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Callahan Happenings for January 2011

Filed under: Seniors by Randy Harris at 12:04 pm on December 28, 2010
Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Ave, Framingham, MA

Located at 535 Union Avenue, the Callahan Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon - Fri.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The following information is about activities and services at the Callahan Senior Center for the month of January, 2011.

Monday, January 10th, at 1:30 pm: The Friends of Callahan - entertainment provided by Bill Zolli, Vocalist. Refreshments will be served. Please come and bring a friend!

Tuesday January 11th, from 9:30 to 10:30 am: New Member Orientation Meeting - If you have just joined Callahan you might want to attend as we enjoy coffee and pastry, answer your questions and seek your input on activities.

Tuesday, January 11th, at 10:00 am - 'Staying Healthy! Staying Fit!' invites you to join us this month for coffee and a discussion of common medications, their side effects and interactions. The discussion will be led by a pharmacologist from Metro-West Medical Center. Bring a list of your current medications including any over the counter drugs you may be taking. We will discuss medications we are currently taking and learn about the effects of drug interactions. We will also learn to empower ourselves by insisting on information about any medication we take and frequent medication reviews with our provider. Please call to sign up at 508-532-5980.

Tuesday, January 18th, at 10:00 am: TRAVEL PRESENTATION with 2011 trips.

Thursday, January 27th, at 10 am: Painting Workshop - Come join the fun and try painting with Palette Knives! Kathy Wirtanen will be conducting a one-day workshop on Painting with a knife is a bit like putting butter or jam on bread and produces quite a different result to a brush. Painting knives are excellent for producing textured, impasto work and sweeping areas of flat color as well as tiny shapes of color. Explore the possibilities this technique will allow you for only $5.00. Limited enrollment, so please sign up early at 508-532-5980. Weather permitting, of course!

Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 1:00 pm: Callahan’s Book Club will be reading is “Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by author, Kim Edwards. Check the bulletin boards at Callahan Center for further information or call the Activities Department at 508-532-5980

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, January 3, 10, 24 & 31 at 10:00 am. Center closed Monday, January 17.
  • ‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, January 12 at 12:00 pm. Caregivers’ Support Group: Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, January 25 at 10:00 am. Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.
  • Low Vision Group: No meeting in January or February.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, January 18 at 1:30 pm.
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, January 3 at 1:00 pm.
  • Weight Management Support Group: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 11:30 am—12:30 pm.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 9:30am—12:30pm.

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SHINE (Serving the Health and Insurance Needs of Elders): Can You Change Your Medicare Plan Now? Yes, if you were a member of a Medicare plan that ended on December 31, 2010 and you did not pick another plan for 2011. Between January 1 and January 31, 2011, you have a Special Enrollment Period to choose a Medicare plan, which will begin on February 1. After January 31, most people will not be able to make any changes until the next Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which in 2011 is moving to October 15 - December 7. If you need help on any aspect of your health insurance, SHINE offers free counseling at your Senior Center. Call your local COA and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can reach a SHINE volunteer by phone at 1-800-AGE-INFO. 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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MOVIES AT CALLAHAN:

January 11th at 1:00 pm: Movie - “Grey Gardens” - Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis (both named Edith Bouvier Beale aka "Big and Little Edie") raised as Park Avenue débutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens."

January 25th at 1:00 pm: Movie - “Eat, Pray, Love” A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

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Heritage Gallery - Come in and see what everyone exclaims over and pick up something “new” for yourself! Gallery hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:15 pm.

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For additional information about the Callahan Senior Center, or other services, activities or programs of the Framingham Council on Aging visit the center at 535 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702, or phone (508) 532-5980.

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