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November 19, 2012

Georgetown senior activities

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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.

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