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.
12/3 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
12/3 Popcorn & a Movie, "Grown Ups"
12/5 Home for the Holidays trip
12/10 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
12/10 Christmas Tree Shop & lunch at New Ship
12/11 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
12/13 Senior Ctr Holiday Event, 12:30pm-3pm
12/13 No Café or Bingo
12/17 through 1/3/14 Registration for Jan classes
12/17 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt
12/17 Peabody Essex Museum
12/24 No Zumba
12/24 Senior Center Closes at 12pm
12/25 Senior Center Closed—Merry Christmas
12/26 No Maple Sugar Jazz Band
12/27 No Café
12/31 No Zumba
12/31 New Year’s Eve Party, 12pm-2pm
1/1 Senior Center Closed—Happy New Year
December 2013 - Save The Dates
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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DECEMBER 2013 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wed, Dec 11th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of Dec., lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on Dec. 10th. The November birthdays were from left: Marie Deschamps, Maurice Pelletier, Moneveh Peters & Judy Cummings
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
8am—9:30am Daycare Pick-ups Only
9:30am—1:45pm Senior Medical Rides to Danvers, Salem, Peabody and Beverly.
10:00am—11:30am Lunch Pick-ups
12:30pm Shoppers (from Sr. Center)
1:00pm Center returns after lunch
2:00pm Shoppers Returned Home
3:00pm Daycare Returns only
Transportation leaves for a shopping location from the Senior Center at 12:30pm. The schedule is as follows:
Mon: Target at Liberty Tree Mall or Market Basket,Danvers
Tue: Market Basket, Middleton
Wed: Stop & Shop (Rte 1/62), Danvers
Thu: Shaw’s in Peabody or North Shore Mall, Peabody
Fri: Market Basket, Danvers
PLEASE NOTE: The limit is 2 canvas bags per persononly. All shoppers need to be ready for a return ride homeby 2pm. Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to book a ride.
The staff of the Danvers Council on Aging would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
Annual Holiday Party
Get in the Holiday Spirit by spending a fun filled afternoon with friends. Please join us to celebrate the joy of the Holiday Season at our Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 13th. Social hour with appetizers and entertainment by Mike Kirsch from 11:30am-12:30pm. Luncheon menu of roasted butternut squash salad with warm cider vinaigrette, pork loin with fig and port sauce, roasted root vegetables, festive rice pilaf with cranberries and almonds. Dessert will include homemade apple crisp a la mode. Reserved seating for tables of 8. Tickets on sale now. Cost is $10 FDCOA member and $12 non
New Year’s Eve Day Brunch
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12 -2 PM - Please join us to help ring in the New Year. Delicious brunch including: assorted vegetable “lazy man” quiche with home fries, bacon and a breakfast danish and fudge, cream cheese and walnut brownies for dessert. Brunch will be provided by Henry’s of North Beverly. Entertainment provided by Dave & Sandy. Back by popular demand! Tickets are $7.00 for FDCOA members and $9.00 non members. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, December 4th at 10am.
North Shore Vocational School Luncheon
The Log Bridge Inn at the North Shore Vocational school is hosting a luncheon for the Danvers Council on Aging on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Cost is $8.00 per person (transportation is provided by the school). The bus will leave the Senior Center at 10:45 AM. You must pay in advance when you sign up. Limited to 19 people. Come in and sign up beginning on Monday, Dec. 16th. Checks only and should be made payable to DCOA.
Danvers Holiday Festival
Please join us for the 15th Annual Danvers Holiday Festival! Saturday, December 7th from 2pm—5pm. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the festivities, Santa arriving by fire truck and the lighting of the tree in the square! The Danvers Downtown Improvement Committee and your local Danvers business owners would like to thank you for your continued support and participation.
Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning. Sometimes these situations can leave us confined to our home for days before Emergency Personnel can reach us or we are forced to evacuate our home. ARE YOU PREPARED? The Danvers COA, in conjunction with North Shore Elder Services, have been working together to offer Emergency Preparedness Bags. Call DCOA at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment to pick up a bag. Home visits can also be arranged for homebound seniors. Emergency Bags donated by the Clara and Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.
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 more tips for general safety in your home.
In the Bed Room MAKE SURE:
-There is a sturdy chair with arms where you can sit to dress.
-A lamp or flashlight is kept within reach of your bed. Check Batteries periodically to make sure they are working, and keep a spare package of batteries nearby.
-Your bedroom is located on the first floor of your home.
-A telephone jack is installed in the bedroom.
- Plenty of room is left for you to walk around the bedroom.
For Outdoor Safety MAKE SURE:
-Steps and walkways are in good condition.
-Garage doors are easy for you to operate even when snow is piled against them.
-The garage is adequately ventilated.
-Doorways, steps, porches, and walkways have good lighting.
Danvers Triad is going to be providing presentations of our various programs at the Senior Housing Community Rooms for residents of those facilities. Our first presentation will be at Tapley on Monday,
Dec. 16 at 1:00 p.m. If you live in Tapley, please plan to join us and learn more about the Triad senior safety programs. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Our first presentation will be at Tapley on Monday, Dec. 16 at 1:00 p.m. If you live in Tapley, please plan to join us and learn more about the Triad senior safety programs. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.
and then click under “Need an Account”.
Timely Topics Wednesday December 4, 2013
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. Happy Healthy Holidays! Come join us for tips on how to make this holiday season safe and enjoyable! We will be discussing techniques and doing activities that promote safety and managing stress during the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served! Presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant Students from North Shore Community College.
WANTED: Names of Isolated Seniors
As a collaborative effort between DCOA Outreach services and a TRIAD committee emergency safety
project we are collecting names of isolated members of the Senior Community in Danvers. If you, or
someone you know, could benefit from a contact from us please call the Senior Center and leave the name & number of the isolated senior with Lisa Westrate. In addition to providing outreach services we would like to supply isolated individuals with an Emergency Survival Pack in anticipation of snow storms, electrical power outages, etc. Lisa can be reached at 978-762-0208 x105.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP:
The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. Although we were not anticipating a guest speaker in November we were able to have a fascinating informative meeting with Jennifer Kaldenburg, a professor from BU, about the latest research & treatment options. Our next meeting on December 12th will be a general meeting. Please think about how holidays are different for
you, if they are, since you have experienced vision loss. If you have any questions about this group please call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone):
CLA meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. I am impressed that everyone did their homework assignment to bring in a favorite tea cup or mug! Although Sally from the North Shore Elders Services’ Money Management Program was unable to join us this month we were able to hear about (and see the program in action!) the Kiosk for Living Well from Patrice DePasquale from the Longevity Connection and Janice Wyner, Options Councilor from NSES while we enjoyed tea and scones. If you missed out on this and want more information, they will be available each Thursday from 9:30-12:30. The next meeting is on December 18th. A number of attendees were still hoping to hear about the Money Management Program so I’ve re-invited Sally again for next month. Whether she is able to make it or not I want to share with you about a little group project idea I had. Maybe we’ll have a chance to start on it together during our meeting. December’s assignment: Bring a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe (or any Cookie recipe!). If you would like to bake some to bring- even better (but not necessary)! A few attendees volunteered to make calls to let people know about upcoming meetings. If you would like to join the list. Please call Lisa at (978) 762-0208 x105 & leave a message stating that you’d like to be on the call list with your name & phone number.
SNAP (Food Stamps)- Current SNAP recipients can expect to see changes in their SNAP benefits. In October, the cost of living adjustment (COLA) caused some households’ benefits to increase slightly, while other households saw no benefit changes. In November, most families will see their benefits decrease due the end of the additional benefits provided by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) alsoknown as the stimulus package. Fuel Assistance/LIHEAP – If you need assistance with a new or renewal application for Fuel Assistance please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to schedule an appointment.
Veterans Affairs Officer Peter Mirandi
For information regarding Veteran’s State & Federal Benefits & Services or to schedule an appointment please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.
VETERANS SERVICES NEWS
The Department of Veterans' Services in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank will be distributing 20-25 lbs of nutritious produce to Veterans, their widows/widowers and dependents on a scheduled day each month. If you are a Veteran, widow/widower, or dependent of a Veteran and would like to receive produce or to get more detailed information contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 If you are a Veteran, with a vehicle, who would be willing to do a pick up on behalf of fellow Danvers Veterans, please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208.
If you need assistance & don’t know who to ask for help, please call Lisa Westrate at (978)762-0208 x 105. I’ll do my best to help you or refer you to someone who can.
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.
Operation Troop Support Items for December
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of December: Coffee, tea, sugar, creamer & crackers. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.
Ginny Sidmore is our Mrs. Fix It. If you need any light alterations, buttons replaced, etc., you can leave them at the front desk, clearly labeled with your name and phone number and our Mrs. Fix It, Ginny, will contact you when alterations are complete. There may be a charge for materials only if needed.
There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of December. Mr. Fix-It will be back in January . Happy Holidays!
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.
Chris O’ Shea, RN, Public Health Nurse
Office hours are: Thurs, 8am—1pm. Fri., by appointment only. Thursdays Blood Pressure Clinic by appointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.
We are currently in need of bath seats. These items are loaned to seniors at no charge to assist them in their recuperation. You may drop these items off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate. At this time we are only accepting bath seats for donation.
Once again the Holiday Season is here. Hopefully it will be a safe and Happy Season for our seniors. Here are some Holiday Safety Tips from the members of the Danvers Fire Department to help
Never use candles as decorations on a tree
Keep trees away from heat
Water a live cut tree daily
Make sure you use a “non-tipping” style of tree stand
Use only UL listed fire retardant decorations
Never leave a lit tree unattended or on while sleeping
Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday, before needles dry out
Unplug all lighting before retiring for the evening or leaving the house
Check all lights for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc
Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord or outlet
Consider buying new energy efficient LED lights that don’t get as hot
Always use appropriate weatherproof UL listed lights outdoors
Never use candles on trees near live or other flammable decorations
Never leave lit candles unattended
Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears? Do you hear better with one ear than the other? Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a crowded room? Tamar Katz and Heidi Anderson of Mass Audiology will conduct a Hearing Screening, Thursday, December 19th from 10 AM-Noon (by appointment) to help answer those questions and any others you may have as well as a free hearing aid clean and check. There is no charge but please call 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.
Online registration for December Classes
Included in this newsletter is a listing of classes scheduled to begin in January - CLICK HERE FOR LIST. 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 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 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.
PIES—Order now for Christmas!
Place your order today for frozen, ready to bake Mile High Apple Pie ($9.00) or Mile High Blueberry Pie ($11.00); or thaw and serve: Pumpkin Pie ($8.00) or Southern Pecan ($9.00). All pies are 10”. Pies can be picked up on Friday, December 20th in time for Christmas! (Pies are from Wilson Farm in Lexington - winner of a Best of Boston 2012 Award!!) Pies must be paid for at time of order. Checks—only payable to Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging.
Treasures Gift Shop
Have you stopped by the senior center to see our gift shop? There are many brand-new and unique items available to purchase. Items in the gift shop include: greeting cards. candy, scarves, jewelry, picture frames, and lots of other goodies. Gift shop hours are from 8:30am—2:30pm 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.
Paint & Sip Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:30– 9 PM Danvers Senior Center
Are you looking to unlock your creative side? Want a fun night in Danvers with your friends that is exciting and unique? The goal of this evening is to provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere where non-painters and painters can relax and find their inner “Artist”. Your painting project will be a 16” x 20” canvas painted by YOU of a Wine Glass and Grapes. Decorative Artist and owner of BrushStroke Designs, Inc., Jeannette Lerner will guide you step by step through the process and you will leave at the end of the evening with a finished work of art! Cost of the event is $30.00 FDCOA Member/$35 non members and includes: hors d’oeuvres and wine. All supplies: table easel, paint brushes, water bin, pallets, paper towels, all paint colors needed and a 16”x 20” canvas. This event is limited to 20 guests. Registration in advance is required. You may register in person at the Danvers Senior Center or through our website: dcoa.org For more information you can contact Paula at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978 762-0208 Note: Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Managing Stress- Sally Palmer will be here to discuss stress and how the simple practice of mindfulness can increase our ability to cope, improve our health, and lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 AM. Sally will be instructing a 6 week workshop beginning January 9th. This is a great way to sample the workshop. There is no charge for this program, but registration in advance is required. Please register by calling Paula at 978 762-0208.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, December 9th from 1pm-3pm. The topic is any book on a Christmas theme. All are welcome!
We are also looking for a few folks to help out in our Social Day program. Currently the days are Monday and Wednesday but we are planning to add an additional day in the near future. Hours are between 8:30am-3:30pm. Duties include: smiling, laughing, singing and playing games, arts and crafts, serving breakfast, and helping with snacks. Please call Cathy for further information. Van Volunteers—We are looking for volunteers to assist with the pick-up and drop off of our Social Day Clients. Volunteers would meet van driver at the senior center and ride along and assist clients getting on and off the van and
into the center or their homes depending on the shift. Hours are 8:00am-9:30am & 3:00pm-4:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays. You can choose one shift or more. Please contact Cathy with inquiries.
Friendly visitors needed—Spend an hour or so with a homebound senior and make their day. Contact Cathy for details.
DANVERS VETERANS & WIDOW(ER)S
You MAY be entitled to REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES Single Individual: Income is below $1,915/mo & cash assets less than $3,200 Couple: Combined income is below $2,585/mo &
combined assets less than $7,000 OR You MAY be entitled to additional FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Single Individual: Income is below $1,615/mo & cash assets less than $3,200 Couple: Combined income is below $2,125/mo & combined assets less than $7,000 For more information about Massachusetts Chapter 115 Benefits or to Schedule an Appointment Contact Danvers Veteran’s Service Officer, Peter Mirandi, at (978) 777-0001 x 3025 or Danvers Social Service/Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Westrate, at (978) 762-0208 x105.