The October edition of the Stoneham Sentinel as well as October'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.
To see past Sentinels, visit Community Publications site here.
Unfortunately, due to the threat of continuing bad weather and the unfavorable ground conditions at the Senior Center as the result of the heavy rain, the Senior Center Friends have decided to cancel this year's antique car show and Barn Sale.
Thank you for your interest in the car show, and for your support of the Stoneham Senior Center!
The Town of Stoneham is once again offering eligible senior citizens the opportunity to work for the Town in exchange for a property tax credit of up to $500. You must go to the Tax Assessor's office at town hall first to determine your eligibility. If the assessor's office finds that you are eligible, they will refer you to the Senior Center for the application. Eligible seniors will be matched with a town department and job duties based on their employment experiences and capabilities.
If you are participating in the Veterans Tax Work-Off Program, you are not eligible to participate in the Senior Tax Work-Off Program. Senior veterans may participate in the veterans' program or the seniors' program, but not both.
For more information call Maureen Canova at (781) 438-1157.
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!
Did You Know ???
In addition to daily lunch at the Senior Center, you can enjoy informative presentations, all levels of exercise programs, art appreciation, and exciting trips. We can also help with
- Health insurance options
- Rides to local medical appointments
- Payment of uncovered medical expenses for qualified seniors
- SNAP applications
- Fuel assistance and energy improvements
- Weekly bus trips down Main Street
- Weekly grocery shopping trips
- Personal shopping for homebound elders
- Assistance with Home Services when needed (housekeeping, personal care, and Meals on Wheels)
Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 for more information.
Medicare Open Enrollment
It's that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HBO, PPO) you should receive information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2016.
During Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. If you never had a drug plan, this is your opportunity to join one. SHINE (Serving to Health Insurance Needs of Everyone ... on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as explain other options you may have. Appointments are limited so make your appointment soon. Please bring your Medicare care and list of prescriptions with you to your appointment. You can make a SHINE appointment at the Senior Center by calling (781) 438-1157.
What's New In Medicare for 2016
A representative from the SHINE program at Mystic Valley Elder Services will update us on changes in Medicare for the coming year on Tuesday, October 22 at 2:30 PM here at the Center. Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period starts on October 15 and ends on December 7. During Open Enrollment, you may change your Medicare drug coverage for next year. This is an opportunity to review your current coverage. Or, if you've been on Medicare for a while but have never joined a drug program, open enrollment is your chance to do so. If you want to meet with SHINE counselor, make your appointment now. Certified SHINE Counselors (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone on Medicare) provide free and unbiased counseling services ad will help you understand your Medicare - related health and drug plans, as well as other options you may have. Pre-registration is required for this informative session. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 or sign up at the front desk.
Social Security: A Hit or Miss Proposition
StonehamBank will present a complementary seminar providing a wealth of information about the Social Security system. Presenter Kurt Czamowski will cover topics such as when an individual can begin collecting, how the benefit is calculated, and the impact of working in retirement. The seminar will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 AM at StonehamBank's Community Room located at 80 Montvale Avenue. For more information, visit www.stonehambank.com to register for the seminar, or call (781) 438-5838.
Stoneham Community Chorale
"Connecting the community, one song at a time" is the motto of this inter-generational chorale sponsored by the Stoneham Senior Center and the MELD Foundation. The group is directed by the talented Tudor Bota. No audition is required. Rehearsals are held at the Center on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The cost is $35.00 per season. All are welcome. The season runs from September 17 thru December 6.
Sing Out Loud - Sing Out Strong
All are welcome to join a new chorus group beginning Monday, October 19 at 2:30 PM in the upstairs activity room. The Stoneham Singers with Regina will meet each Monday. Come and share your voice with others. There is no fee to participate and beginners are welcome. A love and appreciation for music are all that are required.
Kathy O'Leary and Jan Turner and the final two winners of the raffles for signing in to the Center for their activities. Make sure you continue to sign in using our new monitor at the front desk.
We are so grateful for all of you who donate coffee, paper goods, and paper to the Center. Your generosity allows the Center to put more resources into programming and services for seniors in our community.