East Providence News

5/7/2013 - Senior Center Newsletter


Clinical Lab                                1st           8:30am

Seamstress                                 1st         10:00am

Stroke Club                                1st           1:30pm

Ask a Pharmacist                        3rd         10:30am

Blood Pressure Clinic                 3rd         10:30am

W & I Health Screenings           7th            9:00am

Atria Bay Spring Village             7th         10:30am

Blood Pressure Clinic                 8th         10:30am

Nutrition Wellness                      8th          11:00am

SNAP Ed.                                   9th         11:00am

Geriatric Care Manager             14th         10:30am

55 ALIVE Driving Course        15th        11:30am

East Bay Retired Teachers         16th        10:00am

Blood Pressure Clinic                16th        10:30am

AARP Board                              16th          1:00pm

Red Hatters                                16th          1:30pm

SNAP Food Stamps                   17th           9:00am

InSight                                        17th        12:45pm

Caregiver’s Support                   20th         10:30am

Computer Assistance                 20th           2:00pm

W & I Health Screenings           21st           9:00am

The Senior Medicare Patrol       21st        10:30am

RSVP Board  Meeting               22nd         1:30pm

Diabetes Support                       23rd           1:00pm

MEMORIAL DAY                    27th          CLOSED

Blood Pressure Clinic                28th        10:30am

Advisory Board                         30th          9:30am




 610 Waterman Avenue

East Providence, RI 02914

Phone 401-435-7800

Dining Room Ext. 2 

Fax 401-435-7803



Celebrating Mother’s Day

Friday, May 10th


Dining room Manager Sue Doyle asks everyone to invite their children,

grandchildren or guest to a luncheon celebrating this special day.

The menu will include:

Minestrone soup

Stuffed Chicken with gravy

Mashed Potato

King Edward Vegetables

9 Grain Bread

Strawberry Shortcake


Ham & Provolone on 9 grain bread



$3.00 for anyone over 60

$5.00 for under 60

Reservations MUST be made by

Wednesday, May 8th

Music & Raffles


 The Senior Center is offering      

Diabetes Outpatient Education Classes


 Your Health Insurance will cover one complete session per year! Classes are taught by Certified Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists.

Learn the skills to successfully manage your diabetes and meet others with this disease. You are not alone! We can help!

The Four 2 hour class sessions are normally held on Mondays

from  1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Please contact the center’s health office at 435-7800, Ext. 6 with any questions and to register.


Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Women and Infants Hospital Family Van Program is a community outreach       program dedicated to preventative health screenings and health education. They will be available twice a month, 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 9-12pm. The screenings will consist of total cholesterol and blood sugar. The screenings are free of charge and completely confidential.

This months dates are: April 2nd & 16th  in the seminar Room


55 ALIVE Driving Course                                                                    Wednesday, May 15th                                                                                                        
11:30am to 4pm

AARP Members $12.00 Non-members  $14.00


AARP will be offering this driving course. The state of Rhode Island recognizes the value of this course by having passed in 1984, a bill that mandates an insurance discount to those over 55, who complete this course .


The class is limited, please signup in the Administration Office



Tuesdays In our Lobby                                        10:30 to Noon

Atria Bay Spring Village                                             

May 7th

….Cooking demonstration with Atria Bay Spring Village’s Chef Kevin who will be preparing French toast stuffed with a cream cheese filling mixture, topped with blueberry topping, fresh strawberry topping, apple walnut etc., enjoy a special treat and learn about Atria’s senior living atmosphere.



Jane Korb Geriatric Care Manager                                       

 May 14th

A geriatric care manager has been educated in various fields of human services — social work, psychology,  nursing, gerontology — and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families. Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the care manager.



"The Senior Medicare Patrol” (SMP)

May 21st

"The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program recruits and teaches senior volunteers and professionals to help Medicare and Medicaid     beneficiaries become better health care consumers. Stop by and learn how to better protect your identity from Medicare fraud and abuse."


Looking for Resources?


Are you looking for information regarding statewide senior housing, assisted living facilities, adult day centers or local nursing facilities? Please see Ellen Frazier in the Administration Office for more information or call 435-7873. 
Other resources available are Living Will documents, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and more.


Computer Assistance

Monday, May 20th

2pm to 4pm

On the last Monday of every month, two students from MTTI career training school will assist any member with computer questions. These volunteers will try to resolve your computer problems, and help you with a computer course you
may be taking. The students will be in the computer lab.




 Ongoing Professional Services:                                                                                    

 Diabetes Outpatient Education Classes

Your Health Insurance will cover one complete 4 day  session per year.  Classes are taught by Certified Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists. Learn the skills to successfully manage your diabetes and meet others with this disease. You are not alone! 

The Four 2 hour class sessions will be held Mondays May 6th, thru June 3rd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Please contact the center’s health office at                 435-7800, Ext. 6 with any questions and to register.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.


We have Registered Dieticians available for appointments in the health office.  They will counsel you, in   private about your personal needs and insurance covers these visits.  They are also certified diabetes educators. To schedule a visit, stop by the health office or call us at 435-7800 Ext. 6.


Clinical Lab

East Side Clinical Lab draws blood work here the first Wednesday of the month. There is no  pre-registration, just come in with the lab slip.
The date for this month is
:                           Wednesday May 1st, 8:30-11:30




Dr. Michael Reuter, podiatrist, will be in the Health Office

Seeing patients. To schedule your  appointment or if you have any questions call Dr. Reuter’s office directly at: 247-0610 ext. 6 and speak with Diane. Dr. Reuter      

Accepts most  major insurance plans.                          Next date: Thursday May 9th @ 9am.


Ask the Pharmacist                              
The first Friday of every month. Sponsored by the      Newport Avenue Rite Aid Pharmacy.                              The date this month will be May 3rd @ 10:30am.


Clinical Health

May is Mental Health Month! Prolonged winter weather can affect anyone’s good nature and wellbeing. Please join Amy Lagasse, LICSW, from East Bay Center Inc., on Tuesday, May 14th in the Seminar Room and learn some
valuable tips on how to get yourself and others out of those “winter blues” and “spring” into health and happiness! Refreshments served from 9:00 – 10:00 am, Presentation from 10:00 – 11:00 am. All are welcome!

Clinical worker Amy Lagasse  will be assisting our seniors with their mental health needs on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9am to Noon. Would you like to speak to someone confidentially?
Please contact us for an appointment at 435-7800, Ext 6. The date this month is  May 28th.


Nutrition Talk

Come join Registered Dietician, Marcia Pedini, as she teaches us about the benefits of high iron foods and how they can increase your overall energy levels. Light refreshments provided by Evergreen House Health Center will be served. Hope to see you there!                             Wednesday May 8th., @ 11am.


Reiki Master         9:30  -  11:30am

Carole Caprio is available for 10 minute Reiki sessions Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30. Reiki is a profoundly simple hands-on technique that assists one in their ability to reduce pain, heal injuries, regain balance, increase energy,
enhance the immune system, reduce stress and tension, and promote physical and emotional well-being. It is safe, peaceful, and relaxing. The cost is $ 5.00 for each individual 10 minute session.
To schedule an appointment, please call Carole @  861-3675. For more information, please visit Carole’s   

Website at http://www.indepthhealing.abmp.com


Women and Infants Hospital

Family Van Program is a community outreach program dedicated to preventative health screenings and health education. They will be available twice a month, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 9-12pm.
The screenings will  consist of total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressures. The screenings are free of charge and completely confidential.

This month’s dates are: May 7th & 21st


Blood Pressure Clinics



Friday, May 3rd Orchard View

Wednesday, May 8th Waterview Villa

Thursday, May 16th Evergreen House

Tuesday, May 28th Hattie Ide Chaffee


    Coming Soon

Living Well RI Program

Six (6) week session

Chronic Illness Self-Management Education Class


Sessions will be for those with chronic conditions, and/or their caregivers. To date, the LWRI self-management education programs have proven to  significantly help those with chronic conditions.
Some of the topics that are covered are how to exercise and eat properly, how to use medications appropriately, how to solve everyday problems, and how to communicate effectively with family
members and healthcare providers-all positive life skills to enhance one’s well-being.  The outcome for the participants could be a reduction in pain, management of depression, control of fear and frustration,
and a boost in self-confidence to manage their condition.  


Although it would be of benefit to be involved in class discussions, it is important to note that class participants are not obligated to discuss personal issues or to exert themselves in any way.
It is entirely up to the participants as to how involved they wish to be with class participation, contributing ideas, sharing personal stories, and providing input within the classes. 
It has been found that by attending the classes, even those who wouldn’t normally discuss certain issues, may do so if their peers are doing so.                      


Participants will receive “goodies” such as the book, relaxation CD, and especially the gift card has proven to be a popular incentive.


We hope to begin the class in June, please sign up in the Administration Office.


Support Groups

Diabetes Support               1:00pm - 3:00pm

Open meeting held monthly for people with diabetes to meet for mutual support. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

Caregiver’s Support         10:30am - 11:30am

This support group is held the fourth Monday each month. The sessions offer support and sharing with others who are caring for loved ones.

Stroke Club                          1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Stroke Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and provides entertainment, education, support, socialization, refreshments, and transportation for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

In-Sight Support                 12:45pm - 3:00pm

In-Sight offers programs and support in productive living for the vision impaired. The group meets the 3rd Friday of every month.

Senior Center Library

The library is a very warm and lovely place for people to choose a good book and read in a nice quiet area. We continue to receive many donations of new and current books.
These donations have truly enhanced the quantity of our library. We also have current magazines for your enjoyment. The book club meets on Monday afternoons.
New club members are welcome.

General Services

Elder Information Specialist:  Our Elder Information Specialist assists the elderly and their families in providing information /referral and assistance with accessing services and programs.

Nutrition Program: The center provides a nutritional meal to approximately 125 seniors per day.
The Cranston Senior Center provides the meals.

Case Management / Senior Services: The center coordinates with East Bay Community Action Program Inc., for all casework and follow-ups. 
Protective Services Council, made up of city departments and mental health/social service agencies, meets monthly to discuss problems concerning the elderly.

Transportation:  The center has two buses that are used daily for door-to-door transportation to and from the center.

Notary:  This service is available in the Administration Office at no charge.

Seminars:   Monthly social, educational, and financial seminars on topics relating to seniors.

Manicurist:  A manicurist visits the center weekly for manicures and polish changes.   

Gift Shop: The gift shop has many different items for the convenience of the seniors. Small items from candy and greeting cards to jewelry, handmade items and crafts are available.

Exercise Programs

Intermediate Yoga

Monday & Wednesday                9am              $3

Integrated YOGA for emotional/mental power. Flexibility, strength, balances, beauty, stretching, weight reduction, improved breathing, relaxation, and stress relief. All are components of our Yoga classes.


Beginners Yoga

Mondays              10:30am                         $3


Ballroom Dance    

Monday                               2pm               $3

Relearn all the old moves on the ballroom dance floor as well as some new ones. Singles are welcome.      



Tuesday & Thursday                       9:30am                     $2

Instructor Karen Boyd gives members a great cardiovascular workout. Hand and ankle weights are used to tone and build your muscles.    


Tai Chi

Tuesday                                                 11:00am                  $3

This ancient art form of exercise has been proven to reduce stress as well as chronic pain. It also reduces heart rate along with calming the mind and body.

Tap N Time  

Wednesday       9:15am      $3

A seated rhythm and exercise class. It is a unique      program that combines beginner dance steps utilizing rhythm sticks & exercise, all done to upbeat music from all decades.


Arthritis Exercise

Wednesday & Friday               10:45am          No Charge

A proper balance of exercise and rest can help relieve stiffness and maintain or improve your joint mobility and muscle strength.


Fitness Center

Our fitness room is open Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm.  The fitness room consists of treadmills, recumbent bikes, an elliptical stepper, hand weights, and six dual weight machines. 
Other features include a matted floor, mirrored walls, water, stereo, and cable TV. You must have approval from your physician to participate in this program. |
Forms can be obtained in the Administration Office. The fee is $40 for a one year membership.

Card Games

           Bridge                   Thursday                  1:00pm

Pokeno                   Monday                   1:00pm

Cockroach                        Tuesday                    8:15am

Cribbage                           Tuesday                    1:00pm

Hi Lo Jack League              Friday                     1:20pm

Wii Bowling  

Tuesday                    10:15  -  11:45                                 

Come join our very enthusiastic Wii Bowling Group every Tuesday. Using our large screen TV our participants have a great time bowling. If you have never tried this the group will teach you and you’re sure to pick it up quickly





Tuesday                                            9:30am  &  12:30pm          $5

Come learn a form of watercolor for all levels of talent. Some of the fantastic artwork is displayed throughout the center.     



Thursday                                           1:00pm

Craft class makes dolls for Hasbro Children's Hospital and cancer pillows for Women & Infants Hospital. Other “make and take” crafts will be taught.

Computer Classes

Sessions & Times Vary

Our computer lab consists of class room computers and computers for general use. All computers are on-line. Courses offered: Introduction to Computers, 
Microsoft Word Part 1 & 2, and Introduction to the Internet Part 1 & 2. Computer classes are conducted by trained computer teachers. Classes are held in 4 week sessions.
Each class meets for 1hr. and 15 minutes. The cost per session is $20/members and $25/non members. Classes are filled on a first payment basis. Class size is limited to six students. 

Daily Programs


Computer games       Billiards                        Cards

Nutritional Lunch       Bocce ball           Walking Track

                   Morning & Afternoon Coffee/Pastry

Leisure Programs

            Book Club                   Monday                                 1:00pm

            Bingo                                     Tuesday                                 1:25pm

            Bocce Ball                            Tuesday                                  9:00am

            Scrabble                               Wednesday & Friday        10:00am

            Meditation Class               Friday                                               11:00am

            Library                                   Daily                                          8-4pm

            Computer Games             Daily                                      Lounge

            Billiards                                 Daily                         Lower level

Weekly/Monthly Programs


9:00am     Tax Preparation               (Feb. & March)   

9:00am      Intermediate Yoga

10:30am   Beginners Yoga            

10:30am   Caregivers Support Group (4th Mon)

1:00pm      Pokeno

1:00pm      Book Club

2:00pm     Ballroom Dancing



8:15am      Cards (Cockroach)

9:30am      Aerobics Exercise  

9:30am      Watercolor Class               

9:00am      Bocce Ball 

11:00am    Tai Chi       

1:00pm      Watercolor Class   

1:00am      Cribbage                          

1:25pm      BINGO


8:30am      East Side Lab              (1st Wed)    

9:00am       Intermediate Yoga

9:00am      Manicurist             (Every other week)

9:15am      Tap N Time

10:00am    Scrabble

10:45am    Chair exercise

1:30pm       Stroke Club                (1st Weds.) 




9:00am      Tax Preparation               (Feb. & March)

9:30am      Aerobics Exercise

12:45pm     Bridge       

1:00pm       Craft Class

1:00pm       Diabetes Support Group     (4th Thurs)



9:00am       Billiards League

10:00am     Scrabble

10:45am     Chair exercise

11:00am     Meditation Class              

12:45pm     In-Sight Support Group    (3rd Fri)

1:20pm        Hi Lo Jack League                       



Lunch   Noon

Library 8am—4pm

Coffee Hour 2:15pm

Fitness Center 8am—4pm


Gift Shop

Remember to visit our lovely gift shop located in the dining room area. We have a great selection of hand made items, gift cards, and snacks.






      Anyone 60 years of age or older or handicapped.



      Yes, at least 24 hours in advance and preferably the Friday before the following week, check local meal site for time.



      No!  Please call your meal site in the morning if you have a reservation so the manager can call persons on the waiting list.            You do not pay for a meal you do not eat.



      No!  Seats cannot be reserved at any time.  If you wish to sit with a friend you must arrive at the meal site at the same time.



      The suggested donation is $3.00. Participants are requested to donate whatever they can toward the cost of the meal.



      The actual cost of the meal is $5.00.



      EBCAP is the Grantee for the East Bay and Newport County areas for nutrition funds from the Department of Elderly Affairs.



      Donations are used to increase the number of meals served, to facilitate access to the meals and provide other supportive services directly to nutrition services.



Yes!  Nutrition Services Volunteers, Meal Site Managers, and staff, regardless of age, are considered to be eligible persons for purposes of receiving meals.  These individuals should be given
the same opportunity as any other participant to donate to the cost of the meal in accordance with usual donation procedures



      No!  They also must pay the full cost of the meal $5.00 if under 60 years of age.



      Envelopes should be provided at each place setting and you may drop the envelope in a donation box provided at each site.



Each meal site has a manager and/or Senior Center Director in charge of the daily meal program.     



No, this is not permitted at all! This is for your safety. It is highly recommended that no food leaves the meal site.  A bacterium sets in food very quickly if not maintained at an appropriate temperature and stored in a proper container.  Remember, food does not have to TASTE bad, to be bad.


Reservations 24hrs in advance.

435-7800 ext. 2

Please call when cancelling a reservation.






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