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February 7, 2013

Council on Aging activities

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Tai chi classes: After the stressful holidays, tai chi provides a way to a calmer way of life. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps increase 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 each Thursday at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

Spring trips planned: The Council on Aging has some new trips lined up for the spring. A Toast to Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe will take place on April 16 at Venus de Milo in Swansea for $75 per person. The Don Who? Show will be on April 26 at Wrights Farm Restaurant in Harrisville, R.I., for $49 per person. A tour of Little Italy in Providence, R.I., will happen May 15 for $72 per person. Contact the Council on Aging for additional information.

Phone support for elders: 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 Program Coordinator Elizabeth Vallerand at 978 398-5228 or myphonepal@yahoo.com for additional information.

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

Help sought for parks, cleanups: Haverhill’s Brightside 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 help to beautify the city. For additional information contact Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

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