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.

Hours Of Operation

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

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of January lunch is on us! December birthdays were from left: Ruth Hayes, Tom Fletcher, Erva Guarente & Ruth Wallis. Please call & register by January 10th at 10am.

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 CLICKING HERE and then click under “Need an Account”.  


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 7th through Thursday, April 13th. Appointments will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 1-4 PM. Due to the high demand of appointments, Danvers seniors only may call to schedule their appointment now through January 20th. After this date all appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. Call the senior center at 978-762-0208 to schedule your appointment.


The Evening Dinner Thursday, January 12th at 5pm.

The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be Beef Pot Pie, Whipped Potato, Broccoli Delight, and a Cupcake for dessert. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets are on sale now. Please Note: When you are register ing a group of people for an event, tr ip or class and they are not under your household, you will need to pay by check instead of a credit card. Our software program will only allow your credit card to be charged for yourself and people who live in your immediate household. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Travel Chef— Tuesday, January 17th at 12pm.

The entrée will be an Asian Style Cuisine: Chinese chicken wing, boneless r ibs, duck sauce, vegetable fr ied r ice, sesame ginger broccoli, fortune cookie & fresh pineapple. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, January 16th at 10am please.


Seniors Serving Seniors— Tuesday, February 14th

At the Danvers High School from 9-10:30am sponsored by the Senior Class. There is no charge for this event, but please register by calling the center at 978-762-0208 by Friday, February 10th. Limited transportation is also available.

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Operation Troop Support Items for Janaury

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of January: cookies, candies & sweets 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 a por table heater that needs to be cleaned and checked? If yes, br ing it to the Senior Center on Thursday, January 26th 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 26th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Jan 25th. 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.

Medical Van Transportation

Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride 978-762-0208



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!

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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.

Prescription Drug Costs too High?

Look into the Extra Help program from the Social Security Administration! You may be eligible to apply for Extra Help in meeting pr escription drug costs… and you can be a homeowner and still potentially qualify for this program. Benefits for 2016 include drug co-pays as low as $2.95 for generics and $7.40 for brand name drugs. An Extra Help application can be completed anytime during the year. If you want assistance or want to apply, contact the SHINE program at 978-762-0208. Social Security contact information: 1-800-772-1213 or apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.

1/2 Senior Center Closed, Happy New Year!

1/6 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt

1/9 Special Interest Classes Begin

1/11 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

1/12 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

1/16 Sr Ctr Closed, Martin Luther King Day

1/17 Travel Chef, 12pm

1/26 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

1/26 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm


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


Every Friday-9am-12:30pm– Café (Note: no waffles)

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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.


An important show for Seniors to view this January is entitled, "Fire Safety for Seniors." The show was filmed in November at the Senior

Center for Timely Topics. It will be shown on the "Java with Jake" show on channels Verizon 36 and Comcast 99. The scheduled times it will be shown in January are: Sundays at 5 pm Tuesdays at 1 pm Fridays at noon. It is also available on demand (Video tab) on DCAT's website, www.danverstv.org.


Safety and Fall Prevention Class

Sheryl Brecker, Registered Physical Therapist will present this 6 week  class for all ability levels. Classes will focus on the needs of participants and include questions, demonstrations and more. Learn how to stay safe and avoid falls, breathing exercises, ambulation and much more. Classes will be held beginning Monday, January 23rd from 10-11:30 AM for 6 weeks. Cost: $30 FDCOA

Member/$45 Non Members.



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.



This group is for those experiencing any type of vision loss ranging from a small degree of vision loss to those who are totally blind. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. For our next meeting on January 12th we will watch an audio-described film. Stay tuned for details! If you’d like to come to this meeting but aren’t sure how to get to the Danvers Senior Center, give us a call. Dial 978-762-0208 to contact Lisa Westrate (x105), Group Leader/ Outreach, or Lorene Machado, Transportation Coordinator (x101).



The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival; we meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. In January our topic of discussion will be about taxes. We will explore tax breaks you may qualify on local, state and federal levels. Did you know that some tax breaks and credits can even be applied for retroactively? We’ll discuss eligibility guidelines and things you can do throughout the year to prepare to minimize the stress and maximize your savings.

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.


For more information, or to be added to the phone list for either Support Group contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach Worker at 978-762-0208 x105


Volunteer Opportunities

Please take some time this month to check on any homebound neighbors you may have. The winter can be very isolating for seniors who live alone. If you know of a senior who could use a friendly visitor or if you would like to be a friendly visitor, please call Cathy.


Kiosk for Living Well

Maybe it’s time to think about some habits you’ve been wanting to change in the new year. If so, the Kiosk team is ready to help. The Healthy Hearts nurse will be at The Kiosk on Monday January 23rd between 9:30-11:30. No appointment necessary! If strengthening muscles and improving balance is something you’d like to do, consider taking one of our balance assessment tests. They take very little time. Our Fall Prevention specialist is available to work with you at the Kiosk on Thursday January 19th from 9:00-12:00.

The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon See you there!


North Shore Elder Services Option Counselor

Knowing what options are available to you and your family at difficult points in your loved one’s life isn’t always easy. North Shore Elder Services provides individuals and caregivers with options counseling at any time. Our compassionate and educated counselors are able to meet with you at home, the hospital, a nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or even a community site to speak with you. You do not have to meet any incomeguidelines or be of a certain age to meet with our Options Counselors. An Options Counselor from North Shore Elder Services is available at the Danvers Council on Aging on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.


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.


Do you have Diabetes?

Tuesday, January 10th 10am-12pm. Would you like to learn how to manage your blood sugars, perhaps lose some weight without dieting? Attend this group discussion led by Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Paige Katzenstein. It will be a small group discussion so feel free to bring a spouse or support person and get ready to learn some practical ways to make healthier food choices while losing weight and bring your blood sugars down. And learn to ask your doctor the right questions during the medical visit. There is no charge for this, but you must register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Limited to 12.


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host distr ict hour s at the Danvers Council on Aging from 11:30am-12:30pm on Monday, January 9th. 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 feel free to contact her or her staff.



Fuel Assistance is available for those whose income is less than $34,001 for an individual or $44,463 for a household of two. To apply call NSCAP directly at 978-531-0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa also makes home visits, if necessary, upon request. November 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017.


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.



Tuesday, January 10th at 1 PM for “The Sea of Trees” Arthur Brennan is an American Professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving  relationship with his wife, Joan, and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi, who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing – one which may ultimately re-connect Arthur with his love for his wife. Starring: Ken Watanabe, Matthew McConaughey,

Naomi Watts. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief strong language. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on attending.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, January 18th 11am-2pm at Brentwood

Brentwood is generously sponsoring a Bingo Bonanza for the Danvers Senior Center to be held at their newly beautifully renovated facility at 56 Liberty Street in Danvers. This event which will be held on Wednesday, January 18th will include bingo with amazing prizes as well as lunch for those attending. RSVP to the Senior Center at 978-762-0208. The Center will provide a shuttle to get everyone back and forth as parking is limited at their site. Join us for this fun event!


Learn to coupon with Judi

Due to the holidays ther e will be no Coupon with Judi this month. She will resume on Monday, February 6th.


Crazy Cards

A fun way to play whist! A game of fun and laughs! Anyone can play, no card skills needed. Pr izes awarded each week. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, January 9th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 members/$3.00 non members.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, January 9th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Free Choice.  All are welcome!



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!!


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 exercise 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. Please call Paula to register at 978-762-0208.


The DCOA is excited to kick off our 2017 National Accreditation process.

We are currently one of only 200 senior centers nationally to achieve this distinction. There are several benefits to undertaking this challenge; the following are only a few:


1. Connect to the community: staff, participants, board members, aging service representatives and the community come together to look at our senior center and compare it to national standards. Together, the center and the community identify strengths and areas that need improvement and develop a strategy.

2. Develop a plan for the future- the aging baby boomer population is predicted to continue to grow until 2030. Developing a strategic plan will allow us to be prepared to meet the increasing demands of this growing population

3. Enhance senior center image- Accreditation creates an opportunity to establish our agency as a leader in positive aging by heightening awareness and showcasing excellence to funders, participants, families and other key people in the community.


You are invited to be a part of this exciting process. Please join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:30 am. Together we can work to legitimize our senior center as a professionally managed, relevant and vital resource for ALL older adults!



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!


Circle of Hope

Does someone close to you (spouse/partner, child, grandchild, or trusted caregiver) withhold your medication, use your money without permission, limit your phone calls, or tell you when or where you can go? Do you feel that nothing you ever do or say is “right?” If so, you are not alone. Are you looking to be among peers in a safe space to share your experience? Help us help you, by joining a free educational support group for seniors over 50 every Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at the Danvers Council on Aging. This group is completely confidential. The group is sponsored by CALL-NS, Confronting Abuse in Later Life-North Shore, a grant which aims to provide outreach and education around abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders fifty years and over. For more information, contact: Carolyn Lewis at 978-624-2248


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.


Danvers Community Access Television is inviting the community to help shape the local vision for cable, media and

technology in Danvers. Bring your ideas and learn more about current and new opportunities available to our community.

Attend any session that works for your schedule:

March 15th 10:00am-12:00pm Local Government Departments, Agencies and Boards

March 15th 3:00pm-5:00pm Education, Youth and Sports

Meeting at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Gordon Room 15 Sylvan Street Danvers MA


March 16th 11:00am-1:00pmSocial, Human, Health Services & Faith-Based Organizations and Seniors

March 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm Community, Arts, Culture, Music and Heritage Groups

Meeting Danvers Community Access Television 87 Elm Street, 2nd floor, Danvers MA

Catered event with prizes. See schedule and sign-up information at www.DanversTV.org/focus


HELP! Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7th : I still have a problem! “My Medicare drug plan is too expensive! Can I still change my Plan?”

If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan: between January 1 and February 14, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare

(A & B), but you cannot switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan. However, you can join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and a supplement or “Medigap” Plan.  If you have Prescription Advantage you can change your drug plan one time per year.  If you have “Extra Help” to pay for prescription drugs or MassHealth, you can change every month.  “My new plan doesn’t cover one of my medications!” You are entitled to a “transition supply” -- a one month (30-day) refill.  In the meantime, call your doctor to change medications. Use the new plan’s drug formulary to choose a medication that is on the list…(or you could change plans. See above.)

“My generic medication is now a Tier 4 and costs a lot more!”  Ask your doctor to contact the plan to request the previous Tier co-pay amount. (Or you could change plans. See above) For these and other questions about your options call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment with one of our SHINE counselors or you may contact a SHINE (ServingHealth Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare) health benefits counselor at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. They offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance and are available to meet you in your town. Call SHINE is funded by the federal Administration on Community Living and is managed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local organizations.

Maple Street Bistro Luncheon

The Maple Street Bistro is hosting a luncheon for the Danvers Council on Aging on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The cost is $8.00 per person. Checks only made payable to FDCOA. The bus will leave the senior center at 10:45 AM. NOTE: As we ar e limited to 25 seats – and the popularity of this event…..you may only purchase 2 tickets max. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 11 at 10 AM. In the event that there is a snow storm and school is closed, we will reschedule.


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.


1/25—Join Ellen and Susan of the Brookdale Danvers Assisted Living Team for a “Boost Your Brain” Workshop. Session 3 is about maximizing your Memory for Independence and Safety. See you all then!


2/1—Dana Healy, Executive Director of Danvers Community Access Television, will be talking about the upcoming licensing process between Verizon and the Town of Danvers and how your input can impact the outcome. The funds from the new licensing agreement are used for non-profit purposes related to technology.

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