For four weekends in March, the National Honor Society of Winchester High School will be offering their time, talent, and “elbow grease” to provide help with any jobs that are needed throughout Winchester. The students will be in teams of two, four or six depending on the size of the job, they will be providing assistance to those who cannot get to all the jobs on their to-do list. Students are available for such tasks as painting, raking, shoveling, cleaning, shopping, moving, etc. Community members may schedule the students for just one task or a number of activities for which they might need more manpower.
Students are available to work:
March 31 – April 1
Please contact the National Honor Society Advisor directly to set up as appointments are not made through the Jenks Center. Please email [email protected] or call Nancy Smith at 781-721-7020 to schedule and to add your name and task to the list, along with what weekend day works best. Arrangements will be made to coordinate the effort.
The Social Security Administration announced that starting on December 30, 2011, social security recipients will receive a 3.6 percent increase in benefits. Increases in social security benefits are based on a cost of living adjustment (COLA). For the first time since the automatic COLA adjustment was put in place (1975), there were no increases in benefits for 2010 and 2011.
The average monthly social security check is $1,082.00. With the 2012 adjustment, that will mean an additional $39.00 per month. The largest increase was in 1981 when benefit checks increased 11.2 percent.
Social Security Administration: How COLA is Calculated
Social Security Administration: Chart of COLA Increases from 1975-2012
Every month I send an E-Newsletter that has articles on estate planning and elder law topics. If you would like to subscribe to this E-Newsletter please feel free to sign up.
This months topic is “Elder Law Elements.” Elder Law, unlike many other areas of law, is centered on the needs of the client – not a specific area of the law. Elder law attorneys help clients with estate planning, protecting assets from the overwhelming cost of a nursing home, helping spouses when one may have to go to a nursing home, housing issues – even bankruptcy, which may be the result of a catastrophic illness.
Attorneys practicing in this area of law help guide clients and their families through some of life’s most difficult challenges.
If you would like to learn more about Elder Law services, please feel free to visit my website: Elder Law
Elder Law FAQs
Medicare and Medicaid Basics.
Every month I send an E-Newsletter that has articles on Estate Planning and Elder Law topics. If you would like to subscribe to my E-Newsletter, please feel free to sign up. The topic this month is the challenge facing parents of children with Special Needs. With a little advanced planning, a potential inheritance may be used to supplement any benefits being received, but not financially disqualifying the child from receiving those much needed governmental benefits.
Every month I send an E-Newsletter that has articles on estate planning and elder law topics. If you would like to subscribe to this E-Newsletter please feel free to sign up. January’s topic examines the potential dangers of joint ownership. For more information on joint ownership, and possible alternatives,here is an article I wrote in June 2010.
Where Seniors (and others) Can Go To Play
London recently opened its first playground for seniors. Playground for SeniorsThe purpose of the playground is to encourage people, seniors and those recovering from surgery, to exercise on the low-impact equipment, without having to commit to a gym membership. According to the article, these types of outdoor playgrounds are not uncommon in Europe.
There may not be a specific senior playground locally, but there are several wonderful options for seniors to participate in exercise programs geared for them.
- The Jenks Center in Winchester offers exercise classes three times per week. Details may be found on the Jenks Centers web page: Jenks Center (click on Calendar to see the dates and times of the classes).
- The Medford Council on Aging has both exercise classes and a Walking Club in the Spring and Fall. More information may be found on their web site: Medford Council on Aging, or by calling them at (781) 396-6010
Most Councils on Aging will offer classes geared specifically to older athletes. Not only do these classes have appropriate exercises, it is often a way to get out and participate in activities without making any long-term commitment to a membership. There are 348 Councils on Aging in Massachusetts, serving more than 400,000 families. A list of the Councils on Aging may be downloaded from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Overview of Councils on Aging in Massachusetts
- The Burlington Mall opens the Mall at 7:00 AM to people of any age who want to walk inside during inclement weather. “The Burlington Mall Heart and Soles Club” was established in 1991, and is free. More details may be found on the Burlington Mall Groups web site: Mall Walking. A full lap around the lower level equals .75 miles.
Many other Malls across the country open their doors early for walkers. To find out the times and requirements, call your local Mall for details on the hours and entrances to use.