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The Council on Aging and the Senior Center are located at the Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. Phone: 978-356-6650.
Bring Your Own Lunch: Come join friends under the tent in the back of Town Hall every Wednesday at noon to enjoy lunch together. We should take advantage of the nice weather while we can. It is a great opportunity to catch up with each other.
Flu Shot Clinic: The flu clinic will be done in a very different manner this year. Paramedics from Action Ambulance will come to your home/apartment in early October to administer the quadrivalent regular dose vaccine. You must make an appointment by calling the Senior Center at 978-356-6650. We will schedule your appointment for a set date and time.
Senior Center Drop in Visits: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. We have two lounge spaces available for people to come and read the paper, use the computers, work on the puzzle and visit with friends. We request that you call in advance to be sure that we can maintain safe distances for everyone. We look forward to seeing you!
File of Life: Do you have this very critical document on your refrigerator? Our town’s emergency responders always look for this vital document when they respond to homes in emergencies. Come to the Senior Center to pick one up for each household member if you need one. If you have already taken control of your health and safety, make sure you use a pencil to complete the information and update your File of Life as necessary.
Join Our Writing Group: Mondays Oct. 5-Nov. 16. Like to write? Join this fun and inspiring group led by Lucy Myers and hone your skills by learning from others and sharing your ideas. Call the Senior Center for more information and to sign up. The cost is a $40 donation to the “Friends of Ipswich Elderly” (FOIE). This class will meet outside under the tent in the back of Town Hall. Class will not meet on Oct. 12.
All trips are subject to change and cancellation.
Foxwoods Resort Casino: Nov. 17, $40 per person. Includes buffet or $10 food voucher and $10 casino slot play.
Salem Cross Inn Christmas and Bright Nights: Dec. 10. $109 per person. Enjoy a delicious lunch at this “Editors’ Choice” Award winning restaurant in a restored 18th century farmhouse. After a visit to Yankee Candle, you will enjoy a riding tour of bright nights at Forest Park in Springfield.
Mainly at Sea: Aug. 22, 2021. $121 per person. Catch the ferry from Portland and enjoy a narrated two hour cruise to Casco Bay where you will enjoy lunch at Cook’s Lobster and later explore Portland Head Light.
Extended Stay Trips
All trips are subject to change and cancellation. New dates have been planned for these popular trips so that we can all look forward to worry-free travel.
New York to Bermuda Cruise featuring the Sicilian Tenors: May 2-9, 2021 (8 days/7 nights). Call the Senior Center to have a brochure mailed to you.
Nova Scotia and Tattoo Festival: June 29-July 3, 2021 (5 days/4 nights). Begin your tour in St. John and travel to Fundy National Park. The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo festival includes military bands, pipes and drums, choirs, gymnasts, dancers and military displays. Includes guided tours each day, breakfast each morning, two dinners and a lobster luncheon.
Great Trains and Grand Canyons: Oct. 24-29, 2021. (6 days/5 nights). This features a combination of American West highlights, with the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona; the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument; and the Old West nostalgia of two train rides and five nights in picturesque Sedona, Arizona. Come to the travel presentation at 1 p.m. Dec. 17.
Senior Momentum Programs
Many of these activities fitness class, seated yoga, line dancing and tai chi have been recorded at ICAM, Ipswich’s local cable tv studio with the guidance of their Director, Beth Meyer. You can view them on your tvComcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 32. You can also view them online directly at http://icamipswich.com. Click on Video on DemandGovernment Channelsee the entire schedule to find your favorite program and try new ones, too! Many of the programs are also available on Youtube. You can also learn some French while you are at it!
Fitness Class: Join this popular lowimpact exercise class on local cable tv or live every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. outside under the tent. This class is for ALL exercise ;itness levels and will be modi;ied for those who prefer seated exercise. Fee is $5/class. Maximum nine people. Golf: Thursdays at 9:46 a.m. at New Meadows, Topsfield. Fee is $19 for nine holes. Call for more information.
Seated Yoga: Available on local cable tv or live every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Senior Center. Fee is $6/class. Maximum nine people.
Gentle Bend: Meets Monday and Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. outside under the tent. Fee is $6/class. The focus is on stretching, strengthening, alignment and balance.
Senior Swim Program: On hold for now.
Beginners Line Dancing Class: Margo Jones holds a line dancing class that can be viewed on local cable TV.
Tai Chi: Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy holds class outside Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. There is currently a waiting list for this class.
Over 50 Basketball: On hold for now.
Ping Pong: On hold for now.
Pickleball: On hold for now.
Women’s Bowling League: On hold for now.
Golf: Thursdays at New Meadows, Topsfield. Contact Deb Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-312-1554 for information.
Cards and Games
Mabel Smyth Bridge Group: Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30-4 p.m. Experienced new members and singles are welcome. No partner is needed.
Rummikube: Mondays at 1 p.m.
Scrabble: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Dominoes: Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Mah Jong: Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
Cribbage: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Chess: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Canasta: Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.
For Your Good Health
Blood Pressure Clinic/Polarity/Reiki Therapy: Currently on hold.
Polarity: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 9 a.m.. Cost is $4 per 20 minute session. On hold for now.
Reiki Therapy: Third Friday of each month. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and last 25 minutes. Free. Call to schedule appointment. On hold for now.
Podiarty Clinic: Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Insurance is accepted or private pay for $35. Call for an appointment. Dr. Van Ess is currently scheduled to come in July. There is a waiting list.
Groups and Clubs
Sewing Group: On hold for now.
Knit2gether: Join this lively knitting group on Tuesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. Knitters of all levels are welcome to join. This group may resume in the summer. We will be in touch with members.
Inter-generational Program: Program may resume in the fall.
Senior Center Van Transportation: within Ipswich is offered every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.–noon. Call the Senior Center 24 hours in advance to schedule a ride, 978-356-6650. There is a $2 round-trip donation. Please Note: For booked appointments, we will get you there on time, but return time may take a while due to unforeseen conditions.
Grocery Shopping to Market Basket: Please limit grocery bags to no more than four per trip. Pickup begins at 1 p.m. To help the environment, consider using recyclable bags. Mark them with your name or some other decoration to ensure that you get the right bags!
Out-Of-Town Medical Transportation: Offered through Outreach Program. Please call the Senior Center at 978-356-6650 at least 72 hours in advance to schedule a ride provided by volunteers or CATA. The CATA (Cape Ann Transit Authority) medical van goes to Lahey Peabody and Danvers, Mass General and the North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, the Cummings Center, Fresenius Medical Center and Beverly Hospital Campus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to ridership, CATA suggests you bring a snack and reading material as wait times can vary. Our volunteer drivers are still taking individuals to appointments outside of the CATA service area. If you need a medical ride, please contact the Senior Center to make arrangements.
Triad Council: TRIAD’S ongoing programs consist of the File for Life, CARFiT, yellow dot program, shredder program, free batteries and installation of smoke detectors, lockbox program, proper disposal of unused medications and syringes at the Ipswich Police Station and Town Hall, house numbering service for senior citizens and Safety Sand for Seniors. All free of charge. These programs could save a life. Call Beth Wright at the COA at 978-356-6650 for information about all these programs. All are welcome to join this board.
Library Books Delivered To Homebound Seniors: Call the Ipswich Public Library at 978-356-6648 to reserve your books and our COA van will pick up and deliver them to your home. If you have internet access at home, you can check the library catalog at http://ipswichlibrary.org.
Shine Counseling: Information and guidance for health insurance information, assistance for Medicare beneficiaries including MassHealth, and help with prescription plans every Friday and one Monday/month at the COA from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call 978-356-6650 for an appointment.
Notary Service: The Town Clerk has offered to notarize documents for Ipswich seniors. She can notarize most documents except will and real estate documents. Bring your unsigned documents and proper ID to the Clerk’s Office.
Pet Care Project: Helps needy senior citizens to take good care of their household pets. Grants can be used for routine medical care, especially spaying/neutering and shots. If food supplies are needed, you may apply for those, as well. For more information, contact Beth Wright.
Ipswich Rotary Club Offers Small Chore And Repair Program: Local Rotarians help with small chores around your home. Call Beth Wright at 978-356-6650 to request assistance.
Senior Charliecard Pass: Apply at the Senior Center for a senior rate (65+) pass which can be used for discounted travel on all MBTA transportation. Call Sheila Taylor at 978-356-6650 to set a time to complete the application. Bring a photo id and your current Charlie Card if you have one.
The Open Door Mobile Market: Free monthly produce and groceries for enrolled seniors on the third Friday of each month from 10-11 a.m.
Meals On Wheels: Traveling meals program offers a nutritionally balanced lunch to Ipswich seniors unable to prepare their own. Contact SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Program at 1-866-927-1050.
Congregate Meal Site: Daily meals are served in the function room at Caroline Ave. housing at noon each weekday. A $2 donation is requested. Any senior is welcome to attend. Call 978-356-2481 by 10 a.m. the day before the meal to reserve a spot. Closed for now.
The Open Door Ipswich Food Pantry: The Ipswich Food Pantry is located at #00 Southern Heights in Ipswich near the Housing Authority Office and is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in need of food, please drop by.
Food Stamps: For low-income single people and families. For qualification information and an application call 1-800-645-8333.
Ipswich Dinner Bell: Community meal sponsored by local churches and community groups. Every Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Road. All ages are welcome.
Local Assistance Programs
Protective Services For Elders: The Protective Services Program for Ipswich seniors is SeniorCare, Inc. at 1-800-922-2275. Call 24 hours/day for elder abuse or neglect. They’ll work with the highest degree of confidentiality for sensitive situations.
Fuel Assistance: If you are in need of financial assistance with your home heating bills, please contact the Fuel Assistance Program (Action Energy) at 978-281-3900 or Beth Wright at the COA, 978-356-6650.
Veterans Services: Contact Karen Tyler, director of Veterans Services at 978-356-3915 if you are a veteran or widow(er) of a veteran to see if you qualify for any veteran benefits.
CATA Transportation: To Market Basket in Rowley Friday mornings and rides to Blackburn Center Day Care. Call 978-768-6277 for information.
Used Medical Equipment: The Masonic Hall in Ipswich stores donated, used medical equipment such as walkers, toilet seats, canes and occasionally wheelchairs. Call George Wallich at 978-697-3920, Jason Dorr at 978-836-2434 or the Masonic Hall at 978-356-9716 to donate items or for information on obtaining items.
Benefits Checkup: An online tool that screens your eligibility for federal, state and private benefits programs that are available to help. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form. Go to http://benefitscheckup.org to start the process or contact Outreach Coordinator, Beth Wright, who can help you at the Senior Center.
Seniorcare, Inc.: Offers information, referral and advocacy on a wide range of aging-related issues. They coordinate in!home services, such as homemaking, personal care, or meals on wheels to help people to remain independent in their own homes. Call toll free 1-866-927-1050 or visit their website at http://seniorcareinc.org.
Oak Hill Apartments: Call for info and application for affordable housing at Oak Hill Apartments in downtown Ipswich at 978-356-1530. Rents are based on 30% of adjusted income.
Ipswich Housing Authority: For information on affordable senior housing at Agawam Village, Caroline Avenue and Memorial Hall, call the Ipswich Housing Authority at 978-356-2860.
Whipple Annex Housing: For information on housing at 27 Green St., call 9789221305, ext. 202.
Cable Gardens Apartments: For information on senior housing at 126 County Road, call 978-356-1199.
Open Computer Time: From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Senior Center lounge area.
ICAM Cable Show: “Ipswich COA Today-Living Smart, Living Well.” Use channel 9 for Comcast and 33 for Verizon. Show times are: Sundays at Noon, Mondays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
Constituents’ Inquiries: Dick Curran, Assistant to Sen. Bruce Tarr, comes to the Senior Center once per month to address any issues you may have. No appointment is necessary.
Shredder Available: Please limit shredding to 30 minutes. The shredder is available most days.