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.

5/5 Foxwoods Casino Trip

5/5 Elections at Danvers High School

5/6 Veteran’s Program 6 PM

5/7 Metaphysical Messages 5 PM

5/13 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

5/13 FDCOA Annual Meeting, 1pm

5/13 No Line Dancing

5/14 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

5/14 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm

5/19 Late Nite Catechism day trip

5/21 “Let’s Hang on” day trip

5/27 Hearing Screening, 10am-12pm (appt only)

5/28 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

5/31 Martha’s Vineyard 2 day trip

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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, May 13th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of May lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am May 12th. The April birthdays were from left: Bob Wilkinson and Mike Walor.

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                                                              


Now being offered 5 days a week (Monday-Friday)

The Danvers Council on Aging is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for participation in our unique Supportive Day Program. This program provides a variety of engaging activities designed to promote socialization with other seniors in a safe and nurturing environment. The advantages are numerous and have provided benefits to both the participant and family member/caregiver alike. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience the program first hand. Financial assistance is also available for Danvers

residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information please call Pamela Parkinson at (978) 762-0208.


Traveling Chef Program

The Traveling Chef will be here on Tuesday, May 12th. “Kentucky Derby” Menu will include: Fried Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, Biscuit & Sweet Potato Pie. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, May 11th at 10 AM please.


The Evening Dinner

The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be Pulled Pork, Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Veggie Medley, corn bread and Key Lime cup for dessert. The cost is $8 for FDCOA members and $10 for non members. Tickets on sale now.


Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Danvers council on Aging will hold its Annual meeting on Wednesday, May 13th 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.


Family Festival Senior Picnic

The annual Senior Picnic will be held at the Danvers Senior Center on Tuesday, June 23rd. As we go to press we are finalizing the menu. The menu and ticket price will be posted as soon as possible at the senior center and on our Facebook page. Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, June 1st. This event sells out every year, so make sure you get your tickets early!!


Bocce has begun!

Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM for practice. The group has regular tournaments every other week with the Peabody Council on Aging. All are welcome!!!

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Operation Troop Support Items for May

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of May: suntan lotion, skin lotion, deodorant & foot powder

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable heaters that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, May 28th 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 28th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. May 27th. 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.

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Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am

Wednesday, May 13 Understanding Diabetes—Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. Though serious, it can often be prevented or controlled with exercise and healthy eating. Presented by Antoinette Royce, RN MS/Psychology of Bayada Home Health Care.


12.3 Million Veterans may be eligible for a VA Pension

Seasons of Danvers is hosting a free educational workshop about the VA Aid and Attendance benefit on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6 PM This event is open to the public and will take place at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street, Danvers. Please call 978 777-0230 to register. 12.3 million Veterans served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. These soldiers and their surviving spouses may be eligible for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Aid and Attendance Pension, which offers a monthly tax-free benefit, ranging from$1, 149 to $2,120 per month. Veterans Financial is the Senior Living Industry’s leading provider

of information about the Aid & Attendance benefit. During our workshop, we review the eligibility criteria and show how thousands of families, even in cases of higher net worth have become eligible. If you are unable to attend, please visit www.VeteransFinancial.com or call 1 800-835-1541 for more information.


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. As the busy summer season approaches seniors can protect themselves against most common crimes by using common sense like: Do not open the door to a stranger. Install a peephole in your door. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. NEVER give out your credit card or bank account number Do not carry your social security card or more than one credit or debit card in your wallet. Shred mail containing personal information such as social security number, date of birth, etc. Report suspicious persons, offers, abuse or suspected identity theft promptly to your local police. (Danvers Police = 978-774-1213)


Save the Date—Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Danvers YMCA Active Older Adults Pot Luck Luncheon and Health Fair will be held from 11 AM-1 PM. There will be vendors from over a dozen agencies offering a wealth of information. This is a great time to collect resource information for yourself, an aging parent, or family member. When you are there, make sure you stop by the Senior Center and TRIAD tables and say hello!



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.



If you have any questions about the Low Vision or CLA group or would like to receive a call from a group member to inform you of upcoming events please call Lisa at x105.



This group will meets on the 2nd Thursday of the Month at 10:30 AM. On May 14th Andrea Schein from BRIDGE Elder Outreach Commission through Mass. Commission for the blind, will talk about causes of low vision among seniors, maintaining the vision you have, definition of legal blindness, as well as describe the benefits from MCB and other agencies. She will have samples for you to try at home.


Salute our Soldiers Breakfast

There will be a breakfast at the Danvers High School Cafeteria on Friday, May 22nd from 9-10 AM to honor our Veterans. If you are interested in attending, you may sign up with Ms. White at 978 777-8925 x2557. Please leave a message with your name, address and number of years of service. “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting Gratitude”...Jeff Miller

Challenges of Living Alone: While the CLA group is taking a break, much thought and planning is going on  behind the scenes. If you would like to be a part of the planning team, call Lisa.

Volunteer Opportunities

Happy Spring !! We are looking forward to the warmer weather and we have some outdoor opportunities for volunteers: Butterfly garden: watering & weeding weekly Patio Parties: helping to set up, grill, and serve at our weekly patio parties. Thanks to all who have helped in the past and to those who will join us in the future!


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.


The Kiosk for Living Well

The Kiosk is at the Senior Center every Monday and Thursday from 9 AM-12 Noon. Visit the Great Wall of China at the Kioisk for Living Well! Want to try something different? Every Monday and Thursday at the

Kiosk we’re ready to challenge your senses! There are hundreds of programs to sample which require no computer knowledge. You could try out the flight simulator, take a bike ride through the Redwood Forest,

or test your musical memory with songs from decades past. Whatever you do at The Kiosk we know it will be fun! Brenda, the Million Hearts nurse can meet with visitors on Thursday,May 11th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Sylvia, our MoveSafe Counselor will lead groups or individuals through fall prevention techniques on Monday, May 18th from 9 AM-Noon.


Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side on Thursday, May 7th. 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.


Patio Parties will be starting before you know it. This year we will be hosting the Patio Parties on  Wednesday evenings at 5 PM beginning Wednesday, July 8th. More information to follow in the June newsletter.


Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club

The Walkling 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



Keith Hall and his wife Linda (a certified exercise instructor herself) established their local ability-based exercise program two years ago. Weekly classes help participants challenge themselves and other members to increase endurance, strength, coordination, balance, self-confidence, and cognitive awareness using seated and upright exercises aided by varied manual equipment. Incorporating music during sessions enhances rhythmic body movement. Singing together and practicing different kinds of speech patterns aids voice projection and breathing and helps lessen the expressionless facial appearance often associated with Parkinson’s. Classes provide welcoming, non-intimidating locations where resourcing and social interactions are freely shared with others who understand the questions, fears, frustrations, and triumphs associated with working against a tough opponent. Classes are held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street. There is no charge for this program as it is generously sponsored by Genesis HealthCare (Hathorne Hill).


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. 9:30am-Noon. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, May 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, May 11th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is a book by Mary Higgins Clark. All are welcome!



Popcorn & A Movie - Join us on Tuesday, May 5th at 1 PM for “The Theory of Everything” - Plot: Facing an

earth shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age, physicist Stephen Hawking and his devoted wife overcome unimaginable obstacles, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Best Actor Winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some thematic elements and suggestive material. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on 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 Wednesday, May 27th from 10 AM-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


Calendar Raffle

The Highlands Elementary School is putting in a paved walkway 1/3 mile long for all to enjoy. They have been fundraising by selling a calendar with a different prize drawn each day of the month. The Calendar is for the month of May. If you’ve missed a few days, that’s ok. It’s a great fund raiser. Calendars are $5.00 each and are available at the front desk at the Senior Center. If you pay by check, please make checks payable to “Highland PAC”. If you buy a Calendar at the Senior Center we will get your entry right over to the school!


Help Us Learn More About Sleep!

If you are: 55-70 years old Non smoker Healthy and taking no medication You may be eligible for a 37-day sleep research study at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. There will be a 4-6 week screening period. Must be willing to spend 37 day consecutive days and nights in our facility. Receive up to $7,775

Call 617-525-8719 or email sleepstudy@partners.org


The Little Black Dress with Bill Graham at Hathorne Hill

The Little Black Dress is a unique program that combines a program of floral designs complementing interesting fashion accessories and flavored with a vision of Coco Chanel. Bill will accessorize the Little Black Dress from office to black tie. He will also create floral designs to complement each of the looks. This event will be held on Thursday, June 4 at Hathorne Hill (15 Kirkbride Drive) from 4:45 to 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. To register, please contact Pam Wall at 978 551-3656 or Pamela.wall@genesishhc.com.


New Law In Massachusetts: Wipers on, Headlights on!

A new Massachusetts law requires drivers to turn headlights on when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed. The law, which goes into effect April 7th also states that headlights should be in use 30 minutes before sunrise and sunset, or when visibility is under 500 feet. Drivers can be ticketed for failing to comply with the new headlight law, and it is considered a minor surchargeable traffic violation, which may result in increased insurance premiums.


Paint & Sip – Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 6 -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 “Wild Flowers” Decorative artist and owner of BrushStrokes & Grapevines, 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 wine. All supplies: table easel, paint, brushes, water bin, pallets, papers towels, all paint 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.