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October 4, 2012

Council on Aging activities


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Flu shots for Haverhill residents ages 6 months and older will be offered at the Citizens Center Mondays in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of Columbus Day. Please bring Medicare or insurance cards. For additional information, contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.

The Council on Aging is offering a gambling get-away to the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City from Nov. 7 to 9. This fully-escorted tour includes motor coach, hotel accommodations, $25 slot bonus, two buffet dinners, and a “Christmas from the White Mountains” show featuring Don Who. Cost for this trip is $179 per person, double occupancy.

Anyone with an interest in going to the Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall is asked to contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.

The Council on Aging is offering two new holiday trips. The Christmas in Stockbridge trip will depart on Nov. 28. The cost is $79 per person. The Indian Head Resort Legendary Christmas trip will depart Dec. 5. The cost is $65 per person. Details are available by calling 978-374-2390.

The Council on Aging will host a senior knitting and craft fair on Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This fair will provide an opportunity for knitters and crafters to sell their items and for holiday shoppers to make buys. Please call Kathy Bresnahan, ext. 11, or Rita LaBella, ext. 16, at 978-374-2390 if you are a senior citizen who would like to sell items.

A representative from Community Action’s Heating Assistance Program will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the application process for this winter. Eligibility for this program is based on income only. Assets are not considered for participation. Assistance is not available for residents living in subsidized housing where heat is included in the rent. Homeowners who qualify may also receive additional assistance with additional utility expenses, such as natural gas, telephone and electricity.

The Council on Aging will offer a new line dancing class on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Cost of the class is $3 per person. Instructor Gerry Mullen is a seasoned professional and works in many area senior centers. Students will learn new dances. Call 978-374-2390 for additional details or to register for this class.

Volunteers to work at bingo are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Please call 978-374-2390 if you are interested.

The Council on Aging plans an encore overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H., Dec. 9 and 10. The trip includes one night’s accommodation, three meals, two holiday shows and motor coach transportation. Cost is $225 per person, double occupancy.

A new community-based program titled “Phone Pals” provides a way to reduce isolation, victimization and health concerns. Volunteers are asked to telephone senior citizens to provide reassurance and social support services. Contact Carol Corso at 603-425-3199 if you are interested in volunteering.

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, and much labor is required to maintain the beds. The club is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging.

Haverhill’s Brightside group is reorganizing and needs your help. Many programs are in progress, including Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens and clean-ups. Interested people are encouraged to contact Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

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 this number.

The Garrison Par Three Golf Clinic for Seniors is in full swing. Join Ted Murphy and learn some techniques to improve your game. If you are a beginner, Ted will help you learn the game and provide you with some tips as you develop your swing. Cost of the clinic is $10 per person.

A new cribbage group meets at the Citizens Center on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. on the balcony.

Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, call the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. An instructor teaches novice players.

Penacook Place is hosting an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group on the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. The group will meet in the conference room at Penacook Place, 150 Water St. Contact Barbara Stricsek at 978-374-0707 for more information.

Several tax-saving opportunities are available to assist senior citizens with property taxes. Veterans, blind persons, elderly, and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the assessors office at City Hall.

Each month, the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the city. The council needs volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. If you would be interested in helping, please contact the council.

If you have any issues or questions regarding your health insurance, be sure to contact one of the council’s SHINE counselors. Appointments can be made by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

A Scrabble group has formed and meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Players meet in the Library in the basement level of the Citizens Center.

The Council on Aging is offering art classes with Cara Smoley. Classes ware held on Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, 2B pencil and kneaded eraser. Smoley received a certificate in art at Cooper Union in New York City, and received her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes all levels of students to her mixed-media classes.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to senior citizens and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthy diet. Applications are available at the Council on Aging office.

Due to popular demand, the Council on Aging announces a second weekly Zumba Gold class on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This class will be a Zumba Gold Toning class and will incorporate light weights into the workout. This class will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction Stephanie Smith and will compliment the Thursday Zumba Gold class which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.

We are in need of volunteers to assist with our Brown Bag program which is held on the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers are needed for about three hours 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 to 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.

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 90-minute gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 90-minute class.

Bingo is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m., and Super Bingo is played on Mondays only. There are many new friends to meet at bingo, and all players who are 60 and older or disabled are welcome.

The Citizens Center offers yoga, tai chi, Zumba Gold, bridge, chess club, 45 tournaments, whist, art classes, mahjong, ESL classes, citizenship classes, conversational Spanish classes, woodcarving, bingo and other activities. They are listed on the City of Haverhill website.