25 Stone Street Danvers MA 01923    Phone: (978) 762-0208

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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.

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

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FEBRUARY  2016 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of February lunch is on us! Call & register by February 9th at 10am. January birthdays were from left: Judy Martino, Liz Dyer, Susan Drennan, Leo Demeule & Leotia Demeule.

Social Seniors Supportive Day Program

We continue to accept applications for participation in this unique program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact Judith Ryan at (978)762-0208, for more information. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day and financial assistance may be available to Danvers residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.

 

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 9th through April 15th. Limited

appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 PM. Call the senior center at 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.

 

Travel Chef

Tuesday, February 16th at 12pm. This month’s entrée will be roast beef, pan gravy, baked potato with sour cream, whole buttered green beans, parker house roll, pound cake with mixed berry sauce. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person. Reservations by Friday, February 12th at 10am please.

 

The Evening Dinner

The next evening dinner will be held on February 25th from 5pm-7pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, glazed baby carrots, rolls & butter & assorted

cupcakes. Tickets are $8 members/$10 nonmembers. Tickets are on sale Friday February 5th at 10am.

 

Seniors Serving Seniors

Friday, February 12th, from 9-10:30 AM at Danvers High School sponsored by the Senior Class. There is no charge for this event, but please register by calling the center at 978 762-0208 by February 9th. Limited transportation is also available. Please note: There will not be Bingo or Café on February 12th.

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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 puzzles, word searches, brain teasers, playing cards,

hand held electronics and as always personal size hygiene items. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable heaters that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring it to the Senior Center on Thursday, February 25th 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 25th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Feb. 24th. Thank you.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

ATTENTION ALL RIDERS!!

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!

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.

 

2/10 Identity Theft - Robin Putnam, Research and Special Projects Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present Consumer University with a focus on identity theft. The presentation will include information about the Office and what we do. It will also cover how to spot and avoid scams, and how to prevent identity theft and online safety.

 

February 17 – Trivia with Madalena Robo of Home Helpers of the North Shore – Attendees will engage in a series of trivia questions. The team that gets the most questions right and the most points will win a prize. Every month there will be different prizes for the winners.

 

March 16 - Join Geri from the Brookhouse Home to learn more about housing options when an elder is unable to live independently. Enjoy refreshments and enter a free raffle.

Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, March 1st at the Danvers Senior Center. 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 in 176 countries. Limited to 10. Cost: $25 FDCOA member/$30 non-member. You must register in advance.

 

Danvers TRIAD 

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 must 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.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

 

LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP

The Low Vision group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. February 11th, Gayle Yarnall will share with us about the Perkins Brail & Talking Book Library. Gayle is totally blind and has been a Talking Book Library patron for almost 50 years. The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides audio and large print books as well as access to over 200 newspapers over the phone and audio described DVDs containing movies and TV shows. Gayle will show you how easy it is to keep reading your favorite books and magazines by demonstrating a free, easy to use digital player and explain how all these services can be delivered to your home at no cost. The Talking Book Library delivers books, magazines and movies, in a format that is accessible to anyone who can’t read print or hold a book, directly to your door. Applications and assistance will be available during the presentation.

 

CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA)

The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in solo-survival, we will now meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month at 1pm. On Thursday, February 25th, a Danvers resident who lives alone will share with us how she manages to prepare healthy meals for one. Not only has Moneveh Peters, found a time saving way to get fresh variety into her diet, she has seen remarkable improvements in her health, energy level, and overall sense of wellbeing. This

is not an advertisement for a kitchen appliance. This is an advertisement to relay the message that there may be solutions out there that can make something burdensome or challenging not quite so overwhelming. Moneveh will demonstrate how she uses the Nutri Bullet and provide samples for those who would like to partake. Note if we need to cancel due to the weather, Moneveh will share in March’s monthly group meeting Our Monthly Team Challenge: Please bring one (or more) tip you’ve found helpful in making preparing meals for one easier. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for a “Mrs. Fix-It”. If you are someone who enjoys sewing and completing minor alterations, replacing buttons or zippers, adjusting a hemline etc., we would love to hear from you. Work at your convenience, very flexible. Call Cathy, Volunteer CoordinatorPlease help out your neighbors this winter if you are able. If you know of a senior who needs a walkway shoveled or can’t get out for groceries etc. please let us know and we will do our best to get them the help they need. If you are someone interested in helping out with light shoveling, or errands etc. please let us know, we would appreciate the help! Call Cathy, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Kiosk for Living Well

It’s an odd combination – a couple of ancient presidents’ birthdays and an abundance of hearts suggesting love and friendship. All in one month! Come to the Kiosk for Living Well in February to test your Trivia skills around both holidays. That’s just one of hundreds of programs we offer. Also at the Kiosk in February, get your blood pressure taken before Valentine’s Day to make sure everything’s in working order. Brenda, our Million Hearts Nurse will be at the Kiosk on Monday the 8th from 9:30-11:30.

Sylvia, our Falls Prevention Specialist will be at the Kiosk on Thursday February 18th from 9:00-11:30. Working inside on your balance makes traveling outside in winter weather much safer! The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon. (Except holidays.) See you there!

 

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.

 

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

 

Can I Still Change My Medicare Plan?

The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period ended on December 7, but you may still be able to change plans during 2016.

 

Newly Available: Medicare’s 5-Star Special Enrollment Period You have an opportunity to enroll in a top-rated (5-Star) plan, once during the year. This can be done at any time through November 30, with the enrollment effective the first of the following month. The Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans have achieved the 5-Star rating for 2016. You can enroll in one of these plans, as long as you meet the plan’s eligibility requirements. If you are currently in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, this new enrollment will automatically disenroll you from your previous plan. This is an HMO plan so you should check with your doctor (s) and other health care providers to confirm that they are in this plan’s network since it only provides coverage for in-network providers.

 

For those with a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO or PPO):

Between January 1 and February 14 each year, anyone with a Medicare Advantage plan may drop it and switch to Original

Medicare. If you drop your Medicare Advantage plan during this period, you will be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage. Your Original Medicare coverage and your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after your enrollment. You may also add a supplement (Medigap) at this time.

 

For those with Prescription Advantage or getting “Extra Help” paying for prescription drugs:

You can change your Medicare Advantage plan or drug plan anytime during the year. Those with Prescription Advantage can do this only once each year. Those with “Extra Help” can change every month.

 

For further assistance with any Medicare issue, you may contact the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment with a SHINE counselor, Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. 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.

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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.

Online registration for March classes

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.

 

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.

 

March AARP Tek Event

Back by popular demand!! The AARP Tek (Technology, Education, Knowledge) program brings you FREE hands-on technology workshops in order to help make the most out of your mobile devices – for work or play! Devices will not be provided, so please bring your own Android smart phone for a hands-on experience. You don’t have to be an AARP member to expand your Tech knowledge. Sessions will be held: Thursday, March 3 from 10-11:30 AM; 12:30-2 PM; 3-4:30 PM; and also on Thursday, March 10th from 10-11:30 AM; 12:30-2 PM; 3-4:30 PM. You must register for your session by calling AARP at 1 866-591-8105.

 

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 exercised 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.

 

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 of childhood and simpler times. All supplies are provided. Join us!!

 

Decorative Acrylic Painting with Jeannette Lerner.

Begins Thursday, February 4, 2016 for 6 weeks. 10 AM—Noon. Cost: $55 FDCOA Members/$75 Non members. What will your storefront sell? This painting will reflect a brick background and store front windows. Each student may decide what their store will display in the windows. Same ideas are, Flowers Market, Bakery, Cafe, Hat Store, Dresses, The ideas are

endless so painter's can be creative designing their personal store front scene. Learn how to create a brick/stone effect. Supplies needed are: 16 x 20 size gallery wrapped canvas, Acrylic paints. brushes, water bin, form plates and paper towels. A list of paint colors will be provided after sign up.

 

Medical Equipment:

We are currently in need of bath seats, bath benches, and adjustable canes. We are not accepting any other items at this time. We will update monthly any items needed. These items are loaned to seniors at no charge to assist them in their recuperation. You may drop these off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate.

 

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 that if 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.

 

2/5 Podiatry Clinic, by appt. only, 10am-2pm

2/9 Tuesday Travel, Museum of Fine Arts, 10am

2/10 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

2/11 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

2/12 Srs Serving Srs, 9am-10:30am at DHS

2/12 No Bingo or Café program today

2/15 Senior Center Closed, President’s Day

2/16 Popcorn & Movie, 1pm A walk in the Woods,

2/19 Podiatry Clinic, by appt. only, 10am-2pm

2/25 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

2/25 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm

2/25 Henry’s Evening Dinner 5-7pm

 

No Mr. Fix It—There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of December.

 

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

February  2016 - Save The Date

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For a printable copy of our December 2015 newsletter, please click here.

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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                                                              

and then click under “Need an Account”.