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October 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

Deck and Awning Project Complete
Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors and fresh air on our newly renovated deck! Your contributions enabled the “The Senior Center Friends” and the Senior Center to rehabilitate the Center’s deck and install a new awning. With the completion of this updated outdoor living space, we have expanded opportunities for everyone to get our “nature nutrients” every day.

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 were included as insert in the August issues of “The Sentinel”, and are also available at the Senior Center.

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.

The Giving Tree
In the lobby of the Senior Center stands a “Giving Tree”, the name taken from the She Silverstein book of the same name that  tells the story of a tree which lovingly provides food, activity, shade, covering, and finally rest over the lifetime of the boy in the story as he grows. It represents a life that keeps on giving and is happy to do so, and we use that reminder as an opportunity for members and visitors to make a contribution that will be used to fund activities at the Center.

One family has used the Giving Tree four times. Once they place a leaf in memory of a loved one. Once the leaf was in support of the Center. The final two were used to commemorate special events in the family. Every donation will support programs, services and operating expenses including repairs, services and operating expenses including repairs, maintenance and cleaning. Please consider giving a memorial or other sign of support by donating to the Giving Tree.

Our Friends
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 donating 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. You can also follow us on social media at the links below. Closing announcements will also be made on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

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.

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