|MAY 2007 - SENIOR INFORMER
HAM AND BEANS SUPPER and PENNY SALE.
SATURDAY, MAY 5,2007, 5 TO 6:00 p.m.
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, BEDFORD ST.,( RTE. 18)
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM...
The Committee, or at the COA Office, and at Bemis Drug. Only 100 tickets are available. SO get
INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE is all done for this year. We wish to heartily thank our volunteers, Greg
Doyon and "Bud" Wheaton for serving us so well! They devoted much time and effort to help our
seniors with their taxes and we do appreciate their efforts. At least 82 people were helped. New
this year, even if you didn't file an income tax, was a refund for Federal Telephone Excise Tax of
$30 per individual or $40 per couple. The Circuit Breaker Tax Rebate of $870 in 2006 was also a
good deal. Speaking of taxes, the Town of Abington also offers rebates on Real Estate Taxes to
qualifying seniors. Please call Town Hall at 781-982-2100, Treasurer/Collector's Office, for further
Another big "THANK YOU" to volunteers MARY COOKE and BILL KENDALL who have weathered
another Fuel Assistance season for us. Thank you, Mary and Bill. Hope to see you next year.
AND very, very important to us, all of our wonderful volunteers who help in so many ways - in the
office, delivering Meals on Wheels, getting our newsletter out, etc. THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
THANK YOU! We appreciate each and every one of you. (If you are anxious to get involved as a
volunteer, give us a call!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU to COA VOLUNTEERS
May 3 - Dot Power May 5 - JaniceKing
May 6- Joyce Joseph May 10- Joelacobucci
May 16 - Marion Tisdale May 24 - Tess Purdy
Senior Center @ Massasoit - Call 508-588-9100
Arthritis Aquatics (Mon-Wed-Fri)
Senior Chorus (Wed)
Yoga for Seniors (Fri)
History reading group and Senior Net Computer Classes for age 50+
Family Caregiver and Safe Return Programs - free services to those caring for loved ones 60
years or older through OCES. Now offering rebate up to $55 for enrolling in the Alzheimer's Assoc
Safe Return Program, which helps reunite caregivers with those who have wandered due to
dementia. Call (800)242-0246 ext. 272 for more info.
Walk In Health Screening for blood pressure, sugar testing, nutrition and weight counseling:-
(most) Tues/Thurs 9-11 100 Lincoln Blvd VNA room
3rd Wed 10-11 585 Chestnut a Bldg 1 *2 alternate.
1st Thurs. 10-11 71 Shaw Ave
ALL seniors are welcome at ALL sessions.. You don't have to-live there to attend screenings.
Free Hearing Screenings - First Tuesdays each month
at the Council on Aging at Town Hall with John Klefeker. Hearing tests and hearing aid checks.
Callfor appt 781-982-2146. Have your hearing tested. Know what you might be missing,
Senior Citizens Association is an active social dub for Abington residents. Meets 2nd Monday
each month at 12noon, VFW Hall on Central St. $7 to join, $5 yearly dues. (Dues were due in
March. This group has new leadership that are planning some great and different programs. NO
upper age limit, but you must be at least 59 1/2 yrs old. Plan to come to the next meeting on May
14th-come around 11:30a.m for coffee and ...............
ARE YOU O.K.??????? Are you O.K.? is a free program sure to increase a Senior's sense of
security. The Sheriffs Department telephones by computer to the Senior's home every day. You
choose the time of day. If you don't answer the phone after 2 calls, help is enlisted to make sure
you are O.K. We wish every senior that lives alone would sign up for this.
Happy Mother's Day - May 13th
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers. Wouldn't it be fun to know which Mother in Abington had
the most children? We know Mary Donlan (with Bob's help) had 10 children and that Mary Cooke
(and late husband Jim) also had 10 children. If you know of a Mother who had 11 or more children,
let us know. (We'll give the Fathers credit on Father's Day).
-—In an interview with Michael Caine, the actor told how his mother encouraged him to be like a
duck...calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath!
—If we had known grandkids were so much fun, we'd have had them FIRST!
People can be divided into three groups...Those who make things happen. Those who watch
things happen and those who WONDER what happened!!!
SUPPORT GROUPS Open to the public - no charge
Bereavement Group - Abington, meets once per month at the Library, 1st Thursday, 6:30pm free
Norma Kent Counseling Center-Abington. covered by Medicare, sliding fee 781-878-0199
Alzheimers Support Abington - Colony House, 277 Washington St. - monthly, 4th Monday, 5-6pm
Emmanuel House Assisted Living, 25 E. Nilsson St.
Better Breathers - Brockton Hospital assembly room - last Tues., 2-3:15 p.m.
Caregivers Support - Rockland Council on Aging, 394 Union St. Rockland, 4th Monday 1pm
Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren- Brockton, 1st Fri. 10- 2, Call 508-586-1667 (children
BEWARE OF SCAMS. They're out there in alarming numbers. The top 5 Senior Scams are:
(1) Prizes and sweepstakes scams: Seniors are told they've won a sweepstake and all they need
to do is send a check to cover the taxes.
(2) Home improvement frauds: Criminals knock on your door offering to fix your driveway, then
paint it black and charge you $3,000 - or you are asked to pay up front to have your roof fixed,
never to see the repairman again!!!
(3) "Phishino" schemes: Seniors receive a call from someone claiming to represent a bank or
other reputable institution warning that your financial information or credit card has been
compromised, and you are asked to verify your bank account number or call an 800 phone
number where you are asked for personal financial information.
(4) Internet fraud: Seniors, unfamiliar with how to use the Internet, can unwittingly give their
credit card number to a scammer.
(5) Seniors who give out their birth date and Social Security number can open up their
entire financial history to a thief.
DUES ARE DUE
The Abington Senior Center Fund, sometimes referred to as "Friends of the Abington Senior
Center" has re-organized their list of members, old and new, and decided it would be more
efficient for both them and you if there was one particular month for EVERYONE to renew their
membership each year. They have chosen JUNE as "THE MONTH". So, if you haven't renewed yet
for this year, by signing up for June membership (and catching up, if necessary), you will be
covered until June 2008. If you can't remember when you last signed up, (dues are still $5.00 per
year), then call the COA office, and they'll "look you up". We just know everyone will want to be a
member in good standing when the Senior Center doors open.
THE BIRTHDAY GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING... Do you have a birthday coming??? Do you already
have too much "stuff"??? Suggest a donation in your name to the Senior Fund,
Abington SENIOR CENTER FUND Membership for 2007 is $5 per person
The Senior Center Fund has a new address for donations:
P.O. Box 2035. Abington MA 02351
make checks payable to "Senior Center Fund"
Donations made during April will be acknowledged in our next newsletter -
With thanks to families selecting "Senior Center Fund" for memorial gifts.
SENIOR CENTER DONATIONS: MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO "SENIOR CENTER FUND"
Donation Correspondents: Joanne Curtis and new! Mary Donlan and Fran Greenough
Senior Center Fund Treasurer: Jack Libby
Abington Senior Center Fund Donation new address P.O. Box 2035, Abinqton, MA 02351
Membership for 2007 $5. per person or $100. for lifetime membership. Mail or bring to Town Hall
In memory of _______________________________________________________
Send acknowledgement to: ___________________________________________
*****Ive got everything I always had—only it's six inches lower!!! *****Gypsy Rose Lee
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION - Call 781-982-2145 or 2146
Council on Aging Van is door to door service to medical appointments, bank, hairdresser,
pharmacy, library, etc. $3 round-trip. Also grocery shopping. (Free rides to COA activities &
luncheon.) Call the COA to book rides in advance. 781-982-2145 or 2146
Dial-a-BAT (BAT stands for Brockton Area Transit) vehicles travel a bit further out, to Brockton &
Bridgewater(s), 9:304:30. To Boston Mon-Wed-Fri. BAT rides must be booked through the Council
on Aging, too. Fees vary. Door to door - pay driver.
Friday Morning Shopping Bus travels to mall (Hanover, Westgate or Kingston). Plenty of room for
bundles. Several pick-up sites. Call Natalie Walker, 781-878-4543 for more bus info.
SENIOR NUTRITION - Call 781-982-2145 or 2146
MEALS ON WHEELS delivered to homebound Seniors, lunchtime Mon - Fri, $2.50 per meal.
Wonderful volunteers deliver wonderful nutritious meals right to your kitchen table. (Referral is
needed from your doctor, visiting nurse, social worker or case worker.)
SENIOR LUNCHEON Thursdays 11:15am at the Baptist Church hall - reservations needed. $2.50
(school year only) Come and perhaps meet up with a friend you haven't seen for ages.
VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES • FREE
For appointment or connection - call the Council on Aging 781-982-2146
Elder Law Clinic founded by Atty, George Whiting at the COA on the 3rd Monday morning
monthly. Meet confindentially-Attomey Whiting will address questions & offer general guidance.
Hearing Screening - "Listen to Life Again" - Specialist John Klefeker visits the COA on the 1st
Tuesday 1pm. monthly for hearing screenings & hearing aid checks.
Reverse Mortgage House rich, cash poor? John Fournier at the COA on the 3rd Wed monthly, to
describe reverse mortgage. Must be 62 years old. No credit or income requirements. *
Call the COA about:
Auto Repair Mark Jamieson will talk to your mechanic, as "second opinion".
Moving George Weir will give helpful tips about moving.
Banking Hal Norton will answer questions concerning all aspects of banking.
Elder Real Estate Roger Woods -&- Sue Johnson. FREE consult & analysis.
Long Term Care and Insurances
Walking Club -"WOW" (Walking on Wednesday - seasonally) meets every Wednesday, 9:00 am at
Reilly Field track next to the Library. Join us when you can, no matter your speed. Call the office
(982-2145 or 2146) for into or to sign up.
Line Dancing Classes with Barbara Reeves: Fridays 1pm-2:30pm in St. Bridget's Hall. Get happy
Movie Showings Suspended till further notice-
Old Colony Elderly Services: (OCES) provides care to Elders and/or their caretakers, to enable
elders to live independently in their homes as long as it is safe for them to do so. Call Norma
Clark, Outreach Worker at the Abington Council on Aging, to activate a referral for -services, or
you may make the call yourself. The number for OCES is 508-584-1561.
VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - FREE (see above - repeated)
RITA'S Trips - "Carefree Capers" Contact Rita Webster directly 781-982-9102
May 20-24.2007: Wildwood Crest — Visit to Cape May, Atlantic City and much
more. Meals are included. This is a very popular trip. $419.00 pp/dbl
(The Council on Aging is not responsible for any trip. We merely publicize opportunities).
The Abington Art Association has kindly invited our Seniors to attend any of their planned
activities. On Wednesday, May 16th, there is a bus trip ($5.00) to the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston. There is also a bus trip ($10.00) to Newburyport on Saturday, June 9th. For further into,
please call the office.
COA OUTREACH -and S.H.I.N.E. Counselor Norma Clark. 781-982-2146 -Appointments
are helpful - or call if you have a problem she could help you solve. Do you think you might be
eligible for Mass. Health, Food Stamps? Do you have questions about health insurance, Medicare,
Parts A, B, C or D? Prescription coverage?
All People are Welcome to these Open Meetings
Council on Aging Board 9am, 3rd Wed monthly Town Hall
Senior Center Committee 10am, 3rd Wed monthly Town Hall
Abington website including Council on Aging information! (thanks to Paul Cahill)
The Council on Aging Board has a current vacancy. If interested, send a letter to Town Manager
Phil Warren. One must be able to attend meetings on the 3rd Wed. each month at 9:00am, Town
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