By Susan Riccio
Seniors in Motion Writer

Is it me or did summer fly by? With all the rain we encountered, I have heard people say that they never thought they would have a lake view from their yards! Unprecedented amounts of water fell upon us. I don’t ever recall seeing such torrential rains, ever!
On another note, the school bells have begun to ring once again for the children in our community. On behalf of all of us here at the center, staff and participants, we want to wish all of you a wonderful school year!

 

Happy Hearts ‘BIG’ show

Join us for an afternoon of musical entertainment and lots of fun with guest emcees Kelly Townsend from the Methuen Health Department and Methuen’s Public Health Nurse Karen Ferullo on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 1-3pm. This year’s theme: “British Invasion Meets America!” For admission, consider bringing a non-perishable item to help fill our Methuen Food Pantries.

 

Try a class

Classes are about to begin for another year!

CERAMICS: Sandy Avila teaches two sessions every Tuesday, 9-11:30am and 12:30-3pm. She offers a wealth of experience in ceramic artistry and can help you create just the piece you’ve always wanted! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early for this popular class. Session start date: Sept. 19.

PAINTING: Lisa Buglione offers instruction, pointers and encouragement to budding artists. Fun and creativity are the keys to success with the paintbrush and a hidden talent can be found at any age! Wednesday, 10am -noon. Session start date: Sept. 13.

QUILTING: Cyndi Ferguson will teach this popular medium on Wednesdays from 9-11am. A skillful quilter, Cyndi is familiar with a variety of quilting styles and welcomes everyone from the beginner to the advanced to come create a wonderful piece of your own. There is something very warm and wonderful about quilts … make one for yourself or create an heirloom for someone you love! Session start date: Sept. 6.

JAPANESE BUNKA: Beverly Enos teaches this beautiful and unique craft Thursdays from 9:30-11am.  Having learned the art in Japan herself, Beverly comes highly qualified to teach this unique medium. Come learn to create beautiful artwork through this special technique. (See office for class cost). Session start date: Sept. 14.

 

Also, Fitness Classes run all year round!

3-B Fitness (Balance, Bones and Brains): This program includes balance training, strengthening exercises and age-appropriate trivia to keep your body in tip-top shape!

Aeroflex and Weights: Monday, 8:30-9:15am and Thursday mornings, 9:30 -10:15am. Aerobic exercise combined with light weights 1-2 pounds and muscle toning.

Gentle Yoga: Modified form of yoga geared toward those who may not enjoy floor exercise. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques to melt away stress, leaving you calm and renewed. Monday, 9:30-10:15am and Thursday, 8:30-9:15am.

Line Dancing :Line Dancing combines the latest line dances, great music, dance moves and fun! Tuesday, 9:30 -10:15am and Fridays, 10:30-11:15am.

Tai Chi and Quigong: Come try this ancient Chinese martial art that connects mind and body through gentle flowing movements designed to reduce stress and improve health. Tuesday, 12:30 -1:15pm.

Yoga with Joan: This kind of gentle yoga relieves stress, increase flexibility, calms the mind and strengthens the body. This is all done in a meditative atmosphere. Friday, 8:30 -9:15am and 9:15 – 10:15am.

Zumba: Fast-paced exercise class that incorporates dance moves to lively, rhythmic beat providing you with a more aerobic, calorie-burning workout. It combines dance moves with high- and low-intensity intervals. Wednesday, 10:30-11:15am.

Buried in Treasures
in Methuen

The Methuen Health Department is partnering with Methuen Senior Activity Center for a Buried in Treasures (BiT) group. The program starts Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 12:30-2pm and will be held once a week for 15 weeks.
BiT is a relaxed, non-judgmental program that teaches you how to build insight, skills and strategies to help declutter, get organized and reduce acquiring.

  • Are there stacks of paper in nearly every corner of your house?
  • Are your closets, cupboards and other storage areas overflowing with items?
  • Is it difficult to access essential areas of your home like the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom?
  • Are you embarrassed to have someone come into your home?
  • Do you want to declutter, but are overwhelmed on where to begin?

  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop may be for you!
The class is free with books and materials provided by Greater Lowell Health Alliance. Individuals who join the course will receive their own copy of the book “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding.” Open to all Methuen residents. Pre-registration is required. For questions or to sign up, contact Patrick McCarty at (978) 857-1813 or at pmccarty@ci.methuen.ma.us.
Volunteer to drive

Make a difference in the life of an older adult (60 plus). Northern Essex Elder Transportation (NEET) Inc., is a non-profit volunteer organization providing non-emergency medical transportation for older adults in the Merrimack Valley. Assist an older adult in maintaining their health and well-being. This can be 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 driveforneet.org/volunteer or call (978) 388-7474.

 

Office hours for veterans
Veterans Agent Paul Jensen holds 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.

Coming up

Sept. 1: Kindness Rocks rock painting, 10am.

Sept. 4: Labor Day. Center closed.

Sept. 6: Movie matinee, “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once,” at 12:30pm.

Sept. 7: Informational Health Session. Diabetes discussion, 1pm with Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.

Sept. 11: Crafting with Jennifer. Magazine Mosaic, 10:30am. Sign up in office or call (978) 983-8825 $5 per person; Bingo, 1-3pm.

Sept. 12: Coffee Hour, 9:15 am hosted by Central District candidate Tony Jones; American Sewing Guild, 1-4pm.

Sept. 13: Special event – Tommy Rull, singer/entertainer, 1-2pm. Free. Sponsored by Methuen Cultural Council.

Sept. 14: Day Trip: “Carpenter Tribute.” Call the center for info; Health Literacy Talks, 10:30am.

Sept. 15: Kindness Rocks rock painting, 10am.

Sept. 18: Informational Session: KevTech iPhone basics, 10:30am; 45’s Game, 1-3pm. To sign up, call  (978) 983-8825.

Sept. 19: Informational Session: Falls Prevention with Melissa Donegan of AgeSpan, 10:30am. Falls continue to be a national public health concern. Did you know you can prevent your falls risk with just a few simple steps? Come learn the risks of falling, stay independent, and proactive ways to stay falls free. Call (978) 983-8825 to register.

Sept. 19: Karaoke, 1:30-3:30pm. All are welcome!

Sept. 20: Loss & Transition Bereavement Support, 10am; Informational Series: Buried in Treasures begins. 15-week workshop; Dominoes en Espanol, 1pm.

Sept. 21: The Talk, current events discussion, 10:30am.

Sept. 22: Informational Session: Medicare 101, 10:30am. Speaker: Margot Messier of Mass. General Brigham.

Sept. 25: Bingo, 1-3pm. Sponsored by Cedar View Rehab & Health Center.

Sept. 26: Needlz Club, 9-11am; Informational Health Session: Alzheimer’s Walk Simulation, 2pm. Sponsored by Salem Woods.
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 cityofmethuen.net and click Senior Center. For more information on activities, trips or functions, call (978) 983-8825.