Happy spring from all of us at the Activity Center! It will be wonderful to open the windows and hear the birds singing their never-ending songs, children playing, the sounds of crowds in the baseball stands rooting for their favorite team and, yes, walking at the beach and taking in all the sights, sounds and smells the ocean has to offer.

Here at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, we are pleased to offer day trips to many destinations. Trip information is available in the main foyer of the center. If you haven’t been to the Center, we invite you to come and have a tour of this wonderful facility.

Saving money on healthcare

On Wednesday, April 12 at 9:30am, Congresswoman Lori Trahan will host a Casework Clinic for seniors at the Methuen Senior Activity Center. Trahan will be joined by members of her constituent services team and agency partners to assist seniors with casework requests. Trahan and Mayor Neil Perry will also deliver brief remarks on the healthcare savings applicable to Methuen seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act.
“Growing up in a working family, we lived in fear of a health complication that we might not be able to afford. That fear became a reality when my dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I saw the hard conversations my family had about paying for treatment and medication. That’s why I voted for the Inflation Reduction Act: to lower the cost of life saving care for all families.” Trahan said. “But, the Inflation Reduction Act is only the beginning. In Congress, I will continue to fight for lower healthcare costs and I will continue to protect programs like Social Security and Medicare that thousands of Third District seniors rely on. Here in Methuen, I’m so grateful to be able to work with our agency partners, Mayor Perry, the Senior Center to host this casework clinic and connect seniors with resources they need!”
Various provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act have taken effect, starting in early 2023, and this event will help seniors understand the latest cost-saving provisions that could apply to them. The event also follows MassHealth’s insurance renewal process change, which takes effect April 1; Trahan’s team and agency partners will help seniors ensure their MassHealth information is up to date so they are receiving the best possible coverage.

Older Americans Month coming up

  Celebrate Older Americans Month with us May 10!
At 9am, we’ll serve complimentary coffee and doughnuts. From 9am-3pm, we’ll have a Jewelry Sale.

At 11:30am, we’ll serve lunch by the Traveling Chef. You must sign up in advance by calling the Methuen Senior Activity Center Kitchen at (978) 983-8825.
At 1pm, enjoy a Happy Hearts Concert.

All day, we will showcase crafts made here at the center which includes ceramics, quilting, Japanese Bunka, photography, Kindness Rocks and more. If you are a Methuen senior resident and have a special craft to showcase, call us at (978) 983-8825.

Application Assistance

A representative from Greater Lawrence Community Action Council will be at the Methuen Senior Activity Center to fill out applications for Fuel Assistance. Appointment is required.

SNAP Applications can be completed here at the Methuen Senior Activity Center

City of Methuen Fuel Assistance Applications are located at the Senior Center.

Call the center at (978) 983-8825 for your appointment.

Adopt-A-Grandparent

Adopt-A-Grandparent has started back at the Activity Center!
This program is in its 20th year. Methuen High School students and the Methuen Senior Activity participants get together Wednesdays, 2:15-3:45pm to play cards, do crafts, talk about current events and so much more. If you would like to join, call us at (978) 983-8825. There is nothing more valuable than the ages coming together to learn about each other and support each other. Eyes of the past, greeting the eyes of the future.

A click away

Check us out on the web at cityofmethuen.net. Scroll to bottom of page, click on Senior Center and on the left column you will see Newsletters. Click on that link and you are in!

Karaoke

Like to sing in your car or shower? Why not try singing into the mic? Join us for Karaoke on April 18 from 1:30-3:30pm.

Coming up

April 3 – BINGO, 1pm; Movie Time, 1pm.
April 4 – Bean Bag Toss, 1:30-3:30pm.

April 5 – Raisin’ Cane with Larry Giordano, 10am. Self-defense class where you’ll learn how to use tools you have on hand to defend yourself.

April 6 – Greater Lawrence Family Health Center offers a talk on Parkinson’s Disease, 1-3pm. Meet with residents of GLFHC to discuss signs and symptoms.

April 7 – Closed for Good Friday.

April 10 – Crafting with Jennifer, 10am; 45s, 1pm.

April 11- AARP Fraud and Identity Theft informational, 10am. Learn safeguard techniques to protect yourself.

April 12 – Garden talk with Garden Club member Veronica Campo, 10am. Learn how to create a raised garden bed.

April 13 – The Talk, discussion on current events, 10am.

April 14- Photography Class with Nancy Reardon, 10am. Six-week session with point-and-shoot camera. $20; Puzzle Party, 9am-noon. Work together or on your own to create beautiful puzzles; Kindness Rock Painting, 10am-noon.

April 17 – Closed for Patriots Day.

April 18 – Karaoke.

April 19- Loss and Transition, 10am. Bereavement group.

April 20 – Veteran Office Hours with Veterans Services Agent Paul Jensen, 10am-noon.

April 21- Informational talk on Caregiver Burnout/Fatigue, 10am, presented by Amedisys. Discussion includes ways to manage stress¸ personal care and where to turn for help; Photography with Nancy Reardon, 10am (Class 2 of 6); Coloring, Coffee & Conversation, 9:30am.

April 24 – BINGO, 1pm.

April 27- The Talk, discussion on current events, 10am.

April 28- Kindness Rock Painting, 10am-noon; Photography with Nancy Reardon, 10am.

The Senior Center is located at 77 Lowell St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday, 8am to 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.