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.

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, September 14th at 12pm. If you are

celebrating a birthday in the month of September lunch is on us! Due to technical difficulties we do

not have the August picture. But we did celebrate with: Peg Collins, Dorothy Goudreau, John

Casteris, Bill Snyder, Barbara Chambers and Louise Riley. Please call & register by September

13th at 10am.

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 CLICKING HERE and then click under “Need an Account”.  


Social Seniors Supportive Day Program

We continue to accept applications for participation in this unique program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact Judith Ryan 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.


Evening Dinner's Are Back!

The Evening Dinner’s are back!! Our next evening dinner will be Thursday, September 29th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be chicken piccata with traditional rice pilaf and a green beans almondine, fresh baked dinner roll and slice of chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Please note price increase to $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets on sale Wednesday, September 7th at 10am.


Patio Party Finale

The last patio Par ty of the season will be held on Wednesday, September 7th from 5-7:30 PM. Aberdeen Home Care and Lucas Noble Financial, will be sponsoring this event. They are generously donating marinated chicken and steak tips which we will grill here, served with Pam’s homemade pasta salad & blueberry cobbler ala mode. This will be a ticketed event. The cost for this event is $3.00 per per son and you must sign up/pay in advance to receive your ticket. Karaoke entertainment provided by Ann Lanphear. Aberdeen Home Care will also be donating a state of the art home blood pressure cuff as a free drawing.


Café price increase:

Due to the normal cost of living increases, you will see that the prices for the Evening Dinners as well as the Café have gone up slightly. This is not something that we had planned on. We hope that you will still enjoy these wonderful programs. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak with Pam Parkinson. As always, we thank you for your support of the Danvers Senior Center.


Travel Chef

Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 12pm. The entrée will be pork loin w/pan gravy, baked potato w/sour cream, whole buttered green beans, parker house roll & pound cake w/ mixed berry sauce. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, Sept. 26th at 10am please. September 9th—12pm A wonderful lunch will be provided at the Senior Center by Chick-fil-A including a Chick-fil a sandwich, fruit cup and delicious chocolate chip cookie. Tickets on sale Sept 1st $2.00 per person. Also a special mystery quest appearance !!!

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Operation Troop Support Items for September

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of September: instant breakfast, instant cereal, instant oatmeal & instant soup & toiletry items and as always personal size hygiene items. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any por table fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, br ing it to the Senior

Center on Thursday, September 29th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix it. Due to space limitations, if you cannot bring your item on the 29th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. September 28th. 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.

Medical Van Transportation

Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride 978-762-0208



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Check in and you may win a prize!!!!

Are you using your card to check in on “My Senior Center” at the front desk every time you come to the center for a class, trip, activity or to enter your volunteer hours? There is a new category titled “Raffle”. Every day that you are at the Senior Center and check in, remember to touch on the Raffle option on the first page and you will earn an entry into the Raffle. A random winner will be selected on the first business day of each month to ensure that all entries from the previous month are included. The first drawing will be on Tuesday, November 2nd. So remember to check in on the computer each time you are here beginning in October. If you don’t have a card, stop by the front desk and we’ll be happy to get you one!

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.

Prescription Drug Costs too High?

Look into the Extra Help program from the Social Security Administration! You may be eligible to apply for Extra Help in meeting pr escription drug costs… and you can be a homeowner and still potentially qualify for this program. Benefits for 2016 include drug co-pays as low as $2.95 for generics and $7.40 for brand name drugs. An Extra Help application can be completed anytime during the year. If you want assistance or want to apply, contact the SHINE program at 978-762-0208. Social Security contact information: 1-800-772-1213 or apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.

9/5 Labor Day, Senior Center Closed

9/7 Patio Party Finale, 5-7pm

9/8 Low Vision Meeting, 10:30am

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

9/12 Fall Class Session Begins

9/14 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

9/22 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm

9/29 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am


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

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)


Every Thursday—Blood Pressure Clinic, 8:30am-11:30am (by appt. only)


Every Monday & Thursday 9-12 Kiosk for Living Well


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


Every Friday-9am-12:30pm– Café (Note: no waffles in June)


Café closed for the Summer - The Café will be closed during July and August. As always, BINGO will still be played every Friday.

September 2016 - Save The Date


For a printable copy of our September 2016 newsletter, please click here.

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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.


9/14—Join Lauren Henderson of GLSS to discuss Mobility Links. Mobility links is free service available to all ages and all abilities. Operated by Greater Lynn Senior Services, the Mobility Links Program offers unique services to assist consumers and their caregivers regarding various mobility resources. Based on consumer’s individual needs, the Travel Counselor will select resources that best meets their needs. Specific Information is gathered from the consumer and based on their response; the travel counselor will generate a list of options/Resources. The Traveling Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Individuals may contact the Counseling Center by calling a toll free number, 1-888-499-5324 or

TDD: 781-477-9632.


9/21 – Do you know how to protect your money and your assets? Have you or someone you know ever been scammed?

It is important at any age to know how to avoid scams that could cost you your savings. Come to a presentation on financial exploitation in later life to learn more about this topic and how to protect yourself from being taken monetarily advantage of. Presented by Carolyn Lewis, Abuse in Later Life Advocate.


9/28 – Optimum Life, Boost Your Brain Workshop-Session 2-Memory Strategies: Enhance and Support Your Brain,

brought to you by Resident Program Coordinator, Ellen Roach of Brookdale Danvers Assisted Living Community and Sales Counselor, Susan L’Italian. They will be providing a healthy snack and a workbook for all to follow along. Hope to see you there.


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.


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: Ourregular meetings will resume on the 2nd Thursday of each month on September 8th at

10:30am after the summer break. This group is for those experiencing any type of vision loss ranging from a small degree of vision loss to those who are totally blind. We welcome anyone who is curious about what the group has to offer or has any questions. In September’s group we will discuss how our needs have changed over time when coping with vision loss. Please come share about what you wish you knew when you were first diagnosed and what you feel you need most now. If you have questions about this group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/ Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105).


CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA): In September , we will resume our regular monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday

of each month from 1 – 2 pm. We will pick up where we left off on our group resource project on September 22th and Wendy Pearl from Community Greetings who was unable to make it in June plans to join us in our endeavor! Wendy was raised in Peabody and has lived in Danvers since graduating from college. As a representative of Community Greeting for over 15 Years Wendy welcomes new residents of Danvers and Peabody with information about various businesses & organizations in the area. As an active member of the Peabody Chamber of Commerce, as well as a participant in various community and civic organizations, Wendy has extensive knowledge about the local businesses and resources. She also is family with a variety of contracted services such as Plumbing, Electrician, and Carpenters. As a long term member and current Chair of the TRIAD committee, Wendy recognizes the need for consumers, seniors in particular, to make informed decisions and take certain precautions when looking for and hiring private contractors. YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Bring in a list of names of any People or Businesses who has provided you services in the last 5 years. This can include local merchants, hairdressers, auto mechanics, or private contractors. The Challenges of Living Alone group is  open to anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival. If you have questions about this group, or would like to be added to the group call list, please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/ Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105).


Volunteer Opportunities

If you have some minor, light jobs around the houseyou are unable to do yourself, putting in an A/C or hanging curtains, changing a lightbulb difficult to reach etc. we have a volunteer willing to help. If you would like to help with light chores for seniors who can no longer accomplish those please call the center and speak to Cathy for more info. We are looking for help in the Social Seniors Day program…If you would like to help out, maybe lead an activity or craft, please give us a call. Days and times are flexible. The program is open 9-3 M-F.


Kiosk for Living Well

September is many people's favorite month -- the bright blue skies, low humidity, and mild temperatures make working and playing so much more enjoyable. So, increase your exposure to fun by coming to the Kiosk for Living Well. While you're there, you can get your blood pressure checked. The Healthy Hearts nurse will be at the Center on Monday September 12th between 9:30-11:30. Get some tips on ways to keep your heart healthy! You can also improve your balance and learn some strengthening tips along the way with Sylvia, our MoveSafe Counselor and Fall Prevention  specialist. She’ll  be at the Kiosk on Monday September 19th. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon. See you soon!


Blood Pressure Clinics – By appointment. Judith Ryan,

RN our Public Health Nurse will hold blood pressure clinics on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. Call the center at 978 762-0208 x114 to book your appointment.




By appointment ONLY are as follows:

Tuesday, September 20th 5-7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 21st 10:30AM-12:30 PM

Thursday, September 22nd, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM

Wednesday, September 28th, 10:30-12:30 PM

Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Tuesday, October 11th, 5-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 13th 10 AM-12 Noon

Friday, October 21st, 10 AM-12 Noon

Wednesday, October 26th 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


Please Note: Flu Clinics are open to all residents. Please bring your insurance card. Seniors should bring their Medicare-B

card with them. Flu shots will be administered by pharmacists from CVS Pharmacy or Danvers Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan, RN. An appointment is required. ALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 978-762-0208 OR SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK AT SENIOR CENTER


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.


Antique Appraisal

Twin Oaks, 63 Locust Street, is sponsoring an antique appraisal on Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30-8 PM. Space is limited to the first 30 RSVP’s. Each attendee may bring one item for appraisal. Please omit coins, stamps, jewelry & firearms. Please bring a $5 donation for the appraisal to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. RSVP to Jennifer Tineo at 978 290-0059.


The DCOA Bocce League would like to thank Lorraine & Jim Russell for their donation of bocce balls. It is greatly appreciated!


Pride Partnership Progress

As Fall Approaches it is time again to reach out to our Friends of The Council On Aging as we begin our 2016-2017 membership drive. Your support of the Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging make it possible for the friends to continue financial support of programs at the Senior Center.  The Board of Directors for the Friends contunues to idenity programs, services and equipment necessary to meet the needs of seniors by working closely with Pam Parkinson, Sr. Center Director and the Danvers Senior Center staff.  Please click here to view the on line form and past donors. Thank you for your continued support!


Learn to coupon with Judi

Did you know that you can save 30-80% on your groceries? You can spend as little as a half hour of preparing in advance to save on your weekly grocery bill. Do you know how to “double up” on a sale? Do you know where to find coupons? Join Judi Martino on the first and third Monday of the month (September 19th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information. Note: September 5th is Labor Day so there will not be a class.


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, September 12th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 members/$3.00 non members.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, September 12th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Same book = “The Residence—The White House” by Kate Andersen Brower. All are welcome! Coloring – Mondays from 10-11 AM. According to psychologists, coloring is the best alternative to meditation. Coloring allows you to unlock your creative potential. Perhaps more important, it helps relieve tension and anxiety. It also unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times. All supplies are provided. Join us!!


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club”

Welcome Spring!!! Are you ready to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Our Walking Club will be meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10 AM. This year we will be walking on the new path at the Senior Center/Highlands School. If you haven’t seen it, directly across from our front door is a path with a wooden bridge that connects to the paved walking path at the Highlands School. This will be very convenient as there is plenty of parking and access to facilities at the Senior Center. Each lap is between 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile. If you would like to join us, please call Paula at 978-762-0208 and she will keep you updated on the Club.


Parkinson’s Fitness & Movement

Along with the Wednesday morning (10:30-11:30 AM) class we have added  a Friday class also. Friday classes are from 1-2 PM. Do you have Parkinson’s Disease? If so, this exercise class is for you. Linda Hall and Marilyn Freeman of Parkinson’s Fitness will lead you through a variety of customized exercise to improve balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength-training by ability levels. There is no charge for this as the Wednesday class is generously sponsored by Genesis Health Care at Hathorne Hill, and the Friday class is generously sponsored by Parkinson’s Fitness. Please call Paula to register at 978-762-0208.


Circle of Hope

Does someone close to you (spouse/partner, child, grandchild, or trusted caregiver) withhold your medication, use your money without permission, limit your phone calls, or tell you when or where you can go? Do you feel that nothing you ever do or say is “right?” If so, you are not alone. Are you looking to be among peers in a safe space to share your experience? Help us help you, by joining a free educational support group for seniors over 50 every Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at the

Danvers Council on Aging. This will be an open 6 week pilot group that is completely confidential. The group is sponsored by CALL-NS, Confronting Abuse in Later Life-North Shore, a grant which aims to provide outreach and education around abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders fifty years and over. For more information, contact: Carolyn Lewis at 978-624-2248


Do Not Ignore Medicare Mail!

It’s that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO,PPO), you should expect information from your plan by the end of September. This information is important because it explains changes in your plan for 2017. During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment!


Do Not Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and Medicare related health insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208. For other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back as soon as possible.


Elder Affairs is often reminded of new (and sometimes old) ingenious practices to separate elders andothers from their money -- either outright or through information that seniors provide in good faith.  As you may (not) know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a constantly updated website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts to alert consumers about what’s real and what’s fake.


Farmers Market

There are a limited number remaining of Coupon Booklets good for $25 worth of fresh local produce. These Farmers

Market Coupons are available for FREE for Danvers Residents with income less than $1815/mo. per individual or $2456/mo. per couple. Many Farmers Markets close for the season at the end of September so don't delay! Contact Lisa Westrate 978-762-0208 to schedule an appointment. Please bring proof of ALL sources of income to your appointment.


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.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, September 21st 11am-2pm at Brentwood

Brentwood is generously sponsoring a Bingo Bonanza for the Danvers Senior Center to be held at their newly beautifully renovated facility at 56 Liberty Street in Danvers. This event will now be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next event will be Wednesday, September 21st. This event will include bingo with amazing prizes as well as lunch for those attending. RSVP to the Senior Center at 978-762-0208. The Center will provide a shuttle to get everyone back and forth as parking is limited at their site. Join us for this fun event!

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. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. By planning ahead, you will have essential items if you need to evacuate:

  • Have a disaster supplies kit packed and ready in one place before a disaster hits.

  • Assemble enough supplies to last for at least 3days.

  • Store your supplies in one or more easy-to-carry containers, such as a backpack or duffle bag.

  • Be sure your bag has an ID tag.

  • Label any equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes or walkers, that you would need with your name, address and phone numbers.

  • Keep your kit up-to-date.


Next month watch TRIAD Corner for “Making a Plan”