, Newburyport, MA

March 29, 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 April 1: 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, April 1, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office.

Blood pressure clinic April 3: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

Shram to speak at Men’s Breakfast April 4: Community outreach specialist Amy Shram will present information on scams and fraud at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, April 4, 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.

Life transition group to begin April 9: Led by Tom McDonough, a Life Transition Group will meet Tuesdays, 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.

Advance Directive Day April 10: On Wednesday April 10, 10 a.m., 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 and will include an opportunity to create a health care proxy. Refreshments will be served.

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

Legislative office hours April 11, 22: Susan Testaverde, chief of staff with Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office, will hold office hours Thursday, April 11, from 1-4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. Rep. Lenny Mirra will hold office hours Monday, April 22, 9 a.m., in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. The public is welcome.

April birthday party April 17: Join us on Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in April as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. April birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Tuesday, April 10.

Maintaining a positive attitude program April 18: Hosted by the Georgetown TRIAD, Moe Pratt with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department will present a program on the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and healthy relationships on Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m. at Trestle Way. An ice cream social will follow the program.

COA Friends to meet April 22: The Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging will meet Monday, April 22, 2:30 p.m., at the Georgetown Peabody Library. New members are welcome.

Special van trip to Poets’ Inn April 25: Join us for a van trip to enjoy lunch at the Whittier Regional Technical High School’s well-known Poets’ Inn Restaurant. The Poets’ Inn is a full-service restaurant that provides “real-world” experience to the school’s Culinary Arts students. The van will begin to pick people up at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited. For van reservations, call the COA.

April van trips: The April COA van schedule includes: Thursday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H.; Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill; Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. to Target, Methuen; Tuesday April 23, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook, N.H.; Thursday April 25, 10:30 a.m. to Poets’ Inn, Haverhill and Tuesday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.