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.

11/2 Cruising Burgundy & Provence to Cote d’Azur trip departs

11/4 Celebrate Veterans Day Trip departs

11/5 Step Back in Time Trip departs

11/9 Crazy Cards, 9:30-12pm

11/9 Book Club, 1-3pm )

11/10 Tuesday Travel, Portsmouth, NH

11/11 Veteran’s Day, Senior Center Closed

11/17 Hearing Screen 10am-12pm (by appt only)

11/17 Tuesday Travel, Gloucester & Lobsta Land

11/18 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

11/20 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by app only)

11/24 Popcorn & a Movie, Aloha

11/26 Thanksgiving Day, Senior Center Closed


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

November  2015 - Save The Date

Hours Of Operation

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

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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NOVEMBER 2015 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of October lunch is on us! Call & register by November 17th at 10am. The October birthdays were: Standing: Phil Celeste & Marge Watson. Seated: Joan Sadoway & Roberta Kodis

IMPORTANT: Danvers Council on Aging has a new real time online registration system!! To register, you will need to first set up an account for your household. This must be done by everyone regardless of previous activity with Danvers Council on Aging. This new real time registration system will create a more streamlined process for all of our customers. The initial account set up should take no longer than fifteen minutes and can be done as you are registering. If you have not yet registered for a program but will be, please take 10-15 minutes to “Create an Account” with Danvers Council on Aging on our new system. You can do that by                                                              

Social 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 tahe generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.


Annual Harvest Ball

Thursday November 19th. 5-7 PM. The menu will be a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes & gravy, squash, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter, apple crisp and coffee and tea. Entertainment: Paul Wayne.

Tickets will be $10 FDCOA members and $12 non members. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, November 4th at 11am.


Holiday Fair

Save the date----Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM-1 PM. There will be something for everyone….knit goods, jewelry, baked goods, white elephant, crafts and more. Donations (other than baked goods) will be gladly accepted from November 16-30th. We will be holding a planning meeting on Tuesday, November

10th at 11 AM. All are welcome to attend this meeting.


Maple Street Bistro

The North Shore Regional Vocational School District (formerly Essex Aggie) is hosting a luncheon for the Danvers Council on Aging on Tuesday, November 17th. (Transportation is provided by the school). The bus will leave the senior center at 11:15 AM. Due to the popularity of this event and the fact that it fills within minutes, we will only allow 2 tickets per person. We will take registrations beginning on Thursday, November 5th at 11 AM. At this time, we are allowed 24 spaces. We will take a waiting list as there may be a chance for more seats. We thank you for your understanding. Payment in advance is required….Checks only and should be made payable to FDCOA. As we go to press we are awaiting confirmation of the price. Be assured it will be under $10.


Flu Clinic Info

The Danvers Public Health Department will be administering Flu Shots at the Senior Center.

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Operation Troop Support Items for November

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of November: blankets, pillows “new” t-shirts, socks or  underwear for the wounded and as always personal size hygiene items.

Mr Fix It

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


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.

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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!




By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Thursday, NOVEMBER 5, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Friday, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Thursday, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Please Note:

Flu Clinics are open to all residents. Please bring your insurance card. Seniors should bring their Medicare-B card with them. Flu shots will be administered by pharmacists from CVS Pharmacy or Danvers Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan, RN. An appointment is required. CALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 978-762-0208 OR SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK AT SENIOR CENTER

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.


  • November 4 – Coumadin and Alternatives. If you take Coumadin, then you won’t want to miss this! You’ve probably heard about the new alternative medications that are out there, but how well do they work? How do they compare to Coumadin? What are the differences? Come and find the answers to these and other questions. Presented by Home-Aide Care Solutions.

  • November 18— Brian Evans has been a U.S. Postal Inspector for over 12 years, both in Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA. Postal Inspectors are federal agents that investigate crimes that go through the U.S. Mail, involve postal employees, and affect our customers, the American public. Some of the crimes Inspectors investigate include are mail fraud, robberies, burglaries, assaults, child pornography, drugs and bombs in the mail, and dangerous and prohibited mailings. Inspector Evans will speak about current trends in various mail fraud schemes that affect the elderly, including: foreign lottery and sweepstakes fraud, work-at-home schemes, charity fraud, investment fraud, and telemarketing fraud. He will also provide prevention tips and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of these schemes now and in the future.

  • December 12— “Coping with the Holidays” presented by Patrice DePasquale, LICSW and Bereavement Counselor at Care Dimensions. Please consider joining us for this supportive workshop in which we will share helpful ways to cope with the stress of the holiday season –a time which can be especially challenging after experiencing a significant loss. Participants will have an opportunity to share and receive mutual support.

Daylight Savings Time!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM on Sunday, November 1st – so change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday! This is also a good time to put fresh batteries in all your smoke

detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, in 2003, 900,000 emergency room patients could not provide information because they were incapacitated. Originally established in the U.K., the ICE campaign encourages cell phone users to enter emergency contact information into their mobile phone. ICE allows emergency responders (paramedics, police officers, fire fighters) to contact a designated relative/next of kin in an emergency situation.


How to I.C.E your phone:

Type the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency) into your cell phone followed by a name. Example: ICE-William or

ICE- Jim-Dad.

Save their phone number and alert them that they are an ICE contact for you.

Apply an ICE Sticker to the back of your phone. This will serve as a visual alert that you established a communication protocol.

Provide the following information to your ICE contact: List of all other people you want notified. Any medical

condition that could affect your emergency treatment: (e.i. allergies) ICE Stickers are available at the front desk of the Senior Center.



OUTREACH COORDINATOR, Lisa Westrate 978)762-0208 x105 Lisa Westrate is available for information and referral regarding services and benefits that may be helpful to you. Call to schedule an appointment. Home visits are possible upon request.



The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We usually meet at 10:30am but in November we will meet at 10:00 to allow more time for a unique experience! Tammy Roussell, creator of the Mitsy Kit, will

demonstrate how to make a small quilting project using touch based guides. Participants can choose to just try a sample or to do their own personal project. No sewing experience (or vision) necessary. The Mitsy Kit provides adapted materials and training to enable the blind and visually impaired to enjoy hand sewing, quilting, and

fabric crafting using their sense of touch. You can learn more at www.facebook.com/mitsykit


Challenge of Living Alone (CLA)

This month we’ll meet at 10:30 on Wednesday, November 25th. Whether or not we live alone all of us experience challenges. From time to time those challenges seem to grow out of proportion and we may feel overwhelmed and debilitated. It helps to recognize this is happening to be able to do anything about it. This month’s Group Challenge is to identify an everyday task (simple or complex) that feels as if it has grown too large to manage. This may simply mean it’s so large in our minds that we keep avoiding it but it continues to weigh us down. Come prepared to share this task. Together we’ll listen to how this has affected you and we’ll brainstorm ways it might be more manageable.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Danvers Senior Center currently has a kitchen position available for the lunch shift. Duties include set up and serving lunch, clean up and dishes. There is lifting and cleaning involved with this position. Person must be able to track and keep records of food deliveries, temperatures, daily attendance and supplies. This position is part time, 2 hrs per day 5 days a week. The position pays 10.00 per hour. Applicants should see Cathy Andre or Pamela

Parkinson. A volunteer position is also available in the kitchen for the breakfast shift. A volunteer would be responsible for making breakfast for 8-12 participants during the week. The shift begins at 8:30 and breakfast is served at 9:30. Days are flexible and position can be shared. We will train the right applicants. See Cathy or Pam for more information.


Senator Joan Lovely

Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host district hours at the Danvers Council on Aging from 9-10 am on Friday, November 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.


Kiosk for Living Well

The Kiosk for Living Well is a place you can meet friends or new people and also play brain games, explore health options with specialists and much more! Our nurse Brenda will be at the Kiosk and can take blood pressures on Monday, November 9th from 9:30 to 11:30. The Falls Prevention specialist, Sylvia will walk individuals or groups through balance improvement exercises on Monday, November 16th from 9:00-Noon. Come in and tell us about your tastiest Thanksgivings ever! The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon.

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By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Thursday, NOVEMBER 5, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Friday, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Thursday, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 10AM-12 Noon

Please Note:

Flu Clinics are open to all residents. Please bring your insurance card. Seniors should bring their Medicare-B card with them. Flu shots will be administered by pharmacists from CVS Pharmacy or Danvers Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan, RN. An appointment is required. CALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 978-762-0208 OR SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK AT SENIOR CENTER


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 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


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.


AARP Tech Help

The AARP Tek (Technology, Education, Knowledge) program brings you FREE hands-on technology workshops in order to help you make the most out of your mobile devices – for work or play! Devices will not be provided, so please bring your own Android smart phone for a hands-on experience. You don’t have to be an AARP member to expand your Tech knowledge. Sessions will be held: Thursday December 10th from 9-10:30 AM; 11:30-1 PM; 2-3:30 PM; and also on Wednesday, December 16th from 9-10:30 AM; 11:30-1 PM; 2-3:30 PM. You must register for your session by calling AARP at 1 866-591-8105.


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club

The Walking Club meets at the John George Park on River Street every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM. New members are always welcome, so put on your walking shoes and join us! If you have questions, call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104


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 (November 2nd & 16th) 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, November 9th. 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, November 9th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be any book on Mystery. All are welcome.


Coloring can be fun and beneficial! If you haven't colored since you were a kid or since your kids were little, you should. As you color, you're allowing yourself permission to sit back and let your mind drift off while you focus your attention on colors and shapes, feeling the movement of your hand across the paper, as you watch the line drawing come alive. What started as a niche hobby has now turned into an international trend, as adult coloring books find themselves on more and more bestsellers’ lists throughout the world. Come and join Paula on Monday, November 16th from 10-11 AM as we kick off this new project. Appropriate adult coloring pages as well as colored pencils will be provided. Please call Paula at 978 762-0208 if you will be attending.


Free Hearing Screening

Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears? Do you hear better with one ear than the other? Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a crowded room? Heidi Anderson of Mass Audiology will conduct a Hearing Screening on Tuesday, November 17th from 10 AM-12 Noon (By appointment) to help answer those questions and any others you may have as well as a free hearing aid clean and check. There is no charge, but please call 978 762-0208 to schedule your appointment.

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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.

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