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Tai chi classes help with flexibility, balance

The Council on Aging offers tai chi classes each Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Tai chi is a low-impact martial arts exercise system that 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 suitable for older adults. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

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What: Council on Aging offers tai chi classes.

When: Thursdays, 9 a.m.

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Cost: $5 per one-hour session

More information: Call 978-374-2390.

Here are other activities for senior citizens:

Museum trips planned: The Council on Aging is planning trips to the Worcester Museum for "The Poetry of Nature" exhibit of Hudson River School Landscapes in November and to the Peabody Essex Museum for the "Empresses of China's Forbidden City" exhibit in January.

If you would be interested in either of these trips, call 978-374-2390.

Medicare information: Medicare Open Enrollment is now to Dec. 7.

If you have a Medicare Part D drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will receive information from your plan by the end of September. It is important that you save the information regarding changes in your 2019 plan.

Reviewing Medicare changes: Representatives of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley's SHINE program will be at the Council on Aging at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Nov. 30.

SHINE counselors will offer half-hour Medicare Part D review appointments. Preregistration is required for these appointments and can be made by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 3919.

Crafters sought: Haverhill COA will hold its annual Christmas Fair at the Citizens Center Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People 60 and older are invited to participate at no cost. Tables and chairs are provided. Call 978-374-2390 to register for a table.

Trip to Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to Symphony Hall for the Boston Symphony Orchestra open rehearsal performance Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Andris Nelsons will conduct pieces by HK Gruber Aerial, Concerto for trumpet and orchestra, and Mahler Symphony No. 5. Tickets and transportation are $50. Call 978-374-2390 to register for the trip.

Learning about new Real IDs: On Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. a representative from Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., to discuss the new Real ID which will be required for entrance to federal buildings and also to board a plane in the United States effective October 2020.

The Real IDs are available now. Call 978-374-2390 to register for this presentation.

Holiday trips planned: Several holiday trips are planned for local senior citizens.

On Dec. 2, Groups Inc. is traveling to the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer, Mass., and to the Stageloft Theatre in Sturbridge for a production of "Christmas Survival Guide," followed by admission to "Bright Nights," the famous Christmas lighting display in Springfield.

Cost is $95 per person. Contact Groups, Inc. at 978-372-8080 for details.

Trip to yacht club: Life Long Journey Haverhill is hosting a Best of Times trip to the Danversport Yacht Club Dec. 4 for a performance by the Sicilian Tenors titled "Christmas Amore."

The trip includes motor coach transportation, performance, and luncheon of stuffed chicken breast or baked schrod. Cost is $92. Call Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for details.

Shopping trip to Maine: Groups, Inc. is planning a trip on Dec. 8 to Freeport, Maine, for lunch and shopping.

Transportation will include a train ride on the AMTRAK Downeaster to Freeport, where passengers will be transported by bus to the Harraseeket Inn for lunch and then on to shopping AT outlet stores, including LL Bean.

The trip back to Haverhill will be by motor coach. Cost is $95 per person. Call Groups, Inc. for details at 978-372-8080.

Free home repairs: The Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill organization is accepting applications for free home repair assistance on annual Rebuilding Day on April 27.

Deadline for applying is Dec. 31. Applicants must have owned and occupied their home for at least two years, meet federal HUD low-income guidelines and live in Greater Haverhill.

Call 978-469-0800 or email [email protected] for more information.

Tribute to singer Rod Stewart: On Nov. 15, Life Long Journey Haverhill will travel to Venus De Milo in Swansea for a Tribute to singer Rod Stewart.

Tickets are $92 per person, including transportation, lunch, show, tax and gratuity.

Knitters, crocheters sought: The Haverhill senior citizen 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.

Scrabble group meets: Have you got a knack for words? Here's your chance to show off that ability and have a little fun.

A senior citizen Scrabble group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The group is seeking new players. Beginners all the way up to seasoned players are welcome.

Call 978-374-2390 for more information.

Bowling league ends: Due to the closure of the bowling lanes, the Council on Aging senior bowling league at St. Joseph's lanes will no longer meet.

Book club seeks members: Like to read and talk over what you're reading with others? Then the Council on Aging Book Club is for you.

Club members enjoy conversation and friendship on the first Wednesday of every month as they discuss a variety of books.

If you are newly retired with time on your hands or just want to join the fun, call 978-374-2390 for details.

Teddy bears for kids: The Council on Aging needs volunteers to help make teddy bears for children.

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

Mahjong group seeks new members: Many members of the Council on Aging Mahjong group are snowbirds, so the group is seeking new members to add to players who stay up north for the winter.

The group meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Current members will teach, so if you are interested in joining call 978-374-2390.

Performing group looks for singers: The Council on Aging Comedy Masque Revue is seeking interested senior citizen singers to join the 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.

Volunteers needed for bingo games: Do you have some spare time on your hands and enjoy helping others?

Here's where you can lend a hand while having a good time. Volunteers are needed for bingo games at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to about 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.

Garden Club seeks members: The Haverhill Garden Club is looking for new members.

Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. The club also presents Gardeaiil.con of the Month awards to people in the community who have outstanding displays on their properties.

Contact Dana Haggar at [email protected] or check out the Haverhill Garden Club Facebook page.

Conversational Italian classes: Instructor Maria Chiacchio offers conversational Italian classes.

Classes are two hours per week for eight weeks. Chiacchio will also hold individual practice conversation sessions for people wishing to maintain conversation skills. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

Mexican Train Dominoes game: Interested in learning a new game?

The Mexican Train Dominoes game is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested, call 978-374-2390.

The instructor teaches novice players.

Diabetic support offered: Pavilion Medical Home Care will host a diabetic support group meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss strategies for living with diabetes, controlling diet, and medical issues.

Call 978-374-2390 to register for this group.

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

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.

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 reminds 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 www.mass.gov.

An $80 lifetime pass for U.S. citizens 62 or older for national parks is available at participating federal recreation sites.

For additional pricing information, visit www.store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.

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.

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.

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.

Library programs for elders: 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 www.haverhillpl.org.

Lifelong 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.

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.

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.


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