Framingham Online News


May 25, 2008 (8:47 pm EST)
Filed under: Seniors by News Staff


Event Coordinator Needed at Callahan Center

The Center is looking for an Event Coordinator to arrange and travel on all the day trips that the senior population requests and enjoys, both local and out-of-town.

The Event Coordinator will work with travel consultants to make the arrangements and to review their itinerary as presented. Negotiates both cost of trip and cost of bus transportation with transportation company for each senior event.

The Event Coordinator works directly with restaurants and facilities to provide a safe environment and safe travel for our seniors. This is a part-time position with varied days/hours, and it is a grant-funded position for one year. Travel experience necessary, must have car and MA license.

Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and office equipment relative to this position which shall include, but may not be limited to: computers, copiers, fax machines, and calculators. Time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds with occasionally a maximum of 40 pounds. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending. Repetitive movements of the hands. Communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing.

For more information or an interview, please call Mary Parcher at 508-532-5980 and press 0.

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 10:00 am.
  • Caregivers’ Support Group: Tuesday, June 10 at 10:30 am.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 am.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Please call Center for date and time.
  • Low Vision Group: Friday, June 20 at 1:00 pm.
  • Massage Therapy: Thursday, June 5, by appt. only.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, June 17 at 1:30 pm.
  • Podiatry: Wed., June 11 with Dr. John 1:00 - 4:15 pm and Wed., June 25 with Dr. Lukoff from 1:00 - 4:15 pm, by appt. only.
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, June 2 at 1:00 pm. Group will now meet in the Mary C. Parcher Room, in reception area.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR JUNE - Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25. On the 4th and 18th from 9:30 am - 1 pm. Please note: The 2nd and last Wednesdays of every month, blood pressure clinic hours are from 9:30 am—12:30 pm.

Attention Seniors! Have you suffered a stroke? Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's? Is your balance compromised so that you and/or your loved ones fear you walking alone? We are offering a special program just for you! A small group of 4 or 5 people that want to learn about balance, about connecting your brain to your body parts, about how to reduce your risk of falling. The program will consist of education, breathing exercises, and the use of some Tai Chi movements to increase your balance in a slow easy way. Knowing that this will be a journey, not a lightening fast solution, but a solution you can achieve with slow comfortable movements. How could you go wrong? If you are interested please call the Callahan Center at 508-532-5980 and be one of the few, 4 or 5 participants to hop on board and begin the journey.

Medicare: Where can you go for help and information? The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) provides free, confidential health care information, assistance and counseling to elders and other Medicare beneficiaries. Call your local Senior Center for a SHINE appointment.

Prescription Drugs:

The SHINE Program can provide information and assistance to help you access your prescription benefits. Call your local Senior Center for a SHINE appointment.

At MassMedLine, a trained staff of pharmacy professionals will answer your questions about your prescription medicines over the phone (866-633-1617 toll free). They have information about prescription drug programs. For online information, visit the website at

Quality of Care Complaints:

MassPRO (Massachusetts Peer Review Organization) is an organization of doctors and nurses who contract with Medicare to review hospital discharge decisions. If a Medicare beneficiary feels that he/she is not ready for discharge, he/she should call MassPRO at 800-252-5533.

Medicare Rights:

MAP (Medicare Advocacy Project) provides advice and free legal representation to Massachusetts elders and persons with disabilities, whether they are enrolled in traditional Medicare or in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Call MAP at 800-323-3205 for help in protecting your Medicare rights.

If you need help with any aspect of your Medicare, call your local Senior Center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can reach a SHINE Counselor at 781-453-8076. If you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A counselor will return your call as soon as possible.

Dry Eyes and Treatment Options: On June 23rd at 10am, Dr. Jody Judge of the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston will be at the Callahan Center conducting a presentation on making the diagnosis of dry eyes and the treatment options. Please call the Callahan Center at 508-532-5980 to sign up for this presentation.

Thursday, June 5th at 10 am at Callahan Center Professor Marc Widershien presents “New England in Words and Music” - In 2001 he created a program called “New England in Words and Music” - from the Victrola era to the present. Professor Marc Widershien loves to tell stories and give background to the music he performs. His work is participatory, often inviting his audiences to tell their stories and request favorite music. This performance will consist of Marc playing the violin and internationally renowned composer, conductor and pianist, Herman Weiss, playing piano. Please call the Callahan Center to sign up for this program at (508) 532-5980.

On Thursday, June 12th, 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 intergenerational program—a morning of fun and laughter. Please sign up with the receptionist or call Ann Steacie at 508-532-5980, ext. 4113 to ensure your reservation for bingo and pizza.

Diabetes and Cholesterol Risks & Management presented by Kathleen Daniel Healthcare - Please join us on June 12th at 10am when Dietician Erica Sintron of Kathleen Daniel Healthcare will conduct a presentation on the risks and management of Diabetes. Following the presentation will be a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Coming in July! Please join us on July 10th at 10am when Dietician Erica Sintron of Kathleen Daniel Healthcare will conduct a presentation on the risks and management of Cholesterol. Following the presentation will be a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served. Please call the Callahan Center to sign up for either of these presentations at 508-532-5980.

At Heritage Gallery - To all our Fathers and Grandfathers…... Thank you for your kindness and all the things you have done. The world is a better place because of Fathers like you. The Heritage Gallery has unique gifts for Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 15th, 2008. We are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm. Summer closing: Friday, June 20, 2008 - Re-open on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

Interested in Joining a Bocce League? The expected dates of the league formation is mid-June. Please call the Callahan Center at 508-532-5980 if you are interested in participating. The bocce coordinator will call you with information and a start date.

Lawn Chair Drill Team - Dick Bonvini is looking for volunteers for his lawn chair drill team for the Flag Day and Fourth of July parades. It has been very successful in the past and is also a fun thing to do. It involves being able to walk one mile. If anyone has the old aluminum light-weight lawn chairs and would like to donate them to be used in the parades, we could use them. Call Dick Bonvini at 508-877-2824.

Are you ready to get outdoors and have fun ?? Dust off those golf clubs and join the Callahan Golf Group on Wednesdays at 9:30 am at Stoneybrook Golf Course, 70 Valley Road, Southborough, MA. For more information, please call Rosalie Cotton at 508-877-0681.

Support Callahan Center at the Eagles American Grille! Every first Thursday of the month from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, you can order dinner at the Eagles American Grille at 55 Park St. in Framingham, and if you mention the Callahan Center, Mark Curtis will donate 100f your meal cost to the Callahan Center Building Fund. Enjoy!

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 for a town department to get a discount on 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. Please do not call now. No appointments will be made until August.

Framingham Water & Sewer Commission FY09 Senior Discount Program - The Callahan Center now has applications for the Fiscal 2009 Water/Sewer Senior Discount. Eligibility requirements are as follows: Must be Framingham resident 65 years of age or over, Must be owner occupied for one, two and three family home, Gross income may not exceed: $45,000 for an individual, 2) $56,000 for head of household, 3) $67,000 for married filing jointly. A proof of ownership of property, such as a copy of the real estate tax bill with the owner (s) name must be provided. Also, new applicants must supply one of the following: a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, photocopy of their driver’s license or passport.

NOTARY SERVICE - For your convenience, there will be a Notary available at the Callahan Center Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please call the Callahan Center to schedule an appointment with Janice at 508-532-5980.