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466 Central Street,
Saugus, MA 01906,
Phone - 781-231-4178,
FAX - 781-231-4048
Web Site - http://Town.Saugus.MA.US/COA/

Frances Rigol - Director

This month marks nineteen years of publication of Golden Spirit. Thanks go to the kind people who have contributed to its success: advertisers whose ads allows the newsletter to be free; writers; collators, mailers, typists.
The newsletter is valuable as a source of information of programs, services and activities at the Center. Without their assistance it would not be.
A thousand thank yous!

Frances Rigol – Director
Althea Adelhelm - Editor

In order to better educate our senior citizen, the District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Saugus TRIAD, will be holding a Mock Trial at the Senior Center on Wednesday, October 13th starting at 9:00 A.M. At that time, members of the District Attorney’s Office will act out what would normally happen at a trial. Members of the audience will serve as the jury.

This Mock Trial has proven to be very informative for seniors. Open to the Public

Thursday, September 9th at 12:30 P.M. Join Susan H. Brown, Community Education Nurse, from Greater Lynn Senior Services will be showing slides and speaking on how to manage pain.
The Association will meet on Thursday, September 9th at 1:00 P.M. Guest speaker will be Karen Rassias, Town Assessor.


In the State House
Governor’s office, 617-725-4000
State House, Boston, MA 02133
State Senator, Jarrett Barrios, 617-722-1650
State House, Boston, MA 02133
State Senator Thomas McGee, 617-722-1350
State House, Boston, MA 02133
State Representative Mark Falzone 617-722-2575
State House, Boston, MA 02133
State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein
State House, Boston, MA 02133
In Washington, DC
U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy 617-565-8519
JFK Federal Building, Boston, MA 02203
U.S. Senator John F. Kerry 617-565-8519
1 Bowdoin Square, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
Congressman John Tierney 978-531-1669
17 Peabody Sq. Peabody, MA 01960
Town of Saugus
Selectman’s office 781-231-4124

The first fall meeting will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:30 A.M. The Men’s Club swings back into action and that’s also the day the Teddy Bears are having their picnic. We have been very fortunate the last couple of years to have outstanding, interesting speakers at our meetings. We are in the process of lining up our fall agenda and I must say it’s shaping up as very promising.
Meetings of the Retired Men’s Club are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. In September, meetings will be held on the 14th and 28th at the Center. All retired men and those that wish they were retired are invited to attend. Coffee and donuts are available and we are always pleased to welcome visitors. You do not have to be a member to monitor a meeting. Come on down, have a cup of coffee and check us out. Dues still remain at $3.00 per year or 2 years for $7.00 and life membership is available for $14.37. We are still working on our plans to attend the Bull Fights in Spain in April.

Dick Barry

The monthly Pizza party will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 5:30 P.M. Pizza, salad, and soft drink will be served. Dancing until 8:30 to the music of Pete Saran. Pre-purchased ticket is $5.00. If you purchase your ticket the night of the pizza party it will cost you $7.00.

Come and enjoy a night of dancing and fellowship.

Woodworking starts Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00-Noon at Saugus High School. $20 for 10 week course.
Knit & Crochet, Tuesday at 1:00 P.M.
Oil Painting, starts Tuesday, September 21st at 1:00 P.M.
Bible Study, Thursday at 10:00 A.M.
Quilting every other Monday starting September 13th at 9:30 A.M.
Computer Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 and 2:15-3:15 P.M.
Exercise/Yoga with Paul Clark starting Tuesday, October 12th at 3:00 P.M.
Instructor, John Albanese will have a beginners computer class at 1:00-2:00 and again from 2:15-3:15. The class runs for 8 weeks and is $40.00.
If you have a talent for singing, playing an instrument, performing a skit, professional or non-professional WE NEED YOU and YOUR TALENT. Call or see Frances at 781-231-4178.

*****COMING UP*****

On Thursday, September 16th classmates will gather for lunch at the Senior Center.

On Monday, October 18th a six piece swing/dance ensemble will be performing from 6:00-9:00 P.M. at the Senior Center. This is a great take-in for line and couple dancing. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $7.00.

Dorothy Stratton and her professional entertainers will be here to perform their Vaudville Show, to be held on Thursday, October 21st, at 1:00 p.m.

Will be at the Saugus Council on Aging on Friday, October 22nd at 7:00 P.M. Intergenerational Variety Show – looking for people who love to entertain and perform. Open to the Public.


Community health screening will be coming to the Center on Monday, September 27th beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Life Line Screening offers four tests (only 10 minutes each):
Carotid Vascular/Stroke Test ($45). This test scans the carotid arteries in the neck for plaque build-up. Up to 75% of all strokes are linked to carotid artery blockage.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Test ($45). This test for the existence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta which often does not present any obvious symptoms.
Ankle Brachial Test ($45). This test screens for peripheral arterial disease (plaque build-up) in the lower extremities, which is linked to heart disease.
Osteoporosis Screening Test ($35). This test screens for the abnormal bone mass density using the heel bone as a testing site.
Package Prices:
Complete Vascular Screenings $99 (save $36).
All Four Screenings $125. (save $45).
Sign up early to schedule an appointment. The appointments are limited. Call 1-800-643-6075.

On Tuesday, September 21 from 9:00-11:00, the vans will transport you to the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Saugus. This sanctuary is the largest bird migration and breeding habitat on the North Shore. There are over 19 bird species here. Come enjoy a leisurely walk. Danish and coffee will be served. This is a Free take-in. Call the office to sign up or add your name to the sign up board at the entrance to the Senior Center.

“Are You OK?” is the name of a new computerized telephone reassurance system that will be available to Saugus senior citizens this month. This program is being sponsored by the Saugus TRIAD council, collaboration between the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s office and the Saugus Police Department.
The Are You OK? System is designed to call a senior’s home at a specified time each day. If no answer is received on three attempted calls the police dispatcher will call an emergency contact person to check on the senior. If no contact person is available a police officer will be sent to the senior’s home.
This is a purely volunteer program and comes at no cost to the participants. The program can be started or stopped at any time. Should someone wish to participate, they should simply call the Saugus Council on Aging and leave their name and telephone number. A Senior Center representative will come to their home to explain the program and fill out the appropriate information form. At that time the senior will be asked to choose a convenient time for the daily telephone contact.
This system is already installed in several Essex County communities and has been credited with at least two lives saved this past winter.
Are You OK? is different from other services in that it is provided to residents at NO COST and is a ‘passive’ system. That means that by doing nothing a senior will be able to summon help. This is especially important should a senior become unresponsive during the night and not be able to respond to make a phone call or activate a button.
It is our hope that families with elders living alone would be interested in signing up their senior family members and rest assured that someone is checking on their loved ones on a daily basis.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Senior Center at 781-231-4178 for further information.

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