LINE DANCING: Get happy feet as well as exercise!
New 12 wk. Class starting Thurs. Sept. 14th “Basic Steps for Line Dancers” 10-11:30am.
Regular Line Dancing class resumes Friday, Sept. 15th at St. Bridget’s Hall, 1-2:30pm. Call Leader Barbara Reeves, 781-878-7320 for more details on either/both classes.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
Spaghetti Supper Sat. Sept. 16TH Tickets $7
(see front page for more information)
Are you a Loser? When we turn in scads of losing scratch tickets to the lottery, we will get packs of new tickets. There will be a scratching party, and we may get lucky. Donate your loser-tickets at the COA..
$250 Gift Certificate –
Ale House Gift Certificates are nearly sold-out! Available at the Council on Aging and at Bemis.
Christmas House Tour - Sunday, Dec. the 10th.
This is a Huge Fundraiser for the
Seniors are helping by numbering 1,500 ticket booklets and providing finger goodies for Sun. December 10th. Will you donate a couple of dozen goodies? About 800 people will warm up and enjoy refreshments during tour hours. Call the COA to volunteer 781-982-2146. Tour tickets go on sale 9/17 at the High School Craft Fair, will be available at the COA, Library and other locales in Town. ($25 in advance, $30 day of)
“A Little Taste of Abington” Senior Center Fundraiser on an October afternoon. Delicious samples from local eateries. A great tasting party. $10 per ticket, limited to 100 people.
Sesame Street Afghan – at the COA Office. Marion Tisdale is at it again! $5 per raffle ticket.
Gone with the Wind Character Dolls (Rhett & Scarlet) – at the COA Office. Raffle $3.
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Membership $5 per year or $100 Lifetime Membership
Special donations to the
In memory of son SSG Michael J. Colantoni (1956-1976 US Army),by Joseph Colantoni Veterans Agent
In memory of Frank Crowe, by Margaret Crowe
In memory of Christine Deveney,by Thomas Deveney, John & Cathy Dempsey, John & Helen Pace
In memory of Ronald A. Fulton, by Marjorie Edson and George Snow
In memory of Ronald A. Fulton, by Abington Senior Citizens Association
In memory of Alice Jordan, by Mr. & Mrs. William P. Murphy (NY)
In memory of Edward J. Kiernan, by Muriel Kiernan
In memory of Jean LaCamera, by the Council on Aging Staff and Board
In memory of Mary McNulty Levesque, by Edward J. Levesque
In memory of June McGowan (2nd yr), by Kevin McGowan
In memory of Dorothy L. Murphy, by Abington Senior Citizens Association
In memory of Eileen O’Driscoll, by Abington Senior Citizens Association
In memory of Dora Shimkus, by Abington Senior Citizens Association
In memory of Harry W. Wells, by Abington Senior Citizens Association
In honor of Father Allan Butler, by William Perry
In honor of Father Allan Butler and Father Jim Clark, by Gerald & Anne Fitzgerald Walters
(monthly pledge) Wanda Farrar
(monthly pledge) Connie Rhodes
$1,000 donation in memory of son Sandy Campbell, by Colin Campbell
$2,000 donation in memory of son Richard Severin, by Florence Severin
OUTREACH and S.H.I.N.E. Norma Clark, RN Retired - Outreach Worker & S.H.I.N.E.
It may seem like Sept. 15th is far away, but it’s not. Don’t procrastinate on this. Get your PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE application ready! Enrollment is Sept. 15 – Nov. 15 with an effective date of January, 2007. (see insert page for more information on this)
Keep in mind you will be able to change your Medicare Part D plan in November if you have found a better deal or are unhappy with your present Part D plan. Nov. 15 - Dec. 30 is open enrollment time for Part D. Most of our Seniors have been happy with their Part D choice, especially if they also have Prescription Advantage. A reminder – Blue Cross/Blue Shield has open enrollment only in February and March each year. Bankers and AARP Medigap plans have continuous open enrollment, effective the following month.
I know you’ve heard all this before, and I sound like “a broken record”, but I do so want everyone to be aware that we can help Seniors will all kinds of things (Food Stamps, Fuel Assistance (starts Nov.), Medicare reimbursement, Mass Health, Long Term Care, tax relief, etc. etc. I would be glad to screen you for eligibility for any of the benefits available. I will respect your confidentiality. Most (but not all) benefits offered are income/assets-dependent Give me a call, 9:30-2:00, any day but Wednesday. 781-982-2146 Norma
Are you on Mass Health? Dental and vision coverage has been restored for a number of services that had been eliminated. Seniors on the program may be covered as long as considered “medically necessary”. For questions on specific services, call Mass Health Customer Service directly at 1-800-841-2900.
TRIPS for SENIORS
The Council on Aging does not run, endorse, nor insure trips. We simply inform.
Rita’s Trips “CAREFREE CAPERS” – Contact RITA WEBSTER at 781-982-9102
Sept. 15 Lincoln Park casino trip with over 2400 slot machines plus greyhound racing. You
receive $10 cash bonus $17 per person
Sept. 22 Bourne Scallop Festival – fresh fried cape cod scallops or BBQ chicken, 90 min. canal
boat cruise, crafts, entertainment $44
served on board, farm stand visit $56
Connie’s Trips “ABINGTON FELLOW TRAVELERS” Contact CONNIE RHODES 781-878-4941
Are you spending a lot for your prescription drugs…even with Medicare Part D?
PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE CAN HELP!
Open Enrollment SEPT. 15 – NOV. 15, 2006
Don’t miss this opportunity to reduce prescription drug costs. Prescription Advantage, the State pharmacy assistance program is a secondary payer to Medicare Part D and can help to reduce your out-of-pocket costs by:
· providing benefits during coverage gaps (such as deductibles or “donut hole”)
· lowering your co-payment amounts and
· providing you with an annual out-of-pocket spending limit.
If you already have a Medicare Part D plan, or you plan to join one this fall during the
MEDICARE PART D open enrollment (Nov. 15 – Dec. 30, 2006)
look at how Prescription Advantage can lower drug costs. There is no monthly premium for Prescription Advantage. (Remember, those with limited income may also receive help paying for Medicare Part D plan premiums!)
For Seniors who do not have Medicare Part D, but have prescription drug coverage through an employer or union, Prescription Advantage also provides secondary benefits.
Prescription Advantage open enrollment is September 15 – November 15. Coverage begins January, 2007. Enrollment forms can be obtained by Calling Prescription Advantage directly, toll free at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241. If you need assistance completing the application, Norma Clark, Volunteer S.H.I.N.E. Counselor for both Abington and Hanover, will help you, by appointment only. Call the Council on Aging 781-982-2146 to make an appointment.
WE KNOW IT’S CONFUSING!!!
Ultrasound Screening Sept. 15, K of C Hall - Private company performs testing for stroke &
osteoporosis, for fee. Call 800-324-1851 for appt.
“HOW TO BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA” Wed. Sept. 6th , 10:30-11:30am by Senior Net at
a smart way to get healthy food! Volunteer 2 hrs/month in the community, then
order a giant
package of food for just $20. Contact Phil V. at 781-878-4921,
Social Club (don’t confuse with the Council on Aging)
Abington Senior Citizens Association, a social club for Abingtonians past their 59th birthdays.
Meetings 2nd Mondays,12noon, VFW Hall. Join $7.
Happy Birthday-Council on Aging Volunteers
Sept. 4 George Whiting (Elder Law Clinic,
Sept. 30 Lou Camorali (Meals on Wheels driver)
SENIOR MOVIES – shown at Abington Library, 10:15 am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays monthly.
Tu. Sept. 5th “Firewall”– suspense, Harrison Ford
Tu. Sept. 19th to be announced
No signup needed just show up when you’re able.
Public Meetings always open to the public:
SC Building Committee Sept. 18, 7pm,Town Hall
Council on Aging Board Sept. 20, 9am, Town Hall
ATTENTION VETERANS! Abington Veteran’s Agent Joe Colantoni is hosting a new Cable TV Show, Channel 13 on Tues. & Wed. nights. Tune in……
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God Rest Jean LaCamera, a great lady, COA van driver. Jean passed away in August.
COA Van - the COA van has experienced a number of difficulties with the cooling system over the summer. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, and thank you in advance for your patience while a solution is being ironed out.
The Family Caregiver Support Program offers FREE support relating to elder care: in person, by phone, or e-mail. Contact Old Colony 508-584-1561 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“W.O.W.” (“Walking on Wednesday” Club) every Wednesday at 9am. Walk the Reilly Track, next to the Library. Very informal –just show up when you can.
Resources – the COA keeps list of people in the community who perform a variety of services Seniors often inquire about. These may include handyworkers, homemaking, lawncare, shopping services, hair-care, etc. These particular services are FOR a FEE (not free). The COA informs Seniors of these providers, but cannot endorse any one.
Senior Cookout – Thursday, August 31st in the grove of the VFW Hall. Rain or shine.
e-mail the Council on Aging and/or The Senior Informer at: email@example.com
Abington website w/ Council on Aging information! (thanks Paul Cahill) www.ourabington.com
Abington Ale House
$10 Gift Certificates
available at COA
Offices at Town Hall.
Also Abington Ale
House raised $3,640 on
Raffle for 42" Plasma
Abington Ale House
|COA Senior Informer - September 2006