Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for October 2017






Are you interested in learning how to play musical instruments? The Silver Chimers Handchime Choir, under the direction of Mary Hourigan, will begin a new session of music.

For those who are not musically talented, this activity does not require prior musical knowledge. Mary will teach basic note recognition and rhythm and how to apply them to playing music with chimes. Handchimes are light weight, hand held musical instruments, each with its own note. Each chimer plays one or two hand chimes. Additionally, learning a new skill is a great way to stay mentally sharp while making new friends and beautiful music. Those interested in joining should contact the COA at 508-261-7368. This is a free activity.
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Voices United is a new group started by the Mansfield Council On Aging for women and men age 60 and older who are interested in working on issues of diversity through sponsoring programs encouraging harmony and inclusion. The group is currently working on a mission statement and goals.

Those interested in joining this effort should attend the meetings, which are every other Monday at 1:00 PM. The October dates are Mondays October 2nd, 16th and 30th.For more information, please call Josephine or Debi at 508-261-7368. return to menu

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, second only to non-melanoma skin cancer. Half of all women diagnosed with Breast Cancer are over age 65. According to the American Cancer Society, 2 in 3 cases of aggressive breast cancer occur in women age 55 and older. Men are prone to breast cancer too. Each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die.

The Cancer Society's ( estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About, 710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
  • About, 410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer)
  • About, 610 women will die from breast cancer

Risk factors:

  • Half of all women diagnosed are over age 65
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • A diet high in saturated fats and alcoholic intake of more than two drinks per day
  • A family history of breast cancer

Common signs & symptoms:
You may experience nipple tenderness or notice a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area; a change in how the breast or nipple looks; A change in how the breast or nipple feels.

Plan should include:
Regular personal exams and routine mammograms; maintaining a healthy weight, following a low-fat diet, and regular exercise; no smoking, and limited alcohol consumption. These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer: Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year; Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms annually; Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year.

The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer. It is important to follow the screening guidelines that detect breast cancer. Regular and digital mammograms can find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. Digital The differences in the imaging are in the way the picture is made, looked at, and stored. Standard mammograms are printed on large sheets of film. Digital images are recorded and saved as files in a computer. Digital mammograms are becoming more widely available.return to menu

Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15th and runs through December 7. SHINE counselors will assist residents with enrolling or making changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare and Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO). Additionally, the counselors will be able to help residents understand plan changes and available options. During open enrollment SHINE counselors are available by appointment only. Contact SHINE counselors Lynette or Rose at 508-261-7368 for assistance. return to menu

The Mansfield Council on Aging will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 9th. There will be no programs, transportation, or meals. Please plan accordingly.

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