ESMV case manager available Dec. 3: Case manager Jen Cook of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (ESMV) is available to answer questions regarding programs and services available through ESMV Monday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office.
SHINE office hours Dec. 4: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Monday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. To schedule an appointment, please call the COA.
Holiday craft class Dec. 4: A Holiday Centerpiece craft activity is planned Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Class size is limited. If planning to attend, call the COA.
Blood pressure clinic Dec. 5: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Tuesday, Dec. 5, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.
Rev. Boylan at Men’s Breakfast Dec. 6: Discussing local history, the Rev. William Boylan will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Dec. 6, 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.
Better Business Bureau presentation Dec. 11: Presenting important information before the holidays, Amy Schram, Community Outreach Specialist at the Better Business Bureau, will present “Scams, Fraud and Giving Safely to Charities” Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.
December birthday party Dec. 12: Join us on Tuesday, Dec, 12, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in December as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. December birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Annual Holiday Party Dec. 10: The COA and Georgetown Housing Authority will host the Annual Holiday Party Monday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., at the Trestle Way Community Building. The afternoon will include a light meal with food provided by the Friends of the Council on Aging. Entertainment provided by local musician and COA board member Chandler Noyes and centerpieces will be provided the Georgetown Country Gardeners. To make reservations, office by Monday, Dec. 3.
Holiday Breakfast and Concert Dec. 14: Enjoy a light breakfast with friends before listening to the sounds of the season when the Georgetown Middle/High School Music Department presents a holiday concert Friday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. Provided by the school’s Food Service, breakfast will be held at 8:15 a.m. To make reservations, call the COA by Thursday, Dec. 6.
Russ McQueen to perform Dec. 18: Celebrate the holidays with special musical entertainment when local performer Russ McQueen returns to the Georgetown COA on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Along with holiday music, Russ will perform classic oldies, swing, pop and country music. Holiday-themed refreshments will be served. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
New Year’s Brunch and Toast Dec. 31: Join us as we welcome the New Year with brunch and a special toast Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Brunch reservations must be made by Wednesday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m., by calling the COA.
December Van Trips: The December COA van schedule includes: Thursday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem N.H.; Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. to Northshore Mall in Peabody; Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H.; and Thursday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m. to Seabrook. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.
Tax Incentive Program applications available: The Property Tax Incentive Program will be available to Georgetown residents 60 years and older again this year. The program will run Jan. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2013. The program currently permits elders to reduce their property taxes by $500 per calendar year in exchange for 62 hours of volunteer service to the town. Application forms and guidelines are available in December at the Council on Aging. Applications must be returned to the COA office by Thursday, Dec. 27.
Indoor Walking Program under way: 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 cellphones 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. A collection box for used cellphones is available at the COA office.
Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody available: 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. 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 Isreael/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. (N.E.E.T.), 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. 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.