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July 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.

Hatch to speak at Men’s Breakfast Aug. 1: Discussing his recent 50-mile Grand Canyon run, Georgetown police Sgt. Scott Hatch will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Aug. 1, 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.

ESMV case manager Aug. 5: Case manager Sarah Murdock of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. is available to answer questions regarding programs and services available through ESMV Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Appointments must be scheduled through the COA office. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office.

SHINE office hours Aug. 6: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

Blood pressure clinic Aug. 7: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

Summer stories, seasonal cobbler Aug. 20: Join us for a time of summer stories and seasonal fruit cobbler on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Bring photos, stories and memories to share. For reservations, call the COA.

Van trip to Peabody Essex Museum Aug. 23: The COA will sponsor a van trip to view Faberge Revealed, an exhibit featuring more than 230 singular treasures created by the House of Fabergé in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, hard stone carvings, ruby-encrusted brooches and four signature imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family. This exhibition explores ideas of luxury, innovation, entrepreneurship and imperial patronage while providing insight into Peter Carl Fabergé’s life, business and legacy. The van will begin picking up participants at 9:30 a.m. Cost includes $2 for the van, admission cost for elders is $13 and a $5 surcharge for the Faberge exhibit. Lunch is on your own. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call the COA.

August birthday party Aug. 28: Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in August as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. August birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Tuesday, Aug. 21.

August van trips: The August COA van schedule includes: Thursday, Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. to Seabrook; Tuesday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m. to Northshore Mall; Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to Plaistow, N.H.; Thursday, Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m. to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Tuesday, Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; and Thursday, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

August legislative office hours: A representative from state Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office will hold office hours Thursday, Aug. 8, 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, Aug. 19, 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.