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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The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 10th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of August lunch is on us! July birthdays were from left:
Dom Benedetto & Nick Martino. Please call & register by August 9th 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.
Patio Party Kick Off
Our weekly “Patio Parties” will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM beginning on Wednesday, July 13th. Aberdeen Home Care, will be sponsoring the first Patio Party of the 2016 Season. They are generously donating Marinade Chicken and Steak Tips which we will grille here, served with Pam’s Homemade Pasta Salad. The cost for the event is $2.00 per person, with advance Sign Up by July 6th. Aberdeen Health Care will also be donating a state of the art Home Blood Pressure Cuff as a free drawing. Entertainment will
be provided by Brentwood Rehab & Health Care.
New Summer Hours
Beginning Wednesday, July 13th, the Danvers Senior Center will remain open on Wednesday evenings until 7:00pm. This will continue through July and August ending on Wednesday, August 31st with the conclusion of our Patio Party Season!
FARMERS MARKET COUPONS
What are Farmers Market Coupons? FMC ar e coupon booklets worth $25 of Fr esh local produce available for FREE for senior s with income less than $ $1,815/mo per individual or $ 2,456/mo per couple. How can you get a FMC coupon booklet? If you haven’t already requested to have FMC reserved for you, call the front desk at the Senior Center at 978-762-0208 to request your name & phone # be added to the list. Click here for more information!
Operation Troop Support Items for August
In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of August: flip flops, soups, shower wash, razors & 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, August 25th 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 25th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. August 24th. 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
ATTENTION ALL RIDERS!!
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!
Ice Cream Social
Genesis HealthCare – Hathorne Hill is generously sponsoring an Ice Cream Social at the center on Thursday, August 11th at 12:45 PM. There is no charge, but please sign up in advance by calling 978 762-0208. Come join us for an ice cream and at 1:15 enjoy the sounds of John Kendrick’s Maple Sugar Jazz Band.
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.
8/3 Texas Tenors at Foxwoods trip departs
8/3 Patio Party, 5pm
8/5 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by app only)
8/10 Birthday Lunch, 12pm
8/10 Patio Party, 5pm
8/16-18 Niagara Falls trip departs
8/17 Patio Party, 5pm
8/23 A Different Day in Newport trip departs
8/24 Patio Party, 5pm
8/25 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.
For a printable copy of our August 2016 newsletter, please click here.
DCOA On Line Registration:
to register or set up account.
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.
August 17th - Attorney Matthew Karr of The Heritage Law Center will present on the topic of Estate Planning for Seniors. This informative talk will pr ovide guidance on effective estate planning, asset protection, tax-savings strategies and long-term care planning to ensure seniors goals and decisions are respected. Free and open to the public.
August 24th – Diane Cabelus of Partners Private Care presents “Nutritional Label Reading” - Diane will help you make sense of
Sept. 14th—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.
SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS OUTREACH COORDINATOR, Lisa Westrate 978)762-0208 x105
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: We will be taking a break from our monthly meetings for the summer months and will resume in September. 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 will resume our regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month on September 8th at 10:30am. If you have questions about this group please contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach at 978-762-0208
CHALLENGES OF LIVING ALONE (CLA): In August we will have a CLA Team Planning Meeting on August 25th at 1pm to discuss the months ahead. We are in need of a couple of volunteers. Currently we have a wonderful volunteer who makes phone calls to inform people on the list of upcoming meetings & events. It would be helpful to have a willing back-up caller to fill in if she is unable to make the phone calls and/or to share the responsibility as the group expands. We also could use the help of a secretary to assist with keeping track of group topic ideas as well as compiling information for our group resource
project. If you are willing to help in either of these ways, please let Lisa Westrate know. Beyond those specific needs we encourage all who have ideas to come share at our meeting or to give feedback. In September, we will continue our regular monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. On September 25th we will pick up where we left off on our group resource project. Keep an eye out for your assignment in the August newsletter!
We are looking for a new Mrs. Fix it. If you enjoy sewing and light alterations and would like to donate your time and efforts to the seniors of Danvers please call Cathy. If you have some minor, light jobs around the house you 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.
Kiosk for Living Well
Friends, Romans, and Countrymen! It’s thanks to the man who founded the Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar that we have a month called “August.” It’s been with us for two thousand years! You can look up the Emperor Caesar or anything else you want at the Kiosk for Living Well – it’s fun. You can also have your blood pressure checked by our Healthy Hearts nurse on Monday August 8th anytime between 10:00 and Noon. Sylvia, our Move Safe counselor can assess your balance or help you work on balance exercises. You’ll find her at the Kiosk on Monday August 15th from 10:00-12:00. The Kiosk is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 – Noon. We look forward to seeing you!
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.
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.
Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host distr ict hour s at the Danvers Council on Aging from 12-1pm on Monday August 8th Appointments are encouraged and can be made by phone at 617-722-1410 or by email at email@example.com The Senators office offers a range of constituent services to residents of theSecond Essex District. If you have any questions or concerns regarding state government, please feel free to contact her or her staff.
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 andFood. Keep checking back as information will be added and updated regularly.
Diabetic Shoe Clinic for Adults with Foot Problems and Diabetes
Is Medicare your Primary insurance? If so, you are eligible to receive a pair of diabetic shoes and inserts at little or no cost to you if you are diabetic. (Also accepting private pay for non diabetics). Amy Baxter of Pro Medical East will be here on Thursday, August 25th from 9 AM-12 Noon. Call the center to make your appointment at 978-762-0208. You will need to bring your Medicare card and any other supplemental insurance cards as well as the completed doctor’s order (available at the senior center). Be advised if you have Tufts Medicare Preferred you must call for prior authorization.
Did you Know?
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.
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. Protectyour 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.
The Danvers Senior Center is working with the Danvers Recreation Department with a Needs Assessment Survey. As a town resident or taxpayer, your responses are important and will assist in establishing priorities and a strategic direction for recreation provision in Danvers. This survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can either come to the center and pick up a paper copy or you can go to www.danversrec.com where you will find a survey link on the home page.
SCAM ALERT TREASURER GOLDBERG ALERTS RESIDENTS TO UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SCAM
Massachusetts State Treasurer Warns Citizens of Fraudulent Letters Claiming “Unclaimed Property Winnings”
BOSTON – Illegitimate letters from a Massachusetts address are being sent to the state’s citizens claiming “unclaimed property winnings”.According to Treasurer Goldberg, these letters are not being sent by either the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer or the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).“It has come to our attention that fraudulent letters using our address and likeness have been sent to residents across the state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Our goal is to ensure that no Massachusetts citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam.” Official unclaimed property notices will never direct owners to pay money, whether for processing fees, tax payments, or otherwise, when searching unclaimed property or filing a claim. The official Massachusetts Treasury website for unclaimed property, http://www.findmassmoney.com/ is free of charge to search and claim. The Office of the State Treasurer and Massachusetts
Legislators utilize the mail to inform owners of unclaimed property. There are a number of ways to discern official Treasury notices from scam notices. Letters will be mailed from Boston, Massachusetts with a return address; they will direct owners to an official http://www.mass.gov/ website; and they will bear the official seal of the State of Massachusetts along with the signature of the Treasurer. Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered abandoned and are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. Last year Treasury returned over $114 million in property to its rightful owners, making the Commonwealth the state to return the most money on a per-capita basis. The Treasury currently holds over $2 billion in unclaimed property that rightfully belongs to Massachusetts residents. If you have any questions regarding unclaimed property, please visit the Treasury’s official website, http://www.findmassmoney.com/ or call 888-344-MASS (6277). You can view an example of a fraudulent letter at the following: www.mass.gov/treasury/scamletter.
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 (August 1st & 15th from 10:30-11:30 AM) to learn how to organize your coupons; share coupons ideas and information.
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, August 8th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 members/$3.00 non members.
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, August 8th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be a free choice. 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.
Wednesday, August 17th 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 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!
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. The group begins on Tuesday, August 2nd. 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
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. Is your house number clearly visible from the street? Per Mass.
General Laws Chapter 148 Sec.59 homes and businesses must have their premises number visible from the street. This law is a result of the “911 System” when the emergency phone call to the dispatcher shows the street address, but no other description. You may have installed a number, but if your home has been repainted this summer or has new siding, the number may not have been put back up. The Senior Center has numbers available free of charge and volunteers are available to install them. Remember when you call 911 for an emergency every second counts for the EMT’s to locate your home as quickly as possible.
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 your local Senior Center. 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.