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Callahan Center Happenings for November 2010

Filed under: Seniors by Randy Harris at 12:01 am on October 26, 2010
The Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA (USA)

Located at 435 Union Avenue, the Callahan Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The following information is about support groups, activities and services at the Callahan Senior Center for the month of November, 2010:

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 10:00 am.
  • 'Better Breathers' Support Group: Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00 pm.
  • Caregivers' Support Group: Wednesday, November 24 at 1:00 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, November 30 at 10:00 am.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.

CALLAHAN HAPPENINGS FOR JANUARY 2010

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 9:43 pm on December 26, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Here's what's happening in January at the Callahan Senior Center this month!
Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, January 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10:00 am.
  • ‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, January 26 at 10:00 am.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.
  • Low Vision Group: No meetings in January & February. Meeting will resume in March.
  • Massage Therapy: Thursday, January 7 (by appt. only).
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, January 19 at 1:30 pm.
  • Podiatry: Wed., January 13 with Dr. John 1:00 - 4:00 pm & Wed., January 27, with Dr. Lukoff from 1:00 - 3:30 pm (by appt. only).
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, January 4 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR JANUARY - Wednesdays, January 6,13,20 & 27 from 9:30am—12:30pm ...[read more]


CALLAHAN HAPPENINGS for DECEMBER 2009

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 5:19 pm on December 11, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Events and news from  Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA.

CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE - Saturday, December 12th from 9:00am-2:00pm Callahan Center (jewelry, clothing, arts & crafts & White Elephant Tables) No admission fee.

Heritage Gallery -  Do you need a pretty plate on which to place your cookies for the Neighborhood Holiday Cookie Swap? Do you need some stocking stuffers for $1.00? Does your mantle need a touch of red and green to help usher in the holiday season? How about a pair of sparkly earrings or a necklace to wear to the Holiday Sing-a-long Concert? If so, then we will be looking for you at the Heritage Gallery in the Callahan Center on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Holiday Open House - Monday, December 21st from 12 noon until 2:00 pm at Callahan Center. There will be music by disc jockey Bob Fisher, dancing and refreshments.

New Year’s Eve Day CELEBRATE! It’s fun, it’s a party and it’s a great deal! —December 31, 2009 Noon time Luncheon (Prime Rib or Chicken) at Lantana, Randolph, MA $69.00 pp Dancing & easy listening, New Year’s Countdown with confetti celebration and Champagne toast! Depart from Callahan at 10:30am and arrive back to Center at 4:30pm. To sign up, please call the Callahan Travel Office, Mon.-Fri. between 10 am-2 pm at 508-532-5980, extension 3.

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, December 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:00 am.

‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 pm.

Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, December 29 at 10:00 am.

Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.

Low Vision Group: Friday, December 18 at 1:00 pm.

Massage Therapy: Thursday, December 3 (by appt. only).

Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, December 15 at 1:30 pm.

Podiatry: Wed., December 9 with Dr. John 1:00 - 4:00 pm & Wed., December 30, with Dr. Lukoff from 1:00 - 3:30 pm (by appt. only).

Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, December 7 at 1:00 pm.

Caregivers’ Support Group Notice - Due to the Metrowest Office closing and moving to Boston, Judith Chaloux, Bereavement Coordinator, will no longer be able to come to the Callahan Center to host the Caregivers’ Support Group. We are in the process of contacting the Boston office to find a coordinator to host the group here at the Center. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR DECEMBER
- Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 9:30am—12:30pm

Town of Framingham & Callahan Center Snowstorm Policy Notice - If the schools close due to snowstorms or other inclement weather days, there will be no activities at the Center. On these days, the Town of Framingham Staff will be available to you at the Center, unless the Town of Framingham declares an emergency closing.

Please note:
Due to a lack of storage space at the Callahan Center, please be advised that we can no longer accept donations of books, magazines, puzzles and other miscellaneous items until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this request.


CALLAHAN HAPPENINGS - NOVEMBER 2009

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 7:10 pm on November 9, 2009

Framingham, MA - Here's what's happening at the Callahan Senior Center for the month of November 2009.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 10:00 am.
  • ‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: No meeting in November due to the Veterans’ Day holiday. Meeting will resume in December.
  • Caregivers’ Support Group: Please note new date due to holiday — Wednesday, November 18 at 2:30 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, November 24 at 10:00 am.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Next meeting is Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. No meeting in November due to Thanksgiving holiday. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.
  • Low Vision Group: Friday, November 20 at 1:00 pm.
  • Massage Therapy: Thursdays, November 12 & 26 (by appt. only).
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, November 17 at 1:30 pm.
  • Podiatry: Wed., November 18 with Dr. John 12:30 - 4:00 pm & Wed., November 25, with Dr. Lukoff from 1:00 - 3:30 pm (by appt. only).
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, November 5 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR NOVEMBER Wednesdays, 4, 18 & 25 - 9:30am—12:30pm

Healing Partners Bereavement Support Group - Have recently lost a spouse, parent, or other loved one? How are you coping? Come join us to share your experience and feelings on Monday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am. New participants are always welcome.

Callahan Center has a TOPS Club, Inc. Chapter! TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a national non-profit organization. The group meets on Wednesdays from 11:45 am—12:45 pm. Please contact Lorraine Fournier, if you have any questions at 508-532-5980, extension 4102.

STAYING HEALTHY! STAYING FIT! - Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 am in the Multi-purpose Room our topic will be Cardiovascular Disease and sign up for the Walking Program.

Holiday Tea! -  *SAVE THE DATE* - On December 10th at 10:00 am, please join us at the center for a Holiday Tea! Our topic; 'Making the most of the Holidays', will be a discussion of the ups and downs of this time of year.

VNA Care Network: Medication Safety - Get the Facts on Monday November 16, 2009 from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Callahan Center . Program will cover:

STATE SENATOR KAREN SPILKA'S 2009 SENIOR HEALTH and WELLNESS FAIR - November 21st from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Callahan Center , 535 Union Avenue in Framingham.

FRIENDS OF CALLAHAN UPDATE - The Friends of Callahan will hold their next general meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Callahan Center. Entertainment will be provided by Peter O’Malley. Refreshments will be served. Please join us and bring a friend!

Framingham Garden Club - The Framingham Garden Club will be at the Callahan Center on November 9th @ 10:00 am creating a Fall arrangement. The fee for this class, which includes all materials, is $5.00. Seating is limited to 12; please sign up by calling the reception desk @ 508-532-5980 no later than November 5th. Please bring scissors.

Fall Inspired Decoupage Art Class - On November 16th at 9:30-11:00 am come join in on the fun with artist, Susan Chicco, and create an incredible work of art out of one of the items Susan will supply the day of the class such as a vase, clay pot, or a frame or bring something you have around your house that you would like to decoupage. Seating is limited to 10 people; please sign up no later than 10/13 at the reception desk @ 508-532-5980.

Computer Literacy Center Offerings For Seniors - The Callahan Center offers a number of courses including Introduction to the PC, Intermediate PC, Internet and Email, MS Word, and Photoshop. All are 4-day a month courses and the donation is $20.00.

Heritage Gallery - Christmas in November? Well, in the Heritage Gallery it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Folks have consigned and donated some fabulous decorations, crafts and collectibles to the Gallery. Plus we have the 'usual suspects' - lamps, table settings, linens, jewelry, bowls, plates and platters. Baking cookies to give a neighbor this holiday? Come buy a pretty plate and make the plate part of your gift. Making fudge to give a friend? Come pick up a pretty container to present the fudge. Shop now for gifts, stocking stuffers and just plain fun at the Heritage Gallery.Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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CALLAHAN SENIOR CENTER HAPPENINGS FOR OCTOBER 2009

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Seniors by News Staff at 12:30 pm on October 1, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Here's what's happening at the Callahan in October:

Tuesday, October 6th at 11:00 am, Kimberly Sambuchi, of Framingham Cooperative Bank will be here conducting a presentation on Online Banking.

Wednesday, October 7th from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Callahan Center - This is the first session of a talk on fall prevention. The talk will provide six simple steps to help prevent falls. A light snack will be provided. Come to this program and get the facts to keep right side up. Learn how to reduce your risk of falling, prevent injury and remain safe at home!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 10:30 am at Callahan Center –“Staying Healthy; Staying Fit” — Discussion: Maintaining Your Cardiovascular Health”.

Thursday, October 8th at 3:00 pm, we will have Officers Dolores Coots and Debi Nau from the Framingham Police Department at the Center to conduct an 8-week self-defense course.

Tuesday, October 13th at 11:00 am, Linda Sakin, a Hard of Hearing Independent Living Specialist, will be at the Center conducting a presentation “How to Shop for a Hearing Aid”.

Friday, October 16th - The third annual Health Information Forum for Portuguese-speaking Seniors will be held at the Callahan Center. Important health and health insurance issues will be discussed. It is being organized by the Metrowest SHINE Program, the Hudson Senior Center and the Marlborough Senior Center. All presentations will be done in Portuguese. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Call Ana at the Hudson Senior Center (978-568-9638) or Ana Cristina at the Marlborough Senior Center (508-485-6492). This event is completely free!

Monday, October 19th at 9:30-11:00 am, come join in on the fun with artist, Susan Chicco, and create an incredible work of art out of a picture frame. Make it your own by using the creative art form: decoupage. Decoupage is the art or technique of cutting out pictures or designs from paper or other material and applying them to a surface. Seating is limited to 10 people.

Monday, October 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – FREE bone density screening for osteoporosis with the VNACare Network. An appointment is necessary.

Monday, October 19th at 1:00 pm - The Friends of Callahan will hold their next general meeting with entertainment provided by Mel Simons and his one-man show!

Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 am, Lisa Rohmer from Framingham Cooperative Bank will be here conducting a presentation on Reverse Mortgages.

The Callahan Center offers a number of courses including Introduction to the PC, Intermediate PC, Internet and Email, MS Word, and Photoshop. All are 4-day a month courses and the donation is $20.00. If interested, please call Robert Kyriakakis, Computer Center Coordinator, at 508-532-5983.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 2010 Day Trips Travel Show Presentation from 10 am - 12 Noon
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - COLLETTE TRAVEL SHOW for 2010 Europe & Beyond Trips from
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (with light refreshments) Be the first to know about our 2010 Overnight Trips!!!

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center: Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, October 5, 19 & 26 at 10:00 am. Center Closed for Columbus Day holiday. ‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00 noon. Caregivers’ Support Group: Please note new date and time- last Wednesday of the month—October 28 at 2:30 pm. Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, October 27 at 10:00 am. Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change. Low Vision Group: Friday, October 16 at 1:00 pm. Massage Therapy: Thursdays, October 1 &15 (by appt. only).

Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, October 20 at 1:30 pm. Podiatry: Wed., October 14 with Dr. John 12:30 - 4:00 pm & Wed., October 28, with Dr. Lukoff from 1:00 - 3:30 pm (by appt. only). Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, October 5 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC - Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 &28 - 9:30 am—12:30 pm

Heritage Gallery - The pumpkins are growing big and round, the leaves are changing color, mum plants are popping up everywhere…including at the Heritage Gallery. New items are constantly arriving. Need a necklace to wear to that fall wedding? How about a wedding present? We have it all! The Gallery hours are: 10 am – 2 pm, Wed.-Fri.

Should you Change your Medicare Health Plan? You may not have a choice! Some Medicare health plans will no longer be offered next year, including Tufts Medicare Preferred PPO and PFFS. In October, your plans will be sending letters about changes for next year. Be sure to open, read and save these letters! Although your plan may still be available next year, a different plan may be better for you. You may want to consider changing plans during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (November 15 – December 31).

Some reasons to look for a new plan for next year: Your current plan’s premium will be increasing, your co-payments to providers will be increasing, your doctors will no longer be taking your plan, some of your prescriptions will no longer be covered or the cost of your prescriptions will be increasing. A SHINE Counselor can help you understand the choices! SHINE offers free Medicare counseling at your Senior Center. Call your Center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also reach a SHINE counselor by calling 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then pressing or saying 3. If you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. Please be patient. Due to a large volume of calls, you may not hear from us for several days.


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