TRIVIA-&-TUNES GANG: These residents from The Woods at Merrimack retirement community had a fabulous time at the Methuen Senior Center’s recent Trivia and Tunes event. Shown are Janet Moore, Beverly Soulard, Manny Kyriakakis, Elaine Foote Carol Buchanan and Gerri Wachtmann. Courtesy photo  Happy Fourth of July! We hope you all have a wonderful summer enjoying family and friends! Summer after all is about walking along shorelines, taking in the sun’s rays, barbecues, parties and, most of all after the pandemic, getting back to living our lives.

Here at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, we have events planned for these next couple of months. We are a place where you can come to make new friendships and rekindle old ones. We also have air conditioning on those hot days. You can come to relax, eat lunch and cool down. We are your home away from home.
As you read this article, you will see all that is being offered at your Senior Activity Center.

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 benefits. We are here to help you place nutritional meals on your table.

 

Scams!

Every day we are getting word on new scams and old ones rearing their heads back. The Senior Center staff wants to remind you: NEVER give out personal information! This includes birthdates, Social Security numbers, address, etc. This is personal information about you!

Also, if you think you are a victim of a possible scam, contact the Methuen Police Department or contact us here at the center and we will get an officer to come to speak to you. Methuen Police Department is on your side and will assist where needed.
On Wednesday, July 12 at 1pm, enjoy ice cream while learning to protect yourself, your family, neighbors and friends. The BINGO game will be focused on current scams and frauds to be aware of, and other general tips and tricks to help keep you safe. SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre-registration is required, so call (978) 983-8825 to sign up.

Farmer’s Market
coupons available
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).

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 driveforneet.org/volunteer or call (978) 388-7474.

 

Health talk

Join us for the third of eight individual sessions of the series, “General Health Literacy.” This month’s topic is Heart Health, on July 13 at 10:30am. Dr. Marcus, a retired doctor of veterinarian medicine, will share his general interest and knowledge and lead basic discussion topics for obtaining and maintaining better senior healthcare. Talk about how to prepare for your next doctor visit, safety tips and more. All are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required.

 

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.

Kindness Rocks

On July 7 and 21 at 10am, make one for yourself, for a friend or to anonymously spread a kind word in your community. Rocks, paint and fun time supplied!

 

Mass Bar Association

Join us for this yearly event and learn about elder law issues including veteran affairs financial benefits, how to protect your home and assets, power of attorney, healthcare proxies, reverse mortgage, Homestead and Life Estates, Medicare and Medicaid changes, and alternatives to nursing care. Attorney Faith Delaney leads this free program July 30 at 1030am.

 

Coming up

July 3: 45’s card game starts at 1pm. $3 per person. Call to reserve your space.

July 4: Center closed in observance of the Fourth of July.

July 5: Patriotic Coffee Hour, 9am.

July 6: The Talk, discussion on current events, 10:30am; Informational Health Session on Skin Conditions, 1pm. Presented by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.

July 7: Outdoor Lawn Games (weather permitting), 10am.

July 10: BINGO, 1pm; Craft Class. Beehive Candle Holder, 10am. Reservation required. $3.

July 11: American Sewing Guild, 1-4pm.

July 12: Informational Safety Session. Methuen police will host Fraud BINGO with Ice Cream, 1pm.

July 17: 45’s game, 1pm. $3 per person. Call to reserve your space.

July 18: Karaoke, 1:30pm.

July 20: The Talk, discussion on current events, 10:30am.

July 24: BINGO, 1pm.

July 25: Needlz Club, 9-11am.

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.