MISSION OF THE NORTHBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER AND COUNCIL ON AGING
The role of the Northborough Senior Center and Council on Aging is to maintain or increase the quality of life for the mature citizens of the Northborough community. This is done through support, advocacy, planning, coordination, and implementation of programs that bring mature citizens together for social, recreational, and educational purposes. The Council on Aging seeks to educate the entire community and enlist its support and participation.
***The Senior Center will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day***
Director’s Corner: Due to low attendance, the Men’s Breakfast will no longer be on our schedule at the Senior Center. I want to thank Pauline Brodeur and Judie Gustafson for being part of the start-up of this great program over 13 years ago. Their dedication and commitment to the breakfast is to be commended. Their talents in the kitchen produced many delicious meals. In recent years, Theresa Elbe and Bev McCaffrey joined Pauline and Judie to ensure a quality event each month. I want to extend my gratitude to Theresa and Bev for all their efforts. Vickie Killeen continues to amaze us with all of her delicious cooking in the
Bistro @119 at both lunch and dinner. It’s important to note that Vickie is the only paid staff person at the Bistro. All of the other wonderful staff is made up of volunteers. Each sandwich is freshly made to order for each customer and, as we all know, that takes time. Volunteers are at the ready to take your order much like you give your order to a server at any restaurant. Please allow them to write down your order so that the person preparing the meal has all the information to prepare your meal. At times, order forms filled out by customers have a bit of information missing, like a bread choice for instance, and the cooks have to leave their post to seek out the customer for the missing information. The Bistro @119 is financially self-sufficient. The revenues that are taken for meals pay for the food, the supplies and Vickie’s wages as Bistro Manager. We appreciate your patronage and appreciate your consideration of our procedures at the Bistro @119! Kelly Burke
Can You Help?
The Senior Center has several volunteer vacancies. Positions include receptionist, The Bistro @ 119 and shopping helper on the van. Please contact Jocelyn Ehrhardt at 508-393-3035 for more information.
Can you help?
Date: September 8
Time: 1:00 PM
Presenter: Terrie Drew
Join us for this informative presentation and interactive dialogue. The Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (MA SMP) Program reaches and educates Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid) beneficiaries, caregivers and many others to be engaged in their health care. Do you know that healthcare errors, fraud, and abuse cost billions of dollars annually? Do you know that approximately 100,000 lives are lost each year due to healthcare errors? In this session, you’ll learn the best practices of how to PREVENT, DETECT and REPORT healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. Remember, healthcare errors can also cost you your life or the life of a loved one. Don’t miss this important meeting. Get empowered!
Day/Date: Monday: September 22, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm
Cost: Free sandwich of your choice for Northborough seniors with September birthdays.
Please join us for Birthday Lunch at the Bistro@119. If you are a town resident, age 60 or more, and have a birthday in September, the Friends will treat you to a lunch at the Bistro@119, which includes a sandwich of your choice, and of course, cake and ice cream. Even if you’re not celebrating a birthday, we’d love to have you join the festivities. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to make your reservation. We mail out birthday coupons to Town Residents to be used
the day of the birthday lunch at the istro@119. If you do not receive yours by the week before Birthday Lunch, please call us and pick up your coupon here!
A FALL EVENT THAT’S A FIRST FOR THE SENIOR CENTER!
Fashion Show and High Tea
Date: September 24
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The Friends of the Northborough Senior Center are planning a Spectacular Fashion Show and High Tea, and everyone’s invited to attend. Please mark your calendars now and plan to gear up for fall with the latest fall fashions and accessories from The Exchange, Northborough’s “chic boutique” of fashionable and beautiful clothing and accessories for women. You’ll learn how to "shop smart" and dress with great style on a budget, while you enjoy tea and delicious homemade tea sandwiches and desserts. The Fashion Show & High Tea will also feature
door prizes. Tickets at $20 per person are available at the Senior Center reception desk, at the Exchange, and from members of the Friends Board of Directors. Located at 19 Blake Street in Northborough Center, The Exchange offers gently used and new consignment items to its customers. The Friends are grateful to its proprietor, Sue Whitney, for her commitment to this Friends fundraising event. Her support includes dressing models of various sizes in fall clothing and accessory items. See http://www.exchange-boutique.com for more about the shop!
CHRONIC PAIN – SELF-MANAGEMENT
Date: October 1 - November 5
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Northborough Senior Center will be hosting a free six-week program on chronic pain self-management, a participant education program developed by Stanford University. The class is for adults living with and/or caring for someone with chronic pain. The sessions are geared to help manage and educate participants and are led by professionals with chronic pain themselves. Subjects covered in the sessions include:
-Techniques to deal with problems such as fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation -Appropriate use of medications
-How to communicate effectively with family, friends and medical professionals
-Nutrition tips and advice
-How to evaluate new treatments
Each participant will also receive a companion book, “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions,” and a chronic Pain Workbook with “Moving Easy” CD. Advance registration is required.
Date: October 14
Time: 6:30 PM
Join us for an informative presentation by the staff at the audiology practice of Dr. Leslie Soiles and New England hearing Instruments, Inc. in Shrewsbury.
• Understanding your hearing evaluation
• A summary of advancements in hearing aid technology
• Wireless and Bluetooth apps for the hearing impaired
• Extended wear hearing aids and the invisible solutions for dealing with hearing loss
• Questions and Answers concerning hearing loss, consumer reports, and hearing aid prices and the often confusing features and benefits of hearing aids.
This question and answer discussion will be held in a “non-commercial” educational format. Dr. Soiles has been practicing for over 25 years and is a long-time hearing aid wearer herself. She has referring relationships with over 40 physicians in the area. Schedule a complimentary hearing evaluation today, as part of our Community Wellness program. It is recommended that everyone have a baseline hearing evaluation at the age of 55.
SAVE THE DATES:
Fallon Health Plan will be presenting updates and changes to its 2015 Senior Plan on 10/28/14 at 1:00 PM and 11/18/14 at 10:00 AM.