, Newburyport, MA

January 1, 2014

Georgetown senior activities

Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Georgetown Senior Center is at the First Congregational Church on Andover Street. For more information about programs, call the Council on Aging office at 978-352-5726.

Blood pressure clinic Jan. 7: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

“Carbohydrate Counting for Diabetics” Jan. 8: Presenting important information for people who are living with or without diabetes, Pauline Provencher, nutritionist with the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Project, will present “Carbohydrate Counting for Diabetics” Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

Beardsley to speak at Men’s Breakfast Jan. 9: Discussing winter safety and the safe use of oxygen, fire Chief Al Beardsley will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m., at Trestle Way. With great appreciation, the Council on Aging thanks Crosby’s Markets for their sponsorship and the Georgetown Housing Authority for their partnership in offering the monthly program. To make reservations, call the office.

A morning of Winter Comfort Jan. 14: Enjoy a morning of Winter Comfort with homemade goodies, coffee or cocoa and selected winter readings Tuesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Share favorite readings, short stories or poetry while enjoying some post-holiday treats. Call the office to sign up.

January birthday party Jan. 29: Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in January as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. January birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Wednesday, Jan. 22.

January van trips: The January COA van schedule includes: Thursday, Jan. 2, 9:30 a.m., to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Thursday, Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m., to Plaistow, N.H.; Tuesday, Jan. 14 , 9:30 a.m., to Newburyport; Thursday, Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m., to Target and Mann’s Orchard, Methuen; Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m., to Rowley; Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. to Northshore Mall in Peabody; Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m., to Seabrook; Thursday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m., to Haverhill. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA office.

January legislative office hours: Richard Curran, a representative from state Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office, will hold office hours Wednesday, Jan. 21, 12:30-2:30 p.m., in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. State Rep. Lenny Mirra will hold office hours Monday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m,. in the second-floor conference room at Town Hall. The public is welcome.

AARP tax preparation program returns Feb. 6: Beginning Feb. 6 through April 10, two AARP tax aide preparers will be available Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., to assist elders and other moderate-income individuals with their tax preparations. Information regarding tax preparation and the criteria for Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit program is available at the Council on Aging office. Appointments for income tax information are required. To reserve a time, call the COA office.

Whittier Vo-Tech program Feb. 12: Join us for a special Valentine’s Day treat on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m., when the culinary arts students from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School will be on hand to present a special Valentine’s Day lunch to Georgetown elders. Along with the culinary arts students, students from the health occupation program will be on hand to assist and share in conversation. A $5 donation is suggested to support the culinary arts program at Whittier. To make reservations, call the COA office by Wednesday, Feb. 5.

New education series for caregivers to begin March 4: Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, a new education program, “The Essential Skills for Caregivers Series,” will provide families of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or memory disorders with education and practical tools for caring for someone with dementia on Tuesdays, March 4, 11 and 25, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Individuals may attend one program or all three programs. Refreshments will be served.

Indoor Walking Program underway: In partnership with the Georgetown School Department, the Georgetown COA indoor walking program at the Penn Brook School is underway on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. At their own pace, participants are able to walk a loop within the school. Walkers will be asked to sign in upon arrival and sign out as they leave the school.