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

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, July 12th at 12pm. If you are celebration a birthday in the month of July lunch is on us! June birthdays were from left: Ann Sabino, Helen  Arvanites and June Berube. Please call & register by July 11th 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”.  


Patio Party Kick Off!!

Our weekly “Patio Par ties” will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM beginning on Wednesday, July 12th. Aberdeen Home Care, will be sponsoring the first Patio Party of the 2017 Season. Menu will include: Marinated grilled sliced London broil with sautéed onion and mushroom demi glaze, baked potato with butter and sour cream and chive, tomato and mozzarella caprese salad with fresh basil and balsamic glaze, grilled pound cake with fresh grilled pineapple, rum caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream. The cost for the event is $2.00 per person. You must purchase your ticket in advance for this “Kick-Off”. Tony Malionek will be the

entertainment which will be sponsored by Brentwood Rehab & Health Care. Tickets are on sale now.


New Summer Hours

Beginning Wednesday, July 12th, the Danvers Senior Center will remain open on Wednesday evenings until 7:00pm. This will continue through July and August ending on Wednesday, August 30th with the conclusion of our Patio Party Season!


Café closed for the Summer

The café will be closed dur ing July and August. As always, BINGO will still be played every Friday. The café will

resume in September.


Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 15th at 12:45pm. There is no charge but please sign up in advance at the front desk or call 978-762-0208. Generously sponsored by: Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Middleton. 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.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, July 19th, 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 which will be held on Wednesday, July 19th and 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!


Bocce Anyone?

The DCOA Bocce League meets every Tuesday (weather permitting) at the Senior Center from 10

AM – 12 Noon. Stop by and play or just come and cheer on the players. All are welcome.

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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: Powdered drink mixes such as Dry Fruit & Nuts, Hard Candy & Beef Jerky. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Are you left in the dark because your lamp doesn’t work? Is your toast not toast? Br ing any

item which does not work properly to Mr. Fix-It and we will evaluate and repair if possible. Mr. Fix It will be at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 27th from 9am-11:30am. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 27th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. July 26th. 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.

NOTICE OF INCREASE Effective April 1, 2017, the transportation donation for Danvers residents age 60 or older and/ or disabled Danvers residents under the age of sixty will be as follows: $1.50 each way ($3 round trip) donation for appointments within Danvers $2.50 each way ($5 round trip) donation for appointments to the adjoining communities of Peabody, Beverly and Salem. Boston Medical rides will increase $28 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Lahey Burlington rides will increase $18 first hour/$12 each additional hour. Gordon College Mobility Program, Wenham will increase $6 each way ($12 round trip). People living in Assisted Living Facilities will increase to $12 each way ($24 round trips).

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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.

7/4 Senior Center Closed for 4th of July

7/10 Special Interest Programs/Activities begin

7/12 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

7/16 Fun Day in Charlestown & Boston

7/12 Patio Party, 5pm

7/19 Patio Party, 5pm

7/20 Voices of Legends Show

7/21 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt only)

7/26 Patio Party, 5pm

7/27 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)

JULY 2017 - Save The Date

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The Danvers Council on Aging along with Medical Reserve Corps Well Check Team is looking for individuals interested in having well check calls to insure your wellbeing.

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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.


7/12 Are you prepared for an Emergency? Joanne MacInnis of Aberdeen Home Care will give you all the information you need for emergency preparedness


Special Presentation of the movie “Gaslight” on Monday, July 17th at 1 PM. This 1944 film features Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton. The plot centers on a woman whose aunt was murdered in her home. The young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, the husband has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. After the movie, we will have a discussion with Carolyn Lewis of NS Elder Services, around the dynamics of power, control and manipulation used by the characters in the movie to

better understand unhealthy relationships. There are many forms of abuse that people are unaware of and are worth talking about. Please call 978 762-0208 to reserve your space.


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.



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 questions about the Low Vision support group or the CLA group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208 (x105).


LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: 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.* On July 13th, we will watch the award-winning documentary  LINDSIGHT. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, BLINDSIGHT follows the gripping adventure of six Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. A dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge made all the more remarkable by the fact that the teenagers are blind. *Stay tuned for starting time for this movie since we will needmore time than we typically meet. Please note: The Low Vision Group will not meet in August.


Join us at Hunt Nursing & Retirement (Lindall Street) on Wednesday, July 5th from 2:15-3:15 PM to enjoy the entertainment of Maggie’s Girls and Monday, July 24th from 2:15-3:15pm to enjoy the entertainment by Joey Canzano. There is no charge for this, but please register in advance by calling the senior center at 978-762-0208. Limited transportation is available, please ask about it when you register.


Are you sick and tired of spending a fortune on store bought cards?

Kathy Rosenfield will show you how to make beautiful and simple cards. No art skills are required. You will leave this class with 3 of your own  handmade cards and hopefully a desire to make more! Class will be held on Tuesday, July 11th, from 10 AM-12 Noon. Cost is $15 FDCOA Member/$20 Non members and includes all supplies!! Sign up today. Class size limited to 5.


Popcorn and a Movie

Popcorn & A Movie Join us on Tuesday, July 11 at 1 pm for “The Shack” – Plot: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.  Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw. Based on the novel “The Shack” written by William Paul Young. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic material including some violence. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978 762 0208 if you plan on attending.


North Shore Elder Services Option Counselor

Knowing what options are available to you and your family at difficult points in your loved one’s life isn’t always easy. North Shore Elder Services provides individuals and caregivers with options counseling at any time. Our compassionate and educated counselors are able to meet with you at home, the hospital, a nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or even a community site to speak with you. You do not have to meet any income

guidelines or be of a certain age to meet with our Options Counselors. An Options Counselor from North Shore Elder Services is available at the Danvers Council on Aging on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.


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.


Senator Joan Lovely

In July, Senator Lovely will meet with constituents on July 10th at Brothers Deli from 11am-12pm. There will not be any office hours in August. The Senator will return to the Senior Center on Monday, September 11th from 11am- 12pm.


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, PH. D. Leader


Kiosk for Living Well

Celebrate your independence this July by building confidence and strength around your balance! Sylvia and Dacise will be at the Kiosk to assess balance and offer basic strength training exercises Monday, July 17th between 9:00 and Noon. The Healthy Hearts nurse will visit The Kiosk on Monday July 10th. Get your blood pressure checked and raise any diet or exercise concerns you may have. The Healthy Hearts nurse will be at the Center between 9:30 and 11:30. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon.


The Danvers Council on Aging is purchasing a bench for the Walking Path at the Highlands School. The cost for the bench is $2000. If you would like to make a donation toward the cost, you may drop your donation in the box at the front desk. Any amount is appreciated to help offset the cost of this bench. As you know, our Walking Club utilizes this path and the bench will be greatly appreciated by all.


Volunteer Opportunities

We have a new Mrs. Fix It...Denise Calcagno will be coming to the Senior Center the second and fourth Wednesday’s from 10am-11:30am each month. This month she will be at the Senior Center on July 12th and July 26th.


Medical transportation is available to Danvers residents age 60 or older, and/or disabled Danvers residents under the age of sixty. It is suggested that residents make transportation requests as early as possible for scheduling purposes. 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. Individuals in wheelchairs can be accommodated. The suggested transportation donation is $1.50 each way ($3 round trip) donation for appointments within Danvers and $2.50 each way ($5 round trip) donation for appointments to the adjoining communities of Peabody, Beverly and Salem. For ease of donations, we are offering seniors the option to purchase a donation punch card for $30. You may purchase a donation card at the front desk. Please call Lorene to schedule a ride at 978-762-0208.


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 willreflect 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 refuse 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.


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 (weather permitting). We walk on the 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 is 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.


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 (July 3rd & 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.


Crazy Cards

There will not be Crazy Cards in July and August. We will resume on Monday, September 11th. Have a wonderful summer.


Book Club

The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, July 10th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Free choice. 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


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 ext 104.



Did you know that you can get current updates on activities, classes, etc. just by liking us on Facebook? We update on a regular basis any changes/additions in our activities and on any programming. Search for us at : Danvers Council on Aging and Senior Center, click Like, and you will be kept up to date!


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 group 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



The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful solo-survival; we meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. Feel free to invite someone who you think might benefit from the group.On July 20th, we will do something a little different. We will head over to Endicott Park for a summer stroll. We will meet at the Senior Center at 12:45pm to carpool over to the Park. If you plan to come, please let Lisa Westrate or Madeline Deland, the group volunteer caller, know if you plan to come by July 19th so we will look for you

before leaving the senior center.