, Newburyport, MA

February 28, 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.

New education series for caregivers begins: 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. 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.

ESMV case manager available March 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, March 4, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office.

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

Surface to speak at Men’s Breakfast: Discussing the state of the town, selectmen Chairman David Surface will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, March 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 office.

Quilting class March 8 and 15: Led by instructor Sandy Schauer, a new quilting class will be held Fridays, March 8 and 15, 9:30 a.m.-noon, at the Trestle Way Community Room. No experience is necessary. Participants should bring common pins, sewing needle and scissors. The finished product will be a wall hanging. Optional items to bring to class include embroidery floss, pearl cotton thread, an iron and a bath towel. The class is open to all. For further information or to register for the class, please call the Georgetown Housing Authority at 978-352-6331.

AARP program March 13: Join AARP representatives for a conversation about the future of Medicare and Social Security on Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Discussion topics will include programs for current retirees, veterans and future generations along with legislative issues at the state and federal level. For further information, call 978-352-5726.

St. Patrick’s Day/March birthday party March 13: Join us on Wednesday, March 13, 11 a.m., to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to send best wishes to our friends who were born in March as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. March birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Tuesday, March 6.

Tarr’s staff to hold office hours March 14: On Thursday, March 14, Susan Testaverde, chief of staff with Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office, will hold office hours from 1 to 4 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Town Hall.

COA Friends to meet March 18: The Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging will meet Monday, March 18, 3 p.m., at the Georgetown Peabody Library. New members are welcome.

AARP Tax Preparation Program continues: Continuing through April 11, AARP tax aide Carl Much is available Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 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. Limited appointments for income tax information are available. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office.

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

Life transition group to begin April 9: Led by Tom McDonough, a Life Transition Group will meet Tuesday, April 9 and 30 and May 14 and 28, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Focusing on the transitions that occur in life, the groups will address depression, loneliness, bereavement, sadness and changes in retirement.

Birke to present Advance Directive Day April 10: Join us on Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m., as Elder Attorney Margot Birke presents an Advance Directive Day at the First Congregational Church. The program will include information regarding the importance of health care proxies, durable power of attorney and other advance directives. Refreshments will be served.

Indoor Walking Program under way: In partnership with the Georgetown School Department, the Georgetown COA has an indoor walking program on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 to 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.

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. For information on becoming a volunteer driver, call the COA office.

Morning card games and cribbage under way: 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.

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.

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 pick up and drop off clients on Monday at their homes. If you need a ride on another day, call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services and they will do their best to accommodate needs. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 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. 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 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.