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September 5, 2013

Calling all dancing ghosts and goblins


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It’s almost me to get on your dancing shoes and dress up like your favorite Halloween character.

The Council on Aging will have a Halloween dance on Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m.

Costumes will be optional, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

A Goodtime DJ George Whitehouse will provide music. The event will also feature a photo booth where people attending the dance can have their pictures taken in groups.

IF YOU GO

What: Halloween dance

When: Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Council on Aging, Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

More details: Call 978-374-2390

Here are other events and activities available to Haverhill’s senior citizens:

Craft fair planned: The Council on Aging will host its second annual craft fair Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crafters must be 60 years or older and there is no table fee. All items must be handcrafted. Call 978-374-2390 to reserve a space.

Visit to Boston Symphony Orchestra: The BSO is offering visits to morning rehearsals, and the Council on Aging has tickets for the Oct. 17 rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity to meet new conductor Andris Nelsons. The program includes works of Wagner, Mozart and Brahms. Tickets are $40 for first-balcony center seats and transportation. Call 978-374-2390 to make reservations. Seating is limited.

:Key time for Medicare changes: 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 (Oct. 15 to 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. Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, ext. 19., for an appointment with a counselor.

Trip added to fall schedule: The Newport, R.I., Dinner Train will be the destination of a trip planned for Sept. 19.

This trip includes motor coach transportation from 500 Primrose St. at 9:45 a.m. The Newport dinner train experience includes a full-course luncheon prepared on the train. An expert guide will narrate the Ten Mile Drive in Newport.

Ample time will be available to tour “The Brickyard” and America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. Cost of the trip is $89 per person. Return to Haverhill is expected to be about 6 p.m. To book this trip, contact the Council on Aging 978-374-2390.

Trip to show: The Best of Times is offering the performance “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea on Nov. 13.

Tickets are $79 per person and include a luncheon, show and motor coach transportation.

Volunteers sought: Volunteers are needed at the Citizens Center on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to about 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.

:Volunteer nursing home ombudsman program: The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Rose McGarry, director of the Elder Services Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

About 600 residents are in Haverhill nursing homes, and ombudsman volunteers visit residents and advocate for those in need. The program is a safety measure to protect residents’ rights. The Ombudsman Program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is the largest in Massachusetts and additional volunteer ombudsmen are needed.

Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 to register.

:Golf lessons: Garrison Golf Course is offering a weekly golf clinic for senior citizens at the club, 660 Hilldale Ave.

The clinic is run by Garrison owner Ted Murphy, whose family has operated the course for decades. The clinics are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. A ladies clinic is Mondays at 9 a.m. More information is available by calling Murphy at 978-374-9380.

:Garden Club seeks members: If you have a green thumb or want to try your hand at gardening, the city’s Garden Club is looking for new members.

The club has regular meetings where experts give advice to members. Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. The club does special projects and plantings around the city. The organization also chooses a garden of the month and gives awards to the owners. For information, call Contact Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106.

:Tufts representative discusses Medicare: Gerald Lodge of the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Plan will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. to speak with current Tufts members as well as new members.

The Medicare open enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and during this period people may change their plans.

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Computer workshop offered: Miklos Jakos will present a computer program titled “How To Do 10 Basic Procedures” at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

Jako will provide information on working with pictures, music and video; backing up your files; emailing; and the Internet. To register, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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Presentation on memory loss: Darcey Adams, vice president of Community Programs and Care Transitions for Lahey Health Senior Care, will present “When to Worry About Memory Loss – Normal Aging vs Dementia.”

The presentation will be Sept. 24 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 10 a.m. Learn how aging changes the brain and discover strategies for managing challenging behaviors. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 to register.

:Presentation on tinnitus: Join Digital Hearing Healthcare of Bradford, Georgetown, and Newburyport at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the persistent noise of tinnitus.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying health condition such as an ear infection or injury. Learn to take control of your tinnitus and rediscover life without constant buzzing, hissing or pulsing in your ears.

Complimentary lunch will be provided. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 to reserve a seat.

: Trip to White Mountain Hotel: The Council on Aging is hosting a trip to the White Mountain Hotel Nov. 21 and 22.

This trip includes food, entertainment and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s in Barrington, N.H. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy.

:Helping rescue workers enter homes: You can make entrance to your home convenient for fire and ambulance service with no damage to the house.

Haverhill residents can have a lock box attached to the outside of their house or apartment. For additional information, contact Fire Department Deputy LaLiberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

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:Doo Wop musical performance: The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue will be held at Venus de Milo in Swansea on Sept. 5.

This performance is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950s Doo Wop era. Tickets are $59 per person and include transportation, luncheon and performance.

Trip to the play ‘West Side Story’: The Council on Aging plans a trip to the Ogunquit Playhouse to see “West Side Story” on Sept. 15.

The trip includes motor coach transportation, free time in Perkins Cove, Maine, and matinee tickets. Cost is $93 per person. Call 978-374-2390 for more information.

:Volunteers make blankets: The Blankets for Kids group meets every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

No sewing or knitting skills are required, and blankets will go to the Department of Child Services in Haverhill. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

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Wood carving class: The Council on Aging is offering a wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m.

Students will be taught by master carver Fred Arakelian, who has won many wood carving awards over the past 22 years. Registration is required.

A carving kit of supplies will be provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18. Carving knives will be loaned to participants for free. The cost is $5 per class for an eight-week session. Registration is required for new students.

:Helping military members and their families: Local Heroes Inc. is a non-profit organization working to support our local servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

All donations received go directly to them. Over the last eight years, Local Heroes Inc. has sent more than 15,000 packages to our military across the globe. Local Heroes Inc. needs your help to successfully reach its goal. Acts of charity from the community are extremely important to the success of our troops.

The Haverhill Council on Aging and Veterans Services would like to help Haverhill senior citizens and others to make these donations by collecting items and delivering them to Wilmington. Call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16, for information on what items are requested or to volunteer to help with the project.

:Chair massages with special pricing: Chair Massages are available at the Citizens Center on the first Tuesday of every month.

Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing at $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

Support for diabetics: A Diabetes Support Group meets at the Citizens Center on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 45 on the second floor.

Karen DiPietro, RD, CDE, of Home Health VNA leads the group. This group provides important information to assist senior citizens living with diabetes. No reservations are required to attend.

:Line dancing classes: The Council on Aging offers a line dancing class on Mondays at 11 a.m.

Cost of the class is $5 per person. Instructor Susan Tribble is a seasoned professional and works in many area senior citizen centers. Students will learn new dances. Call 978-374-2390 for additional details or to register for this class.

:Classes to reduce stress: Tai chi is a good way to help people find a calmer lifestyle.

It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also increases flexibility and balance. It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults.

The Council on Aging offers tai chi Thursdays at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

Support by phone: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens.

Participating elders will be contacted by phone on a daily or weekly schedule by trained volunteers. This program offers health care reminders, referrals to appropriate service providers, education information, and emergency safety checks.

Phone Pals is free and offered as a public service by the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club. Funding is provided by the Griffin-White Foundation. Contact Elizabeth Vallerand, program coordinator, at 978 398-5228 or myphonepal@yahoo.com for additional information.

Bingo volunteers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo games are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Interested people are asked to call 978-374-2390.

Receiving help by phone: Senior citizens can call 800-772-1213 to replace Medicare cards or make changes to addresses or phone numbers.

Changes to direct deposit, proof of benefit amounts, Social Security card applications, field office locations, information messages, social security statements and other information can be obtained by calling that number.

‘Mexican Train’ game: Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested in learning how to play, contact the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.

Weekly Scrabble games: A Scrabble group has formed and meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Players meet in the library in the basement level of the Citizens Center on Welcome Street.

Art classes: The Council on Aging is offering on-going art classes with Cara Smoley.

Classes are held every Thursday from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, a 2B pencil and a kneaded eraser. Smoley received a certificate in art at Cooper Union in New York City and her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes all level of students into her mixed-media classes.

Help for good nutrition: 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 are available at the Council on Aging office.

Zumba classes: Due to popular demand, the Council on Aging announces a second weekly Zumba Gold class on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This is a Zumba Gold Toning class and incorporates light weights into the workout. This class is taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.

Support for families of Alzheimer’s victims: 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 more information.

Help needed with newsletters: Each month, the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the city.

The council is seeking volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.

Rides to medical appointments: Merrimack Valley Transportation 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.

Savings on train rides: 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.

Help needed preparing lunches: The Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to assist with its Brown Bag program held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Volunteers are needed 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. Many senior citizens are no longer able to drive and have difficulty getting to hospital and doctor appointments.

If you can give a few hours a month to help, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

Weekly bowling group: A bowling group meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway.

Drop-in Zumba class: Zumba Gold instructor Stephanie Smith holds classes every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per week.

This is offered as a drop-in class. Toning Zumba is offered every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Health insurance questions answered: Anyone with issues or questions regarding health insurance can contact one of the Council on Aging’s SHINE counselors by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

Yoga classes: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center.

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

Bingo and 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.

All players who are 60 and older or disabled are welcome.

Trips all year: The Council on Aging plans these trips:

Sept. 15: Ogunquit Play House, “West Side Story,’’ $93

Sept.19: Newport Dinner Train, $89

Oct. 12: Fall Foliage Train Ride and White River Junction/Quechee Gorge, $89

Oct. 16: Italian Festival, Luciano’s, $79

Nov. 13: Liza and Judy Together Again, $79

Nov. 21 and 22: White Mountain Hotel, $230

Dec. 2: Time Machine’s The Magic of Christmas Show, Joanne Travel, Lomardo’s, $64

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Day Party at Danversport Yacht Club, $79

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.