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October 24, 2013

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Halloween dance planned: Get your dancing shoes ready and save the date.

The Council on Aging is planning a Halloween Dance for Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Costumes will be optional, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

A Goodtime D.J. George Whitehouse will provide music, and as a special treat Whitehouse will bring his wicked fun Coney Island Photo booth. More details will be announced.

Bingo games: There are chances to play bingo twice a week at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Super bingo is played every Monday at 1 p.m. Regular bingo games are Thursdays at 1 p.m. Players must be 60 or older, or disabled.

Players are welcome to drop in for the fun.

Important Medicare information on the way: Don’t ignore your Medicare mail.

If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to understand and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2014.

During the annual Medicare open enrollment period (now through Dec. 7), you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. SHINE counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. For an appointment, contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

Susan Cripps and Pat Paradis of the Elder Services SHINE program will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. on Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss important Medicare information for this year’s reenrollment period.

Body mechanics information session: The event will be offered at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Body mechanics refers to the way we move during every day activities. Good body mechanics may be able to prevent or correct problems with posture. Good body mechanics may also protect your body, especially your back, from pain and injury. Rhonda Martin of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network will lead the group in a series of activities including carrying groceries, lifting boxes and household chores to practice proper body mechanics.

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