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.
3/3 Special Interest Classes Begin
3/4 Tuesday Travels Popcorn and movie Captain Phillips,1pm
3/5 Timely Topics, What color is your eardrum?, 10:30am
3/11 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
3/12 Timely Topics, Be heart smart & have a healthy heart,
3/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
3/13 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am-11:30am
3/19 Timely Topics, Protecting your nest egg, 10:30am
3/20 Challenges of Living Alone (CLA) 10:30am
3/25 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.
3/27 Mr. Fix It 9am-11:30am
3/27 Evening Dinner
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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MARCH 2014 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 12th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of March, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on March 11th. February birthdays were from left: Margaret Thomas and Ros Masse.
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 has Openings!
Call now to discuss a risk free trial day of program!
The Adult Supportive Day Program, “SOCIAL SENIORS’ at the Danvers Council on Aging
is now available 3 days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-3pm). Do you
know someone who is isolated at home and could benefit from social contact and interaction
with others in a friendly and inviting environment? Perhaps you or someone you know is
caregiving for a loved one and could benefit from respite to pursue personal interests or other
responsibilities. This program can benefit both participants and caregivers by providing
services tailored to individual needs and interests. This is a non-medical program that was
designed to provide assistance necessary to allow the senior to remain in the dignity and
security of familiar surroundings, while spending the day in a supportive environment.
Financial assistance is available to Danvers residents through the generosity of the Clara &
Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information or to discuss the possibility of a no risk
“free” trial day to experience all we have to offer, please contact (978) 762-0208 and ask to
speak to Christina or Pam.
AARP Income Tax Assistance
Due to high demand this year, all tax assistance appointments here at the senior center are filled through April 15th. We currently have a waiting list and will still add to it, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to get an appointment. To find additional sites that may have openings please call 1-888-227-7669.
Traveling Chef Program
New England Favorites. This month’s entrée will be clam chowder, roast beef sandwich w/BBQ sauce on Kaiser roll & baked onion rings. Join us on Friday, March 28th at 12pm. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by March 27th at 10am please.
Henry’s of Beverly Dinner
The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, March 27th at 5pm. The menu will be meatloaf with roasted potatoes, gravy, broccoli delight, roll and butter, and carrot cake for desert. The cost is $7.00 for FDCOA members and $9.00 for non members. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday March 4th at 10am.
Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging Scholarships
Did you know that one of themany benefits of being a current “Friend” of the DCOA is that you are eligible for any of the 10 scholarships awarded annually. These scholarships range from 8 individual $150 General
Scholarships that can be used for classes or trips offered at the senior center as well as two Life Long Learning scholarships for $500.00 each. Scholarship applications (as well as the guidelines) will be at the senior center office. Scholarships are awarded at the Annual Meeting in May and are good for one year.
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. As a senior citizen, criminals often target you because they think you are vulnerable but you need not believe that. Your own education and awareness can prevent these criminals from victimizing you. If you are contacted – by telephone, mail or e-mail – by someone claiming that: you have won something; you need to verify account numbers or other personal information; or they need your help in transferring money or anything else that sounds too good to be true. HANG UP, DELETE or THROW AWAY such correspondence. No legitimate company verifies information in this way. Unless you have initiated contact – you called, mailed or visited a company’s web site – DO NOT give out personal information. You may visit www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 to reduce the number of calls to your house. also, www.madonotcall.govconnect.com or 1 -866-231-2255. If you suspect that you are the victim of a scam, contact the Danvers police department and the Attorney General’s Office at 617-727-2200.
and then click under “Need an Account”.
Operation Troop Support - Items for March
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of March: Bring a soldier to the movies: new and used DVD’s and videos and microwave popcorn.
Ginny Sidmore is our Mrs. Fix It.
If you need any light alternations, 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.
Mr Fix It
Do you have any small appliances or lamps that need to be fixed? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, March 27th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix them. Mr. Fix It is the last Thursday of each month unless otherwise stated.
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.
Wednesday, March 5th (Rescheduled from February 12) What color is your eardrum? Tamar Katz of Mass Audiology invites you to come to a hands on, fun and lively discussion about hearing and discover what color your eardrum is as well as other important hearing health facts.
Wednesday, March 12th Doris Labbe, Clinical Manager at Bayada Home Health Care will give a presentation on “Be Heart Smart and Have a Healthy Heart”.
Wednesday, March 19th – Protecting Your Nest Egg Arturo Paturzo and Paul Sica of New York Life will shareinformation regarding Estate Taxes, Probate Process, Managing Retirement Income, Gifting, Trust, and much.
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.
FROM THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN F. TIERNEY
CONNECTING SIXTH DISTRICT SENIORS WITH THE FEDERAL RESOURCES AND SERVICES THEY DESERVE MY OFFICE CAN HELP WITH: Issues with Medicare and Social Security Guidance with Home Mortgage Issues Senior-Directed Identity Scams and Tips on How to Protect Yourself Assistance to Veterans and Their Families, Including Help with Benefits Claims Consumer Protection Services
CONTACT MY OFFICE: PEABODY: (978) 531-1669 LYNN: (781) 595-7375 WWW.TIERNEY.HOUSE.GOV
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP:
The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On March 6th 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. 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. At our March 20th group please come ready to share what ARE the challenges of living alone for you? What problems do you need help solving? If you could take a mini-course on one or two tasks that would make your life easier, what would it be? For those who may not always have lived on their own, but some time has passed, what are some things you wish
you knew more about earlier or that could have helped make things easier at the time? Additionally, what are some lessons you have learned that you think may be helpful for someone who is finding living on their own difficult? If you would like to receive a call from a group member to let you know about upcoming groups, please leave a message for Lisa at (978) 762-0208 x105 with your name & phone number stating that you’d like to be on the call list.
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.
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.
Fuel Assistance is available for those whose individual income is less than $32,065 or $41,932 for a household of two. To apply you can call NSCAP directly at 978-531- 0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa can also do home visits if needed.
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. 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 by a contact from us please call the Senior Center and leave the name & number of the isolated senior with Lisa Westrate.
A Message from SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare):
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Exchanges and Medicare
Much media attention is being focused on the Affordable Care Act and the deadline for people to enroll through the health insurance exchanges (also known as marketplaces). Medicare beneficiaries should be aware of the following:
- The health insurance exchanges are for those who do not have health insurance and are NOT for Medicare beneficiaries
- If you have Medicare A and B, you meet the requirement for health insurance
- Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage Plans are NOT sold through the health insurance exchanges.
- In most cases, it is illegal to sell health insurance exchange policies to Medicare beneficiaries.
- People who are already on Medicare do not need to re-enroll or get new Medicare cards.
Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. For more information, meet with a SHINE counselor. To make an appointment with the SHINE counselor, please call 978-762-0208.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, March 10th from 1pm-3pm. The topic is any book on
Mystery. Can be fiction or nonfiction. All are welcome!
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.
Writing Moments: Turning into Memoir
In this class, we will generate a log of new writing using writing prompts and exercises to get our memories onto the page. The time will be divided between reading, writing and sharing. This is a meaningful class focusing on personal writing that all will enjoy, and will accommodate both beginners and intermediate writers. Amber Ellis, Instructor. Six sessions will begin on Friday, March 21st from 3:30- 5pm. Cost of class is $60 FDCOA members and $70 non members. Sign up today. Class size limited to 10 students.
This is a friendly reminder to log in your volunteer hours on the My Senior Center Computer at the front
desk. If you are a new volunteer and need help getting set up please come in and ask for assistance. Only
those volunteers who have hours logged into the computer can be counted as volunteers. If you cannot
get into the center please call Cathy and have your hours logged in for you. We are planning our annual
volunteer recognition event and would not want to overlook anyone. Thanks for your cooperation and as
always thank you for volunteering!
Chris O’ Shea, RN, Public Health Nurse
Office hours are: Tues., 8am—1pm. Fri., by appointment only. Tuesdays Blood Pressure Clinic by appointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.
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.
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.
Have you had to give up driving, or started to use a cane, walker, or wheel chair? Have you had a significant loss of the use of your hands, vision, or hearing?
If you have gone though a life adjustment due to illness or general aging and would be willing to share your experience with others and answer questions please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.
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.
How to Obtain the Senior ‘Circuit Breaker’ Tax Credit
If you’re a Massachusetts property owner and are age 65+, you’d probably welcome a break on your property taxes. Dream on you say? Actually, such an option exists and, if you’re eligible, it’s yours for the taking. According to the MA Department of Revenue, some 957,000 residents 65 and older in the state are eligible to receive the tax credit. It’s called the Circuit Breaker, and according to this month’s AARP Bulletin, in 2012 more than 86,000 Massachusetts taxpayers claimed nearly $67 million in refunds under the program, according to the state Department
of Revenue. The average refund in 2012 was $774. The Circuit Breaker refund acts the way an electrical circuit breaker would work, but here it prevents property taxes from exceeding an older person’s income and ability to pay taxes. Eligible taxpayers can file for the credit up to three years retroactively, so read the Bulletin story today and learn more about this valuable tax refund. Go to http://states.aarp.org/ma-tax/ Do you or someone you know need help managing tax time stress? Look no further than AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. A dedicated corps of volunteers provide face-to-face tax assistance and preparation services at more than 200 sites across the Bay State. To find a site near you, call toll free 1-888-227-7669.
Online registration will be unavailable until Wednesday, March 12th. Customers are welcome to come into the office to register for programs.