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.
9/1 Labor Day, Senior Center Closed
9/8 Fall Class Session Begins
9/9 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
9/10 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
9/13 Rhode Island Lighthouse trip departs
9/14 Rhode Island Lighthouse trip departs
9/17 Yakov Smirnoff trip departs
9/18 N E Goes Country at Dport Yacht Club
9/18 Henry’s Dinner 5pm
9/23 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt
9/25 Mr. Fix It 9am-11:30am
Hours Of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
- Every Tuesday & Thursday—Blood Pressure Clinic 8:30am-11:30am (by appt only)
- Every Tuesday & Thursday Zumba—9:15-10am ($30 for 12 wks)
- Every Wednesday—9am-12 Noon—Waffle Wed.
- Every Thurs.—1:15-3 PM—Maple Sugar Jazz Band
- Every Friday—9am-12:30pm Café
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SEPTEMBER 2014 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of September, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on September 9th. The August birthdays were seated from left: Peter Riddle, Barbara Chambers, Helen Bontorno. Standing: Louise Riley &
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
Social Senior Supportive Day Program
Our Supportive Day Program has begun the process of accepting applications for participation in our unique program as we plan to increase days of operation from 3 to 4 days per week (Tuesday will be added in early September). The new days of operation will be Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm.This program can benefit both participant and caregiver alike by providing services tailored to individual need and interest. If you or someone you know could benefit from socialization with others in a caring and friendly environment, then please give us a call. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience all we have to offer. Danvers residents 60 and older may be eligible for financial assistance through the generosity of the Clara &
Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. Call (978) 762-0208 and ask to speak with Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator.
Travel Chef Program
This month’s Travel Chef will be on Tuesday, September 30th. The menu will be roast beef au jus with baguette, horse radish or Dijon sauce, caramelized onions & blue cheese, sautéed whole green beans, arugula salad with dressing and Crème Brule for dessert. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, Sept. 29th at 10am.
The Evening Dinner’s are back!!
Our next evening dinner will be Thursday, September 18th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be: a lemon buttered haddock with breadcrumb served with a side of green beans and whipped potato, roll and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The cost is $7.00 for FDCOA Members, $9.00 for Non Member. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10am.
Thank you to Brentwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Danvers for sponsoring the entertainment for all 8 of our Patio Parties. It was a wonderful “Season”!
In September North Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP), will begin to mail out re-certification applications for those who were previously enrolled in the program during last year’s fuel season. New applicants interested in applying for the upcoming Fuel season may contact NSCAP at 978-531-0767 x136 to make an appointment in mid October. Alternatively, Danvers seniors who would like assistance with the application or recertification process, can call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to make an appointment.
Do you have a threat of termination notice on your electric or gas bill? Do you have less than 1/4 of a tank of oil, and can't afford to order more? The Danvers Helping Hands Fund, administered by NSCAP (North Shore Community Action Programs), in Peabody, may be able to assist you. Please call 978 531-0767, extension 100, for more information.
The Danvers TRIAD Council 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. Proper disposal of prescription drugs has become a problem for every community in the United States. The number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs illegally now exceeds the number of Americans who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. Studies have shown that prescription drug abusers sometimes get the pills from medicine cabinets in homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "The age old advice of flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet is now considered to be the least desirable of all alternatives." Once flushed down the drain or toilet, expired or unwanted medications become a source of pollution in wastewater and they generally can not be removed by treatment plants or septic systems. Instead, these pollutants are able to pass through the treatment centers and enter rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater systems. In addition to the environmental effects of improper medication disposal, there is the public concern for these drugs getting into the hands of kids. The development of a prescription drug disposal program would allow for a safer and more environmental solution for disposing of them. A prescription drug program benefits the community by providing a safe location to drop off unused and expired medications with a high level of anonymity. It also rids medicine cabinets of unused and expired medications that could fall into the wrong hands. Finally, it reduces the environmental concerns of these drugs entering the water systems. For these reasons, the Danvers Police Department has partnered with DanversCares, Danvers TRIAD and Beverly Hospital to develop a method for people to get rid of these medications. The Danvers Police Department provides a safe location in the lobby of the police station for Danvers residents to properly dispose of their unwanted prescription medications. The police department partnered with the United States post office who donated a used mailbox to be used as a secure safe for these items. Now there is also another used mailbox available for the safe disposal of used needles or “sharps”.
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.
September 10 - Join the Cherry Hill “Optimistic Voices” group for a fun filled morning of singing and signing. We will celebrate “The Magic of Music”.
September 17 – “Being your own Advocate – Change from Passive to Active”. Communication is crucial to good healthcare, review the ABC’s of self-advocacy in a fun and engaging way. Tracy Vallette, MD: Community Relations Director of Health Bridge Management’s Essex Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing and
Peabody Glen Health Care will present this program. Refreshments will be served.
September 24 – “Java with a Jake” – Join us for a cup of coffee and meet members of the Danvers Fire Department. Deputy Chief James McPherson and Captain James Brooks. Topics for discussion will include fire and burn risks, carbon monoxide detectors, electrical and heating dangers and much more.
October 1st—You may not be aware the Salvation Army has a Service Extension Unit right here in Danvers! The Salvation Army has been delivering services and hope to those less fortunate for more than 125 years. Pam Parkinson is the Secretary of the Danvers Service Extension Unit and she has invited Michael Skoog,
Senior Field Representative to come to our community in order to educate our members of this important non-profit social serviceagency. Michael will be discussing the many facets of this service including Emergency Financial Assistance, Good Neighbor Energy Fund, Emergency Disaster Response Team, Camp Wonderland, “Flags for Our Forces” and the Red Kettle Campaign. Please join to us to learn more about the Salvation Army and how we can better serve the needs of those less fortunate.
Fall Prevention Education Fair, Health Screenings, Information & Demonstrations
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10 AM-1 PM at the Danvers Senior Center. Departments & Services
featured: Beverly Hospital’s Fall Prevention Committee, The Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician Primary Care Practices, Senior Adult Unit and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders), Center for Healthy Aging, Lahey Senior Care including Homecare & Lifeline Services, The Discover Program, Nutritional Services, Trauma Program. Free gifts and refreshments.
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Operation Troop Support Items for September
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of September: Instant breakfast, instant cereal, instant oatmeal & instant soup.
Mr Fix It
Do you have any portable heaters or fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, September 25th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix them. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 25th, please do no drop off your items until Wed. September 24th. 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. Items
in 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.
September Volunteer Opportunities
We currently have openings for volunteers in the kitchen to help with set-up, serving and clean up. Having a positive attitude and friendly personality is a must! The hours are 11:30-1:00, but can be flexible. Training will be provided.
I would like to remind all volunteers to put your hours into our computer. It is the only way we can keep track and it is necessary for our yearly statistics report. If you need help with this please let us know and we are happy to assist you.
A big thank you to Ginny Foster who has been our most recent Mrs. Fix-it. Ginny is retiring from this position and we will miss her! If you sew or know someone who may want to volunteer to be our new Mrs. Fix – It, contact Cathy.
Volunteer opportunities are available at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody for any seniors who would like to participate in their volunteer program. We currently have 25 volunteers who serve the Lahey family. We ask our volunteers to make a commitment once a week for 4 hours (no nights, weekends, or stormy days). You can choose your day and time. Volunteers are entitled to a free lunch. Some of the volunteer positions include liaison, way finder, patient escort, filing and office work just to name a few. If you are interested, please contact Judy Zager, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 978-538- 4509 or stop by the information desk in the front lobby and pick up an application. Judy Zager HR Assistant/ Coordinator Volunteer Services Lahey Medical Center, Peabody 978-538-4509
Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse
Office hours are: Thursday Blood Pressure Clinic by appointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.
Bereavement Loss and Change Support Group
Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm Support group for people who have experienced the death of a loved one and who want to understand the grieving process, find comfort, healing, and more meaning in their lives. Nancy Downey, Leader.
NEW! Crazy Cards
A fun way to play Whist. A game of fun and laughs. Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Prizes awarded each week. Group
will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. (This month will be Monday, September 8th). Must sign up in
advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 FDCOA Members/$3.00 Non Members.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, September 8th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is Silver Star by Jeanette Walls. All are welcome!
Come Make Some Music!
The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to come any Thursday morning in September to explore the wide range of music options available at the Kiosk. Some folks are doing Karaoke, some people who’ve never touched a piano are creating their own musical piano loops, and sometimes we’re all singing songs together. We’ll introduce you to the “Music Maker” which allows you, by wiggling your fingers or moving your hands up and down to create sounds of musical instruments that play along to a huge collection of familiar tunes. Singing is not required! We hope to see you soon! Bring your voice or your curiosity – both are welcome.
FROM THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN F. TIERNEY
CONNECTING SIXTH DISTRICT SENIORS WITH THE FEDERAL RESOURCES AND SERVICES THEY DESERVE. MY OFFICE CAN HELP WITH: Issues with Medicare and Social Security Guidance with Home Mortgage Issues Senior-Directed Identity Scams and Tips on How to Protect Yourself Assistance to Veterans and Their Families, Including Help with Benefits Claims
Consumer Protection Services CONTACT MY OFFICE: PEABODY: (978) 531-1669 LYNN: (781) 595-7375 WWW.TIERNEY.HOUSE.GOV
SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS SOCIAL SERVICE/OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Lisa Westrate 978)762-0208 x105 Lisa Westrate is available for information and referral regarding services and benefits that may be helpful to you. Call to schedule on appointment. Home visits are possible upon request.
Farmers Market Transportation: Transportation will be available for Tuesday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 23rd at 1pm leaving from the Senior Center. If you would like to book a ride please call Lorene at 978-762-0208. Reservations must be received no later than 10am the day before departure. Maximum allowed for each date is 13 passengers.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP meets on 2nd Thursday/mo. 10:30am. Our monthly meetings generally alternate between guest speakers and a less formal General Open group format which allows more time for questions, sharing personal experiences and resources.
Our September meeting will be a general meeting. The topic of the Day: Eye Care Professionals. What is the difference between Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Orthoptists, Retinologists, Low Vision Specialists? Am I missing anyone? Please bring the name and contact information for your Eye Doctors/ Specialists. The information will be compiled into a local resource list to distribute to members of the group.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone) Meets monthly on 3rd Thursday 10:30am.Tea, With Jan & Bread We will have a special guest join us for our CLA meeting on September 18th. North Shore resident, Jan Carlberg, wife of the former President of Gordon College and Author of The Welcome Song: And Other Stories from a Place Called Home is a Master Story Teller. Come join us for tea while Jan holds us captive with a tale or two from her childhood in Sweden or one of her other heartwarming anecdotes told in a way only she can do. What to bring? A memory that makes you think of home.
Social Service News & Announcements
You may have noticed a new beautiful bulletin board hanging on the wall across from the fitness room. Built by Cathy Andre’s husband, the bulletin board, will soon come to life as the center of a new Resource Center providing the latest updates on Services available for seniors and their caregivers. The Resource Center will include 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. A limited number of Farmers’ Market Coupon booklets remain! Coupon booklets worth $25 in fresh produce from local Farmers’ Markets are still available for income eligible seniors*. Call Lisa Westrate while supplies last to schedule an appointment. *Individual: $1800/mo. or couple: $2426/mo. Please bring
proof of all income sources when you come to pick up your Coupon Booklets.
Medicare’s Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.
Make an appointment with a SHINE counselor now! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2015. During Medicare’s Open Enrollment, you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone….on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Contact the front desk at 978-762-0208 to schedule a SHINE appointment at the Danvers Senior Center. Be sure to bring your Medicare Card, Insurance Cards, and a list of your Prescriptions to your appointment. You may also call the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. Please leave a message and a counselor will return your call within two business days.