The hustle and the bustle is behind us and the winter season will soon begin to shape our thoughts. It’s time to settle in for the long winter’s nap so to speak.

But do we really need to follow the season’s preconceptions, or should we go forth with our own agenda? I say forget the nap and take advantage of the season and get going.

Since it will soon be cold, snowy and gray outside, many people will become affected by gray days and suffer from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder — the winter blues. There is hope for us who cannot spend the winter season in a sunny climate. Light therapy can help. The senior center is very well lit with fluorescent lighting, much more than you would have at home, and spending time there will help.

There is much to do when spending time at the senior center.

On Jan. 3, our annual volunteer holiday party and art exhibit will be held at noon. A catered lunch will be served with entertainment by the Comeback Kids. The art exhibit will feature work from the art class, quilting, knitters/crocheting, Brazilian needlepoint and much more. Please stop by for a peak.

Volunteering is a great way to take your mind off what’s ailing you. Applications are now available for the Dracut Senior Tax Rebate Program. Need to have your taxes prepared? Harry Gong from AARP will be here in February. Call now for an appointment for this free service.

Miracle Ear will offer another free hearing screening on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon by appointment only.

Palm Manor Nursing Home will be here on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. to speak on the services they offer. On Jan. 25 at 10 a.m., a representative from the Beacon Hospice will also offer a support group on life’s changes, which will begin on Feb. 7. Sessions will be informal and will offer a time just to talk or listen.

The veterans breakfast will be on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m.

Quick trips will get you going this month. The first stop will be to Wal-Mart on Jan. 5, while on Jan. 12, it will be ML Shaw’s for lunch and shopping at their new gift shop. The new time this month only for the director’s coffee hour is Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Dracut Council On Aging, “The Best Place in Town.”

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council On Aging.