|FEBRUARY 2007 - SENIOR INFORMER
Valentine’s Day Lore Tie a blue satin ribbon around your bare ankle & you’ll be kissed by day’s end.
Th. Feb. 15 “Day after Valentines” Lunch 11:15, $2.50,door prizes, candy! Sign up by Feb 8 - 781-982-2146
Fuel Assistance - Volunteers Mary Cooke & Bill Kendall help folks complete the application for fuel assistance. You do not have to be an elder to receive this help from the Council on Aging. Call 781-982-2146 for free appointment – either Tues or Thurs morning, at Town Hall, Abington.
Income Tax Time Again! Senior Income Tax assistance available - free. Volunteers Greg Doyon and Bud Wheaton will be with again this season to help Seniors prepare and file simple tax returns. Tues/Thurs mornings from Feb. 6 – April 12, at the Council on Aging. Call 781-982-2146 for appointment. 1st come, 1st served.
SERVE: a smart way to get healthy food! Volunteer two hours per month in the community, get food package $20. Call Phil Vargus, 781-878-4921, for further information.
Happy Birthday and thank you to our COA Volunteers
(Abraham Lincoln & George Washington also)
2 Natalie Walker Feb. 3
Feb. 22 Kate Kelley Feb. 27 Betty Berry
Family Caregiver Support Program - free services to those caring for loved ones 60 or older. Call Old Colony Elderly Services (800)242-0246 ext. 245
Reverse Mortgage – must be 62 to participate. House rich, cash poor? Reverse Mortgage allows you to use your home equity to pull out cash for any use. Don’t pay back until you move or home is sold. Connect with Specialist John Fournier, call the COA 78-982-2146.
From Time to Time someone offers a used lift-chair, stair climber, etc. Get on list if interested for next time. 982-2146
(Social Club) Senior Citizens Association, an active social club for Abington residents who have passed the 59th birthday. Meets 2nd Monday each month at 12noon, VFW Hall on Central St. $7 to join, $5 yearly dues.
Abington SENIOR CENTER FUND pg 3
Senior Center Fund has a new address for donations.
Donations – make checks payable to “
Iva Dix Carl Franzen Russell & Lucille Phillips Kenneth & Dorothy Taylor Frank Taylor Meredith Turcotte
Jacqueline Whitten Biz (Beaton) Zaleski
In memory of Paul Cheverie, by Carmela Cheverie
In memory of daughter Carole Marsh, by Rita Webster
In memory of Clara McIlvain, by Franklin School Brockton, David/Judith Stevens, Senior Citizen Association
In memory of Colin Whalen, by Arthur and Joan Whalen
Lifetime Memberships $100
Anne Nelson, in memory of John, Paul and Sam
Walter (Skip) Pulsifer, III, in memory of Gertrude Pulsifer
Connie Rhodes, in memory of Emily Jule - and Dusty
Abington VFW Men’s Auxiliary ($200)
thank families for selecting
In memory of Leo Natale: (many others were listed in Dec. & Jan. newsletters) Patricia Bowers
Associates of the committee(s) for Senior Center talk to us about
SENIOR CENTER DONATIONS: MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO “SENIOR CENTER FUND”
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
rejoicing continues, as we anticipate getting our future
The cost of constructing
The design for the Senior Center by Architect Doug Ulwick, will be complete by the time you read this. If you can read design plans, you are welcome to view the copy we keep in the office. We also have a 3-D model.
Fundraisers Available Now:
Fleece Blanket Patriots/Red Sox, donated by Judy Young tickets $5. each – Drawing in February
Hilliards Candybars – think Valentine’s Day! $1 per bar
Abington CALENDAR PAGE IS NOW PAGE 5
Nutrition: Meals on Wheels and the Senior Luncheon through the Council on Aging 781-982-2146
Meals on Wheels- Are you homebound? Just coming home from hospital or rehab? Monday – Friday, the Council on Aging offers home-delivered lunches. We can arrange for a meal right to your door and a volunteer will check in with you. The cost to the Senior is just $2.50 per meal, payable on Mondays for the week. (A referral is required of course - from a doctor, visiting nurse, social worker, or case manager.) Call 781-982-2146
Luncheon Thursdays 11:15am a delicious
luncheon is served to Seniors age 60 & up. Cost to the Senior
is just $2.50. Location: The hall in the
Elder Law Attorney George Whiting founded this free law pg. 7
clinic at the Council on Aging. Consult the specialist about
Old Colony Elderly Services: (OCES) providing care
to Elders and/or their caretakers, to enable seniors to live
independently in their homes as long as it is safe for them to
do so. Call Norma Clark, COA, 781-982-2146 to activate a
referral, or call 508-584-1561 yourself.
MOVIE Showings 10:15am, Abington Library. Free.
Tues, Feb 6 “Little Miss Sunshine”- all star comedy
Tues, Feb 20“Love’s Abiding Joy”–wholesome drama
Scam - neither Medicare nor Social Security call Seniors
at home out of the blue. We hear that criminals call, asking
Seniors for social security or Medicare numbers, bank accounts,
etc. Not expecting a criminal to be calling, folks sometimes do
unwittingly give these numbers to the caller. Do not do this!
N.E. Pension Assistance Project: A worker or surviving
spouse may not even know about (or what became of)
pension plan(s). Pension Project at U
helps Seniors find pensions, recover benefits, understand
plans, Social Security & etc. Call Toll free 888-425-6067
Fri. Shopping Bus, year round. Morning trip to a different
shopping locale each Friday. Call Shopping Coordinator,
Natalie Walker, or the COA, for more information.
remember Norma Cheney
Did you know that Norma founded a counseling center for
Abington and the surrounding communities? The Center office
located downstairs at the
for Seniors might involve discussing family, aging issues, maybe
losses which come. Visits covered by Medicare, sliding fee or
free. Call 781-878-0199 for more information. Confidential.
It’s all about Attitude: If I can walk and talk and see and
pee, I’m not complaining. (submitted by Adele D.)
Attend Open Meetings –
Council on Aging Board 9am, 3rd Wed. of month, Town Hall
Senior Center Committee 10am, 3rd Wed. of month, Town Hall
Building Committee (eve) 7pm, 3rd Mon. of month, Town Hall
Senior Safe-keeping 1) Look at your driver’s license. Is your license number your social security number? Oh oh. Change that immediately, to number assigned by the Registry. 2) Look at your checkbook. Is your whole name printed? Is your phone number or social security number included? Oh oh. Use your initials rather than your first and middle name. Never offer your social security number. 3) Photocopy the contents of your wallet. Keep this information in a safe place in case of emergency or loss. (submitted by Joanne MacNeill)
My Mom gave me “365 Great Things about Getting Older” calendar–I will share some quotes! - Linda
“Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly
serene but my eighties are passionate. I
grow more intense with age.”
Senior Informer via e-mail Send your e-address to: email@example.com
Abington website w/Council on Aging information! (thanks Paul Cahill) www.ourabington.com