The Golden Times

Brought to you by Everett Council on Aging
Connolly Center, 90 Chelsea Street, Everett
p: 617-394-2323
Office of Human Services
p: 617-394-2260

Sixth Year of Series, January 2017
Honorary Chairman: Mayor Carlo DeMaria   Chairperson: Terry Iannaco   Editor: Dale A. Palma

From the Desk of Mayor Carlo DeMaria

There is new and exciting news everyone! Beginning on January 9, 2017, the City of Everett will be introducing a “Healthy Lifestyle Lunch Program for Seniors." As we grow older, our metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before. Your body also needs more of certain nutrients, which means it is important to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value. Our NEW Senior Lunch Program is now managed by a dietitian, who will teach you to eat healthier by lowering your sodium intake, but still eating flavorful with great-tasting and nutritionally balanced meals.

Let's admit it - grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning may not be easy for many older adults, but our Healthy Senior Lunch Program will provide an easy way to ensure that you will have fresh, wholesome, delicious lunches - free of preservatives and artificial ingredients, low in sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. The program will also ensure that all who participate will have the proper amount of calories, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that older adults need. The menu will change daily - offering an unending assortment of exciting dishes, and ensuring that even finicky eaters will obtain nutritional balance and proper calorie intake through a variety of nutrient rich vegetables, whole grains, fruits and high quality protein options that are absolutely delicious! The new Lunch Program will be prepared, cooked and served right in the Connolly Center, where you can enjoy a healthy lunch in our new Senior Community Café! 

Lastly, my family and I would like to send warm wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year! 


Upcoming Events!

Senior Social Set for January 18th:
Join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for our monthly Senior Social. This month the Council has chosen a catered dinner consisting of soup, salad, baked stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, string beans, coffee and dessert.

Ticket sales for this event is from January 4th - January 13th at the COA Office. Music provided by the Trilogy Band. Cost is only $16.00 per ticket. For additional information, please call Dale at 617.394.2323. 

Lend Us Your Voices, Senior Glee Club:
Please join us at the Connolly Center for our very popular glee club, led by Everett's own Diana Ellis. Our glee club has grown over the past year, and we're always welcoming new members to join us for the fun! We meet every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Hope to see you there! 

Valentine's Party for February 14th: 
Save the Date! Join the Council on Aging for this exciting event on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., at the Connolly Center. Details will be announced - look out for our flyers! 

Get Your Bags Ready: Senior Trips for 2017! 

Monday, February 13: The Prudential Mall (Limited to 25 people) 
Wednesday, March 22: The Newport Playhouse to see "Romantic Comedy" 
April (Date TBD): Fenway Park Tour (Lunch will be provided)
May 22-24: Atlantic City, the Tropicana
June 27: Lobster Bake at Foster's in Maine, followed by an afternoon in Hampton Beach
July 13: Massachusetts North Shore in Salem, followed by lunch at the Gloucester House in Rockport
August (Date TBD): Red Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (Details to be determined)
Tuesday, September 12: Patriots Legacy Place, followed by a lunch at the CBS Restaurant + Wrentham Outlets
Tuesday, October 24: Vermont Country Store and Foilage Tour
Friday, November 10: Parker's Maple Barn (Details to be determined)
Tuesday, December 12: Aqua Turf Christmas Show and Luncheon (Details to be determined)
Movie Clapper

January 2017 Movie Matinee:

All movies will take place at the Connolly Center beginning at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for free. 

Thursday, January 5: "Dad's Army" starring Catherine Zeta Jones.
It's WWII and some of the men at home are organizing home front duty in this comedy of errors. 

Thursday, January 12: "Florence Foster Jenkins" starring Meryl Streep. 
A true story about an eccentric heiress who desires to perform for people at her will (Comedy/Drama). 

Thursday, January 19: "The Magnificent 7" starring Denzel Washington. 
A remake of the 1954 version.

Thursday, January 26: "Keeping Up with the Jones'" starring Gal Gadot. 
See what happens when you suspect your neighbors plotting espionage! 

The Programs and Lessons You Can't Miss!

BINGO is Back!:

Super Bingo will take place on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., at the Connolly Center! It's FREE to play and prizes will be given. 

Mary's Affordable Hearing Aids: 
Free hearing screenings, hearing aid cleaning and ear wax checks on the first Thursday of each month at the Connolly Center. If you have any questions about hearing loss, please stop in and see us! For an appointment or free hearing evaluations, please call 781.249.5330. 

Roberta Robinson is in the House!:
On Tuesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. Roberta will give one of her uplifting, insightful positive talks on life and life's situations. This month's topic is "Moving Forward...Why We Make New Year's Resolutions, We We Break Them." This talk is free of charge and open to all seniors! 

Health Screenings with Cambridge Health Alliance:
Please sign in 15 minutes before the end of the session. 

1. Connolly Center, First and Third Monday:
Monday, January 2 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Monday, January 16 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

2. Everett Villa Co-op:
Monday, January 9 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

3. Glendale Towers, Fourth Mondays:
Blood Pressure
Monday, January 23 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Aim for a Healthy New Year: Healthy Programs for 2017

Healthy Eating Tasting with Tina:
As you know Mayor Carlo DeMaria has hired a new personal chef for the seniors at the Connolly Center! We would love for you to taste and check out our new exciting lunch menu, consisting of healthy food samples that will be offered on Tuesday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 31 at 11 a.m. right out the kitchen door. Please join us in welcoming Tina to the Connolly Center! 

Zumba Tuesdays with Jill!:
Join us every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Connolly Center for this high energy fun Zumba class! Dance to your favorite steps to various latin and other rhythmic music to become a healthier you! The class is free - don't miss out! 

Heart Healthy Mondays at the Connolly Center:
Every Monday from 10 - 11 a.m, we will be providing a "Healthy Steps...Moving You to Better Health with the Lebed Method," which is a therapeutic movement program designed to help you thrive. Using props and eclectic music, instructor Julie Kaufmann will lead you through a routine of stretching and exercising that improves overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image. Followed by lunch, there will also be another class available! 

Join Julie for Western Line Dancing from 1 - 2 p.m. Whether you are a beginner or experienced line dancer, Julie will show you all the moves! You'll learn some brand new dances, as well as get to do some old favorites! Fun for EVERYONE! 

Fitness Classes: 
1. "Strengthen Your Heart and Your Body" every Mondays at 11 a.m. with Miguel and every Wednesdays/Fridays at 10 a.m. with Calvin. 
Set your own pace in these aerobics classes, which includes weights for strength training. 

2. "Improve Balance and Stress" every Thursdays at 9 a.m. with Calvin. 
A smooth, relaxing "yoga-style" class designed for people of all levels of activity.

3. "Reduce Anxiety" every Thursdays at 10 a.m. with Bill. 
An ancient Chinese practice, Tai-Chi helps improve balance and strength, designed for people at all levels of activity. 

Don't Miss "My Health Game Show":
Let us talk about the Winter Blues! Join us on Wednesday, January 18 at 11 a.m. to test your knowledge about seasonal affective disorders and how it impacts the health of older adults while you compete against other contestants (lifelines permitted), and be eligible to win prizes! This program is sponsored by Cambridge Health Alliance, Aging Wisely Everett, DPH Suicide Prevention and the Everett Foundation for the Aged.