2006-11-30 / About Town

The Senior Scene

By Charlotte Richardson

It seemed to me that, for whatever reason, the Thanksgiving turkey tasted better than ever this year! Hope yours was just as tasty and that your day was a great one. We seem to be well on our way to yet another holiday season, and though peace on earth still eludes us, there is much for which we should be grateful.

The Jamestown Senior Citizen's Association will be providing desserts and beverages at the annual Trim -A-Tree Luncheon to be held at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at noon, and that's not very far away. If you would like to take part, call us at 423-2658 to make your reservation. Keep in mind that we are limited to 40 people in the dining room because of the fire regulations, so call soon. Reservations are a requirement and the cost per person is $2.50.

On Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. we'll be celebrating the season with our Holiday Turkey Dinner. Tickets cost $8 per adult and $4 for children under 12. This is a fund- raiser to support the programs offered by the Jamestown Senior Citizen's Association and tickets are available by calling 423-2658 or 423-1026. We hope that this will be a gala occasion and that you'll be there to celebrate with us. Dinner will be served both upstairs and down, so we'll have plenty of room for all. Why not invite your family and friends to come along with you and join in the fun. The welcome mat is out, as always, and we'll be looking for you.

We had a good-sized group of folks who wanted to learn about Medicare and Prescription Plan D options at our recent seminar and were well informed by two six-year pharmacy students and accompanying staff members, who presented a very cohesive program. Both young women were extremely knowledgeable on their subject. They are already working part-time in pharmacies, and looking forward to graduating from URI in May. Several of our audience members had questions, and they were skillfully answered and explained. A PowerPoint program explained in detail what we all wanted to know, and people left feeling better able to make decisions in plenty of time for the upcoming year.

We were delighted to find that the URI Pharmaceutical Department Outreach program has detailed informational programs on many of the conditions and issues that we face, at any age, and they are more than willing and eager to come back to Jamestown to present programs. You can be sure we'll be taking advantage of this wonderful resource often in the months to come.

Right behind the Holidays, comes the time to think about the IRS and tax time. If you are looking for a place to donate your money, other than to Uncle Sam, may we remind you that the Friends of Jamestown Seniors, Inc., the organization that funds and operates the Jamestown Senior Center, is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit organization and can accept your tax deductible donations. Over the 12 years of its existence the Senior Center has been happy to welcome a good many of our local community service organizations for events, meetings, programs, and a multitude of other happenings and has become the Senior and Community Center, which was its initial mission. Checks may be written to the Friends of Jamestown Seniors, and mailed to PO Box 184, Jamestown, RI. We thank you in advance for your consideration.

Our next informational seminar will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. The program is called Protecting your Nest Egg, and it will be presented by New York Life Insurance personnel. There is no charge or registration necessary. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Happy holidays to all.

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