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.

Hours Of Operation

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

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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FEBRUARY 2017 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of February lunch is on us! January birthdays were from left: Pam Parkinson, Jane O’Connell, Pat Renault & Brenda Gomez. Please call & register by February 7th at 10am.

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 CLICKING HERE and then click under “Need an Account”.  



We are kicking off our 2017 National Accreditation process and would like to invite you to participate. Please join us on Wednesday February 15th at 10:30am for a brief PowerPoint presentation of the process and discussion on how you can help. Together we can legitimize our senior center as a professionally managed, relevant and vital resource for ALL older adults!


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 7th through Thursday, April 13th. Appointments will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 1-4 PM. All appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. Call the senior center at 978-762-0208 to schedule your appointment.


The Evening Dinner— Thursday, February 16th at 5pm.

The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be meatloaf with delmonico potatoes, green beans, roll & butter and a whoopie pie. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets are on sale now.


Travel Chef— Tuesday, February 28th at 12pm.

The entrée will be fettuccine bolognese w/fresh basil garnish, shaved parmesan cheese, caesar salad, garlic bread & carrot cake. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, February 27th at 10am please.


Seniors Serving Seniors— Tuesday, February 14th

At the Danvers High School from 9-10:30am sponsored by the Senior Class. There is no charge for this event, but please register by calling the center at 978-762-0208 by Friday, February 10th. Limited transportation is also available.

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Operation Troop Support Items for February

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of February: crossword puzzle books, word searches, brain teasers, playing cards and hand held electronic games. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Do you have a por table heater that needs to be cleaned and checked? If yes, br ing it to the Senior Center on Thursday, February 23rd from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix it. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 23rd, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Feb 22nd. 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.

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!

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Check in and you may win a prize!!!!

Are you using your card to check in on “My Senior Center” at the front desk every time you come to the center for a class, trip, activity or to enter your volunteer hours? There is a new category titled “Raffle”. Every day that you are at the Senior Center and check in, remember to touch on the Raffle option on the first page and you will earn an entry into the Raffle. A random winner will be selected on the first business day of each month to ensure that all entries from the previous month are included. The first drawing will be on Tuesday, November 2nd. So remember to check in on the computer each time you are here beginning in October. If you don’t have a card, stop by the front desk and we’ll be happy to get you one!

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.

Prescription Drug Costs too High?

Look into the Extra Help program from the Social Security Administration! You may be eligible to apply for Extra Help in meeting pr escription drug costs… and you can be a homeowner and still potentially qualify for this program. Benefits for 2016 include drug co-pays as low as $2.95 for generics and $7.40 for brand name drugs. An Extra Help application can be completed anytime during the year. If you want assistance or want to apply, contact the SHINE program at 978-762-0208. Social Security contact information: 1-800-772-1213 or apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.

2/3 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

2/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

2/9 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

2/10 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

2/14 Seniors Serving Seniors at DHS, 9-10:30am

2/20 Senior Center Closed, President’s Day

2/23 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

2/28 Travel Chef, 12pm


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

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)


Every Thursday—Blood Pressure Clinic, 8:30am-11:30am (by appt. only)


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 (Note: no waffles)

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For a printable copy of our FEBRUARY 2017 newsletter, please click here.

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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. Here are some safety tips to remember while shopping:

- Try not to carry a large wallet or purse. Take only the credit/debit cards and cash you expect to use.

- Make sure you receive your card back after each transaction.

- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers and Customer Service contact numbers at home in the event the cards are lost or stolen.

- Keep cash in a front pocket to minimize the opportunity of being pick-pocketed.

- Take note of where you parked your car. Always park in well-lit areas at night, or near other vehicles during the day.

- Don’t leave shopping bags or packages in your vehicle in plain sight. If you can't take them with you, always lock them in the trunk!

- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At certain times of the year, “con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings."

These tips come from the Danvers Police Department. For information regarding the police and its calendar of events for the month, look at www.danverspolice.com or call their business line 978-774-1213. Remember, if an emergency, call 911.



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.



This group is for those experiencing any type of vision loss ranging from a small degree of vision loss to those who are totally blind. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On 2/9 we will receive a visit from a representative from MassEDP. The Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program provides adaptive telephone equipment to people who have difficulty using the telephone due to issues such as hearing loss or vision loss. This enables you to have the opportunity to enjoy clear, independent phone communications and the ability to contact 911 in the event of an emergency. The specialized telephone equipment is offered to people with a permanent disability for little or no cost, depending on income level. These disabilities include: deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, motion, cognitive, and speech. Join us in February to learn about how to qualify and acquire equipment.



On Thursday, 2/23 at 1pm, we will be joined by Lisa Anastos, Esq. Currently employed by a national managed-care company, Lisa’s broad experience includes Senior Services and her ongoing Private General Practice in areas such as wills, divorce, legal contracts, etc. She will be available to answer questions you bring on the 23rd, but better yet, if you have an issue you know ahead of time you'd like her to cover, submit your question to Lisa Westrate at the Senior Center. You can also send an email to LWestrate@danversMA.gov 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.


For more information, or to be added to the phone list for either Support Group contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach Worker at 978-762-0208 x105


Volunteer Opportunities

WE NEED OUR VOLUNTEERS MORE THAN EVER! Did you know that the 60+ population is the fastest growing segment of the population? The growing need for transportation to our senior population is placing an ever increasing demand on our Transportation Program. During FY2016 over 15,330 rides were provided to various locations including medical appointments, physical therapy, dialysis, adult and social day programs, shopping, banking, errands and other social activities. Many rides that cannot be accommodated by our vans because of availability could easily be accommodated in a personal vehicle. In response to this increasing need we are piloting a new “Volunteer Driven” Transportation Program by

replicating similar programs running successfully all over the country.


Those of us who are able to continue driving cannot fully comprehend the loss of independence felt when one is no longer able to drive. Having options available to these individuals will greatly assist in making the transition to a “non-driving” life easier. Mileage reimbursement, excess automobile liability, and training/supervision will be available. If you think you would like to help us to provide this important service, please call Cathy Andre, Volunteer Coordinator at (978) 762-0208 for more information.


Highlands School will be visiting!!

The 5th Graders are coming. Please join us on Fridays (March 3, 24, 31; April 7, 28 and May 5 & 12) 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!


North Shore Elder Services Option Counselor

Knowing what options are available to you and your family at difficult points in your loved one’s life isn’t always easy. North Shore Elder Services provides individuals and caregivers with options counseling at any time. Our compassionate and educated counselors are able to meet with you at home, the hospital, a nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or even a community site to speak with you. You do not have to meet any income guidelines or be of a certain age to meet with our Options Counselors. An Options Counselor from North Shore Elder Services is available at the Danvers Council on Aging on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.


Pressure Clinics – By appointment.

Judith Ryan, RN our Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressure clinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 x114 to book your appointment.


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host distr ict hour s at the Danvers Council on Aging from 11:30am-12:30pm on Monday, February 6th. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by phone at 617-722-1410 or by email at joan.lovely@masenate.gov The Senators office offers a range of constituent services to residents of the Second Essex District. If you have any questions or concerns regarding state government, please feel free to contact her or her staff.


Kiosk for Living Well

Come to the Kiosk in February! The Healthy Hearts nurse will be on site one day before Valentine’s Day on Monday February 13th between 9:30 – 11:30. Get a  Healthy Hearts checkup during the month that’s dedicated to everyone’s heart! Sylvia the Fall Prevention specialist will be at the Centeron Monday February 6th between 9:00 – Noon to do balance assessments and to demonstrate leg-strengthening exercises. She works with people at all levels of mobility. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon

See you there!



Fuel Assistance is available for those whose income is less than $34,001 for an individual or $44,463 for a household of two. To apply call NSCAP directly at 978-531-0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa also makes home visits, if necessary, upon request. November 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017


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.



Join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 1 PM for “Sully” – On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Tom Hanks. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some peril 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.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, February 15th 11am-2pm at Brentwood

Brentwood is generously sponsoring a Bingo Bonanza for the Danvers Senior Center to be held at their newly beautifully renovated facility at 56 Liberty Street in Danvers. This event which will be held on Wednesday, February 15th will include bingo with amazing prizes as well as lunch for those attending. RSVP to the Senior Center at 978-762-0208. The Center will provide a shuttle to get everyone back and forth as parking is limited at their site. Join us for this fun event!


Travel Talk – Thursday, February 16 at 5 PM.

Meet Vincent Brown of Collette Vacations and learn more about the amazing trip to the Pacific Northwest featuring the San Juan Islands and Victoria – Trip includes r/t air, transportation to/from Logan airport. Highlights include Seattle, San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Victoria, Port Angeles, Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest & much more. Cost: From $3,999 p.p., d.o. There is no charge for this, but please register in advance by calling the center at 978 762-0208.


Online registration for March classes

Click here for a list of classes scheduled to begin in March. We encourage you to sign up on-line. To register for programs, you will need to first set up an account for your household. This must be done by everyone regardless of previous activity with the Danvers Council on Aging. This 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 system. You can do that by logging into www.dcoa.org, then click under “Need an Account”. This will walk you through the process and then you will be ready to go when it is time to register! If you need any assistance please call the Senior Center and we will schedule a time to assist you. As always, you can come into the senior center to register.


DCOA Class Refund Policy:

You may cancel your enrollment in a program/class prior to the program’s start date and request a refund. The cost of the program/class minus a $5.00 processing fee will be refunded. A refund will be issued in the form of a creditto the credit card you registered with or as a check. Registration fees are nonrefundable if cancelled on or after a  program start date. The Danver s Council on Aging cannot refund fees requested on or after a star t date of a

program, or for sessions missed due to personal illness or other personal situations.


Brightview Danvers

Brightview Danvers is excited to partner with the Danvers Senior Center to host a fun morning of jewelry making at their Senior Living Community at 50 Endicott Street in Danvers on Friday, February 24th at 10 AM. Assisted Living Manager Mandee Michael will teach you how to make your own custom necklace from her beautiful selection of beads. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event, but you must register in advance by calling  the Senior center at 978 762-0208 as we can only take 10. Transportation will also be available from the Senior Center.


Danvers Community Access Television is inviting the community to help shape the local vision for cable, media and technology in Danvers. Bring your ideas and learn more about current and new opportunities available to our community. Attend any session that works for your schedule:

March 15th 10:00am-12:00pm Local Government Departments, Agencies and Boards

March 15th 3:00pm-5:00pm Education, Youth and Sports

Meeting at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Gordon Room 15 Sylvan Street Danvers MA


March 16th 11:00am-1:00pm Social, Human, Health Services & Faith-Based Organizations and Seniors

March 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm Community, Arts, Culture, Music and Heritage Groups

Meeting Danvers Community Access Television 87 Elm Street, 2nd floor, Danvers MA

Catered event with prizes.

See schedule and sign-up information at



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 (February 6th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information. Note: February 20th is Presidents’ Day so there will not be a class.


Crazy Cards

A fun way to play whist! A game of fun and laughs! Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Pr izes awarded each week. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, February 13th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 members/$3.00 non members.


Book Club 

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, February 13th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Romance. All are welcome!



Mondays from 10-11 AM. According to psychologists, coloring is the best alternative to meditation. Coloring allows you to unlock your creative potential. Perhaps more important, it helps relieve tension and anxiety. It also unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times. All supplies are provided. Join us!!


Parkinson’s Fitness & Movement

Along with the Wednesday morning (10:30-11:30 AM) class we also offer a Friday class. Friday classes are from 1-2 PM. Do you have Parkinson’s Disease? If so, this exercise class is for you. Linda Hall and Marilyn Freeman of Parkinson’s Fitness will lead you through a variety of customized exercise to improve balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength-training by ability levels. There is no charge for this as the Wednesday class is generously sponsored by Genesis Health Care at Hathorne Hill, and the Friday class is generously sponsored by Parkinson’s Fitness. Please call Paula to register at 978-762-0208.


Circle of Hope

Does someone close to you (spouse/partner, child, grandchild, or trusted caregiver) withhold your medication, use your money without permission, limit your phone calls, or tell you when or where you can go? Do you feel that nothing you ever do or say is “right?” If so, you are not alone. Are you looking to be among peers in a safe space to share your experience? Help us help you, by joining a free educational support group for seniors over 50 every Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at the Danvers Council on Aging. This group is completely confidential. The group is sponsored by CALL-NS, Confronting Abuse in Later Life-North Shore, a grant which aims to provide outreach and education around abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders fifty years and  over. For more information, contact: Carolyn Lewis at 978-624-2248


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 thatif 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.


Danvers Historical Society

Do you enjoy exploring Danvers history with today’s youth? The Danvers Historical Society’s education team needs your help. They are recruiting volunteers who enjoy exploring Danvers history with today’s youth. For the past thirty years the Danvers Historical Society volunteers have collaborated with Danvers elementary schools and Danvers Alarm List Company to present Danvers History Week for third graders each June. This very successful program introduces the students to their local history through on-site visits to Rebecca Nurse Homestead, Jeremiah Page House, Tapley Memorial Hall and Endicott Park (where they have their lunch break). The students engage in fun, hands-on activities. We invite you to attend one or more of these three orientation sessions at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St, Danvers.

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 10am-11:30am

Wednesday, Feb. 15th 10am-11:30am and 5:30pm-7:00pm

Stop in to learn more about the History Week Program, its activities, and consider the opportunity to volunteer and help us introduce local history to Danvers youth. For more information, please contact Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or visit www.danvershistory.org.


HELP! Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7th : I still have a problem!

“My Medicare drug plan is too expensive! Can I still change my Plan?”

If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan: between January 1 and February 14, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare (A & B), but you cannot switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan. However, you can join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and a supplement or “Medigap” Plan.

If you have Prescription Advantage you can change your drug plan one time per year.  If you have “Extra Help” to pay for prescription drugs or MassHealth, you can change every month.

“My new plan doesn’t cover one of my medications!” You are entitled to a “transition supply” -- a one month (30-day) refill. In the meantime, call your doctor to change medications. Use the new plan’s drug formulary to choose a medication that is on the list…(or you could change plans. See above.)

“My generic medication is now a Tier 4 and costs a lot more!”  Ask your doctor to contact the plan to request the previous Tier co-pay amount. (Or you could change plans.


For these and other questions about your options call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment with one of our SHINE counselors or you may contact a SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare) health benefits counselor at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1 -800-243-4636), then press or say 3. They offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance and are available to meet you in your town. Call SHINE is funded by the federal Administration on Community Living and is managed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local organizations.

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.


2/1 Dana Healy, Executive Director of Danvers Community Access Television, will be talking about the upcoming licensing process between Verizon and the Town of Danvers and how your input can impact the outcome. The funds from the new licensing agreement are used for non-profit purposes related to technology.

2/8 Trivia with Jen – Come join Jennifer Tineo of Genesis Health Care/Twin Oaks for a morning of fun trivia. 2/15 The DCOA is excited to kick off our 2017 National Accreditation process. We ar e cur rently one of only 200 senior centers nationally to achieve this distinction. There are several benefits to undertaking this challenge; the following are only a few:

1. Connect to the community: staff, participants, board members, aging service representatives and the community come

together to look at our senior center and compare it to national standards. Together, the center and the community identify

strengths and areas that need improvement and develop a strategy.

2. Develop a plan for the future- the aging baby boomer population is predicted to continue to grow until 2030. Developing a strategic plan will allow us to be prepared to meet the increasing demands of this growing population 3. Enhance senior center image- Accreditation creates an opportunity to establish our agency as a leader in positive aging by heightening awareness and showcasing excellence to funders, participants, families and other key people in the community.

2/22 Meet Officer Ellenton who will discuss the Danvers Police Department K9 unit and provide an overview of services Stryka provides. Officer Ellenton will describe real-life scenarios in which Stryka has responded and assisted and explain some of the training Stryka has undergone. Stryka will explain his ability to track persons and locate items. 3/8 Trivia with Jen – Come join Jennifer Tineo of Genesis Health Care/Twin Oaks for a morning of fun trivia. 3/22 Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud – Come meet Caroline Cole, a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program and participate in a discussion on how to prevent, detect, report healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. We all can have an active role in protecting Medicare for ourselves and future generation. This workshop will provide you with the tools to become a more informed and engaged health care consumer.


The Danvers Council on Aging along with Medical Reserve Corps Well Check Team is looking for individuals interested in having well check calls to insure your wellbeing.