:Editor’s note: The Haverhill Council on Aging provides this regular column to the Gazette.
:Trip to Boston library: The Council on Aging is planning a mid-winter trip to visit and tour the Boston Public Library. This historic building houses 8.9 million books and a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. Of significant importance is the Sargent Gallery which includes murals painted by John Singer Sargent. Please contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11, if you are interested in visiting this landmark. Details will follow.
:Valentine’s dance, party: The Council on Aging will host a Valentine’s Day luncheon and dance on Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Music will be provided by A Goodtime DJ’s George Whitehouse. Lunch will be prepared by the Chicken Connection. Tickets are $6 per person.
:Tai chi class to relieve stress: After the stressful holidays it is time to commit to a calmer way of life and tai chi is a way to help achieve that goal. Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also 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. and the cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.
:Support for diabetics: The Diabetes Support Group meets at the Citizens Center on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 45 on the second floor. Karen DiPietro, RD, CDE, of Home Health VNA leads the group. This group provides important information to assist senior citizens living witlh diabetes. No reservations are required to attend.