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.
4/3 Senior Center closes 12 Noon “Good Friday”
4/6 Walking Club begins-John George Park 9 AM
4/7 Movie—St. Vincent—1 PM
4/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
4/9 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am
4/9 Canyon Country Trip departs.
4/13 Crazy Cards 9:30 am-Noon
4/13 Book Club 1 PM
4/14 Ikea Trip
4/14 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
4/20 Patriot’s Day, Senior Center Closed
4/21 Neil Sedaka Trip
4/22 Travel Talk “San Antonio” 5:30 PM
4/23 Evening Dinner 5 PM
4/25 Newport Playhouse Trip
4/28 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
4/30 Mr. Fix It—9am-11:30am
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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APRIL 2015 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of April lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am April 7th. The March birthday was celebrated with Larry Mallia.
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’S SUPPORTIVE ADULT DAY PROGRAM
Now being offered 5 days a week (Monday-Friday)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 Pamela Parkinson at (978) 762-0208.
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
This month’s entrée will be a Pasta Bar. Join us on Tuesday, April 14th at 12pm. Menu will include: Gemelli, Ceasar Salad, Chicken, Garlic Bread & Lemoncello Cake. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, April 1wth at 10am please.
The Evening Dinner
The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be Baked haddock Florentine with rice pilaf and baby carrots. Rolls and lemon mousse for dessert. The cost will be $8 for FDCOA members and $10 for non members. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 1st at 10am. We apologize for the slight increase in pricing which was unavoidable.
Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging Scholarships
Did you know that one of the many 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. Volunteers….Save the Date: Friday, May 1, 2015. This years theme: It’s a Mystery!
and then click under “Need an Account”.
Operation Troop Support Items for April
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of April: Needed for the combat hospitals: new twin sheets, blankets & sweat suits.
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, April 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 29th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. April 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. 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.
Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am
April 8 – Honoring Choices – Does your family know what you want for your future health care? Who’s your agent? Have you completed your health plan? If you do not have an agent and have not heard about advanced care planning then join us as we introduce “Honoring Choices of Massachusetts”. Today is YOUR day…take charge of your life…make your wishes known. Presented by Kristen Kingsley, RN-BSN
April 28 – Vitality at Home – Linda Vertullo, Genesis Rehab Services (Hathorne Hill). Vitality at Home is an outpatient program which allows therapy service to be provided in the convenience of the home. Our goal as clinicians is to allow our patients to enjoy daily routine and activity at an independent level. Subtle changes in physical and cognitive functions function can be precursors for
significant declines in ADL and IADL abilities. We must also consider the increased risk of falls and the burden placed on the caregiver that may be assisting with care. Treatment sessions can be coordinated so that daily routines are not disrupted and our team works directly with the primary care physician of the patient.
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. Our Triad Council has produced our second program called “The Triad Corner” with Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) to bring more awareness to the public about our Triad programs. The show was taped on February 25th and will air on DCAT every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. from April 4th through May 30th. The show will also be available anytime in April and May 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 down to “Triad Corner”, click and the show will start. 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. Lew Hathaway, Triad Chair, is thehost for the show and his guest is Pam Parkinson, Director of the Danvers Council on Aging. “Home SAFE Home” is the topic for this show so you can learn more about how our Triad programs can help keep you safe in your home and Pam will provide more information on how the Social Seniors Supportive Adult Day program at the Danvers Senior Center can help provide a safe “home away from home” if the need should ever
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.
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 at x105.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM. On April 9th Occupational Therapy Students from North Shore Community College will join us to teach us Tips and Tricks
for adapting to visual impairments. They will share safety techniques, suggestions for dealing with clutter and ways to make thins more visible by increasing contrast.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone)
We have noticed that with the decreasing attendance over the past several months interest in the CLA group is waivering. I would like to suggest we take a break and reassess the direction of the group. I encourage all to contact me directly to discuss ideas and suggestions. Hopefully we can resume after a thorough reevaluation. Thank you. Lisa Westrate.
We will be gathering a list of volunteers for our butterfly garden. If you would like to help out give us a call. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with our Patio Parties in the summer. If you are currently an active volunteer…Save the Date!! Our Annual volunteer appreciation event will be the evening of May 1st. Invitations will be sent out soon. If you have not put your hours in the computer you may not get an invitation. Please call Cathy if you have any questions about your volunteer hours. It is so important to enter your volunteer hours in the computer at the center!! We do not want to overlook any of our volunteer team!
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.
The 5th Graders are coming. Please join us on Fridays (April 10 & 17) from 12-1 PM when the 5th grade students of the Highlands School Student Council visit the Senior Center. This is a great opportunity to interact with students (some of them may be your neighbor or grandchild!). The students will also be bringing Italian Ice for everyone. Come on in and support the kids, and while you’re here, why not enjoy a fresh Belgian Waffle or lunch entrée from our weekly café.
The Kiosk for Living Well Sing Away the Tax Blues!
The Kiosk for Living Well attracts many visitors who enjoy singing along with music we select on the touch screen computer at the Kiosk. In April we will do our best to sing the blues away and make some joyful noises around satisfying the financial needs of our beloved Uncle Sam once again. Bring your strong voice or come tell stories about your personal highs and lows of filing taxes! The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00- Noon. We want to see you there! The Kiosk is at the Senior Center every Monday and Thursday from 9 AM-12 Noon.
Online registration for April classes
Included in this newsletter is a listing of 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.
The cold winter has settled in to stay awhile and we’re all turning up the heat. If you wonder whether you or someone you know may qualify for fuel assistance 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.
A fun way to play Whist. A game of fun and laughs. Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Prizes awarded each week. 9:30am-Noon. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, April 13th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 FDCOA Members/$3.00 Non Members.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, April 13th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is biography of a famous woman—fiction or non fiction. All are welcome!
PARKINSON’S FITNESS AND MOVEMENT CLASS
Keith Hall and his wife Linda (a certified exercise instructor herself) established their local ability-based exercise program two years ago. Weekly classes help participants challenge themselves and other members to increase endurance, strength, coordination, balance, self-confidence, and cognitive awareness using seated and upright exercises aided by varied manual equipment. Incorporating music during sessions enhances rhythmic body movement. Singing together and practicing different kinds of speech patterns aids voice projection and breathing and helps lessen the expressionless facial appearance often associated with Parkinson’s. Classes provide welcoming,
non-intimidating locations where resourcing and social interactions are freely shared with others who understand the questions, fears, frustrations, and triumphs associated with working against a tough opponent. Classes are held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street. There is no charge for this program as it is generously sponsored by Genesis HealthCare (Hathorne Hill).
Join us on Thursday, April 22nd at 5:30 PM. Jonathan Delaunay of Collette will present “Spotlight on San Antonio”. This trip is scheduled for October 25-29, 2015. Cost of this trip is $1,699.00. If you book after May 25th the price will increase $100. If you are thinking about this trip, now is the time to get more information and put down your deposit. There is no charge to attend this presentation, but please call 978 762-0208 to reserve your space.
“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club
Welcome Spring! Are you ready to get out there and shed the winter blahs? We will officially resume walking at John George Park on River Street beginning on Monday, April 6th at 9 AM. We will continue with our schedule of Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-10 AM, but of course you can walk any day of the week!!!
Help Us Learn More About Sleep!
If you are: 55-70 years old Non smoker Healthy and taking no medication You may be eligible for a 37-day sleep research study at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. There will be a 4-6 week screening period. Must be willing to spend 37 day consecutive days and nights in our facility. Receive up to $7,775 Call 617-525-8719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.