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, June 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of June lunch is on us! May birthdays were: from left: John Toomey & Jack Danaher. Please call & register by June 7th at 10am.

Danvers Health Department Sponsors - Diaper Drive Benefitting Danvers Families in Need

Click here for all the information!


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.


Travel Chef

Thursday, June 16th at 12pm. This month’s desser t will be Travel Chef Sundae Bar. The entrée will be a Father’s Day Special consisting of BBQ ribs, mac & cheese, baked beans, and corn bread. Please note: must have lunch and sundae, can’t just get sundae. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by

Wednesday, June 15th at 10am please.


Last Henry’s Dinner until the fall

The next evening dinner will be held on Thursday, June 23rd from 5pm-7pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be chicken cordon bleu, traditional rice pilaf, broccoli delight with rolls and strawberry short cake for dessert. Tickets are $8 members/$10 nonmembers. Tickets are on sale Thursday, June 2nd at 10am.


Family Festival Senior Picnic - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 11:30am-2:00pm.

Danvers residents age 60 and older are invited to enjoy a wonderful Mixed Grill luncheon including sausage, steak tip and turkey tip, homemade rice pilaf, baked beans and a homemade ice cream sandwich from Brentwood Nursing Home for dessert. Tickets are $6 for FDCOA members/$8 for nonmembers. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday June 1st at 10am. There will be open seating (both indoors and out) for this event. The Kiwanis Club of Danvers will assist with cooking and serving as always! Entertainment by Paul Wayne being generously sponsored by Ledgewood Nursing & Rehab. Free raffle will be sponsored by Aberdeen Home Care, Inc. providing 2 automatic blood pressure cuffs for home use! This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early and celebrate the 4th with good food and good friends!!


Patio Parties

Will be starting before you know it. Patio Par ties will be on Wednesday evenings at 5pm beginning Wednesday, July 13th. Live entertainment will be sponsored by Brentwood Nursing Home.

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Operation Troop Support Items for June

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of June powdered drink mixes, such as Gatorade, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Tang or Iced Tea Mix 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 any portable fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring it to the Senior Center on Thursday, June 30th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix it. Due to space limitations, if you cannot bring your item on the 30th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. June 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.

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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Danvers TRIAD

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. Come and learn more about the various programs of the Danvers TRIAD Council at the Active Older Adults Day at the Danvers YMCA on Pickering Street Wednesday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At the TRIAD table there will be:

  • File of Life Cards

  • Yellow Dot ID stickers for vehicle emergencies

  • Grab and Go bags

  • Free numbers to be sure your home “Number is UP”

  • All are welcome to this event which includes a luncheon.

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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.

6/7 Tuesday Travel, Castle Island

6/8 Active Older Adult Day, YMCA 11am-1:30pm

6/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

6/9 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

6/12 Boothbay Harbor trip departs

6/14 Tuesday Travel, Portsmouth NH

6/16 Travel Chef, 12pm

6/21 Popcorn & a Movie, 1pm Joy

6/23 Henry’s Evening Dinner, 5pm

6/26 Alaska aboard the Norwegian Pearl trip

6/28 Family Festival Senior Picnic, 11:30am

6/30 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am


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 in June)

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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.


June 8- Danvers Resident Thom Ayers has written a book about his “adventures” in Vietnam (published in March 2016). Come and hear his story of how a young man deals with being drafted into the US Army in the sixties, faces challenges of Boot Camp and Advanced Infantry Training, His story travels from the classroom to the jungle and rice paddies where he faces life-changing actions and experienced moments that will be imbedded in his memory forever.


June 15 - This is Not a Test: Stay Connected during the Copper to Fiber Transition. Please join representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable’s (“DTC”) Consumer Division to discuss the important changes happening to the communications network and to learn about the consumer protections available for telephone service. Verizon, the local wireline telephone provider, is upgrading its traditional copper network by converting it to a fiber-based network in Danvers and other communities. DTC staff will be  available to answer your questions regarding the transition of delivery of traditional telephone service to newer technologies and explain the differences between copper and fiber based telephone service, as well as provide valuable tips to help you stay connected!


June 22 – “Peak Savings” – Do you know what the Demand Response Program is? The Demand Response is a program that helps the Electric Division manage peak hour electricity demand and typically occurs in the summer months. Join Sharon Celment, Program Engineer with the Town of Danvers DPW to learn more.


July 13 – Protect your Home, Savings & Independence – Certified Elder Law Attorney’s Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman will give you information on how to protect assets against potential nursing home costs, how to avoid a costly probate, guardianship and conservatorship. RSVP to Curley Law Firm at 781 245-2222 x 10


July 20 - PACE at Element Care on the North Shore, is a FREE healthcare program you are entitled to, if you are on MassHealth, age 55+ and meet certain healthcare criteria. If you aren’t on MassHealth, there are state waiver programs they work with to help you become eligible, and then they can help you with the application process, to get you the healthcare package you need and deserve. If you are a caregiver or in any way concerned about the health of yourself or a loved one, PACE could be your answer. The mission of PACE is to keep you living safely and independently at home with their comprehensive, all-inclusive model of care, to avoid re-hospitalizations & admissions into nursing homes. Everything is covered: Prescription Medications, Over the Counter Drugs, Primary Care Doctor Visits, 24/7 access to the on-call Medical Team, Meals, Transportation, Dental, Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, Therapies, Nursing, Home Care Health Needs, Housecleaning, optional Adult Day Health Program & more….. No out of pocket expenses, no premiums, no co-pays, no bills to you! Come to this complimentary information session and learn how PACE may be the right option for you to stay healthy at home!



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.


CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA): 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. On Thursday June 23rd, Wendy Pearl from Community Greetings will join us to chat while we enjoy some summery refreshments. Wendy was raised in Peabody and has lived in Danvers since graduating from college. As a representative of Community Greeting for over 15 Years Wendy welcomes new residents of Danvers and Peabody with information about various businesses & organizations in the area. As an active member of the Peabody Chamber of Commerce, as well as a participant in various community and civic organizations, Wendy has extensive knowledge about the local businesses and resources. She also is familiar with a variety of contracted services such as Plumbing, Electrician, and Carpenters. As a long term member and current Chair of the TRIAD committee, Wendy recognizes the need for consumers, seniors in particular, to make informed decisions and take certain precautions when looking for and hiring private contractors.


Our CLA group has discussed the idea of creating a local resource guide as a group project. Wendy would like to

participate in this endeavor. I look forward to seeing all of you in June!


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: 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. June 9th will be our final group meeting before we take a break for the summer. While we enjoy summery refreshments we will talk about how needs change overtime as vision loss progresses. What kind of resources and information does someone who has been diagnosed with significant visual impairment need? What supports are most helpful after living with vision loss over a period of years? Please come to share, listen to others, and bring someone you know might benefit from joining our group. 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).


Volunteer Opportunities

Our Patio Parties will be starting up in July and many hands make light work! If you would like to pitch in to help us serve and clean up call and we will put you on the list! Please remember your neighbors!! In the very hot summer months it would be wonderful if you would check in on your neighbors who may not have any air conditioning and may need a bit of help. Remind them to drink plenty of water and keep cool. Maybe help out with errands or shopping.


Kiosk for Living Well

We want you to experience the best of the Kiosk whenever possible! Find your childhood home on Google Earth and enjoy sharing musical memories at the same time! You can also meet with The Million Hearts Nurse on Monday June 13th anytime between 10:00 and Noon. Our nurse speaks with Kiosk visitors confidentially and is able to offer great tips for

heart health tailored to your medical profile. Sylvia, our Move Safe counselor works with Kiosk visitors around balance and fall prevention and can assess your strengths and weakness. She’ll be at the Kiosk on Monday June 20th from 10:00-12:00. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon. Come and shake it up in June with us!


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host district hours at the Danvers Council on Aging from 9-10 AM on Monday, June 13th. 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.


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.


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.


A Message from SHINE: What are Medigap Plans?

Medigap plans are health insurance plans that provide extra protection beyond Medicare by filling in some of the “gaps” in Medicare coverage. In Massachusetts, these plans allow continuous open enrollment. You must have Medicare A and B to enroll, and cannot be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Anyone who is eligible may enroll or change plans or coverage levels at any time, with changes effective the first of the following month. Note that Medigap policies do not cover prescription drugs, which are covered separately under Medicare Part D. A Medigap policy will generally pay only when Medicare approves payment. You are free to choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare and you do not need referrals to see a specialist. For assistance with choosing a Medigap plan or any Medicare issue, contact the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone… on Medicare) Program. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, inperson,

confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related insurance programs. To make an appointment, call the senior center at 978-762-0208 or the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. You’ll be asked to leave a message and a daytime phone number and a SHINE counselor will return your call.


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.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, June 22nd 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 will include bingo with amazing prizes as well as lunch for those attending. RSVP to the Senior Center at


Annual Little League Senior Picnic

Please join the Danvers National Little League for a picnic on Saturday, June 18th at Tapley Park from 12 Noon – 3 PM. Rain date: Sunday, June 19th. There is no charge, but please register by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Transportation provided if necessary. Please let us know when you register.


Did you Know?

Elder Affairs is often reminded of new (and sometimes old) ingenious practices to separate elders and others from their money -- either outright or through information that seniors provide in good faith. As you may (not) know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a constantly updated website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts to alert consumers about what’s real and what’s fake.


Mrs. Fix-it!

We are pleased to announce Joanne Mills will be helping us out with her sewing skills. If you have a small sewing job such as hemming, replacing a zipper etc. please drop it off at the senior center and we will give you a call if and when the job is

complete. If you have any questions please call Cathy.


Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather:

Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide- brimmed hat. Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body. Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic heat. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body. Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day. Check with your community for information about possible local ‘cooling centers’. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%. Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. Never leave  children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Check on family, friends and neighbors.


Active Older Adults Day – June 8 from 11 AM-1:30 PM.

The Danvers YMCA will be hosting the Annual Active Older Adults Day. This national YMCA event is a day for Active Older Adults (50+) to use the facility at no cost. Swim, take a class or use the Cardio Center. The auditorium will be set up with information booths, free screenings and giveaways. Pot-luck luncheon is at 12:15pm. The Senior Center as well as TRIAD will have information booths. Stop by and say hello!


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 (June 6th & 20th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.


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. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, June 13th. 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, June 13th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be any book on humor. 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!!


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club”

Welcome Spring!!! Are you ready to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Our Walking Club will be meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10 AM. This year we will be walking on the new path at the Senior Center/Highlands School. If you haven’t seen it, directly across from our front door is a path with a wooden bridge that connects to the paved walking path at the Highlands School. This will be very convenient as there is plenty of parking and access to facilities at the Senior Center. Each lap is between 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile. If you would like to join us, please call Paula at 978-762-0208 and she will keep you updated on the Club.


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.