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Aug 30

Georgetown Council on Aging announces September programs – Wicked Local Georgetown

SHINE Office Hours scheduled Sept. 5

SHINE Counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Sept. 5, 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Blood Pressure Clinic scheduled Sept. 6

Public Health Nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday Sept. 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, call the COA office at (978) 352-5726.

Mens Breakfast scheduled Sept. 7

Rep. Lenny Mirra will be the guest speakers at a Mens Breakfast scheduled for Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. With great appreciation, the Council on Aging thanks Crosbys Markets for their sponsorship. To make reservations, call 978-352-5726.

Pool Games Planned Sept. 11

Join volunteer Nick Fiorello for a game of pool on Monday Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. All levels of experience are welcome. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

COA Friends to meet Sept. 12

The Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging will meet Sept. 12, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Newcomers are welcome to attend.

Quilting 101 to meet Sept. 12 and Sept. 26

Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a beginners Quilting Group beginning Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine with comfort, how to cut fabric and machine quilt sandwiched layers. All materials will be provided. To register, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Emergency Quilts for Comfort to meet Sept. 12 and Sept. 26

Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a new quilting group creating comfort lap quilts to be used at emergency scenes for children experiencing a traumatic event on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, noon -2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The quilts will be donated to the Georgetown Police and Fire Departments for use at emergency scenes. All levels of experience and drop-in visits are welcome. For further information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body scheduled Sept. 13

Join for an important presentation on healthy living and aging when the Alzheimers Association presents Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body on Wednesday Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Topics will include: diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, lifestyle choices that impact the aging process as well as hands-on-tools to develop a plan for aging. Refreshments will be served. For more information and registration, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Winthrop Stamp Club to meet Sept. 14

The Winthrop Stamp Club will meet on Sept. 14 1-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Knitting Group to meet Sept. 14 and 28

The new COA Knitting Group will meet Thursdays Sept. 14 and 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The group shares skills, patterns, while working on individual projects. Some service projects will be planned. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Consumer Affairs Series scheduled Sept. 12 and Oct. 17

Robin Putnam, research and special projects manager with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present a two-part series of important consumer information on Sept. 12 and Oct. 17, 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Join for a program on Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. followed by a program on Oct. 17, 10 a.m. that will be focused on shopping rights. The program will include information on warranties, return policies, defective merchandise, pricing discrepancies and online shopping. Refreshments will be served at both programs. For information or to register, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Mural project to continue Sept. 18

As a gift to the new Senior Center, the Georgetown Cultural Council has funded a mural project to be planned and coordinated by local artist Mary Paganelli. The painting project will involve local elders. The group will meet again Monday Sept. 18, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. All skill levels are welcome. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Bocce and Ice Cream Scheduled Sept. 19

Join for a game of Bocce and enjoy some ice cream Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

TRIAD BBQ scheduled Sept. 21

Kick off the fall with a special Barbeque sponsored by the Georgetown TRIAD and the Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging on Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Georgetown TRIAD is a partnership between the Georgetown Police and Fire departments, Georgetown Housing Authority, Essex County Sherriffs Department, Georgetown Council on Aging, Georgetown Housing Authority and the elder community. TRIAD programs include: File of Life, Yellow-Dot, persona; safety, fire safety, proper medication disposal, car-fit, elder law, Essex County Sheriffs Department K-9 demonstrations, proper housing numbering and elder bullying prevention. The TRIAD group is seeking volunteers to serve as the groups chair and secretary. For reservations, call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Book Club to continue Sept. 26

Led by Library Director Sarah Cognata, the Georgetown COA book club will meet Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will read News of the World by Paulette Jiles during the summer and discuss the book at the September meeting. Copies of the book are available at the Georgetown Peabody Library as regular print, large print and audio books. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Free Legal Assistance available Sept. 26

Elder Law Attorney Elaine Dalton will provide free 15-minute elder law consultations Sept. 26, 10-11 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Appointments are required. Assistance will be available regarding Health Care Proxies, Durable Power of Attorney and other elder law issues. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Sept. birthday party scheduled Sept. 27

Join on Sept. 27, noon to send best wishes to our friends who were born in Sept. as the COA hosts the monthly birthday tentatively at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. September birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations and to verify the location, call the COA office at 978-352-5726 by Sept. 20.

Special COA Van trip to Parker River Wildlife Refuge scheduled Sept. 28

Georgetown -- Join us on Sept. 28 for a van trip to enjoy a special guided tour of Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. The trip will begin with a visit to the Visitors Center to view interactive displays as well as a short video about the refuge. The Behind the Scenes tour will continue with a trip down the manmade dike that provides dramatic views of Plum Island Sound. Brief stops are planned to view significant aspects of the Refuge, followed by a stop at Emersons Rocks which features an accessible boardwalk and platform with a viewing scope and benches. The van will begin to pick people up at 9 a.m. Seating is limited. For van reservations, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

September Van Trips

The September COA Van schedule includes: Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, New Hampshire; Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. to Riverside, Haverhill; Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. to Plaistow, New Hampshire; Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. to Westgate, Haverhill; Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook, New Hampshire; and Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. to Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA at 978-352-5726.

Delvena Theater Company tea and performance Shirley Valentine Oct. 10

Join for an afternoon when Delvena Theater performs the comedy Shirley Valentine Oct. 10, 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will enjoy a special tea with light refreshments during the performance. This program is supported by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is offered free to the public. The Delvena Theater Company was founded in 1992. The company was nominated five Independent Reviewers of New England awards. For information, call the Georgetown Council on Aging at 978-352-5726.

Bones Health presentation Oct. 24

Join Registered Dietician Leigh Hartwell, ESMV for an interactive nutrition program about bone health on Oct. 24, 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Topics will include dairy and dairy alternatives, vitamin and mineral recommendations, exercises for bone health, osteoporosis as well as questions and answers with Leigh. Refreshments will be served. For information and to register, call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

New fitness opportunities at the Georgetown Senior Community Center

To offer additional exercise opportunities, the Georgetown COA has established a fitness room that includes two treadmills and two exercise bikes, some free weights and resistance bands at the new Georgetown Senior Community Center. The equipment is available for use when exercise classes are not underway. For scheduling information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

COA opens Food Pantry at the Georgetown Senior Community Center

As a new outreach program at the Georgetown Senior Community Center, the COA has established a food pantry. The program is designed to serve local elders. No income restrictions apply but appointments are necessary. For information and to schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Mah Jongg groups to meet on Wednesdays

Join for Mah Jongg weekly on Wednesdays, 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Volunteers needed at the new Senior Center

The Georgetown COA is seeking volunteers to assist in staffing the reception desk at the new Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Morning card games and cribbage underway

Drop in for a card game or cribbage game Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Coffee and snacks are served along with plenty of good fun. Make a day of it and stay for lunch. In the summer heat, this is a cool place to be! For further information, call the COA office at (978) 352-5726.

Weekly COA exercise programs underway

The Georgetown COA currently offers weekly exercise programs at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Yoga classes are held at Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Strength Training Classes are held Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. Tai Chi Classes are held Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. A donation of $3 is suggested per class. An Indoor Walking Program at the Perley School takes place during the school year. Registration is necessary before participants begin the program. For further information and to verify class locations, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

NEET Fundraiser underway

The Northern Essex Elder Transport Program is collecting used cell phones as a fundraiser for the volunteer driver elder medical transportation program. By partnering with Cellular Recycler, the National Council on Aging either recycles used cell phones for their metals or refurbishes the phones for use in developing countries. Funds raised by the local collection will benefit the NEET program. The fundraiser will continue through February. In its 31st year, the NEET Program is a non-profit volunteer program serving elders in 14 communities of the Merrimack Valley. Volunteer drivers with the program provide door-to-door transportation for elders to local and out-of-town medical appointments. A collection box for used cell-phones is available at the COA office. For information, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody now available

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority provides one day per week of shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pick up and drop off clients on Monday at their homes. If they need a ride on another day, they can call the MVRTAs Office of Special Services. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The van will depart Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The van will depart Boston no later than 3:30 p.m. Boston hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriners Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Childrens Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center and VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round trip. Reservations and applications will be necessary. Reservations may be made 1-2 weeks in advance by calling the MVRTAs Office of Special Services at 978-469-6878, selecting option 3. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726 or the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, selecting option 3.

Drivers needed for elder medical transportation

The Georgetown Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide medical transportation to local elders. Through Northern Essex Elder Transport Inc., the COA provides local elders with rides to medical appointments. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. A vital link in maintaining independence and healthy wellbeing for elders, the N.E.E.T. program fills the transportation void that often exists in rural communities. The program is a real and tangible way of making a difference in other peoples lives. During a recent survey, one local client rated the program as an A+ with stars. For information on becoming a volunteer driver, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Updates to newsletter mailing list

As the Georgetown COA updates the newsletter mailing list to comply with new U.S. Postal Service regulations, some addresses have been eliminated from the COA newsletter mailing list. If someone no longer receives the COA newsletter and would like to be added back to the newsletter mailing list, they can call the COA at 978-352-5726 to update their contact information.

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