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.

7/3 Senior Center Closed for 4th of July

7/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

7/8 Patio Party, 5pm

7/9 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

7/11 Boston Day Trip departs

7/13 Summer Class Session Begins

7/14 Popcorn & a Movie, 1pm American Sniper

7/15 Patio Party, 5pm

7/21 Tuesday Travel, Castle & Island & Sullivan’s (

7/22 Patio Party, 5pm

7/28 Tuesday Travel, Salem Willows

7 28 Boothbay Trip departs

7/29 Foxwoods Casino Trip Departs

7/29 Patio Party, 5pm

7/30 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am


Every Monday & Thursday 9-12 Kiosk for Living Well


Every Tuesday & Thursday Zumba—9:15-10am

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)


Every Thurs.—1:15-3 PM—Maple Sugar Jazz Band


No Friday Café for July and August

July  2015 - Save The Dates  

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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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, July 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of July lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am July 7th. The June birthdays were from left: Helen Arvanites, Ann Sabino & Barbara Slane

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 are pleased to announce the hiring of a new Registered Nurse to join our team of professional caregivers! Beginning July 15th, Judith Ryan, R.N. will be working as the new Coordinator of the Supportive Day Program in addition to her role as the Town of Danvers Public Health Nurse. Judith is a Danvers resident who has  extensive experience in nursing. We are certain her wealth of experience and knowledge of working with the senior population will be an immense compliment to the varied services we provide. We continue to accept applications for participation in this unique program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact Pamela Parkinson 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.


Blood Pressure Clinic

With the hiring of the new Public Health Nurse, Judith Ryan, R.N. we will again be offering a “Free” Blood Pressure Clinic at the Danvers Senior Center. Please stop by or call after July 15th to speak to Judith and learn when this important clinic will be held.


Patio Parties

Our weekly “Patio Parties” will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM beginning on Wednesday, July 8th. 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 soft drinks (no alcohol allowed) and snacks! This is a great time to meet new friends! Live entertainment each week sponsored by Brentwood Rehabilitation and Health Care.


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.

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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Operation Troop Support Items for July

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of July: Dry fruit & nuts, hard candy & beef jerky and as always

personal size hygiene items.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, July 30th 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 30th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. July 29th. 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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New Summer Hours

Beginning Wednesday, July 8th, the Danvers Senior Center will remain open on Wednesday evenings until 7:00pm. This will continue through July and August ending on Wednesday, August 26th with the conclusion of our Patio Party Season!


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.

  • July 8 – Join the “Optimistic Voices” of Brookdale and Optimistic Voices of the North Shore for a fun filled morning with a sing-along and signing. Wendy will be here with her red guitar! All are welcome


  • August 12 – Liberty Mutual presents Senior Driving: Safe Driving Tips. Liberty Mutual is pleased to partner with industry leaders to provide robust tools, resources, information and guidance to help keep senior drivers safe on the road and maintain their mobility when driving is no longer an option. Join Jessica Wrigley for an educational seminar where you will learn a few tips and tricks that are just for you! Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a few fun giveaways as well. You won’t want to miss it. See you there!


  • September 23 - Please join us for a sweet look at the history and health benefits of chocolate. To fully experience this presentation, samples will be provided. Hosted by Diana Butler and Andrea D'Amato of R E/MAX Advantage Real Estate. (Please sign up in advance so we have enough samples for everyone!!)


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.


Challenge of Living Alone (CLA)

UPDATE: The regular CLA group meeting routine will continue to take a break until September. In the meantime a CLA Planning Team has been meeting every other week to develop an itinerary & resource

that meets the needs of those who are living alone in one way or other. From our brainstorming sessions we

have come up with a number of topics, speaker ideas, and group projects to incorporate into the group over

the next year. More ideas are welcome! We will be meeting on Wednesday July 8th & July 22nd at 10:30

am. More details will be posted in the August Newsletter.



This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. We will have a special guest with us, whom some of you may already know. Betsy Katz teaches Zumba at the Sr. Center & just completed an internship in our Social Senior Adult Day Program. Betsy is in the process of getting licensed as an Expressive Arts Therapist. For our group meeting on July 9th Betsy will share her expertise with us by creating an alternate sensory environment. She will lead us in a tactile activity that will utilize the sense of touch and perhaps include some gentle movement as well. Looking ahead: the Low Vision group will take the month of August off. Look in the August newsletter for a list of speakers & topics lined up for the fall

beginning in September.


Challenge of Living Alone (CLA)

UPDATE: The regular CLA group meeting routine will continue to take a break until September. In the

meantime a CLA Planning Team has been meeting every other week to develop an itinerary & resource

that meets the needs of those who are living alone in one way or other. From our brainstorming sessions we

have come up with a number of topics, speaker ideas, and group projects to incorporate into the group over

the next year. More ideas are welcome! We will be meeting on Wednesday July 8th & July 22nd at 10:30

am. More details will be posted in the August Newsletter.


Volunteers needed!

We are looking for some volunteers to help with a new Food Program we are starting at the senior center with the help of the Greater Boston Food Bank. On the first Monday afternoon of the month we need help receiving and distributing bags of food to be donated to those in need. There is some light lifting required as well as a 2-3 hour commitment to the first Monday (11:30-2:30pm) of each month inorder to make this program a success. Many hands make light work!


We are in need of a volunteer to assist in preparing breakfast for our Social Seniors Supportive Day Program on Wednesday and Friday mornings, beginning July 10th. The hours are 8:30 – 10:00. Prior kitchen experience is helpful. You would be responsible for preparing breakfast for approximately 8-12 clients. Training will be provided. If interested please contact Cathy Andre.


There is also an opportunity to help out at Endicott Park this season. They are looking for volunteers to assist Endicott Park staff as greeters and parking fee collectors on weekends and holidays from 8am-5pm. If interested you can contact Christopher T. Sanborn Director of Natural Resources -Town of Danvers (978)777-0001 x 3009.


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, July 13th. 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, July 13th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is a free choice. All are welcome!


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

If you’re one of the many people who enjoy getting more exercise this time of year, perhaps you’d like to track your blood pressure each month to see the effects your exercise program is having on your numbers!

Brenda the Million Hearts nurse will be at the Kiosk Monday July 13th from 9:30 -11:30 am. She’s loaded with information around healthy living. Interested in preventing falls? Sylvia, our Move Safe Counselor will be at the Kiosk on Monday July 20th from 9:00am to Noon. Come to the Kiosk! It’s open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon.



Popcorn & A Movie Join us on Tuesday, July 14th at 1 PM for “American Sniper” US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend”. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Based on the book by  Chris Kyle Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762-0208 if you plan on attending.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015 “Castle & Island and Sullivan’s” Depart at 10:30 AM for Castle Island in South Boston

and enjoy the walkways, the view of Boston Harbor and the skyline, Fort Independence. Lunch (on your own) at Sullivan’s. Return to Danvers approx.. 3 PM Cost: $10 FDCOA/Members $12 non members.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Salem Willows Anyone? – Depart the senior center at 11:30 am and head to Salem

Willows. Enjoy lunch (on your own), stroll the paths, enjoy the water or read a book. Depart for the senior center at 2:30 PM. Cost: $5 FDCOA/Members $7 non members.


“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


Once again we all had a great time at the Annual Senior Picnic on June 23rd. This event would not be possible without the assistance of our friends from the Danvers Kiwanis Club!!

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!

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Café closed for the Summer

The café will be closed during July and August. As always, BINGO will still be played every Friday.


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. 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. Our Triad Council has produced our third program called “The Triad Corner” with Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) to bring more awareness to the public about our Triad programs. The show was taped on June 3rd and will air on DCAT every Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. from July 3rd through August 28.. The show will also be available anytime in July and August on DCAT’s website: www.danverstv.org Click on the “Video on Demand” tab at the top of the Home Page. Then click on “Danvers Access Shows”. Then scroll on the side button down until you see “Triad Corner – Senior Citizen Scams”, click and the show will start. It runs like a YouTube video. You can also enlarge the screen by clicking on the two arrows on the right side of the bar at the bottom of the small screen. Lew Hathaway, Triad Chair, is the host for the show and his guest is Danvers Police Officer Steve Baldassare. “SCAMS” is the topic for this show so you can become more aware about the number of fraud schemes that have been used to target senior citizens. After watching the show if you would like more information about any of the various scams you have seen, call the Danvers Senior Center at 978-762-0208 Ext. 106. If you feel you have been a victim of one of the scams you have seen or any other, you can call the Danvers Police Senior Citizen Liaison Officer Suzanne Tibbetts at 978-774-1213 Extension 175.


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


Notice to Medicare Subscribers

Medicare subscribers may appeal decisions you disagree with, but all steps in the appeal process have specific time frames and other requirements. You must pay close attention to the time limits for appeals!

Some appealable situations are: Medicare denies your request for a health care service, supply, or prescription Medicare denies payment for health care you have already received Medicare stops covering services that you are receiving Medicare pays a different amount than you believe it should Medicare drug plan denies coverage of your medication The Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP) provides free advice, assistance with appeals and legal representation. MAP can help anyone with Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan regardless of income. To reach MAP call the Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline at 1-866-778-0939.


To understand and access Medicare benefits, call your senior center at 978-762-0208 and ask for a

SHINE appointment. Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. You can also reach a SHINE counselor at 1-800-AGEINFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number; a volunteer counselor will return your call as soon as possible.