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January 10, 2013

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Editor’s note: The Haverhill Council on Aging provides this regular column to the Gazette.

Bingo helpers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested is asked to call 978-374-2390.

Senior citizens sought for gardening: Active retirees may want to help out with gardening and pruning. The Haverhill Garden Club has been planting and maintaining the gardens at City Hall and the Citizens Center. Much labor is required to maintain the beds, and volunteers are needed. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390.

Brightside seeks volunteers: Haverhill’s Brightside group is reorganizing and is seeking the public’s help. Many programs are in progress including Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens, and cleanups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved. For additional information, contact Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

Line dancing class offered: The Council on Aging is offering a new line dancing class on Mondays at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Instructor Susan Tribble is a seasoned professional and works at many area senior citizen centers. Students will learn new dances. Call 978-374-2390 for additional details or to register.

Phone checks aid senior citizens: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens. Participants 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.

Medicare changes can be made 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.

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