GEORGETOWN – While maintaining COVID-19 protocols, the Georgetown Council on Aging and the Georgetown Senior Community Center continues to be open to the public. In-person small group exercise programs are underway. Participants are pre-registered and the classes will rotate at this time. Along with yoga, strength training, Tai Chi and exercise classes, knitting, quilting, stamp club, MahJong, bingo, monthly Legislative Constituent Services office hours, monthly Veterans’ Services office hours, COA Book Club, Blood Pressure Checks, SHINE appointments and a monthly Men’s Breakfast are all underway. With a local face covering mandate in-place, participants are asked to wear masks in all areas of the building and to sanitize their hands as they enter the building. Other on-going services and activities include: Pool, COA library, puzzle and craft room;reassurance/wellbeing calls; COA MarketPlace (food pantry) deliveries; Elder Brown Bag deliveries; face masks; COA Van for essential shopping by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays; Monday – Thursday Grab & Go lunches; durable medical equipment lending; Fitness Center appointments; AARP Income Tax Preparation assistance and information, resources and referrals. Staff is available in the office if you have questions or need assistance. call us at the COA office 978-352-5726.
COA provides assistance to receive free Covid-19 at-home test kits
Each household across the country can now receive four free COVID-19 at-home test kits that will be shipped directly to their home at no cost. To receive the free test kits, residents can visit, www.covid19tests.gov and enter contact information and mailing address. The Georgetown Council on Aging is also able to place orders for residents. In addition to providing assistance with COVID-19 test kits, the COA has received a donation of free test kits from AgeSpan that are available for distribution to local residents. The COA is also able to assist in scheduling appointments for Covid-19 vaccines, boosters and flu shots. For assistance, call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.
Select Board members Douglas Dawes and Gary Fowler to speak at Men’s Breakfast scheduled April 7
Select Board Chair Douglas Dawes and Select Board member Gary Fowler will be the guest speakers at a Men’s Breakfast scheduled for Thursday April 7, 9:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The Council on Aging thanks Crosby’s Markets for their sponsorship. To make reservations, call (978) 352-5726.
April craft Decoupage Eggs scheduled April 12.
Join for a morning of crafts on Tuesday April 12, 10 a.m. to create decoupaged eggs at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. All materials will be provided. For more information, please call 978-352-5726.
Quilting 101 to meet April 12 and 26
Instructor Terry Palardy leads a Quilting Group on Tuesday April 12 and Tuesday April 26, noon at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants discuss and work on on-going projects. To register, call 978-352-5726.
Winthrop Stamp Club to meet April 14 and April 28
The Winthrop Stamp Club will meet on Thursdays April 14 and April 28, 1-3 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, 978-352-5726.
Knitting Group to meet April 14 and 28
The COA Knitting Group will meet Thursdays April 14 and April 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 978-352-5726.
Bingo scheduled April 11 and April 25
Join on Mondays April 11 and April 25, 12:30 p.m. for a fun game of bingo. Cost is $1 per 10-game package. Attendance is limited to 20 people. For information, call 978-352-5726.
Constituent Services Office Hours scheduled April 19
Representatives of Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Lenny Mirra will hold office hours Tues. April 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call 978-352-5726.
Book Club scheduled April 26
Join Georgetown Peabody Library Director Sarah Cognata on Tuesday April 26 p.m. as the COA Book Club continues at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Books will be available at the Georgetown Public Library. The COA Book Club will continue to meet at the Georgetown Senior Community Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m. through June 2022.
ESMV Traveling Chef to offer special to-go lunch April 20
In addition to the special meals that are planned as part of the COA’s Grab and Go monthly menu, AgeSpan will provide a special Traveling Chef Grab and Go meals for holidays and special events. The menus are similar to the special event lunches that are typically hosted at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. This month, the Traveling Chef meal is planned for Wednesday April 20. The menu will feature baked ham with pineapple cherry glaze, scalloped potatoes, peas, snowflake roll and coconut cake. To reserve a lunch, call the COA at 978-352-5726 by Wednesday April 6.
COA offers weekday Grab and Go Lunch Program
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgetown Council on Aging has partnered with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (ESMV) to offer Grab and Go take-out lunches Monday – Thursday at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Lunches are mostly hot meals similar to those previously served at the Senior Center. To participate, call 978-352-5726 the Wednesday before the desired meals. Meals can be picked-up or delivered and there is no charge at this time. For information and reservations, call 978-352-5726.
Georgetown COA Marketplace available to residents
The Georgetown COA Marketplace offers a wide variety of non-perishable food such as Easy Mac/Cheese (2 flavors), V-8 juice, fruit cups, canned tuna/meats, a variety of soups, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, rice, pasta, cereal & fun snacks to local older adults. The COA Marketplace also offers a variety of products including, toiletries, incontinence supplies, paper products & dish/laundry detergent. The COA is also able to provide some fresh foods (eggs, milk, fruit/vegetables etc.) along with Market Basket gift cards upon request. No income restrictions apply. The COA will provide individual home deliveries. Appointments are required by calling 978-352-5726.
COA Fitness Center now includes a stationary recumbent bicycle
Open for individual exercise appointments, the COA Fitness Center at the Georgetown Senior Community Center now includes a new stationary recumbent bicycle along with two stationary bikes, two treadmills, stair climber and weights. Face masks must be worn while individuals are in the common areas of the building but vaccinated individuals may remove their masks in the fitness center. Exercise bikes, treadmills and free weights are available for use. For information and to schedule an appointment, call 978-352-5726.
COA Van available for Essential Shopping
The Georgetown COA Van is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for essential shopping and other essential errands such as Post Office, pharmacies and banks. Face masks must be worn while traveling in the COA Van. To schedule a ride, call 978-352-5726.
NEET Program Provides Medical Appointment Rides
Scheduled through the Georgetown Council on Aging, the Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc. (NEET) provides rides for elders to medical appointments. Additional protocol and guidelines are in place to ensure driver and passenger safety. To allow time to complete a new registration form and review guidelines, reservations should be made at least one week in advance by calling the COA office at 978-352-5726. If the office is closed, please leave a message (and remember that the COA is not open on Fridays). After the ride is arranged, the driver will call you the day before the ride. A donation of 45 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program, but no one is turned down due to inability to pay. Please remember: Reservations must be made through the COA office. Clients should not call the drivers directly.
COA has Face Masks available to residents
The COA has both disposable paper face masks and reusable fabric masks available to the public. For more information, call 978-352-5726.