25 Stone Street Danvers MA 01923    Phone: (978) 762-0208


The mission of the Danvers Council on Aging and the Danvers Senior Center which it manages is to provide and advance those programs and services which enrich the lives of older adults in the Danvers community.

Hours Of Operation

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of October lunch is on us! September birthdays were standing from left: Norm Legro, Margaret Rutherford & Dorothy Gamache. Seated from left: Judy Toof & Jane Dean Please call & register by October 11th at 10am.

IMPORTANT: Danvers Council on Aging has a new real time online registration system!! To register, you will need to first set up an account for your household. This must be done by everyone regardless of previous activity with Danvers Council on Aging. This new real time registration system will create a more streamlined process for all of our customers. The initial account set up should take no longer than fifteen minutes and can be done as you are registering. If you have not yet registered for a program but will be, please take 10-15 minutes to “Create an Account” with Danvers Council on Aging on our new system. You can do that by CLICKING HERE and then click under “Need an Account”.  


Social Seniors Supportive Day Program

We continue to accept applications for participation in this unique program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact Judith Ryan at (978)762-0208, for more information. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day and financial assistance may be available to Danvers residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.



Join us on Thursday, October 13th 5pm for our Oktoberfest. Menu will include soft pretzel bar with dipping

sauces, warm German potato salad, caramelized onion & bacon spaetzle, bratwurst with apples, onions & sauerkraut, autumn apple strudel with ice cream, beer & wine. Entertainment will be “Oompa Oktoberfest”. Entertainment sponsored by Senior Whole Health; decorations sponsored by Pilgrim Rehabilitation. Cost: $10 FDCOA member/$12 non member. Tickets on sale Monday, October 3rd at 10am.


The Evening Dinner

Our next evening dinner will be Thursday, October 20th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be chicken broccoli & penne pasta in a light cream sauce with Caesar salad, rolls,

breadsticks and tiramisu dessert cup. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 4th at 10am.

Holiday Fair

This year the Annual Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. Please join us on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:30 AM for a planning meeting.


Have you seen our Afghan Raffle?

We are raffling off a beautiful hand-made afghan generously created and donated by Pat Carr. Tickets are

$1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The winner will be drawn on Friday, October 21st at 1 PM. Stop by and take your chance!!

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Operation Troop Support Items for October

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of October: disposable cameras, writing materials & telephone calling cards & toiletry items and as always personal size hygiene items. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any por table fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, br ing it to the Senior

Center on Thursday, October 27th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix it. Due to space limitations, if you cannot bring your item on the 27th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. October 26th. Thank you.


Did you know that the Danvers Council on Aging offers a Fitness Center for seniors? This state of the art fitness center offers a commercial grade treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bicycles and universal gym. The Fitness Center is open Monday—Friday, 9am—4pm. All participants are required to sign a medical waiver prior to using equipment. Please go to the front desk to fill out a medical waiver.


Have you stopped by the senior center to see our gift shop? There are many brand-new and unique items available to purchase. Itemsin the gift shop include: greeting cards, candy, scarves, jewelry, picture frames and lots of other goodies. Gift shop hours are from 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.


Ideas... Do you have an idea that you would like to share with the senior center? Please drop by the great room and put it into the suggestion box.

Medical Van Transportation

Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride 978-762-0208



Due to high demand...for booked appointments, we will get you to your appointment on time, however, you may need to wait for a return ride home. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Check in and you may win a prize!!!!

Are you using your card to check in on “My Senior Center” at the front desk every time you come to the center for a class, trip, activity or to enter your volunteer hours? There is a new category titled “Raffle”. Every day that you are at the Senior Center and check in, remember to touch on the Raffle option on the first page and you will earn an entry into the Raffle. A random winner will be selected on the first business day of each month to ensure that all entries from the previous month are included. The first drawing will be on Tuesday, November 2nd. So remember to check in on the computer each time you are here beginning in October. If you don’t have a card, stop by the front desk and we’ll be happy to get you one!

Would you benefit from a free monthly bag of groceries?

You may be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)! The Danvers Council on Aging will begin working with the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide the CSFP once a month beginning in September for individuals 60 years of age or older. Eligibility is determined by age, gross monthly income and household Size- please see the chart below.

Verification of identity, age, residence and income will be required upon applying. Please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 for more information.

Prescription Drug Costs too High?

Look into the Extra Help program from the Social Security Administration! You may be eligible to apply for Extra Help in meeting pr escription drug costs… and you can be a homeowner and still potentially qualify for this program. Benefits for 2016 include drug co-pays as low as $2.95 for generics and $7.40 for brand name drugs. An Extra Help application can be completed anytime during the year. If you want assistance or want to apply, contact the SHINE program at 978-762-0208. Social Security contact information: 1-800-772-1213 or apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.

10/3 Fall Foliage trip departs

10/3 Sen. Lovely district hour 11am-12pm

10/5 My Mother’s Italian trip departs

10/7 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

10/10 Columbus Day, Senior Center Closed

10/11 Popcorn & Movie 1 PM

10/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

10/13 Oktoberfest 5 PM

10/14 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

10/19 Bingo Bonanza! 11 AM @ Brentwood

10/20 Evening Dinner, 5 PM

10/21 Boston Tour day trip departs

10/21 Afghan Raffle Drawing, 1pm

10/22 Foxwoods Casino departs

10/27 Mr. Fix It, 9:00am-11:30am


Every Tuesday & Thursday Zumba—9:15-10am

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)


Every Thursday—Blood Pressure Clinic, 8:30am-11:30am (by appt. only)


Every Monday & Thursday 9-12 Kiosk for Living Well


Every Thurs.—1:15-3 PM—Maple Sugar Jazz Band


Every Friday-9am-12:30pm– Café (Note: no waffles)

October 2016 - Save The Date


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Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am

There is no charge for this event, but if you plan on attending, please call 978-762-0208 or sign up at the front desk for this presentation so that we can plan appropriate space.


10/5—Diane Langlais and Sally Kerans will present the Community Preservation Act – Ballot Question #5. The presentation will explain how Revenues are collected and used. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their surcharge calculated for them. Low Income Family and Low to Moderate Income Senior Citizen Exemptions will be explained. Come and ask any questions or express your concerns. Refreshments will be served.


10/12—Join Suzanne Malach and Deb Barrowclough from the Danvers YMCA to learn about special senior membership rates; DCOA special – A 10 x punch pass with no membership required, as well as all of the available programs.


10/19—Andrew Morris, owner of A Better Life Hypnosis & Reiki will present an exciting, informative and fun program. Learn relaxation exercises, misconceptions about hypnosis, examples of hypnosis, Reike and more.


10/26—A broad overview of the CPA (Community Preservation Act) which will be on the November Ballot. The discussion will cover the possible cost, the authority of the appointed supervision committee and overall coverage of the act. Participation discussion is open to all. The act will be financed by a fee on the local property tax bill which is expected to generate approximately $809,000 or more. John Toomey presenting.


Lisa Westrate is available for information and referral regarding services and benefits that may be helpful to you. Call to schedule an appointment. Home visits are possible upon request.


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: Our regular meetings meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. On October 13th at 10:30am, Gayle Yarnall will share with us about the Perkins Brail & Talking Book Library. Gayle is totally blind and has been a Talking Book Library patron for almost 50 years. The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides audio and large print books as well as access to over 200 newspapers over the phone and audio described DVDs containing movies and TV shows.

Gayle will show you how easy it is to keep reading your favorite books and magazines by demonstrating a free easy to use digital player and explain how all these services can be delivered to your home at no cost. The Talking Book Library delivers books, magazines and movies, in a format that is accessible to anyone who can’t read print or hold a book, directly to your door. Applications and assistance will be available during the presentation. This group is for those experiencing any type of vision loss ranging from a small degree of vision loss to those who are totally blind. We welcome anyone who is curious

about what the group has to offer or has any questions.


CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA) The CLA group meeting the 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm. On October 27th we will be joined by Gerard Hetu, Master Electrician. He will share with us tips for selecting honest private contractors to work on the home, give advice for how to avoid being a victim of scams & overpaying, and what you're rights are as a senior consumer. Bring your questions! The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful

solo-survival. If you have questions about this group, or would like to be added to the group call list, please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105)


Volunteer Opportunities

I am in the process of trying to update my list of volunteer drivers. If you would like to be on the list to drive seniors to

grocery, hair apt, shopping, church etc. please let me know. If you already providing this service for us or no longer wish to be called to drive please let me know. If I do not hear from you I will assume you no longer wish to be on the list. 978-762-0208

We are looking for a Meals on Wheels Driver 3 days a week. Please call Cathy for more information.


Kiosk for Living Well

Welcome to October! The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to come explore activities that are ideal for cooler outdoor temperatures, and shorter days. Maybe it’s a puzzle, a word game, or maybe you want to start tracking your blood pressure – it’s all possible at the Kiosk. Our Healthy Hearts nurse will be at the Center on Monday October 24th from 9:30-11:30. Please

make a point to come by! Sylvia our MoveSafe Counselor and Fall Prevention specialist will assess your balance and strength in an effort to help reduce hospital visits due to falls. This is a really good thing to do before snow or ice hit the ground. Meet Sylvia at the Kiosk on Monday October 17th from 9:00am-12:00pm. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon. Happy October!


North Shore Elder Services Option Counselor

Knowing what options are available to you and your family at difficult points in your loved one’s life isn’t always easy. North

Shore Elder Services provides individuals and caregivers with options counseling at any time. Our compassionate and educated counselors are able to meet with you at home, the hospital, a nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or even a

community site to speak with you. You do not have to meet  any income guidelines or be of a certain age to meet with our

Options Counselors. An Options Counselor from North Shore Elder Services is available at the Danvers Council on Aging on

Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.


Blood Pressure Clinics – By appointment. Judith Ryan,

RN our Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressure clinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 x114 to book your appointment.



By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Tuesday, October 11th, 5-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 13th 10 AM-12 Noon

Friday, October 21st, 10 AM-12 Noon

Wednesday, October 26th 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Please Note:

Flu Clinics are open to seniors 65 and older. Please bring your insurance card. Seniors should bring their insurance/Medicare B card with them. Flu shots will be administered by pharmacists from CVS Pharmacy. An



Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host district hours atthe Danvers Council on Aging from 11am-12pm on

Monday, October 3rd. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by phone at 617-722-1410 or by email at

joan.lovely@masenate.gov The Senators office offers a range of constituent services to residents of the Second Essex District. If you have any questions or concerns regarding state government, please feel free to contact her or her staff.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, October 19th 11am-2pm at Brentwood

Brentwood is generously sponsoring a Bingo Bonanza for the Danvers Senior Center to be held at their newly beautifully renovated facility at 56 Liberty Street in Danvers. This event will now be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next event will be Wednesday, October 19th. This event will include bingo with amazing prizes as well as lunch for those

attending. RSVP to the Senior Center at 978-762-0208. The Center will provide a shuttle to get everyone back and forth as parking is limited at their site. Join us for this fun event!



Fuel Assistance is available for those whose individual income is less than $32,065 or $41,932 for a household of two. To apply you can call NSCAP directly at 978-431-0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa can also do home visit if necessary upon request.


Learn to coupon with Judi

Did you know that you can save 30-80% on your groceries? You can spend as littleas a half hour of preparing in advance to save on your weekly grocery bill. Do you know how to “double up” on a sale? Do you know where to find coupons? Join Judi Martino on the first and third Monday of the month (October 3rd & 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information. Note: September 5th is Labor Day so there will not be a class.


Crazy Cards

There will be no Cr azy Cards in October . The next time the group meets will be on Monday, November 14th from 9:30am-Noon. A fun way to play Whist. A gave of fun and laughs. Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Prizes awarded each week.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, October 10th at Century House for their Annual Luncheon. Please contact Gerri Cosgrove if you plan on attending.



Mondays from 10-11 AM. According to psychologists, coloring is the best alternative to meditation. Coloring allows you to unlock your creative potential. Perhaps more important, it helps relieve tension and anxiety. It also unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times. All supplies are provided. Join us!!


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club”

Welcome Spring!!! Are you ready to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Our Walking Club will be meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10 AM. This year we will be walking on the new path at the Senior Center/Highlands School. If you haven’t seen it, directly across from our front door is a path with a wooden bridge that connects to the paved walking path at the Highlands School. This will be very convenient as there is plenty of parking and access to facilities at the Senior Center. Each lap is between 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile. If you would like to join us, please call Paula at 978-762-0208 and she will keep you updated on the Club.


Parkinson’s Fitness & Movement

Along with the Wednesday morning (10:30-11:30 AM) class we have addeda Friday class also. Friday classes are from 1-2 PM. Do you have Parkinson’s Disease? If so, this exercise class is for you. Linda Hall and Marilyn Freeman of Parkinson’s Fitness will lead you through a variety of customized exercise to improve balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength-training by ability levels. There is no charge for this as the Wednesday class is generously sponsored by Genesis Health Care at Hathorne Hill, and the Friday class is generously sponsored by Parkinson’s Fitness. Please call Paula to register at 978-762-0208.


Circle of Hope

Does someone close to you (spouse/partner, child, grandchild, or trusted caregiver) withhold your medication, use your money without permission, limit your phone calls, or tell you when or where you can go? Do you feel that nothing you ever do or say is “right?” If so, you are not alone. Are you looking to be among peers in a safe space to share your experience? Help us help you, by joining a free educational support group for seniors over 50 every Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at the

Danvers Council on Aging. This group is completely confidential. The group is sponsored by CALL-NS, Confronting Abuse in Later Life-North Shore, a grant which aims to provide outreach and education around abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders fifty years and over. For more information, contact: Carolyn Lewis at 978-624-2248


Do Not Ignore Medicare Mail!

It’s that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO,PPO), you should expect information from your plan by the end of September. This information is important because it explains changes in your plan for 2017. During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment!


Do Not Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and Medicare related health

insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208. For

other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the

SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back as soon as possible.


Did you Know?

Elder Affairs is often reminded of new (and sometimes old) ingenious practices to separate elders and others from their money -- either outright or through information that seniors provide in good faith. As you may (not) know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a constantly updated website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts to alert consumers about what’s real and what’s fake.


Learn to play Pickleball With Coach Roger Day!

Pickleball is a paddle sport game created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Join Danvers Recreation & Danvers Senior Center at Highlands for $25 for 5 weeks, first week free, as you learn this great new game!  We’ll provide all the equipment, you bring your game face!


Wednesdays at Highlands; Oct. 5—Nov. 2

Adults & Seniors  10 AM—11:30 AM—Parking at Sr. Center

Youth; Grades 1—5  3 PM—4:30 PM

Adults  4:30 PM—6:00 PM

First week is free, $25 for the remaining 4 weeks! Seniors register at the Danvers Council on Aging. All others please

sign up with the Recreation Department.


Social Service News & Announcements

If you haven’t already, take a look at the Resource Center bulletin board in the hallway across from the fitness

room. There you will find information on relevant topics such as: Medicare, Social Security, Senior Safety, Scams,

Veterans Benefits, and Assistance with paying for Utility Bills and Food. Keep checking back as information will

be added and updated regularly.

Triad Corner

The Danvers TRIAD Council is a partnership which includes the Sheriff and District Attorney of Essex County, the Danvers Police and Fire Chiefs, the Council on Aging and supportive services, and seniors. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. Last month’s TRIAD Corner mentioned the essential items to have ready if you need to evacuate. Here is also a plan:

- Carry family contact information in your wallet and choose an out-of-town contact person;

- Ask about the emergency plans and procedures that exist in your community;

- Know about your community’s response and evacuation plans and post emergency phone numbers near your phone;

- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide  alarms regularly.