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.

9/7 Labor Day, Senior Center Closed

9/9 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

9/14 Fall Class Session Begins

9/18 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm by appt.

9/19 Behind the Scenes at Federal Hill trip

9/24 Mr. Fix It, 9am-11:30am


Every Monday & Thursday 9-12 Kiosk for Living Well

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

($30/$42 for 12 sessions)

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

No Friday Café for July and August

September  2015 - Save The Date

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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For a printable copy of our September 2015 newsletter, please click here.


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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at  12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday inthe month of September lunch is on us! Call & register by September 8th at 10am. The August birthdays were 1st picture from left: Louise Riley & Barbara Chambers. 2nd picture from left: Bill Snyder, John Casteri & Buddy Smith.

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

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 tahe generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation.


Blood Pressure Clinics

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


The Evening Dinner’s are back!!

Our next evening dinner will be Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 5pm. The meal is provided by Henry’s of Beverly. The menu will be: chicken cordon bleu with a veloute sauce paired with a traditional rice pilaf and green bean almandine, rolls and Boston cream pie for desert. The cost is $8 for FDCOA members and $10 for non member. Tickets on sale Wed. Sept. 2nd at 10am.


Senator Joan Lovely’s Office Hours

At the Danvers Council on Aging from 9-10 AM on Friday, September 11th. 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 free to contact her or her staff.


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.

and then click under “Need an Account”.                              

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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 and as always personal size hygiene items.

Mr Fix It

Do you have any portable fans that need to be cleaned and checked? If yes, bring them to the Senior Center on Thursday, September 24th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix them. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 24th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. Sept 23rd. 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.

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Medical Van Transportation

Please call Lorene between 1pm—4pm to schedule a ride978-762-0208



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!

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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. Proper disposal of prescription drugs has become a problem for every community in the United States. The number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs illegally now exceeds the number of Americans who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. Studies have shown that prescription drug abusers sometimes get the pills from medicine cabinets in homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "The age-old advice of flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet is now considered to be the least desirable of all alternatives." Once flushed down the drain or toilet, expired or unwanted medications become a source of pollution in wastewater and they generally can not be removed by treatment plants or septic systems. Instead, these pollutants are able to pass through the treatment centers and enter rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater systems. In addition tothe environmental effects of improper medication disposal, there is

the public concern for these drugs getting into the hands of kids. The development of a prescription drug disposal program would  allow for a safer and more environmental solution for disposing of them. A prescription drug program benefits the community by providing a safe location to drop off unused and expired medications with a high level of anonymity. It also rids medicine cabinets of unused and expired medications that could fall into the wrong hands. Finally, it reduces the environmental concerns of these drugs entering the water systems. For these reasons, the Danvers Police Department has partnered with DanversCares, Danvers TRIAD and Beverly Hospital to develop a method for people to get rid of these medications. The Danvers Police Department provides a safe location in the lobby of the police station for Danvers residents to properly dispose of their unwanted prescription medications. The police department partnered with the United States post office who donated a used mailbox to be used as a secure safe for these items. Now there is also another used mailbox available for the safe disposal of used needles or “sharps”.


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.

  • September 9 – Rite Aid Pharmacy - Come and learn about the importance of the shingles vaccine and the risks of not getting it as well as the pneumonia vaccine . A pharmacist will also be available to administer the pneumonia vaccine. Those interested in  receiving the pneumonia shot must be age 65 or older and must bring their insurance card. Medicare B will cover the Prevnar pneumonia vaccine.

  • September 16—Have some fun with riddles, trivia, quizzes, thoughts, one-liners, little known facts, humorous saying and more to exercise the brain and stimulate our mind. Different ways to look at things as we learn to think outside the box. Presented by Gerry Clements of CSI Solutions.

  • September 23 - Once again come and join the “Optimistic Voices” of Brookdale and Optimistic Voices of the North Shore for a fun filled morning with a sing-along and signing. Wendy will be here with her red guitar! All are welcome!

  • October 14 – Jennifer Tineo of Twin Oaks will present “Step into Safety - Fall Prevention Management” Jennifer will discuss: What is a fall?; Myths; People who fall the most; Causes of Falls; Statistics; Are you at risk?; Prevention.

  • October 21-(Rescheduled from September) - Please join us for a sweet look at the history and health benefits of chocolate. To fully experience this presentation, samples will be provided. Hosted by Diana Butler and Andrea D'Amato of RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate. (Please sign up in advance so we have enough samples for everyone!!)

Help Us Learn More About Sleep!

If you are: 55-70 years old Non smoker Healthy and taking no medication You may be eligible for a 37-day sleep research study at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. There will be a 4-6 week screening period. Must be willing to spend 37 day consecutive days and nights in our facility. Receive up to $7,775 Call 617-525-8719 or email sleepstudy@partners.org


Last Call on Farmers Market Coupons!

There 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 $1800/mo per individual or $2426/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.


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.



In September our group will resume our formerly regular time of 10:30am on the 2nd Thursday of each month. It will be nice to get together again after taking a little break last month! Please bring an item or be prepared to share about a resource (such as a particular  phthalmologist, etc.) that has made a big difference in making your life easier or even more pleasant. Looking ahead this fall: We will have visiting speakers from MAB/

Massachusetts Association for the Blind (not to be confused with MCB/Massachusetts Commission for the Blind), Visions of Independence and Misty Kits (Unique texture-based quilting kits designed for people with vision loss.)


Challenge of Living Alone (CLA)

Do you know what OPTIONS are available to you in the future? Would you like to remain home rather than resort to a nursing home  down the road but don't know if its possible so you're just hoping it works out? On Wednesday, 9/30 at 10:30am Kathy Perrella supervisor for the NSES Options Counseling Program will meet with us to tell about this valuable resource. Option Counselors can explore with you what supports, services, and resources are available to remain as independent as possible. Following her general overview of the Options Program, Kathy will use the rest of the time to answer individual questions.


Volunteers needed!

We are looking for some volunteers to help with a new Food Program we are starting at the senior center with the help of the Greater Boston Food Bank. On the first Monday afternoon of the month we need help receiving and distributing bags of food to be donated to those in need. There is some light lifting required as well as a 2-3 hour commitment to the first Monday (11:30-2:30pm) of each month in order to make this program a success. Many hands make light work! Also we are looking for someone to volunteer at lunchtime in the kitchen a couple of days a week helping to set up serve and clean up at our meal site. Please come in to the center and see Cathy to fill out

an application and fill out a CORI form.


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 each month from 10:30-11:30 AM to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information. Note: Due to Sept 7th being a holiday, the group will only meet on Sept. 21st this month.


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 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, September 14th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic is The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. All are welcome!


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


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.


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 off at the front desk at the Senior Center if you have any to donate. At this time

we are accepting bath seats only for donation.


The Kiosk for Living Well Take a Stand to Prevent Falls!

Falls Prevention Week takes place across the country between September 21st and 25th this year. The Kiosk for Living Well will be introducing Falls Prevention techniques and awareness throughout the month. On Monday September 14th from 9:00am to Noon, Sylvia, our Move Safe Counselor will visit the Kiosk to do special activities related to balance improvement featuring a special Wheel of Fortune and other fun games as well. If you’d like a personal balance assessment done alone or with a friend, Sylvia will fit you in! You can also meet with Brenda the Million Hearts nurse around the ways medications for your heart could potentially interact negatively with other medications you may be taking. She’ll be available to talk and take blood pressures on Monday September 21th from 9:30 - 11:30am. Come say hi!


Mah Jongg Class

Learn to play the ancient Chinese tile game beginning Thursday, September 17th from 2-4 PM for 6 weeks. Class

size limited to 8. Cost: $25 FDCOA members, $35 non members. Flo Woods, instructor. Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side from 5-7 PM on Thursday, October 1st. Evidentiary message will provide information that shows that the Soul is eternal. Linnea is a guest lecturer with

radio appearances on 30 national shows and in 176 countries. Limited to 10. Cost: $25 FDCOA member/$30

non-member. You must register in advance.


“Walkie Talkie’s” Walking Club

The Walking Club meets at the 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 questions, call Paula

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2015-2016 Membership Drive

It is time again to reach out to our Friends as we begin our 2105-2016 membership drive.  Our suport of the Danvers Council on Aging would not be possible without contributions from members like you.  The Board of Directors for the Friends continues to identify programs, service and equipment necessary to meeti the needs of seniors by working closely with Pam Parkinson, Senior Center Director and the Danvers Senior CEnter staff.  We greatly appreciate all of you who have supported us in the past. Click here for information on how to donate!

It is almost here...Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment

It’s that time of the year again! 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 2016. During Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment (October 15—December 7), you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. If you never had a drug plan, this is your opportunity to join one. SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone...on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as explain other options you may have. Appointments are limited so make your appointment soon. Please bring

your Medicare card and list of prescription medications with you to your appointment. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. To make an appointment with the SHINE counselor here, please contact 978-762-0208. 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 as soon as possible.


Thank you to Brentwood Rehabilitation and Health Care for sponsoring the entertainment for 8 weeks this summer at our Patio Parties. Special thanks to all our volunteers who have helped make these possible: Matt, Tyler, MacKenzie, Marlene, Donna, Sandy, Cheryl, Pat, Joyce, Joan and of course our chefs this season Don & Bob.