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.
8/2 Lake George & Saratoga Springs trip departs
8/4 Popcorn and a Movie, Woman in Gold, 1pm
8/5 Patio Party, 5pm
8/8 Cirque Eloize Show at Foxwoods trip departs
8/10 Fall Class Registrations begin
8/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
8/12 Patio Party, 5pm
8/14 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt.)
8/19 Patio Party, 5pm
8/26 Patio Party, 5pm
8/27 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am
8/29 Made in Massachusetts trip departs
Every Monday & Thursday 9-12 Kiosk for Living Well
Every Tuesday & Thursday Zumba—9:15-10am
($30/$42 for 12 sessions)
Every Thurs.—1:15-3 PM—Maple Sugar Jazz Band
No Friday Café for July and August
Hours Of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
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AUGUST 2015 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 12th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of August lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am August 11th. The July birthdays were from left: Connie Tordiglione, Dom Benedetto & Nazzaro Congley.
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 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.
Blood Pressure Clinics
By appointment. Judith Ryan, RN our new Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressure clinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 to book your appointment.
Our weekly “Patio Parties” will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM beginning on Wednesday, July 8th. We will be offering fresh cooked burgers and hot dogs (a Buck a Burger or a Dollar a Dog) as well as lemonade. Feel free to bring your own soft drinks (no alcohol allowed) and snacks! This is a great time to
meet new friends! Live entertainment each week sponsored by Brentwood Rehabilitation and Health Care.
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.
and then click under “Need an Account”.
Operation Troop Support Items for August
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of August: Flip-flops, soups, shower wash, razors & toiletry items and as always personal size hygiene items.
Mr Fix It
Do you have any portable fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, August 27th 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 27th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. August 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.
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.
August 5 – “Exercise & Water, the Importance of Hydration” – As we age, it becomes increasingly important to adhere to good senior wellness practices. Dehydration is one of the most common health problems in older adults because we lose our ability to distinguish when we’re thirsty as we age. Join Twin Oaks (the Genesis facility here in Danvers) to discuss the importance of hydration and provide wellness tips on how to stay properly hydrated during the hot summer months.
August 12 – Liberty Mutual presents Senior Driving: Safe Driving Tips. Liberty Mutual is pleased to partner with industry leaders to provide robust tools, resources, information and guidance to help keep senior drivers safe on the road and maintain their mobility when driving is no longer an option. Join Jessica Wrigley for an educational seminar where you will learn a few tips and tricks that are just for you! Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a few fun giveaways as well. You won’t want to miss it. See you there!
August 19 - Dr. Susan Pursell will discuss what happens when women age and how their bodies change. Some of the main concerns are incontinence and prolapse. Both of these are very prevalent in society, but most people choose not to talk about it. There are many different options to help treat the conditions.
September 23 - Please join us for a sweet look at the history and health benefits of chocolate. To fully experience this presentation, samples will be provided. Hosted by Diana Butler and Andrea D'Amato of RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate. (Please sign up in advance so we have enough samples for everyone!!)
Medical Van Transportation
Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride978-762-0208
ATTENTION ALL RIDERS!!
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!
Café closed for the Summer
The café will be closed during July and August. As always, BINGO will still be played every Friday.
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. Is your house number clearly visible from the street? Per Mass. General Laws Chapter 148 Sec.59 homes and businesses must have their premises number visible from the street. This law is a result of the “911 System” when the
emergency phone call to the dispatcher shows the street address, but no other description. You may have installed a number, but if your home has been repainted this summer or has new siding, the number may not have been put back up. The Senior Center has numbers available free of charge. Call the Center at: 978-762-
0208 Ext. 106.Remember when you call 911 for an emergency every second counts for the EMT’s to locate your home as quickly as possible!
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.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP
**We’re taking a brief summer break for the month of August.** In September our group will resume our formerly regular time of 10:30am on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Looking ahead: This fall we will have visiting speakers from MAB/ Massachusetts Association for the Blind (Not to be confused with MCB/
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind), Visions of Independence and Misty Kits (Unique texture-based quilting kits designed for people with vision loss.) Enjoy your summer! I look forward to getting together in September!
Challenge of Living Alone (CLA)
During its seemingly dormant state over the last few months, the CLA group has been undergoing a metamorphosis. A CLA planning Team has been meeting over the last few weeks to develop an itinerary & resource that meets the needs of those who are living alone in one way or other. From our brainstorming sessions we have come up with a number of topics, speaker ideas, and group projects to incorporate into the group over the next year. This month’s group, open to anyone looking for support in solo-survival will provide a sample experience of the direction this group is headed. On Wednesday, August 19th, at 10:30am, a Danvers resident who lives alone will share with us how she manages to prepare healthy meals for one. Not only has Moneveh Peters, found a time saving way to get fresh variety into her diet, she has seen remarkable improvements in her health, energy level, and overall sense of wellbeing. This is not an advertisement for a kitchen appliance. This is an advertisement to relay the message that there may be solutions out there that can make something burdensome or challenge not quite so overwhelming. Moneveh will demonstrate how to use a simple kitchen appliance and provide samples for those who would like to partake.
Our Monthly Team Challenge: Please bring one (or more) tips you’ve found helpful in making preparing meals for one easier. We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Help Us Learn More About Sleep!
If you are: 55-70 years old Non smoker Healthy and taking no medication You may be eligible for a 37-day sleep research study at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. There will be a 4-6 week screening period. Must be willing to spend 37 day consecutive days and nights in our facility. Receive up to $7,775 Call 617-525-8719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club
The Walking Club meets at the John George Park on River Street every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM. New members are always welcome, so put on your walking shoes and join us! If you have questions, call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104
Telephone 411 Directory Assistance Surcharge Exemption for Seniors
By Bob Mahoney, President, Dennis Friends' Group
The elimination of residential white page phone books has reduced paper and ink use, saving phone companies a large expense. And by gaining regulatory approval to charge a fee, $2.49 is added to the monthly bill for each 411 directory assistance request. This addition also increases the taxable total of the monthly phone bill. While computer literate individuals can get numbers free at website, a large segment of the population, senior citizens and those with certain medical conditions, are beholden to directory assistance as the only means to obtaining an unknown but desired number. Fortunately, in Massachusetts, Representative George Peterson of Grafton, introduced an enabling bill "An Act regarding regulation of directory assistance" in 2013. The bill proposed to exempt from director assistance changes, "Customers who are certified handicapped or elderly." Hearings were held at the State House, modifications were made, and the bill became law. The Commonwealth remains the only state to allow exemption by age. The major phone companies serving Massachusetts have forms available for their customers to apply for the exemption. Comcast at 1-855-270-0379 and Verizon at 1-800-974-6006. The age exemption form requires the applicant be 65 or older. For Comcast, the customer must present a copy of a photo-identifying document "that includes date of birth or other proof of age." The medical disability exemption requires a "letter of eligibility" from your doctor, as regards physical disability, cognitive/intellectual disability or visual impairment.
We are looking for some volunteers to help with a new Food Program we are starting at the senior center with the help of the Greater Boston Food Bank. On the first Monday afternoon of the month we need help receiving and distributing bags of food to be donated to those in need. There is some light lifting required as well as a 2-3 hour commitment to the first Monday (11:30-2:30pm) of each month in order to make this program a success. Many hands make light work!
On occasion I get a request for a companion to travel to a doctor’s appointment with a senior, If that is something you would be willing to do on occasion please call.
Also we are looking for someone to volunteer at lunchtime in the kitchen a couple of days a week helping to set up serve and clean up at our meal site. Please come in to the center and see Cathy to fill out an application and fill out a CORI form. And please remember to check on neighbors and friends during the extreme heat and humidity.Make sure you drink plenty of water and slow down and take it easy when the weather gets too hot.
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, August 10th. 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, August 10th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is a free choice. All are welcome!
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
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.
The Kiosk for Living Well
Meet the Experts! Brenda the Million Hearts nurse can talk with you about your heart health and take your blood pressure on Monday August 10 from 9:30 -11:30am. Come say hi! Sylvia, our Mobility and Falls Prevention Counselor will work with individuals or groups at the Kiosk on Monday August 3 from 9:00am to Noon.
Come to the Kiosk! It’s open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon.
Popcorn & A Movie Join us on Tuesday, August 4th at 1 PM for “Woman in Gold” Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Plot: Jewish refugee Maria Altmann is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady in Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer, Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the
making. Based on a true story. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some thematic
elements and brief strong language. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if
you plan on attending.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 due to popular demand we are heading back to“Castle & Island and Sullivan’s” Depart
at 10:30 AM for Castle Island in South Boston and enjoy the walkways, the view of Boston Harbor and the skyline,
Fort Independence. Lunch (on your own) at Sullivan’s. Return to Danvers approx.. 3 PM Cost: $10 FDCOA/
Members $12 non members.
Learn to coupon with Judi
Did you know that you can save 30-80% on your groceries? You can spend as little as 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 (beginning Monday, August 3rd) from
10:30-11:30 AM to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.
Farmers Market Coupons are Finally Here!
Fresh local produce available for FREE for individuals with income less than $1800/mo or couples with less than
$2426/mo. How can you get yours? If you haven’t already requested to have FMC reserved for you, call the front
desk at the Senior Center at 978-762-0208 to request your name & phone # be added to the list. FMC will be
distributed every Monday in August from 9am-12pm at the Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome on those days but
if you have any time constraints you can make an appointment with Lisa Westrate for that day or another day if
necessary. Please bring proof of ALL sources of income to your appointment. Here is the tentative distribution