Yoga classes offer gentle exercises

Elderly women participate in a yoga class.file photo

The Council on Aging yoga class is held every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Mary VanAbs leads the class, which features gentle yoga movements.

Cost is $7.50 per class.



What: Council on Aging yoga class 

When: Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Cost: $7.50 per class



Here are other activities for senior citizens:

Winnipesaukee Railroad trip: Royal Tours plans a train ride on the Winnipesaukee Railroad on Oct. 3.

A Hart’s Turkey Farm lunch will be served on the train. The train ride will be followed by a stop at Moulton Farm for shopping.

Cost of the trip is $79.


Trips to lighthouse tour, Martha’s Vineyard: Groups, Inc. is offering two new weekend trips for senior citizens.

On Aug. 19, travelers will go to New London, Connecticut, to the Cross Sound Ferry docks where they will board the Sea Jet catamaran. Once on board, travelers will enjoy a two-hour lighthouse tour. After the tour there will be a stop at the Ocean Pizza Restaurant for a meal of pork chops, chicken parmesan, or fish ‘n’ chips.

Cost of the trip is $99. Contact Groups, Inc. at 978-372-8080 or Haverhill COA at 978-374-2390 for additional details.

Groups, Inc. is also offering a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard on Sept. 17. Travelers will go to Woods Hole for a 45-minute crossing to Vineyard Haven, and a motor coach will accompany passengers on the ship. A Vineyard Haven tour guide will lead the group in their motor coach to Edgartown for two hours of shopping and Dutch treat lunch. From there, travelers will go to Aquinnah for photo opportunities, and then on to Oak Bluffs and Methodist Campgrounds. Along the way, a guide will share stories of the history and culture of the area. Cost of this trip is $89 per person.


Lobster buffet offered: On July 25, senior citizens will enjoy a lobster all-you-can-eat buffet which includes carving stations, dessert, coffee and two cocktails at the Indian Head Resort.

Dancing and two floor shows are included. Cost of this trip is $87. Contact Darlene Sutton of Life Long Journey Haverhill at 978-476-4677.


Lighthouse and lobsters: You can enjoy a Lighthouse Lover’s Cruise and lobster bake at the York River landing on July 15.

This trip also includes a stop at When Pigs Fly bakery. Cost of the trip is $97.


Group seeks singers: The Council on Aging Comedy Masque Revue is seeking interested senior citizen singers to join their 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.


Bowling group meets: The Council on Aging bowling group meets weekly at All Saints Bowling Center.

The group meets on Mondays — men at 9:30 a.m. and women at 11 a.m. at the bowling center, 26 Broadway. The cost for three strings is $4.50, including shoe rental and coffee. Call the bowling center at 978-374-0083 for more information.


Walking group: The Council on Aging Walking Group has begun sessions at Trinity Stadium on Lincoln Avenue.

Walkers meet group leader Sue LeGasse in the parking lot area.

Information about dates and times is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Ancient form of exercise: Tai chi 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 low impact and suitable for older adults. The Council on Aging offers Tai Chi each Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.


Art sessions begin: The Haverhill Council on Aging Open Studio Sessions with facilitator Teresa Hull have resumed 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.


Golf clinic returns: Ted Murphy of Garrison Golf Center, 654 Hilldale Ave., has begun his annual senior citizen golf clinics on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Participants should be at Garrison at 10 a.m. Cost is $10. For more information, call Murphy at 978-374-9380.


Free home repairs: Rebuilding Together of Greater Haverhill is accepting applications for free home repair assistance for senior citizens and disabled residents.

Priority is given to homes that need safety and accessibility modifications.

Other restrictions may apply.

For additional information, call Rebuilding Together at 978-469-0800.


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.


Garden Club seeks members: It’s that time of year.

Plants are blossoming and the city’s Garden Club is looking for new members.

Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. Call Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106 for more information.


Scrabble games: Got a knack for spelling? This game might be for you.

The Council on Aging Scrabble group meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

New players are welcome.


New trips planned: The Council on Aging is planning new trips for the 2017 travel season.

For more information, call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Volunteers needed: The Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist with making teddy bears for children.

The work is done Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. No prior 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.


Knit and crochet group meets: The Haverhill senior 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.


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 wants to remind 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

A similar $10 lifetime pass for residents over 62 for national parks is available at participating federal recreation sites. Passes can be obtained online or by mail as well for a $20 fee. Visit for more information.


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.


Mind and body: The Council on Aging Meditation Group meets on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Library Room at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This group is free and open to all. Participants will learn the hows and whys of the timeless practice of meditation including Yoga, QiGong and breathing exercises to relax the body and mind.


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.


Move to the music: 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.


Contract bridge players: The Haverhill bridge players group welcomes new experienced contract bridge players on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

For more information, call 978-374-2390.


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.


E-readers: 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


Life-long 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.


Bingo workers sought: Bingo volunteers are needed at the Citizens Center on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to about 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.


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.


Learn a new game: Dominoes “Mexican Train” will be played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested, call 978-374-2390. The instructor will teach novice players. This game sounds like it is lots of fun and easy to learn.


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.

The council needs volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. If you would be interested in helping, please call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.


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