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.

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

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, April 12th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of April lunch is on us! March birthdays were standing: Pat Hayes seated: Marsha Gadzera. Please call & register by April 11th 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”.  


The Danvers Council on Aging is happy to announce the creation of a new Men’s Club.

This group will provide an opportunity for men to get together and discuss issues of interest, create interesting dialogue and develop support and camaraderie among peers. This friendly group of men will also share a catered meal and frequently invite speakers to present on various topics. The first group will meet on Thursday April 27, at 5pm at the Danvers Senior Center. There is no charge to participate but the is a charge of $10 per meeting for the meal. The meal is catered by Henry’s of Beverly and will consist of Chicken Cacciatore, penne pasta, Caesar salad and Tiramisu dessert cups! Reservations for meal are required by Monday April 24th. The first speaker will be Danvers resident Thom Ayers who has written a book about his experience 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, facing the 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 moments that have been imbedded in his memory forever. If transportation is a problem, please call Lorene at 978-762-0208 to arrange for a possible volunteer driver for transportation. Hope to see you there!!


The Evening Dinner— Thursday, April 27th at 5pm.

The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be Chicken Cacciatore with Penne Pasta, Caesar Salad & Tiramisu Dessert Cup. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets are on sale now.


Travel Chef— April 18th at 12pm.

The entr ée will be French crepes, turkey, spinach & swiss crepe, creamy mushroom sauce, wild rice pilaf, peas & asparagus & parker house roll & Boston cream cake. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by April 14th at 10am please.


Get Out and Vote

Did you know that the Beverly Bank has opened a new branch at 29 Elm Street in Danvers?? You could help the Danvers Council on Aging become the lucky recipient of a $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000 donation! All you have to do is visit the branch sometime before April13th and cast your vote for Danvers Council on Aging. The top 3 vote getter (out of the 5 non-profits nominated) will receive the donations! The winner will be announced at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday April 13th! Please help us to continue our important work by casting your vote to help us receive this generous donation. Notice of Increase—Due to the rising cost of operating our transportation program, the Danvers Council on Aging Board of Directors has voted to institute an increase in the suggested donation from the current $2 per R/T in town donation to $3 per R/T. Outside of Danvers fees will increase from the $4 donation to $5 round trip. In fiscal year 2016 over 15,330 rides were provided for medical, recreational, shopping and other needs. Unfortunately, donations have decreased while ridership has increased. We recognize our transportation program as one of the most  important needs of the senior population. In order to continue to provide this valuable service we need to ask for your help. This increase will not be instituted until April 1st 2017. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to afford, please contact Pam Parkinson. Financial assistance may be available.. For ease of donations, we will be offering seniors the option to purchase a donation punch card for $30. You may purchase a donation card at the front desk or by calling Lorene at 978-762-0208.

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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 combat support hospitals: new twin sheets, blankets, sweat suits. 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, April 27th 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 27th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. April 26th. 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.

NOTICE OF INCREASE Effective April 1, 2017, the transportation donation for Danvers residents age 60 or older and/ or disabled Danvers residents under the age of sixty will be as follows: $1.50 each way ($3 round trip) donation for appointments within Danvers $2.50 each way ($5 round trip) donation for appointments to the adjoining communities of Peabody, Beverly and Salem. Boston Medical rides will increase $28 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Lahey Burlington rides will increase $18 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Gordon College Mobility Program, Wenham will increase $6 each way ($12 round trip). People living in Assisted Living Facilities will increase to $12 each way ($24 round trips).

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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.

4/3 Couponing with Judi, 10:30am-11:30am

4/4 Popcorn & a Movie, 1pm

4/7 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm

4/10 Crazy Cards, 9:30am-12pm

4/10 Book Club, 1pm

4/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

4/13 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

4/17 Patriot’s Day, Senior Center Closed

4/27 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

4/27 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm

4/27 Men’s Group, 5pm


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)

APRIL 2017 - Save The Date


For a printable copy of our APRIL 2017 newsletter, please click here.

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DCOA On Line Registration:                                                            

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The Danvers Council on Aging along with Medical Reserve Corps Well Check Team is looking for individuals interested in having well check calls to insure your wellbeing.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO!            

Danvers Community Television (DCAT) Needs Your Help!  


Please click here for DCAT survey!                                                

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.


4/5 Lifestyle Transition Seminar – Join us for a brief presentation to learn your housing options! Downsizing & Selling from Daunting to Done! Hosted by LUX Realty Senior Specialists, Joy Munoz and Arthur Thompson. Refreshments will be served! Enter to win a $25 gift certificate!


4/12 - Trivia with Jen – Come join Jennifer Tineo of Genesis Health Care/Twin Oaks for a morning of fun trivia. 4/19 Home Safety Jeopardy – Presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant Students at North Shore Community College. In this interactive and fun information session, we

will discuss home safety jeopardy style. Some of the areas that will be covered are kitchen, bathroom, electrical, etc. Please join us for this very fun and educational class. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


4/26 Despite the fact that the season of snow and ice may be coming to an end, the risk of falling can happen in any season. Emily Graziano, PT, DPT, Pilgrim Rehabilitation in Peabody will be discussing fall r isk factor s including physical, environmental and behavioral influences, as well as, steps to increase your confidence in preventing falls. The goal is to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather that is coming to the fullest!


TRIAD Corner

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. Here are few tips to keep you and your grandchildren safe when it comes to computer


- Make sure that any computer your grandchildren are using in your home is centrally located so that you can easily view what they are doing and to see if they are on appropriate websites.

- Never let your grandchildren use your name, address, phone number or any other personal information on the computer.

- Do not provide your computer password to your grandchildren.

- Limit their time on the computer, and don’t be afraid to set rules.



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 questions about the Low Vision support group or the CLA group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105).



We regularly meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Bring a friend to our April meeting! On April 13th at 10:30am, Gayle Yarnall will share 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 how easy it is to keep reading your favorite books and magazines by demonstrating a free, easy to use digital player. 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 at no cost to you. Applications and assistance will be available during the presentation. 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 welcome anyone who is curious about what the group has to offer or has any questions.



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 April 27th, we will be taking the opportunity to consider our feelings and preferences for the future by using a free

resource available through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in California called the Conversation Project. From their website:

“The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. We developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the  kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves. We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. If you’re ready to join us, we ask you: Have you had the conversation?”


Volunteer Opportunities

Sewing anyone?? We would like to try to start a “sewing circle”to help seniors with any alterations they may need at a minimal fee (materials only). If we could recruit a group of folks who like to sew and chat we could dedicate a time and space for the group to meet, socialize and sew. It would be a win win for all involved. If you enjoy sewing and would like to be part of a group, please call Cathy 978-762-0208. Thank you!


If you are a current volunteer with the senior center and have been active within the past 12 months keep an eye out for your volunteer recognition event invitation! We will be traveling back to the 1950’s to celebrate all you do! This year’s event will take place Friday, April 21st @ 5:00 pm, at the Senior Center. If you do not get an invitation and are an active volunteer, please call Cathy. We are looking forward to one of our best events yet!


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.



Please remember when leaving the Senior Center to follow the rules of the road and stop at the stop sign in our parking lot as well as turn onto

Martin Street as directed.


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host district hours at the Danvers Council on Aging every other month. She will be here next on Monday, April 10th from 9am-10am and on Monday June 12th from 9am-10am. 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


Kiosk for Living Well

Spring is upon us, there are visions of spring buds and green grass all around us. Hooray! Don't be an April Fool this month! Instead come see Sylvia, our Fall Prevention specialist. She'll be at the kiosk on Monday April 24th between 9:00 – Noon. It's always a good time to work on your balance. The Healthy Hearts nurse will be at the Kiosk on Monday, April 10th from 9:30-11:30. We'll see you there! The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon


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.


Popcorn and a Movie

Join us on Tuesday, April 4th at 1 PM for “Loving” – Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them, and ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try to find a way back. Their civil rights case, “Loving vs. Virginia,” went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. Based on a true story. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978-762-0208 if you plan on attending.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, April 19th 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, April 19th 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!



The Danvers TRIAD committee will be presenting on safety programs available for Senior & Disabled residents in Danvers. Please join us at 1pm on Monday 4/10 at the Hawks Manor community room at 14 Stone Street. Call the Senior Center to RSVP: 978-762-0208


Danvers Public Health Nurse Holding Diaper Drive Benefitting Danvers Families in Need

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In recognition of this, the Danvers Health Department will be sponsoring a Diaper Drive benefitting Danvers families. Did you know 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children? A lack of diapers has many negative outcomes for children and families’ health, economic and emotional welfare, and educational opportunities. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, “Women with diaper need also reported more difficulty with stress management, depression and coping with trauma – which can negatively affect a child’s health and development”. Increased stress and depression can in turn increase the chances of abuse. Location and Hours There are three donation boxes located in Town: Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., Main Entry Danvers Senior Center, 25 Stone St., Main Entry Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St, Main Entry Donations of unopened diapers/wipes can be dropped off April 4-April 28 during each facility’s regular business  hours. All diaper sizes are needed, from newborn to size six. All diapers/wipes collected will be distributed to Danvers homeless and People to

People Food Pantry in Danvers. For further information, contact Public Health Nurse, Judith Ryan, at 978-762-0208


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 income guidelines 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.


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 beginning on April 3rd (weather permitting). We walk on the 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 is very convenient as there is plenty of parking and access to facilities at the Senior Center. Each lap is between ¼ to 1/3 of a mile.


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 (April 3rd from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information. Note: April 17th is Patriot's Day so there will not be a class.


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, April 10th. 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, April 10th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be a Biography. 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.


Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side on Thursday, April 27th at 5 PM. Evidentiary message will provide information that shows that the Soul is eternal. Linnea is a guest lecturer with radio appearances on 30 national shows and in 176 countries. Limited to 10. Cost: $25 FDCOA member/$30 non member. You must register in advance. Join us at Hunt Nursing & Retirement (Lindall Street) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of the one and only Jim Moses! There is no charge for this, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Limited transportation is available, please ask about it when you register.


The Danvers Council on Aging is purchasing a bench for the Walking Path at the Highlands School. If you would like to make a donation toward the cost, you may drop your donation in the box at the front desk. Any amount is appreciated to help offset the cost of this bench. As you know, our Walking Club utilizes this path and the bench will be greatly appreciated by all.


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


You’re Invited...Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging will hold its Annual meeting on Wednesday, May 17th from 1pm-2pm at the Senior Center. The meeting is open to current members of the Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging. The Lifetime Enrichment Award Scholarships will be presented at this meeting. Refreshments will be served following the business meeting.


Friends of the Danvers Council of Aging 2017 Lifeme Enrichment Awards

Objective The objecve of the Lifeme Enrichment Award Program is to encourage and enhance lifelong learning CLICK HERE FOR INFO!


AARP Income Tax Assistance

Due to high demand this year, all tax assistance appointments here at the senior center are filled through April 13th. 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.



Join us at Hunt Nursing & Retirement (Lindall Street) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of the one and only Jim Moses! Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978 762-0208. Limited transportation is available, please ask about it when you register.