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August 1, 2013

Council on Aging activities

Elders offered savings at farmers market

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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.

Health insurance questions answered: Anyone with issues or questions regarding health insurance can contact one of the Council on Aging’s SHINE counselors by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 19.

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