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Callahan Senior Center Happenings - February 2012

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 9:12 am on February 1, 2012
(photo) Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, 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 February 2012.

NOTICE: Most of the activities, special programs and events listed below require signing up or advance reservation, (unless otherwise noted). Please do so in advance so activities can be scheduled effectively and in the appropriate space.

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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.

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New Member Orientation Meetings are held ...[read more]


Callahan Senior Center Happenings - January 2012

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 7:27 pm on January 1, 2012
(photo) Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, 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 2012.

NOTICE: Most of the activities, special programs and events listed below require signing up or advance reservation, (unless otherwise noted). Please do so in advance so activities can be scheduled effectively and in the appropriate space.

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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.

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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.


Callahan Senior Center June Happenings

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 2:41 pm on June 6, 2006

FRAMINGHAM,MA -- JUNE HAPPENINGS AT CALLAHAN CENTER
535 Union Avenue, Framingham:

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center - Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 10:00 am. Diabetic Support Group: The Diabetic Support Group will not meet in June. The group will resume on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Grandparent Support Group: Tuesday, June 13 at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, June 27 at 6:45 pm. Low Vision Group: Friday, June 16 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Massage Therapy: Thursday, June 1 by appt. only. Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 pm. Podiatry: Monday, June 12 from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm, by appt. only. Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, June 5 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR JUNE - Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 9:30—11am & 12—1 pm. Note: Clinic hours may be limited for the summer—please speak with nurse regarding dates and hours of this clinic.

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINIC IN JUNE - The Cardiovascular Clinic will be on Tuesday, June 6th at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. A doctor from the MetroWest Medical Center and nurse Kitty Mahoney from the Framingham Board of Health will be at the Senior Center to check your blood pressure, answer any questions and address individual concerns. For further information, please contact Kitty Mahoney at 508-532-5472. No Cardiovascular Clinic in July and August.

We are hoping to have a ‘Chair Exercise’ presentation in the month of June. However, the speakers for the ‘Cancer Prevention & Awareness’ presentation in April and the ‘Angioplasty’ presentation in May did not show up and did not call to cancel, leaving a number of people very disappointed. Check the lobby reader board at the Center for up-to-date information on presentations. We are working on securing wellness speakers from another organization.

Brophy/ Callahan Bingo - On Thursday, June 15th, we will again celebrate our friendship with the Brophy Elementary School. Twenty-one students will arrive at 10:45 am for a morning of “Bingo with the Seniors” and a pizza lunch. We welcome seniors who are interested in participating in this inter-generational program—a morning of fun and laughter. Please sign up with the front desk or call Ann Steacie at 508-532-5980, extension 4113 to ensure your reservation for pizza and bingo.

Veterans’ Benefits Presentation - Thursday, June 8th 10:00 am at Callahan Center - The primary focus of this presentation will be on direct financial and medical reimbursement benefits. There are many more benefits that you may not be aware of, so come and listen to this speaker from the Commonwealth of MA, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans’ Services.

The Framingham Board of Health Presents - ‘KEEP MOVING” (A Healthy Habits for Life Program) Special Registration at the Callahan Senior Center from June 5th through June 9th, each day from 10:00 - 11:00 AM - The Board of Health Nurses will be at the Callahan to help you register and take your blood pressure, weight, health history and give you the program information. You will be provided with a pedometer, sunscreen and other goodies! Registration will also be available through the Board of Health office during clinic hours Monday-Friday from 8:30—9:30 AM and 4:00-4:45 PM and Monday evenings from 6:00—8:00 PM. Participants: During the months of June, July and August you will be offered guidance in developing your own “Get Moving” plan. In September, the Public Health Nurses will meet with each participant again to evaluate how the Get Moving Program has improved your health.

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAM - The Property Tax Relief Program will open registration in the month of August. If you qualify for this program, you may work 74.4 hours and get a credit of $500.00 off your property taxes. Check the August Courier for the dates to come to the Center to see if you qualify for this worthwhile tax relief program for seniors. No appointments will be made until August.

Friday, June 16th at 10:00 am - ARTHRITIS PRESENTATION: “Non-Prescription Remedies for Pain – What works and what is safe”

Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00 am - FREE Slide Show of newly announced overnight trips presented by Collette Travel.

Thursday, June 29th at 10:00 am - MUSICAL CONCERT with Professor Marc Widershien and Ms. Ilse Agte

Attention all Senior Golfers! Join us for a round golf on Wednesday mornings (weather permitting)
Time: 10:00 am Where: Stoneybrook Golf Course, Southboro, MA Cost: $11.00 Please call
Rosalie Cotton at 508-877-0681 for more details or any questions you may have.

Bocce Starts on May 26th! Bocce will start on Monday, May 26th. If you are interested in playing, please sign your name on the list you will find on the large bulletin board in the Recreation Room of the Callahan Center. You may call Dick Bonvini at 508-877-2824 for more details.

Lawn Chair Drill Team - If you are interested in being on the Callahan Center Lawn Chair Drill Team and participate in some local parades, please sign your name to the list on the bulletin board in the Recreation Room at the Callahan Center. Please call Dick Bonvini at 508-877-2824 for more information.

Do you have a key tag for the Callahan Center….you need one! The Callahan Center has finally come onboard with the technology of the 21st Century! This new system will make checking in easier for you, as well as collect data, sort it out and give us the reports we need to get our state funding! However, we need your help to make all of this happen. If you already have your key tag and are checking in with ease—that’s great! For those of you who do not have a key tag, you will be issued one the next time you come into the Center. We suggest you put it on your key chain or somewhere that will make it easy to locate it, when you arrive at the Center. A volunteer will be at a table in the Center lobby and will assist you with checking in. It is a very simple process and will only take seconds, once you have your card. Once you know how to use the system, you may bi-pass the volunteer and check yourself in. You are required to check in every day you come to the Center, and you may register for multiple activities or events that are taking place on that day - so you only have to check in once when you arrive and you are done for that day.

The way you check in is simple: show your key tag (bar code side) to the small beacon, when it beeps, a screen will come up on the computer monitor, with “Hello Mrs. Smith” (example), a list of boxes with all the days activities and events will be under that and you will tap the boxes of choice with your finger, they will be highlighted in yellow, then you touch the “I’m done” box in the bottom right corner and go off to your activity or event. There will be boxes for services such as Computer Center, SHINE, Social Services, Travel, etc. There is also a “friendly visitor” box, in the event that you are only coming in for a cup of coffee and conversation or to read the newspaper. We hope these instructions are helpful and that you will see the greatness in this new way of checking in, so that we can give a more accurate account of the increased attendance, activities, programs and services we are able to offer seniors in this area. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and cooperation with this new opportunity!

HERITAGE GALLERY Closes for the Summer - Heritage Gallery will close on Friday, June 30th.
Don’t forget Father’s Day - Sunday, June 18th! Wishing all a happy and safe summer! See you when Heritage Gallery re-opens on Wednesday, September 6th.

The next issue of the Callahan Happenings will be August 2006. You’ll want to check out our fall line-up of programs and events!


March Programs and Services at Callahan Senior Center

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 9:42 pm on February 26, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - CALLAHAN CENTER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR MARCH 2006

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10:00 am.
Diabetic Support Group: Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 pm.
Grandparent Support Group: Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, March 28 at 6:45 pm.
Low Vision Group: Friday, March 17 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Massage Therapy: Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, March 16, by appt. only.
Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30 pm.
Podiatry: Monday, March 13 from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm, by appt. only.
Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, March 6 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR MARCH

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22
From 9:30 am—11:00 and 12:00 pm—1:00 pm

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINIC IN MARCH

The Cardiovascular Clinic will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. A doctor from the MetroWest Medical Center and nurse Kitty Mahoney from the Framingham Board of Health will be at the Senior Center to check your blood pressure, answer any questions and address individual concerns. For further information, please contact Kitty Mahoney at 508-620-4827.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:00 am at Callahan Center - “Osteoporosis Presentation”
presented by Joan Metcalfe, R.N., MetroWest Wellness Center
Thursday, March 30, 2006 From 10:00 am - 12:00 noon - Osteoporosis Screening

For this screening, you will need to wear shoes and socks that are easily removed. Please bring a list of your current medications and supplements, as well as your doctor’s address’ so a final report can be mailed to him/her. Each screening takes 10 minutes. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 for an appointment.

Social Service Department - Personal Response Systems

You have probably asked—what is a personal response system, or a medical alarm, and do I need one? There are several companies that provide emergency response systems with modern, state-of-the-art technology. The installation fee and member benefits vary, but they all ensure your safety with a reliable and immediate link to assistance. We have pamphlets describing the individual plans and a self-assessment questionnaire that helps you determine your level of need. Most services cost little more than a dollar a day, plus an activation fee. One company has given us free activation coupons, and if you are interested or need further information, please contact this office at 508-532-5980.

AARP Tax Assistance Program at Callahan Center

AARP will provide a qualified volunteer to assist with preparing income taxes, free of charge for seniors who need this service. You must schedule an appointment in order to see a Tax Counselor. You are required by the IRS to bring the following:
income tax returns from last year 1099’s and other relevant tax documents
income and asset documents
Social Security Card (a must)
2 forms of identification (one photo ID and another form of identification)
Appointments: Please call Julie Chouman for an appointment at 508-620-4819. Appointments may be limited this year and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Prescription Advantage
Medicare Wrap Program
Open Enrollment - March 15 through April 28, 2006

Prescription Advantage is a state sponsored prescription drug insurance plan that helps Medicare beneficiaries pay for the cost of their Medicare Part D plans. Prescription Advantage is for Massachusetts residents, age 65 and older with incomes under $47,851 (single) or $64,151 (married) and who are not enrolled in MassHealth. Younger individuals with disabilities, who meet certain income and employment guidelines, can also join. Prescription Advantage is now a secondary payer to Medicare Part D plans and can assist with some of the costs associated with Part D. The amount of assistance members receive is based on their gross annual household income.

Prescription Advantage will hold an Open Enrollment period from March 15 through April 28. Applications must be received at Prescription Advantage no later than April 28.

The SHINE program will be doing a presentation at the Framingham Council on Aging, the Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, on Thursday, March 9th at 9:30 AM to explain the Prescription Advantage program and how it coordinates with Medicare Part D plans. To reserve a spot, please call (508) 532-5980, as space is limited.

New applications for Prescription Advantage will be available at your local Council on Aging. For more information on Prescription Advantage and the Open Enrollment period, call 1-800-246-4636 (1-800-AGE-INFO) and press 1. For additional help, including assistance with filling out your application, call your local senior center for an appointment with a SHINE counselor.

SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) offers free, confidential, health insurance counseling at your local Senior Center. Call the Senior Center for a SHINE appointment. You can reach SHINE regional staff by calling 1-800-AGE-INFO and pressing 2.
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The MetroWest SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) Program is holding a spring volunteer counselor training. It is an intensive 10-day course, over a five-week period. It is scheduled to begin the last week in April and run through the entire month of May. It meets on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10AM 3PM, in Whitney Place at Natick. To find out more about becoming a SHINE volunteer counselor, call Dorene Nemeth, Associate Regional SHINE Director at (508) 532-5980 ext. 4109.

FREE - “Find a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: The Online Search Tool”

This step-by-step booklet gives you everything you need to know about going online to find a Medicare Part D plan that’s right for you, based on your medications. You (or your computer-savvy relative, friend, etc.) can use this booklet as a guide to self-help. We have copies at the Callahan Center to give away free. Come in and pick up a copy at the front lobby of the Callahan Center!!

“Shifting Gears” - A program on elder driver safety.
Presented by Michelle Ellicks of the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles on Thursday, March 2, 2006 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Callahan Center. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 to reserve a seat!

Friends’ General Meeting - The next Friends’ meeting will be joint with AARP Chapter #3557 on Monday, March 13th at 1:30 pm. The entertainment will be with Gary Landgren. Refreshments will be served. Come and bring a friend!

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