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May 3, 2014

COA offers programs for Older Americans Month

SALISBURY — In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Council on Aging has a number of programs planned to help local senior citizens be “Safe Today and Healthy Tomorrow.”

In addition to the standard weekly offerings that provide local seniors with physical, educational and recreational programs to keep their bodies and minds healthy and alert, this month Salisbury’s Council on Aging is holding some special programs that should be of interest to both young and not-so-young.

The COA urges its senior residents to join them from May 5 through May 9 for a full week of free exercise and dance classes, as well as birthday lunches and more. Those interested in attending any or all programs list must register by calling the COA at 978-462-2412. Unless otherwise listed, all programs are offered at the Hilton Senior Center, located at 43 Lafayette Road (Route 1), beside the Salisbury Fire Station.

Special programs in May and June

• Hearing Screening by Mass Audiology is offered at the Hilton Senior Center on Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m., and residents are urged to schedule a private appointment. Those who attend will be assisted with their questions and they may get their current hearing devices cleaned, serviced and evaluated.

• The Shifting Gears Workshop is planned for Wednesday, May 28 at noon, featuring Michele Ellicks, community outreach coordinator for the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Driving a car may seem to be a necessary part of life, however, owning a vehicle and holding a driver’s license are privileges that come with great responsibility. At the seminar, Ellicks will discuss the issues facing senior drivers, rules of the road, recent changes at the RMV, as well as warning signs of unsafe driving.

She will also share the requirements to apply for a handicap placard or license plate, as well as Massachusetts identification card. Call to register.

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