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January 11, 2012

Baby Boomers and Beyond


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

Nutrition assistance available: 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.

Save on train fare: People 65 years or older are eligible for a 50-percent discount on the commuter train to Boston. More information about the MBTA Senior/TAP program is available from Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging.

Volunteers sought to deliver meals: The Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to assist with its 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. Anyone who can give a few hours a month to help is asked to contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) at 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

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

Help 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. More information is available from Barbara Stricsek at 978-374-0707.

Volunteers needed to distribute newsletters: Each month, the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of our newsletter "The Voice" throughout the city. The council needs volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.

Yoga classes available: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. On Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Flyn Costello leads a one-hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Mary Van Abs offers a 90-minute hour gentle senior yoga class. The costs are $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 90-minute class.

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