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.

6/1 Family Festival Tickets on sale at 10am

6/2 Henry’s Dinner Tickets on sale at 10am

6/3 Danvers YMCA Luncheon

6/10 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

6/11 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

6/14 “We’re heading out to sea!” trip departs

6/23 Senior Picnic, 11am-2pm (no Zumba or Bocce practice)

6/24 The Drifters trip departs

6/25 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

June  2015 - Save The Dates  

Hours Of Operation

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

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

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)


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

If you would like our newsletter sent via e-mail every month send your email to: lmachado@mail.danvers-ma.org.

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JUNE 2015 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of June lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am June 9th. The May birthdays were from left: Toni Theriault and Lee Santisi.

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                                                              


Now being offered 5 days a week (Monday-Friday)

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 Pamela Parkinson at (978) 762-0208.


Traveling Chef Program

This month’s desert will be Summer Sundae Bar—chocolate or vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, whipped topping, sprinkles, crushed Oreos &  cherries. The entrée will be deviled egg salad over greens, pasta salad, Tuscan bean soup, fresh fruit and a whole wheat roll. Join us on Wednesday, June 10th at 12pm. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Tuesday, June 9th at 10am please.


Last Henry’s Dinner until the fall!!!

The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, June 18th. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be a grilled flank steak with a mild horseradish sauce served with a traditional potato salad, a grilled vegetable medley, roll & butter and Boston cream cupcake for dessert. The cost is $8 for FDCOA members and $10 for non members. Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 2 at 10am.


Family Festival Senior Picnic

The Family Festival Senior Picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:30 AM-2 PM at the Danvers Senior Center. Danvers residents age 60 and older are invited to enjoy a wonderful luncheon of hamburgers, hot dogs, sweet sausage, baked beans, cole slaw, warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Tickets are $6.00 FDCOA Members/$8.00 Non members and will go on sale Monday, June 1 at 10 AM. There will be open seating (both indoors and out) for this event. Entertainment by` Paul Wayne. The Kiwanis Club of Danvers will assist with cooking and serving as always! This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!!


Patio Parties

Will be starting before you know it. This year we will be hosting the Patio Parties on Wednesday evenings at 5 PM beginning Wednesday, July 8th. Family Festival Oldies Night is Wednesday July 1st (Rain Date August 5) from 6-9 pm in Danvers Square. The Square will be blocked off for your enjoyment. Limited tables and chairs available, please feel free to bring a lawn chair along. You don’t want to miss it!! Stop by the DCOA Triad table to find out what’s new.

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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Operation Troop Support Items for June

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of June: powdered drink mixes, such as Gatorade, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Tang or Mix.

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, June 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 not drop off your items until Wed. May 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. 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.

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June 3 – “Who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself?” Pam Taylor of Care Dimensions

will present a program that will empower you to advocate for your health care wishes with family,

friends and medical professionals, as well as providing practical tools for setting up advanced directives.


June 10 – “Wellness 65” “Wellness 65” Have you been looking for gluten free foods? Would you like to know how to spend 20% and 40% less on vitamins? Do you have questions about your medications and don't know who to ask? Why would someone have prescriptions delivered? All are welcome to stop by and learn more about programs available to save you time and money as well as enhance the quality of your life. The program will be presented by Rite Aid Wellness Ambassador.


June 17 – Great I’m Retired!—Now What Am I Supposed to Do? -Life Transitions are always hard, but Heather Benjamin LICSW, of Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, will walk you through those feelings of uncertainty many retirees feel. She will explore this post-retirement void that address quality of life, engagement, and self-actualization, and give tips to make this the best time of your life!


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. Come and learn more about the various programs of the Danvers TRIAD Council at the Active Older Adults Day at the Danvers YMCA on Pickering Street Wednesday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At the TRIAD table there will be:


- File of Life Cards

- Yellow Dot ID stickers for vehicle  emergencies

- ICE stickers for your cell phone “In Case of Emergency” contact info.

- Free numbers to be sure your home “Number is UP”


There will also be a demonstration of the Emergency Preparedness Bags available for use by any Danvers

senior residents who live alone and might find themselves in a situation requiring them to be “sheltered-in-place”. This alert could occur during a civil disturbance such as what happened in Boston in 2013 after the Marathon Bombings with an active shooter in the area, a tornado warning, a hazardous materials release, and as directed by police personnel. All are welcome to this event which includes a luncheon.



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.


CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA): UPDATE: The regular CLA group meeting routine will continue to take a break until September. In the meantime a CLA planning team has been meeting periodically 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. More ideas are welcome! Our next meeting is on June 10th at 10:30 am.


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On June 11th we’ll discuss foods that are beneficial for maintaining eye health while we sample a variety of colorful nutritious dishes. If you are interested in contributing to the menu, Joanne or Emmy will let you know what you can bring when they make their monthly calls.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a lovely butterfly garden at the center. If you have a green thumb and would like to help out with weeding and watering give Cathy a call. Our Patio Parties will be starting up in July and many hands make light work! If you would like to pitch in to help us serve and clean up call and we will put you on the list! Please remember your neighbors!! In the very hot summer months it would be wonderful if you would check in on your neighbors who may not have any air conditioning and may need a bit of help. Remind them to drink plenty of water and keep cool. Maybe help out with errands or shopping? Thank You!


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, June 8th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 FDCOA Members/$3.00 Non Members.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, June 8th 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

Have you visited your childhood home recently? Using Google Earth at the Kiosk we can place you on the street right in front of your childhood home. You could stroll neighborhood streets virtually to search for a former sweetheart’s home or the school where you attended first grade. Pique your curiosity and join us any Monday or Thursday morning to visit some favorite old locations! Brenda the Million Hearts nurse will meet with Kiosk visitors on Monday June 8th from 9:30 -11:30 am. Sylvia, our MoveSafe Counselor will lead groups or individuals through fall prevention techniques on Monday June 15th from 9:00am to Noon.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Danvers YMCA Active Older Adults & Pot Luck Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 11 AM-1:30 PM. Swim, take a class or use the Cardio Center. The auditorium is set up with informational booths, free screenings and giveaways. Potluck luncheon is at 12:15pm, if you have a favorite dish to share, bring it along. The Danvers Community YMCA is located at 34 Pickering Street. Please call 978-774-2055 with any questions.



Popcorn & A Movie Join us on Tuesday, June 9th at 1 PM for “The Imitation Game” Plot: During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross  indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. Based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma" written by Andrew Hodges. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on attending.


Do you like to play bridge and don’t have a partner?

Call the senior center at 978-762-0208 and leave your name and number and we will try and partner you up with someone. We offer open bridge playing every Tuesday from 12:30-4:30pm.


Staying Healthy with Medicare

Medicare provides a number of preventive services. These services are free whether you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, like an HMO. Some of these services include:

Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)


Pap tests and pelvic exams

Prostate cancer screening

Bone mass measurements

Cardiovascular screening

Flu and pneumonia shots

Alcohol misuse screening and counseling

Depression screening

Obesity screening and counseling


There are very specific rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services. For a

complete list of free preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor. 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.



Keith Hall and his wife Linda (a certified exercise instructor herself) established their local ability-based exercise program two years ago. Weekly classes help participants challenge themselves and other members to increase endurance, strength, coordination, balance, self-confidence, and cognitive awareness using seated and upright exercises aided by varied manual equipment. Incorporating music during sessions enhances rhythmic body movement. Singing together and practicing different kinds of speech patterns aids voice projection and breathing and helps lessen the expressionless facial appearance often associated with Parkinson’s. Classes provide welcoming, non-intimidating locations where resourcing and social interactions are freely shared with others who understand the questions, fears, frustrations, and triumphs associated with working against a tough opponent. Classes are held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street. There is no charge for this program as it is generously sponsored by  Genesis HealthCare (Hathorne Hill).


“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


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 sleepstudy@partners.org


The Little Black Dress with Bill Graham at Hathorne Hill

The Little Black Dress is a unique program that combines a program of floral designs complementing interesting fashion accessories and flavored with a vision of Coco Chanel. Bill will accessorize the Little Black Dress from office to black tie. He will also create floral designs to complement each of the looks. This event will be held on Thursday, June 4 at Hathorne Hill (15 Kirkbride Drive) from 4:45 to 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. To register, please contact Pam Wall at 978 551-3656 or Pamela.wall@genesishhc.com


The Kiosk for Living Well

Have you visited your childhood home recently? Using Google Earth at the Kiosk we can place you on the street right in front of your childhood home. You could stroll neighborhood streets virtually to search for a  former sweetheart’s home or the school where you attended first grade. Pique your curiosity and join us any Monday or Thursday morning to visit some favorite old locations! Brenda the Million Hearts nurse will meet with Kiosk visitors on Monday June 8th from 9:30 -11:30 am. Sylvia, our MoveSafe Counselor will lead groups or individuals through fall prevention techniques on Monday June 15th from 9:00am to Noon.

Come to the Kiosk! It’s open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon.

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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!