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July 2016 Sentinel

Welcome to Our Website
Here you will find information on the Senior Center services, programs, and activities, and a variety of resources available throughout our region that enable seniors to live vibrant, active and healthy lives. The Center is housed in a beautiful historic building but it is our community of people that make it a truly special place to be.

At the Center you can join us for lunch, stop by for a game of cards, pool, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue or Wii. Hone your dancing or singing talents. Meet new friends and acquaintances. Learn new skills or hobbies. Go out to museums, performances, special events, and meals with friends. Seek assistance with choosing the right insurance, managing medical issues, or solving financial problems. Be driven in comfort to the doctors or to the grocery store. If we don’t have what you want, speak up! My door is always open for suggestions, comments, and questions from our seniors and our community. We are here to serve you, and your input is essential to ensure that we are doing just that.  Send me an email under the “Contact Us” link, call or stop by to let me know what you think.

I do ask one favor of you.  After you have visited and experienced what the Senior Center has to offer, talk us up!  Tell your friends and neighbors about our activities and programs.  Invite a friend to join you the next time you come. You are our best ambassador, recruiter, and public relations specialist!

See you at the Center!

Maureen Canova

Concerts on the Common
Once again the Stoneham Chamber is hosting their annual summer concerts on the Common series on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:40 PM. The concert schedule is as follows:

  • July 28 – U.S. Navy Northeast Band
    Popular music, along with Patriotic and military tunes

The Senior Center will be the featured organization on July 14 for the “Broadway Cabaret”. We will be giving out popcorn and information on the programs and services of the Center. Stop by and see us!

History of Revere Beach 
Join us on Friday, August 5 for a History of Revere Beach. Recently designated as a National Historic Landmark, Revere Beach is now officially recognized as “America’s first public beach.” Revere Beach holds a special place in the collective memories of thousands of folks throughout New England and the United States. Join Bob Upton for a one hour presentation and description of more than 100 beautiful images of historic Revere Beach and its glorious past.

Property Tax Work-Off Program Expanded
This program for Stoneham seniors 60 years and older has been updated, making many more individuals eligible for the “Property Tax Work-Off Program.” Revised one page guidelines are included as insert in the August issues of “The Sentinel”, and are also available at the Senior Center.

Modified Summer Program Schedule
With summer upon us, some programs will be modified in August. On Monday, August 1, Haircuts are cancelled. During the weeks of August 22 and 29, Tuesday Yoga Dance and Wednesday Chair Yoga are both cancelled. For the entire month of August, Tai Chi, Mondays Gentle Yoga with Leila, Thursdays Jewelry making with Pam Hodges, and Senator Jason Lewis’ office hours are cancelled.

A Message from Shine
Medigap plans are health insurance plans that provide extra protection beyond Medicare by filling in some of the “gaps” in Medicare coverage. In Massachusetts, these plans allow continuous open enrollment. You must have Medicare A and B to enroll, and cannot be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Anyone who is eligible may enroll or change plans or coverage levels at any time, with changes effective the first of the following month. Note that Medigap policies do not cover prescription drugs, which are covered separately under Medicare Part D.

A Medigap policy will generally pay only when Medicare approves payment. You are free to choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare and you do not need referrals to see a specialist.

For assistance with choosing a Medigap plan or any Medicare issue, make an appointment with a SHINE  counselor at the Center. Appointments are available on Mondays and Wednesdays (only on Wednesdays during the summer). Call (781) 438-1157 to schedule an appointment.

Will You be Our Friend?
The Senior Center Friends of Stoneham, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. We fund services and activities that enhance the dignity of seniors, support their independence, and encourage their social interaction by organizing various fund raising campaigns including our summer-long Bargain Barn, our fall Annual Appeal and Spring Antique Car Show, among others.

We would love for you to get involved! Please leave a message for Marcia at (781) 438-1157 for more  information.

If you would like to support the Senior Center by making a donation, please consider sending a check to the Senior Center Friends of Stoneham Inc. c/o the Stoneham Senior Center or contribute online by using the “donate” button below.

Special Inclement Weather Note
If the Stoneham School System is closed due to inclement weather (snow storms, etc.) – the Stoneham Senior Center will also be closed that day. If you question whether or not the Center will be open, just give us a call at (781) 438-1157 before coming.

Senior Center Reminders
For the safety of everyone, please park in designated, marked spaces only. When you are driving into the parking lot, please follow the signs that direct you to circle the building in a counter-clockwise direction.

Remember, not every day is hot in the summer. On those days when it may be cool outside, please remember that the Center does not have heat during the summer, so dress appropriately in layers.

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