By Susan Riccio
MethuenLife Columnist

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program offers a limited supply of $50 coupons to adults aged 60 and up who meet income guidelines, to buy produce at their nearby Farmer’s Market. The coupons are available through AgeSpan Nutrition Project and distributed by the senior center in the community you live in.
Methuen seniors can get their coupons – first come, first served – Aug. 2, starting at 9am at the Senior Center, while supplies last. You must meet eligibility requirement (1 person, less than $2,248 monthly income; 2-person, $3,041 monthly income; 3-person, $3,833; 4-person, $4,625). Bring photo ID and proof of residency (like utility bill that shows your name and address).

Summer BBQ
Let someone else fire up the grill! Join the Senior Center on Aug. 29 at 11:30am for a Summer BBQ Traveling Chef lunch and dance with DJ Don. On the menu: BBQ Chicken on bun with lettuce and cheese, plus potato salad, coleslaw, lemonade and a cookie for dessert.
Reservations for this luncheon must be made no later than noon Aug. 21 by calling (978) 983-8832. Cost is $2 per person.

Need assistance?
Call the Methuen Senior Activity Center and we can put you in touch with a volunteer who will assist you with the paperwork needed to apply for SNAP food benefits. We are here to help you place nutritional meals on your table.

Veteran support

Methuen Veterans Agent Paul Jensen hold office hours at the center on the third Thursday of every month, 10am-noon. All veterans and those currently serving are welcome to stop by and discuss issues of interest.

Volunteer drivers

Northern Essex Elder Transportation Inc. (NEET) is a non-profit volunteer organization providing non-emergency medical transportation for adults 60-plus in the Merrimack Valley. Assist an older adult in maintaining their health and well-being.

This is a unique and flexible volunteer opportunity that works around your schedule. Drive when and where you want! Mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance is provided. Please consider learning more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity.

Visit or call (978) 388-7474.

From Social Security
If you applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can check the status online using your free personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at to see the following information about your claim:

  • Date of filing.
  • Current claim location.
  • Scheduled hearing date and time.
  • Incomplete applications.
  • Servicing office location.
  • Publications of interest, depending on the claim and current step in the process.

Use your personal my Social Security account to check the status of your application or appeal at If you have questions about retirement, disability, Medicare, or survivors benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income, visit

Coming up
Aug. 2: Informational Table in lobby by CedarView Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 9:30-10:30am.
Aug. 3: Informational Health Session on Skin Conditions, 1pm, courtesy of Greater Lawrence Family Health Care.
Aug. 4: Office hours with state Reps. Estella Reyes and Ryan Hamilton, 10am-noon; Kindness Rocks rock painting, 10am.
Aug. 7: Bingo, 1-3pm.
Aug. 8: American Sewing Guild, 1-4pm; Learn to Play 45s with Ken Ackroyd, 1pm.
Aug. 9: Movie Matinee, 12:30pm, “A Man Named Otto.”
10: Health Literacy Talks, 10:30am.
Aug. 11: Outdoor lawn games: Bocce & Washers, 10am-noon. Weather permitting.
Aug. 14: 45s Game, 1-3pm. To sign up, call (978) 983-8825.
Aug. 16: Dominoes in Spanish, hosted by CedarView, at 1pm.
Aug. 17: Veterans Department visiting office hour, 10am; The Talk current events discussion, 10:30am.
Aug. 18: Kindness Rocks rock painting, 10am.
Aug. 21: Crafting with Jennifer – Patriotic Paper Flowers, 10:30am. Sign up in office or call (978) 983-8825. $5 per person; Bingo, 1-3pm. Sponsored by CedarView.
Aug. 22: Karaoke, 1:30-3:30pm.
Aug. 23: Summer Tie-Dye Party, 1pm, held outside (rain date: Aug. 30).
Aug. 25: Outdoor lawn games: Bocce & Washers, weather permitting, 10am-noon.
Aug. 28: 45’s Game, 1-3pm. To sign up, call (978) 983-8825.
Aug. 29: Needlz Club, 9-11am; Summer BBQ Traveling Chef lunch and dance with DJ Don, 11:30am.
Aug. 31: The Talk current events discussion, 10:30am.

The Senior Center is located at 77 Lowell St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am-4pm; Friday, 8am-12:30pm. To view our entire newsletter, go to and click Senior Center. For more information on activities, trips or functions, call (978) 983-8825.