The January edition of the Stoneham Sentinel as well as January's detailed lunch menu are now available for download. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to open and view the the files on your computer. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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The recent extremely cold temperatures have demonstrated the potential dangers associated with utilizing ‘alternative’ methods to heat your home, particularly if you lose your primary heating source due to a power outage or to lack of fuel. Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Many of these home fires are caused by the improper use of space heaters, as well as fireplaces and wood stoves. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) advises the following heating and carbon monoxide tips to help stay safe this winter season:
• Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
• Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
• Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing and curtains at least three feet away from the heater.
• Plug portable heaters directly into outlets. Never plug a portable heater into an extension cord or power strip.
• Turn heaters off when going to bed or leaving the room.
• Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
• Do not burn paper in the fireplace.
• Put the fire out before going to sleep or leaving the home.
• Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from the home.
• Have the chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
• Make sure the wood stove is three feet away from anything that can burn.
• Do not burn paper in the wood stove.
• Put the fire out before going to sleep or leaving the home.
• When using heaters that require fuel, install a carbon monoxide detector.
Peter W. Judge
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Stoneham, along with the communities of Melrose and Wakefield, is conducting a survey of residents aged 55 and over to identify potential areas of need. Your anonymous input will help shape the development of aging services and programs.
Please click here to complete the 10-question anonymous survey. If you have any questions, call the Stoneham Senior Center at (781) 438-1157 or email email@example.com. If you prefer, you may pick up a paper copy and submit the survey anonymously at the Center during normal business hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:00PM. Thank you for your input.
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 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!
Message From the Director
Happy New Year! I hope that your holiday celebrations with your family were joyous and fun.
As we begin 2015 we are preparing to address an issue that we have seen increasing among our members and friends. That issue is caring for a loved one who is experiencing memory loss either from dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other cause. There are programs to assist family members, and we are partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to offer support to all who are caring for a parent, spouse, or loved one.
The partnership with the Alzheimer's Association has arisen out of a need that we, as a Council on Aging, have noticed and identified. But what have we not noticed? What are the needs of seniors in our community that we can being to address, or better address? That is a question best left to YOU. In that vein, we are participating in a Needs Assessment Survey along with the Council(s) on Aging in the towns of Melrose and Wakefield to help identify these needs. Please help us out by filling out the survey. You can mail the survey form to the Center or drop it off at the front desk. Either way, your responses will remain anonymous. Your input will be greatly appreciated and help shape the development of aging services.
Town of Stoneham At-Risk Persons Program
The Stoneham Police Department has initiated an "At Risk Persons Program." This program provides the Police Department with pertinent information on residents with any issues that would deem them at risk of wandering from their residence. The program encompasses, but is not limited to with Alzheimer's disease and Autism. If you are the parent, spouse, or caregiver of a person you believe is an "At Risk" resident, please complete the information sheet available at the Center and at the Stoneham Police Station, and submit it with a photo of the resident to Dispatcher Brian Johnston at the Stoneham Police Department. If you have any questions, please call Dispatcher Johnston at (781) 438-1215, extension 3234.
Tri-Cap Heating Fuel Assistance - (February 5)
Tri-Cap Fuel Assistance pays a portion of the cost of heating your home. If you heat is included in your rent and you do not have a housing subsidy, Fuel Assistance and pay a portion of your rent. To be eligible, you must have income at or below the annual income limits for your family size detailed on www.tri-cap.org. In 2014, almost 6,000 households received Fuel Assistance from Tri-Cap. The program operates from November 1 to April 30 each year. Fuel Assistance can help lower your energy costs, especially when you also sign up for utility discounts and take advantage of Tri-Cap weatherization services to make your home more energy efficient. Tri-Cap can sign you up for discounts from your gas and electric company and your telephone service as well. A representative from Tri-Cap will be at the Center on February 5 to sign up those who are eligible. You must make an appointment by calling (781) 322-6284. For more information visit www.tri-cap.org.
Essential Skills for Family Caregivers - January 26
This three-part series, presented in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia. Improved day-to-day living and overall quality of life for the person with dementia and the caregiver are the goals.
Session I - It Starts With Communication
Monday, January 26 (2:00 - 4:00 PM)
Session II - Understanding Behaviors
Monday, February 2 (2:00 - 4:00 PM)
Session III - Safety at Home
Monday, February 9, (2:00 to 4:00 PM)
The sessions are free, but you must sign up in advance at the front desk or by calling (781) 438-1157.
Tai Chi Class - January 26
Tai Chi Classes begin at the Center on Monday, January 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The classes are free and run for six weeks. For more information call (781) 438-1157.
AARP Tax Assistance
Once again, due to shortage of qualified volunteers, AARP will consolidate tax assistance services in our area to the Wakefield Senior Center. Your can make an appointment by calling the Center at (781) 245-3312.