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Senior Center To Host Memory Screenings

Preparations being made for annual Valentine's Dance.

The Silvertones will hold its first dance of the New Year this Friday, January 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door at $10 per person. The public is welcomed.

The Senior Center will be closed next Monday, January 21st, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A happy and safe holiday is wished to all.

Next Tuesday, January 22nd, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will conduct Free Memory Screenings from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event is free and the results of the screenings are immediately shared with you. The 15 minute screenings are conducted by ESMV. Space is limited and appointments are assigned on a first come-first serve basis. Memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It's a tool we may all benefit from. For an appointment call Jan or Linda at 978-640-4482.

The next day, on Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:00 AM, Home Instead will conduct a presentation on “Returning home from the hospital”. The topics of discussion will be services provided after your stay in the hospital as well as the key words used in getting these services in place plus much more. Please sign-up at the front desk if you are planning to attend or call 978-640-4480 to have your name placed on the list.

DJ Jon Mansfield will be back to the Senior Center on Monday, January 28th. Tickets are now available at $6 per person. Those purchasing tickets by January 23rd will have lunch included.

The Friends of the Senior Center Valentine's Dance will be held on Friday, February 8th. The Entertainers Band will provide music for the evening. Tickets are now available at $10 per person. As noted last week, we are looking for those special Tewksbury couples that have been married 50 years or more and never recognized by the Council on Aging and Friends of the Elderly. If you are such a couple or know of a couple married 50 years or more, please submit their name and telephone number to our Secretary Jan or to Linda by calling the Center at 978-640-4482. We would love to have them as guests at our Valentine's dance.

Tickets are still available for the casino day trip to Foxwood on Wednesday, February 6th. One should note that the trip price is now $25 per person.

There are two trips posted on the Senior Center bulletin board with interest lists attached. One is to travel to Boston to watch Ballroom Dancing competitions for the afternoon on February 16 or 17. The cost would be around $18. The second interest list is for Sunday, March 17th for the afternoon performance of the Young@Heart singing group...a Senior Citizen group that has travel around the world performing. This last trip is estimated to be around $40 and is held in Worceter, MA. If interested, please place your name on the list keeping in mind that the earlier tickets are purchased from the venue, the better the seats.

Several meetings have been scheduled for the Friday, January 25th. Senior Center volunteers should note the following times: An Activities Meeting at 10:00 AM; A Snooti Patooti Gift Shop meeting at 1:00 PM; and, A Receptionist Meeting at 2:30 PM. These meetings will be held in the conference room. All are welcome to attend.

Again, we remind Tewksbury Senior Citizens that help with Fuel Assistance applications are done at the Senior Center. To obtain information on the fuel assistance program and/or to schedule an appointment call 978-640-4482. The eligibility guidelines are: one person household up to $31,218; two family household up to $40,824; family of three $50,515; and, family of four $60,035. There are further guidelines for larger families. Younger families may call the Billerica Veteran's Agent at 978-671-0968 or Community Teamwork at 978-459-6161 for information and assistance. Every little bit helps these days so don't hesitate to apply if you qualify.

Our AARP Tax Assistance Volunteers will be back again this February to assist Seniors with their tax returns. We will begin to accept names right after the New Years. However, as noted, the volunteers will not begin until February. The normal routine is that one signs up at the Senior Center, the volunteers give us dates that they are available and the Director or the COA Secretary will call people to set up appointments. The office then sends out a confirmation of your appointment and a listing of what documentation you need to bring with you.

 Have a great week. God Bless America.

jo January 16, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I think that the memory screening is an excellent idea. Unfortunately, I am seeing some of my peers showing signs of some memory loss. Thanks for running this program.

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