'Movement to Music' helps elders exercise gently

file photoLocal senior citizens participate in a exercise class.


The Council on Aging offers a gentle, eclectic workout routine called “Movement to Music.”

Senior citizens are welcome to exercise among friends where they are encouraged to work at their own pace. It is important to stay strong and well-balanced no matter what age.

Exercise is done to the music of the 1950s, and singing is optional. Instructor Heather True offers the first class free of charge. Cost is $3 per class and classes are held Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.




What: Movement to Music classes

When: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m.

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.



Here are other activities for senior citizens:

Visit to ‘Forbidden City’ exhibit: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum for the “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” exhibit in January.

If you are interested in this trip, call 978-374-2390.


National Cherry Blossom Festival trip: The Council on Aging and Durgan Travel Service are offering a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival from April 11 to 15.

Travelers will fly to Washington and visit the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, Arlington Cemetery and war memorial monuments; have reserved seats at the National Cherry Blossom Parade; take a cruise on the Potomac; and enjoy other activities.

Call 978-374-2390 for more information.


New line dancing class: The Council on Aging is offering a new line dancing class.

Classes begin Jan. 7 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. A variety of songs and dance steps will be used, including broadway music, folk, swing, standards, rock ‘n’ roll, traditional and country. The class is open to anyone. No previous experience is necessary. Basic steps will be taught and reviewed each week, then expanded upon, when everyone is comfortable.

Instructor Susan Tribble has taught a wide range of dance, fitness and yoga classes for more than 10 years. She particularly enjoys working with people 50 and older and can provide modifications to accommodate different ability levels. Cost of the class is $5. More information is available by contacting Tribble at susantribble517@gmail.com.


Scrabble group seeks members: Have you got a knack for words? Here’s your chance to show off that ability and have a little fun.

A senior citizen Scrabble group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The group is seeking new players. Beginners all the way up to seasoned players are welcome.

Call 978-374-2390 for more information.


Free home repairs: The Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill organization is accepting applications for free home repair assistance on annual Rebuilding Day on April 27.

Deadline for applying is Dec. 31. Applicants must have owned and occupied their home for at least two years, meet federal HUD low-income guidelines and live in Greater Haverhill.

Call 978-469-0800 or email RTHaverhill@outlook.com for more information.


Singing group seeks members: The Council on Aging Comedy Masque Revue is seeking interested senior citizen singers to join the group.

The group performs at local nursing homes throughout the year. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.


For more information call 978-374-2390.


Living will paperwork available: A limited number of copies of Five Wishes are available at the Council on Aging.

See Mary Connolly, RN if you would like a copy, or you can find them online at https://fivewishes.org/Home.

More than just an advance directive, Five Wishes brings a holistic approach to a living will by including an individual’s care and comfort choices. It provides a means to legally document your choices for medical treatment, comfort and care wishes. Five Wishes meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Massachusetts.

Just like in most other states, you can use Five Wishes in Massachusetts to express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself, using a document that is easy to understand. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your Five Wishes is a legal document.


Tai chi classes: The Council on Aging offers tai chi classes each Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Tai chi is a low-impact martial arts exercise system that helps reduce stress and anxiety. 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 suitable for older adults. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.


Knitters, crocheters sought: The Haverhill senior citizen knitting and crocheting group meets every Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Volunteers make hats and mittens for local children, as well as blankets and lap robes and shawls for senior citizens in nursing homes and veterans hospitals. Beginners are welcome.

Call 978-374-2390 for more information.


Bowling league ends: Due to the closure of the St. Joseph’s bowling lanes, the Council on Aging senior bowling league will no longer meet.


Book club seeks members: Like to read and talk over what you’re reading with others? Then the Council on Aging Book Club is for you.

Club members enjoy conversation and friendship on the first Wednesday of every month as they discuss a variety of books.

If you are newly retired with time on your hands or just want to join the fun, call 978-374-2390 for details.


Teddy bears for kids: The Council on Aging needs volunteers to help make teddy bears for children.

The work is done Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. No experience is necessary.

Tasks range from sewing to embroidering to stuffing. The teddy bears are donated to hospitals, fire stations, agencies and other organizations that serve traumatized children. If you have an hour a week to volunteer, call 978-374-2390.


Mahjong group seeks new members: Many members of the Council on Aging Mahjong group are snowbirds, so the group is seeking new members to add to players who stay up north for the winter.

The group meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Current members will teach, so if you are interested in joining call 978-374-2390.


Volunteers needed for bingo games: Do you have some spare time on your hands and enjoy helping others?

Here’s where you can lend a hand while having a good time. Volunteers are needed for bingo games at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to about 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.


Garden Club seeks members: The Haverhill Garden Club is looking for new members.

Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. The club also presents Gardeaiil.con of the Month awards to people in the community who have outstanding displays on their properties.

Contact Dana Haggar at haverhillgardenclub@gmm or check out the Haverhill Garden Club Facebook page.


Conversational Italian classes: Instructor Maria Chiacchio offers conversational Italian classes.

Classes are two hours per week for eight weeks. Chiacchio will also hold individual practice conversation sessions for people wishing to maintain conversation skills. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.


Mexican Train Dominoes game: Interested in learning a new game?

The Mexican Train Dominoes game is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested, call 978-374-2390.

The instructor teaches novice players.


Diabetic support offered: Pavilion Medical Home Care will host a diabetic support group meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss strategies for living with diabetes, controlling diet, and medical issues.

Call 978-374-2390 to register for this group.


Art sessions: The Haverhill Council on Aging Open Studio Sessions with facilitator Teresa Hull have happen at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Artists of all levels are welcome. Sessions are $5 per week.

More information is available by calling 978-374-2390.


Help for minorities: Minority outreach worker Maria Yagual is available to help senior citizens, especially those who speak English as a second language.

She is available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. She can be reached at 978-374-2390, ext. 12.


Class teaches drawing skills: An ongoing video class will be presented on how to draw.

The course is distilled from four decades of study, studio work and teaching. The class will be led by Robert Stokes. Call 978-476-9750 for more information.


Get a chair massage: Chair massages are available on the first Tuesday of each month at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., from 9 to 11 a.m., by licensed massage therapist Susan Plouffe.

Massages are offered on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis. Cost is $5.


Park passes available: The Council on Aging reminds Massachusetts residents 62 and older that for $10 they can purchase a Senior MassParks Pass.

These passes are available for purchase at all Massachusetts state parks that charge a parking fee during the period parking fees are charged. A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license or other official proof of Mass. residency is required. Information on Senior MassParks is available at www.mass.gov.

An $80 lifetime pass for U.S. citizens 62 or older for national parks is available at participating federal recreation sites.

For additional pricing information, visit www.store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.


Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.


Heating assistance available: The Council on Aging has a supply of Community Action Heating Assistance applications.

In addition to paying for heating bills incurred between Nov. 1 and April 30, Community Action has money to provide for heating system repairs and other energy efficiency measures such as upgrading old furnaces and weatherization. Call 978-374-2390 or stop by the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., to pick up an application.


Art class offered: No previous art experience is required to join the Council on Aging art class.

Artist Theresa Hull is the instructor. Classes meet on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is $5 per class. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella for more information.


Vision help: The Council on Aging’s Low Vision Group meets on the first Monday of every month.

The group provides support for people who have lost or are losing their vision. Call 978-374-2390 for details.



3Bs are back: Due to popular demand, the Council on Aging’s 3Bs (Brains, Bones and Balance) class is now offered twice a week.

Senior citizens can improve their brains, balance and bones with the help of personal trainer Brian Coyle. Classes are held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Cost is $3 per class. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 for details.


Library programs for elders: The Haverhill Public Library has numerous programs that are of interest to Haverhill senior citizens.

The library is offering a free workshop on Kindle and Nook e-readers, a book discussion group for knitters and crocheters, workshops in genealogy, movies, art classes, and a program with local authors. Call the library for details at 978-373-1586 or visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.


Lifelong learning: The COOL Program at Northern Essex Community College offers education opportunities for life-long learners who are 50 and older.

This program provides a variety of interesting topics to be explored each semester, and students and facilitators are welcome to join in the fun.


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.


Lock box: Make the entrance to your home convenient for fire and ambulance service with no damage to your home.

Haverhill residents can have a lock box attached to the outside of their house or apartment.

For more information, contact Fire Chief William Laliberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.


Medicare ID help: 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.


It’s a SNAP: Have you heard of SNAP?

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.


Tax help: Did you know there are several tax saving opportunities to assist senior citizens with property taxes?

Veterans, blind persons, the elderly and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the Assessors Office at City Hall.


Newsletter distributed: Each month the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the city.


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