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DO YOU HAVE ANY NUTRITION QUESTIONS?

Perhaps you are interested in losing weight, need to gain weight, follow a special diet or have specific nutrition questions. The Mystic Valley Elder Services’ registered dietitian can assist you. If you are a Stoneham resident and interested in discussing your nutrition questions via telephone, call the Senior Center at 781-438-1157 to sign up. It’s free!

PANDEMIC GOT YOU DOWN?

We are the MassSupport Network and we provide services to ALL Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our anonymous, confidential, and free program is for individuals (including youth), families, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We provide emotional support, coping strategies, resources, and up-to-date, factual information. We also deliver presentations and coping groups around how to support ourselves and each other during the pandemic. How does it work? Leave us a message at 888-215-4920 or email us at MassSupport@riversidecc.org.

We respond Monday through Saturday, 8am to 8pm, typically within a few hours.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm Call 888-215-4920
Email MassSupport@riversidecc.org

www.masssupport.org

Is your need urgent? For 24/7 support, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990

The MassSupport Network is funded by the Federal Emergency Manage- mentAgency (FEMA) and managed in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Riverside Trauma Center, a program of Riverside Community Care.

ARE YOU 60+ AND IN NEED OF LEGAL HELP?
THE MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR LEGAL HELPLINE IS FREE TO CALL AT (800) 342-5297
The Helpline is open Mon- Fri 9AM-12PM.

The Helpline is a project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Boston. We provide free legal information and referral services to Massachu- setts residents who are 60 years old or older.

Most callers will not be eligible for a free attorney. Helpline advocates can help you find out if you are eligible and complete an application for services with a Massachusetts civil legal services program. Legal services law types include: Social Security/SSI, Veterans Benefits, Mass Health, Medicare, Consumer, Public Benefits, Unemployment, Foreclosures, Utilities, Guardianship, Wills/Advance Directives, Bankruptcy, Housing, Family law, and Nursing Home.

If you are not eligible for a free attorney and have some ability to pay an attorney, we can refer you to reduced fee attorney referral pro- grams where attorneys will charge you on a sliding scale based on your income.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING

Need help navigating the Medicare maze? Do you have questions about health insurance, prescription drug coverage, or public benefits? The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone … on Medicare) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Mass residents (and their caregivers) on Medicare. If you currently have Medicare or are about to become Medicare eligible, you may speak with an impartial certified counselor to learn about benefits and options. Call (781) 438-1157 to schedule a confidential conference call (Wednesdays only).

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR STONEHAM COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRIES

Both the Stoneham Adventist Community Services and the First Church Stoneham Food Pantry are here for the community. Each pantry provides help to Stoneham residents going through difficult times with curbside pickup by appointment. Please call ahead for safety guidelines. Contact Stoneham Adventist Community Services,

11 Gerry St. Stoneham 781-438-1347 (leave a message) – provides shelf stable and fresh produce, dairy and meats. First Church Stoneham Food Pantry, 1 Church St. Stoneham 781-438-0097 – Food Staples, some fresh foods, non-food Personal Care items and some Pet Food. Please call the above number to set up an appointment.

Each pantry requires a picture ID and proof of residence (utility, insurance bill) to sign up. Additional information and resources for Stoneham and surrounding towns is available at the Greater Boston Food Bank website: https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/


WHAT’S YOUR OPINION?
The members of the Stoneham School Building Committee are excited to hear from you regarding the proposed new Stoneham High School project. We have already received a number of completed surveys and hope that you will take a moment to respond if you haven’t already. We appreciate your interest and your thoughts on the future of Stoneham High School. You can fill out the form online at https://forms.gle/bYiSELwizXiyMFhS9 or obtain a paper copy in the vestibule of the Senior Center

AARP
If you want the option of viewing on-line presentations at your convenience, AARP has numerous subjects of interest you can see on demand. Some topics include “Decluttering, Downsizing, and Organizing Your Stuff”, “Beware of Medicare Scams,” and “Maximizing Social Security with Spousal Benefits.” They also offer interactive workshops, online learning, in-person events, and life skills for people over 50. Topics include job search skills, family caregiving and how to use technology to help improve your life. Check them out at aarp.org!


Take Charge with TRIP Metro North
Take care of personal errands and get to appointments through Mystic Valley Elder Services’ free TRIP program. TRIP gives you mileage reimbursements for friends and neighbors who take you where you need to go – at whatever time works. If you live in Stoneham, are 60+ or an adult living with a disability, don’t drive, and public transportation isn’t an option, call (781) 388-4819 to apply.


YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR FREE INTERNET: You may be able to receive free internet as a qualified residents for up to a year. The enrollment is online, so you would need to complete the form to get internet service.
Features of Internet Essentials include:
-High-speed Internet service (25/3 Mbps)
-No term contract
-No credit check
-Free self-install kit
-The option to purchase an Internet ready computer for just $149.99 + tax (We can find assistance with this as well)
-Free online digital training classes and access to the Internet Essentials online Learning Center
Requirements:

  • Must qualify for Internet Essentials service to be eligible for this sponsorship. We haven’t had anyone rejected yet.
  • Current Xfinity Internet customers are not eligible. If you have current service, you can cancel the service and be eligible after a short wait period.
  • If you do not want to provide or do not have a Social Security number, you can submit other forms of identification, like a Driver’s License (domestic or foreign), utility bill, Medicaid card, marriage certificate, matricula consular card, and passport (domestic or foreign) to name a few.
  • You do not need to live in Stoneham as this is a regional program.
  • This program is open to anyone, they don’t need to have children.
    Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. For more information, or to find out
    if you qualify, please call the Senior Center at 781-438-1157

MYSTIC VALLEY ELDER SERVICES MVES is going to offer a My Life, My Health Zoom class Wednesdays, February 3 to March 10, 2021 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (class size limited).
For questions, or to sign-up contact Donna Covelle at dcovelle@mves.org or call 781-388-4867

MYSTIC VALLEY ELDER SERVICES presents: A FREE VIRTUAL ZOOM WORKSHOP SERIES Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm February 18 to March 25 (class size is limited) Learn how to connect virtually thru a Zoom platform and take the class from the comfort of your home! Learn more about how nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle changes can promote better health. This virtual workshop series focuses on heart and bone-healthy nutrition strategies to help maintain or improve wellness and prevent chronic disease development or progression in older adults. Healthy Eating uses the USDA’s MyPlate as a framework.
For more information or to sign up for the class please contact Donna Covelle at 781-388-4867 or dcovelle@mves.org.

Senior Hours/Days for License/ID Renewal
Massachusetts law requires drivers who are 75 years of age or older to renew in person. The RMV has dedicated Wednesdays in December at certain
RMV Service Centers to anyone 74 years of age or older to renew with an
appointment.
Below are the options to make an appointment:
• If you are a AAA member, you may make a reservation now to renew your driver’s license/ID at a AAA
location. Visit aaa.com/appointments to schedule your visit.
• If you are not a AAA member, visit Mass.Gov/RMV to make a reservation to renew at an RMV Service
Center. Select the Seniors License Renewal option on the Make/Cancel a Reservation transaction
• Email the RMV for assistance to renew at MassDOTRMVSeniors@dot.state.ma
• Call the RMV at 857-368-8005
The Seniors License Renewal reservation warns customers that they will not be served if they select the
Seniors option and they are not at least 74 years of age.

Pen Pal Program
Want to make a new friend? Join our Pen Pal Program this season
If you would like to join, simply give us a call at the Senior Center, Monday through Friday (8:30-4:00)
You will be paired with a student from Austin Prep based on common interests, and then we will take care of the rest!

BOOKMOBILE! Love a good book? So do we! In collaboration with the Stoneham Public Library, the Bookmobile will be available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM. If you are looking to start reading a new book, call us at the Senior Center and staff will happily drop off a book to you. Alternatively, you can reserve your book of choice by calling the library, and we will pick up and drop it off to you. If you are a Stoneham Resident, enjoy the “Bookmobile” February 9th or 23rd from 10 AM to 12pm! We welcome donations of new or slightly used books in our donation box located outside the Senior Center (please no text books!).

HEAR COMES SUZIE SNOWFLAKE!
No matter how lovely the first snowfall, it can be a challenge! If you are a Stoneham resident whose friends and family are unable to provide assistance, the SNOW PATROL from troop 513 is available to help. They will bring their own shovels and clear a path to your front door and steps (no driveways). Please call the Senior Center for more information at 781-438-1157

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!
If you can knit or crochet, get your yarn on and start making hats, scarves and mittens to warm some of our neighborhood homeless this winter. The Senior Center can provide the yarn, and one of our volunteers will bring finished goods to the local shelters. This is such a wonderful way to stay busy, use your talents, and give to the community even though you might be housebound. People who may not have a home will be touched to know that someone thought enough of them to create a hand-made gift. Use your favorite pattern or check out allfreecrochet.com or allfreeknitting.com.

VIRTUAL LEARNING

Art Tuesday Classes with Susan McFarlane 1-2pm Tuesdays, via Zoom!
Drawing
In a positive atmosphere, discover ways to improve, or begin, drawing the world around you. Work with materials readily available at home. This class will
cover foundational drawing skills-proportion, perspective, and value to help you draw a 3D world.
Zentangle
Take a break with a relaxing, meditative, easy to learn drawing practice. No prior art experience required. You will need paper, a pencil, and a pen (felt tip, Micron, or something that writes nicely). A blender/ tortillon, or rolled paper is helpful for shading.
Classes alternate weekly February 2 Drawing, February 9 Zentangle, February 16 Drawing, February 23 Zentangle Register in advance for these meetings:
Register in advance for these meetings: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpcO-gpz4sGtzfLZ_Lw2kJDL3g4tfneTxb
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings. Register once and attend any of the sessions. If you’ve registered for a previous session, you are still registered.

JACKIE SORENSON AEROBICS CLASSES HOSTED BY ROSEMARY GRAHAM
The Senior Center is working with Jacki Sorensen Instructor Rosemary Graham to offer Fitness Classes on Zoom Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am. If you would like to join please e-mail Rosemary Graham at: rosemarygraham700@yahoo.com

RELAXATION CIRCLE WITH ANGELA SHEA
Join us as we focus and practice various simple techniques that can be used daily to aid in relaxing and help begin the ‘Mind-Body-Spirit’ connection. Please contact Angela at angelite9@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

FITNESS CLASSES WITH AIMEE BORDA

  1. Zumba® Fitness Monday 11:15 am and Friday 12 noon Fee $3
    We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba classes are often called exercise in disguise. Equipment: towel, water, lots of energy
  2. Dance & Tone Wednesday 11:15 pm Fee $3
    We start off with some simple, but fun dance choreographies, followed by some toning exercises combined with dance moves (interval training style). We will on all our muscle groups, using light dumbbells and body weight. Some stretches to improve our flexibility will be included at the end of the class. Exercises can be performed standing or seated. Modifications will be taught if needed, so all are welcome! Equipment: light dumbbells or bottles of water, mat, if going on the floor, towel
    3.® Fitness plus Total Body Conditioning Saturday 12-1 pm Fee $5
    This 60 min class, consists of 30 minutes of Zumba® Fitness, and 30 minutes of Total Body Conditioning, where we will be working on all our muscle groups, using whatever pieces of fitness equipment you have, (resistance bands, Pilate rings, dumbbells, bars and body weight). If no equipment available, I’ll provide options of improvised equipment). Some flexibility exercises will be included at the end of the class. Modifications will be taught if
    needed, so all fitness levels are welcome!
    For more information, or to register for a class, please contact Aimee at aimee@nushapept.com or 617-304-3903.

CAREGIVER’S CORNER
Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all! The symbol we all recognize for Valentine’s Day is the heart of
course. Love and kindness is shared with others in many different ways. Being a caregiver for a person you care about and love is a wonderful way of saying I love you. Taking care of yourself as a caregiver is a wonderful way of saying I love myself. You need to celebrate yourself and what you do. Schedule time ideally every day- even for minutes to do some stretching, positive thinking and laughing. These are the minimal yet big impact things that you can do for yourself every day. If you haven’t started yet, make a goal of starting this February. Need a date? If you don’t do it right away, plan for February 14th! Do something good and important for yourself and your loved one on February 14th this year, take care of yourself too!

Reach out to your doctors with questions and information on caregiver support, specific concerns and infor- mation and you can reach out to the American Heart Association online for caregiver support, resources and in- formation about heart diseases.

Have specific questions? You can reach me at:
Anne Lawrence, LICSW 781-850-0619
alawrence@stoneham-ma.org

ENRICHMENT

ART MATTERS

Primary Video – Cassatt & Degas An American woman and a French Chau- vinist, as unlikely a pair as any you can find, were friends and some say lovers, at the very heart of a radical revolution in art. Impressionism changed the art world forever. Cassatt and Degas influenced the times almost as much as they affected each other. Join us for a look at their mirrored careers, their relationship with each other and the times in which they lived.

Bonus Video Portraits A portrait is much more than a picture of what someone looks like. A portrait can document the history of a whole family, or a single individual’s journey. It can be about an era of time, a culture, an event, or the experience of youth or age. It can tell stories, be self revealing or serve as a commentary of social values or political institutions. Join us for a look at the many possibilities of the Portrait in art. Share your own point of view.

This wonderful program is available to COA members. To view either the primary video or bonus video (both are available for the month and will change monthly), please call the Senior Center at 781-438-1157 for log-in information. If you have trouble logging in, please reach out to us for assistance.

MELROSE-WAKEFIELD HEALTHCARE’S AGING IN BALANCE January 2021

Knowledge Up…Pressure Down Wednesday, February 10th 10am
February is American Heart Month! Join this “must attend” program suitable for anyone with high blood pressure or for those seeking to prevent high blood pressure. There will be a focus on what you can do to reduce high blood pressure and teach you how to keep healthy pressure intact. You will learn ways to keep your blood pressure in the healthy zone including what a heart healthy diet is, stress management techniques and when to see your doctor. Joya Pezzuto, RN, will facilitate this informative class.

Home Safety for Fall Prevention Wednesday, February 24th 10am Do you want to make your home safer? Are you wondering if there are hazards in your home that may cause falls?
There is a lot YOU can do to make your home safe and to help prevent falls! Join Stephanie Chissler, Occupational Therapist, for a home safety check-up. During this interactive online program, we will go room by room and learn safety tips that you can implement to help prevent falls at home

Lets Zoom! Tuesday appointments available 1 or 2pm Feeling isolated from friends and family? Maybe you’ve seen fun and informative classes being offered on Zoom but you don’t know how to set it up or use it. If you have a computer and an email address you are in luck! Stephanie Chissler of Aging in Balance at Melrose- Wakefield Healthcare can help you. She offers remote appointments every Tuesday afternoon to help you get set up. Email or call her to schedule your appointment so you can start Zooming!

The Savvy Caregiver New group starting early 2021 This evidence-based program is for anyone caring for a loved one or friend with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This free six-week program offers caregivers a source of support. Caregivers will meet for 2 hours each week to identify personal barriers to self-care, learn techniques for setting reasonable goals, discover ways to manage stress, learn skills for effective communication, develop ways to strengthen family resources. Schedule a 30minute private call to learn more about this upcoming program. Call 781-338-7559 or email schissler@melrosewakefield.org. To register for Aging in Balance Programs contact Stephanie Chissler at 781-338-7559 or email schissler@melrosewakefield.org.

Coffee & Conversation Ongoing weekly teleconference every Thursday afternoon 1-2 pm Join in these weekly calls. Call in once or call in every week for conversation, support, resource sharing and tips to reduce stress and anxiety. No need to register just call in! Phone 1-646-558-8656 and when asked, enter meeting ID 131-672-167##

STONEHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAM
Mystery Book Group Zoom Meeting – Thursday February 4 at 7 PM
Join Librarian Maureen Saltzman to talk about this month’s title “THE HOUSEKEEPER” by Natalie Barelli. A twisted psychological thriller! She’s a liar. She’s a stalker. She’s in your house. This book group meets on Zoom on the first Thursday of every month at 7 pm. The next month’s title is chosen at the end of the meeting. Check the web site for the meeting link @stonehamlibrary.org!

For information on Adult Book Groups, please contact Maureen Saltzman at saltzman@noblenet.org or 781-507-2483!

TRANSPORTATION

GROCERY SHOPPING
Transportation for shopping is available to Market Basket and Stop & Shop with the use of the senior center van. Safety measures and very specific protocol, including limited capacity, will be taken to ensure the wellbeing of everyone utilizing the van. Please call the center at 781-438-1157 for more details on the transportation services.

MEDICAL RIDES
If you need a ride to a medical appointment, please call the Senior Center for further details at 781-438-1157.

QUICK STOPS RETURNS!
Thursdays at 9:00 am stopping at convenient locations on Main St.

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