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January 30, 2013

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.

ESMV case manager Feb. 4: Case manager Sarah Murdock of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (ESMV) is available to answer questions regarding programs and services available through ESMV Monday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office.

Valentine Craft program Feb. 5: A Valentine craft activity is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Class size is limited. If planning to attend, call the COA.

Blood pressure clinic Feb. 6: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

Chief Mulligan at Men’s Breakfast Feb. 7: Reflecting on his years in Georgetown, Georgetown police Chief James Mulligan will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 7, 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.

AARP tax preparation program returns: Beginning Feb. 7 through April 11, AARP tax aide Carl Much 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.

Program on Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library: Join us for an informational program regarding the services and resources available through the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Presenter Gayle Yarnell will provide information regarding the audio and large print books available through the library as well as how to access over 200 newspapers over the phone. The library is part of the federally funded National Library Service. Yarnell will demonstrate the free, easy-to-use digital player and explain how all these services can be delivered to your home at no cost. An individual who lives with total blindness, Yarnell will also talk about her life after blindness. Applications for the digital player will be available during the presentation and assistance completing the application will be provided.

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. To make reservations, call the COA by Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Tarr’s staff to hold office hours Feb. 14: Beginning Thursday, Feb. 14, Susan Testaverde, chief of staff with Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office, will hold office hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. The public is welcome.

February birthday party Feb. 19: Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in February as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. February birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA by Tuesday, Feb. 12.

COA Friends to meet Feb. 19: The Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m., at the Georgetown Peabody Library. New members are welcome.

New education series for caregivers to begin Feb. 26: 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.

February Van Trips: The February COA van schedule includes: Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H.; Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill; Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook; and Thursday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. to Target, Methuen. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

NEET fundraiser: The Northern Essex Elder Transport program is collecting used cellphones 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.