, Newburyport, MA

December 28, 2012

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. 2: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday Jan. 2, 10-11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church.

Limited flu clinic Jan. 2: A limited flu clinic will be held Wednesday Jan. 2, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The flu clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will serve individuals over 19 years with priority given to individuals 65 years and older as well as those with medical conditions that may put them at risk for complications of the flu. Please bring Medicare and/or Senior HMO cards to the clinic. If possible, bring a photocopy of the cards in order to ease the process. The COA will photocopy Medicare/HMO cards in advance of the clinic. Please wear a sleeveless or loose-fitting, short-sleeved shirt. The combined seasonal flu & H1N1 Flu vaccine is provided by the Massachusetts Immunization Program. The flu clinic is sponsored by the COA and the Georgetown Board of Health. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

Tollman to speak at Men’s Breakfast Jan. 3: Discussing a patient’s experience from their arrival at the ER either as a walk-in to admission, and finally the discharge process to home or rehabilitation facilities, Dr. Dan Tollman will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 3, 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 COA.

ESMV case manager Jan. 7: Case manager Sarah Murdock of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. is available to answer questions regarding programs and services available through ESMV Monday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office.

SHINE office hours Jan. 7: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Monday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

A Morning of Winter Comfort Jan. 8: Enjoy a morning of Winter Comfort with home-made goodies, coffee or cocoa and selected winter readings Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Share favorite readings, short stories or poetry while enjoying some post-holiday treats. Call the COA to sign up.

‘Carbohydrate Counting for Diabetics’ Jan. 15: 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 Tuesday Jan. 15, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 22.

January van trips: The January COA van schedule includes: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Seabrook; Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. to Target/Mann’s Orchard in Methuen; Tuesday, Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H.; Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. to Northshore Mall in Peabody; Tuesday, Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook; and Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

AARP Tax Preparation Program Feb. 7: Beginning Feb. 7 through April 11, AARP tax aide Carl Much will be available Thursdays, 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. 13: Join us for a special Valentine’s Day treat 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 $3 donation is suggested to support the Culinary Arts Program at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. To make reservations, call the COA office by Wednesday. Feb. 6.

New education series for caregivers: Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, a new education 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 beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. The Essential Skills for Caregivers Series is a three-part program that will be offered Tuesdays, Feb. 26, March 5 and 12, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Individuals may attend one program or all three programs. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call the COA.

Indoor Walking Program: In partnership with the Georgetown School Department, the Georgetown COA has resumed an indoor walking program on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. at the Penn Brook School on Elm Street. 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.

NEET fundraiser under way: The NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transport) Program is collecting used cellphones as a fundraiser for the volunteer driver 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 of 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 cellphones is available at the COA office.

Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) provides one day per week of shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pickup and drop-off clients on Monday at their homes. If you need a ride on another day, please call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services and they will do their best to accommodate your needs. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The van will depart Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m.-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 will be necessary. Reservations may be made one to two weeks in advance by calling the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services at 978-469-6878, selecting Option 3.

Drivers needed for elder medical transportation: The Georgetown Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide medical transportation to local elders. Through Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc., the COA provides local elders with rides to medical appointments. 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. A vital link in maintaining independence and healthy well-being for elders, the N.E.E.T. program fills the transportation void that often exists in rural communities. The program is a real and tangible way of making a difference in other people’s lives. During a recent survey, one local client rated the program as an “A+ with stars.” For information on becoming a volunteer driver, call the COA office.

Morning card games and cribbage: Drop in for a card game or cribbage game Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Coffee and snacks are served along with plenty of good fun. Make a day of it and stay for lunch.

Weekly COA exercise programs: In partnership with the Georgetown Housing Authority, the Georgetown COA offers weekly exercise programs at Trestle Way Community Room. Yoga classes are held at Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Strength training classes are held at Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. A donation of $3 is suggested per class.