NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 26, 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 July 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, July 1, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office.

SHINE office hours July 2: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Tuesday, July 2, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

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

Ice Cream Social July 10: An ice cream social will follow lunch on Tuesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. Indulge your cravings with multiple toppings, whip cream and cherries — of course! Make a morning of it and stay for lunch (lunch reservations required in advance). To help with event planning, call the COA.

COA to host Chicken Barbecue July 23: Provided by the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Project, the COA will host a Chicken Barbecue Tuesday, July 23, 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Music will be provided by the Over the Hill Band beginning at 10 a.m. The musical 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. The lunch menu will include barbequed chicken breast prepared on site, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, dinner roll, watermelon and lemonade. Cost is $2. To make reservations, call the COA by July 16.

Summer craft July 30: A summer craft activity is planned Tuesday July 30, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Class size is limited. If planning to attend, call the COA.

July birthday party July 31: Join us on Wednesday, June 31, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in July as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. July birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Tuesday, July 24.

July van trips: The July COA Van schedule includes: Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m., Seabrook; Thursday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Tuesday, July 16, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m., Northshore Mall; Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill; and Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

July legislative office hours: A representative from state Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office will hold office hours Thursday, July 11, from 1-4 p.m., the second Thursday of each month, in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. State Rep. Lenny Mirra will hold office hours Monday, July 15, 9 a.m., in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. The public is welcome.

Indoor walking program on summer hiatus: In partnership with the Georgetown School Department, an indoor walking program at the Penn Brook School will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. when school resumes in September. 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. In its 31st year, the NEET Program is a nonprofit volunteer program serving elders in fourteen 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 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 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 1-2 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. 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: 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. In the summer heat, this is a cool place to be!

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.