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Council on Aging
JANUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER
Now that winter is here, I want to remind everyone that when the Senior Center is closed,
there will be notification on radio station 104.9 FM. We will also put a message on our answering
service at 781 631-6737 and 781-631-6225. We will also send the information to our local cable
TV station. We do not always follow the same closings as the schools because our programs
and classes begin at different times. If you are not sure, please feel free to call us.
Everyone should be prepared for bad weather—you should have a supply of shelf-stable food
on hand in case you cannot get to the grocery store. Be sure to have a couple of days supply of
your medications in case you cannot get out. Have batteries for your flashlight and a transistor
radio is always handy. Check your “Grab & Go” bag to make sure none of the supplies are out-
dated. Have bottled water and hand sanitizer available also. Let’s hope we won’t need to use any
of these supplies but we can all be prepared.
Have a safe, healthy winter season!
JANUARY SPECIAL EVENTS
January 9—TAI CHI: New Time—10:30—11:30 am
January 11—North Shore Vocational School lunch trip
January 19—Winter Special Luncheon
Performance by Mel Simon
January 26—Crazy Whist
January 27—Traveling Chef Luncheon
Victoria Roberts, RD, LDN -”Menu Guidelines Simplified”
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead MA 01945
(781) 631-6737, (781) 631 – 6225, Fax (781) 639-3431
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Lunch is provided every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as the first and
third Thursday of each month. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in ad-
vance. The suggested donation is $2.25 for those 60 years of age and older and
their spouse of any age and $2.50 for those under age 60 unless otherwise indi-
cated for a special luncheon. No individual, age 60 or more, shall be denied a meal
due to an inability to make a donation. Lunch is served at 12 noon unless otherwise
Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Menus*:
Tues, Jan. 3: Molasses rubbed pork loin, gravy, Lyonnaise potatoes,
Navy bean soup, bread, applesauce
Wed, Jan. 4: Potato crunch fish, confetti couscous, sweet peas, bread,
Fri, Jan. 6: Roasted rosemary chicken w/supreme sauce, whipped
Potatoes, mushroom barley soup, bread, carrot cake
Tues, Jan. 10: Roast turkey w/gravy, whipped potatoes w/chives,
Roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, roll, brownie
Wed, Jan. 11: Beef macaroni & cheese, tomato basil soup, green beans,
Thurs, Jan. 12: BBQ chicken w/BBQ sauce, whipped sweet potato,
Chuck wagon baked beans, corn muffin, fruit
Fri, Jan. 13: Beef stew w/carrots & potatoes, whipped potatoes, garden
Salad, Italian style zucchini & onions, bread, pudding
Tues, Jan. 17: Baked New England haddock w/lemon sauce, roasted
Yukon gold potatoes, green salad, bread, fruit
Wed, Jan. 18: Italian style meatballs and whole wheat spaghetti w/
Marinara sauce, green beans, pasta fagioli soup, bread, peaches
All the seniors in town are reading Thurs, Jan. 19: See Winter Luncheon under Activity Notes
this newsletter. Do they know Fri, Jan. 20: Shepard’s pie w/gravy, roasted vegetable soup, roll, cake
Tues, Jan. 24: Baked boneless chicken w/ Balsamic sauce, rice pilaf,
who YOU are? Steamed broccoli, roll, gingerbread cake
To place an ad today 800-732-8070 Wed, Jan. 25: Cheese lasagna w/ meat sauce, Capri blend vegetables,
Caesar salad, melon
Fri, Jan. 27: See Traveling Chef under Activity Notes
Tues, Jan. 31: Chicken Fricasee w/sauce, seasoned rice, peas & pearl
Onions, bread, chilled pineapple
*Menus are subject to change by the Elder Nutrition Program
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WINTER SPECIAL LUNCHEON— On Thursday, January 19th, Join us
for a special luncheon of stuffed chicken with supreme sauce, potatoes,
peas & pearl onions, cranberry sauce, roll and pudding. Reservations are
required and the suggested donation for lunch is $2.25.
After lunch, stay for a performance by Mel Simon presenting the life and
songs of Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Canter and George M.
Cohan. Performance is $3.00.
Call 781-631- 6225 for reservations for both!
TRAVELING CHEF— Friday, January 27th noon – Our January Travelling Chef is of-
fering the “Baked Potato Bar” with assorted toppings that include Broccoli, Sauteed On-
ions, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream and Bacon Bits; 7 Bean Soup, Parker House Rolls
and Minted Fruit Cup. We will have a special guest at lunch, Victoria Roberts, RD, LDN,
who will be discussing “Menu Guidelines Simplified” looking at the health benefits of the
menu requirements set by the EOEA. She will also show examples of frozen and shelf
foods that meet this requirement. Suggested Donation $2.25. Reserve your seat by
THURSDAY BINGO- .This month Thursday bingo will be held on January 12th after
WATERCOLOR with PAULA- New Classes begin on Wednesday, January 11th. This
6 week program will he held on Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30. Cost: $60.00
NORTH SHORE VOCATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCHEON- Wednesday, January 11th .
There is room for 20 people, so be sure you make your reservation early. The bus will
pick up passengers here at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is $7.50 per person.
DANCE for PEOPLE with PARKINSON’S and Caregivers- Wednesdays from 2P.M. -
3P.M. We are pleased to be offering this program with Instructors Gabi Beiser and Nancy
DeMuth, PT. During this stress free class, you will move to music, sing, have an enjoy-
able time and leave feeling more energized and flexible. No Dance experience is neces-
sary! Caregivers, Friends and Family members are welcome and encouraged to partici-
pate. Cost $5.00.
LUNCHEON OUTING- Friday, January 13th - Tigers Den – at the Lynne Technical
School. This is a Marblehead COA favorite so be sure to sign up and see what makes
this such a great luncheon spot! On Friday, January 27th ,we will have an excursion to
The Wenham Tea House and Wenham Museum. Pick-ups begin at 11 a.m. and return
time is 2 p.m. We request a donation of $3.00 each way for the van and lunch is on your
own. Reservations are accepted beginning the Monday before each outing. Call 781-631
-6225. Is there a restaurant you would like to visit? Let us know. We welcome your
LIKE TO WALK? Don’t forget the gym at the center is available for walking Monday
through Friday from 1 pm—2 pm. No ice, snow or cold! No cost but we ask that you do
sign in each day you walk.
CHANGES IN REGULAR SCHEDULE
Center is closed January 2 and January 16th.
New time for Tai Chi classes: Now at 10:30 am on Mondays.
Tap dance now Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am—12:45 pm
NO instructional bridge on Thursdays
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 6
7:00 Fitness Room 8:45 Weight Training 7:00 Fitness Room 8:45 Weight Training
CENTER CLOSED 8:45 Weight Training 9:30 Wool & Bull 8:45 Weight Training 9:00 Yoga
9:30 Crafts 10:00 Line Dance 9:30 Rughooking 9:30 Oil Painting
HAPPY 9:30 Yoga 10:00 Shredding 10:00 Osteo Prevention 9:30 NO Quilting
NEW YEAR! 10:00 Cribbage 10:00 Physical Therapy 10:00 Quilt with Janet 10:00 Country Line Dance
10:30 SHINE Noon LUNCH 11:00 Wellness Clinic 11:00 Mall Ride
11:00 Tap Dance 1:00 Mah Jongg 11:00 Tap Dance Noon LUNCH
Noon– LUNCH 2:00 Dance– Parkinson’s 1:00 Strength & Stretch 12:30 Bridge
1:00 Bingo 1:00 Watercolor with Marty
7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 12 7:00 Fitness Room
9 10 11 13
7:00 Fitness Room 8:45 Weight Training 8:45 Weight Training 8:45 Weight Training 8:45 Weight Training
8:45 Weight Training 9:30 Crafts 9:30 Wool & Bull 9:30 Rughooking 9:00 Yoga
9:30 Oil Painting 9:30 Yoga 10:00 Line Dance / Shredding 10:00 Osteo Prevention 9:30 Oil Painting
10:00 Osteo Prevention 10:00 Cribbage 10:00 Physical Therapy 10:00 Quilt with Janet 9:30 Quilting
10:30 Tai Chi 10:30 SHINE 10:30 NS Vocational School 11:00 Wellness Clinic 10:00 Country Line Dance
11:15 Zumba! 11:00 Tap Dance Lunch trip 11:00 Tap Dance 11:00 Outing—Tiger’s
1:00 Mah Jongg Noon– LUNCH 12:00 lunch Noon—lunch Den
1:00 MOVIE 1:00 Bingo 1:00 Mah Jongg 1:00 Bingo Noon LUNCH
1:30 Watercolor w/Paula 1:00 Strength & Stretch 12:30 Bridge
2:00 Dance– Parkinson’s 1:00 Watercolor with Marty
3:15 COA Board Meeting
7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room
CENTER CLOSED 16 7 :00 Fitness Room 17 8:45 Weight Training 18 8:45 Weight Training 19 8:45 Weight Training 20
8:45 Weight Training 9:30 Wool & Bull 9:30 Rughooking 9:00 Yoga
9:30 Crafts 10:00 Line Dance 10:00 Quilt with Janet 9:30 Oil Painting
9:30 Yoga 10:00 Shredding 10:00 Osteo Prevention 9:30 Quilting
10:00 Cribbage 10:00 Physical Therapy 11:00 Wellness Clinic 10:00 Country Line Dance
10:30 SHINE Noon LUNCH 11:00 Tap Dance 11:00 Mall Ride
11:00 Tap Dance 1:00 Mah Jongg Noon—Winter Special Lunch Noon LUNCH
Noon– LUNCH 1:30 Watercolor w/Paula 1:00 Mel Simon 12:30 Bridge
1:00 Bingo 2:00 Dance– Parkinson’s 1:00 Strength & Stretch 1:00 Watercolor with Marty
7:00 QUILT GUILD
7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room 7:00 Fitness Room
700 Fitness Room 23 8:45 Weight Training 8:45 Weight Training 25 8:45 Weight Training 26 8:45 Weight Training 27
8:45 Weight Training 9:30 Crafts 24 9:30 Wool & Bull 9:30 Rughooking 9:00 Yoga
9:30 Oil Painting 9:30 Yoga 10:00 Wool & Bull 10:00 Osteo Prevention 9:30 Oil Painting
10:00 Osteo Prevention 10:00 Cribbage 10:00 Line Dance 10:00 Quilt with Janet 9:30 Quilting
10:30 Tai Chi 10:30 SHINE 10:00 Shredding 11:00 Wellness Clinic 10:00 Country Line Dance
11:15 Zumba! 11:00 Tap Dance 10:00 Physical Therapy 11:00 Tap Dance 11:00 Outing– Wenham
1:00 Mah Jongg Noon– LUNCH Noon LUNCH Noon—Crazy Whist Tea House
1:00 MOVIE 1:00 Bingo 1:00 Mah Jongg 12- Traveling Chef Lunch
1:30 Watercolor w/Paula 1:00 Strength & Stretch 12:30 Bridge
2:00 Dance– Parkinson’s 1:00 Watercolor with Marty
30 7:00 Fitness Room
7:00 Fitness Room 8:45 Weight Training 31 W
8:45 Weight Training 9:30 Crafts
9:30 Oil Painting 9:30 Yoga
10:00 Osteo Prevention 10:00 Cribbage
10:30 Tai Chi 10:30 SHINE
11:15 Zumba! 11:00 Tap Dance
1:00 Mah Jongg Noon– LUNCH
1:30 Book Discussion 1:00 Bingo
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CRAZY WHIST– This month’s whist will be held on January
26th at 12 noon and features cranberry chicken salad, chips, TRIP NEWS
pickle, coffee/tea and dessert. Lunch and game is $5. Reser-
vations required. Sign up by jan 24th.
All day trips must be paid in full at time of registration. Deposits are
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – This group will meet on required on all overnight trips at time of registration. All trips leave
January 30th at 1:30 pm to discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. from the VFW parking lot, 321 West Shore Drive. Because most of our
trips require a great deal of walking and staffing is limited, all travelers
Newcomers are welcome!
must be able to attend to their own needs independently or bring their
own escort for assistance. If you have questions, inquire with Janice .
Norm Powers Cribbage Winners -
1st Place- Barbara Staples February 27th – 29th – Turning Stone Resort and
2nd Place- John Williams Casino- Trip includes 2 Dinner Buffets, 2 Breakfast
3rd Place- Hooper Cutler Buffets, 4 star accommodations, $80.00 Gaming Bo-
Last Place: TIE: Barbara Dana
nus. Cost: $292.00 pp dbl occ
AFTERNOON MOVIES– -. Monday, March 6 –8th Atlantic City—Resorts, casino $45
January 9th –Larry Crowne- starring Tom Hanks and Julia slot, 2 buffet dinners,$10 food voucher, revue. $179
Roberts. Before his company downsized, Larry was the su- pp dbl
perstar team leader. With nowhere else to go, Larry decides April 17—The Duttons and Mohegan Sun—the #1
to return to college and start over. Once there, he is intro-
show from Branson Missouri. $30 gaming pkg, 1 food
duces to a much more colorful community. Monday, Janu-
ary 23rd, Water for Elephants- starring Robert Pattinson and voucher. Then off to New London Ct for the show.
Reese Witherspoon. Based on the best-seller, this story Cost: $75 pp.
weaves its magic around life long love found under the Big April 29-May 7– California Coast– highlights include
Top. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Sign up is required in ad-
San Francisco, Yosemite Nat’l Park, Monterey, Big
vance 781-631– 6225.
Sur, 17 Mile dr, LA, San Diego.Cost: $2734 pp dbl occ
WELLNESS CLINICS – Sponsored by the Marblehead Fe-
male Humane Society, these clinics are provided by the VNA May 11-18—Boston to Bermuda cruise– Stops in
Care Network and will provide blood pressure screening and Hamilton, King’s Wharf and St. George’s Bermuda.
an opportunity to ask the nurses questions about medications Freestyle dining. Cost: begins at $729 pp dbl occ.
or any health related issue.
May 14-24– Netherlands, Belgium, Paris– Visit Am-
Thursday, January 11th 11 am—noon
Marblehead’s Public Health Nurse will be at the Center on sterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Paris. Enjoy an Eiffel
the other Thursdays in January from 11 am – 12 noon. Tower dinner and Seine River cruise. Cost: $4352 pp
HELP WANTED ! We need volunteers to call bingo on Tuesday afternoons each week. Hours are 1 pm to 3 pm.
Please contact Janice at 781 631-6225 if you are interested in helping out. Thank you!
Can I still change my Medicare Plan?
The 2011 Medicare Open Enrollment period ended on December 7, but there are still a few changes you can make, if you
For those with a Medicare Advantage Plan: Between January 1 and February 14, you can leave your plan and
switch to Original Medicare, but you cannot switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan. Your Original Medicare coverage
will begin the first day of the following month. If you drop your Medicare Advantage plan during this period, you will be able
to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of
the month after your enrollment. You may also add a supplement at this time.
For those with a Tufts Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (drug coverage only) in 2011: If you did not select a dif-
ferent Medicare drug plan for 2012, then you are currently without drug coverage. You have until the end of February to en-
roll in a new Part D drug plan for 2012, which will begin the first of the month after your enrollment.
For those with Prescription Advantage or getting “Extra Help” paying for prescription drugs: You can change
your plan anytime during the year. Those with Prescription Advantage can do this only once each year. Those with “Extra
Help” can change every month.
Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers can help you! They offer free, confidential counsel-
ing on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment.
You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine,
leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible
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Question and Answer Column offered by North Shore
OUTREACH NEWS Physical Therapy:
Please feel free to submit questions about musculoskeletal prob-
lems to us in writing, either at the Council on Aging front desk or
Teri Allen McDonough send them to NSPT, 1Widger Road, Marblehead, MA, 01945, c/o
The Marblehead Council on Aging’s “Standards of Inde- Susan Finigan.
pendence for Senior Center Participation” provides a Q. . Last winter I slipped on black ice, falling and fracturing
guideline for seniors to enjoy quality experiences in a safe my wrist. Do you have any suggestions to make it safer for me
atmosphere. It clarifies any questions you or your family to go out this winter?
might have about staff oversight of our clientele, as well A. Falling on the ice happens to people of all ages. There are sev-
as our expectations of appropriate behavior. eral steps you can take to protect yourself from falling. Don’t go
Sometimes families may have concerns about a outside, even if it is only for a minute, wearing your slippers. As
physical therapists, we often hear stories from people who hurt
loved one’s decline in independent functioning. Our Out- themselves going outside "just to get the newspaper", not taking
reach Worker is available to address any concerns you the time to put on appropriate shoe wear. It is easy to miss a very
may have and can provide resources that support the con- thin coating of ice, especially in the early morning. When walk-
tinued independence of older adults. ing down an outside staircase make sure to use the railing. It
For those with mild to moderate dementia, a per- sometimes is especially slippery near your car. If you are going
outside to start the car to let it warm-up and defrost the windows
sonal companion or an adult day program can provide res- be especially careful. If the weather calls for black ice formation
pite services to caregivers, offering the peace of mind that take precautions the night before by using a product like sand or
ice melt over the areas near your steps and driveway. Be sure to
comes with a structured environment and dedicated super- spread the sand liberally. You may want to keep some of it in the
vision. The Marblehead Council on Aging will work with car as well as by your door.
you to engage services that provide a safe, supportive con- Choosing a shoe or boot with good traction is one of the best
ways to protect yourself. Some shoes with large treads appear to
tinuum of care. offer good traction but are actually fairly slippery. A light hiking
boot may be better. There are several types of ice grippers or
Copies of the Standards are available at the Center. traction devices that can be purchased at sporting goods stores
and catalogues and even discount stores. They fit easily over any
shoe and decrease the risk of falling. If you use a cane or
crutches, purchase a device with metal teeth that fits easily on the
end of the cane or crutch to provide more traction on ice.
Good lighting is also helpful to outdoor safety after dark. Be sure
you have adequate outdoor lighting and carry a flashlight when
walking outside in the dark. There are many options for dawn to
dusk lighting or motion sensor lighting to increase your ability to
view your driveway and walkway.
Finally, when walking where it may be slippery, be sure to focus
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SWIPE YOUR ONLY on walking. Do not talk and walk at the same time or
SENIOR CENTER ID TAG WHEN YOU ARE AT search for keys in a purse or pocket. Attend only to walking.
THE SENIOR CENTER! (AND TOUCH THE Walk with your feet slightly apart and keep the length of each
step shorter than normal.
EVENT YOU ARE ATTENDING.) IT IS IMPOR- Taking these precautions will increase your safety in slippery
TANT FOR THE COA TO TRACK THE NUMBERS winter conditions. If you determine that the weather conditions
OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE ACTIVITIES THEY are too dangerous for you to venture outside, then it is best to
ATTEND. TOUCH “DROP IN” IF YOU ARE JUST remain in the house until your walkway and driveway have been
STOPPING IN. cleared and deiced and the sun has melted any black ice.
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The mission of the Marblehead Council on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for seniors and to promote respect and good
will in the community by informing, educating and advocating for seniors and those who care for them and to provide services
and activities which promote healthy, successful and enjoyable aging.
Executive Director Pat Roberts *
Sr. Day Ctr. Coordinator Jan DePaolo
Activities Coordinator Janice Salisbury Beal
Outreach Worker Teri Allen McDonough *
COA BOARD MEMBERS Chauffeur Patricia Medeiros
Chairperson Jeanne Louizos Site Manager Randi Warren
Vice Chairperson Cathy Brown MOW Drivers Diane LeBoeuf
Secretary Freda McGuire Virginia Power
Treasurer Liz Michaud Jeanne Ventura
Clerk Caryle Wildfiield
Ed Bell Maintenance John Belanger
Joe Dever * Certified by Massachusetts Association of
Lisa Hooper Councils on Aging
CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB: www.marblehead.org/coa
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10 Humphrey Street STANDARD
Marblehead MA 01945 US POSTAGE
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