, Newburyport, MA

September 30, 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.

Blood pressure clinic Oct. 2: Public health nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10-11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church.

A Halloween craft Oct. 8: A Halloween craft activity featuring mini pumpkin candleholders is planned on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Class size is limited. If planning to attend, call the COA.

Rev. Boylan at Men’s Breakfast Oct. 10: Discussing local history, the Rev. Bill Boylan will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 10, 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.

SHINE office hours Oct. 7: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Monday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. To schedule an appointment, call the COA.

Educational hearing seminar Oct. 9: Join us for breakfast and an educational hearing program when Digital Hearing Healthcare presents a seminar on tinnitus Wednesday, Oct. 9 , 10 a.m.,at the First Congregational Church. Topics of discussion will include understanding and treating common tinnitus issues, identifying the varied tinnitus causes, common psychological effects of tinnitus, correlation of tinnitus to hearing loss and what to look for in a hearing care professional. All attendees will be entered to win TV EARS. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.

CarFit program Oct. 17: Georgetown TRIAD will hold a CarFit Event Thursday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m., at Trestle Way. Developed through collaboration among the American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, the CarFit program offers older adults the opportunity to check how their cars fit them. Trained professionals will lead senior drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicles, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations and offer community specific resources and activities to make their vehicles “fit” better or enhance their safety. Ice cream and refreshments will be served.

Free oral clinic for uninsured elders Oct. 19: Georgetown Family Dentistry will provide free cleanings, oral exams and digital X-rays to local elders on Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. In the spirit of community, Dr. Shradha Sharma hopes to serve up to 18 elders who meet criteria for the practice’s first “Giving Back to our Georgetown Community” Day. The program ties in with a similar program under way by Parker River Dental in Byfield. The program is open to Georgetown elders who meet specified income criteria and have no access to dental coverage from other sources. Registration is limited. Registration, medical history and release forms will be available at the COA. Appointments can be scheduled by the patient after the forms are completed.

Medicare Enrollment Forum Oct. 22: With Medicare’s new open enrollment period scheduled Oct. 15-Dec. 7, Sue Cripps will present a forum on open enrollment and changes in Medicare Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., at Town Hall. Medicare plans change every year, but SHINE counselors provide Medicare counseling free of charge. For more information on the forum or to schedule an appointment with SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg, call the COA office. SHINE information is also available by calling 1-800-243-4636, then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back as soon as possible. For assistance from a Medicare customer service representative 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, call 1-800-633-4227.

Van trip to Poet’s Inn Oct. 22: Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for a van trip to enjoy a buffet lunch at the Whittier Regional Technical High School’s Poets’ Inn Restaurant. The Poets’ Inn is a full-service restaurant that provides “real-world” experience to the school’s Culinary Arts students. The van will begin to pick people up at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited. For van reservations, call the COA.

Electrical Safety and Fraud Prevention Program Oct. 30: Join us in welcoming new Light Department manager David Schofield when the Georgetown Municipal Light Department presents a program on Electrical Safety and Fraud Prevention along with energy conservation information Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Free flashlights will be presented and the annual Halloween/October birthday party will follow the event. To make reservations, call the COA.

October Harvest birthday party Oct. 30: Scare up some fun with us on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m., as we celebrate harvest time and send our best wishes to our friends who were born in October during a combined Harvest/monthly birthday party at the First Congregational Church. Costumes are optional. October birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA by Wednesday, Oct. 23.

October van trips: The October COA Van schedule includes: Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, N.H.; Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. to Rowley; Thursday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m. to Target and Mann’s Orchard in Methuen; Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to Haverhill; Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. to Poet’s Inn, Haverhill; Thursday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. to Plaistow; Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook; Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. to Northshore Mall, Peabody. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

October legislative office hours: A representative from Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office will hold office hours Thursday, Oct. 15, from noon-2 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. Rep. Lenny Mirra will hold office hours Monday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m., in the second floor conference room at Town Hall. The public is welcome.

Indoor Walking Program to return Oct. 2: In partnership with the Georgetown School Department, the Georgetown COA’s indoor walking program at the Penn Brook School will resume on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., beginning Wed. Oct. 2. 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.