The Council on Aging and the Senior Center are located at the Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. Phone: 978-356-6650.

Events

Inclement Weather Policy: When the schools are closed, the Senior Center and all of its activities are closed. If the schools are on delay, the Senior Center follows the delay and any activities (including transportation) prior to the delay are canceled. The Director maintains the decision whether to operate transportation services during inclement weather.

Friday Afternoon Van Trips: The COA van takes passengers to various shopping areas every Friday afternoon at Noon and returns 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.

Feb. 28: Walmart

Writing Group: 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays Feb. 10-March 23. This fun and inspiring group, led by Lucy Myers, helps to hone your skills by learning from others and sharing your ideas. Cost is $30 donation to “Friends of Ipswich Elderly.” Sign up at Senior Center for this wonderful class.

Savvy Caregiver Program: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Feb. 12-March 18 at Ipswich Senior Center. Sponsored by SeniorCare, this program is for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. You will learn skills to help manage daily life, take control and set goals, communicate more effectively and understand the impact of dementia on both you and your loved one. RSVP: 978-356-6650.

Free Tax Assistance: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays Feb. 10-April 6 (two Tuesdays). By appointment only. The TaxAid Program is a free service for seniors offered by AARP, IRS and RSVP of the North Shore. Please bring all your necessary documents to your appointment at the Senior Center. Appointments are for one hour with a volunteer tax preparer. If your return is very complex, you should seek paid tax assistance. Call 9783566650 to make an appointment. Ipswich seniors may call now for an appt. Out of town seniors must wait until March to call.

Day Trips

Emmet Cahill’s Ireland: March 12, $92 per person. Emmet takes audiences on a musical journey including traditional Irish music, Broadway hits and tender nostalgic favorites. Lunch of corned beef or haddock.

Lunch And Shows At Newport Playhouse: April 19, $108 per person. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, watch the play “Sex Please We’re Sixty!” and a Vaudeville style cabaret that will have you laughing the rest of the afternoon and on the way home.

Carole King Tribute: May 20, $72 per person. Deb De Lucca, joined by her band of seasoned musicians, takes the audience on a journey through Carole King’s impressive and expansive repertoire. Lunch of stuffed breast of chicken or baked schrod is included.

Red Sox vs. Royals: May 28, $99 per person. Enjoy a game at Fenway Park, sitting in third base grandstand seats and letting someone else do the driving and parking!

Lobster Roll Cruise: June 6, $98 per person. This cruise offers a unique way to take in the sights of Cape Cod Bay while enjoying a delicious meal. Lunch of lobster roll, roast beef rollup, vegetarian rollup or chicken Caesar salad is included.

Jimmy Buffet Tribute Show and Mt. Washington Cruise: July 14. Information to follow.

Mainely At Sea: Aug. 22, $121 per person. Catch the ferry from Portland and enjoy a narrated two hour cruise to Casco Bay where you will enjoy lunch at Cook’s Lobster. On the way back you will have time to explore Portland Head Light.

Chicago Tribute: Sept. 16, $72 per person. Beginnings presents a flawless replication of three decades of inspired music in a show that includes nearly every charted song that captures the hearts of traditionalist Chicago fans. Lunch of stuffed breast of chicken or baked schrod is included.

Foxwoods: Nov. 17, $40 per person. Includes buffet or $10 food voucher and $10 casino slot play.

Overnight Trips

• 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.

• Great Trains and Grand Canyons: Nov. 1-6, 2020. (6 days/5 nights) features a combination of American West highlights, with the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona; the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument; and the Old West nostalgia of two train rides and five nights in picturesque Sedona, Arizona. Come to the travel presentation at 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

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 Transportation

• 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.

Assistance Programs 

• 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.

Other Programs

• 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.

Affordable Housing

• 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.

Food Programs

• 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.