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.

10/1 Metaphysical Messages, 5:30pm

10/2 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-12pm by appt.

10/6 Popcorn & a Movie, The Age of Adeline

10/7 NH Turkey Train departs

10/8-10/10 Break for Moose trip departs

10/12 Columbus Day, Senior Center Closed

10/13 Tuesday Travel, Smolak Farm Trip departs,

10/14 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

10/16 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-12pm by appt.

10/20 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm

10/21 Italian Festival Danversport Yacht Club

10/22 Foxwoods trip departs, 9am

10/27 Tuesday Travel, Ikea Trip departs

10/25-10/29 San Antonio trip departs

10/29 Mr. Fix It 9am-11:30am

10/29 Travel Chef, 12pm

10/30-11/13 Boston to New Orleans Cruise departs

October  2015 - Save The Date

Hours Of Operation

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

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OCTOBER 2015 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of October lunch is on us! Call & register by October 13th at 10am. The September birthdays were as follows from left: Seamus Ennis and Dorothy Gamache.

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 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 tahe generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.


Find Out What’s New in Medicare for 2016

On October 28 at 10:30 a.m., 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. If you want to meet with a SHINE counselor, make your appointment now.  Certified SHINE Counselors (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone….on Medicare) provide free and unbiased counseling services and will help you understand your Medicare-related health and drug plans, as well as other options you may have. Pre-registration is required for this informative session. 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.


Evening Dinner

Our next evening dinner will be Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be: homemade meatloaf and gravy with mashed potato and peas and carrots, roll and Halloween decorated cupcake for desert. The cost is $8 for FDCOA members and $10 for non member. Tickets on sale Monday, Oct 1st at 10am.


Flu Clinic Info

The Danvers Public Health Department will be administering Flu Shots at the Senior Center. Please see page 4 for details. Town Wide Open House– For Senior Center information please stop by the Toomey Room at Danvers Town Hall. The trolley will not be stopping at the senior center this year, however, there will be a new stop added for the trolley located at Endicott Park.

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Operation Troop Support Items for October

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of October: disposable cameras, writing materials, telephone calling cards and as always personal size hygiene items.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable heaters that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, October 29th 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 29th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Oct. 28th. 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.

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Medical Van Transportation

Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride978-762-0208



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.

  • October 14 – Jennifer Tineo of Twin Oaks will present “Step into Safety - Fall Prevention Management” Jennifer will discuss: What is a fall?; Myths; People who fall the most; Causes of Falls; Statistics; Are you at risk?; Prevention.

  • October 21-(Rescheduled from September) - Please join us for a sweet look at the history and health benefits of chocolate. To fully experience this presentation, samples will be provided. Hosted by Diana Butler and Andrea D'Amato of RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate. (Please sign up in advance so we have enough samples for everyone!!)

  • October 28-Find Out What’s New in Medicare for 2016. 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. If you want to meet with a SHINE

  • counselor, make your appointment now by calling 978-762-0208. November 4 – Coumadin and Alternatives. If you take Coumadin, then you won’t want to miss this! You’ve probably heard about the new alternative medications that are out there, but how well do they work? How do they compare to Coumadin?

  • What are the differences? Come and find the answers to these and other questions. Presented by Home-Aide Care Solutions.


CLINIC DATES By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Tuesday, OCTOBER 6, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Thursday, OCTOBER 15, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Thursday, OCTOBER 29, 2015 5:30PM-7:30PM

(additional dates to be added)

Please Note: lu Clinics are open to all residents. Please bring your insurance card. Seniors should bring their Medicare-B card with them. Flu shots will be administered by pharmacists from CVS Pharmacy or Danvers Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan, RN. An appointment is required. CALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 978-762-0208 OR SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK AT SENIOR CENTER


Blood Pressure Clinics

By appointment. Judith Ryan, RN our new Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressure clinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 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


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.


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club

The Walking Club meets at the John George Park on River Street every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM. New members are always welcome, so put on your walking shoes and join us! If you have questions, call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104


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 (October 5th & 19th) from 10:30-11:30 AM to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, October 12th at Century House for their Annual Luncheon. Please contact Gerri Cosgrove if you plan on attending.


Crazy Cards

There will be no Crazy Cards in October. The next time the group meets will be on Monday, November 9th 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.


Travel Talk

Join us on Tuesday, October 13th at 5:30 PM. Jonathan Delaunay of Collette will present “Canadian Rockies by Train”.This trip is scheduled for September 24-16, 2016. Cost of this once in a lifetime trip is $4,899. If you book after March 24th the price will increase $50. If you are thinking about this trip, now is the time to get more information. There is no charge to attend this presentation, but please call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104 to reserve your space.


Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side from 5-7 PM on Thursday, October 1st. Evidentiary message will provide information that shows that the Soul is eternal. Linnea is a guest lecturer with radio appearances.

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. On Sept. 24 Lew Hathaway, Triad Chair, was honored to receive a “Golden Onion” Award for “The Triad Corner” as the “Most Empowering Show of the Year” at the DCAT (Danvers Community Access Television) annual meeting. If you missed any of the 3 shows this past year, you can watch them during October on Verizon Channel 36 and Comcast channel 99 at the following times:

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The shows will also be available in October on DCAT’s website: www.danverstv.org Click on the “Video on Demand” tab at the top of the Home Page. Then click on “Danvers Access Shows”. Then scroll on the side button down until you see the 3 Triad Corner shows, click on one and the show will start. It runs like a YouTube video. You can also enlarge the screen by clicking on the two arrows on the right side of the bar at the bottom of the small screen.


Travel Chef

This month’s Travel Chef will be on Thursday, October 29th at 12pm. The menu will be Chicken Soulvaki, tzatziki sauce, vegetables, tomatoes & onions, fattoush salad, lemon couscous, pita bread and a greek sugar cookie. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Tuesday, October 27th at 10am.



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 Challenge of Living Alone (CLA) The Low Vision group meets at 10:30am on the 2nd Thursday of each month. On October 8th, Eliot Feldman, Founding Director of Visions of Independence, will visit us to share how the Medicare covered program provides one to one personalized vision rehabilitation in an individual’s home by specially trained occupational therapists. After beginning with a Safety Assessment and Concluding with connecting the patient with other resources, Visions of Independence works to retrain those with vision loss in all aspects of daily life, including adaptive cooking techniques, medication organization, aids for reading and writing, money management and much more.


Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for some help in the kitchen with lunch service. Duties include prepping, serving and clean up. Daily 11:30-1:00. Call Cathy for more information.


Senator Joan Lovely Office Hours

Senator Joan Lovely will be holding regularly scheduled office hour at the Danvers Senior Center. Office Hours will be 9-10 AM on Friday, October 9th, and Friday, November 17th. (future dates will be announced). Appointments are encouraged and can be made by phone at 617-722-1410 or by email at joan.lovely@masenate.gov. The Senators office offers a range of constituent services to residents of the Second Essex District. If you have any questions or concerns regarding state government, please free to contact her or her staff.


Autumn at The Kiosk for Living Well

Fall represents change, and so we invite you to come to the Kiosk for Living Well to try something you've not done yet. It could be an online puzzle, riding the virtual bike, or telling the story of a recent adventure. It's up to you! You can meet with our Falls Prevention specialist Sylvia on Monday October 19th from9:00-11:30. Brenda the Million Hearts nurse will be at the Kiosk on Thursday October 8th from 9:30-11:30. They would love to see you and so would Cate the Kiosk supervisor!

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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!

Medical Equipment

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 off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate. At this time we are accepting bath seats only for donation.



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!

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.

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