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, May 11th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of May lunch is on us! April birthdays were: from left: Georgette Kielbasa, Edie Santamaria, Annie Townsend, Bob Wilkinson & Mike Walor. Please call & register by May 10th at 10am.  

Danvers Health Department Sponsors - Diaper Drive Benefitting Danvers Families in Need

Click here for all the information!


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.


The Evening Dinner

The next evening dinner will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 5pm-7pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be Pulled Pork, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Cornbread and Carrot Cake for dessert. Tickets are $8 members/$10 nonmembers. Tickets are on sale now.


Travel Chef

May 5th at 12pm. This month menu will be grilled cheese sandwich (hearty white oval loaf) tomato soup, demi tossed salad, fresh strawberries & whipped cream. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person. Reservations by Wednesday, May 4th at 10am please.


Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Danver s Council on Aging will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 11th from 1pm-2pm at the Senior Center. The meeting is open to current members of the Friends of the Danvers Council on Aging. The Lifetime Enrichment Award Scholarships will be presented at this meeting. Refreshments will be served following the business meeting.

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Operation Troop Support Items for May

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of May suntan lotions, skin lotions, deodorant & foot powder 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 portable fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring it to the Senior Center on  Thursday, May 26th 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 26th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. May 25th. 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



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!

Family Festival Senior Picnic

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 11:30am-2:00pm. Danvers residents age 60 and older are invited to enjoy a wonderful Mixed Grill luncheon including sausage, steak tip and turkey tip, homemade rice pilaf, baked beans and ice cream sandwich for dessert. Tickets are $6 for FDCOA members/$8 for non-members. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday June 1st at 10am. There will be open seating (both indoors and out) for this event. The Kiwanis Club of Danvers will assist with cooking and serving as always! As we go to press entertainment to be announced. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early and celebrate the 4th with good food and good friends!!


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.


5/4 “Healthy Summer” – Learn about healthy summer habits such as nutrition, safety, and more while enjoying games and sampling tasty summer treats!! Presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant Students from North Shore Community College.

5/11 “Peak Savings” – Do you know what the Demand Response Program? The Demand Response is a program that helps the Electric Division manage peak hour electricity demand and typically occurs in the summer months. Join Sharon Celment, Program

Engineer with the Town of Danvers DPW to learn more.


5/18 Trivia with Madalena Robo of Home Helpers of the North Shore – Attendees will engage in a series of trivia questions. The team that gets the most questions right and the most points will win a prize. Every month there will be different prizes for the



5/25 “Healthy Eating” - Summer time and the living is easy-days filled with flip flops, outings to the beach and cook outs. Dawn Sapienza, Registered Dietician, Pilgrim Rehab in Peabody, will discuss ways to enjoy summer fun while maintaining a healthy  lifestyle. She will share recipes, talk about current culinary trends and bring some nutritious seasonal snacks.

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Danvers TRIAD

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. Seniors can protect themselves against most

common crimes by using common sense like:   Do not open the door to a stranger. Install a peephole in your door. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. NEVER give out your credit card or bank account number.  Do not carry your social security card or more than one credit or debit card in your wallet.  Shred mail containing personal information such as social security number, date of birth, etc.  Report suspicious persons, offers, abuse or suspected identity theft promptly

to your local police. Just a reminder that our fifth DCAT show called “The Triad Corner” will air in May on DCAT during the times below on Verizon Channel 36 and Comcast channel 99:

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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.

5/3 Elections at Danvers High School

5/5 Travel Chef, 12pm

5/6 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-12pm (by appt only)

5/10 Popcorn/Movie, A Walk in the Woods, 1pm

5/11 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

5/11 FDCOA Annual Meeting, 1pm

5/11 No Line Dancing

5/12 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

5/12 Blackstone Valley Trip departs

5/17 AARP Driver Course

517 Tuesday Travel, Wrentham Premium Outlets

5/17 Elton John & Billy Joel Tribute at DPYC

5/19 Henry’s Dinner, 5pm

5/24 Tuesday Travel, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

5/26 Mr. Fix It, 9M-11:30am

5/27 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)


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

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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.



The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in solo-survival. Our group meets regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. This month the group will meet on May 26th at 1 pm as usual. Topic TBA. If you’d like to be added to the phone call list, have suggestions for future groups or have any questions, contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105



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 meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30am. Because our  meeting was cancelled in April we will plan to

discuss TRANSPORTATION at our meeting on May 12th. Not all transportation gets us where we want & need to go. You may assume you’re aware of all the resources available to you to get around, but if you join us in May you’ll hear about options you probably hadn’t considered before. If you’d like to come to this meeting but aren’t sure how to get to the Danvers Senior Center, give  us a call. Dial 978-762-0208 to contact Lisa Westrate (x105), Group Leader/Outreach, and Lorene Machado, Transportation Coordinator (x101).


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a senior who has some light raking, spring clean up, putting screens in or cleaning easily reachable windows I have a volunteer willing to help out. Call for more information. Requests considered on a case by case basis. Volunteers please remember to check in your hours on the my senior center computer. Those numbers are very important for us to track so please help us out with that. If you do not know how to put your hours in just check with Cathy or Ana at the front desk and we would be happy to show you! We have a new Mrs. Fix-it! We are pleased to announce Joanne Mills will be helping us out with her sewing skills. If you have a small sewing job such as hemming, replacing a zipper etc. please drop it off at the senior center and we will give you a call if and when the job is complete. If you have any questions please call Cathy.


Kiosk for Living Well

The Kiosk for Living Well invites you to come and join the fun every Monday and Thursday in the front Living Room. We

enjoy listening to music, making music, and discussing any issues Kiosk visitors have in mind. If you haven’t visited the Kiosk yet we look forward to meeting you! You can meet with The Million Hearts Nurse on Monday May 9th from 9:30-11:30. The nurse is there to answer questions, provide guidance, and check your progress! So far, there hasn’t been one question our Million Hearts team can’t answer. Sylvia, our Balance and Falls Prevention Specialist will be available to teach some tools to improve your mobility. She can assess your strength and balance and work with you on improvements if necessary. She’ll be at the Kiosk on Monday May 16th from 9:00-12:00. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon. (Except holidays.) We look forward to spending some time with you at the Kiosk!


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host district hours at the Danvers Council on Aging from 9-10 AM on Friday, May 13th. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by phone at 617-722-1410 or by email at joan.lovely@masenate.gov The Senators office offers a range of constituent services to residents of the Second Essex District. If you have any questions

or concerns regarding state government, please feel  free to contact her or her staff.


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.


New to Medicare?

Are you going on Medicare soon? Are you overwhelmed and confused about the choices and decisions you need to make? You don’t need to go through this alone! Meet with a SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) counselor. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, in-person, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related insurance programs. To make an appointment, call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208 or the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. You’ll be asked to leave a message and a daytime phone number. A SHINE counselor will return your call within two business days.


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 AARP Smart Driver Course

Tuesday May 17, 2016 from 10 AM – 3 PM. Cost is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for non AARP Members. Please have your membership number with you when you register for this course. Limited to 12. This course will focus on the aging process affecting hearing, eyesight, driving response time and how to recognize and compensate for these conditions. Also, Road Rage which is an extremely important factor today!


Elder Affairs is often reminded of new (and sometimes old) ingenious practices to separate elders and others 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.


Mrs. Fix-it!

We are pleased to announce Joanne Mills will be helping us out with her sewing skills. If you have a small sewing job such as hemming, replacing a zipper etc. please drop it off at the senior center and we will give you a call if and when the job is completed.


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 (May 2nd & 16th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.  


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, May 9th. 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, May 9th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be any book on Best Seller’s List. All are welcome!



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.

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