25 Stone Street Danvers MA 01923    Phone: (978) 762-0208

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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, December 14th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of December lunch is on us! November birthdays were from left: Judy Cummings & Marie Deschamps. Please call & register by December 13th 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.

 

Holiday Fair—Saturday, December 3rd from 9am-1pm

Something for everyone! Knit goods, jewelry, baked goods, white elephant, crafts and much more.

 

Annual Holiday Party— Friday, December 16th.

Howie Conley and the Seniortones will be providing holiday and show tunes beginning at 10:30am followed by lunch. The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be baked stuffed chicken breast with gravy, winter butternut squash risotto, glazed baby carrots vichy, roasted brussel sprouts with crispy pancetta, holiday marble cake with butter cream frosting. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets on sale Thursday,

December 1st at 10am.

 

Please Note: When you ar e register ing a group of people for an event, trip 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, December 27th at 12pm.

The entr ée will be stir fr y style Gnocchi with butternut squash & a sage cream sauce, roasted brussel sprouts with maple & bacon, mixed green salad with red onion & cranberries, wheat bread & chocolate rice crispy treat. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Friday, December 23rd at 10am please.

 

“SANTA for SENIORS”

For the 2nd year we are joining with Home Instead Senior Care to brighten the Holiday’s for those seniors who are less fortunate. We will be placing cards on our Christmas tree with specific requests of needed items. All of the seniors included in this project are alone and living in local nursing homes in Danvers. If you are interested in helping, just come in and choose a name off our tree. Please return the gift to the senior center with the card indicating who it is for by Friday, December 16th. Hoping you all have a good Holiday and thanking you for your Goodwill!!

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Operation Troop Support Items for December

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of December: coffee, tea, sugar, creamer & crackers and as always personal size hygiene items. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of December. Mr. Fix It will be back in January. Happy Holidays!

fitness

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.

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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.

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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

 

ATTENTION ALL RIDERS!!

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.

12/4-12/9 Southern Charm Holiday trip departs

12/3 Holiday Fair, 9am-1pm

12/6 A Very Merry Italian Christmas trip at Danversport Yacht Club

12/8 Frank & Barbra Together at Christmas trip at Foxwoods

12/8 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

12/8 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm

12/9 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)

12/12 Crazy Cards 9:30am-12pm

12/12 Book Club 1pm-3pm

12/14 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

12/16 Annual Holiday Party

12/26 Senior Center Closed

12/31 New Year’s Eve Day trip at Danversport Yacht Club

 

No Mr. Fix It—There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of December

 

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.

 

Here are some tips about using the 9-1-1 system: When should I call 9-1-1?  Save a life  Stop a Crime  Report a fire Anytime help is needed from police, fire or ambulance personnel, 9-1-1 should be  your first call in an emergency. 9-1-1 Calling Tips:  Stay calm and speak clearly. Be sure to listen carefully and answer all of the  dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability.  If possible, do not hang up until the 9-1-1 dispatcher has obtained all of the information that is needed.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS OUTREACH COORDINATOR, Lisa Westrate 978)762-0208 x105

Lisa 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 alongside new friends who are facing similar challenges. Our group usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. However, because of the Holidays, this month we will meet on Thursday, December 8th at 1pm BOTH the CLA and LOW VISION groups will be doing the same activity at different times.

 

LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP:

Our regular group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. 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.  anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival challenges. Our group usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. However, because of the Holidays, this month we will meet on Thursday, December 8th at 1pm BOTH the CLA and LOW VISION groups will be doing the same activity at different times.

 

ELEPHANT Holiday Gift Exchange!

 

Here’s what to do:

1. Do NOT spend money! Everyone has something in their home taking up space that is never used and could use a new home. Think Decluttering!!!

2. Select an item valued $20 or less that you ALREADY own.

3. Bring the wrapped item to group in December for the

 

ELEPHANT Holiday Gift Exchange!

Examples of things to bring are:

-gifts you’ve received but don’t have a use for

-Duplicates of items you own -home décor items that doesn’t suit your taste

-CDs or DVDs -kitchen gadgets or other tools you don’t use or

- any other extra item that takes up space

 

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

We are looking for some volunteers to deliver Poinsettias to homebound seniors in Danvers. Deliveries will take place the week of December 19th. For more information contact Cathy. Many thanks to all the volunteers who do so much for so many all throughout the year. I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season!! Please remember to log your volunteer hours into the MY Senior Center computer at the center!!

 

Kiosk for Living Well

Is it time to get serious about your health? Not everyone’s prepared to work on improving their health during the big holiday month, but if you are, and if you’re hoping to keep an eye on good habits in December, we’ve got options for you at The Kiosk for Living Well. Our Healthy Hearts nurse will be at The Kiosk on Monday, December 12th between 9:30 and 11:30. She can recommend strategies to eat mindfully this holiday season to avoid putting on extra pounds if you’re hoping to do that. No appointment necessary! Sylvia our Fall Prevention specialist will demonstrate ways to focus on your strength and balance during the busy season. If you haven’t done a balance assessment test or if you’d like a refresher, please come by! Sylvia will be at the Kiosk on Monday,

December 19th from 9:00-12:00. Happy Holidays!

 

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.

 

Blood Pressure Clinics – By appointment. Judith Ryan, RN our Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressureclinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 x114 to book your appointment.

 

“Make the Most of the camera on your cell phone!”

Join Ben from Danvers Community Access Television to learn how to maximize the camera on your Android or iPhone, including still photography, video and how to edit photos and videos on your phone! Monday, December 19 from 10 AM-12 Noon. There is no charge for this, but you must register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Limited to 12. Don’t forget to bring your phone with you.

 

Do you have Diabetes? 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 arange 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.

 

Bereavement Loss and Change Support Group Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm

Support group for people who have experience 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 & A MOVIE

Popcorn and A Movie – Tuesday, December 20th at 1 PM for “Me Before You” – starring Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin. Plot: Louisa “Lou” Clark lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior and whose whole world

changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives – and hearts – changing in the ways neither one could have imagined. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements and some suggestive material. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on attending.

 

Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, December 21st 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, December 21st 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

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 (December 5th & 19th 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. Pr izes awarded each week. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, December1 12th. 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, December 12th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be any book on American Indians. All are welcome!

 

Coloring – 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”

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.

 

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!

 

Medical Equipment

We are currently in need of bath seats and bath benches. We are not accepting any other items at this time. We will update monthly any items needed. These items are loaned to seniors at no charge to assist them in their recuperation. You may drop these off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate.

 

Facebook

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

 

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

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March 16th 11:00am-1:00pm Social, 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

 

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.

 

Do Not Ignore Medicare Mail!

It’s that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should expect information from your plan by the end of September. This information is important because it explains changes in your plan for 2017. During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment!

 

Do Not Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and Medicare related health insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208. For other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back as soon as possible.

 

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.

 

FUEL ASSISTANCE

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

 

Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan

1. Is your current plan still the best option? If you're already enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan, there's no guarantee it will be the best option for you in 2017. There are fewer plans in 2017 than in 2016. Read your plan details. Insurance companies may modify their benefit structures. Your cur rent plan could very well have a different drug formulary, deductibles, and co-pay levels than it did in the past.

2. What about using a different pharmacy? Limiting yourself to one pharmacy could cost more with Medicare Part D; some Medicare Part D plans negotiate better discounts with certain pharmacy chains. To find a new plan for 2017, go to www.medicare.gov. You may also call the DCOA to make an appointment with a SHINE Counselor at 978-762-0208 or check with a SHINE counselor (1-800-AGE-INFO, press or say #3). Either way, you'll be asked to select one or more pharmacies. Select your preferred pharmacy/ies first; review the differing plans and pricing. Then, before making your final selection, go back and change the pharmacies you selected. Compare the plans and prices of the new selection against your initial pharmacy selection. A different pharmacy could save you money. Your pharmacy might assist in selecting a Medicare Part D plan. Know there may be bias toward plans with which the pharmacy has a relationship.

3. Are there medication restrictions? The plan-selection notes all your current medications. Keep your full list handy (including dosage amounts) before going online or visiting a SHINE counselor. Different Part D plans could have different policies about one or more of the drugs you take. See which plan restricts any of your medications. Some plans may require prior authorization for certain drugs; your doctor will have to obtain approval from the plan before prescribing the medication. Plans might require step therapy: you'll have to try a less expensive drug before "stepping up" to a more expensive drug. Look closely at all plans. Just because one restricts a given medication, it doesn't mean all will follow suit. Plans change features frequently. Even if your cur rent Medicare Part D covers all your medications without restr ictions, it could have new restrictions for 2017.

4. Have you reviewed the star rating for each plan? Medicare's star-ratings measure the performance of each Part D plan. Five stars is the highest rating; one star is the lowest. Medicare rates plans based on:  

- Customer service

- Member complaints, service problems, and dropping the plan

- Member experience with the plan

- Drug pricing and patient safety

Check each plan's star rating to avoid poor performers; that is not necessarily the most important consideration. A four-star plan meeting all of your needs at a lower cost could be better for you than a five-star plan that doesn't.

5. Compare all costs, not just the premium…. The monthly premium is only part of what you will have to pay. Review all costs: premiums, deductibles, co-pay levels, and coinsurance amounts. Review your drug spending from the past year. Evaluating each plan's total costs to you based on your prior spending patterns could help you pick an option that is most cost-effective… even if its premiums are higher than others.

6. Consider Medicare Advantage alternatives Medicare Part D might not be your best choice. It's possible a Medicare Advantage plan that offers drug benefits could be a better option. If you use the www.Medicare.gov find-a-plan feature, you can view Medicare health plans with drug coverage in addition to Part D plans. Check the box to see the monthly premiums, deductibles, etc., for these Medicare Advantage plans.

7. Don't automatically go with your spouse's plan It may be more convenient to select the same Part D plan as your spouse, but that could cost you more if you take different medications. Plans vary by benefits offered: your spouse’s plan may not be your best option.

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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.

 

12/7 – Element Care –Create with PACE – A take-off on the popular Paint Nights. Where each person gets to take home their own original Masterpiece. All the while you will learn highlights of the PACE program as you paint and create with each color from the palate. Limited to 20 only, so you must register in advance. Presented by Carol Pallazola

 

12/14 - Scams, Frauds, and Identity Theft - Power Tips to Protect Yourself – Presented by Cindy Matloff of Consumers Empowered.

 

1/25—Join Ellen and Susan of the Brookdale Danvers Assisted Living Team for a “Boost Your Brain” Workshop. Session 3 is about maximizing you  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.