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February 1, 2012

Baby Boomers and Beyond

The Haverhill Council on Aging will host a Valentine dance on Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m.

George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJ will provide music and entertainment. Lunch will be provided by the Chicken Connection. Tickets are $7 per person. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m.

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 incorporating light weights into the workout. The class will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction 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. 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, the elderly, and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the Assessors Office at City Hall.

Each month, we distribute more than 2,000 copies of our newsletter "The Voice" throughout the city.

The Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.

The Oxford at 689 Main Street invites bingo players of all ages to join them on the last Wednesday of every month.

Coffee and dessert is served. Reservations are required by calling the Council on Aging.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to senior citizens and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthy diet.

Applications for the program are available at the Council on Aging office.

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

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.

The Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist with our Brown Bag program, which is held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Volunteers are needed for about three hours from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is also a need for drivers to provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments through the NEET program. 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.

Participants enjoy the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center at 26 Broadway.

Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center.

Tuesday evenings at 6:30 Flyn Costello leads a one-hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m., Mary Van Abs offers a 90-minute hour gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 90-minute class.

Piano instructor Helen Hamilton is offering private beginner lessons at the Citizens Center on Mondays. The cost is $12.

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 more.

More information is available on the City of Haverhill website.

Here are 2012 trips planed by the Council on Aging:

Feb. 8 to 18: Golden Oldies Cruise, starting at $1,099

March 17 to 25: Tropical Costa Rica, $2,299

Feb. 29 to March 8: Discover Panama, $3,019

May 11 to 21: Dutch and Belgian Delights, $3,739

June 7 to 13: San Francisco Getaway and Lake Tahoe, $2,499

Oct. 3 to 15: Italian lakes and Greek islands, $3,799

Details on all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext 11) or Rita LaBella (ext 16) at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.