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

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AUGUST 2017 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 9th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of August lunch is on us! July birthdays were from left: Dom Benedetto, Carol Hood, Nick Martino & Cheryl Liacos-Halstead. Please call & register by August 8th 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”.  


Patio Party Kick Off

Our weekly “Patio Par ties” will be held on Wednesday evening from 5-7pm from July 12th—August 30th. 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 will be sponsored by Brentwood Rehab & Health Care.


Special Thank You!

We would like to thank Aberdeen Home Car e who sponsored our first Patio Party of the season.


Patio Party Finale

The last Patio Party of the season will be held on Wednesday, August 30th at 5 PM. Aberdeen Home Care will be sponsoring this event. Menu will include: Ian’s Marinated Steak Tips, Rice Pilaf, Summer blend mixed veg., Summer Berry Trifle. This is a ticked event. The cost for this event is $5.00 per person and you must signup/pay in advance to receive your ticket. Entertainment will be Jim Moses. Aberdeen will also be

hosting a blood pressure clinic. Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 14 at 10 AM.


Senior CharlieCard Day

Hosted by Senator Lovely & Representative Speliotis. Friday, August 4th 8:30-11 AM at the Danvers Senior Center. To participate you must be at least 65 years old and bring a valid, state-issuedphoto ID that includes date of birth. If you currently have a Senior CharlieCard that is about to expire, you can renew it over the phone by calling 617-222-3200. If you currently have a Senior CharlieCard that is expired, you must reapply in person at this event or at the CharlieCard store in Boston.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 16th and 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!


Bocce Anyone?

The DCOA Bocce League meets every Tuesday (weather permitting) at the Senior Center from 10

AM – 12 Noon. Stop by and play or just come and cheer on the players. All are welcome.

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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. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Are you left in the dark because your lamp doesn’t work? Is your toast not toast? Br ing any

item which does not work properly to Mr. Fix-It and we will evaluate and repair if possible. Mr. Fix It will be at the Senior Center on Thursday, August 31st from 9am-11:30am. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 31st, please do not drop off your items until Wed. August 30th. 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.

NOTICE OF INCREASE Effective April 1, 2017, the transportation donation for Danvers residents age 60 or older and/ or disabled Danvers residents under the age of sixty will be as follows: $1.50 each way ($3 round trip) donation for appointments within Danvers $2.50 each way ($5 round trip) donation for appointments to the adjoining communities of Peabody, Beverly and Salem. Boston Medical rides will increase $28 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Lahey Burlington rides will increase $18 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Gordon College Mobility Program, Wenham will increase $6 each way ($12 round trip). People living in Assisted Living Facilities will increase to $12 each way ($24 round trips).

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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.

8/2 Patio Party, 5pm

8/4 CharlieCard, 8:30-11am

8/9 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

8/8 Popcorn & a Movie, 1pm

8/9 Patio Party, 5pm

8/11 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

8/15 Ice Cream Social, 12:45pm

8/16 Bingo Bonanza! At Brentwood 11am-2pm

8/16 Patio Party, 5pm

8/17 Lobster Bake day trip departs

8/23 Patio Party, 5pm

8/30 Patio Party, 5pm

8/31 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am


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)

AUGUST 2017 - Save The Date

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO!            

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.


8/9 DanversCARES About You! - DanversCARES is a community partnership focused on helping youth and families make healthy decisions, reducing substances use, and supporting a safe and healthy community. Come meet Peg and Lyle, and learn about the work they do in Danvers! This ranges from coordinating opportunities for young people to bringing the community together in a united effort to address substance abuse at our Light the Night Purple Walk. You hear about the opiate overdoes epidemic problem in the news all the time, but do you know what is going on in your own community to help drug prevention efforts? Do you know what youth these days are actually involved in? Do you have children or

grandchildren that might want to be connected with some of our innovative programs? Join us for an interactive presentation on DanversCARES and our community partnerships. DanversCARES will offering a series of presentations at this year's Timely Topics at the Council on Aging. Coffee and Free DanversCARES tote bags to the first 25 people! 8/30 Trivia w/Jen – Jennifer Tineo of Genesis Health Care/Twin Oaks will be here for a morning of fun trivia.


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 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 and volunteers are available to install them. Remember when you call 911 for an

emergency every second counts for the EMT’s to locate your home as quickly as possible.



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 questions about the Low Vision support group or the CLA group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105).


Low Vision Support Group We will take a brief summer break from meeting in August and will resume our regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in September. Our next meeting will be on September 14th at 10:30am.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. If you have questions about this group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 x105.


Join us at Hunt Nursing & Retirement (Lindall Street)

Wednesday, August 9th from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of Paul Hardy,

Wednesday, August 23rd from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of The Harmony Sisters

Wednesday,  August 30th from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of Julie Zelski.

There is no charge for this, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Limited transportation is

available, please ask about it when you register.


Medicare Coverage of Diabetes Supplies

Some diabetic supplies are covered under Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) rather than Medicare Part D (Drug Plans). These include: blood sugar (glucose) test strips and testing monitors, lancets and lancet devices, insulin pumps and glucose control solutions for checking the accuracy of testing equipment and test strips. These products are covered under Part B as durable medical equipment and must be purchased with a doctor’s prescription from a Medicare-approved supplier or pharmacy. Not all pharmacies realize these supplies should be billed to Medicare Part B.

In addition, some pharmacies, especially those that are not part of a large retail chain, may not participate in Medicare Part B and therefore cannot bill the purchases to Medicare Part B. Always ask if your pharmacy participates in Medicare Part B before purchasing diabetes supplies. For further questions regarding Medicare Part B coverage of diabetes supplies, please contact the Danvers Council on Aging SHINE counselor at 978-726-0208 or call 781-388-4845.


Popcorn & Movie

Join us on Tuesday, August 8th at 1 pm for “Beauty & The Beast” Plot: Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Starring: Emma Watson. Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for some action violence, peril and frightening images. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on attending.


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.


Blood 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.


Medical transportation is available to Danvers residents age 60 or older, and/or disabled Danvers residents under the age of sixty. It is suggested that residents make transportation requests as early as possible for scheduling purposes. 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. Individuals in wheelchairs can be accommodated. The suggested transportation donation is $1.50 each way ($3 round trip) donation for appointments within Danvers and $2.50 each way ($5 round trip) donation for appointments to the adjoining communities of Peabody, Beverly and Salem. For ease of donations, we are offering seniors the option to purchase a donation punch card for $30. You may purchase a donation card at the front desk. Please call Lorene to schedule a ride at 978-762-0208.


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, PH. D. Leader


Walking Club—Welcome Spring!!

Are you ready to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Our Walking Club will be meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10 AM (weather permitting). We walk on the path at the Senior Center/Highlands School. If you haven’t seen it, directly across from our front door is a path with a

wooden bridge that connects to the paved walking path at the Highlands School. This is very convenient as there is plenty of parking and access to facilities at the Senior Center. Each lap is between 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile.


Kiosk for Living Well

Bring your nutrition questions about maintaining a healthy heart to The Kiosk on Monday August 14th. The Healthy Hearts nurse will be in the house between 9:30 and 11:30. You can also check in at The Kiosk with Sylvia and Dacise who will work with you on improving balance to avoid the risk of falling. They'll be at the Kiosk on Monday, August 21st between 9:00 and Noon. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon.


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 (August 7th & 21st from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.


Crazy Cards

There will not be Crazy Cards in August. We will resume on Monday, September 11th. Have a wonderful summer.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, August 14th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Free choice. All are welcome!


The Danvers Council on Aging is purchasing a bench for the Walking Path at the Highlands School. The cost for the bench is $2000. If you would like to make a donation  toward the cost, you may drop your donation in the box at the front desk. Any amount is appreciated to help offset the

cost of this bench. As you know, our Walking Club utilizes this path and the bench will be greatly appreciated by all.


Coloring 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


Parkinson’s Fitness & Movement

Along with the Wednesday morning (10:30-11:30 AM) class we have added a Friday class also. 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 ext 104.



Did you know that you can get current updates on activities, classes, etc. just by liking us on Facebook? We update on a regular basis any changes/additions in our activities and on any programming. Search for us at : Danvers Council on Aging and Senior Center, click Like, and you will be kept up to date!


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



The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival; we meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. Feel free to invite someone who you think might benefit from the group.On July 20th, we will do something a little different. We will head over to Endicott Park for a summer stroll. We will meet at the Senior Center at 12:45pm to carpool over to the Park. If you plan to come, please let Lisa Westrate or Madeline Deland, the group volunteer caller, know if you plan to come by July 19th so we will look for you

before leaving the senior center.



We have a Mrs. Fix-It!!!! Come in on the 2ND or 4TH Wednesday of the month from 10:00-11:30 to meet with Denise and discuss any alterations, hemming etc. you may need. There is a charge for materials only.


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  ideas 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.


Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather

Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hotday.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.

Protect your face with a wide- brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly andoften, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.

Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic heat.

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not

cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

Check with your community for information about possible local ‘cooling centers’.

Coverwindows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.

Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection

Factor) rating. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Check on family, friends and neighbors.



Our group will take a brief summer break for the month of August. In September, we will continue our regular monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. See you on September 28th! The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival. If you have if you have questions about this group, or would like to be added to the group call list, please contact Lisa Westrate, Group

Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 x105.



What are Farmers Market Coupons? FMC are coupon booklets worth $25 of Fresh local produce available for FREE for Seniors! (We have two FMC programs available this year. Even if you may have been over-income for the coupons in the past, you might qualify though the new program sponsored by Lahey Behavioral Health. How can you get a FMC coupon booklet? Lisa Westrate will be available on Mondays from 9-12:30 until they  are gone. You can also call Lisa at 978-762-0208 x105 to make a quick 10 minute appointment. The DANVERS FARMERS MARKET is open on Wednesdays from 4-7pm in the Parking Lot across from Town Hall. If you need TRANSPORTATION to the Danvers Farmers Market, call the Senior Center to schedule a ride.