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Callahan Senior Center Happenings - February 2012

February 1, 2012 (9:12 am EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Seniors
(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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Callahan Senior Center Happenings - January 2012

January 1, 2012 (7:27 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Seniors
(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

October 1, 2009 (12:30 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Health & Fitness,Seniors

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.


February 2009 Happenings at the Callahan Senior Center

January 20, 2009 (8:08 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Seniors

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Here are the February 2009 Happenings at the Callahan Senior Center:

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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December 2008 Happenings at Callahan Center

November 30, 2008 (4:13 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Seniors

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Callahan December 2008 Newsletter:

NEEDED: Data Entry Volunteer - The Callahan Center is looking for a Volunteer who is computer-literate in Word & Excel to input data. Four-hour shifts available. Please call Lorraine Fournier at 508-532-5980, ext. 4102 to apply.

WANTED: Manager for Heritage Gallery - Looking for someone to manage small consignment gift shop at the Callahan Center. Candidate must have retail experience, must be computer-literate, and be able to train volunteer sales staff.
Small monthly stipend. Store hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our intention is to be open Monday through Friday, but the new manager does not have to be on-site every day. For more information, please call Cheryl Lobdell at 508-532-5982.

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.

Beat the Holiday Blues! A free two-part discussion group on how to deal with the holiday blues is scheduled for Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 10:00 am and January 12th, 2009 at 10:00 am. Lisa Ushkurnis, Callahan’s Clinical Social Worker, will facilitate the seminar, which is aimed at looking at the HIGH’s and LOW’s associated with the holiday season. Part one will explore how to name and manage holiday stress and develop effective coping strategies. Part two, we will discuss how you got through the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 to sign up no later than Thursday, December 11, 2008.

“Finding Relief for Pain after Shingles” - On Tuesday, December 9th at 1:00 pm Jodi Mahan, LPN and Irene Jones, RN will offer help with pain after shingles. This program provides adults who may be suffering from post-shingles pain and their family members with information about shingles and shingles-related pain. Importantly, it also provides information on treatments that can help provide relief for post-shingles pain. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 by Monday, December 8 to reserve a seat.

Risk Factors for Diabetes and High Blood Pressure - Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th for a discussion with Sue Kutenplon, RN, Med, CDE, on the risk factors for diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as the links between them. This discussion will be at 10 am and repeated at 2 pm. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 to sign up for this informative discussion.

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center - Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 10:00 am.
‘Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, December 10 at 12:00 noon. Caregivers’ Support Group: Tuesday, December 9 at 10:30 am. Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, December 30 at 10:00 am. Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 pm. Please always call the Center to confirm in case the date changes. Low Vision Group: Friday, December 19 at 1:00 pm. Massage Therapy: Thursday, December 4, by appt. only. Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, December 16 at 1:30 pm. Podiatry: Wed., December 10 with Dr. John 12:30 - 4:00 pm. Dr. Lukoff will not be here this month due to the holidays. Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, December 1 at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR NOVEMBER - Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17 & 31 from 9:00—12:30 pm.
No blood pressure clinic on December 24th.

The Brophy Elementary School third grade students will be our guests on Thursday, December 18th from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm for a morning of magic, a craft project, and pizza for all. George McElhiney, our resident magician, will entertain us with his magic tricks and his humor. Please join the children for a highly spirited intergenerational program. If you wish to participate, please call Ann Steacie at 508-532-5980, ext. 4113 to register.

Come and make something special for the coming holidays! The Framingham Garden Club will be at the Callahan Center on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:00 am to assist with something festive for the December holidays! (Please sign up by Wednesday, December 3rd. No walk-ins.) Seating is limited to 15. Donation required is $5.00 per class, to cover some of the cost of materials. Please bring your own scissors.

Kate McSweeney Homeless Fund - The Callahan Center, with the help of the McCarthy School, has been collecting pennies for the Kate McSweeney Homeless Fund. We have donated thousands of dollars from the pennies collected, and we will continue to donate them to the local area shelters. Please join Evelyn Langley, Project Coordinator, and the teachers and 3rd grade students from McCarthy School for this presentation of funds to the local area shelters on Friday, December 12th at 2 pm. Again, we thank all of you who have donated your pennies to this worthy cause.

Holiday Cookie Exchange on Friday, December 19th at 10:00 am Callahan Center - Interested in having extra treats around for the holidays? Pat Paganella, a member of the Council on Aging, will once again organize the Holiday Cookie Exchange. Pat asks that you bring ONLY two dozen cookies, squares or fudge. You will go home with two dozen of the best goodies in town! No cakes, please! Please do not bring chocolate chip cookies and if your recipe contains nuts please bring a small card noting that. If you would like to share your recipe, please bring it and we will make copies for the table. If you would like to participate in the Cookie Exchange, please call the Center at 508-532-5980 and leave your name, telephone number and the kind of cookies you will bring. Please bring containers for the holiday treats you are taking home!

Marty Griffin is leaving us! And to wish her well, we would like to invite you to a special event in her honor: “Morning Muffins and Coffee” Please drop in on Friday, December 5th, 2008 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Come and help us give Marty a special send-off!!

Holiday “Open House” at Callahan - We would like to invite you to a Holiday ‘Open House’ on Monday, December 15th from 1-3 pm. The Heritage Gallery will have a table with holiday items and refreshments will be served. We ask that you please call the Callahan Center to sign up at 508-532-5980, no later than Wednesday, December 10th.

“Framingham Reads Together” Program - Framingham is planning it’s first-ever ‘Framingham Reads Together’ program for winter 2009. The book is Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Please join us at the Callahan Center for our first of three discussion groups on January 6th at 10 am. This will be an introduction to the program or as we like to call it, “our first cup of tea”. For more information on Framingham Reads together, please go to the Framingham Public Library or their web site http://www.framinghamlibrary.org.  Please call the Center to sign up for this discussion group at 508-532-5980.

Callahan Center in Partnership with Framingham State College Lifelong Learners - Presents “Films and Recordings of a Mardi Gras Celebration” Thursday, February 19th, 2009 10:00 am at Callahan Center. $7.00 Donation required. (Please sign up by Friday, November 7th.) Musician John Clark will present a lecture/discussion accompanied by films and recordings showing different elements of New Orleans Jazz and musical culture. Included in the presentation will be films of Preservation Hall, a traditional jazz funeral, and well-know examples of the style as they appeared in Hollywood films, television broadcasts, and documentaries. Please call the Center at 508-532-5980 to sign up for the above program. Payment for courses with a fee charge, must be paid in advance at time of registration. No refunds.

WANTED: Contract Bridge Players - A fun group of contract Bridge players meet each Tuesday, year-round. Check-in time is 8:45 am. We play from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Come alone or bring a friend!

Are you aware of the following programs to assist seniors? Framingham Water & Sewer Commission FY09 Senior Discount 2009 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Numerous clauses under Massachusetts Law to qualify for Property Tax Assistance Circuit Breaker. Are you having a hard time making ends meet? Food Stamps can help! If you qualify, food stamps are available through the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline. Are you aware of the Homestead Act, the Senior Property Tax Work-off Program and the Minor Home Repair Program? Please call the Social Services Department at the Callahan Center to set up an appointment at 508-532-5980.

Heritage Gallery is bursting at the seams with beautiful linen handkerchiefs with lace, lace doilies, an excellent selection of mens’ cuff links and tie pins, spectacular jewelry including earrings, necklaces, pins and bracelets! We have interesting paintings and frames of all sizes, hand-knitted baby sweaters and knick-knacks for stocking stuffers. The Heritage Gallery offers a lay-away plan where you can pay weekly or monthly. We are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am until 2:15 pm. We are located at the Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham. Come in and browse - you won’t be disappointed!

Need Help Understanding 2009 Medicare Plans? We are in the middle of the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period, which lasts until December 31. During this time, all Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare health coverage as well as their Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D Plans). Check that your drugs will continue to be covered by your drug plan and how much they will cost you (your co-payments) in 2009. Most plans have increased monthly premiums, but a number of plans have significantly increased co-payments. Although you have until December 31 to make changes, we recommend making any changes as early as possible, so you will have paperwork from your new plan showing you are covered on January 1, 2009. The good news is that help is available: Call your local Senior Center (Council on Aging) and ask for a SHINE appointment. Specially trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling to seniors and anyone on Medicare. If there are no more SHINE appointments available at your Senior Center when you call, there are additional counseling appointments in December at the Callahan Center in Framingham (535 Union Avenue) on Monday mornings. Call (508) 532-5980, ext 4120, for a SHINE appointment there. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED! You can also reach a SHINE counselor by telephone. Call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), and then press or say “3”. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and phone number. A SHINE volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. Please be patient. Due to the large volume of calls, you may not hear from us for a couple of days. You can also call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or consult www.medicare.gov, or call MassMedLine at (866) 633-1617.

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