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.
2/4 Timely Topics “Be Heart Smart & Have a Healthy Heart” 10:30
2/5 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
2/5 Kiosk Nurse, 9:30am-11:30am
2/9 Registration for March Classes Begins
2/10 Tax Assistance begins by appointment
2/10 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
2/11 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
2/12 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
2/12 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am
2/13 Srs Serving Srs 9am-10:30am at DHS
2/12 Kiosk Falls Specialist, 9am-Noon
2/17 Popcorn & A Movie, 1pm
2/19 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
2/19 Free Hearing Screen 10AM-12pm (by appt)
2/19 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 10:30am
2/24 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)
2/24 Tuesday Travel, Museum of Fine Arts
2/26 Kiosk for Living Well, 9am-Noon
2/26 Mr. Fix It 9am-11:30am
2/26 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm
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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FEBRUARY 2015 News
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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of February lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on February 10th. The January birthdays were from
left: Maureen Tomaselli & Jane O’Connell
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
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 Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.
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 10th through April 15th. Appoints will be available on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 PM. Call the senior center at 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.
Traveling Chef Program
This month’s entrée will be an Oriental Soup Noodle Bar with beef, broth, fresh vegetables, tossed oriental salad, crispy chow mein noodles and ginger ice cream. Join us on Tuesday, February 17th at 12pm. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person. Reservations by Friday, February 13th at 10am please. The Evening Dinner—The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 5pm The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be sliced meatloaf with whipped potatoes, gravy, carrots and green beans with the chocolate mousse cup for desert. The cost will be $7.00 for FDCOA members and $9.00 for non member. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, February 4th at 10am.
Seniors Serving Seniors
Friday, February 13th from 9-10:30 AM at the 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.
Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am
February 4 – Be Heart Smart and Have a Healthy Heart – A strong, healthy heart is vital for longevity. You can do a lot to influence your risk of heart disease, and it’s never too late to start promoting a healthy heart. In this program we will talk about: How your heart works; Symptoms that may signal heart disease and prevention tactics you can do to maintain a healthy heart. Presented by Doris Labbe of Bayada Home Health Care
March 4 – Growing Older: Staying Healthy & Happy – Sooner or later, we all must deal with changes,
large and small, that come with aging. Come and explore some of the important things we can do to stay
happy and healthy as we grow older. Topic include: Eat well and the importance of a diet rich in nutrients;
stay active and how regular physical activity can help them stay independent; get enough sleep and how sleep is essential to good health. Presented by Doris Labbe of Bayada Home Health Care
March 11—Protect your home and assets against nursing home costs. If you have a health crisis, are you
prepared? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? Back by popular demand, Certified Elder Law Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman will discuss MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies, the five-year look back period and revocable living trusts. This presentation is ideal for seniors, the children of seniors, or anyone else interested in learning about Estate Planning and Asset Protection. Please be sure to
RSVP to 978 762-0208 to reserve your space.
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. Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend among our nation’s youth. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, most young people obtain these drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. For this reason, it is important to secure your prescription medications so that they cannot be easily stolen from your home. In addition, unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs should be disposed of properly. The Danvers Police Department has a Medicine Disposal Program where unused prescription medications can be dropped in a secure box inside the entrance to the station. One may put the container itself into the disposal box, or if worried about personal information on the container, take the label off first, or simply pour the medication into a plastic bag before inserting into the disposal box opening. Disposal down the drain or toilet is not safe for the environment, since residue has been found in rivers and lakes. Danvers Police about twice a year destroy drugs that have accumulated at headquarters. There is also a secure box inside the station for the disposal of the home use of “sharps”, i.e, medical needles and other sharp medical instruments. For more information call the Danvers Senior Center 978-762-0208 Ext. 106.
and then click under “Need an Account”.
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 puzzle books, word searches, brain teasers, playing cards and electronic games. 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 them to the Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 26th 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 26th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Feb. 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.
Online registration for March 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 Kiosk for Living Well
The Kiosk for Living Well is a happy antidote to the doldrums of winter! Come check out the Kiosk any Tuesday or Thursday. Take a virtual bike ride to a sunny place or meet with the Kiosk’s Million Hearts Nurse on February 5th between 9:30-11:30. Our Falls Prevention specialist will visit the Kiosk on Tuesday, February 12th from 9-Noon. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9-Noon. Stop by!
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.
NEW! Crazy Cards
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, February 9th. 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, February 9th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is romance—fiction or non fiction. All are welcome!
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.
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
The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On February 12, Sally from the North Shore Elders Services Money Management Program will join us. She will share how
their program can help those with vision loss to pay their bills and keep up with their finances. Trained volunteers through the Money Management Program are matched up with income eligible
individuals to get help in the ways they need it most.
CLA (Challenges of Living Alone) This group meets on the third Thursday of the month. I have been thinking aboutmaking some changes to focus of the group. Please join me on Feb 19 at 10:30
am if you would like to give feedback, brainstorm ideas and are willing to help take the group in a new direction.
We have openings for friendly callers. If you would be willing to make phone calls to check on frail seniors we need your help. Call Cathy Please remember to check on homebound neighbors during the cold and snowy months ahead. If you know of a senior who needs help please let us know.
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
Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse
Office hours are: Thursday Blood Pressure Clinic by appointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208
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.