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June 13, 2012

Baby Boomers and Beyond

The Recreation Department and Council on Aging have tickets to the Lowell Spinners game on Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. What a wonderful opportunity for Haverhill senior citizens to spend quality time enjoying wholesome entertainment with their children, grandchildren and in some cases even great-grandchildren. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot dog and soda from the Spinners. Transportation is not included. Contact Kathy or Rita at the COA, 978-374-2390, or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com to obtain details.

The Council on Aging will host a presentation on scams and identity theft. The presentation will cover scams that are currently circulating in our communities, major red flags to watch for and precautionary steps we can all take to protect ourselves. Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau will discuss this important topic at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m.. This event is open to the public.

COA painting and drawing students are showing their work at the Haverhill Library in an art exhibit on the second floor. Art will be on display at the Library through Wed, June 27.

The Council on Aging is offering an inter-generational trip to Boston for a Duck Tour. We will depart on the morning of July 12. Tickets are $63 per person. The trip includes a stop for lunch on your own at Quincy Market. This is a great trip for the grandchildren.

Our Book Club is reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" for the month of June. If anyone is interested in reading this book and joining the Council on Aging Book Club, just read the book and come to the book discussion meeting on Wednesday, July 11, at noon.

On Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, the Haverhill council is hosting a free Medicare discussion for recent retirees and baby boomers who are approaching 65. Participants will learn about applying for Medicare Part D coverage and many other aspects of applying for Medicare.

The Council on Aging annual Fourth of July party will be held at NECC, Elliott Street, on Thursday, June 28. George Whitehouse of A Goodtimes DJs will entertain. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Council on Aging. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

A few tickets are still available for the Foxwoods trip planned for Wednesday, July 11. Cost is $30 and includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, buffet lunch and keno play. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com to make your reservation.

Garrison Par Three Golf Clinic for Seniors is in full swing. Join Ted Murphy and learn some techniques to improve your game. If you are a beginner, Ted will help you to learn the game and provide you with some tips as you develop your swing. In any case, you will have a great time and get in a round of golf. Cost of the clinic is $10 per person.

The Council on Aging trip to see the Tall Ships on July 2 is filling up fast. This trip is a good value and includes transportation to Boston and a 90-minute harbor tour for $62 per person.

On Wednesday, June 27, the Council on Aging has planned a trip to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for gaming and "A Tribute to Dino" by his son Ricci Martin. This trip is $62 per person and includes motorcoach transportation, show and casino bonus with buffet lunch.

The Council on Aging woodcarving class is held on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. It is lots of fun. Contact Kathy or Rita for additional information.

A new cribbage group has been formed at the Citizens Center, meeting Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. on the balcony. Please stop by if you are interested.

Dominoes "Mexican Train" will be played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30. If you are interested contact Kathy or Rita at the Council on Aging, 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players. This game sounds like it is lots of fun and easy to learn.

A Scrabble group has formed and meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Players meet in the Library in the basement level of the Citizens Center.

The Council on Aging is offering on-going art classes with Cara Smoley. Classes will be held every Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, 2B pencil and kneaded eraser. Ms. Smoley received a certificate in art at Cooper Union in New York City and received her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes experienced through inexperienced students into her mixed-media classes.

An interactive support group titled The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging sponsored by Haverhill Council On Aging and facilitated by Rabbi Allan Press is held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Discussions will include such topics as illness, loss, loneliness, isolation and discovering new paths to happiness. Rabbi Press, of Danville, N.H., a congregational rabbi for 26 years, holds a master's degree in pastoral counseling from the New York Theological Seminary and has served as a hospice chaplain for Merrimack Valley Hospice for seven years. Rabbi Press has counseled and assisted hundreds of individuals as they deal with many of life's challenges. He brings with him a compassionate, caring and loving heart, honesty and a capacity to listen well He has touched many people in profound ways and helped them to find their inner strength. Call Kathy or Rita to register at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Have you heard of SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to seniors and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthful diet. We have applications at the Council on Aging office and we will be happy to provide information and assistance to seniors.

Due to popular demand, the Haverhill Council on Aging announces a second weekly Zumba Gold class on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This class will be a Zumba Gold Toning class and will incorporate light weights into the workout. This class will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instructor Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class, which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.

Penacook Place is hosting an Alzheimer's Family Support Group on the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. The group will meet in the Conference Room at Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill. Contact Barbara Stricsek at 978-374-0707 for additional information.

Did you know there are several tax-saving opportunities to assist seniors with property taxes? Veterans, blind persons, elderly and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the Assessors Office at City Hall.

Each month we distribute over 2,000 copies of our newsletter, "The Voice," throughout the City. We are always busy at the Council on Aging and right now we are in need of volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. If you would be interested in helping with this important task, please call Rita at 978-374-2390, ext. 16.

The Oxford at 689 Main St. invites all bingo players of all ages to join them on the last Wednesday of every month. Coffee and dessert is served. Call the COA to make a reservation.

Did you know that we have a showcase of beautiful handmade articles for sale? The next time you need a special gift for a baby consider shopping our supply of sweater sets and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They are beautiful.

If you have issues or questions regarding your health insurance, be sure to contact one of our SHINE counselors. Appointments can be made by calling Wendy at 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority offers a program called EZ Trans for people who are at least 60 years old and people who are disabled. EZ Tran is a "shared ride" service intended to accommodate those who cannot use the MVRTA fixed route bus system. Communities serviced by EZ Trans include Andover, Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport and North Andover. Rides are also available to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. Special services require a 21-day application period. Contact the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority at 978-469-6878 for details.

Did you know that people who are at least 65 years old are eligible for a 50 percent discount on the commuter train to Boston? If you would like to learn more about the MBTA Senior/TAP program, please contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging.

Have you thought of volunteering to help area seniors? We are in need of volunteers to assist with our Brown Bag program, which is held on the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers are needed for approximately three hours from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. There is also a dramatic need for drivers to provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments through the NEET program. Many seniors are no longer able to drive and have difficulty getting to appointments to area hospitals and doctors. If you can give a few hours a month to assist, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation), 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

Stay in shape by joining our new bowling group, which meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. Everyone loves the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center at 26 Broadway in Haverhill, and we have an enthusiastic group. They would love to have more bowlers.

Zumba Gold has become one of our most popular classes. Instructor Stephanie Smith is a dynamic teacher, and she has her class dancing up a storm. Classes are held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and cost $5 per week. This is offered as a drop-in class, so come to the Citizens Center and join the fun.

Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. On Tuesday evenings at 6:30, Flyn Costello leads a one-hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 Mary Van Abs offers a 1 ¬ hour gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a l ¬ hour class.

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Now is your chance. Piano instructor Helen Hamilton is offering private beginner lessons at the Citizens Center on Mondays. Cost is $12.

Everyone loves Monday's Super Bingo. Bingo is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m., and Super Bingo is played on Mondays only. There are many new friends to meet at bingo, and we welcome all players who are 60 and older or disabled.

The Citizens Center offers yoga, tai chi, Zumba Gold, bridge, chess club, 45 tournaments, whist, art classes, mahjong, ESL classes, citizenship classes, conversational Spanish classes, woodcarving, bingo, and so much more. Please check us out on the City of Haverhill website, and you will be amazed to learn what you are missing. We look forward to meeting you soon.