25 Stone Street Danvers MA 01923    Phone: (978) 762-0208

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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.

12/4 The Sicilian Tenors trip departs

12/6 Holiday Fair, 9am-1pm

12/7 An Enchanting Holiday trip departs

12/8 - 12/22/14 Registration for January classes

12/9 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.

12/10 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

12/12 Annual Holiday Party, 11:30am-2pm

12/12 No Café or Bingo

12/13 Newport Christmas trip departs

12/16 Popcorn & a Movie, Disney’s Maleficent

12/23 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.

12/24 Senior Center Closes at 12pm

12/25 Senior Center Closed—Merry Christmas

12/31 New Year’s Eve Brunch, 11am-1pm

1/1 Senior Center Closed—Happy New Year

 

No Mr. Fix It - There will not be a Mr. Fix It for the month of November and December.

December 2014 - Save The Dates

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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DECEMBER 2014 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of December lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on December 9th. The November birthdays were from left: Marie Deschamps, Maurice Pelletier & Moneveh Peters.

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                                                              

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The staff of the Danvers Council on Aging would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy & Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

 

SOCIAL SENIOR’S SUPPORTIVE ADULT DAY PROGRAM

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 Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.

 

Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM -1 PM. Something for everyone! Knit goods, jewelry, baked goods, white elephant, crafts and much more. Annual Holiday Party—Friday, December 12, 2014 from 11:30am-2:00pm The menu will be Henry’s chicken marsala with sautéed mushrooms & onions, wild rice with sun dried cranberries and slivered pecans and a poached asparagus with lemon butter, roll and tiramisu for desert. Cost: $10 FDCOA members and $12 non members.

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – New Year’s Eve Brunch 11 AM – 1 PM

Tickets on sale Monday, December 1st at 9 AM (reserved seating – tables of 8). Help us ring in the New Year for a delicious brunch. The menu will be mimosa’s, quiche Lorraine, assorted muffins, baked ham, delmonico potatoes, chocolate caramel ice cream pie for dessert, coffee, tea & juice. During this brunch, we will be showing a slide show on the big screen of all our events over the past year. Tickets are $7.00 FDCOA member and $9 non members.

 

Snow Cancellation Policy of the Danvers Senior Center – The Senior Center

(transportation, meals and programs) will be cancelled if the Danvers School System closes schools. If the school system has a delayed opening, all activities including transportation, prior to the time of delay will be cancelled. All school closing announcements are broadcast on local television stations as well as the radio station North Shore 104.9 (FM). If weather conditions occur during school vacation week, please call 978 762-0208 to receive updated cancellation information. The Council on Aging office will be open and staff available during inclement weather. As a reminder, it is important that you check in on “My Senior Center” on a daily basis so that if we need to change or cancel an activity, we will have an accurate listing

of attendees. A feature of this program is that we are able to call people to let them know of any changes or cancellations.

Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am

There is no charge for these events 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.

 

December 3rd – “Java with a Jake” – Join us for a cup of coffee with members of the Danvers Fire

Department for another installment of our series “Java with a Jake”. This month, Deputy Chief James

McPherson and Captain James Brooks will discuss holiday safety. Discussion will include: extension cords,

candles, indoor and outdoor lights, trees and more. Make sure you come to this program to learn how to

have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 

Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th from 10:30 to 11:30 for a free Winter Safety Workshop. The

workshop will be presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students from North Shore

Community College. Topics will include snow removal tips and tricks, strategies for safe driving, and

transportation alternatives. We will also discuss tips for staying warm and minimizing your risk for falls as

you are out and about this winter. Light refreshments will be provided, all are encouraged to attend!"

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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Operation Troop Support Items for December

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of December: Coffee, tea, sugar, creamer & crackers. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

There will not be a Mr. Fix in December. Mr. Fix It will be back in January. Happy Holidays!

fitness

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.

giftshop

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.

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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 January classes

Check out our classes scheduled to begin in January. 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.

 

The Kiosk for Living Well

Each month, Sylvia, a “MoveSafe” Counselor visits The Kiosk for Living Well. Sylvia works with individuals and groups to assess balance and mobility concerns and to develop programs that promote health and ease of movement. She’s trained as a Falls Prevention expert and in the last couple of months has worked with dozens of people at the Danvers Senior Center. If you would like to meet Sylvia to strengthen your balance or to discuss any aspects related to mobility she’s eager to work with individuals and groups. She will be at The Kiosk on Monday, December 15 between 9:00-12:30pm. Too busy with the holidays? Sylvia will visit again on Monday January 19 between 9:00-12:30pm. The Kiosk for Living Well is open to everyone every Monday from 9:00 am to Noon and also every Thursday from 9:00 am to Noon.

 

Fuel Assistance

Heating season is right around the corner and it’s not too early to consider whether one is eligible for fuel assistance. North

Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP) began to mail out re-certification applications for those who were previously

enrolled in the program during last year’s fuel season. New applicants interested in applying for the upcoming fuel season may

contact NSCAP at 978-531-0767 x113 to make an appointment. Alternatively, Danvers seniors who would like assistance with

an initial application or recertification, can call Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to make an appointment.

 

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.

9:30am-Noon. Group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. This month will be Monday, December 8th.

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, December 8th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is your choice of any Christmas story. All are welcome! 

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to make a daily phone call to a small number of seniors as a wellness check and friendly hello. This would be done each weekday around the same time each day, If you are interested please speak to Cathy or Lisa. Please remember to look after your neighbors who may need a little extra help during the next few cold and snowy months, it can be very isolating for frail seniors once the cold and snow show up around here. If you know anyone who may like a friendly phone call please let us know.

 

Bereavement Loss and Change Support Group

Wednesdays from 1:30-3pmSupport 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

 

Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse

Office hours are: Thursday Blood Pressure Clinic byappointment, 8:30am-11:30am. Please call to book an appointment 978-762-0208.

 

Social Service News & Announcements

You may have noticed a new beautiful bulletin boardhanging on the wall across from the fitness room. Built by

Cathy Andre’s husband, the bulletin board, will soon come to life as the center of a new Resource Center providing the latest updates on Services available for seniors and their caregivers. The Resource Center will include 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.

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. Here are some tips about using the 9-1-1 system:

 

When should I call 9-1-1?

Save a life

Stop a Crime

Report a fire

Anytime help is needed from police, fire or ambulance personnel, 9-1-1 should be your first call in an emergency.

 

9-1-1 Calling Tips:

Stay calm and speak clearly.

Be sure to listen carefully and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability.

If possible, do not hang up until the 9-1-1 dispatcher has obtained all of the information that is needed.

Also, if possible, have someone positioned outside your home to direct EMT’s to the location of the

emergency.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

 

GROUP SUPPORT LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP

The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On December 11th Gayle Yarnall will share with us about the Perkins Brail & Talking Book Library. Gayle is totally blind and has been a Talking Book Library patron for almost 50 years. The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides audio and large print books as well as access to over 200 newspapers over the phone and audio described DVDs containing movies and TV shows. Gayle will show you how easy it is to keep reading your favorite books and magazines by demonstrating a free, easy to use digital player and explain how all these services

can be delivered to your home at no cost. The Talking Book Library delivers books, magazines and movies, in a format that is accessible to anyone who can’t read print or hold a book, directly to your door. Applications and assistance will be available during the presentation. Gayle will tell us about a new product that may be helpful for many of you called the “iBill”. It is a Talking Currency Identifier that is being provided for FREE to anyone who can’t read the numbers on US paper money.

 

GROUP SUPPORT CLA (Challenges of Living Alone)

CLA meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. Tis the Season! On December 18th we’ll

gather for a little festive time of sharing. Please bring a little something that you like to make, something

that may be your “specialty”, or otherwise just enjoy bringing to share with others. It can be a dip, special

drink, desert, etc. There is already a sign-up sheet going at the front desk. Please also think of a story or

tradition that may make this time of year special to you. Wear something festive if you like! See you on

the 18th!

Decorative Painting Class – Painting on Wood

Students will learn to paint a winter lighthouse scene on wood.This class will run for 4 weeks, November 14, 21, and December 5 and 12 from 10am-12pm. Students can purchase their wood at Michaels or AC Moore. The wood measures 4” x 24” and can be found in the wood and dowel section. Students should bring blue, white, black, and green paints. Cost: $36 FDCOA Member/$50 non members.

 

Thank you to the Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging for providing the funding for a pergola over the Bocce Court. Bocce Team!

 

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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Once again the Holiday Season is here. Hopefully it will be a safe and Happy Season for our seniors. Here are some

Holiday Safety Tips from the members of the Danvers Fire Department to help.

 

Tree Safety

-Never use candles as decorations on a tree

-Keep trees away from heat

-Water a live cut tree daily

-Make sure you use a “non-tipping” style of tree stand

-Use only UL listed fire retardant decorations

-Never leave a lit tree unattended or on while sleeping

Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday, before needles dry out

 

Decorative Lights

-Unplug all lighting before retiring for the evening or leaving the house

-Check all lights for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc

-Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord or outlet

-Consider buying new energy efficient LED lights that don’t get as hot

-Always use appropriate weatherproof UL listed lights outdoors

-Never us candles on trees near live or other flammable decorations

-Never leave lit candles unattended

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.