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.

7/4 Senior Center Closed—Happy 4th of July!

7/7 Summer Class Session Begins

7/8 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt.)

7/9 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

7/10 Patio Party, 5pm

7/10 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

7/15 Castle in Clouds departs

7/17 (CLA) meeting, 10:30am

7/17 Patio Party, 5pm

7/22 Foxwoods Casino Trip departs

7/22 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt.)

7/24 Golden Oldies Trip departs

7/24 Patio Party, 5pm

7/31 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am

No Friday Café lunch entrée for July and Aug (waffles will be available)

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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, July 9th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of July, lunch is on us! Call & register by 10am on July 8th. The June birthdays were from left: Mary Carney, June Berube & Kay Liacos

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                                                              


We are pleased to announce the addition of two new staff in our unique program! Recently we were fortunate to hire Karen Kilty, a Danvers native and longtime resident who will be responsible for the planning and implementation of activities for our Day Program participants. Karen has extensive experience working with seniors in Adult Day Health and long term care settings. Her experience and serene personality will provide an environment for enjoyable, therapeutic, failure free activities for all involved. In addition, a new Public Health Nurse has been hired full time with the additional responsibility of coordinating the Supportive Day Program. We are excited to have Allison Jopling R.N., join our team of caring professionals. Allison will coordinate the admission process, monitor client status, advocate for clients’ needs, and act as a liaison with family and/or health care providers as needed. Allison comes to us from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital with excellent references. We feel that Allison’s knowledge, compassionate, caring demeanor and love for seniors will allow us to ensure the wellness of our participants at all times! Presently the program is offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-3pm. The Adult Supportive Day Program is now accepting applications as we plan to add Tuesday as an additional day. This program can benefit both participant and caregiver alike by providing services tailored to individual need and interest. If you or someone you know could benefit from social contact and interaction with others in a friendly environment, give us a call at (978) 762-0208. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience all we have to offer. Danvers residents 60 and older are eligible for financial assistance through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation, if



Patio Parties

Join us for our weekly “Patio Parties” Thursday evening from 5-7pm beginning July 10th. 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 cooler of soft drinks (no alcohol allowed) and snacks! This is a great time to meet new friends! Live entertainment provided by Brentwood.


Café closed for the Summer

The café will be closed during July and August. Fresh Belgian waffles made to order, will still be available, but there will not be a café lunch entrée. As always, BINGO will still be played every Friday.


New Summer Hours

Beginning Thursday, July 10th the Danvers Senior Center will remain open on Thursday evenings until 7:00pm. This will continue through July and August ending on Thursday, August 28th with the conclusion of our Patio Party Season!


Special Thank You!

Once again we all enjoyed a great time at the Annual Senior Citizen Picnic during Family Festival Week. This event would not be possible without the physical assistance of our Friends from the Danvers Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanians did a great job of helping to grill and serve. We could not have had such a successful event without their continued support.

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. Senior citizens are often the targets of criminal activity, particularly scams during the  summer. Seniors can be targeted by telephone, through the mail, door-to-door or over the Internet. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Protect yourself:

Never give out any personal information such as your social security number or credit card numbers unless you initiate the contact.

Ask questions and don’t feel pressured to “act now.”

Don’t pay by cash and ask for written information.

Don’t be afraid to hang up or close the door.

If you receive a letter , telephone call or electronic mail notifying you that you have won some kind of prize, be careful! This is most likely a scam. Do not be embarrassed if you are a victim of a scam. If you believe you are a victim, contact the Danvers Police Department.

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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 fruits and nuts, hard candy & beef jerky and as always personal size hygiene items.

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, July 31st 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.

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.


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.


Allison Jopling, RN, Public Health Nurse

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


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

8:00am-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.

Preventing Electrical Fires at Home

Electrical fires continue to be one of the leading causes of residential structure fire deaths in Massachusetts. In 2013 five people died in electrical home fires in the state. It was the number two cause of fire deaths, with careless use of smoking materials listed as the number one cause. On average more than 1000 people over the age of 65 die in fires in America every year. CLICK HERE FOR INFO!

Timely Topics

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 9 – Food Demonstration – Join us as Chef Ginny from Emeritus at Cherry Hill here in Danvers, gives us a

demonstration on how to prepare:creative chicken roll ups. Those signed up to attend this presentation will also receive a “box lunch to go”. Make sure you call the Center by Monday, July 7th to register for this demonstration.


July 16 – Do you or someone you know have Parkinson’s Disease? - Those with Parkinson’s face a tough opponent, which is a term defined as an adversary, the enemy, a rival, a challenger…and it is certainly all of those! Linda and Keith Hall of Parkinson’s Fitness will discuss and demonstrate their commitment to fighting Parkinson’s through exercise programs created to promote self-motivation and positive attitudes. Focusing on creating a variety of customized exercises to improve balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength-training by ability levels. Marilyn Freeman, support group leader, will also be on hand. Please

join us for this demonstration as it will be an upcoming class generously sponsored by Genesis Health Care at Hathorne Hill.


July 23 - New Non-drug treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy – Dr. Ellen Blomerth - The nerve pain, numbness and discomforts of Peripheral Neuropathy are common symptoms among people over 50. It robs the sufferer of enjoyment of the retired life that they so looked forward to during their working years. Now there are new non-drug treatments that can help ease the suffering and for many, allow them to enjoy life again. You can learn more about these new peripheral neuropathy treatments at this Presentation


August 13 – Pam Taylor, Community Educator, Care Dimensions, presents “Am I just Forgetful?” Most of the

time our forgetfulness is due to normal aging, but, Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and coping with it

requires careful advance planning. Come and learn some of the signs.



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.


Farmers Market Coupons: Though I have not received specific details yet about when the Coupons will be available, I started a list of those Danvers Seniors who have low income and would like to reserve a coupon booklet. To add your name, call Lisa at the Senior Center. Be sure to leave your name, phone number and reference the Farmers Market Coupons. Once they arrive I will be available on Monday mornings in July from 9:30-11am to distribute the Coupons.


CLA (Challenges of Living Alone):

CLA typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. Due to summer schedules we will be taking the month of August off. On July 17th, our meeting will be an informal gathering for sharing & socializing. I will also be glad to answer questions about services that may be available here at the center or in the community. If you would like to receive a phone call from a group member to inform you of

upcoming events please leave a message for Lisa at (978) 762-0208 x105 with your name & phone number stating that you’d like to be on the call list.



The Low Vision Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. On July 10th we will have an informal meeting for group sharing or resources. Bring your questions & we can problem solve as a group. If you have any questions about this group please call Lisa Westrate at 978-762- 0208 x105.


If you have questions about our groups or would like to be added to our phone list to receive information about upcoming topics and events, please call Lisa Westrate.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help seniors with grocery shopping, to accompany seniors to medical appointments, and errands. Very flexible hours. Come by the Center to fill out an application. We can really use your help!

We are also looking for some volunteers to help with special events, helping in the kitchen, and helping with our social seniors program. Call Cathy for more info.

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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.

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Paint & Sip – Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 6:30 -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 “Lighthouse on the Ocean Decorative artist and owner of BrushStroke Designs, Inc., 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 sine. All supplies: table easel, paint,

brushes, water bin, pallets, papers towels, all pain 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.

BOCCE Practice Reminder…

Every Tuesday 10am-11am at the Danvers Senior Center. The Bocce Court is located in back of the Senior Center.


The Holiday Fair is coming……..

Let’s make this year our biggest year ever!!! Join us on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 AM to brainstorm new and creative ideas.


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, July 14th). 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 14th from 1pm-3pm. The topic is free choice. All are welcome!


We would like to thank Philip Katz husband of our Zumba instructor Betsy Katz, for generously donating the T-shirts for our class members. We appreciate his support of Betsy’s mission to create supportive groups and the benefits that dance has on individuals. The shirts are a celebration "Ta Dah!" of that work.

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The walking club will meet at 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 any questions, please call Paula at 978 762-0208 x 104.


Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather: Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide- brimmed hat. Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually

dehydrate your body. Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic heat. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body. Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day. Check with your community for information about possible local ‘cooling centers’. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that

enters a home by up to 80%. Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Check on family, friends and neighbors.


Potato Salad Anyone?

Come to the Kiosk for Living Well anytime during the month of July and go on a virtual picnic with us! We want your stories of picnics when you were a child and we want to find out what your favorite picnic dishes have been over the years. Bring a favorite picnic recipe to share and photos of recent or long-ago picnics and have them scanned. We’ll play trivia games about picnics (really!) and use the computer to zoom into your most memorable picnic locations. We’ll also look up recipes and picnic destinations so you can plan your next picnic — even if it’s in your own back yard! The Kiosk for Living well is open Thursdays from 9:00 am - Noon.



Join us on Wednesday, July 16th at 5:30 PM when Jonathan Delaunay will be here with presentations on two new trips: Canyon Country featuring Arizona & Utah (April 9-17, 2015) and Pacific Northwest & California (June 7-14, 2015). Plan now for next year and you can save $100 by booking early. There is no charge to come to this presentation, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978 762-0208.


Are you checking in on “My Senior Center”?

We need you to check in each day for lunch, activities, and classes you are at the senior center for. If you do not have a My Senior Center check in card, please come to the front desk. Thank you!



Every Wednesday join us for a Belgian waffle with strawberries & whipped cream for $2.00. Dunkin Donuts coffee is available for .75 cents and bottle water is also available for $1.00.