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February 21, 2013

Council on Aging activities

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:Health insurance questions answered: People with issues or questions regarding health insurance are encouraged to contact a SHINE counselor. Appointments can be made by calling Wendy at 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

:Commuter train discounts: 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.

:Bowling group welcomes members: A bowling group meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway. New members are welcome.

:Lunch program helpers needed: 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 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 appointments at area hospitals and doctors. If you can give a few hours a month to assist, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) at 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

:Rides to medical appointments: The 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.

:Yoga classes: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. 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 1½ hour gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 90-minute class.

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