The Georgetown Council on Aging announced its upcoming programs. All programs and activities will take place at the Georgetown Senior Community Center, 51 North St., unless otherwise noted. For information: 978-352-5726.

Special events

Blood Pressure Clinic: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Public Health Nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, please call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Director of Veterans’ Services to hold Office Hours: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3. Director of Veterans’ Services Karen Tyler will hold office hours at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, please call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell to speak at Men’s Breakfast: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3. Discussing fire safety topics, Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell will be the guest speaker at a Men’s Breakfast scheduled at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. With great appreciation, the Council on Aging thanks Crosby’s Markets for their sponsorship. To make reservations, please call 978-352-5726.

Emergency Quilts for Comfort: noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22. Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a quilting group that creates comfort lap quilts to be used at emergency scenes for children experiencing a traumatic event 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, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Quilting 101: 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22. Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a beginners Quilting Group on Tuesdays October 8 and 22, 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, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Toe-tapping Line Dance Class: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9. Led by instructor Joyce Sartorelli, join us or another round of the new toe-tapping, knee-slapping line dance class at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Gentle warm-up exercises, polka and Charleston line dances, Hand Jive and the Stroll will all be included. New dances will include Swing, Twist and Country Western. For further information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Savvy Caregiver Program: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 16. In partnership with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, the Georgetown Council on Aging will host The Savvy Caregiver Program at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Whether you give care as a family member or a friend, the free six-week Savvy Caregiver can provide you with the tools to better care for your health and more effectively manage the unique challenges of dementia care. Sessions will cover the impact of dementia on both the care recipient and the caregiver; identifying personal barriers to self-care; setting reasonable goals; managing stress; effective communications; sources of support and strengthening family resources. For more information and to make reservations, please call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Knitting Group: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 and 24. The COA Knitting Group will meet 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, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Winthrop Stamp Club: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10 and 24. The Winthrop Stamp Club will meet at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Special Autumn Luncheon and Community Education Program: noon Oct. 17. Celebrate fall with a special Autumn luncheon provided by Elder Services of Merrimack Valley at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The luncheon menu will include roast pork with applesauce, au gratin potatoes, green beans, snowflake roll and parfait. Lunch reservations are required before Wednesday October 9. Make an afternoon of it and stay to for the Ins and Outs of U.S. Census 2020, presented by Drew Menter, Partnership Specialist with the New York Regional Census Center. The program will include the 2020 Census at a glance, information that residents need to know about the census as well frequently asked questions. For reservations, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

SHINE Office Hours: 9 a.m. Oct. 21. SHINE Counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. To schedule an appointment, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Free Legal Assistance: 10-11 a.m. Oct. 22. Elder Law Attorney Elaine Dalton will provide free 15- minute elder law consultations 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, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Book Club: 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Led by Library Director Sarah Cognata, the Georgetown COA book club will meet at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Copies of selected books are available at the Georgetown Peabody Library as regular print, large print and audio books. For more information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Women’s Breakfast: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown COA, a Women’s Breakfast will be held at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. To make reservations, please call the COA at 978-352-5726 by October 17.

Living Well Together Health Fair: 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 29. Join the Georgetown COA for the first community provider health care fair at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Showcasing the wide resources available in our community, the Living Well Together Health Fair will provide participants and consumers with an opportunity to meet and share information. The health fair will include representatives from Georgetown Family Dentistry, Counseling Services of Greater Boston, Partners in Rehab, Central Street Pharmacy, New England Hearing Care, Nutritionist Leigh Hartwell of ESMV, Director of Veterans’ Services Karen Tyler & SHINE Counselor Nancy Aberman. Nurses with VNA Care will provide blood pressure readings. Local primary care providers and community hospital services have also been invited to participate. Healthy refreshments will be served during the event and before lunch. For further information, please call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Halloween October birthday party: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30. Join us to enjoy some Halloween festivities while sending best wishes to our friends who were born in October as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. October birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, please call the COA office at 978-352-5726 by Oct. 23.

Seasonal Flu Clinic: 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 6. The COA will host a seasonal Flu Clinic at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. There is no pre-registration for the clinic. Priority is given to individuals 50 years and older and those with medical conditions that may put them at risk for complications of the flu. Other individuals may come to the clinic at 10:30 a.m. Please bring health insurance cards to the clinic. The COA can photocopy health cards in advance of the clinic. Please wear a sleeveless or loose fitting short-sleeved shirt to the clinic. The Quadrivalent Flu vaccine is provided by the Georgetown Board of Health. The Flu Clinic is sponsored by the COA and the Georgetown Board of Health. For further information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726 or the Georgetown Board of Health at 978-352-5720.

My Life, My Health Program: 9”30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays Nov. 6 through Dec. 11. Presented in partnership with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, join the Georgetown COA for a free six-week chronic disease self-management program at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Developed by Stanford University, the program provides support for individuals living with chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes. Family members, friends and caregivers are all invited to attend. The program provides information and teaches practical skills on managing chronic health challenges. To register, please call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Ongoing events

Morning card games and cribbage: 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Walking Club: 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The club is led by a COA volunteer on easy outdoor walking routes. Indoor routes are planned for inclement weather. For registration, call the COA.

Mahjong group: 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Weekly COA exercise programs

Each class has a $3 suggested donation. Registration required. For information and to verify class locations, call the COA.

Yoga: 10:30 a.m. Mondays; 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Strength Training: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Tai Chi: 12:30 p.m. Thursdays.

October van trips

Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA.

• Super Walmart in Salem, New Hampshire: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3.

• Riverside in Haverhill: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 8 and 22.

• Plaistow, New Hampshire: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10.

• Newburport: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15.

• Seabrook, New Hampshire: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17.

• Rowley: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

• Mann’s Orchard/Target in Methuen: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

• Westgate in Haverhill: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

Announcements

New fitness opportunities

A fitness room that includes two treadmills, two exercise bikes, some free weights and resistance bands has opened 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.

COA Marketplace

The COA has established a marketplace as a new outreach program. No income restrictions apply. Appointments are necessary. For information and scheduling, call the COA.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to staff the reception desk at the new Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA.

NEET Fundraiser underway

The NEET (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 fourteen 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 further information, please call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody

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. Those who need a ride on another day, call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services and they will do their best to accommodate.

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, Shriner’s 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 Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Children’s 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 one to two weeks in advance by calling the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services at 978-469-6878, option 3. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726 or the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, option 3.

Drivers needed

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 link in maintaining independence and healthy wellbeing for elders, the NEET 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 people’s 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

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. Those who no longer receive the COA newsletter and would like to be added back to the newsletter mailing list can call the COA to update their contact information.