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.

11/2 Daylight Saving Time Set clocks back 1 hr

11/4 Tuesday Travels,Popcorn &  Movie, Blended

11/7 Harvest Ball, 12pm-2:30pm

11/7-16 Sunny Portugal trip departs

11/7-21 Boston to New Orleans Cruise departs

11/10 Crazy Cards, 9am-12pm

11/11 Veteran’s Day, Senior Center Closed

11/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

11/13 The Lettermen Live In Concert trip departs

11/13 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

11/17 Charlie Card Sign-up, 9am-1pm

11/18 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.

11/20 CLA(Challenges of Living Alone), 10:30am

11/25 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.

11/27 Thanksgiving Day, Senior Center Closed


No Mr. Fix It - There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of November and December.


Holiday Open House - Save the date….Friday, December 12th. More info next month.

November 2014 - 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

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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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of November lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on November 10th. The October birthdays were from left: Roberta Kodis & Joan Sadoway.

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                                                              


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 Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.


Harvest Ball

Tickets are still available for the 10th Annual Harvest Ball on Friday, November 7th from 12-2:30 PM. Menu to include turkey, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, butternut squash, cranberry relish and apple crisp. Entertainment will be Music with Cindy. $10 FDCOA members and $12 non members. Reserved seating (tables of 8). If you are part of a group, please purchase all tickets together.


Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM -1 PM. Something for everyone! Knit goods, jewelry baked goods, white elephant, crafts and much more. Donations (other than baked goods) will be accepted from November 3-21st.


Annual Holiday Party

Friday, December 12, 2014 from 11:30am-2:00pm The menu will be Chicken Marsala with sautéed mushrooms & onions, wild rice with sun dried cranberries and slivered pecans and a poached asparagus with lemon butter, roll and tiramisu for desert. Cost: $10 FDCOA members and $12 non members. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 7th at 9am.


Save the Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 

New Year’s Eve Brunch 11 AM – 1 PM Tickets on sale Monday, December 1st at 9 AM (reserved seating – tables of 8). Help us ring in the New Year for a delicious brunch. As we go to press we are finalizing the menu. The menu will be posted at the senior center as soon as possible. During this brunch, we will be showing a slide show on the big screen of all our events over the past year. Tickets are $7.00 FDCOA member and $9 non members.

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.

  • November 5th Find Out What’s New in Medicare for 2015 A representative from the SHINE program at Mystic Valley Elder Services will update us on changes in Medicare for the coming year. Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period starts October 15 and ends on December 7. During Open Enrollment, you may change your Medicare drug coverage for next year. This is an opportunity to review your current coverage, or if you’ve been on Medicare for a while but have never joined a drug plan, open enrollment is your chance to do so. Pre-registration is required for this informative session. 

  • November 19 – Coping with the Holidays. When someone you love is seriously ill, the holidays can become especially difficult. As a caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed by the demands of the season and find it especially challenging to keep up with the preparations and responsibilities that often come with celebrating special events. This presentation will discuss some practical suggestions on how to minimize your stress and enjoy your time with family and friends. Presented by Pam Taylor, Community Educator at CareDimensions. 

  • December 3rd – “Java with a Jake” – Join us for a cup of coffee with members of the Danvers Fire Department for another installment of our series “Java with a Jake”. This month, Deputy Chief James McPherson and Captain James Brooks will discuss holiday safety. Discussion will include: extension cords, candles, indoor and outdoor lights, trees and more. Make sure you come to this program to learn how to have a safe and enjoyable holiday!  

  • Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th from 10:30 to 11:30 for a free Winter Safety Workshop. The workshop will be presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students from North Shore Community College. Topics will include snow removal tips and tricks, strategies for safe driving, and transportation alternatives. We will also discuss tips for staying warm and minimizing your risk for falls as you are out and about this winter. Light refreshments will be provided, all are encouraged to attend!"

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Operation Troop Support Items for November

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of November: Blankets, pillows, “New” T-shirts, socks or underwear for the wounded.

Mr Fix It

There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of November and 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.


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

8:00am-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.


By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Monday, November 3rd 9am-12pm

Thursday, November 6th, 5pm-7pm

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Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse

Office hours are: Thursday Blood Pressure Clinic byappointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.


Senator Lovely and Representative Speliotis to host Senior CharlieCard Day Monday, November 17th

Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Ted Speliotis are hosting a Senior CharlieCard Day on Monday, November17th from 9:00am-1:00pm. The event will be held at the Danvers Council on Aging located at 25 Stone Street in Danvers. Please bring a valid, state-issued photo ID with a birthdate. All other application materials will be provided at the event. Ages 65+. Call Senator Lovely’s office with any questions (617) 722-1410. Please Note: If you currently have a Senior CharlieCard that is about to expire and you need to renew it, you do not need to come to this event. CharlieCards can be renewed for free over the phone by calling the MBTA office at 617-222-3200. Your new card will be sent to you in the mail. If your CharlieCard has already expired, then you must re-apply in person at this event or at the MBTA office in downtown Boston. No advance sign-up needed! For more information, call Senator Lovely’s Office at 617-722-1410.


Veterans Day at the Kiosk

The Kiosk for Living Well will honor Veterans again this year during the week of November 10. We invite everyone to bring

in any and all memorabilia from your military experiences for an adult show-and-tell. Bring in commendation letters, medals,

hats, and/or uniforms! Or bring your service photos to have them scanned and emailed. Together we will use a little

technology to find old and new pictures of bases where you or your loved ones have served. All veterans will receive a pin-on ribbon of thanks for service to our country. The Kiosk for Living Well will be open the week of Veterans Day on Monday November 10 and on Thursday November 13 from 9:00 am to Noon.


Fuel Assistance

Heating season is right around the corner and it’s not too early to consider whether one is eligible for fuel assistance. North Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP) began to mail out re-certification applications for those who were previously enrolled in the program during last year’s fuel season. New applicants interested in applying for the upcoming fuel season may contact NSCAP at 978-531-0767 x113 to make an appointment. Alternatively, Danvers seniors who would like assistance with an initial application or recertification, can call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to make an appointment.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have space open for volunteers in our Social Seniors Adult Day Care program. Days and times are flexible. We are looking for dedicated and caring people to participate in the program. A very rewarding opportunity! No experience required, will train as necessary.


Bereavement Loss and Change Support Group

Wednesdays from 1:30-3pmSupport 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.

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NEW! 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. Group will meet

the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, November 10th. 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, November 10th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. All are welcome!


Medical Equipment

For a limited time only we are accepting donations of bath benches and commodes. 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.

TRIAD Corner

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. “Spoofing” is a term heard often nowadays and it could affect you when you receive phone calls and when you receive emails. If you look on your caller ID and see a call coming from your own phone number, your number may have been input with new software that allows a person to change the number they are calling from. If you pick up the call, you may find it’s a scam caller wanting you to update your credit file by giving them your social security number or other personal information. Another form of spoofing is through email addresses. You may see an email coming from a friend or relative. When you open the email, the sender’s address next to the person’s name should look like this: John Doe<JohnDoe@internetservice.com> NOT <icu@bogusnet.com>. Many times this email will direct you to click on a link that “you might enjoy, but that link could lead you to download a virus on your computer. It’s best to delete the email when you see the

address different from one you know to be correct.


Just a reminder that our first DCAT show called “The Triad Corner” will air on DCAT every week in November on Verizon Channel 36 and Comcast channel 99 at the following times:

Monday at 8:30pm

Tuesday at 6:30pm

Thursday at 9:30pm

Saturday at 3:00pm

The show will also be available in November on the Video on Demand tab on DCAT’s website



OUTREACH COORDINATOR, Lisa Westrate 978)762-0208 x105

Lisa Westrate is available for information and referral regarding services and benefits that may be helpful to you. Call to schedule an appointment. Home visits are possible upon request. 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.


The Resource Center bulletin board which is located on the wall across from the fitness room, includes information on relevant topics such as: Medicare, Social Security, Senior Safety, Scams, Veterans Benefits, and Assistance with paying for Utility Bills and Food. The Resource Center is a work in progress so keep checking in to see news updates, as well as additional information and labels for easy access to find the information you’re looking for.



The Low Vision support group meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Our visitor on November 13, will be Doug Derocher. Doug is a volunteer through the senior center for the Danvers community. As a landlord who owns various properties in town, he is accustomed to visiting his

properties to do small repairs and refer to local contractors when the job exceeds his level of expertise.

Doug has extended this service to our senior community. He will join us on November 13 to tell us about what types of small jobs he can do that may be of great help to you.


CLA (Challenges of Living Alone)

The Challenges of living alone support group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Do you know how to properly store your food? Do you know how long you can keep things in your refrigerator or freezer before they are unsafe to eat? Danvers Public Health Director, Peter Mirandi, will join us on

Thursday, November 20th, to take some of the guesswork out of how long it is safe to keep our food. This is a timely presentation as the holidays are fast approaching and we may be more likely to have leftovers from posting meals or, perhaps more likely, bringing home leftovers from visiting friends and relatives. We

hope to see you on the 20th.

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Paint & Sip – Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30 -9 PM

Paint & Sip – Thursday, November 20th, 2014 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 prove a fun and entertaining atmosphere where non-painters and painters can relax and find their inner “Artist”. Your project will be a 16” x 20” canvas painted by YOU of “A Winter Barn” 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 FDCOA Member/$35 non members and includes: hors d’oeurves and wine. All supplies: table easel, paint, brushes, water bin, pallets, papers towels, all paint colors needed and a 16” x 20” canvas. This event is limited to 25 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: paula@dcoa.org or 978 762-0208 x 104. Note: must be 21 years of age or older to attend.


Decorative Painting Class – Painting on Wood

Students will learn to paint a winter lighthouse scene on wood.This class will run for 4 weeks, November 14, 21, and December 5 and 12 from 10am-12pm. Students can purchase their wood at Michaels or AC Moore. The wood measures 4” x 24” and can be found in the wood and dowel section. Students should bring blue, white, black, and green paints. Cost: $36 FDCOA Member/$50 non members.


Thank you to the Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging for providing the funding for a pergola over the Bocce Court. Bocce Team!


Medicare’s Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.

Make an appointment with a SHINE counselor now! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2015. During Medicare’s Open Enrollment, you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone….on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Contact the front desk at 978-762-0208 to schedule a SHINE appointment at the Danvers Senior Center. Be sure to bring your Medicare Card, Insurance Cards, and a list of your Prescriptions to your appointment.

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.