THE FRANKLIN CONNECTION Franklin Senior Center 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA 02038 520- 520- (508) 520-4945/(508) 520-4917 (fax) http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/ March, 2011 FranklinMA_Senior/index Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Franklin Council on Aging is 40! You are cordially invited to celebrate the splendid occasion of the Franklin Council on Aging’s 40th Anniversary! We hope you’ll join us for a com- memoration of the Council’s accomplishments and a look to the future of the Franklin Senior Center. Delicious hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Date/Time: Friday, April 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Date/Time: Place: Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin To Arrange Transportation: Call the Center at (508) 520-4945; Transportation: transportation will be provided by GATRA. Reading Never Sounded So Good! The Hallowed History of Fenway Park Do you or someone you know have trouble reading tradi- tional print because of a disability? Whether the print is too Did you know that Fenway Park turns 99 years old this small and strains your eyes, or if you have trouble holding a year and is the oldest major league baseball stadium cur- book or turning pages, or if you have a reading disability like rently in use. To get us in the mood for opening day, the dyslexia or low-vision, you are eligible for free library ser- Franklin Men’s Club is hosting “The Hallowed History of vices from the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library. Learn Fenway Park” on Tuesday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. This about the extensive collection the library maintains and how slide presentation covers the early history of Fenway Park you can select reading materials and have them mailed to through to the present day. The program is offered and your home. Debby Smith, Library Outreach Coordinator, narrated by Bob DeCoteau. Refreshments will be served, will be with us on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m. to pro- and all are welcome to attend. Please call to sign up for vide an overview of all the services the library provides. this great show. Please call to sign up for this exciting program. Daily Activities Common Grounds Café: Open Daily (Café Closed on March 25) Breakfast - 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $2; breakfast meat is offered for $1 extra. Affordable Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ben’s Bounty Gift Shop: Open Daily; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Computer Classes (Individual Instruction): 6 weeks for $15; call to sign up. Pool Table: Open Daily MONDAY Brain Gamers – Second & fourth Monday at 9:00 a.m. Barber/Hairdresser - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; $10 for women/$8 for men Painting Class with Aivars Zandbergs - 9:00 a.m.; $50 for 10 weeks Open Studio Painting with Pauline Robinson - 1:00 p.m. Mah Jong - American/Asian Mah Jong at 10:00 a.m./American Mah Jong at 1:00 p.m. Mexican Train Dominoes - 10:00 a.m. Italian Conversation Group - 10:00 a.m. The Page Turners book discussion group - First Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. This month’s book is: The Red Thread by Ann Hood. The book is available at the Franklin Library. Zumba Gold Aerobics - 12:00 p.m.; $3/free to ’Y’ members Monday Movies - 1:15 p.m. - see schedule on page 5 Cribbage - 6:00 p.m. TUESDAY Cards & Cribbage – 9:00 a.m. Chair Exercise - 9:30 a.m. ; $2 Busy Bee Crafts - 9:30 a.m. Manicures with Rona - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; $8 Quilting for Beginners - 10:00 a.m. Franklin Men’s Club - Third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Cardio, Tone & Sculpt - 11:00 a.m.; $3 Legal Clinic with Fran Small - March 15 at 12:30 p.m., by appointment. Bingo, Cribbage Lessons - 1:00 p.m. Low Vision Support Group - Second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY Trailblazer Walking Club - 8:30 a.m.; meet at the Town Common Drums Alive/ Wellness Beats - 9:15 a.m.; $3 /free for ‘Y’ members SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) Counselor - 9:00 a.m.; by appointment Quilting, Knitting Instruction, & Scrabble - 10:00 a.m. Yoga - 10:00 a.m.; $5/free to ‘Y’ members Chair Massage - 10:00 a.m. to noon by appointment; $10 for 20 minutes Diabetes Support Group - last Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Blood Sugar Tests: 2nd & 4thWednesday at 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Barber/Hairdresser - 12:30 p.m.; $10 for women/$8 for men Line Dancing - Clare Shea (Advanced) 1:00 p.m.; $2. THURSDAY Blood Pressure - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cards, Cribbage & Bridge – 9:00 a.m. Busy Bee Crafts - 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise - 9:30 a.m.;$2 Current Events Discussion Group – 2nd & 4th Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing with Mary Lennon - 10:45 a.m.; $2 Tai Chi for Seniors with Michelle Cote - 12:00 p.m.; $5/free for ‘Y’ members Bingo - 1:00 p.m. FRIDAY Whist, Woodworking - 10:00 a.m. ZUMBA Gold Aerobics - 11:00 a.m.; $3/free to ‘Y’ members Chiropractic Clinic – Third Friday of the month; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., with Dr. Craig Julian. Call for an appt. Podiatry Clinic – Fridays, monthly; 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. Date varies – call for an appointment. TOPS Weight Loss Support Group - 1:00 p.m. Pokeno - 1:00 p.m. Upcoming Events Wednesday, March 2: “Med Errors and You” will be presented by Wellness Nurse, Linda Hastings, and Tricia Nyuen, Pharmacist, at 11:00 a.m. Get a better understanding of the nature of these errors and learn what you can do to protect yourself. Please call to sign up. Tuesday, March 8: The Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library overview at 10:00 a.m. See page 1. Tuesday, March 8: Low Vision Support Group at 1:00 p.m. Call to sign up. Wednesday, March 9 & 23: Blood Sugar Testing from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 15: “The Hallowed History of Fenway Park” at 10:00 a.m.; see page 1. Wednesday, March 16: Caregivers Support Group meets at 4:00 p.m. with facilitators Carol Adiletto & Pat Coakley. Respite for loved ones can be provided by calling to sign up. All caregivers are welcome!! Thursday, March 17: Franklin Police host our Bingo game with great prizes and lots of fun. Join us for a great afternoon! Thursday, March 17: Senator Richard Ross’ Aide, Jennifer MacNamara, holds office hours at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 18: Chinese Cooking with Chef John Teng at 1:30 p.m. Join John to learn how to cook Beef with Garlic Sauce and then dine on this delicious dish. The cost is $3 per person; call to sign up. Wednesday, March 23: Diabetes Support Group meets at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to attend. Friday, March 25: Welcome Spring Party is planned for 10:30 a.m. We are serving a delicious ham dinner with scal- loped potatoes with spring vegetables with entertainment with Johnny Guido. Please purchase your tickets by March 18. Monday, March 28: Friends of Franklin Elders ‘Meet & Greet’ is planned for 9:30 a.m. The Friends of Franklin Elders raise funds to help support Senior Center programs, services and activities. The Friends are looking for new members to help them in their efforts. Join us and learn more about how the Friends help us! Upcoming Events & Activities: Searching for former Council on Aging members! If you know of someone who served on the Franklin COA in the past 40 years, please let us know so we can properly acknowledge their contribution at our 40th Anniversary next month! Computer Tech Available: If you are having hardware or software problems with your computer, printer, etc. We have a volunteer who can help for free! Call for more information. Culture Club: We are still recruiting for our Culture Club, a group with shared interest in music, art & literature that will plan fun activities. Please call to sign up. “The Health Care Proxy: Making Choices About Your Health Care” will be presented on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 11am. Page 3 Outreach, Information and Referral Health Care Reform & Medicare: Medicare coverage has been improved because of the Healthcare Reform, now called the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is important to understand the changes, so you will be able to take advantage of them. If you have prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Part D Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO or PPO), during the coverage gap (donut hole) your drug costs have increased significantly. In 2010, as part of the ACA, individuals in the donut hole were eligible to receive a $250 rebate on drug costs. If you were in the donut hole in 2010 and have not received your rebate check, contact SHINE. The ACA will close the prescription drug coverage gap over time. This year, in the donut hole there will be a 50% discount on brand-name drugs and a 7% discount on generic drugs. If you get into the donut hole and you are not receiving these discounts, contact SHINE. New this year due to the ACA, Medicare now covers many preventive services at no cost. These free services include an annual wellness exam, mammograms, colonoscopies and osteoporosis screenings. Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10% bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients. To learn more about your Medicare benefits, you can go to www.medicare.gov or the Medicare & You 2011 Handbook. Remember, there’s a SHINE counselor at the Senior Center to help you understand your Medicare plans and to assist you in getting your Medicare services. Just call for an appointment. Free Cell Phone & Monthly Service is offered by Safelink Wireless to eligible households. Safelink Wireless provides a free wireless phone and free minutes each month to qualified households under a government funded assistance program. If you qualify, you will receive free wireless service, free wireless phone with an allotment of monthly minutes, unlimited emergency calling and access to the largest pre-paid wireless provider in the country. If you receive food stamps, fuel as- sistance, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8, you may be eligible. Or you may be eligible if your total household income is below $14,040 per year for one person, $18,900 per year for a two-person household, and $23,760 for a three-person household. Fuel Assistance applications are still being accepted. If your gross annual income is $30,751 or less for a one-person household or $40,213 for a two-person household, you may be eligible. Call to arrange to complete an application. Domestic Violence Support Group: Are you or is someone you know living in fear? Abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional. If you: find your self esteem diminishing, try constantly to avoid making someone angry, are no longer in con- trol of your life (e.g. aren’t allowed to handle finances, kept from seeing family or friends), or you’re being blamed for what is going wrong in your relationship, you may be a victim of domestic violence. Call Judith Gormley, LICSW, at 781-278- 6025 at Norwood Hospital to arrange for a confidential screening. This group is sponsored by the Community Benefits Department of Norwood Hospital. Caregiver Specialist: Are you a caregiver? Our Caregiver Specialist can help you learn how to best deal with the many behaviors associated with dementia and improve communication with your loved one. Call for more information. -For more information on any of the programs noted above, please call Social Services Coordinator, Bob Fahey, at 508 520-4973- Page 4 Supportive Day Program Monday Movie Marquee The Sunshine Club at the Franklin Movies are shown at the Center on Monday at Senior Center is a place where 1:15 p.m. frail elders can receive individual March 7: Secretariat (PG) A spectacular journey of an attention and enjoy the company incredible horse and the moving story of his unlikely owner, of others. Fun activities, lively dis- a housewife who risked everything to make him a cham- cussions and gentle exercise pion; with Diane Lane & John Malkovitch. make for a stimulating day. March 14: You Again (PG) For Marni, high school was a If you care for a loved one who is frail, socially isolated, horror movie, and her brother's wedding is the sequel when has low vision or dementia, visit The Sunshine Club. To her archrival comes back to haunt her as his bride. It's nice learn more about the program or arrange for a visit, call girl versus mean girl in this hysterical reunion; with Betty the Supportive Day Program Coordinator, Carol Adiletto White & Jamie Lee Curtis. or Elaine McCann at 520-4945 for more information. March 21: Burlesque (PG-13) Ali, a small-town singer, We also offer a Caregiver Support Group on the third takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. All caregivers are nightclub in Los Angeles; with Cher & Christina Aguilara. welcome to attend. (Participation in the Supportive Day Program is not required.) Please call to sign up for the March 28: Morning Glory (PG-13) A TV producer is fired Support Group, and you can make a reservation for res- from a local news program and her career begins to look as pite care during the meeting if needed. This program is bleak as her hapless love life. She finds a new job at the supported through a generous grant from the Executive last-place national morning news show and tries to revital- Office of Elder Affairs. ize the show; with Rachael McAdams, Harrison Ford, & Diane Keaton. FOR TRANSPORTATION, call FOR HOME DELIVERED MEALS, Kiessling Transit at please call Tri-Valley Elder Services 1-800-698-7676. Select Option #2 at 1-800-286-6640 With Appreciation To: • The Friends of Franklin Elders for funding our Grill Cook and the entertainment at this month’s party. • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for providing Tax Preparation Professionals to the Center. • TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group for a generous donation. • The Junior Miss contestants for helping at the Center and entertaining us as well. Good luck to all of them! • The Second Graders at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School for donating Valentine goodies. • Lorraine McCosh, Gina Colasacco, Ernestine Vernaglia, Rowena Baker, Jane Coppola, Sheila Hooper, Maria Rodriguez, and Ann Gonyea for donating items to our Gift Shop. An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her. -Agatha Christie Page 5 Terrific Trips Date Destination Details Cost Wed., Johnson & Wales See the history of hospitality and gastronomy at this $10 per person, includes March 2 Culinary Arts Museum great museum which documents 5 centuries of food admission, a guided tour and cooking. Lunch at the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk. and transportation. Wed., Live From Ireland; Enjoy Tony Kenny along with his daughter, Victoria, $47 per person; all inclu- March 9 Irish music, comedy & & Sarah Rogers on violin. Comedian Joe Cuddy & sive. dance at Venus DeMilo the Celtic Dancers. Corned Beef or Baked Haddock. Wed., Boston Flower Show & See Spring’s fairest flowers and much more at this $21 per person; not in- March 16 the No-Name Restaurant beautiful show! cluding lunch. Wed., Parker’s Maple Barn, See maple sugar being made in the sugar house $5 per person; transporta- March 30 N.H. and enjoy lunch at the Maple Barn restaurant. tion only. Mar. 31- Cherry Blossom Season Includes: WWII Memorial, Lincoln & Jefferson Me- $569 ppdo April 3, in Washington, D.C. morials, Holocaust Museum, FDR & Korean Monu- $525 ppto 2011 ments, Vietnam Memorial & Arlington Cemetery. Six $729 single All inclusive;$50 down meals & lodging at Marriott in Annapolis Junction. payment Wed., Liberace: A Legendary A phenomenal talent in a beautiful theater with $25 per person; not in- April 6 Tribute at the Stadium luncheon at a restaurant TBA. cluding lunch. Theater, Woonsocket Wed., Twin River Slots, simulcast & lunch options galore. $5 per person; transporta- April 13 tion only. Wed., Cabaret Lulu Presents Great songs from Broadway and a delicious meal of $48 per person; all inclu- April 27 “Music Maestro Please” Yankee Pot Roast or Grilled Salmon. sive. at Sturbridge Village Wed., Anheiser Busch Tour Tour the plant and grounds, get free samples and $5 per person; transporta- May 11 lunch at the Lobster Boat enjoy a delicious luncheon. tion only. Wed., Pete Michaels & Friends Enjoy Pete Michaels who’s appeared on Conan $45 per person; all inclu- May 18 at Luciano’s O’Brien, Comedy Central and more. He does com- sive. edy, ventriloquism, and music to delight of all. Meal choice is Chicken Parmesan or Baked Haddock. Wed., Shelburne Falls, Tour the beautiful Bridge of Flowers and sightseeing $5 per person; transporta- May 25 Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls with luncheon spot TBA. tion only. Wed., Odyssey Boston Enjoy a luxury cruise of Boston Harbor with a deli- $50 per person; all inclu- June 8 Harbor Cabaret Cruise cious luncheon and terrific entertainment. sive. Payment is due upon sign up at the Senior Center. Seventy-two hours notice (3 business days) is required to receive a full refund for day trips. Conditions vary for overnight trips. For more information, please call 508 520-4945. Franklin residents are given preference for Senior Center trips. Out of town residents will be put on a waiting list and payment may or may not be required at that time, depending on the requirements of the travel company. If there are any vacant seats one week prior to a trip, the waiting list will be used to fill those seats. At that time, the trip list will be considered complete and no other riders will be accepted unless there is a cancellation , when the waiting list will again be consulted. Payment for trips (for Franklin residents) is due upon sign up at the Senior Center. Seventy-two hours notice (3 business days) is required to receive a full refund for day trips. Conditions vary for overnight trips. For more information, please call (508) 520-4945. Friends of Franklin Elders MEMORIAL DONATIONS Margaret Rettman in memory of Claire Darling Ethel Pizzi in memory of William Pizzi Join Us for a Meet & Greet on March 28 Alice & Aldo Vendetti in memory of Cheryl Vendetti FOFE is looking for new members! Join us for a Meet & Greet to learn more about the Friends and what we do. The Anthony & Geraldine Luzzo in memory of Meet & Greet is scheduled for Monday, March 28, at 9:30 All Veterans Who Gave Their Lives a.m. just prior to our meeting at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments Nicoletta DiNunzio in memory of Sebastiano DiNunzio will be served and all are welcome. Anita Gold in memory of Steven Gold The Friends of Franklin Elders – Thanks! Emanuel G. Bombolakis in memory of Adeline M. Bombolakis The Friends of Franklin Elders would like to thank all of those who have generously contributed to our Membership Yolanda Boyle in memory of Fred Boyle Drive this year! The Friends is a private, non-profit organiza- William & Marjorie Campbell in memory of Florence Robinson tion whose purpose is to supplement local and state govern- Anita Mastromatteo in memory of ment funding of the Franklin Senior Center by providing Raymond & Lisa Mastromatteo funds for programs, services, and equipment. Pat Mahoney in memory of her mother Pauline Robinson in memory of Bill Robinson GENEROUS DONATIONS Robert & Nancy Rappa in memory of Mamie Rappa Mr. Garry N. Bean John R. Padula in memory of Sheila Padula Larry & Janet Bederian Gloria Rollinson in memory of John A. Degregorio Mary A. Henderson Elaine B. Rosetti in memory of William J. Rosetti Paula Hunchard Robert A. Collemer & Joyce A. Collemer Sue Shluger in memory of Rita Sher Vincent DeSanctis Paul Tracey in memory of his wife, Dorothy Paul A. Kennedy Lorraine McCarthy in memory of George McCarthy Alan Kober Joe Pulsone in memory of Nick, Mary & Joan Pulsone Joanne & Neil Roche Lucy Semerjian in memory of Garabed Semerjian Mary Dobachesky Rosina R. Bent in memory of Dot, Ralph & Iris Chris Feeley Fannie Pizzi in memory of Anthony “Hank” Messere Steve & Marie Dalo in memory of Anthony “Hank” Messere Due to the overwhelming number of memorials and dona- Marion Arcaro in memory of Mario F. Arcaro tions, each contribution cannot be listed this month. Please be assured that they will be listed in subsequent issues. Jean L. Bourbeau in memory of Henry Bourbeau Ray Brown in memory of Ellen & Louise Friends of Franklin Elders, Inc. M. Theresa Budd in memory of George Budd Mary Ginivan, Chairwoman Virginia M. Cataldo in memory of Henry C. Cataldo Jackie Higgins, Secretary Julie Garilli, Treasurer William & Priscilla Chesmore in memory of Deborah Keilty Natalie Caldwell Ruth Chism Edith Chiodetti in memory of Alfio Chiodetti Claire Calderone Rose Pepin Marge Capezza Maria Rodriguez Richard & Priscilla Cornetta in memory of Patricia Lawton Barbara Caligaris Judy Pfeffer Carol Condon, Associate Member Virginia Dellorco in memory of Albert Dellorco Page 7 FRANKLIN COUNCIL ON AGING Friends of Franklin Elders, Inc. Pre-Sorted Officers: c/o Franklin Council on Aging Standard Chairman……..……………… Bob Gagnon 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA Franklin, MA 02038 Permit No. 13 Vice-Chairman…...…...……....Ken Norman Secretary………….…………..Barbara Deely Members: Frank Harrigan Mary Hick Stella Jeon Paul O’Connell Nan Rafter Betty Snyder Staff: Director ………………..……….……..Karen Alves Program Coordinator…….…….…...Sue Barbour Outreach Worker/Vet’s Agent…...…..Bob Fahey Supportive Day Coordinators…….Carol Adiletto Franklin Senior Center & Elaine McCann “Independence, Information, & Connection!” Supportive Day Program Aide…..Donna Brunelli Health & Wellness Nurse……….Linda Hastings Receptionists………..……….……...Claire Lewis The Franklin Council on Aging meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Gloria Gelineau 11:00 a.m. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend. Driver…………………….....……....Phyllis Molloy The mission of the Franklin Council on Aging is to: Grill Cook………………….…...Pauline Kennedy 1) Identify the needs of the elderly population, aged 60 and older. 2) Educate the community, and enlist support and participation of all citizens about The Franklin Connection is distributed with these needs. funds provided by the Executive Office of Elder 3) Design, promote, or implement services to fill these needs; to coordinate existing Affairs, and the Friends of services. Franklin Elders, Inc. The Lighter Side OXYMORONS • Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand? • If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know? • Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? • Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? • Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing? • Why do "tug" boats push their barges? • Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there? • Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting? • Why is it called "after dark" when it is really "after light"? • Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected? • Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things? • Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds? • Why is bra singular and panties plural? • Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? • Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one? • Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? After being married for 44 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, "Forty-four years ago we had a cheap apart- ment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25 year old girl. Now I have a $1,500,000 home, a $45,000 car, nice big bed and plasma screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 69 year old woman.” My wife is a very reasonable woman; she told me to go out and find a hot 25 year old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10 inch black and white TV. Aren't older women great? They really know how to solve your mid-life crisis.