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.

8/5 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt.)

8/7 Patio Party, 5pm

8/11 Fall Class Registrations begins

8/12 Popcorn & A Movie, Heaven is for Real, 1pm

8/12 Isles of Shoals Trip Departs

8/13 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

8/14 Patio Party, 5pm

8/19 Tuesday Travels, Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (see pg 7)

8/21 Patio Party, 5pm

8/23 Made in Mass Trip departs

8/26 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt.)

8/28 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

8/28 Patio Party, 5pm

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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

If you would like our newsletter sent via e-mail every month send your email to: lmachado@mail.danvers-ma.org.

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 13th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of August, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on August 12th. The July birthdays were from left: Roger Congley, Brenda Martinson & Dom Benedetto.

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                                                              


As most of you are already aware, the homeless population that has been placed in our Danvers motels

has continued to grow to epidemic numbers. Presently we have over 185 families with 346 children!

The Town of Danvers has responded to this by providing a safe place for children to spend their day during

the summer month by offering “Project Sunshine” for six weeks over the summer months. Our wonderful

and dedicated volunteers helped to make this a reality and found the experience to be a rewarding

one. Now that this program is coming to an end on August 18th, we are reaching out to our volunteers

to assist with a new pilot program to help to provide a nutritious meal for all people sheltered in these

motels. The Salvation Army North Shore Corps in Salem and the Salvation Army Massachusetts Service

Extension and Emergency Management Division are launching a dinner feeding program. It will be 1X

per week until September when the plan will then be to increase it to 2X per week. Volunteers are desperately needed to make this effort successful. We will need 2-3 volunteers that may have an interest

in food preparation at the Corps (1 Franklin Street, Lynn MA) and 2-3 volunteers at each of the 2 motels

we are serving (Econo Lodge and Extended Stay) to distribute the food to families. The total time needed

of each volunteer would be no more than 2-3 hours per week. If you have any interest in helping to ensure

these families receive a nutritious home cooked meal while living in our motels please contact Michael

Skoog, Senior Field Representative of the Salvation Army Massachusetts Division at (339) 502-5963.

Thank you in advance for considering this important request!


Social Senior Supportive Day Program

Our Supportive Day Program has begun the process of accepting applications for participation in our unique program as we plan to increase days of operation from 3 to 4 days per week (Tuesday will be added in early September). The new days of operation will be Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm.This program can benefit both participant and caregiver alike by providing services tailored to individual need and interest. If you or someone you know could benefit from socialization with others in a caring and friendly environment, then please give us a call. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience all we have to offer. Danvers residents 60 and older may be eligible for financial assistance through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey

Pillsbury Foundation. Call (978) 762-0208 and ask to speak with Allison Jopling,


Travel Chef Program

This month’s Travel Chef will be a hamburger and hot dog with potato salad, cole slaw, strawberry shortcake and a roll. Join us on Wednesday, August 20th at 12pm. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Tuesday, August 19th at 10am please.


Farmers Market Coupons

Coupon booklets worth $25 in fresh produce from local Farmers Markets are now available for income

eligible seniors*. Call Lisa Westrate to be added to the list. There will be two distribution dates for walk-in appointments at the Senior Center: Monday 8/11 and Monday 8/18 from 9-noon. If it’s not possible to come at those times, please call Lisa to schedule an alternate appointment.*Individual: $1800/mo. or couple: $2426/mo. Please bring proof of all income sources when you come to pick up your Coupon Booklets.

The Danvers TRIAD Council 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. Is your house number clearly visible from the street? Per Mass. General Laws Chapter 148

Sec.59 homes and businesses must have their premises number visible from the street. This law is a result of the “911 System” when the emergency phone call to the dispatcher shows the street address, but no other description. You may have installed a number, but if your home has been repainted this summer or has new siding, the number may not have been put back up. The Senior Center has numbers available free of charge and volunteers are available to install them. Remember when you call 911 foran emergency every second counts for the EMT’s to locate your home as quickly as possible.

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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Operation Troop Support Items for August

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of August: Flip flops, soups, shower wash, razors & toiletry items.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable heaters or fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, August 28 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.


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.

Medical Equipment

We are currently in need of bath seats. These items are loaned to seniors at no charge to assist them in their recuperation. You may drop these items off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate. At this time we are only accepting bath seats for donation.


Veterans Affairs Officer Peter Mirandi

For information regarding Veteran’s State & Federal Benefits & Services or to schedule an appointment please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.


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.


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.


Have you stopped by the senior center to see our gift shop? There are many brand-new and unique items available to purchase. Items

in 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.

Mrs Fix It

Ginny Sidmore is our Mrs. Fix It. If you need any light alternations, buttons replaced, etc., youcan leave them at the front desk, clearly labeled with your name and phone number and ourMrs. Fix It, Ginny, will contact you when alterations are complete. There may be a charge for materials only if needed.

Timely Topics  10:30am to 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.


August 6 – Doris Labbe of Bayada Home Health Care will present a program on Fall Risk and Falls  Prevention.

August 13 – Pam Taylor, Community Educator, Care Dimensions, presents “Am I just Forgetful?” Most of the

time our forgetfulness is due to normal aging, but, Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and coping with it

requires careful advance planning. Come and learn some of the signs.

August 27 – Walgreen's Pharmacy will present a program on their pharmacy and the benefits that they offer.

Presentation will focus on the importance of different immunizations, and who is eligible for each type of

immunization. Immunization information for the Shingles, Pneumonia, Whooping Cough, Hepatitis, Meningitis, and the Flu.


Coming in September - Fall Prevention Education Fair, Health Screenings, Information & Demonstrations Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10 AM-1 PM at the Danvers Senior Center. Departments & Services featured: Beverly Hospital’s Fall Prevention Committee, The Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician Primary Care Practices, Senior Adult Unit and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), Center for Healthy Aging, Lahey Senior Care including Homecare & Lifeline Services, The Discover Program, Nutritional Services, Trauma Program. Free gifts and refreshments.



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.


Farmers Market Transportation

Transportation will be available for Tuesday, August 12th and Tuesday August 26th at 1pm leaving from the Senior Center. If you would like to book a ride please call Lorene at 978-762-0208. Reservations must be

received no later than 10am the day before departure. Maximum allowed for each date is 13 passengers.



CLA (Challenges of Living Alone): The CLA group will take a brief break for the month of August. We

will resume meeting on September 18th (the 3rd Thursday of the month) at 10:30am. If you would like more information about the group or to receive a phone call from a group member to inform you of

upcoming events please contact Lisa at (978) 762-0208 x105.


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: The Low Vision Group will break for the month of August. We will resume meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am beginning on September 12, 2014 .

If you have any questions about this group please call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.


Social Service News & Announcements

You may have noticed a new beautiful bulletin board hanging on the wall across from the fitness room. It was built by Patrick Andre. The bulletin board, as part of a new resource center will have the latest updates on Services available for seniors and their caregivers including Medicare, Social Security, Senior Safety, Assistance with paying for Utility Bills and Food, as well as information on Veterans Benefits. Keep checking back as information will be added and updated regularly.

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August Volunteer Opportunities

Happy Summer Volunteers! Please remember to log in any volunteer hours on the computer at the center. If you cannot get in to enter them please call me and I will enter them for you. We have a few Patio Parties left this summer. If you would like to help out serving please let me know. Also remember check on any neighbors who may be isolated. Sometimes a friendly phone call or visit can make someone’s day. We all need to make sure our neighbors are cool and safe this summer!

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Paint & Sip – Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 6:30 -9 PM

Are you looking to unlock your creative side? Want a fun night in Danvers with your friends that is exciting and unique? The goal of this evening is to prove a fun and entertaining atmosphere where

non-painters and painters can relax and find their inner “Artist”. Your project will be a 16” x 20” canvas painted by YOU of “Lighthouse on the Ocean Decorative artist and owner of BrushStroke Designs, Inc., Jeannette Lerner will guide you step by step through the process and you will leave at the end of the evening with a finished work of art!! Cost of the event is $30 FDCOA  member/$35 non members and includes: hors d’oeurves and sine. All supplies: table easel, paint,

brushes, water bin, pallets, papers towels, all pain colors needed and a 16” x 20” canvas. This event is limited to 25 guests. Registration in advance is required. You may register in person at the Danvers Senior Center or through our website: dcoa.org. For more information you can contact Paula at: paula@dcoa or 978 762-0208. Note: must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

***Participants Wanted for Research Study***

Dr. Laura Hsu, Assistant Professor of Education at Merrimack College, is looking for volunteers to take part in a study on manual dexterity. Eligibility: Must be 70 years or older and be right hand dominant. Time Commitment: Once a week (about 2 hours each time) for 4 weeks. A portion of the study will be completed from home. Tasks: Completing questionnaires, cognitive tests, physiological measures (blood pressure, pinch and hand grip strength, and vision), and either writing or reading from magazines you will get to keep. Compensation: Participants will receive $20 cash, a free magazine, and an optional cognitive performance

report upon completion of the study. Location: Researcher can visit your home or the study can be done at the senior center, local library, Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, or Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Interested? Please contact Dr. Hsu at (617) 733-7198, or HsuL@merrimack.edu. Or meet Dr. Hsu at the senior center on Wednesday August 20th at 11:30 am before our summer BBQ.


BOCCE Practice Reminder…

Every Tuesday 10am-11am at the Danvers Senior Center. The Bocce Court is located in back of the Senior Center.


The Holiday Fair is coming……..

Let’s make this year our biggest year ever!!! Join us on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 AM


Patio Parties

Join us for our weekly “Patio Parties” Thursday evening from 5-7pm. We will be offering fresh cooked burgers and hot dogs (A buck a Burger or a Dollar a Dog) as well as lemonade. Feel free to bring your own cooler of soft drinks (no alcohol allowed) and snacks! The last Patio Party for the summer will be on Thursday, August 28th. We would like to thank Brentwood for sponsoring the entertainment each week at our patio party.


Online registration for September classes

Included in this newsletter (pages 9-11) is a listing of classes scheduled to begin in September. 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.


Refund Policy: You may cancel your enrollment in a program/class prior to the program’s start date and request a refund. The cost of the program/class minus a $5.00 processing fee will be refunded. A refund will be issued in the form of a credit to the credit card you registered with or as a check. Registration fees are nonrefundable if cancelled on or after

a program start date. The Danvers Council on Aging cannot refund fees requested on or after a start date of a program, or for sessions missed due to personal illness or other personal situations.


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. Group

will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. (This month will be Monday, August 11th). Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 FDCOA Members/$3.00 Non Members. Book Club: The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, August 11th from 1pm-3pm. The topic is free choice. All are welcome!


Vacation Memories!

It’s Vacation Days at The Kiosk for Living Well! During all of August, we’re asking folks to bring in memories and photos from recent or long-ago vacations. We’ll look up maps of where you used to take your trips…we’ll search for beaches on Google Earth…we’ll compare notes on vacation mishaps! If you’re a postcard saver, bring a few in to send to friends on email. We’ll show you how! We’ll also play some Travel Trivia games, but mostly what we’ll do is let you tell us about the most memorable

vacations of your life. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Thursday from 9:00 am to Noon.


Paint and Sip – Silk Scarves!

Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30pm. Sponsored by Peabody Glen Health Care and Essex Park Rehab-HealthBridge Management

you will paint Silk Scarves! Tracy Valletti, MS, BFA in Textile Design will teach participants the basic techniques of painting

on silk scarves. Each participant will finish their own unique piece of wearable art. All supplies are included in the cost of the

program. Cost of the event is $5 FDCOA Member/$7 non members. Event is limited to 20 guests. You may register in person

at the Danvers Senior Center or through our website: dcoa.org For more information you can contact Paula at: paula@

dcoa.org or 978 762-0208. Note: Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.


Parkinson’s Fitness Class

Do you have Parkinson’s Disease? If so, this exercise class is for you. Linda and Keith Hall of Parkinson’s Fitness will lead

you through a variety of customized exercises to improve balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strengthtraining

by ability levels. This program was created to promote self-motivation and positive attitudes. Six week session (to be

held at the Danvers Senior Center) will begin on Wednesday, August 13, from 10:30-11:30 AM. There is no charge for this as

it is being generously sponsored by Genesis Health Care at Hathorne Hill. You do need to make the commitment to attend all

6 sessions as class size is limited to 10. Please call Paula at 978 762-0208 x104 to register.


Medicare’s Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.

Make an appointment with a SHINE counselor now! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2015. During Medicare’s Open Enrollment, you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone….on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Contact the front desk at 978-762-0208 to schedule a SHINE appointment at the Danvers Senior Center. Be sure to bring your Medicare Card, Insurance Cards, and a list of your Prescriptions to your appointment. You may also call the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. Please leave a message and a counselor will return your call within two business days.

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