Pat Paradis of Elder Services will do a presentation on money management on April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Participants will learn how to make money go further.
Jason Ebacher of the Essex County Sheriff's Department will present information on health care proxies and durable power of attorney on April 23 at 10 a.m. in the Citizens Center.
A representative from New York Life will speak on protecting your assets on April 25 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Topics covered will include estate and medicare planning, managing retirement income, wills and trusts.
The Council on Aging's trip to the North Shore Music Theatre to see Loretta LaRoche on May 6 will include transportation by Black Tie Limousine. Her performance is titled "Life is Short: Wear your Party Pants." Tickets are $82 per person for seats and limo service.
Several other new trips are planned. Be sure to check the listing of new upcoming trips, which include Vicki Lawrence at Foxwoods, the Duttons at Mohegan Sun, and the Tall Ships in Boston.
The Council on Aging is planning an overnight lobsterfest trip to Indian Head Resort June 18 and 19. This trip to the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H., includes three meals (including a lobster bake), a cocktail reception, two professional shows, dancing and other activities. Cost is $207 per person, double occupancy, with a $59 surcharge for single occupancy. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390 and speaking with Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16).
The Council on Aging is planning a trip to see the Duttons perform at Mohegan Sun on April 17. The Duttons are one of the most popular groups that perform in Branson, Missouri. They are a versatile musical group and have been featured on "America's Got Talent,'' where they were a top-ten act. The trip includes a $30 casino package, deluxe motor coach transportation and lunch at Mohegan Sun. A bus will depart from 500 Primrose St. about 7 a.m. Cost is $75 per person.
The Council on Aging is also planning a luncheon and show at Angelica's Ballroom in Middleton on April 26. Ida Zecco will perform the most beloved and requested songs from her 30-year theatrical career. Selections include old standards from Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and Rogers and Hart. A live band will perform, and there will be ballroom and line dancing. Tickets for the luncheon and show are $46 per person, not including transportation. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Anyone interested in learning a dominoes game called "Mexican Train" is welcome to contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.
The Council on Aging is offering on-going art classes with Cara Smoley. Classes will be held every Thursday from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9x12 Bristol drawing pad, 2B pencil and kneaded eraser. 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 and inexperienced students into her classes.
An interactive support group titled The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging sponsored by the Council On Aging and facilitated by Rabbi Allan Press is held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Discussions include topics such as illness, loss, loneliness, isolation, and discovering new paths to happiness. Press, a congregational rabbi for 26 years, holds a master's degree in pastoral counseling from the N.Y. Theological Seminary and has served as a Hospice Chaplain for Merrimack Valley Hospice for seven years. He has helped hundreds of people as they deal with life's challenges. Registration is by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.
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. The Council on Aging office has applications and provides information and assistance to senior citizens.
There are several tax-saving opportunities to assist senior citizens with property taxes. Veterans, blind people, the elderly, and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the assessors office at City Hall.
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.
Due to popular demand, the 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. It will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction Stephanie Smith and will compliment the Thursday Zumba Gold class, which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.
Each month we distribute more than 2,000 copies of our newsletter, "The Voice," throughout the city. We are in need of volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them. If you would be interested in helping with this task, please call Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, ext. 16.
The Haverhill Council on Aging submits a regular column to the Gazette detailing events offered to elders and others in the community.