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January 24, 2013

Council on Aging activities

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:Help with health insurance: If you have any issues or questions regarding your health insurance, be sure to contact a Council on Aging’s SHINE counselor. Appointments can be made by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

:Rides to medical appointments: The Merrimack Valley Transportation program offers 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.

:Train ride 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.

:Volunteers to help with lunches, rides: The Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to assist with its Brown Bag program on the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers are needed from 8:45 a.m. 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 to area hospitals and doctors. If you can give a few hours a month to help, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) at 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

:Bowling group: The Council on Aging’s bowling group which meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway.

:Bingo welcomes players: Bingo is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Super Bingo is played on Mondays only. All players 60 and older or disabled are welcome.

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