Senior Center Has Medicare Enrollment, Harvest Party in October

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Head to the Senior Center this month to find out about Medicare Open Enrollment, the Harvest Party or plenty of other activities. 

The Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center sent out its October Newsletter:

Some of our OCTOBER 2017 events include:
October Notes from the Director

October is a busy month at the Senior Center and we hope you will join us for an informative program or fitness class. If you haven’t visited in a while, stop in and say hello, grab a cup of coffee, browse our lending library, and share in some conversation with others in the lounge. Perhaps you’ll try your hand at chess or cribbage, or bring your laptop and surf the web on our free WiFi. If you or a friend cannot make it to the Center, give us a call and let us know how we can help.

It’s that time again! Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and our SHINE counselor will be taking appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. This is a free service. Please do not ignore your Medicare mail. Our SHINE counselor can help you understand what you need to do. On October 25 we welcome back Bruce Hambro for a musical montage and discussion of the legendary Judy Garland. Our October Lunch and Learn will feature a presentation by Ken Thompson, Watertown Building Inspector, about what you need to know about The Permit Process for Home Improvements. A Flu Clinic has been scheduled for October 10 and the Mount Ida Dental Hygiene Program will be joining us again on October 5 for the second presentation in its series on Good Dental Health and to offer oral screenings.

In response to requests for new and different programs, we have had to change the schedule of some programs and fitness classes to accommodate the offerings, so please make sure to check our calendar before you come to the Center. We appreciate your cooperation.

Wishing you all a Happy Autumn, Anne-Marie Gagnon

Join the fun at the Senior Center Harvest Party! There will be a delicious luncheon along with the Mellowtones entertaining us with some of our favorite songs, Phil Cefalo—soloist/keyboards, line dancing, and prizes. Really want to get into the spirit—join us in your favorite costume.

Have a group of friends you want to sit with? You can purchase a whole table of 7 or 8 at once. Smaller groups and individuals will share tables with others.

WHEN: Friday, October 27 11:30—3:30 Cost: $14.00 Senior Center 31 Marshall Street Doors open at 11:00. Tickets go on Sale Wednesday, October 4th at 11:00 AM


The fall is a perfect time for decking out your home for the holidays! Ernie Berardinelli is joining us today to help us start our Harvest decorating. We will be working with autumn silk flowers arranged in a pumpkin. WHEN: October 11, 2017 10:00 AM COST: $10 Pre-registration Required! This program is funded in part by the Friends of the COA.


Do you always have extra food left when you cook? Tired of having to eat your leftovers for days? Chef Marianne Zappala from the Residence at Watertown Square is going to show us some ways to cook for one. When: Tuesday, October 24 at 11:30 AM Pre-registration required.

An engaging one-hour review of the life and fabulous career of the girl from Oz—a show business dynamo of unparalleled gifts! Enjoy video clips of musicals and a sing-a-long. When: Wednesday, October 25 Time: 10:00 AM Pre-registration required. $2.00 suggested donation.
Home Instead Senior Care Waltham will be providing Apple Cider Donuts for us.

Join Ken as he explains what you need to know when making improvements. Ken will guide you through the permit process for making those changes to your home, and other issues involved with the construction process. WHEN:Tuesday, October 31 TIME: 10:00 AM Pre-registration Required!
A light cold lunch will be served to pre-registrants.

The Watertown Senior Center welcomes the children from the FAMILY NETWORK! This fall celebration includes music, mask making and afterwards each child will receive a “treat”. Sign up to help make this a fun event for all.Thursday, October 12th at 10:00 AM

Public Safety Mornings at 9:30 AM
October 10 Coffee with Police Chief Lawn and Friends
October 24 Hot! Coffee with Fire Captain Ryan Nicholson

Stay Healthy with one of our Fitness Programs
Come to the Senior Center for your exercise routine. We have a program every day. $3 for each exercise or yoga class and $4 for line dancing. Each class lasts one hour.

11:00 – Exercise with Shannon Jones

9:30 – Exercise with Joanna Grubel
10:00 – Chair Exercise by Audio Tape
11:15 – Line Dancing with Manny

9:15 – Seated Strength and Balance with Pearl Pressman
11:00 – Exercise by Video Tape

** 9:30 – Yoga with Sue Gormley
** 11:00 – Keep Fit with Louise Carbone

10:40 – Exercise with Henry
12:30 – Tai Chi with Marie Favorito

See you at the Center! In the absence of an instructor, the Center reserves the right to substitute a class instructor, offer a pre-recorded program, or cancel the class.


Watertown seniors! Join us for a day trip to Natick where we will visit the WWII Museum. After you will be dropped off at the Sherwood Plaza where you can dine on your own and spend time shopping at any of the many stores available— including the Christmas Tree Shop. Time: 10:00—4:00 Cost: $25.00 which includes admission to the World War II Museum and transportation.

A fun start to your holiday season. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Salem Cross Inn and the sounds of Christmas. Your lunch includes soup, salad, Chicken Pot Pie or Maple Salmon, and dessert. Your shopping includes visits to the Saint Joseph Abby for Jellies and Preserves and the Yankee Candle Bavarian Christmas Village. We finish our day with a leisurely ride through the Bright Night’s display. Time: 9:00—7:00 Cost: $84.00
NOTE: In Order To Keep Costs Low There Are No Refunds. You may pass your ticket to a friend.


The Town is offering the property tax work-off project to Watertown senior homeowners again this year. The program allows up to ten seniors (age 60 and older) a deduction from their property tax bill in exchange for working for a Town department.

Participants should be retired and must own and occupy the property for which the taxes are deducted. In addition, the applicant’s skills must match those needed by the participating Town departments. Past placements have been at the Senior Center, the Library, and in various Town Hall departments.
Preference is given to individuals whose annual income is 300% of the Federal Poverty level or less ($36,180 for one, $48,720 for 2). Copies of your 2016 income tax return may be requested to verify income. If space is available, past participants may be considered.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 or drop by.

Would you like to learn? Need help finishing off a project or want to work on one of ours?

Anyone can pick up the steps to make a square. Remember, if you knit a square, squares turn into blankets, and blankets turn into hugs! Join us Wednesday, October 18th at 12:30.

You Could Be Eligible for Fuel Assistance through the COMMUNITY TEAMWORK FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGAM (LIHEAP)
 Fuel Assistance can pay part of your winter heating bills. You can rent or own your home. If your heat is included in your rent, you may also qualify. Applications are now being accepted. For an application and information, please call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.
Call Marina for any issues regarding food, fuel, emergency assistance, housing, in-home services, transportation, or support. She is here to help. (617) 972-6490.

Ride the Watertown Senior Shuttle! Call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for more information.

The Watertown Senior Shuttle travels throughout Watertown to take seniors grocery shopping. We continually adjust the route to accommodate new riders. Please call to arrange your pickup time.
TUESDAYS: Stop & Shop on Watertown Street
FRIDAYS: Super Stop and Shop on Pleasant Street
2nd and 4th WEDNESDAYS: Watertown & Arsenal Malls

· Call the Senior Center 2 days in advance if you are new or want to change from your scheduled day.
· Suggested donation is $1.00 Round Trip

· 3 bag limit!

**NOTE: BUSY BEE is no longer in service. Please contact Springwell directly at (617) 926-4100.
Options for rides to local doctors’ appointments are also available. Call the Senior Center for information.

It’s that time of year! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you will receive information from your plan by the end of September. Please understand and save this information regarding changes in your plan for 2018.

During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 – December 7), you may change your insurance plan for next year. SHINE counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. There will be group presentations… and/or you may schedule a phone or in-person appointment.
Call early to receive a pre-enrollment form and make that appointment… and bring your Medicare and insurance cards and complete list of your medications. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.

The SHINE Counselor is available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by appointment. To meet with the SHINE Counselor about your Medicare mail, schedule a SHINE appointment at the Watertown Senior Center by calling (617) 972-6490. EXTRA APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED SO CALL NOW!

How do I use this thing?
Need help using your Computer or learning the features of your SmartPhone? Free Help is Available. TuesdayMornings: SmartPhones, Friday Afternoons: Computers & Laptops. Call 617-972-6490 to register.

HEALTH SCREENINGS are held on Thursday mornings
OCTOBER 5: Mt. Ida Dental Hygiene School at 9:00 AM.
 The group will be presenting on Oral Health and then offering Free Oral Screenings. Free.
OCTOBER 10: Flu Shots from 9-11 AM Please remember to bring your Medicare/Insurance card and to wear short sleeves.
OCTOBER 19: Podiatry Clinic at 11:00 AM. Toenails, corns, callus care only. The cost for this service is $25.00 payable to Dr. Alper. Insurance is not accepted.
OCTOBER 26: Blood Pressure Screening at 9:30 AM by Linda Micklay, R.N. from CareGroup Home Care. Free.

OCTOBER MOVIE MATINEE Come on over and enjoy in our comfortable lounge Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Watertown Senior Center31 Marshall St.
10/5 The Lost City of Z: The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization. He is supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller. 2017 PG-13 141 mins.

10/12 Florence Foster Jenkins: Despite her horrid singing voice, New York City heiress Florence Foster Jenkins is certain she can become an opera star. Her partner and manager, St Clair Bayfield, does all he can to shield Florence from the truth, but his task may prove impossible. Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg 2016 PG-13 110 mins.

10/19 The Circle: Ambitious Mae Holland can’t believe her good luck when the mightiest tech company on Earth — The Circle — hires her. But Mae’s enthusiasm for her new job wavers after meeting a colleague who’s skeptical of the company’s objectives. Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega. 2017 PG-13 110 mins.

10/26 The Promise: As the Ottoman Empire is waning and the population of Constantinople stands on the brink of World War I, a love triangle develops among a veteran American journalist, an unassuming doctor-to-be, and an beautiful Armenian artist. Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte LeBon, Christian Bale. 2017 PG-13 133 mins.

THE SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB WHEN: Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30. WHERE: Senior Center, 31 Marshall Street. Join us to discuss Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo Fischer. Copies of the book are available at the Watertown Free Public Library.
On January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters in Boston’s North End heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. A third firefighter looked out a window-“Oh my God” he shouted to the other men, “Run!” A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston’s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn’t known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster. New members are always welcome!

We are getting ready for our December Bazaar and need your help! Ernie Berardinelli will be showing us how to decorate a Holiday Wreath & Tina Rose will help us make bookmarks. After you make your own, stay and make another for us to sell at the Bazaar! We invite knitters and other crafters to join us to work on your own projects and to socialize. Date: Tuesday, November 28. Watch for more details & to sign up in the November newsletter!

A Note from the Friends of the Council on Aging
Thank you for your support of the programs at the Senior Center! We are looking for volunteers to help with different projects. Please consider joining the Friends as an active member. To learn more about us call 617-926-5295. ~ Mary Keenan, Chairperson

Have the Watertown Senior News emailed to your home computer every month by going to the Town website: and signing up on the ‘Notify Me’ list. Follow the link on the left side of the home page, scroll down to Watertown Senior News and check it off! Or call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 with your email address & we’ll add it for you!

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