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Callahan Senior Center News - February 2006

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 8:39 pm on January 24, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Callahan Center News for February, 2006.

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.

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center - Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, February 6, 13 & 27 at 10:00 am. No meeting on February 20—Center closed. Diabetic Support Group: Tuesday, February 14 at 1:30 pm. Grandparent Support Group: Tuesday, February 14 at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 6:45 pm. Low Vision Group: No meeting in February. Massage Therapy: Thursday, February 2 and Thursday, February 16, by appt. only. Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 pm. Podiatry: Monday, February 13 from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm, by appt. only. Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, February 6 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR FEBRUARY - Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 & 22, from 9:30 am—11:00 and 12:00 pm—1:00 pm.

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINIC IN FEBRUARY - The Cardiovascular Clinic will be on Tuesday, February 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.

“What To Do When Your Family Member Has Memory Loss” - Thursday, February 16, 2006 from 4:30 pm—7:00 pm at Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham - Designed especially for family caregivers, this program provides information about:

- how to receive a diagnosis

- how to understand and manage difficult behaviors and communication problems

- how to find and what to expect from local resources

This program is presented by trained Alzheimers’ staff and is free-of-charge. Since the group size may be limited, it is necessary to register with Ann Steacie at 508-532-5980, ext. 4113. Refreshments will be provided by Whitney Place. Please call if you have any questions.

NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP!! February 9th at 10:00 am at Callahan: Hawthorne’s Life and His Works: Hawthorne's Mystery Stories - Instructor: Mary Murphy, Ed.D.

Cost: $6.00 per person. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980, extension 4977 to reserve a seat. Please make your check payable to the Friends of Callahan . Advance payment is recommended. This program is provided by Framingham State’s Center for Lifelong Learners in Partnership with the Callahan Center.

Coming next month! “Shifting Gears” Presented by Michelle Ellicks of the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles. A program for elders on driving safety. 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!

“Debt Management” - Presented by Betsy Soule, Supervising Attorney of South Middlesex Legal Services on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 10:00 am at the Callahan Center. This talk on debt management will cover two basic topics: Judgment Proof - the concept that certain types of income are exempt fro being collected by creditors to satisfy debts and include most incomes that elders have (SSI, SSDI, SS, PN, VA, etc.) and Bankruptcy - how it works, the requirements under the new law and how it can be helpful to those in serious debt.

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.

Book Club: Come and join our new book club at the Callahan Center led by Karolyne White! This book club will meet the 1st Thursday of the month and all Framingham seniors are invited to participate.

NEW!!! “BOOKS ON REVIEW” - Karolyne is a volunteer at the Center, a former teacher, and a long-time Framingham resident, who enjoys good reading material and would like to enjoy reviewing it with others. The group will meet on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 am to discuss “A Taste of Reality” by African-American author, Kimberla Lawson Roby. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including those listed in Essence Magazine and Emerge Magazine. Kimberla received the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference. The Framingham Library has copies or you may purchase this book at most bookstores or on-line at Please call 508-532-5980 and let us know if you plan to attend.

February Friends’ General Meeting - The next Friends’ meeting will be on Monday, February 13th at 1:30 pm. This will be a Valentine’s Day party in conjunction with the Callahan Center. Please bring an anonymous Valentine card for the party and you will receive one. The entertainment will be with John Root. Refreshments will be served. Come and bring a friend!

Medicare Prescription Drug Program Begins - Filling Prescriptions - MassHealth or Prescription Advantage Member - If you have MassHealth or Prescription Advantage, your drugs are now covered by Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D). If you did not select a plan by December 31, 2005, you were randomly auto enrolled in a one on January 1, 2006. Some of you have experienced difficulty using your new plans. If you went to your pharmacy, without an identification card or an acknowledgment letter from your drug plan, your pharmacist may not have been able to verify your enrollment in the plan. Even for those with proof of enrollment there have been problems. The program is complicated and brand new. The good news is that our state officials on Monday, January 9th took steps to make certain that nobody on MassHealth or Prescription Advantage will have to leave the pharmacy without their necessary drugs or pay more than the required co-payments. The pharmacies have been told that if they cannot process your prescription through a Part D plan, they can bill the state, which will temporarily provide coverage for your drugs until the Part D program is successfully up and running. Filling Prescriptions - Not MassHealth or Prescription Advantage Member - If you are having problems getting your drugs using your Part D plan, contact your local COA to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor, who will attempt to resolve the matter for you. You can also reach a SHINE counselor by telephone. Call 1-800-AGE-INFO. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A SHINE volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. Open Enrollment Continues - If you have not signed up for a Part D plan, you can sign up until May 15th. You will still be within the Open Enrollment Period and coverage will begin the month after you enroll. If you are not satisfied with the plan you selected or the plan you were auto enrolled in (Prescription Advantage members), you can change to another plan once between now and May 15th. MassHealth members can change plans any time during the year. Also, there is an Annual Open Enrollment Period each year (November 15 to December 31), during which anyone can enroll in a Part D Plan.

The next SHINE Volunteer Training is scheduled to begin soon. If you are interested in becoming a SHINE Counselor, please call Dorene Nemeth, Assistant Regional Director, at 508-532-5980, ext. 4109.

HERITAGE GALLERY, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham - Where you will find fabulous, unique and beautiful gifts for Valentine’s Day! Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.



  • 9 - Valentine’s Party at Ken’s - “Bobby Darling Show” $35.00 Thursday 11:30 am 3:00 pm


  • 8 Foxwoods - Optional Indian Museum visit $23.00 Wednesday 7:45 am 5:45 pm
  • 16 Dan Clark, the Singing Trooper at Danversport Yacht Club $56.00 Thursday 10:30 am 5:00 pm
  • 23 Travel Presentation Part 2 - July-December Trips FREE Thursday 10:00 am Wrights Chicken Farm - with Cash Bingo $32.00 Thursday 10:45 am 5:00 pm


  • 5 Newport Playhouse & Cabaret “Squabbles”, Buffet $65.00 Wednesday 9:30 am 5:30 pm
  • 20 Capt. Jack’s Lobsterbake—A Visit to Bristol, RI $57.00 Thursday 9:00 am 5:00 pm Julius LaRosa sings at White’s in Westport $60.00 Tuesday 10:15 am 5:00 pm


  • 9 A Day at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Tours & Lunch $58.00 Tuesday 8:30 am 5:30 pm Saturday Pops with John Williams, Pacific Buffet Lunch $55.00 Saturday 11:15 am 5:15 pm, “Damn Yankees” at North Shore Music, Lunch $73.00 Wednesday 10:30 am 6:00 pm


  • 8 “A Tasteful of Fun” - Stoney Field Yogurt, Anheuser Bush Brewery, Common Man Lunch $55.00 Thursday 8:00 am 5:30 pm, Rodgers, Hart & Hammerstein program at Chez Joseph $66.00 Wednesday 9:30 am 5:00 pm
  • 27 Odyssey Boat Cruise & Lunch - Boston Bus Tour $55.00 Tuesday 9:30 am 4:00 pm


  • FEB 18 - MAR 5, 2006 DAYTONA BEACH SUNSHINE (16 days, 15 nights) $ 1,299.00 pp (double rm)
  • MAR 10, 2006 HAWAIIAN ISLANDS CRUISE (14 days - 32 meals) $ 2,399.00 pp (inside, double rm)
  • APR 17 - 22, 2006 BRANSON MUSICAL GETAWAY (6 days, 5 nights) $ 1,199.00 pp (double rm)
  • MAY 1-2, 2006 IRISH CATSKILLS (2 days, 1 night) $ 229.00 pp (double rm —includes bus & guide trips)
  • MAY 25 - JUNE 4, 2006 NORWAY’S DRAMATIC FJORDS (10 days, 9 nights) $ 2,699.00 pp (double room)
  • AUG 7-9, 2006 A TASTE OF VERMONT (3 days, 2 nights) $ 380.00 pp (double room-includes ALL tips)
  • SEP 15-21, 2006 DISCOVER SEDONA (Arizona) (7 days, 6 nights) $1,599.00 pp (double room)



Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 10:53 pm on October 20, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - What's happening at the new Callahan Senior Center on Union Avenue in November:

FLU SHOT CLINIC: For Framingham residents who are 65 years and older or are at medical high risk Wednesday, November 2nd and Wednesday, November 9th From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham. Proof of Framingham residence is required. (If you are 65 years of age or over, please have your Medicare B / HMO insurance information).

Asian South Pacific Islanders Program - Coordinated by Maya, The Callahan Center is offering Medical Health Insurance Information on Friday, November 4th 2005 at 10:00 am for all Asian and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Seniors. Counselor Wendy Wong, of SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) will present this information.

HARVEST MOON SENIORS’ DANCE - Come with a partner or come alone! Something for everyone! Even at the old center when participants were polled, D.J. Bob Fisher, got exceptional reviews for his music and his variety of tunes for both couples and singles. Friday, November 4th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue,Light beverages & snacks - Coffee & Dessert - Door Prizes, $4.00 pp donation requested to cover expenses. Please call and let us know if you plan to attend - donation taken at the door. Participants thought they should pay a larger fee to cover our expenses for food and entertainment, and we appreciate your generosity, however we hope to continue to keep the dances affordable for all. Looking forward to our first dance at our new location - hope you are, too! Come and enjoy!

The Framingham Garden Club and the Callahan Botannical Group - will meet on Monday, November 14th at 9:30 am at the Callahan Center 535 Union Avenue, Framingham. Please call to reserve your floral materials at 508-532-5980, extension 4977. A $3.00 donation is requested to cover the expenses. Come and join the Garden Club and make something festive for your Thanksgiving table!

FRIENDS OF CALLAHAN, Ernie Hayes, President, The Friends general meeting will be on Monday, November 14th at 1:30 with entertainment by Dina Rancourt. Refreshments will be served. Come join us and bring a friend!

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR - Thursday, November 17th, 2005 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, It’s that time of year again. The Callahan Center in partnership with the MetroWest Medical Center is pleased to sponsor our annual Health Fair. In the past, we have offered the following screenings: Blood Pressure, Total Cholesterol, Blood Glucose (blood sugar), Hearing and Bone Density. In addition to these, we will also offer Body Mass Index (BMI) and massage therapy. Remember that the results from a screening may mean that you need to see your Health Care Provider for further testing. Screenings do not diagnose disease.

All the above screenings with the exception of BP will require an appointment, so please call the Center at 508-532-5980, extension 4977. If you sign up for the Bone Density (Osteoporosis) Screening, please remember to wear shoes and socks that are easily removed. You also will need to bring your list of prescription drugs and supplements. Bring your name and address of your physician, as your results will be mailed to him/her. Although the screenings are free, however a small donation to the Center is most appreciated.

Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Senator Karen E. Spilka will be presenting the First Annual 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk SENIOR HEALTH FAIR! The Senior Health Fair will take place at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, located at 750 Winter Street in Framingham. This event will feature an in-depth discussion of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit with information provided to help you navigate the system. Lunch will be provided; more details to come. Questions? Please contact Pat Vinter at 617-722-1640.

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:00 am. Diabetic Support Group: Tuesday, November 8 at 1:30 pm. Low Vision Group: Friday, November 18 at 1:00 pm. Massage Therapy: Thursday, November 3 by appt. only. Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, November 15 at 1:30 pm. Podiatry: Monday, November 14 from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm, by appt. only. Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, November 7 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR NOVEMBER - WEDNESDAYS –November 16, 23 & 30From 9:30 - 11:00 am & 12:00 - 1:00 pm (No blood pressure clinic on November 2 & 9 due to the flu shot clinic at the Center on these two days.)

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINIC IN NOVEMBER - The Cardiovascular Clinic will be on Tuesday, November 1 at 10:00 am. A doctor from the MetroWest Medical Center and the public health nurses from the Framingham Board of Health will be at the Callahan Senior Center to check your blood pressure as well as to address your individual concerns. For further information, please call Charlotte, at the Board of Health, at 508-620-4828.

SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) - Get help selecting the “Part D” plan that meets your needs - Sign up for a help session in the Computer Learning Center at Callahan Center. Please call 508-532-5983 to reserve a space. Please bring:

-a list of your prescription drugs from your pharmacy

- your Medicare card

- any letter (s) from your current insurer, Prescription Advantage or Social Security.

FREE Bridge Lessons - Weekly contract bridge lessons starting Friday, November 18th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Beginner and refresher instructions by Ed Carr. Please call the Callahan Center and leave our name and telephone number, and someone will get back to you.

A New Learning Opportunity with Framingham State College, The Center for Lifelong Learners, and The Callahan Center at 535 Union Avenue in Framingham

Attend one or all sessions at The Callahan Center

Principles of World Religions: Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism - Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 2005 from 6:30-7:45pm - Instructor: Jason Giannetti, Professor of Philosophy. In this 3-part seminar, we will examine the foundations and major tenets of some of the world’s predominant religious faiths. Through lecture, examination of passages from religious texts, and discussion, we will deepen our understanding of some of the similarities and differences in the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Social Security Act - Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, and 13, 2005 from 10:00am- 11:15am - Instructor: Dr. Gloria Barron, Professor of History Emerita, Cost: $18.00 per person for each mini-series. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980, extension 4977 to reserve a seat. Please make your check payable to the Friends of Callahan. Advance payment is recommended. Come participate in this learning opportunity!

HERITAGE GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS ! Heritage Gallery is a unique consignment shop and an ongoing Friends of Callahan fundraising project for the Callahan Center. The Gallery has served the senior citizens and others as a market place for articles that they wish to sell or purchase. All monies accrued are used to benefit the Callahan Center. The Gallery has been serving the community for thirty years. It’s a great place to visit - bring your Birthday, Wedding and any special occasion gift list and find beautiful gifts and make someone happy. It is manned solely by a volunteer staff. The Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am - 2:15 pm.

When you stop by the Gallery take a chance on our raffle of two original Cabbage Patch Dolls, a boy and girl, dressed in red velvet, ready for the coming holiday! Donation is $1.00 or 6 chances for $5.00. Profit will be given to the Friends of Callahan Building Fund. Drawing will be held at the Friends Holiday Party—December 12th, 2005. All are welcome-bring a friend and browse!

Ongoing Community Service Projects - Items Needed!!!

- Pennies for the homeless and less fortunate, provided with the help of the students of McCarthy School.

- Baby Afghans for the H.I.V. Babies.

- Lap robes for the veterans. To date, we have about 40.

- Small articles for the bags for the Foster Childrens’ Program. Some examples are small packages of toothpaste, toothbrushes, small pads of paper, combs and brushes, etc.

- Knitted or crocheted squares for afghans for the Foster Childrens’ Program.

- Knitted or crocheted hats for our Framingham School students.

- Calendars for the Resident Care Home, as well as button-down sweaters and jackets, etc., and birthday, valentines and holiday greeting cards.

- Canned foods, etc. for the various Food Pantries. Items collected during October and November will be for the McCarthy School holiday baskets.

Please contact Evelyn Langley for any of the above items at 508-532-4105. Thanks for your help!


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