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.

4/5 Tropical Costa Rica Trip Departs

4/6 Newport Playhouse Lunch & A Show Trip Departs

4/8 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt

4/9 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

4/10 Abigail Adams Trip Departs

4/10 Low Vision, 10:30am

4/10 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm

4/15 Debbie Reynolds at Mohegan Sun Trip Departs

4/18 (No Bingo or Café) Good Friday—Senior Center Closes at 12pm

4/21 Patriots Day—Senior Center Closed

4/22 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt

4/24 Mr. Fix It—9am-11:30am

4/24 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 11am

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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, April 9th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of April, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on April 8th. There were no birthdays in March.

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 has Openings!

Call now to discuss a risk free trial day of program!

The Adult Supportive Day Program, “SOCIAL SENIORS’ at the Danvers Council on Aging is now available 3 days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-3pm). Do you know someone who is isolated at home and could benefit from social contact and interaction with others in a friendly and inviting environment? Perhaps you or someone you know is caregiving for a loved one and could benefit from respite to pursue personal interests or other responsibilities. This program can benefit both participants and caregivers by providing services tailored to individual needs and interests. This is a non-medical program that was designed to provide assistance necessary to allow the senior to remain in the dignity and security of familiar surroundings, while spending the day in a supportive environment. Financial assistance is available to Danvers residents through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information or to discuss the possibility of a no risk “free” trial day to experience all we have to offer, please contact (978) 762-0208 and ask to speak to Christina or Pam.


AARP Income Tax Assistance

Due to high demand this year, all tax assistance appointments here at the senior center are filled through April 15th. We currently have a waiting list and will still add to it, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to get an appointment. To find additional sites that may have openings please call 1-888-227-7669.


Traveling Chef Program

Fenway Park. This month’s entrée will be Fenway frank w/cole slaw, Boston baked beans, mustard, ketchup & relish, sauerkraut, soft pretzel and ice cream in a baseball hat. Join us on Thursday, April 17th at 12pm. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Wednesday, April 16th at 10am please.


Henry’s of Beverly Dinner

The next Henry’s dinner will be held on Thursday, April 10th at 5pm. The menu will be sliced pork tenderloin with scalloped apples, green bean casserole, and whipped potatoes, roll and butter and a brownie for desert. The cost is $7.00 for FDCOA members and $9.00 for non members. Tickets are on sale now.


Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging Scholarships

Did you know that one of the many benefits of being a current “Friend” of the DCOA is that you are eligible for any of the 10 scholarships awarded annually. These scholarships range from 8 individual $150 General

Scholarships that can be used for classes or trips offered at the senior center as well as two Life Long Learning scholarships for $500.00 each. Scholarship applications (as well as the guidelines) will be at the senior center office. Scholarships are awarded at the Annual Meeting in May and are good for one year.

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. If you would like to learn more about what Danvers TRIAD is and how our programs can help you, come to our Danvers TRIAD Community Meeting at the Senior Center Timely Topics on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. At this special meeting we will update you on the successful programs our TRIAD Council has already established and our plans for the future. Our keynote speaker will be Danvers Police Officer Stephen Baldassare whose topic will be: “Keeping Seniors Safe in Today’s Changing World”. Coffee and a light collation will be served.

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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Operation Troop Support - Items for April

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of April: Needed for combat support hospitals: new twin sheets, blankets & sweat suits

Ginny Sidmore is our Mrs. Fix It.

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

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, April 24th from 9am- 11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix them. Mr. Fix It is the last Thursday of each month unless otherwise stated.


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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  • April 16 – Come and learn about Danvers TRIAD and how our safety programs can help you at our Danvers TRIAD Community Meeting. At this special meeting we will update you on the successful programs our TRIAD Council has already established and our plans for the future. Keynote speaker will be Danvers Police Officer Stephen Baldassare whose topic will be “Keeping Seniors Safe in Today’s Changing World”. Coffee

  • and a light collation will be served.

  • April 23 – Doris Labbe of Bayada Home Health Care will present Understanding Diabetes

  • April 30—”Summer Safety” North Shore Community College Occupational Therapy students will be presenting ways to stay safe this summer. From protecting your skin from the sun, ways to stay hydrated during the summer - and all year, as well as staying safe while outside.

  • May 14 - Congressman John Tierney “Coffee Hour” - The Congressman will provide an update on my current issues and answer any questions you may have.

  • May 28 - As a savvy consumer, you have a duty to be on alert for potential Misleading Deals and Scams. Please join the MA Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 to learn more about these important topics! One of the missions of the AGO is to help educate Massachusetts consumers about their

  • rights and about ways to protect themselves and their identities. We will provide information to help you make informed decisions and to offer some tips to help you to avoid deception and fraud. Come to hear representatives from the AGO speak about what you may need to know about identity theft and scams. We hope to see you there!

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.




  • Issues with Medicare and Social Security

  • Guidance with Home Mortgage Issues

  • Senior-Directed Identity Scams and Tips on How to Protect Yourself

  • Assistance to Veterans and Their Families, Including Help with Benefits Claims

  • Consumer Protection Services




This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. On April 10th, we will hear from Andrea Schein, the BRIDGE Elder Blind Program Outreach worker from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She will talk about causes of low vision among seniors, maintaining the vision you have, definition of legal blindness, benefits and services from the Commission and other agencies. She will also bring sample devices for you to try.



(All are welcome): This group usually meets at the Senior Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:30-11:30am. In April we’ll do something a little different and exciting. Participates in March’s meeting voted with an overwhelming YES! to eating lunch out together at Olive Garden. Lunch prices range from $10 - $20 with quite a few options on the less expensive end. We will plan to meet at the Senior Center at 11 am on April 24th. There will be a sign-up sheet with a menu at the front desk. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you are willing to meet at the Senior Center to drive others over or if you will need a ride. Please sign up by Tuesday, April 22nd. Any questions? Contact Lisa Westrate (978) 762-0208



You MAY be entitled to REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES Single Individual: Income is below $1,915/mo & cash assets less than $3,200 Couple: Combined income is below $2,585/mo &

combined assets less than $7,000 OR You MAY be entitled to additional FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Single Individual: Income is below $1,615/mo & cash assets less than $3,200 Couple: Combined income is below $2,125/mo & combined assets less than $7,000 For more information about Massachusetts Chapter 115 Benefits or to Schedule an Appointment Contact Danvers Veteran’s Service Officer, Peter Mirandi, at (978) 777-0001 x 3025 or Danvers Social Service/Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Westrate, at (978) 762-0208 x105.


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.



Fuel Assistance is available for those whose individual income is less than $32,065 or $41,932 for a household of two. To apply you can call NSCAP directly at 978-531- 0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa can also do home visits if needed.



If you need assistance & don’t know who to ask for help, please call Lisa Westrate at (978)762-0208 x 105. I’ll do my best to help you or refer you to someone who can. As a collaborative effort between DCOA Outreach services and a TRIAD committee emergency safety project we are collecting names of isolated members of the Senior Community in Danvers. If you or someone you know could benefit by a contact from us please call the Senior Center and leave the name & number of the isolated senior with Lisa Westrate


Make Picture Memories at the Danvers COA Kiosk for Living Well Through April

Bring in your pictures, cameras, or flash drives to have a movie created about any event in your life! Using your own words and pictures, you’ll work with an Advisor to tell a story about anything you want. It could be the story of your wedding, pictures of veterans’ gatherings and the stories behind them, the joy of belonging to a knitting group, or tales of your grandkids and vacations you’ve enjoyed with them. Anything is possible, so come to the Kiosk for Living Well anytime during the month of March or April with your pictures in hand and create a DVD that highlights memorable moments of your life. You’ll create something valuable to share with your family and friends! We will feature the movies you’ve made (if you’d like) and be ready to make more of them on Thursday, April 24 between 9am and 12pm.

Refreshments will be served on April 24 and Kiosk “Oscars” will be awarded to all movie makers. The Kiosk for Living Well is open at the Danvers Senior Center every Thursday from 9am to 12pm. Come in

anytime in March or April to start working on your “movie”! For more information, visit the Kiosk or call Site Coordinator Cate O’Hara at 978-750-4540.


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

8:30am—2:30pm 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.

Online registration for May classes

Included this month is a listing of classes scheduled to begin in May. We encourage you to sign up online.

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 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 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 an 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Good news volunteers… Our Social Seniors day program is up and running and we have added Thursdays!! We are in need of a few dedicated and caring volunteers to fill some shifts for a couple of hours a week to help out with the program. We are currently open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-3. If you are interested please contact Cathy at 978-762-0208 ext 103 to set up an interview and visit the program. This is a volunteer position that needs a dependable volunteer as the success of the program relies on the commitment of all involved. Also current volunteers: please be on the lookout for your invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation dinner to be held on May 3rd from 4-7 pm “A Kentucky Derby” inspired event featuring appetizers, dinner and entertainment. If you have not logged in your hours on the my senior center computer you must call me and let me know as that is how the and the invitation list is generated.


Chris O’ Shea, RN, Public Health Nurse

Office hours are: Tues., 8am—1pm. Fri., by appointment only. Tuesdays Blood Pressure Clinic by  appointment, 8:30am- 11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.


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.


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 had to give up driving, or started to use a cane, walker, or wheel chair? Have you had a significant loss of the use of your hands, vision, or hearing? If you have gone though a life adjustment due to illness or general aging and would be willing to share your experience with others and answer questions please contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105.

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Senior Charlie Card Day at Beverly Senior Center: Monday, April 14th 8:30am-1pm.

90 Colon Street, Beverly, Suites A & B Sponsored by the offices of Senator Joan Lovely and Rep. Jerry Parisella. No advance sign-up needed! For more information, call Senator Lovely’s Office at 617-772-1410. If you need a ride to the Beverly COA, a bus will leave from the Danvers COA at 10:30am. Please be at the Danvers COA no later than 10:15am. The return ride back will be at 11:30am.



Ralph Forgione will be at the senior center on Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 PM on April 9, 16, 23 and 30 to answer any questions you may have on your Ipad, Iphone, or laptop. So stop by and ask your questions – no appointment necessary. Don’t forget to bring your Ipad, Iphone or laptop with you!



Join us on Thursday April 17th at 5:30 PM when Jonathan Delaunay will be here with a presentation on two of our upcoming trips. Sunny Portugal (November 7-16) and Classic Christmas Markets (November 28-December 6). There is no charge, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208


Recollections Duo

(Dan Tremblay and Karen Ranieri) will be performing from 12:15-1:15 on Wednesday, April 9th. Consider joining us for lunch. The menu for April 9th is: roast pork with lemon & garlic gravy, greek style potatoes, spinach, rye bread and oatmeal raisin cookie. Please register for lunch no later than 10 AM April 8th by calling 978-762-0208. Suggested donation for lunch is $2.25.


Decorative Painting Class Painting in Scroll Work Design.

In this four week program Jeanette Lerner will teach students how to paint Scroll Work Designs. Many designs can be created once the basic scroll work method is taught. Scroll work is a beautiful and timeless design that can be painted on many objects. Acrylic Paints will be used. This is a fun project for all levels of painters and non-painters to enjoy. Register today for this class!! Four sessions – Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 AM-12 Noon. Cost: $40 members/$50 non members.


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, April 14). Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 FDCOA Members/$3.00 Non Members.


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Book Club:

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, April 14th from 1pm-3pm. The topic is any book on a Biography. All are welcome!


Walkie Talkies Walking Club

The walking club will resume meeting at John George Park on River Street every Monday and

Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM beginning Monday, April 7th. New members are always welcome so put on your walking shoes and join us! If you have any questions, please call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104. The 5th Graders at Highlands School are continuing their visits with us on Fridays. The students will be here from 12-1 PM on April 4 & 11 and May 2 & 9. This is a great opportunity to interact with the students (some of them may be your neighbor or grandchild!). The students will also be bringing Italian Ice for everyone. Come on in and support the kids, and while you are here, why not enjoy a fresh Belgian Waffle or lunch entrée from our weekly café


How to Obtain the Senior ‘Circuit Breaker’ Tax Credit

If you’re a Massachusetts property owner and are age 65+, you’d probably welcome a break on your property taxes. Dream on you say? Actually, such an option exists and, if you’re eligible, it’s yours for the taking. According to the MA Department of Revenue, some 957,000 residents 65 and older in the state are eligible to receive the tax credit. It’s called the Circuit Breaker, and according to this month’s AARP Bulletin, in 2012 more than 86,000 Massachusetts taxpayers claimed nearly $67 million in refunds under the program, according to the state Department of Revenue. The average refund in 2012 was $774. The Circuit Breaker refund acts the way an electrical circuit breaker would work, but here it prevents property taxes from exceeding an older person’s income and ability to pay taxes. Eligible taxpayers can file for the credit up to three years retroactively, so read the Bulletin story today and learn

more about this valuable tax refund. Go to http://states.aarp.org/ma-tax/ Do you or someone you know need help managing tax time stress? Look no further than AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. A dedicated corps of

volunteers provide face-to-face tax assistance and preparation services at more than 200 sites across the Bay State. To find a site near you, call toll free 1-888-227-7669.