The Council on Aging and the Senior Center are located at the Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. Phone: 978-356-6650.
2019 Delicious Dining Program Begins!: Several local restaurants offer a free meal at the Ipswich Senior Center. Seating is limited to 35 senior citizens. All luncheons begin at noon and are held in our cafeteria. In the interest of serving as many senior citizens as possible, you may attend one free luncheon during the year. The menus have not been determined, but all meals are guaranteed to be delicious! We hope you’ll support these generous businesses throughout the year, as well.
Sept. 12: 1640 Hart House (Pick a new restaurant if you went to this one last year.)
Oct. 17: Clambox
Medicare Open Enrollment: It’s that time of year again! If you are enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO/ PPO), expect an information packet from your plan by the end of September. It is important to understand and save this information: it explains the changes in your plan for 2020. Premiums, deductibles, copays and the drugs covered by your plan can change signiticantly! During Medicare Open Enrollment, you can adjust your plan for next year. Our SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes as well as other options you may have. Wait for the October newsletter for more speci+ic information about a Medicare presentation on Oct. 23 and individual SHINE counseling opportunities on Oct. 24 in addition to our regular appointments every Friday and one Monday/month.
Golf: 9:45 a.m. Thursdays. This fun group meets at New Meadows Golf Course in Topsfield each week. The fee is $19 for nine holes and teams are formed on the spot. Call the Senior Center at 978-356-6650 to sign up.
Friday Afternoon Van Trips: The COA van will be taking passengers to various shopping areas every Friday afternoon at noon and return around 4 p.m. The charge is $2 for a roundtrip ride. Call to reserve your space on the van. The ability to be left unattended is required. Note: you may sign up for one Walmart trip per month. You may put your name on the waiting list for a second trip to Walmart.
New season of high school theatre class: The details are still being worked out for one of our favorite programs where you go to class at the high school and see six different plays at the Huntington Theatre on Sunday afternoons. Transportation is provided to Boston. The experience with the students and their teacher is priceless. You will pay the cost of the tickets for the plays. Contact Sheila if interested. Some scholarship assistance may be available.
Drawing Classes with Lee Wescott:
Beginner: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 17-Nov. 5. No experience required. Learn basic shapes, use of drawing tools and skills needed to create a drawing. All supplies provided. Cost: $50/eight week session.
Advanced Beginner: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 19-Nov. 7. Minimum drawing skills required. Work on a drawing of your choice at your own pace under supervision. On different weeks, you will focus on a specific type of drawing. Cost: $50/eight week session. Register for these classes at the Senior Center.
King of the Road Trips: Paul Valcour is the “King of the Road” and drives you to and from your destination in the COA van. Signup EARLY! Reservations cannot be made without payment. Checks can be made payable to “Friends of the Ipswich Elderly.” Refunds for ticketed events can only occur if we have someone to take your place
• Turkey Train: Oct. 10. $99.95 per person. Board the turkey train in Meredith, New Hampshire, enjoy the foliage and a delicious turkey luncheon from Hart’s Turkey Farm. This trip always sells out.
• St. Joseph’s Abbey: Oct. 24. $85 per person. Enjoy a guided tour led by one of the monks, purchase Trappist jellies at wholesale prices, lunch at the Publick House and a visit to a local farm stand.
• Foxwoods: Nov. 7. Price and details to come later.
• Johnny Mathis Christmas: Dec. 3 performance and lunch at Danversport Yacht Club.
• Holiday Trip to Maine: Dec. 8. $98 per person. Tour Portland’s Victoria Mansion decorated for the holidays, enjoy a buffet brunch and visit a local art museum for their Festival of Trees.
• American Bandstand New Year’s Eve Day Party: Dec. 31. $89 per person. Featuring the Tom LaMark Orchestra at the Lake Pearl in Wrentham. Their repertoire covers over 60 years of great music.
• The Common Man-New Hampshire Getaway: Oct. 15-17 (3 days/2 nights) Includes Mt. Washington Cruise, Castle in the Clouds, Cog Railway, On Golden Pond cruise and luxurious dining and lodging.
• Madrid & Barcelona: Oct. 17-24 (8 days/7 nights) Highlights include Prado Museum, Toledo, AVE high speed train, Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Santa Maria del Mar, Guell Palace, culinary class and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Join us at the Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. for a special travel presentation on both the Spain and Southern Charm trips. RSVP: 978-356-6650.
• New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens: Nov. 2-4. (3 days/2 nights) Reserved seats for Sunday night’s football game, tour three breweries and one winery, a guided city tour of Baltimore and most meals.
• Southern Charm Holiday: Dec. 1-6 (6 days/5 nights) Highlights include Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, James Island County Park holiday display, Jekyll Island and Andrew Low House.
• Mid-Winter Blues Cruise: Feb. 14-24, 2020 (11 days/10 nights). Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Gem from New York City. Ports include San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Thomas. Exclusive Sicilian Tenors shows. Book by May 1 for a free category upgrade.
• Springtime Tulip River Cruise: March 31-April 8, 2020 (9 days/8 nights). Experience the color and glory of spring on this leisurely river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Float past blooming fields of flowers and windmills. Visit the expansive tulip fields of Keukenhof Gardens, home to more than seven million tulips. See Holland’s largest concentration of windmills. Enjoy a canal cruise in the heart of Amsterdam. Step back to medieval times during a Bruges sightseeing tour
Senior Momentum Programs
• Fitness Class: Join this popular low-impact exercise class every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:15 a.m. $5 per class. This class is for all exercise fitness levels and will be modified for those who prefer seated exercise.
• Seated Yoga. Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $6 per class.
• Senior Swim Program: Open swim time at Ipswich YMCA every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon, and every Friday, noon to 1 p.m. $3/session, pay at the Y.
• Line Dancing Class: Margo Jones holds a line dancing class on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Senior Center cafeteria. $2 per class. • Tai Chi: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy at 43 Market St., Ipswich. No fee
• Over 50 Basketball: from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Gym.
• Ping Pong: This fun group plays in the Town Hall Gym every Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Pickleball: Players of all levels are welcome on Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Town Hall Gym.
• Women’s Bowling League: Mondays at 9:15 a.m. at Metro Bowl in Peabody. Call Janet Trask at 978-356-2590 for information and to join.
• Common Sense Self Defense: Second Wednesday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Golf: Thursdays at 9:46 a.m. at New Meadows, Topsfield. Fee is $19 for nine holes. Call for more information.
Cards and Games
• Mabel Smyth Bridge Group: Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30-4 p.m. Experienced new members and singles are welcome. No partner is needed.
• Rummikube: Mondays at 1 p.m.
• Scrabble: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
• Dominoes: Thursdays at 10 a.m.
• Mah Jong: Tuesdays & Fridays at 1 p.m.
• Cribbage: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
• Chess: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 a.m.
For Your Good Health
• Blood Pressure Clinic: Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. No appointment needed.
• Polarity: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $4 per 20 minute session. Call to schedule appointment.
• Reiki Therapy: Third Friday of each month. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and last 25 minutes. Free. Call to schedule appointment.
• Podiatry Clinic: Typically one Friday each month. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the calendar for exact dates. Insurance is accepted or private pay for $35. Call for an appointment.
• Blood Pressure/Wellness Clinic: Second Wednesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Community Hall at 6 Caroline Ave. Held by Ipswich Public Health Nurse Pam Lara.
Groups and Clubs
• “Just Friends” Group: Join this fun group that meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Senior Center. Call Barbara DePalmer at 978-380-2326 to reserve a spot.
• Quilting Group: This group works on one project at a time. Quilts are donated to charities and raffled for fundraisers. Some sewing experience is helpful. Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
• Knit2gether: Join this lively knitting group on Tuesdays from 1-3:30 p.m.
• Inter-generational Program: Children from Small World Preschool visit the Senior Center for a planned activity the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m.
• Senior Center Van Transportation: within Ipswich is offered every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.–noon. Call the Senior Center 24 hours in advance to schedule a ride, 978-356-6650. There is a $2 round-trip donation. Please Note: For booked appointments, we will get you there on time, but return time may take a while due to unforeseen conditions.
• Grocery Shopping to Market Basket: Please limit grocery bags to no more than four per trip. Pickup begins at 1 p.m. To help the environment, consider using recyclable bags. Mark them with your name or some other decoration to ensure that you get the right bags!
• Out-Of-Town Medical Transportation: Offered through Outreach Program. Please call the Senior Center at 978-356-6650 at least 72 hours in advance to schedule a ride provided by volunteers or CATA. The CATA (Cape Ann Transit Authority) medical van goes to Lahey Peabody and Danvers, Mass General and the North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, the Cummings Center, Fresenius Medical Center and Beverly Hospital Campus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to ridership, CATA suggests you bring a snack and reading material as wait times can vary. Our volunteer drivers are still taking individuals to appointments outside of the CATA service area. If you need a medical ride, please contact the Senior Center to make arrangements.
• Triad Council: Triad’s ongoing programs consist of the File for Life, CARFiT, yellow dot program, shredder program, free batteries and installation of smoke detectors, lockbox program, proper disposal of unused medications and syringes at the Ipswich Police Station & Town Hall, house numbering service for senior citizens and Safety Sand for seniors. All free of charge. These programs could save a life. Call Fireighter Kendall Buhl at 978-356-6630 for information about smoke detector batteries and a lockbox for your home. Call the COA at 978-356-6650 for information about other programs. All are welcome to join this board which meets the 1st Wed. of each month at 2 p.m.
• Library Books Delivered To Homebound Seniors: Call the Ipswich Public Library at 978-356-6648 to reserve your books and our COA van will pick up and deliver them to your home. If you have internet access at home, you can check the library catalog at www.ipswichlibrary.org.
• Shine Counseling: Information and guidance for health insurance information, assistance for Medicare beneficiaries including MassHealth, and help with prescription plans every Friday and one Monday/month at the COA from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call 978-356-6650 for an appointment.
• Notary Service: The Town Clerk and Asst. Town Clerk have offered to notarize documents for Ipswich seniors. They can notarize most documents except will and real estate documents. Bring your unsigned documents and proper ID to the Clerk’s Office.
•Pet Care Project: Assists eligible applicants with their pet’s wellness care up to $250. Awards may be used for routine medical exams, spaying/neutering and food. If you are headed out of town for a short stay or recuperating from an illness, our pet volunteers can help with pet-sitting or changing litter boxes, etc. Call Beth Wright at 978-536-6650 for more information.
• Ipswich Rotary Club Offers Small Chore And Repair Program: Local Rotarians help with small chores around your home. Call Beth Wright at 978-356-6650 to request assistance.
• Senior Charliecard Pass: Apply at the Senior Center for a senior rate (65+) pass which can be used for discounted travel on all MBTA transportation. Call Sheila Taylor at 978-356-6650 to set a time to complete the application. Bring a photo id and your current Charlie Card if you have one.
• Open Computer Time: From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Senior Center lounge area.
• ICAM Cable Show: “Ipswich COA TodayLiving Smart, Living Well.” Use channel 9 for Comcast and 33 for Verizon. Show times are: Sundays at Noon, Mondays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Host: Paul Valcour.
• Constituents’ Inquiries: Dick Curran, Assistant to Sen. Bruce Tarr, comes to the Senior Center once per month to address any issues you may have. No appointment is necessary.
• Shredder Available: Please limit shredding to 30 minutes. The shredder is available most days.
• Oak Hill Apartments: Call for info and application for affordable housing at Oak Hill Apartments in downtown Ipswich at 978-356-1530. Rents are based on 30 percent of adjusted income.
• Ipswich Housing Authority: For information on affordable senior housing at Agawam Village, Caroline Avenue & Memorial Hall, call the Ipswich Housing Authority at 978-356-2860.
• Whipple Annex Housing: For information on housing at 27 Green St., call 978-356-0690.
• Cable Gardens Apartments: For information on senior housing at 126 County Road, call 978-356-1199.
• Mobile market: Free monthly produce and groceries for enrolled seniors on the third Friday of each month from 10-11 a.m.
• Meals On Wheels: Traveling meals program offers a nutritionally balanced lunch to Ipswich seniors unable to prepare their own. Contact SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Program at 1-866-927-1050.
• Congregate Meal Site: Daily meals are served in the function room at Caroline Ave. housing at noon each weekday. A $2 donation is requested. Any senior is welcome to attend. Call 978-356-2481 by 10:00 a.m. the day before the meal to reserve a spot.
• Ipswich Food Pantry: The Ipswich Food Pantry is located at #00 Southern Heights in Ipswich near the Housing Authority Office and is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in need of food, please drop by.
• Food Stamps: For low-income single people and families. For qualification information and an application call 1-800-645-8333.
• Ipswich Dinner Bell: Community meal sponsored by local churches and community groups. Every Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Road. All ages are welcome.
Local Assistance Programs
• Protective Services For Elders: The Protective Services Program for Ipswich seniors is SeniorCare, Inc. at 1-800-922-2275. Call 24 hours/day for elder abuse or neglect. They’ll work with the highest degree of confidentiality for sensitive situations.
• Fuel Assistance: If you are in need of financial assistance with your home heating bills, please contact the Fuel Assistance Program (Action Energy) at 978-281-3900 or Beth Wright at the COA, 978-356-6650.
• Veterans Services: Contact Karen Tyler, director of Veterans Services at 978-356-3915 if you are a veteran or widow(er) of a veteran to see if you qualify for any veteran benefits.
• CATA Transportation: To Market Basket in Rowley Friday mornings and rides to Blackburn Center Day Care. Call 978-768-6277 for information.
• Used Medical Equipment: The Masonic Hall in Ipswich stores donated, used medical equipment such as walkers, toilet seats, canes and occasionally wheelchairs. Call George Wallich at 978-697-3920, Jason Dorr at 978-836-2434 or the Masonic Hall at 978-356-9716 to donate items or for information on obtaining items.
• Benefits Checkup: An online tool that screens your eligibility for federal, state and private benefits programs that are available to help. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form. Go to www.benefitscheckup.org to start the process or contact Outreach Coordinator, Beth Wright, who can help you at the Senior Center.
• Seniorcare, Inc.: Offers information, referral, and advocacy on a wide range of aging-related issues. They coordinate in!home services, such as homemaking, personal care, or meals on wheels to help people to remain independent in their own homes. Call toll free 1-866-927-1050 or visit their website at www.seniorcareinc.org
New Medicare Cards
You will be getting a new Medicare card by April 2019. They will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing you a new card. This is to help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get more information when your new card is mailed.
Here’s how to get ready:
• Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at http://ssa.gov/myaccount or call 800-772-1213.
• Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. They will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare number or card.
• Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.