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.
10/2 Welcome to Fall in MA trip departs
10/3 Fall Foliage Train Ride trip departs
10/6-7 Cooking with King Arthur Trip departs
10/7 Tuesday Travels, Popcorn & a Movie, Muppets Most Wanted
10/7-8 Cranberry Bogs & Wines Trip departs
10/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
10/13 Columbus Day, Senior Center Closed
10/14 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-12m by appt.
10/15 No Line Dancing
10/21 Tuesday Travels, Peabody Essex Museum
10/22 Foxwoods Casino trip departs
10/22 No Line Dancing
10/23 Travel Chef, 12pm
10/28 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-12m by appt.
10/30 Murder Mystery Matinee trip departs
10/30 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am
10/30 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm
Holiday Open House - Save the date….Friday, December 12th. More info next month.
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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OCTOBER 2014 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of October, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on October 7th. The September birthdays were from left: Norman LeGro, Dorothy Gamache & Marilyn Valcour.
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
Social Senior Supportive Day Program
Our Supportive Day Program has begun the process of accepting applications for participation in our unique program. We have increased days of operation from 3 to 4 days per week. The new days of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm.This program can benefit both participant and caregiver alike by providing services tailored to individual need and interest If you or someone you know could benefit from socialization with others in a caring and friendly environment, then please give us a call. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience all we have to offer. Danvers residents 60 and older may be eligible for financial assistance through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. Call
(978) 762-0208 and ask to speak with Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator.
The Danvers Public Health Department will be administering Flu Shots at the Senior Center. Please see page 4 for details. October “Spooktacular” Evening Dinner – The next evening dinner will be held on Thursday, October 30th at 5 PM. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will include Henry’s famous
chicken pot pie with a traditional rice pilaf and whipped butternut squash, roll and Halloween cupcake for
dessert. Please come in your best Halloween costume. There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes given for
best costume. Tickets are $7 FDCOA members/$9 non members. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday,
October 1st at 10 AM.
Town Wide Open House
The open house will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 4-7pm. The Danvers Senior Center will be highlighting the various TRIAD programs that were designed for the safety of seniors in Danvers. Don’t forget that you can hop on the Trolley from the Senior Center to visit Danvers Fire Department, Electric, Town Hall, Police and the Peabody Institute Library.
The 10th Annual Harvest Ball will be held on Friday, November 7th from 12-2:30 PM. Menu to be announced. Entertainment will be Cindy Bugden. Tickets on sale Thursday, October 9th. (Menu will be posted online and at center before then). $10.00 FDCOA members, $12.00 non members. Reserved seating (tables of 8). If you are part of a group, please purchase all tickets together.
This year the Holiday Fair will be Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM-1 PM. Something for everyone! Knit goods, baked goods, crafts, jewelry and more! Donations (other than baked goods) will be accepted from November 3-21st. Note: There will not be vendors at this fair. Potential Chimney Cleaning SCAM—Please be advised that if you are contacted by companies offering to clean your chimney this may be a scam. Please contact Richard Maloney in the Building Department at 978-777-0001 ext. 3110 before you agree to any
The Danvers TRIAD Council 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.
Our Triad Council has been working over the summer with Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) on a new show called “The TRIAD Corner”. Our goal is to produce 4 shows a year to bring more awareness to the public about our Triad programs. Our first show was taped on September 17 and will air on DCAT every week from Oct. 1st to the end of 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 October on the Video on Demand tab on DCAT’s website:
Lew Hathaway, Triad Chair, is the host for the show and his guest is Danvers Police Chief Neil Ouellette. “Is Your Number UP?’ is the topic so you can learn more about how important it is to have numbers plainly visible on all homes and businesses in Danvers. Remember to stop by the TRIAD table at the Senior Center during the Danvers town-wide Open House on Thursday, October 9 from 4 to 7 p.m
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.
October 1st—You may not be aware the Salvation Army has a Service Extension Unit right here in Danvers! The Salvation Army has been delivering services and hope to those less fortunate for more than 125 years. Pam Parkinson is the Secretary of the Danvers Service Extension Unit and she has invited Michael Skoog, Senior Field Representative to come to our community in order to educate our members of this important non-profit social service agency. Michael will be discussing the many facets of this service including Emergency Financial Assistance, Good Neighbor Energy Fund, Emergency Disaster Response Team, Camp
Wonderland, “Flags for Our Forces” and the Red Kettle Campaign. Please join us to learn more about the Salvation Army and how we can better serve the needs of those less fortunate.
October 8th – Walgreen’s Pharmacy will present a program on their pharmacy and the benefits that they offer. Presentation will focus on the importance of different immunizations, and who is eligible for each type of immunization. Immunization information for the Shingles, Pneumonia, Whooping Cough, Hepatitis, Meningitis, and the Flu will be presented.
October 15th – Karen Keefe will present CaptionCall.CaptionCall is a revolutionary new telephone and service for anyone who has trouble hearing on the phone. Similar to captioned television, CaptionCall uses voice recognition technology and a fast transcription service to quickly provide written captions of what callers say on a large, easy to read screen. The CaptionCall phone, combined with the free captioning service and friendly customer support, helps people everywhere communicate by phone with more confidence.
October 22nd - Representatives from NSCAP (North Shore Community Action Program) will present on their Fuel Assistance and Weatherization programs for the 2015 Fuel Season which runs from Nov. 1st – April 30th. Not familiar with Fuel Assistance or are not sure if you, or someone you know, might qualify? Come with your questions to learn more. Following the presentation Representatives will be available to provide individual assistance with questions or applications as time allows.
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
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Operation Troop Support Items for October
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will becollecting these needed items for the month of October: Disposable cameras, writing materials, and telephone calling cards.
Mr Fix It
Do you have any portable heaters or fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, October 30th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix them. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 30th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. October 29th. 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. 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.
We are looking for a volunteer to help in the kitchen with set up for lunch and clean up after lunch for about an hour to an hour and a half days are flexible. We are also in need of gift shop attendants for various shifts, if interested please call Cathy. All volunteers are reminded to check in on my senior Center and log in your hours!! If you sew or know someone who may want to volunteer to be our new Mrs. Fix – It, please contact Cathy.
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.
Travel Chef Program
This month’s Travel Chef will be on Thursday, October 23rd at 12pm. The menu will be grilled knockwurst, warm German
potato salad, braised red cabbage & apples, thick sliced rye bread & carmel baked apple. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Tuesday, October 21st at 10am.
LOCATION: DANVERS SENIOR CENTER 25 STONE STREET
CLINIC DATES OCTOBER 9th (Open House) 4-7pm Danvers Residents Only walk ins no appointment By appointment ONLY are as follows:
Monday, OCTOBER 20th, 9am-12pm
Thursday, OCTOBER 23rd, 5pm-7pm
Monday, OCTOBER 27th, 9am-12pm
Wednesday, OCTOBER 29th 5pm-7pm
Monday, NOVEMBER 3RD, 9AM-12PM
Thursday, NOVEMBER 6th, 5pm-7pm
INDIVIDUALS MUST BE OLDER THAN 9 YEARS OF AGE PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT INUSURANCE CARD
NO ONE WILL BE DENIED IMMUNIZATION BASED ON INSURANCE STATUS CALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 978-762-0208
OR SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK AT SENIOR CENTER
Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse
Office hours are: Thursday Blood Pressure Clinic by appointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.
SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS SOCIAL SERVICE/OUTREACH COORDINATOR
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.
You may have noticed a new beautiful bulletin board hanging on the wall across from the fitness room. Built by Cathy Andre’s husband, the bulletin board, will soon come to life as the center of a new Resource Center providing the latest updates on Services available for seniors and their caregivers. The Resource Center will include 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.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP will NOT be meeting on our usual date of the 2nd Thursday of the month in October. Instead we will be meeting on October 23 at 10:30am. As many of you know Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment is coming up from 10/15 – 12/7. At last month’s meeting group members were interested in having a Medicare Q & A session. As a certified SHINE counselor I will be available to give a general overview of Medicare, share updates & announcements for the 2015 plans coming up, and answer general questions for the group. I will bring materials and instructions for how to make the most of a Medicare Plan Finder appointment with a SHINE counselor and even schedule appointments for Open Enrollment.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone)
CLA meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. In October we will meet at 10am on the 16th to take a fall foliage drive over to Russell Orchard in Ipswich for Apple Cider Donuts, Hot Apple Cider, and other season sights and scents! Please sign up at the front desk and indicate if you’d be willing to drive!
The Kiosk for Living Well
Be a part of the Million Hearts Initiative! The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to come to the Kiosk on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from
10:00 am-12:00 Noon to meet with the Million Hearts Nurse. The Million Hearts Nurse visits once a month to meet with people around
ways to improve heart health and to introduce Kiosk visitors to the Passport to Health. The Passport to Health is a document used by
medical professionals to determine everything from current medications to who should feed your cat in case of an emergency. Come fill one out! Meet the Million Hearts Nurse on Thursday, October 2, to learn about some exciting new health initiatives. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon.
New Expanded Kiosk Hours!
The Kiosk For Living Well is expanding from one day a week to two days a week. Beginning in October, the Kiosk will be set up and
staffed on both Monday and Thursday mornings. Come meet Kiosk Site Supervisor Cate O'Hara and have some fun while you're there!
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 in mid October. 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.
*See page 2 for details on the Fuel Assistance presentation at Timely Topics on November 5th.
NEW! Crazy Cards
There will be no Crazy Cards in October. The next time the group meets will be on Monday November 10th from 9:30am- Noon. A fun way to play Whist. A game of fun and laughs. Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Prizes awarded each week.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, October 13th at 12pm at Century House. All are welcome!
Get Away with Collette
Tuesday October 21st at 5:30 PM – Jonathan Delaunay of Collette Vacations will be here to talk about the June 2015 Pacific Northwest & California trip and the October 2015 Spotlight on San Antonio trip. There is no charge to attend, but please register in advance by calling Paula at 978 762-0208 x104.
Metaphysical Messages with Linnea, Psychic Medium
Thursday, November 20th from 5-7 PM. Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side. Evidentiary message will provide information that shows that the Soul is eternal. Linnea is a guest lecturer with radio appearances on 30 national shows and 176 countries. Limited to 10. Cost: $25 FDCOA Member/$30 Non Member
Hearing Screening with Mass Audiology
Tuesday, October 21st from 10-11:30 AM - 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? The hearing screening will be held from 10-11:30 AM (by appointment) to help answer those questions and any other you may have as well as a free hearing aid clean and check. There is no charge but please call the Center at 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.
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 hanges, 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.