Men’s Breakfast: Director of Veterans Services Terry Hart will discuss veterans services and issues at the Men’s Breakfast tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. at Trestle Way. The Council on Aging thanks Crosby’s Market for its sponsorship and the Georgetown Housing Authority for its partnership in offering the monthly program. To make a reservation, call 978-352-5726.
Elder Services case manager: Sarah Murdock, case manager with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will answer questions regarding programs and services available through her agency on Monday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the Council on Aging office by calling 978-352-5726.
SHINE office hours: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will answer health insurance questions on Monday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for an appointment.
Autumn craft class: An Autumn Scarecrow Centerpiece craft activity take place Tuesday Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Class size is limited. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 to save a seat.
Seasonal flu clinic: The Council on Aging will host a seasonal flu clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Registration is not required. Priority will be given to individuals 65 years and older and those with medical conditions that may put them at risk for complications from the flu. Other individuals over age 19 may come to the clinic at 10:30 a.m. A limited supply of flu vaccine is available. Bring Medicare and/or Senior HMO cards to the clinic; photocopies, if possible, will ease the process. The Council on Aging will photocopy Medicare/HMO cards in advance of the clinic. Wear a sleeveless or loose-fitting short-sleeved shirt as well. The combined seasonal flu and H1N1 Flu vaccine is provided by the Massachusetts Immunization Program and sponsored by the Council on Aging and Georgetown Board of Health. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 or the Board of Health at 978-352-5720 for more information.
Transportation Program: Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority representatives will discuss local transportation options on Tuesday Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Discussion will include the Ring & Ride program, a free curb-to-curb shared van service available to Georgetown residents that provides transportation for any purpose such as medical appointments or shopping at destinations within the Merrimack Valley along with the Medi-Ride Program, which provides one-day-a-week, shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. Refreshments will be served. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more information.
Budgeting Program: Bea Stankard, money management program manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will present Budgeting 101 on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. The program offers simple steps on preparing a budget and how to live within the budget. It also includes some strategies for individuals who may be experiencing financial difficulties. Refreshments will be served. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more information.
November Birthday Party: The monthly birthday party for November will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church. November birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch; the cost for everyone else is $2. To make reservations, call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 by Wednesday Nov. 21.
November Van Trips: The van schedule for November is Thursday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m., Super Walmart in Salem, N.H.; Thursday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m., Plaistow, N.H.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m., Newburyport; Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m., Haverhill; Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m., Rowley; Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m., Seabrook; and Thursday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m., North Shore Mall, Peabody. Suggested donation is $2 round-trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726.
NEET Fundraiser: The Northern Essex Elder Transport program is collecting used cell phones as a fundraiser for the volunteer-run elder medical transportation program. By partnering with Cellular Recycler, the National Council on Aging either recycles used cell phones for their metals or refurbishes the phones for use in developing countries. Funds raised by the local collection will benefit the NEET program. The fundraiser will continue through February. In its 31st year, the NEET program is a nonprofit volunteer program serving elders in 14 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley. Volunteer drivers with the program provide door-to-door transportation for elders to local and out-of-town medical appointments. A collection box for used cell phones is available at the Council on Aging office.
Shared medical rides: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority provides shared medical transportation one day a week for Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pick up and drop off clients at their homes on Mondays. Those who need a ride on another day should call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services, which will do its best to accommodate needs. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The van will leave Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The van will depart Boston no later than 3:30 p.m. Boston hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriner’s Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center and VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round-trip. Reservations and applications are necessary and may be made one to two weeks in advance by calling the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, option 3.
Drivers needed: The Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide local elders with rides to medical appointments through Northern Essex Elder Transport. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for information or to volunteer.
Morning card games, cribbage: Drop in for a card or cribbage game Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Coffee and snacks are served. Make a day of it and stay for lunch. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more.
Weekly exercise programs: In partnership with the Georgetown Housing Authority, the Council on Aging offers weekly exercise programs in the community room at Trestle Way. Yoga classes meet Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and strength training classes meet Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. A donation of $3 is suggested per class. An indoor walking program continues Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Penn Brook School. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more.
Mailing list updates: The Council on Aging is updating its newsletter mailing list to comply with new U.S. postal service regulations. As a result, some addresses have been eliminated from the list. Anyone who is no longer receiving the newsletter who would like to get back on the mailing list should call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 to update their contact information.