The Haverhill Council on Aging contributes this regular column to the Gazette.
:I-Pad workshop: Do you want to learn why so many people are purchasing I-Pads? Have you thought about buying an I-Pad? The Council on Aging has arranged for a special workshop to be held at the Apple Store at the Mall of Rockingham on April 26 at 8 a.m. Participants will have an opportunity to try out the latest I-Pad and learn what the excitement is all about. Call 978-374-2390 to register for this program. Space is limited.
Helping military and their families: Local Heroes Inc. is a non-profit organization working to support our local servicemen and servicewomen and their families. All donations received go directly to them. Over the last eight years, Local Heroes Inc. has sent more than 15,000 packages to our military across the globe. Local Heroes Inc. needs your help to successfully reach its goal. Acts of charity from the community are extremely important to the success of our troops. The little things from home can have a large positive impact on the success of our soldiers. The Haverhill Council on Aging and Veterans Services would like to help Haverhill senior citizens and others to make these donations by collecting items and delivering them to Wilmington. Call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16, for information on what items are requested or to volunteer to help with the project.
Improving quality of life in later years: Dr. Richard Mugavero of HealthSource of Bradford will host a Lunch and Learn Workshop titled “Healthy to 100” on April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The event is designed to help participants learn how people are living longer and with a better quality of life. Mugavero will apply the techniques he uses on improving quality of life. Reservations are required by calling Mary Connolly, R.N., at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.
Legal advice for elders: Marta Davis of Merrimack Valley Legal Aid will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on April 23 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss senior citizen legal options and opportunities. Please call 978-374-2390 to sign up for this free event.
Annual art show: Art students of Cara Smoley will present their annual art show on April 23 at the Citizens Center from 9:30 to noon. Community members are encouraged to stop by and see the creative works of the students.
:Advice on home sales: Jefferson Davis of Caldwell Banker Real Estate will make a presentation on preparing to sell your home and downsizing on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. He is a veteran real estate agent from Haverhill. Preparing to sell your home is difficult, and Davis will share his insights and offer ideas and suggestions based on his years of experience.
Trip to N.H. resort: The Council on Aging is offering an overnight trip to the Beacon Resort in Lincoln, N.H., on May 19 and 20. The trip includes the Beacon’s lobster bake dinner and lobster offered at every meal. Entertainment will be a live performance by Mark Stelton and Company with a Tribute to Broadway Show Tunes and Standards. Price is $169 per person, double occupancy.
Two trips planned: The Council on Aging is offering two new trips. Charlie Thomas and The Drifters will perform at the Danversport Yacht Club on June 12. Tickets are $79 per person and include transportation, luncheon and show. The second trip is the Isle of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise on June 23. Cost is $89 and includes transportation, luncheon, harbor cruise and local touring.
Chair massages with special pricing: Chair Massages are available at the Citizens Center on the first Tuesday of every month. Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing at $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.
Support for diabetics: A 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 with diabetes. No reservations are required to attend.
Line dancing classes: The Council on Aging offers a line dancing class on Mondays at 11 a.m. Cost of the class is $5 per person. Instructor Susan Tribble is a seasoned professional and works in many area senior citizen centers. Students will learn new dances. Call 978-374-2390 for additional details or to register for this class.
Classes to reduce stress: Tai chi is a good way to help people find a calmer lifestyle. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also increases 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 Thursdays at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.
:Trips to musical shows: The Council on Aging has some new trips lined up for the spring. The Don Who? Show will entertain 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 take place on May 15 for $72 per person. Contact the Council on Aging for additional information.
Support by phone: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens. Participating elders 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 Elizabeth Vallerand, program coordinator, at 978 398-5228 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Bingo volunteers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo games are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Interested people are asked to call 978-374-2390.
Making the city bright: Haverhill’s Brightside is seeking the public’s help to support programs such as Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens and cleanups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved to help beautify the city. More information is available from Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.
Receiving help by phone: 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 that number.
‘Mexican Train’ game: Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in learning how to play, contact the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.
Weekly Scrabble games: A Scrabble group has formed and meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Players meet in the library in the basement level of the Citizens Center on Welcome Street.
Art classes: The Council on Aging is offering on-going art classes with Cara Smoley. Classes are held every Thursday from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, a 2B pencil and a kneaded eraser. Smoley received a certificate in art at Cooper Union in New York City and her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes all level of students into her mixed-media classes.
Help toward good nutrition: 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.
Zumba classes: Due to popular demand, the Council on Aging announces a second weekly Zumba Gold class on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This is a Zumba Gold Toning class and incorporates light weights into the workout. This class is taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.
Support for families of Alzheimer’s victims: 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.
Help needed with newsletters: Each month, the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the city. The council is seeking volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.
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.
:Savings on train rides: 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.
Help needed preparing lunches: 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 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 hospital and doctor appointments. If you can give a few hours a month to help, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.
Weekly bowling group: A bowling group meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway.
Drop-in Zumba class: Zumba Gold instructor Stephanie Smith holds classes every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per week. This is offered as a drop-in class. Toning Zumba is offered every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Yoga classes: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Flyn Costello leads a one-hour 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.
Piano lessons: Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Now is your chance. Piano instructor Helen Hamilton is offering private beginner lessons at the Citizens Center on Mondays. Cost is $12.
:Trips all year: The Council on Aging plans these trips:
April 26: Joanne Travel, Don Who at Wright Farm, $49
May 15: Tour of Little Italy, Providence, R.I., Joanne Travel, $72
May 19 and 20: The Beacon, Joanne Travel, $169 per person, double occupancy
Details on all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 or email@example.com.