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January 30, 2014

Spinal health workshop held

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — A Natural Options for Health and Wellness Workshop will be presented by Dr. Beth Greene of New Life Chiropractic, Central Plaza, Haverhill.

Dr. Beth will share tips and suggestions for keeping the spine healthy at all ages in order to minimize pain and maximize function.

She focuses on the importance of being active, preventing and healing injury as well as role good nutrition plays in our lives.

Check out her website at www.newlifechiropractic.net.

If you go

What: A Natural Options for Health and Wellness Workshop with Dr. Beth Greene

When: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

How: Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 to register for this workshop.

3B Postponed: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorStart date for the 3 B’s Exercise program has been postponed. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 for updated information.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color

Learn to use your e-reader: Did you receive a Kindle or Nook for Christmas? Join Nancy House, Reference Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library, as she gives you a beginner’s course on using e-books. E-books are becoming more and more popular and you can borrow tons of them for FREE from your library. Nancy will give you the first steps on how to learn your e-reader and how to use it to access the library’s resources. Stop in at the Citizen Center from 2-3pm on February 4th for an intro to what e-readers and e-books are all about. This is a great chance to learn the basics!

Learn about prescription drugs: Kathy Devine of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Tuesday, February 25, at 10:30 A.M. to discuss the Massachusetts Prescription Advantage Program. Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan that is available to Massachusetts residents 65 and older as well as younger people with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines.

Art trip: The Council on Aging in Haverhill is planning a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for their annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit on Monday, April 28. Contact Kathy or Rita for additional information.

More new trips: On March 12 travelers will heard to Venus de Milo in Swansea for an Irish Celebration with Ronan Tynan, and cost is $79. On April 15 travelers will go to Mohegan Sun to see the legendary actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, and cost is $79 including gaming package. On April 28 travelers will go to Newport to the Doris Duke Mansion with lunch at the White House Tavern and a tour of the Thomas Tew Distillery. Cost of the Newport trip is $96. Contact Kathy or Rita for additional information.

Craft class: Dianne Moonoogian will be offering a craft class at the Citizens Center in March. Diane will teach students how to make a beautiful net wreath that will be perfect for the springtime! Contact Kathy or Rita for additional details.

‘Remembering Home’ workshop for seniors: Historic New England’s Haverhill office is offering a new educational outreach workshop for older adults at community centers and residence facilities across the region. “Remembering Home” uses a teaching collection of twentieth-century objects and images – from Depression glass to Jello – to evoke memories of the way we lived. The three-week workshop is designed to stir up conversations about homes and housework, food and consumers, entertainment and communication. For one man, a meat-grinder brought back the smells in the kitchen when his mother cooked hamburgers. For another, a pair of ice tongs produced visions of summer days when the delivery man doled out ice chips to the neighborhood kids. At the end of the workshop some of these memories are preserved in personalized “I Am From” poems — a creative writing activity, which yields vivid imagery. The workshop will be offered at the Citizens Center on Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19 at 1 p.m.

Bowlers wanted: Haverhill COA Bowling group is going strong at All Saints Bowling Center. Stay in shape by joining our bowling group which meets on Mondays. Men meet at 9:30 a.m. and women meet at 11 a.m. Everyone loves the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center at 26 Broadway in Haverhill, and we have an enthusiastic group. They would love to have more bowlers. Cost is 3 strings for $4.50 including shoe rental and coffee. Contact Joe at the bowling center at 978-374-0083 for additional information.

Go to college: The CoOL Program at Northern Essex Community College offers very interesting and challenging education opportunities for life-long learners who are 50 and older. This program provides a wide variety of interesting topics to be explored each semester, and students and facilitators are welcome to join in the fun. For additional information contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225.

Help needed: Volunteers are needed at the Citizens Center on Mondays and Thursdays from noon until approximately 3 p.m. For details contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Bingo time: Everyone loves Monday’s Super Bingo. 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 we welcome all players who are 60 and older or disabled.

In case of emergency: Make entrance to your home convenient for fire and ambulance service with no damage to the house. Haverhill residents can have a lock box attached to the outside of the house or apartment. For additional information contact Fire Department Deputy LaLiberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg 978-374-2390 x 38.

Your time to SHINE:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color The SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) Program is looking for Haverhill residents to help Medicare beneficiaries in your community to navigate the Medicare system. You can become a SHINE Counselor and help Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and options. Learn how to simply explain Medicare, compare the costs and benefits of Medicare options. You will volunteer at the Haverhill Senior Center while providing an urgently needed and appreciated service to Haverhill residents. For more information please contact Susan Cripps at 978-946-1374 to learn how you can join this valuable program.

Drivers needed: The NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc.) program is in need of volunteer drivers to help seniors get to important medical appointments. Reimbursement is made at $.43 per mile. Please contact Kathy Fairchild at 978-388-7474.

Green Thumbs wanted: The Haverhill Garden Club is looking for new members. Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. Contact Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106 for additional information.

Spread the warmth of love: The Blankets for Kids group is meeting every Tuesdays from 9:30 until 11:00. No sewing or knitting skills required, and blankets will go to the Department of Child Services in Haverhill. This is a great opportunity for seniors and others to volunteer for a valuable cause. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 for details.

Woodcarving class: The Council on Aging wood carving class will resume in the spring of 2014. Students are taught by master carver Fred Arakelian. Arakelian is an excellent woodcarver and has won many awards over the past 22 years. Registration is required. A carving kit of supplies will be provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18; carving knives will be loaned to you for free. Course Cost: $5 per class for an 8 week session. Registration is required for new students.

Helping Heroes: 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 these local heroes. Over the last eight plus years, Local Hero’s Inc. has sent out over 15,000 packages to our military across the globe. Local Hero’s Inc. needs your help to successfully reach our goal! The acts of charity from the community are extremely important to the success of our troops. It’s the little things from home that can have a large positive impact on the success of our soldiers. The Haverhill Council on Aging and Veteran’s Services would like to help Haverhill seniors and others to make these donations by collecting items here and delivering the donations to Wilmington Council On Aging. Call Kathy / Rita at 978-374-2390 ext. 11 or ext 16 for information on what items are requested or to volunteer to help with this project.

Time to relax: Chair Massages are available at the Citizens Center on the first Tuesday of every month. Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior pricing at $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

Manage your diabetes: 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 seniors living with diabetes. No reservations are required to attend this group.

Reduce stress: It is time to commit to a calmer way of life and Tai Chi is the perfect way to help achieve that goal. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and it 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. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 for details.

Help needed: Volunteers to work at bingo are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and/or Thursdays from noon until 2:30. Please contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Helping the Brightside: Haverhill’s Brightside needs your help. Many wonderful programs are in progress including Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens and clean-ups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved help to beautify our city. For additional information contact Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

Medicare help: Seniors 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.

Playing dominoes: Dominoes “Mexican Train” will be played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30. If you are interested contact Kathy or Rita at the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. Instructor will teach novice players. This game sounds like it is lots of fun and easy to learn.

Wordsmiths wanted: 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.

Save on taxes: Did you know there are several tax saving opportunities to assist seniors with property taxes? Veterans, blind persons, elderly, and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the Assessors Office at City Hall.

Art classes: The Council on Aging is offering on-going Art Classes with Cara Smoley. Classes will be held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. 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 experienced through inexperienced students into her mixed-media classes.

SNAP to it: Have you heard of SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to seniors and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthful diet. We have applications at the Council on Aging office, and we will be happy to provide information and assistance to seniors.

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

Help with The Voice: Each month we distribute over 2,000 copies of our newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the City. We are always busy at the Council on Aging, and right now we are in need of volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. If you would be interested in helping with this important task, please call Rita at 978-374-2390 ext. 16.

Shop here: Did you know that we have a showcase of beautiful handmade articles for sale? The next time you need a special gift for a baby consider shopping our supply of sweater sets and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They are beautiful.

Health insurance help: If you have any issues or questions regarding your health insurance, be sure to contact one of our SHINE counselors. Appointments can be made by calling Wendy at 978-374-2390 X19.

For those who need a ride:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 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.

Train discount: Did you know that 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.

Brown Bag help needed: Have you thought of volunteering to help area seniors? 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 approximately three hours from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is also a dramatic need for drivers to provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments through the NEET program. Many seniors 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) 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

Dance your way to fitness: Zumba Gold has become one of our most popular classes. Instructor Stephanie Smith is a dynamic teacher, and she has her class dancing up a storm. Classes are held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per week. This is offered as a drop-in class, so come to the Citizens Center and join the fun. Toning Zumba is offered every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Namaste: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. Tuesday evenings at 6:30 Flyn Costello leads a one hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. Mary Van Abs offers a 1 1/2 hour gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 1 1/2 hour class.

Classes offered: The Citizens Center offers bridge, chess club, 45 tournaments, whist, art classes, mahjong, ESL classes, citizenship classes, conversational Spanish classes, and so much more. Please check us out on the City of Haverhill website, and you will be amazed to learn what you are missing! We look forward to meeting you soon.

Details on all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com. Be sure to pick up a copy of our newsletter, The Voice, for a complete listing of our activities and trips. The Voice is available for viewing at www.ci.haverhill.ma.us or you can send your email address to rlabella@cityofhaverhill.com to receive your copy via email. Rita LaBella and I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions regarding the Council on Aging.