Why not join us on Wednesday, March 11th at 10:30
I am pleased to announce that the Claire Teague Senior Center is now a RSVP Station. Retired Senior Volunteer Program ( RSVP) has many volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Monterosso will be on site in the lobby of the senior center on Wednesday, March 11th at 10:30.
I am especially excited about the possibility of having a broader base of volunteer drivers to meet the transportation needs of our seniors. There are many different opportunities available and Diane will discuss all of them and the benefits. For direct questions about RSVP; please call RSVP at (413) 499-9345.
RSVP is a national organization funded in part by the Corporation for National & Community Service (Senior Corps) and is sponsored locally by the City of Pittsfield.
RSVP has chapters in every county of our country, with over a half million volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about RSVP…. https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/rsvp/index.php
The calendar has rolled over to 20202 and the new year has created an opportunity for individuals to be taken advantage of and it all relates to the manner in how you write the year on documents.
Many people will write on a check or other legal documents the date Jan. 4, 2020 in the format as 1/4/20. This provides a scammer with an opportunity as they can now add digits to the end of the year. In this example, the year can be changed to 1/4/2021 or 1/4/2019 (or any other year) just by adding two numbers to the end of the year.
What is the risk? Suppose you wrote a check to someone with the 1/4/20 date and they lose it. You issue another check and they cash it. A year later, the lost check has become stale dated but that person finds the check, They can change the date to 1/4/2021 (by adding the “21” to the end of the date) and now it is no longer stale dated and can be cashed.
Another example would be that you sign a loan agreement with an individual or business. The person or business agrees to loan you the money and you sign the loan document and date it 1/4/20. After a month or so, the loaner alters the date to 1/4/2019 by adding the ‘19’ to the end of the date and now they can argue that you owe one year’s worth of payments.
The way to protect yourself is easy-write the entire year on any legal document that you sign.
Aspiring jugglers of all ages can learn the art of juggling on four Fridays in March, beginning March 6. These free classes run from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with instructor Paul Scholder.
Juggling is both fun and healthy: researchers at Oxford conducted research that showed that, by engaging in a complex task like juggling, brain function and coordination are improved.
To learn more about the Teague Center’s activities and fitness programs, visit greatbarringtonseniors.org
To sign up call (413) 528-1881.
Join us Fridays at 12:30 pm.
The BBC today reports that “complex tasks such as juggling produce significant changes to the structure of the brain”. These findings come from a study that performed brain scans on 48 volunteers before and after a six-week period, in which half of them were learning how to juggle. At the end of the study, jugglers showed a 5% increase in the white matter in an area at the back of the brain called the intraparietal sulcus. This is an area that is involved in “reaching and grasping for objects in our peripheral vision”.
This study indicates that learning a complex skill can result in changes in brain structure. This research will be of interest to the research community, but at the moment the practical implications of these findings are unclear. One of the authors suggests that this sort of knowledge could eventually help in developing new treatments for neurological diseases, but acknowledges that such clinical applications are a long way off.
Please sign up in the dining room, email me at [email protected] or call us at (413)528-1881
We’re sorry for any inconvenience but this event has been cancelled.
Please join us on March 17th, Tuesday
At 10:30 AM
If you live with a disability, the Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program (Mass EDP) may be able to provide you with a specialized telephone network. Depending on your income level, these telephones may be offered for free or at reduced cost.
Mass EDP only provides home telephones with land line service.
The clinic is staffed by the Berkshire Center for Justice, which offers services for prospective clients who are 60 or older.
A Community Lunch is also offered at this time, for a suggested $2 donation.
The drop-in legal clinic is a grant-funded program that will be available while funding is available.
Open Enrollment for Medicare and other public insurance programs begins Oct. 15, and we can help.
The Claire Teague Center participates in the SHINE program, (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone), a free insurance counseling program for seniors and others. Learn more here.
You can also watch this video about the SHINE program.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling (413) 528-1881.
The Claire Teague Senior Center and Sheffield Senior Center are collaborating with a day trip to historic Salem, Massachusetts, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
Guests will be “on their own” for this day trip to this lovely a coastal town, which is rich with maritime history, colonial architecture and witchcraft tales.
The Peabody Essex Museum is an increasingly popular destination and features an exhibition, “Order of Imagination, The Photographs of Olivia Parker,” through November.
Trip cost is $55 per person.
Sign up Sept. 11, by calling the Claire Teague Senior Center (413) 528-1881 or (413) 229-7037.
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Claire Teague Senior Center
917 S. Main St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun closed.
Phone : 413-528-1881