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.
1/1 Senior Center Closed—Happy New Year
1/2 No Café or BINGO
1/5 Special Interest Classes Begin
1/8 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am
1/13 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
1/13 Travel Chef, 12pm
1/14 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
1/19 Senior Ct Closed—Martin Luther King Day
1/27 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
1/29 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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JANUARY 2015 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, January 14th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of January lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on January 13th. The December birthdays were from left: Barbara Knight, Pat Small. Not pictured: Tom Fletcher.
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
The staff of the Danvers Council on Aging would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy & Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
SOCIAL SENIOR’S SUPPORTIVE ADULT DAY PROGRAM
The Danvers Council on Aging is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for participation in our unique Supportive Day Program. This program provides a variety of engaging activities designed to promote socialization with other seniors in a safe and nurturing environment. The advantages are numerous and have provided benefits to both the participant and family member/caregiver alike. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience the program first hand. Financial assistance is also available for Danvers residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information please call Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.
AARP Income Tax Assistance
Trained volunteers will be assisting seniors with preparing their income tax at the Danvers Senior Center, by appointment only, beginning Tuesday, February 9th through April 15th. Appoints will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 PM. Due to the high demand of appointments last year, Danvers seniors only may call to schedule their appointments now through January 20th. After this date all appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. Call the senior center at 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.
Traveling Chef Program
This month’s entrée will be Chicken Soulvaki with Tzatziki Sauce, Tomatoes & Onions, Lemoni Couscous, Fattoush Salad, Pita Bread & Greek Sugar Cookie. Join us on Tuesday, January 13th at 12pm. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person. Reservation by Monday, January 12th at 10am please.
The Evening Dinner
The next evening dinner will be held on Thursday, January 29th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be artichoke chicken wrapped in phyllo dough with a shallot mashed potato & glazed baby carrots, roll & brownie for dessert. The cost will be $7.00 for FDCOA members and $9.00 for non members. Tickets will go on sale Monday, January 12th at 10am.
Maple Street Bistro Luncheon (formerly the Log Bridge Inn)
The Maple Street Bistro at the new North Shore Regional Vocational School District (formerly Essex Aggie) is hosting a luncheon for the Danvers Council on Aging on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The cost is $8.00 per person (transportation is provided by the school). The bus will leave the senior center at 11 AM. You must pay in advance when you sign up. Limited to 24 people. Check only and should be made payable to FDCOA. Sign up will begin on Monday, January 12th at 10am.
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Operation Troop Support Items for January
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops,we will be collecting these needed items for the month of January: Cookies, candies & sweets & as always personal hygiene items. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.
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, Jan. 29th 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 29th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Jan. 28th. 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.
IRS Scam Alert
A caller says he is from the IRS and that you owe money to the IRS and that the IRS is going to put a lien on your house unless they receive payment immediately. This is a scam. Almost every contact with the IRS starts with a letter. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here is what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. The IRS can help you with a payment issue — if there really is such an issue. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (e.g., you’ve never received a bill or the caller made (some) bogus threats as described above), call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. If you’ve already been targeted by this scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant...and please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
The Kiosk for Living Well
How to Jumpstart the New Year! January is a surprisingly busy time catching up with the things we put aside for the holidays and so The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to have some fun while you set your 2015 priorities! Specialists are available to explore multiple aspects of health and wellness whether it's looking for ways to reduce your blood pressure, strengthening your mobility, or stretching your brain with some easy or hard (!) cognitive games. Meet with the Million Hearts nurse on Thursday January 8 between 9:30-11:30. Or meet with our MoveSafeMobility and Balance expert on Thursday, January 15th between 9:00 and Noon. The Kiosk for Living Well is open to everyone every Monday from 9:00 am to Noon and also every Thursday from 9:00 am to Noon.
The cold winter has settled in to stay awhile and we’re all turning up the heat. If you wonder whether you orsomeone you know may qualify for fuel assistance contact NSCAP at 978-531-0767 x113 to make an appointment. Alternatively, Danvers seniors who would like assistance with an initial application or recertification, can call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to make an appointment.
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. The Danvers Police recently reported the following Home Physical Scam on their website at www.danverspolice.com: An elderly male resident received a call from a subject attempting to set up an in-home physical at the resident’s home. The male appeared at the elder’s home and refused to produce any identification and fled. The suspect fled in a motor vehicle with Illinois plates. The contact number given to the potential victim was (770) 833-5401 which is out of service. Residents should be wary of unsolicited calls for any service. Call the Danvers Police if you have any similar situation or are unsure how to proceed. You can find this and other helpful news information from the Danvers Police by
going to the above website and clicking on the tab called: “DPD News Blog”.
SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 an appointment. Home visits are possible upon request.
If you have any questions about the Low Vision or CLA group or would like to receive a call from a group member
to inform you of upcoming events please call Lisa at x105.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. On January 8th bring an item (or two) that has
made a big difference in your life. Be prepared to tell a little bit about the item and hear from others about things
that might help you. CLA (Challenges of Living Alone) There will not be a meeting this month.
Did you fall into the Donut Hole last year?
Did you, or someone you know, suddenly pay high copays for prescripons that were previously low? You may have fallen into the Medicare Part D coverage Gap informally known as the Donut Hole. And it could happen again.
What does the Donut Hole mean for you? The coverage gap begins in 2015 when what you pay for your drugs, combined with what your Part D plan or Medicare Advantage Plan pays toward your drugs, reaches $2960. Then
you will be responsible for 45% of the retail cost of brand name drugs and 65%for generics. BUT there is help!
Prescripon Advantage, the Massachuses prescripon drug assistance program, can help pay for your prescripon drugs so your costs may not be higher than a given amount based on your income level. To enroll in Prescripon
Advantage you can 1.) Call 18002434636, opon #2, 2.) Enroll online at www.prescriponadvantagema.org , or 3.) Make an appointment with a SHINE counselor at the
We are looking for volunteers to make a daily phone call to a small number of seniors as a wellness check and friendly hello. This would be done each weekday around the same time each day. If you are interested please speak to Cathy or Lisa. Please remember to look after your neighbors who may need a little extra help during the next few cold and snowy months, it can be very isolating for frail seniors once the cold and snow show up around here.
If you know anyone who may like a friendly phone call please let us know.
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
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
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.
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. 9:30am-Noon. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, January 12th 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, January 12th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is Story of a Monument. All are welcome!
The Danvers Council on Aging would like to thank Sam Ciruolo who was the big winner of the 50/50 at our Holiday Party for generously donating his winnings back to the Senior Center.
Snow Cancellation Policy of the Danvers
Senior Center – The Senior Center (transportation, meals and programs) will be cancelled if the Danvers School System closes schools. If the school system has a delayed opening, all activities including transportation, prior to the time of delay will be cancelled. All school closing announcements are broadcast on local television stations as well as the radio station North Shore 104.9 (FM). If weather conditions occur during school vacation week, please call 978 762-0208 to receive updated cancellation information. The Council on Aging office will be open and staff available during inclement weather. As a reminder, it is important that you check in on “My Senior Center” on a daily basis so that if we need to change or cancel an activity, we will have an accurate listing of attendees. A feature of this program is that we are able to call people to let them know of any changes or cancellations.
Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears? Do you hear better with one ear than the other? Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a crowded room? Heidi Anderson of Mass Audiology will conduct a Hearing Screening on Thursday, February 19th from 10 AM-Noon (by appointment) to help answer those questions and any others you may have as well as a
free hearing aid clean and check. There is no charge, but please call 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment
The Danvers Council on Aging will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th due to the impeding snow storm. There will not be any transportation, home delivered meals, congregate meals or a supportive day program for Tuesday or Wednesday.