About the Stoneham Senior Center
Thank you for visiting our web site! 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.
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 meet new acquaintances. Learn new skills or hobbies. Go out to museums, performances, special events, and meals with friends. Seek assistance with filing taxes, choosing the right insurance, or managing medical issues. Be driven in comfort to the doctors or to the grocery store. And 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 insure 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!
The Council on Aging provides services of nutrition, health, recreation, transportation, informational and referral programs for seniors residing in
The mission of the Stoneham Council on Aging is to welcome all to the
If you have any questions about the Center, or about services for seniors available in the
At Risk Persons Program
The Stoneham Police Department has initiated an "At Risk Persons Program". This program would provide the Police Department with pertinent information on residents with any issues that would deem them at risk of wandering from their residence. The program would encompass but not limited to Alzheimer's disease, Autism, etc.
If you are the Parent, Spouse, or Caregiver of a person you believe is an "At Risk" resident, please contact Dispatcher Brian Johnston at the Stoneham Police Department, (781) 438-1215 at X3234. An information sheet will be completed and attached to a photo of the individual. These items will be compiled in a file and made available to the Officers and/or Dispatchers if needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (781) 438-1215, X3234.
There's Help for Medical Expenses
If you have outstanding medical bills or pending services which you may not be able to manage? There are local funds available to assist with these needs.
If you would like a review of eligibility for these grants, please call the Stoneham Council on Aging at (781) 438-1157, and leave your name, phone and/or additional contact information and specify your interest in the medical funds. Diane Durow, Chair of the Stoneham Council on Aging's Board of Directors, will contact you directly.
Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dimentias
Join us for an informative talk and light refreshments on March 12 at 10:00 AM. Lisa O'Loughlon of Intercity Home Care, a certified Alzheimer's Coach, will share her knowledge and experience to clarify dementias, the stages and interventions for Alzheimer's and other facts that will help to deal with the symptoms and effects of this disease. You questions will be welcomed. Sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot or call the Center at (781) 438-1157.
Commuity Garden 2014 Kick-Off
It's that time of year again - time to start planning your community garden for 2014! Join us on March 14 at 11:00 AM to discuss the plans for this year's garden. We would love to have new people involved, so come and help decide what we will grow this year. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 for more information.
Diabetes Presentation and Lunch
On March 18, representatives from Genesis at Wakefield Center will host a lunch time presentation. They will discuss their services and provide information on diabetes prevention and treatment. The presentation and lunch are free, but you must reserve your spot by call (781) 438-1157.
Message from SHINE
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Exchanges and Medicare
Much attention is being focused on the Affordable Care Act and the deadline for people to enroll through the health insurance exchanges (also known as marketplaces). Medicare beneficiaries should be aware of the following:
The health insurance exchanges are for those individuals who
Do Not Have health insurance and are NOT Medicare beneficiaries
If you have Medicare A and B, you meet the requirements for
Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage Plans are
NOT sold through the health insurance exchanges.
In most cases, it is illegal to sell health insurance exchange policies
to Medicare beneficiaries
People who are already on Medicare do not need to re-enroll or
get new Medicare cards
Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. For more information, meet with a SHINE counselor. To make an appointment with the SHINE counselor here at the Senior Center, please call (781) 438-1157.
The Men's Club
Each Thursday beginning in March, the upstairs turns into the Stoneham Men's Club from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Enjoy the pool table, dart board, putting green, coffee and goodies with good friends.
Mass College of Pharmacy
Nursing students from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy will be at the Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays in February and March conducting a variety of programs, presentations, and health clinics. Please welcome them and participate in this public health learning experience.
On March 11 at 10:30 AM they will present a program on medication compliance. Are you taking the right dosage at the right time? Are you following your doctor's and/or pharmacist's instructions? Join them for an informative presentation.
Be A Connector
We are beginning a new telephone reassurance program with volunteers who will be calling seniors to help them connect with our Center and acquaint them with what we offer. Each of you is a great resource, and your hospitality to visitors answers their question "what will happen when I go to the Senior Center" - they will be welcomed!
Please sign up to volunteer and help us start a new telephone reassurance program to connect our seniors with our services. Since some seniors are not familiar with us, we want to call those in our community to acquaint them with the resources and programs that are available to them here.
With the addition of Tai Chi a few weeks ago, the Senior Center now offers a half dozen exercise programs for all levels, as well as a popular walking club. We serve lunch daily and offer a variety of crafts, lessons and organized trips. From chorale groups to computer classes, painting to pizza and a movie, there is truly something to support every lifestyle.
How Did You Know That?
How many inches of snow do we average in southern
New England per year? - 35 inches
Which New England state is the smallest but has the
longest name? - Rhode Island.
Stoneham was once part of which nearby city? - Charlestown.
Some questions are easy to answer and some take a little more investigation. At the Stoneham Senior Center we always want to be able to answer your questions or help you find the right resource to get an answer.
Whether you have concerns about yourself or a neighbor, please feel welcome to call me at the Senior Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM TO 2:30 pm for help finding answers to your questions about the services we provide as well as the services to which we can connect you.
We would like to thank the Wednesday Bridge Group for their recent donation of card tables to the Center.
In the case of inclement weather, the Senior Center will be closed if the Stoneham Schools are closed for the day. If you are unsure, it is always best to call (781) 438-1157 before coming.
St. Patrick's Day Boiled Dinner
Join us on Monday, March 17 at 4:00 PM as the Life Care Center of Stoneham hosts a corned beef and cabbage dinner with entertainment by Kevin Tibbets. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 to reserve your spot.
From Ireland to America
On Wednesday, March 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (after lunch) folk singer Roger Tinknell will join us for a program that promises Irish ballads, lively sing alongs and traditional Irish instruments.