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.
3/4 Timely Topics “Growing Older”, 10:30am
3/5 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
3/5 Kiosk Nurse, 9:30am-11:30am
3/10 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
3/11 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
3/11 St. Patrick’s Day Party, 5pm-7:30pm
3/12 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
3/12 Kiosk Falls Specialist, 9am-Noon
3/12 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am
3/19 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
3/19 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 10:30am
3/24 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
3/26 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
3/26 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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MARCH 2015 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of March lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am March 10th. The February birthdays were from left: Eleanor Newbegin, Betsy Katz, Peg Thomas, Herb Fish & Roz Masse.
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’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
Due to high demand this year, all tax assistance appointments here at the senior center are filled through April 15th. We currently have a waiting list and will still add to it, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to get an appointment. To find additional sites that may have openings please call 1-888-227-7669.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
Please join us on Wednesday, March 11th from 5pm-7:30pm for a Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner (Red Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Turnip and Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Max & Matt. Cost: $5 for FDCOA members & $7 for nonmembers. Reserved seating (tables of 8). If you are part of a group, please purchase all tickets at the same time to ensure you all sit together. Tickets on sale
now. (Sponsored by Putnam Farms of Danvers)
The Evening Dinner
The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be Chicken Pot Pie with Sweet Shallot Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Roll, Butter, & Strawberry Shortcake Cup for desert. The cost will be $7 for FDCOA members and $9 for non members. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 3rd at 10am.
Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging Scholarships
Did you know that one of the many benefits of being a current “Friend” of the DCOA is that you are eligible for any of the 10 scholarships awarded annually. These scholarships range from 8 individual $150 General
Scholarships that can be used for classes or trips offered at the senior center as well as two Life Long Learning scholarships for $500.00 each. Scholarship applications (as well as the guidelines) will be at the senior center office. Scholarships are awarded at the Annual Meeting in May and are good for one year.
and then click under “Need an Account”.
Operation Troop Support Items for March
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of March: Bring a soldier to the movies: new and used DVD’s and videos and microwave popcorn.
Mr Fix It
Do you have any portable heaters that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, March. 26th 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 26th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. March 25th. 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.
SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 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
The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. Join us on March 12, for an hour of fun & games! What do you like to do for fun? Come prepared to tell about something you do for leisure and what accommodations you may use to make it easier to do. Do you have a game or item that has been adapted for use by someone with low vision (for example: Large print playing cards)? If so, please bring it and we will play! As time allows we will also play a game to test your knowledge about issues related to vision loss.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone)
We are still working together to brainstorm ways better meet the need for those who do find it a challenge at times to live alone. If you have ideas, feedback, or would like to help, please join us on March 19th at 10:30am for a time of sharing and planning.
We are currently taking volunteer applications for our social seniors day care program. Days and times vary, no experience required, contact us for more info. We are looking for bingo callers! Friday mornings from 10-12, experience with bingo preferred but not necessary We are also looking for a Meals on Wheels driver a couple of days a week. Please call if
interested. You use your own car and must have an excellent driving record. A small stipend is provided. Please contact Cathy for any further information.
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.
MEDICARE FRAUD AND ABUSE…DID YOU KNOW…?
Over the past year, Medicare paid for health services for approximately51 million individuals at a cost of about $604 billion. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated that improper payments—some of which may be fraudulent—were almost $50 billion. Fraud, waste, and abuse contribute to the rising cost of health care. Taxpayer dollars lost to fraud, waste, and abuse affect all of us. You can help stop fraud and abuse by reviewing your Medicare statement (Medicare Summary Notice – MSN) or Part D Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to make sure Medicare is not charged for items or services you did not receive. If you have a question or concern regarding a Medicare claim, you should first discuss it directly with your physician, provider, or supplier that provided the service. Assistance is also available through the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), which is a group of trained volunteers who teach Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal information, identify and report errors on their health care statements and report fraud and abuse to the proper authorities. You can contact the Massachusetts SMP program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 1-800-892-0890. For further assistance with any Medicare issue, contact the SHINE Program. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. To make an appointment with the SHINE counselor here, please contact the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208. 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.
The 5th Graders are coming. Please join us on Fridays (March 6, 13, 27 & April 10 & 17) from 12-1 PM when the 5th grade students of the Highlands School Student Council visit the Senior Center. This is a great opportunity to interact with students (some of them may be your neighbor or grandchild!). The students will also be bringing Italian Ice for everyone. Come on in and support the kids, and while you’re here, why not enjoy a fresh Belgian Waffle or lunch entrée from our weekly café.
The Kiosk for Living Well
Come on Spring! The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to consider the long-awaited beginning of spring on March 20th! Come explore activities at the Kiosk by trying out something new and fresh. Come check out the Kiosk any Monday or Thursday where you can meet with Advisors and do almost anything! You could look over some new recipes, learn about a bus route to a new destination, or improve your balance with our Falls Prevention specialist, Sylvia. She will be at the Kiosk on Thursday March 12th from 9-Noon. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon. We want to see you there!
The cold winter has settled in to stay awhile and we’re all turning up the heat. If you wonder whether you or someone 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.
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, March 9th. 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, March 9th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is romance—fiction or non fiction. All are welcome!
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.
How to Obtain the Senior ‘Circuit Breaker’ Tax Credit
If you’re a Massachusetts property owner and are age 65+, you’d probably welcome a break on your property taxes. Dream on you say? Actually, such an option exists and, if you’re eligible, it’s yours for the taking. According to the MA Department of Revenue, some 957,000 residents 65 and older in the state are eligible to receive the tax credit. It’s called the Circuit Breaker, and according to this month’s AARP Bulletin, in 2012 more than 86,000 Massachusetts taxpayers claimed nearly $67 million in refunds under the program, according to the state Department of Revenue. The average refund in 2012 was $774. The Circuit Breaker refund acts the way an electrical circuit breaker would work, but here it prevents property taxes from exceeding an older person’s income and ability to pay taxes. Eligible taxpayers can file for the credit up to three years retroactively, so read the Bulletin story today and learn more about this valuable tax refund. Go to http://states.aarp.org/ma-tax/ Do you or someone you know need help managing tax time stress? Look no further than AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. A dedicated corps of volunteers provide face-to-face tax assistance and preparation services at more than 200 sites across the Bay State. To find a site near you, call toll free 1-888-227-7669.
Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am
Liz Matthews, Principal of the Highlands School will spend a few minutes prior to the Timely Topic
explaining the need for volunteers in the classrooms. There are many opportunities: reading with students, practicing early literacy skills and working with small groups of students.
March 4 – Growing Older: Staying Healthy & Happy – Sooner or later, we all must deal with changes, large and small, that come with aging. Come and explore some of the important things we can do to stay happy and healthy as we grow older. Topic include: Eat well and the importance of a diet rich in nutrients; stay active and how regular physical activity can help them stay independent; get enough sleep and how sleep is essential to good health. Presented by Doris Labbe of Bayada Home Health Care
March 11—Protect your home and assets against nursing home costs. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? Back by popular demand, Certified Elder Law Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman will discuss MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies, the five-year look back period and revocable living trusts. This presentation is ideal for seniors, the children of seniors, or anyone else interested in learning about Estate Planning and Asset Protection. Please be sure to RSVP to 978 762-0208 to reserve your space.
March 18th-Prescription Advantage - Each year thousands of seniors in Massachusetts reach the gap in their Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) that is often called the “donut hole.” This year, when Medicare beneficiaries (who do not get Extra Help) reach the donut hole, their Part D plan will pay 55% of covered brand name drugs and 35% of covered generic drugs. Although 55% coverage of a brand name drug might sound great, it’s really not that great if you take a brand name drug that costs $300. You will still have to pay $135!! This is where Prescription Advantage can help. Kathy Devine from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will be here to explain how Prescription Advantage can help to fill the hole in your Medicare prescription drug coverage. You won’t want to miss this important presentation!
Traveling Chef Program—Join us on Wednesday, March 4th at 12pm.
This month’s entrée will be a New England Tradition featuring clam chowder with oyster crackers, roast turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo, leaf lettuce & tomato, Kaiser roll, corn on the cob & a whoopee pie. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person.
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. During this tax season seniors need to aware of the following: Secretary of the
Commonwealth William F. Galvin recently joined the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in warning Massachusetts taxpayers about the rise of telephone tax scams. “With tax filing season upon us, my office has received a number of calls from people who have been contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS, telling them they are in tax trouble and offering help in resolving it,” Galvin said in a news release. “No matter how intimidating the caller sounds, you should never give personal information, like Social Security numbers or bank account numbers, over the telephone to a cold caller.” IRS commissioner John Koskinen said in the release that the IRS has seen a surge in these phone scams in recent months. “If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, its a scam artist calling,” Koskinen said. “The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through
the mail. Taxpayers have rights and this is not how we do business.” Galvin said the tax scammers are using the internet as well as the telephone.