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December 27, 2012

Council on Aging activities


Healthy food provided: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 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.

Second Zumba class offered: 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 incorporating light weights into the workout. It will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instructor Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class, which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.

Support provided for Alzheimer’s patient families: 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 additional information.

Tax savings available: Did you know there are several ways to help senior citizens with property tax savings? Veterans, blind people, the elderly and those suffering hardships can receive applications at the Assessors Office in City Hall.

Volunteers needed for newsletter: 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 and deliver newsletters. If you are interested in helping, call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.

Health insurance advice offered: If you have any issues or questions regarding your health insurance, contact one of our SHINE counselors. Appointments can be made by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

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

Rides to doctor, hospital provided: Merrimack Valley Transportation offers the EZ Trans program for people at least 60 years old or 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.

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