1. Alterations Shop
With seamstress & tailor Carmina Cerbone on Friday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Excellent work at a reasonable prices.
The following are currently offered:
Computer Classes: Beginner & Internet as well as periodic classes in Excel for beginners, introduction to EBay
Exercise: Low Impact
Knit & Crotchet
Strength & Balance
T’ai Chi Chi Kung
Walking Club in Spring & Fall
For information on class enrollment, call: 781-396-6010. Funding to support recreational, artistic and exercise programs is provided by the Medford Cultural Council, Medford Senior Citizens, Inc. and the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
3. Discount Program
Taxi coupons provide a 20% fare discount from one of the local cab companies, and may be purchased at the Council on Aging office. A $10.00 book costs $8.00.
4. Home Maintenance Program
A handyman is available to assist elders with minor home repairs, such as removal and installation of screen and storm windows, small carpentry and plumbing jobs. Yard work is scheduled three times a year per client; no leaf removal. Fees for service are assessed according to a sliding scale. The program operates from April to November. For more information and to schedule, call: 781-396-6011. Funded through a grant from the Medford Office of Community Development.
5. Monthly Service Programs
Legal services provided by private elder law attorney Dale Tamburro; appointments are required. TriCAP attorney Jayna Stafford visits the Center on the second Wednesday of the month; appointments recommended. Local jeweler John Racicot conducts a Jewelry Repair Shop on site, first-come, first-served. The Greater Medford Visiting Nurses’ Association conducts monthly Blood Pressure Screenings on the first Thursday of the month.
For more information about any of the above programs and to make appointments call: 781-396-6010, or check out details in the monthly Our Place, Our Time Newsletter.
6. Nutrition Programs
The Congregate Meals and Meals-On-Wheels Programs are administered by Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc. (MVES), our local area agency on aging. Information regarding eligibility for Meals-On-Wheels may be obtained by calling MVES Nutrition Services at: 781-324-7705. Reservations for a Congregate Meal may be made on-site. For the Senior Center meal site, reservations you may also reserve by calling the COA office (781-396-6010) at least 24 hours in advance. Meal sites are located as follows:
Senior Citizens’ Center 101 Riverside Avenue
Mystic Place, North Building
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street
7. Our Place, Our Time Newsletter
The Our Place, Our Time Newsletter is published and distributed throughout the community on a monthly basis. Current information on activities, programs, and recreational activities sponsored by the Council, as well as by local agencies, is featured in each issue. Timely information on services, health insurance, finances and other areas of concern for older adults is also included.
8. Recreational Programs
In addition to classes (see #2), the Council and its Drop-In Center offer day trips to restaurants, museums, theaters and other places of interest. Overnight and extended trips primarily to New England destinations are planned periodically. Theme parties and other celebrations are scheduled about eight times a year. Check the Our Place, Our Time Newsletter for details.
9. Senior Citizens’ Drop-In Center
The Drop-In Center offers a variety of activities and programs daily, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Drop by to play cards (every day) or Bingo (Wednesday afternoons), attend a seminar or just to chat. Plan your day to include the noon meal (see: #6).
10. Social Services
Assistance is available to seniors and their families for advocacy; information & referral; help with filing medical and other insurance forms; SHINE (Serving the Health & Information Needs of Elders) Program services; individual assessment and personal matters. Call Social Services at: 781-396-6012 for further Information and to make an appointment.
11. Special Programs
The Council on Aging provides space and other considerations to network agencies offering seasonal and continuing programs to Medford elders. Offerings include: seminars on financial management, public services, health, social and benefits issues; tax aid and health screenings. Check Newsletter for details.
12. Support Groups
A Low Vision Support Group, sponsored by the MAB Community Services, meets the third Friday of the month; call: 617-926-4312 for information on how to enroll. A Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Winchester Hospital, is held at 11:00 am on the last Thursday of the month and is open to all.The Council hosts an Al Anon group in the Senior Center Library, which meets at 10:30 am on Mondays. A Suicide Loss Support Group, sponsored by a MA Department of Public Health grant, will begin on April 16th and will meet twice a month. For details and to sign up, call: 617-591-6400. Transportation may be arranged by calling SCM Transportation at: 617-625-1191.
SCM Transportation, Inc. provides resident elders and handicapped individuals with medical and nutrition-related (Senior Center Meal Site & Shopping) transportation. Call: 617-625-1191 for more information, and to schedule a ride. Supported by grants from the Medford Office of Community Development and the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
– Medford Senior Sounds Newsletter: current and previous edition.
– AGE INFO, joint site of the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and MA Home Care. Information on the MA Prescription Advantage Program, SHINE program, Age Info Centers, Director of MA Councils on Aging and more.
– Mystic Valley Elder Services, the mystic valley area’s area agency on aging. One stop resource for aging information, advice and solutions. Programs include home care, money management, Meals-On-Wheels & Congregate Meal programs, information & referral, caregiver support, legal assistance and more. Site includes monthly Beacon newsletter.
– The American Association of Retired Persons. Information on health; family, home and legal issues; money and work. Latest news on local and national issues affecting older adults.
– City of Medford Assessors’ Office for information on elder real estate tax abatements and forms.