope 9 Senior Safety Fairhaven ”Sister Act” Hypothermia: A Cold Weather risk for Older People Almost everyone knows about How to prevent hypothermia winter dangers such as broken The NIA has information to help bones from falls on icy steps, side- you prevent hypothermia. Here are walks or streets. But cold weather a few tips: also can cause an important, less Wear several layers of loose obvious danger that can affect older clothing when it is cold. The layers people. will trap warm air between them. Older adults are especially Tight clothing can keep blood from vulnerable to hypothermia, which flowing freely and lead to loss of can be deadly if not treated quick- body heat. ly. The National Institute on Aging Wear a hat, scarf, gloves or (NIA), part of the National Insti- mittens, and warm clothes when tutes of Health (NIH), has some you go outside in cold weather. A advice to help older people avoid significant amount of your body hypothermia. heat can be lost through your head, The staff and volunteers of the Fairhaven Senior Social Day Program Hypothermia occurs when a and hands and feet are the first body performed an adaptation of “Sister Act” at the Fairhaven Senior person’s body temperature drops parts to get cold. below normal and stays low for a To keep warm at home, wear Center. Performers included, left to right, Sister Gerri, Sister Suzy, prolonged period of time. With long underwear under your clothes, Sister Joan, Sister Joyce, Sister Sue, Mother Theresa, Sister Karen, advancing age, the body’s ability to along with socks and slippers. Use and seated, Pope Al. endure long periods of exposure to a blanket or afghan to keep legs and cold is lowered. shoulders warm and wear a hat or Older people also are at risk for hypothermia because their body’s cap indoors. Make sure your home is warm Coastline Helps Seniors with Digital response to cold can be diminished enough. Set your thermostat to at TV Conversion by certain illnesses such as diabe- least 68 to 70 degrees. Even mildly Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. converter box from a retailer, and tes and some medicines, including cool homes with temperatures from was awarded a grant to conduct installing the converter box. over-the-counter cold remedies. In 60 to 65 degrees can trigger hypo- a community-based campaign to The grant was awarded by from addition, older adults may be less thermia in older people. educate older consumers and their the National Association of Area active and generate less body heat. Check with your doctor to see caregivers about how to success- Agencies on Aging and the Nation- As a result, they can develop hypo- if any medications (prescription or fully transition to Digital TV. al Telecommunications and Infor- thermia even after exposure to rela- over the counter) you are taking Coastline will offer one-on- mation Administration. If you tively mild cold weather or a small may increase your risk for hypo- one help to older individuals. This want help because you may need a drop in temperature. thermia. assistance can include an in-home converter box, please contact Ann The best way to identify some- Because heating costs are high, assessment to determine the need McCrillis at 508-999-6400, ext. one with hypothermia is to look for the U.S. Department of Health and for a converter box, applying for a 160. confusion or sleepiness, slowed or Human Services has funds to help converter box coupon, obtaining a slurred speech, shivering or stiffness low-income families pay their heat- in the arms and legs, weak pulse, poor control over body movements ing bills. For more information, contact the Low Income Home el litoral Ayuda a Mayores con or slow reactions. If you suspect that someone is suffering from the Energy Assistance Program (1-866- 674-6327) or the Eldercare Locator Conversión Digital de televisión cold and you have a thermometer (1-800-677-1116). Los Servicios de Personas mayor- de convertidor, obteniendo una caja available, take his or her tempera- es de litoral, fue concedido una beca de convertidor de un detallista, y de ture. If it’s 96 degrees or lower, call para realizar una campaña comu- instalar la caja de convertidor. 911 for emergency help. nidad-basado para educar consumi- La beca fue concedida por de la dores más viejos y a sus cuidadores Asociación Nacional de Agencias acerca de cómo a exitosamente de Area en el Envejecimiento y la transición a la televisión Digital. Administración Nacional de Tele- El litoral ofrecerá ayuda de uno comunicaciones e Información. a uno a individuos más viejos. Esta Si usted desea ayuda porque usted ayuda puede incluir una evaluación puede necesitar una caja de conver- de en-en casa para determinar la tidor, por favor contacto Ann necesidad para una caja de conver- McCrillis en 508-999-6400, ext. tidor, solicitando un cupón de caja 160. Coastline Ajuda os Idosos com a Convergência Digital Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. para a caixa conversor, ajuda em recebeu um subsídio para liderar conseguindo uma caixa conversor uma campanha comunitária para dum comerciante e ajuda com insta- educar consumidores de idade e os lando uma caixa conversor. que cuidam deles sobre como fazer O subsídio foi atribuído da uma transição para a televisão digi- National Association of Area Agen- tal bem-sucedida. cies on Aging e a National Tele- Coastline oferecerá ajuda para os communications and Information individuais de idade. Esta assistên- Administration. Se quiser ajuda cia pode incluir uma avaliação porque precisa duma caixa conver- em casa para determinar a neces- sor, por favor chame Ann McCrillis sidade para uma caixa conversor, através do número 508-999-6400, ajuda aplicando para um cupão extensão 160. rMV No Longer Sending License renewal Notices Don’t wait until you get a notice The RMV expects to save more from the Registry of Motor Vehi- than $600,000 by eliminating the cles to remind you that it’s time to notices. They will continue to mail renew your driver’s license. The vehicle registration reminders. RMV has eliminated the courtesy Licenses can be renewed up to notices it sent drivers in the past to one year prior to the expiration date. remind them it was time to renew For more information call 617-973- their license or Mass. ID. 8995 or go to www.mass.gov/rmv. 10 Senior Scope february 2009 Your Health Take the Pain out of Cold Weather Nutrition facts for the New year If you’re one of the estimated 27 at an indoor pool or yoga. Be sure Kimberly ferreira, MS, rD, LDN million Americans who suffer from to warm up before and cool down Registered Dietitian osteoarthritis, many cold weather after your workout to help prevent Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. sports and activities can seem over- strains, muscle soreness and other whelming. In fact, colder weath- injuries. Talk to your health care Looking to make 2009 a happy is moderate, 400 is high. er often intensifies arthritis pain, provider before beginning a new and healthy year? Take a minute Limit yourself: Limit your total reports Health News Digest. exercise routine. and learn to read food labels or if fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, By following a few simple tips, Try hot and cold therapy. Both you already know how, spend some and cholesterol intake. Too much people with arthritis can reduce the warm baths and heating pads help time refreshing your label reading of these nutrients can increase your impact that pain has on their lives: ease the pain while ice packs reduce skills. risk of heart disease, some cancers, Maintain your exercise inflammation and swelling. Try Take It from the Top: Look at and high blood pressure. program. It’s not just the cold starting with cold therapy to help the serving size and the number of Check It Out: Most labels list weather that causes joints to stiff- with inflammation and then switch servings on the box. Serving sizes the Daily Values for 2000 and 2500 en, but inactivity. People who are to heat therapy for stiffness. make it easier to compare foods. calorie diets. Your own calorie needs normally active in the summer can Layer your clothing. By wear- The size of the serving on the pack- may be more or less than the Daily become sedentary when it’s cold. ing multiple layers of clothing, you age will affect the number of calo- Values on the label. A Registered Lack of exercise raises the risk for can avoid rapid temperature transi- ries and all other nutrients listed on Dietitian (RD) can help you figure cardiovascular disorders and other tions between indoors and out. the label. How many servings of out your individual needs. chronic illnesses and can also make Take an over-the-counter pain this food are you going to eat? A bulk up: Most Americans don’t the muscles of the body less effi- reliever. Non-steroidal anti-inflam- half? Two? Five? get enough dietary fiber, vitamin cient and increase fatigue, stress matory drugs (NSAIDs) and ibupro- Concentrate on Calories: Calo- A, iron and vitamin C. These nutri- and anxiety. fen work to relieve everyday aches ries measure how much energy you ents can help protect against some If the weather outside is prohibi- and pains. Contact your doctor or get from one serving. Calories play diseases so bulk up your diet with tive, find an indoor activity such as pharmacist before taking over-the- a very important role in controlling healthy foods. Plenty of fruits and mall walking, dancing, swimming counter drugs. your weight. The number you get vegetables will give you a lot these from a food depends on how many great nutrients. Aim for 25 grams of servings you eat. A general guide to fiber per day. Peanut Products recall expanded calories per servings: 40 is low, 100 Peanut Corporation of Ameri- pain. In rare circumstances, infec- ca (PCA) is voluntarily recalling tion with Salmonella can result in Obesity in Later Life Leads To all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia the organism getting into the blood- stream and producing more severe Increased risks Of Disability facility in the last two years. PCA illnesses such as arterial infections, sells its products to institutional and endocarditis and arthritis. Obesity in later life leads to is weak. Only severely obese older industrial users for service in large Because some of PCA’s peanut increased risks of disability but not men seemed to run this increased institutions or for sale and further products are used in pet food, of dying -- and to ‘a ticking time risk. processing by other companies. Salmonella can potentially be trans- bomb’ for health and social services. Dr Iain Lang, who led the research PCA does not sell peanuts or peanut ferred to people handling pet treats Research carried out at the Penin- commented, “We have known for products directly to consumers in exposed to Salmonella, especially sula Medical School in the South some time that young and middle- stores. if they have not thoroughly washed West of England has discovered that aged adults who are overweight run The voluntary recall comes amid their hands after having contact with obesity in later life does not make a higher risk of death and it was an FDA investigation into a nation- the products or any surfaces exposed a substantial difference to risks of presumed that this held true for older wide salmonella outbreak that has to these products. Pets with Salmo- death among older people but that it people. In fact, our results show that sickened more than 500 people nella infections may be lethargic is a major contributor to increased the risk of dying is higher only for nationwide beginning in Septem- and have diarrhea or bloody diar- disability in later life – creating a the most severely obese, but that all ber. Salmonella is an organism that rhea, fever, and vomiting. Some ticking time bomb for health servic- older people who are overweight can cause serious and sometimes pets will have only decreased appe- es in developed countries. are at significantly increased risk of fatal infections in young children, tite, fever and abdominal pain. Well The research is published in the developing problems with mobility frail or elderly people, and others animals can be carriers and infect August 2008 edition of the Journal and carrying out everyday tasks.” with weakened immune systems. other animals or humans. If your of the American Geriatrics Soci- He added, “This research is Healthy persons infected with pet has consumed the recalled prod- ety. The Peninsula Medical School important because a growing Salmonella often experience fever, uct and has these symptoms, please research team worked with data proportion of the population is aged diarrhea (which may be bloody), contact your veterinarian. on just under 4,000 participants 65 or over, and more and more of nausea, vomiting and abdominal aged 65 and older and living in the these older people are overweight. community. Each participant had In fact, in most developed countries their weight and height measured middle-aged and elderly adults are and their body mass index (BMI) more likely to be obese than people calculated and they were followed in any other age group. These find- up for five years. The researchers ings have huge significance for the compared people in four catego- delivery of health care, both now and ries: those of recommended weight, in the future. Increasing numbers of overweight, obese, and severely older people and higher levels of obese. overweight and obesity will lead to The results showed that the high- a greater burden of disability and er an older person’s BMI, the more ill health and place an immense likely he or she was to develop strain on health and social services. mobility problems or to develop The issue is likely to get worse as difficulty carrying out everyday time goes on and represents a tick- tasks. The results also showed that, ing time bomb for health services in older people, the link between around the world.” higher BMI and the risk of death Prescription Advantage... continuted from page 1 with a SHINE Counselor to Bessey noted, is that many seniors review their situation. Every Coun- “think Prescription Advantage cil on Aging has a SHINE Counsel- is their Part D drug plan and it’s or to help seniors with their health not.” Medicare Part D is a federal information needs. program, while Prescription Advan- “Every fall seniors should meet tage is a state program that supple- with a SHINE Counselor to re- ments the federal program. evaluate their Medicare Part D drug Elders with questions about their plan,” she said. “Drug companies Prescription Advantage benefit change their premiums, deductibles, can call Prescription Advantage and list of covered drugs every year. Customer Service at 1-800-AGE- The plan that was best for an elder in INFO (1-800-243-4636) or TTY for 2008 may not be the best in 2009.” the deaf and hard of hearing at 1- Another area of confusion, Ms. 877-610-0241. february 2009 Senior Scope 11 Your Health Depression Can Hamper Glucose The 1-2-3 of brain Power Control in People With Diabetes Think of it as a recipe for brain boosting. Researchers are begin- late. Do word-search games and crossword puzzles. Go to lectures, Depression can cause diabetes clinicians administered a blood test patients to suffer from higher glucose that measures long-term glucose ning to believe in a three-pronged concerts and museums. LaRue said levels over time compared to those control. Experts recommend a target strategy for keeping a mental edge early observational studies have who are not depressed, finds a study level of less than 7 percent. and retaining memory as we age. indicated the benefits of mental of older veterans with the disease. They found that over the four- “We’re seeing baby boomers gymnastics and mind challenges. “Our study shows that depression is year period, the glucose control and even people in their thirties Stay Socially active. LaRue a major and important complication values in the veterans who were worrying about brain fitness,” said says it appears that people who in people with type 2 diabetes,” said depressed averaged 0.13 percent Asenath LaRue, a senior scientist are active in broad social networks study co-author Leonard Egede, higher than the veterans who were at University of Wisconsin School may hold up better cognitively than M.D., from the Center for Health not depressed. Egede said the differ- of Medicine and Public Health those who are less socially active. Disparities Research at the Medical ence is quite significant — enough (SMPH). LaRue, a neuropsycholo- “While we don’t know at what University of South Carolina. to raise people with diabetes above gist at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s point in an individual’s life the three Through a combination of diet, the desirable range for glucose Institute, specializes in research factors have maximum impact, the exercise and medication, people control, putting them at higher risk. into cognitive aging. theory is that the better developed with type 2 diabetes work to keep The difference persisted over “It’s not a stretch to think we your coping resources, the more their blood glucose levels within time and that the depressed group may begin hiring brain coaches in likely you are to withstand brain a certain range. Past research has had higher blood glucose readings addition to physical fitness train- changes affecting memory and shown that those who are also at all 36 blood tests. The research- ers,” notes LaRue. thinking,” says LaRue. depressed have a tougher time ers also found that the change in While there aren’t many doing so. About 30 percent of adults blood glucose readings among the controlled clinical trials on ways to LaRue does emphasize that with diabetes have depression and depressed participants did not differ keep your brain in shape, she says researchers don’t believe brain the combination is linked to poor based on race or age. a variety of observational stud- workouts will stop or reverse glucose control, higher complica- Evette Joy Ludman, Ph.D., senior ies point to three main preventive dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. tion rates, decreased quality of life research associate at the Group actions: But they may forestall memory loss and increased risk of death. Health Center for Health Studies in be Physically active. Regular and confusion. The current study appears in the Seattle, said that although the link activity, not necessarily planned “It’s not unlike heart disease. November/December issue of the between depression and diabetes exercise, seems to relate to brain Once you have it, you can’t reverse journal General Hospital Psychi- complications might seem daunt- fitness, according to LaRue. She it, but with a combination of life- atry. Egede and his colleagues ing, it is possible for adults to follow says activities like gardening, style adjustments and medications, analyzed data from 11,525 veterans treatment orders for their depression dancing and even cleaning, among many of the most challenging (98 percent men) with type 2 diabe- while also managing their diabetes. others, could increase your chances symptoms can be managed effec- tes who received medical care at a “I think it is a reasonable expec- of maintaining brain health. tively,” says LaRue. Veterans Administration facility in tation that health care teams can Challenge your brain. Calcu- the Southeast. help patients who have both depres- The participants’ average age was 66 years and 48 percent were white, sion and diabetes manage both conditions,” she said. “I don’t think blacks at risk of Heart failure 27 percent were African-American patients see themselves as a collec- While African-Americans are health study that recruited 6,814 and 25 percent were of other races. tion of different illnesses and if we not any more likely to suffer heart people ages 45 to 84, from 2000 to Six percent of the participants had take a more proactive, integrated attacks than whites are, they’re near- 2002. During a four-year period, 79 depression, researchers determined. approach to caring for them, it is ly twice as likely to develop heart of the participants developed heart Researchers evaluated each likely they can benefit. Research failure, apparently because of their failure. African-Americans were participant at three-month inter- currently in the field is addressing propensity to develop high blood 1.8 times more likely to develop the vals from 1997 to 2006, with 36 that exact question.” pressure and diabetes, according condition. intervals. At each 3-month interval, to a study in the October 27 issue High blood pressure and diabetes Parkinson’s Support Group of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. in African-Americans seemed to be the main reason for the difference, The February meeting of the Dick Johnson, shoe expert from The findings “show the impor- although income and education Parkinson’s Support Group will A Proper Fit, will be the speaker. tance of more aggressive control of levels appeared to play a role too, be held on Thursday, February 12, Please call 508-997-0907 for infor- high blood pressure and diabetes in the study said. at 1 p.m., at the Dartmouth Senior mation. African-Americans,” said lead study Overall, the difference between Center on Dartmouth Street. author Hossein Bahrami, M.D., two ethnic groups was large: 4.6 a cardiology research fellow at in every 1,000 African-Americans Johns Hopkins University. Chinese- suffered from heart failure in a year- Americans, by contrast, only had a long period, compared with just one third of the risk of heart failure as in 1,000 Chinese-Americans. whites. In another study finding, heart According to the National Heart, attacks boosted the risk of heart fail- Lung and Blood Institute, about 5 ure among both Chinese-Americans million Americans suffer from heart and African-Americans more than it failure and the condition contrib- did among whites and Hispanics. utes to 300,000 deaths a year. Heart Diane Brown, director of the failure occurs when the heart fails Institute for the Elimination of to pump blood adequately. Health Disparities at the University “It doesn’t mean your heart has of Medicine and Dentistry of New stopped,” Bahrami said. “It’s basi- Jersey, said future research should cally that the heart doesn’t function explore a possible gap in quality properly.” He said causes of the of health care encountered by the condition include high blood pres- different groups. It is especially sure, which makes the heart strain to important for researchers to exam- pump blood, and damage sustained ine the follow-up care that patients during a heart attack. receive, Brown said. “We need to In the new study, Bahrami and look at access to quality care on an colleagues examined the findings ongoing basis.” from an ongoing cardiovascular Stroke Support Group Meets A Stroke Support Group spon- opportunity for stroke survivors sored by Southcoast Hospitals and their families, caregivers and meets the third Wednesday of the friends to gather and meet others in month, from 4:oo p.m. to 5:30 similar circumstances. The group is p.m. at Autumn Glen of Dartmouth informational and allows for shar- (formerly Heritage of Dartmouth), ing and social interaction. 239 Cross Road, Dartmouth. For more information call Veron- The monthly forum provides an ica Robdau at 508-961-5769. 12 Senior Scope February 2009 Reader Exchange The Whaler, the Stitcher and the New bedford and Catch New bedford, Massachusetts The underground railroad by Joan beaubian by Peter Francis raffa Former President/ Exec Director The Whaler’s Day of the 1800s was New Bedford. New Bedford Historical Society, INC Whale oil was for lamps by night for man’s toil lesser by sight. As it were, 500 ships of New Bedford when the market peaked. The Underground Railroad was there was no need for hiding places. neither underground nor a railroad. Blacks were free to openly walk the Captains’ mansion with rooftops for widows to peek The term was used for a loose network streets of New Bedford. in wait of their loved one’s return. devised by abolitionists and others In September of 1838, the now The mansions still occupied today adorned in array of color. with anti slavery sentiments to assist famous Frederick Douglass and his runaway slaves as they sought free- Two or three years at sea before ships return dom. The activities were, by nature, after depleting the Atlantic of the prized Sperm whale. secret and “underground”. Many It was the Pacific and beyond in journey to complete. attribute the name to a Kentucky slaveholder who after searching for In the crow’s nest a whaler could see down on the great whale his runaway slave, Tice Davis in 1831 and shout knowing the earning just ahead. said” It is though he disappeared on Frederick an underground road. Augustus In a full gale, survival was by prayer. New Bedford played a major role Upon the ship’s return, many thanks given at Seamen’s Bethel on in this humanitarian movement. The Washington Johnny Cake Hill. sentiment was due to the Quaker Bailey community that largely ran the city Douglass The turn of the century, a new era in New Bedford and whose religion forbade slavery. and the demise of whaling. Before the Civil War, the city had the new bride arrived in our city and Like spring in the air was time changing like the moment of a largest black population, per capita, of walked to 21 Seventh Street and the bright flare. any northern city including Philadel- welcoming Nathan and Polly Johnson. Whale oil no longer needed to burn and Henry T’s took their turn. phia and Boston. Once runaways made The Nathan and Polly Johnson House It was the leap into industrialism. it to New Bedford, they were assured is now a National Historic Landmark In with the hideous 1920s came scores of textile mills erected of lasting freedom. Many stories are and an official documented site on the around the city. told of slave catchers coming to New National Network to Freedom as the For six decades thousands of stitchers found tenement housing Bedford and meeting a force prevent- first free home of Frederick Doug- While subjected to steady but tedious employment. ing the capture of former slaves. lass. One such story involves Rodney Frederick Douglass said, “My first All the while, fishing still strong today in New Bedford’s catch. French, a whaling captain, who with afternoon on reaching New Bedford The top fish port in the country. the help of an African American citi- was spent in visiting the wharves and Year round nonstop are boats out for bounty zen of New Bedford funded the place- viewing the shipping. The sight of the past the dike’s safe embrace to the quench of the Atlantic. ment of a bell in the tower of Liberty broad brim and the plain Quaker dress, Hall, on the corner of Purchase and which met me at every turn greatly, The crew wishing and the nets mended, William Street, to sound the alarm increased my sense of freedom and they work and work some more and still more. warning of slave catchers as the boats security. I am among the Quakers and arrived in the harbor. One particu- I am safe.” Fish vessels heavy in the sea with their catch packed tight with ice lar event took place, soon after the There are many more stories about make for port where money by current market price will be sort. passing of the Fugitive Slave Law in the Underground Railroad and New 1850, when many ships carrying slave Bedford. Visit the New Bedford Whal- Old New Bedford, the Whaler, the Stitcher, the Fisher, catchers tied up and not one fugitive ing National Historic Park in person the Endeavor. was re-captured. or online at www.nps.gov/nebe. New Many questions have been asked Bedford Historical Society will be about local tunnels so the New Bedford offering tours this spring and summer. My Journey Through Historical Society and WHALE Contact them at 508-979-9828. commissioned an archaeologist to Surviving Cancer physically examine one such reputed tunnel on Spring Street. His conclusion Nathan and by Truman C. L. Nunes, New bedford was that it had never been constructed Polly John- to serve as a hiding place for people. son House On January 17, 2007, I was diag- servicemen also were receiving National Park Service archaeologists nosed with lung cancer at the VA the same care as I was. Not that came to the same conclusion .Many New Bedford Medical Center in Providence by I have a big mouth, but I seem local historians have determined that Historical Dr. Nancy Freeman, chief oncol- to be able to communicate with most of the tunnels had other uses and Society The ogy doctor on Floor 4. On that people from being a salesman for may never have been part of the New day, or I should say, after I went a while. I began to talk to these first free home Bedford Underground railroad. New of Frederick through all the tests, Dr. Freeman service people with me. I asked Bedford was so liberal at the time that and an aide went to a room so she them questions and it seemed as if Douglass could talk with me. She told me I I was helping others. It gave me had six months to live. At that moment I said, “I will a feeling as if I was really help- ing others. As the months wore on Mail Subscription available be around for quite a while.” I just I went to the VA Clinic four times SeniorScope is available free of charge at more than 200 locations in New knew by looking at the doctor. a month every Tuesday for quite Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett She gave me a feeling I never had a long time. I rode on the van for and Rochester. These locations include senior centers and clubs, banks, super- before, and I told her I had faith veterans that leaves from the old markets, pharmacies, and other retail outlets. SeniorScope is also delivered in her. Vocational School on Hillman with Meals on Wheels. I went on to say, let’s start now Street at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday. Following many requests, we now offer mail delivery subscriptions. The because I feel as though I can Maybe it was the confi- cost is $10 per year to cover postage and handling. stop it now. So a year went by. dence I had in my doctor Nancy SeniorScope is still available free of charge at all the regular locations. But On January 17, 2008, I bought a Freeman As the months went on, if you want to be receive the paper through the mail, please fill out the coupon box of Whitman chocolates and I just knew it would be all right. below and send it with your check or money order made payable to Senior- an anniversary card. On the card As the months went on, things got Scope. Please see coupon for mailing instructions. I wrote, “This is our first anniver- easier and easier. I just felt better sary. I will see you again on our and better. I had no pain or cold Mail Subscription second anniversary.” hands or feet. Yes, I want to receive SeniorScope by mail. Enclosed is a check or money All the RNs at those stations At times if I felt depressed, I order in the amount of $10 to cover postage and handling for one year (10 got a big kick out of it. But deep would turn to my prayers and atti- down in my heart, I knew it was tude of being a positive thinker. I issues). a great beginning. I told all those have never felt sorry for myself, Name__________________________________________ around that I had ESP. Jokingly, it as I have led a fairly good life. I Street__________________________________________ means “Extra Short Portuguese.” belong to quite a few organizations But I knew I had something going that have really kept me busy. So City or town ________________________Zip_________ that I could not explain. As I with that in mind, I kept my faith Telephone ______________________________________ began the therapy, other brave and positive attitude. Mail to: SeniorScope, 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford MA 02740.
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