Heritage NOVEMBER 2006

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November 2006
Lowell City Councilors Mayor William F. Martin, Jr. Vice Mayor James L. Milinazzo Kevin P. Broderick Edward “Bud” Caulfield Eileen M. Donoghue Rodney M. Elliott Armand P. Mercier Rita M. Mercier George A. Ramirez

Message from the Director...

Come meet the Register of Probate, John Buonomo, on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:30 am. He will present an informative over view and update of the many recent changes in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, all of which have an impact on our lives. The court handles a wide variety of matters, from the probate of a will and administration of estates, to guardianships for the aged, infirm, and children. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Mr. Buonomo holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University, and a B. A. in Psychology and Education from the University of Massachusetts. He has held many posts in public service, including many years as a County Administrator. This is the Registrar’s second visit at the Senior Center. Don’t miss it! It was very informative, bring your questions. On another note! When you see a Veteran, thank them for their service. Our Veterans Breakfast will be Friday, November 3, this month due to the holiday. This event is for Veterans and spouses of Veterans. How about coffee and conversation with me? Let’s talk Wednesday, November 8th at 9:30 AM. Let’s get acquainted. Lynne Brown-Zounes, Executive Director

Inside this Issue...
Five Wishes Flu Shot Information Monthly Calendar/Menu Prescription Advantage Recipe of the Month What is Ham Radio? Low Vision Article Balance Screening

Note Of Thanks… Thank you to the Lions Club of Lowell for sponsoring a free Spaghetti Luncheon on Saturday, October 14th. They feed 200 people and everyone was very pleased. This has become a yearly event and we appreciate it. What’s New… Strength Training On Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM with Certified Fitness Trainer, Henry Landry, Jr. First introductory class November 3rd FREE . Wear appropriate clothes and sneakers. After this session each class will be $2.50.
The Mission of the Lowell Council on Aging is to promote and support the health and well-being of seniors in the community by providing services of nutrition, health, recreation, transportation, information and referral programs.


Meet the Staff of the Lowell Senior Center
Executive Director Lynne Brown-Zounes 978-446-7185 Administrative Assistant Michelle Ramalho 978-970-4133 Receptionist Tara Donnelly 978-970-4131 (Main Number) Events/ Trips Coordinator Kathy Carroll 978-970-4135 Outreach Coordinator Amy Medina 978-446-7187 Outreach Coordinator Maria Reis 978-970-4136 Outreach Volunteers John Lawlor Phana Sin SHINE Joanne Snook 978-970-4136 1-4 on Thursdays, and by appointment.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising . I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

New hours at the Lowell Senior Center. We will be open until 8:00 PM every Thursday. ~ We will have outreach staff available and all rooms will be open for your enjoyment, as well as a new Country Line Dancing Class from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. The cost is $4.00 and the public is welcome!! ~ New computer class for the 60+ Crowd. (Beginner Basics) 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM WALK INS WELCOME

Note Of Thanks… Thank you to the members of the Friends of the Lowell Council on Aging for working so hard on our annual yard sale. Thank you to everyone who donated an item or bought one.
Meet the Board Members of the Friends of the Lowell Council on Aging Friends of the Lowell Council on Aging Board of Directors President, Pat Smith Vice President, Rita Mercier Secretary, Charles Stokinger Treasurer, John Lawler Director, Bill Allen Director, Joe Downes Director, Shirley Kiernan Director, Lorraine Mellon Director, Roger Soucy Liaison for Senior CenterLynne Brown-Zounes, Executive Director The next board meeting will be on Friday November 17, 2006 at 9:30 am. The Public is welcome.

The LCOA Board of Directors
James Boenis, Chair Leo Cloutier, Vice-Chair James Cormier Ann Cunha, Treasurer Joyce Dastou Eileen Golden Thomas Machado Jan Mahoney William Sheehan Joan Bedford-Liaison for Elder Services The next board meeting will be on Monday November 13, 2006. The Public is welcome. It is at 8:30 am.

Protect Yourself From The Flu...
What does the fall season mean to you? Back to school, cool temps, changing leaves, the flu? If you protect yourself with a flu shot, you may be able to avoid getting sick with the flu and enjoy all that the fall season offers. In the U.S., flu season usually runs from October through May. If you are 50 or older, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you get a shot every year. Are You At Increased Risk? Even though the flu is a common illness, it can be dangerous. According to the CDC, 200,000 people end up in the hospital every year because of the flu. And about 36,000 of them die. That is why getting a flu shot is so important. This is especially true for people who have a higher risk of getting it. You're at increased risk if you: • are age 65 or older • live or work in a nursing home or other facility where people are chronically ill • have a chronic health problem like diabetes, kidney, lung, heart disease or asthma • have an illness like HIV/AIDS or get medical treatment, like chemotherapy, which weakens your immunity and keeps you from fighting infections • take care of or live with someone in a high-risk group The flu can be a serious illness. But you can take action to protect yourself. Get a flu shot. Prevention is the best medicine! FLU CLINIC WILL BE HELD AT THE SENIOR CENTER ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST. PROVIDING THERE IS VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE. CALL FIRST 978-9704131. WEAR SHORT SLEEVES AND BRING YOU MEDICARE CARD (HMO Cards).

How To Avoid Headaches
By: Dr. Joseph M. Downes, Jr., BS, MS, DC Chiropractic Orthopedist Today 90% of adults suffer from headaches. Causes can include diet, muscular tension, allergies, poor posture, or stress. Headaches can also be symptoms of an underlying disease. HEADACHE PREVENTION TIPS Avoid caffeine (chocolate, coffee, sodas) Avoid food with high salt and sugar content (most fast foods) Seek to identify and eliminate any food allergies (a common cause) Get regular exercise – most important if you have a sedentary job. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of purified water daily Reduce or eliminate alcoholic beverages For migraines- feverfew, ginkgo biloba, cayenne or ginger may help Supplementation with B complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, EFA’s Chiropractic care and advice can help. Relieving muscular tension and alleviating stress can be achieved by spinal manipulation. Chiropractic advice on posture, exercise, supplements and relaxation techniques can put on the road to overall wellness.

Pro Rehab Thursday, November 16th –1-3 ~ FREE~ BALANCE AND FALLS AWARENESS SCREENING
A free balance and falls awareness screen to educate the public about the importance of balance preventing falls. WHY: Dr. George Potamitis a physical therapist from Pro Rehab physical therapy clinic would like to help older people prevent balance problems and falls. Falling is a common problem for people over the age of 65, and factors contributing to impaired sense of balance include poor posture, disease, and inadequate strength, flexibility, and endurance. Many types of therapeutic exercise can limit the effects of osteoporosis, arthritis, and swollen joints that can lead to balance problems and falls. If you are interested in a complimentary screening to see if you are at risk for a fall please contact Tara Donnelly @ (978) 9704131 for an appointment. The appointments will begin at 1:00 PM and every 20 minutes thereafter until 2:45 PM. WHAT:


Maintaining Quality of Life With Low Vision
Low vision can cause difficulty in seeing detailed letters and numbers when reading, recognizing the slope of a curb, steps, or facial features, and distinguishing between similar colors, such as black and blue. Adults who have these problems may have trouble maintaining their independence and completing typical day-to-day activities. It is possible for people with vision impairments to continue to live independent and meaningful lives with the help of an occupational therapist. Practitioners can help people with low vision to continue living in their own homes and complete daily tasks, such as showering, dressing, cooking, grocery shopping, managing finances, and getting around in the community. What can an occupational therapist do?
• Evaluate a person's environment at work and at home to determine how it can be altered to make the most out of a person's remaining vision. Help a person identify items used every day that need to "stand out" (provide a contrast) by marking them with bright colors so they can be easily found. Increase lighting so objects can be seen easily. In addition to providing extra light to items, occupational therapists also can identify areas that could be dangerous if not well lit, such as stairwells, kitchens, and spaces with area rugs. Reduce clutter in rooms to increase safety by removing items from countertops, tabletops, and floors. Educate a person on how to compensate for vision loss by using other senses, such as touch, hearing, and smell. Recommend and train a person to use assistive devices that can aid in completing daily activities, such as magnifiers, audio equipment, and voice-activated computers. Evaluate a person's ability to drive and determine whether a person with low vision can adjust his or her driving so that he or she can continue to get around safely or should develop alternative ways to get around.



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What can friends and family of a person with low vision do?
• • • Stay educated about the person's vision ability. Help and support a person with low vision in adapting his or her home to keep it safe and functional. Help a person with low vision access community resources, including talking books, audio reader services, and centers for the blind. Consult your physician about obtaining a referral to occupational therapy.


Need more information? A vision impairment is a serious issue that may affect many aspects of a person's life, including work and leisure activities. If you would like to consult an occupational therapist, practitioners are available through most hospitals, medical centers, and clinics, including low vision centers. Contact your doctor or other local health officials for more information. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are trained in helping both adults and children with a broad range of physical, developmental, and behavioral conditions in addition to low vision, such as low back pain, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Occupational therapy practitioners also advise people in home modification and preventing falls, and help clients in wellness techniques that may prevent injury and disease. Copyright 2003 American Occupational Therapy


Blender Quiche - or the whatever you have in your kitchen leftover quiche 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup cooked and cubed chicken meat or ham or bacon 1/2 cup frozen zucchini or spinach or broccoli, cooked 3 eggs 1/2 cup baking mix 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 dash garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 1/2 cups milk 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9 inch pie pan. Spread shredded cheese across bottom of pie pan. Cover cheese with meat and vegetables. In a blender, combine eggs, baking mix, salt, garlic powder, onions, parsley, and milk. Blend until smooth, then add olive oil. Blend until combined, then pour mixture over meat and vegetable layer. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Tip…
Consuming fruits and vegetables is easy in the summer when everything is fresh and readily available. What do you do in the winter? One convenient option is dried fruit. Like fresh fruit, dried fruit provides fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and folate. Per serving, dried fruit may contain more calories than fresh, but in the dead of winter, it’s still a good choice. Dried fruit is easy to carry. It can be added to salads, pancake batter, bread recipes or even your daily bowl of cereal. Some dried fruits may be preserved with sulfite, which can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Read the label to find out if sulfites are present.




November 1-2-3, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. Cost – $165. pp Double, $171. pp Triple, $235. Single. Gratuity included. Departs LCOA 7:00AM. $20 Cash Bonus. SOLD OUT November 4, Saturday. RESPECT, the Musical. Boston Wang Center $81.00 pp. Gratuity included. Depart LCOA 9:00AM, returns approx. 5:30PM. 2:00PM show of “Respect”, the hottest musical in Boston. Includes sightseeing, shopping at Copley Place, and lunch at the “No Name” Restaurant also includes The No Name Chowder with meal.. Songs include “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “I Will Survive”. See the progress of women from property of their husbands to presidents of countries in the 20th century; hear it through a dramatic musical presentation. Great time!!!! 2ND DATE SEE BELOW SOLD OUT November 9, Thursday. Foxwood. Cost - $23. Includes gratuity Departs LCOA @ 7 am. SOLD OUT November 13, Monday. Venus De Milo – Tony Pace Show, Swansea, MA. Cost – $60. Tour includes round trip motor coach transportation, gratuity included. Sit down luncheon at Venus De Milo with choice of Boston Scrod or Roast Turkey, served with the famous “Venus De Milo Soup”, potato, vegetable, dessert and coffee. SOLD OUT November 15 & 16, Wednesday & Thursday. Winter Wonderland at White Mountain Hotel & Resort. Cost – $171. pp Double, $161. pp Triple, $221. pp Single. Spectacular entertainment, festive activities, gourmet dining with White Mountain Hotel decorated in colonial style Christmas. During the afternoon you will enjoy Christmas Comedy Show in the Echo Ballroom, and later that evening a elegant dinner order off the menu, in Ledges Dinning Room & a evening Christmas Show, also special cocktail prices. Next day, breakfast off the menu, then outlet shopping. Don’t forget bathing suits for outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. We need deposit ASAP and final payment by October 24, 06. NOVEMBER 25, Saturday RESPECT THE MUSICAL COST $81.00 All information is the same as above.

November 26, Sunday Foxwood Cost - $23. Departs LCOA @ 7am Includes gratuity & gaming package. Need 35 people. November 28, Tuesday Indian Head Christmas Party Cost $58. Tour includes deluxe full course luncheon buffet, welcome cocktail reception & open bar, Christmas Show Entertainment featuring Dance Band & Holiday Floor Show. Includes driver gratuity. SOLD OUT December 3, 2006 Sunday Special: One-Day Christmas in Newport, RI. Cost – $84. Depart LCOA 11:00AM. Come see the mansions and enjoy the Holiday spirit. Your tour will include two mansions and the spectacular Ocean Drive. The mansions seen will be determined when bookings are made. Later that afternoon, on our way home, we will visit one of New England’s largest displays of Christmas lights at La Salette Shrine. While at the Shrine, snacks and beverages are available. Buffet lunch included. December 4, Monday. “Holiday Cabaret” @ Mohegan Sun Casino. Cost – $60. Departs LCOA 7:00AM, returns approx. 7:30PM. Includes round trip transportation, buffet lunch with casino gaming package currently ($20) & Holiday Cabaret show. Also, snack box lunch with turkey sandwich for the ride home. SOLD OUT December 6, Wednesday. Vienna Choir Boys @ Mohegan Sun Arena. Cost - $65. Day includes The Vienna Boys Choir, which is one of the oldest existing boy’s choirs in the world. A $35.00 gaming Package that includes a voucher for one of Mohegan’s complete buffet luncheons and 2 free bets or if you prefer to eat at one of Mohegan’s restaurants your voucher is worth $15.00 towards your meal. Includes transportation. Departure TBA. SOLD OUT December 7, Thursday. Luciano’s Lake Pearl, Wrentham. MA. Cost – $60. Departs LCOA TBA. Includes round trip motor coach gratuity included. Sit down Roast Turkey Dinner, Christmas Floor Show with The Time Machine, Holiday Gift, & La Salette Shrine visit. December 8, Friday. The Rockettes @ the Wang Center. Cost - $90.00 Departs LCOA @ 8:30 AM. Depart for the Prudential Center & Copley Plaza & Shopping and lunch on your own. Then off to the Wang Center for 2:00PM show. Transportation & Gratuity included. SOLD OUT

December 14, Thursday. Foxwood. Cost - $23.00 Departs LCOA 7 am. ( NEED 35 PASSENGERS)

December 15, Friday. The Nutcracker @ the Opera House in Boston. Cost - $81. Departs LCOA @ 8:00 AM. Orchestra
seating at the new Opera House. Lunch at the “No Name” Restaurant plus a sightseeing tour through Boston Common to view the beautiful Christmas light displays. Transportation & gratuity included. January 11, Thursday. Foxwood. Cost - $23. Departs LCOA @ 7 am. ( NEED 35 PASSENGERS) January 10 & 11Turning Stone Resort Casino & Bingo Hall – Verona, New York Cost $136 pp double (net cost after bonus is only $60). Tour includes round trip motor-coach transportation, 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation at Turning Stone Resort, Individual gift from the casino, Bonus $75 value: Consists of the following: day1 $30.00 coin play & $8.00 food coupon for dinner. Day 2 $25.00 coin play or $20.00 Bingo Dollars, Breakfast coupon $10.00 value also included driver gratuity. Insurance waiver is available for $9.00 January 17-19, 2007. Taj Mahal Casino & Resort. Cost - $165 pp double, $171 pp triple, $235 pp single Departs LCOA @ 7am Includes $20 cash bonus & driver gratuity. January 28, Sunday. Foxwood. Cost - $23. Depart LCOA @ 7am ( NEED 35 PASSENGERS) February 5-9, 06 LAS VEGAS Cost $599.00 PP DBL, $589.00 PP triple, $799.00 pp single Includes round trip air transportation Via Southwest, Round trip transfers between airports/hotel, 4 nights accommodations at the Tropicana, Casino bonuses, Day trip to Laughlin with lunch & casino bonus, admission to the Classic Car Museum, Day trip to State Line with lunch & casino bonus, Airfare is based on Senior airfare. Those under 65 will have higher rate February 8, Thursday Foxwood Cost $23.00 Departs LCOA @ 7am ( NEED 35 PASSENGERS) February 14, Wednesday Valentine’s Day at DiBurro’s in Haverhill, MA Cost $60.00 Join us for the day at their annual Valentine’s Party. You have a choice of two entrees. Baked Boston Haddock with seasoned crumbs or Italian Style Chicken Cutlet with Ziti both entrees come complete with Garden Salad, Potato & Vegetable, Dessert & Beverage. After the lunch we will have our own special entertainment for you to enjoy. February 15, Thursday Newport Playhouse “Weekend Comedy” Cost $70.00 Buffet included plus 2 shows cannot go wrong with this choice!!!!!!!! February 17 – March 4, Daytona Beach Florida Sunshine Cost $1459 pp dbl. $1439 pp triple, $1799 single. Featuring Daytona Beach, Sightseeing. Departs LCOA @ 7am Tour includes deluxe accommodations at the Acapulco Inn, 27 meals (11 buffet, 4 cont. breakfast, & 12 dinners) first night stay will be in Virginia, 2nd day a continental breakfast is included at your hotel then overnight accommodation in South Carolina where you will stay overnight in Florence. Days three through thirteen your accommodations are right on Daytona’s Fabulous Beach at the luxurious La Playa Resort & Suites. February 19-20. Foxwoods Overnight/Mohegan Sun Cost $133 pp double, $129 pp triple, $183 single. Tour includes Luxury Great Cedar Hotel Accommodations combined Foxwood/Mohegan Sun Bonus (3 meals) Driver gratuity included. Mohegan Sun Casino includes a $12.50 buffet food credit coupon & a $10.00 free bet coupon. Foxwood Casino. You will collect a $14.68 buffet food coupon, $10.00 match play coupon and $5.00 Keno coupon on arrival. February 25, Sunday. Foxwood. Cost - $23. Departs LCOA @ 7am. ( NEED 35 PASSENGERS) March 2, 2007. Lincoln Park Cost $15.00 Dog racing and Slots machines Bonus package includes $10.00 cash back.

Cancellation Policy for Our Coach Trips…We do not refund deposits or any payments on trips. Low-Cost insurance is available on any coach day /or overnight trip. Purchasing this insurance would insure your complete refund. .
We need a minimum of 35 passengers for all of our coach trips.

Nov. 2, Thursday Nov. 6, Monday Nov. 13, Monday Nov. 16, Thursday Nov. 21, Tuesday Nov. 27, Monday Nov. 30, Thursday Weathervane Res & X-Mas Tree Nashua Mall & Walmart Pheasant Lane Mall Newarks & Shopping Hungry Traveler & Shopping North Shore Mall Wrentham Outlets $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00

Purchase your tickets in Tara Donnelly’s Office on the first floor in the senior center. All buses leave at 9:15 AM and usually return around 3:00 PM.

Are you 60 years of age and older? Are you a refugee from

Cambodian Outreach Services...

another country? Do you need assistance with citizen preparedness? Do you need help with food or fuel Application assistance? Would you like to get acquainted with the Lowell Senior Center? Do you speak Khmer/Vietnamese/ Thai? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we can help. Call Phana Sin at 978-970-4131. Phana is available at our center three days a week to provide one- on- one assistance to you.

A basket full of the items for a “Thanksgiving Dinner” plus a $25.00 gift certificate to Market Basket. Courtesy of Market Thanksgiving Basket on Broadway Street in Lowell. The tickets are 2/$1.00 Raffle... and the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Lowell Council on Aging. Tickets can be bought in the Senior Center lobby. The drawing will take place at the November 17th Dinner Dance.



NOVEMBER / Senior of the Month
Richard Alonzo Dicenco By Bill Allen
Open the door Richard, our Senior of the Month none other than Dick Alonzo Diceno, who looks like the stage Coach robber that gave John Wayne a hard time. It goes to show that looks can be deceiving. Born and raised in Boston, maybe a member of the Bunker Hill Billies, he came from a family of seven sisters and two brothers. Dick was married and has one son. A thirty-three year veteran of the Armed Services (Navy ,Air Force and Army) where he was part of a team that was responsible for closing Army bases. Dick played soccer in Germany where he was stationed, and won a trophy for the most valuable player that year. Dick is a fan of old westerns and thus earned the nickname “Cowboy Dick”. His favorite sport teams are the Red Sox and Patriots. Dick worked for eight years at Fletcher’s Quarry in Westford, MA and self taught himself thru education. Well my cowboy friend, you are on the “Road to 100”, so good luck and bless you.

Computer Classes/ November 2006 Beginner’s Computer Class for Seniors (60 years and over) will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm (registration not required) and every Friday from 9:30 am -10:30 am For a complete schedule of classes that is open to the public and for required registration, you may call The Pollard Memorial Library at (978)-979-4120

Diabetes… Abbott Diabetes Thursday, November 16th at 10:00 AM . Free Glucose Testing and Diabetes Information



Service Availability Offering Information Solution to Senior Issues
Thursday, November 16th 12:30 PM

Friends of the Lowell Council of Aging Winners of September 2006
Calendar Raffle Susan Bimbo Rory Downes Maurice Monette East End Club Mary Abraham Nancy Crocker James B. Maloney Jackie Doherty John Crowley Ann Decker Arthur Langlois Ruth Depaulis Joseph Marcoullier Rita C. Grady Jackie Vigeant Theresa L. Lally Mary Mc Osher Nita Welch Pamela Howland, Stephen Greene Catherine Herbert June Joyce Tyler Pratrisa Theresa Francisco Jim Boenis Ann Regan Pat Johnson Valeria Wilson Aline May Lynne Hall Dick Howe Jr.


The speakers will be: Philip Eliopoulos, Elder Law Attorney Chris Makiej, Buydowns Peter Michailides, Appraiser SOS Series sponsored by Don Belanger, Senior Real Estate Specialist


Five Wishes... Wishes is the first living will that
talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical issues. Come and get your FREE Five Wishes Planning Guide on Wednesday, November 8th at 12:00 PM.

What are Five Wishes? Five


Brain Food Antioxidant-rich foods such
as broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, tomatoes, melons, potatoes, oranges, and blue or red fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and red grapes Fish with omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, and sardines Foods with B vitamins, such as beans, peas, pork (for thiamin); enriched breads (for niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid); leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale; and fruits such as bananas and melons (for folic acid)

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and State Senator Steven C. Panagiotakos invite you to join them at the Lowell Senior Center on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 10am to learn about the Prescription Advantage Prescription Advantage program provided by the state. Medicare Part D has provided senior citizens with prescription care coverage. However, many seniors are still struggling to cover the costs of their prescription medications. Prescription Advantage helps seniors cover the costs that Medicare Part D does not cover. From now until November 15, the Commonwealth is holding open enrollment for Prescription Advantage. Join us to hear how Prescription Advantage can save you money!

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. • The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are selfsupporting through our own contributions. • A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. • Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. • AA meetings at the Lowell Senior Center. 10:00 AM Tuesdays


What is Ham Radio? Ham radio is an exciting hobby that is as old as radio itself. Ham radio is not CB radio. Hams must pass exams on electronics theory and (for most licenses) a Morse code test. Is it hard? No way! There are hams as young as six years old (and some as old as the hills). What do hams do? You name it. You can talk to people all over the world using voice, television, teletype, computer-based communications, and more. You can talk to people via satellites, meteor scatter, or moon bounce. Many hams like to build and experiment. Hams pass messages for the public in preparation for emergency service. Some hams compete in contests or try to win award certificates. Of course, not all hams do all those things. That's the great thing about the hobby, if you get bored with something, there is always something else you can get involved in. Public service is a big part of ham radio. We handle messages after emergencies like hurricanes and earthquakes. Hams help military personnel call home. We even handled personal messages to the Mir after their unfortunate power crisis. Hams volunteer to provide communications for local events, and help report weather. There are (or have been) many famous hams. Many astronauts and cosmonauts are hams. In fact, Uri Gagaran (the first man in space) was a ham. King Hussien of Jordan, Barry Goldwater, and Marlon Brando are all hams, too. Meet Ham Operator- Edwin Encarnacion Saturday November 18th 10:00 am-11:00 am Test prep Available
Jack nancial security because you don't have to make payments or repay the loan as long as you occupy your home as your primary residence. Thus, the Reverse Mortgage program enables Seniors that may be "real estate rich and cash poor" to unlock the financial potential in their homes, and let their homes work for them. Additionally, the Reverse Mortgage has no income or credit requirements to qualify. If you are 62 years of age or older this Seminar could be quite beneficial to you! We

Reverse Mortgages... Malamut will be speaking at the Senior Center on Monday November, 13th 2006 at 10:00 a.m. about Reverse Mortgages. Mr. Malamut works for Continental Funding in Stoughton, MA. Continental Funding has been in business since 1989 and is a member of the Better Business Bureau. Continental Funding has five (5) Reverse Mortgage Programs that are designed to raise a Senior homeowner's standard of living and enable them to remain in their own home for the rest of their life. A Reverse Mortgage provides fi-

9/11 “Patriot Day” Speech on LTC Ch 8
A "The Patriot Day Speech " written and presented by Lowell native Colonel Nicholas Pappas, USAF Retired, will be shown on LTC Lowell cable Channel 8 on Thursdays at 2:00P.M. and Saturdays at 10:00A.M. in November and December. The original "Rally 'round the Flag" address was given on September 11, 2006 In Chelmsford, Mass. and a modified reenactment was taped at the Lowell Senior Center and includes a lively selection of patriotic songs sung by the Lowell Senior Center Chorus. The show was produced and edited by youlin John Yeh and Yanyu Mary Wu and production and technical assistance was provided by John Lawlor.

urge all who are interested to attend. END


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Lowell Senior Services Initiative News…

The Lowell Senior Center will host a presentation by the Lowell Police Department Canine Officer Norm Levasseur and his dog Roza on Wednesday, November 29th at 10:00 am in the Dining Hall. They will demonstrate the work they do daily to apprehend criminals, search for missing persons and weed out drugs in the community. This team is a very valuable tool in the police department’s efforts to fight crime in Lowell. All are welcome to attend. The second Lowell Police Senior Academy began at the Senior Center on Oct. 10th. Twenty seniors are attending this six-week course that includes senior safety, identity theft, police procedures and current law. The class will graduate on Nov. 14th. Future classes will be announced in the Heritage. The Lowell Police Senior Center Office continues to be open on Tuesdays from 9 am-1 pm. Seniors can stop by to speak with police department staff in order to obtain information or discuss their problems.

East End Ladies Auxiliary Gift A RAMA Sunday, November 12th from 12-4PM Raffle 105 Different Items for $1.00
Door Prizes ~ Gifts ~ Food ~ Crafts ~ White Elephant Table ~ Xmas Decorations ~ Cash Bar ~ Come on By!