NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 19, 2012

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.

Budgeting program Nov. 27: Just in time for the holidays, Bea Stankard, Money Management Program manager at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, will present Budgeting 101 on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. The program presents simple steps in preparing a budget and how to live within the budget. The program also includes some strategies for individuals who may be experiencing financial difficulties. Refreshments will be served.

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

November van trips: The November COA Van schedule includes: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook; and Thursday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. to North Shore Mall in Peabody. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

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.

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 under way: 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 under way: 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.