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06-05197-N-474.jdfA Note from Our Director. . .
If you haven’t already heard, I’m excited to share I’m retiring at the
end of this month! My tenure in West Springeld culminates more
than 33 yrs. of advocating for and working on behalf of society’s
largest demographic group — our older adult population! It has
been both a privilege and an honor to work alongside our Center
staff, Boards and volunteers in order to serve you; our patrons,
clients, business associates, colleagues, families and Town
Please know I will treasure my time and the memories we shared.
The special events, lunches, parties, educational forums, health
fairs, job fairs, activities and guest speakers all served a greater
purpose—to strengthen knowledge and build relationships.
I wish you all the best and ask for your continued support of our
incredible staff!!! Keep smiling, stay active and I look forward to
seeing you out and about around our beautiful Town. ~ Laurie
To enhance the quality of life of adults regardless of age, income, race,
ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation by offering services &
recreational opportunities. We agree to the following core values in our
Strive to excel in providing client centered services to seniors,
families, caregivers & others;
Foster respect for a person’s right to self-determination; assisting
people in their decision making by providing all available options and
belief and/or sexual orientation; and,
Support each other in order to promote a harmonious workplace.
ADDRESS: 128 Park Street West Springeld, MA 01089
WEBSITE: www.tows.org
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/01089coa
PHONE: 413-263-3264
Kathy Baker
Beverly Boudreau
Gail Carrington
Ruth Henry
Laurene Kittler
Linda Liberti
Sandy Slepchuck
Marilyn Szpakowski
Health Dept.: 413-263-3206
State Senator Gomez: 413-
State Rep. Finn: 413-363-1965
Twitter: @128Park
Facebook: @01089coa
Email: [email protected]
Senator Gomez & Rep. Finn’s oAce hours in
our Center are suspended this month. Feel
free to contact them at the following numbers
should you have questions:
You just can’t beat our home cooked meals and
friendly atmosphere!
meals for in-house dining this month. Please
stay tuned for when we resume our meals,
which we hope will be soon.
PVTA Tickets
PVTA booklet contains 20 bus passes and
costs $57 for each booklet. Passes can be
purchased with cash or by a check. No sales
unless made by appointment. Call 263-3264 to
arrange a time for pickup. If you are paying by
check, please make your check out to:
1 New Year’s Resolution Week
2 National Buffet Day
2 Science Fiction Day
4 National Spaghetti Day
4 National Trivia Day
9 National Apricot Day
10 Houseplant Appreciation Day
10 National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
10 National Pizza Week
11 Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day
11 National Milk Day
14 Organize Your Home Day
15 National Hat Day
16 National Fig Newton Day
18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
19 National Popcorn Day
20 Cheese Lovers Day
23 National Pie Day
25 National Clean Out Your Inbox Week
25 National Irish Coffee Day
26 National Spouses Day
28 Data Privacy Day
28 National Kazoo Day
29 National Puzzle Day
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Martin Luther King, was an important civil rights activist who advocated for the
end of racial segregation in the United States most notably through organizing
non-violent protests to bring attention to racial injustice. Dr. King’s most
famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech, which earned him a Nobel
Peace Prize in 1964. In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King was assassinated,
a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him,
which .nally became law in 1983 and was .rst observed in 1986. Dr. King
delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Dr. King’s full speech is riveting, eloquent
and timeless. The following is an excerpt from his speech:
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And
so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a
dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal."
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former
slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at
the table of brotherhood.”
“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering
with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be
transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
January is National Soup Month
There is nothing better than sipping a nice warm bowl of soup when the weather outside is C-O-L-D!!! Soup is more than just a
warming winter supper... the tasty broth, crunchy veggies and tender meat !ll you up quicker and keep you satis!ed longer.
Looking for a quick and nourishing easy to make tortellini soup recipe? Try this…
Tortellini Soup in 30 minutes or Less
1 extra-large can (about 49 oz.) of low-sodium chicken broth*
1 9-oz package refrigerated cheese (or your favorite !lling) tortellini
1-4 Tbsp. tomato paste (optional)
Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. Add tomato paste
(optional) and salt and pepper to taste. Pair with a loaf of French bread and a green salad.
Try adding one or more of these options if you have a bit more time in the kitchen:
In the sauce pan, add to the broth a carrot peeled and cut in half, a stalk of celery cut in 3 inch chunks, an onion cut in
quarters, two or three garlic cloves, peeled, and a sprig each of thyme, rosemary, and basil, tied with cotton string. Bring to a
simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes to meld 7avors. Discard solids, bring the broth back to a boil and add the tomato paste and
tortellini cooked according to the package directions. Serves 4 *If you’re watching your sodium, use half no sodium or salt free
broth and half low sodium. (Courtesy of News USA) ©LPi
It’s important to take care of your mental wellbeing as well
as your physical. As we begin a New Year, many will wonder
when the pandemic will end. While we don’t have all the
answers, there are many factors that can trigger stress
among adults — from the pandemic to paying bills on a
!xed income, to failing health. caring for ill parents or
spouses, or even grandparenting responsibilities. Exces-
sive stress can lead to serious health problems.
“When stressed, the body releases substances such as cor-
tisol and adrenaline that affect every organ and can cause
muscle tension, insulin secretion, and increased heart
rate," said Arthur Hayward, M.D., a geriatrician and the
clinical lead eldercare physician Kaiser Permanente’s Care
Management Institute. “You can’t avoid stress, but
managing it can help preserve your health and well-being,”
Dr. Hayward added. He recommends identifying and
understanding the cause of your stress and !nding ways to
relieve it, such as these eight tips:
1. Pace yourself. Don’t take on too much. Be aware of
your limitations.
2. Set realistic goals and expectations, and don’t be
afraid to ask for help.
3. Plan time for yourself. Recharge your batteries.
4. Exercise and eat a balanced diet. Get plenty of fruits,
vegetables and whole grains.
6. Get enough sleep. If you have problems sleeping, talk
to your doctor. Drinking caffeinated beverages and
alcohol can affect your ability to get a good night’s
7. Talk with a loved one or write in a journal.
8. Stay positive. Positive thoughts can make a differ-
ence, such as “I am hopeful” or “Things will be better.”
For more information, go to kp.org/healthyaging. For ques-
tions or advice about a speci!c condition, talk to your phy-
To schedule a ride call 263-3264. All riders will be
asked a series of COVID-19 questions related to how
they are feeling. In some cases we will ask clients to
make arrangements for a family member or friend to
accompany them to the appointment.
Please remember, we are all in this together and we’ll
get through this together. I can’t wait to see all of
your smiling faces again. ~ Bill
Take & Eat Ministry
meals? St. Thomas’ Take and Eat Ministry can
provide you with FREE meal services one weekend a
month on the third Saturday Please call the rectory
o0ce at 739-4779 to sign up for this program.
Support The Friends, Inc.
You can do much to support our Friends of West
Springeld Senior Center, Inc. (Friends, Inc.)
Become a Member ($10/per person). Volunteer to
help with an event. Purchase Big Y Gift Card or Car
Wash Coupons. Life is much better when you
surround yourself with Friends.
The Brown Bag Food Program is for adults 55 years
and older who meet the
program’s income guidelines.
Food Distribution occurs once
COVID-19 Pandemic may
apply, you must: Be 55 years of
age or older and meet nancial
guidelines established by the
For more info please call (413) 263-3264.
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Donations: $3/>60 yrs., $3.75/<60 yrs.
1 % Milk Daily
Multi-Grain Bread 3x/week