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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MARCH 2017 News

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of March lunch is on us! February birthdays were from left: Bill Keenan, Herb Fish, Larry Comeau, Leo Sarabia. Seated from left: Peg Thomas & Roz Masse. Please call & register by March 7th 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”.  


The Evening Dinner

Wednesday, March 15th at 5pm. The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be a traditional Corn Beef & Cabbage dinner with all the fixings. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets are on sale now.


Travel Chef

Tuesday, March 14th at 12pm. The entr ée will be Clam chowder with oyster crackers, roast turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo, lettuce leaf & tomato, Boston baked beans and a whoopie pie. Suggested donation $2.25 per person. Reservations by Monday, March 13th at 10am please.


Notice of Increase

Due to the rising cost of operating our transportation program, the Danvers Council on Aging Board of Directors has voted to institute an increase in the suggested donation from the current $2 per R/T in town donation to $3 per R/T. Outside of Danvers fees will increase from the $4 donation to $5 round trip. In fiscal year 2016 over 15,330 rides were provided for medical, recreational, shopping and other needs. Unfortunately, donations have decreased while ridership has increased. We recognize our transportation program as one of the most important needs of the senior population. In order to continue to provide this valuable service we need to ask for your help. This increase will not be instituted until April 1st 2017. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to afford, please contact Pam Parkinson. Financial assistance may be available. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 10:30am.

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Operation Troop Support Items for March

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of March: Bring a soldier to the movies: new & used DVDs & videos, and microwave popcorn. Please drop off items at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street.

Mr Fix It

Do you have a por table heater that needs to be cleaned and checked? If yes, br ing it to the Senior Center on Thursday, March 30th from 9am-11:30am and the Mr. Fix It Group will try to fix it. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 30th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. March 29th. 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.

3/6 Kiosk Nurse, 9am-12pm

3/6 Couponing with Judi, 10:30am-11:30am

3/8 Podiatry Clinic, 10am-2pm (by appt. only)

3/8 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

3/9 Low Vision Mtg, 10:30am

3/11-3/17 Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights Trip

3/12 Twin Rivers Trip departs

3/13 Crazy Cards, 9:30am-12pm

3/13 Kiosk Hypertension  9:30am-12pm

3/13 Book Club, 1pm

3/14 Travel Chef, 12pm

3/14 Popcorn/Movie, 1pm “Florence Foster Jenkins”

3/20 Couponing with Judi, 10:30am-11:30am

3/23 CLA (Challenges of Living Alone), 1pm

3/30 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)

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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.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend among our nation’s youth. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, most young people obtain these drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. For this reason, it is important to secure your prescription medications so that they cannot be easily stolen from your home. In addition, unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs should be disposed of properly. The Danvers Police Department has a Medicine Disposal Program where unused prescription medications can be dropped in a secure box inside the entrance to the station. One may put the container itself into the disposal box, or if worried about personal information on the container, take the label off first, or simply pour the

medication into a plastic bag before inserting into the disposal box opening. Disposal down the drain or toilet is not safe for the environment, since residue has been found in rivers and lakes. Danvers Police about twice a year destroy drugs that have accumulated at headquarters. The program will also include the disposal of the home use of “sharps”, i.e, medical needles and other sharp medical instruments.



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.



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 3/9 Heather Harrell from North Shore Elder Services’ Money Management program will come to describe their services. Money Management program is an in-home service in which trained volunteers are matched up to assist lower-income elders who have difficulty writing checks, balancing checkbooks and/or managing household finances. Heather will also share ways Seniors can guard against financial exploitation and financial scams. 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, or Lorene Machado, Transportation Coordinator (x101).



The Challenges of Living Alone group is open to anyone looking for support in successful solosurvival; we meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 – 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you on March 23rd.


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.


For more information, or to be added to the phone list for either Support Group contact Lisa Westrate, Group Leader/Outreach Worker at 978-762-0208 x105


Volunteer Opportunities

WE NEED OUR VOLUNTEERS MORE THAN EVER! Did you know that the 60+ population is the fastest growing segment of the population? The growing need for transportation to our senior population is placing an ever increasing demand on our Transportation Program. During FY2016 over 15,330 rides were provided to various locations including medical appointments, physical therapy, dialysis, adult and social day programs, shopping, banking, errands and other social activities. Many rides that cannot be accommodated by our vans because of availability could easily be accommodated in a personal vehicle. In response to this increasing need we are piloting a new “Volunteer Driven” Transportation Program by replicating similar programs running

successfully all over the country. Those of us who are able to continue driving cannot fully comprehend the loss of independence felt when one is no

longer able to drive. Having options available to these individuals will greatly assist in making the transition to a “non-driving” life easier. Mileage reimbursement, excess automobile liability, and training/supervision will be available. If you think you would like to help us to provide this important service, please call Cathy Andre, Volunteer Coordinator at (978) 762-0208 for more information. Would you be willing to go on a list to help out seniors

who may need a companion for a doctor’s appointment or help with grocery shopping or doing errand such as banking or going to pharmacy? On occasion we get calls requesting this service. If you would like to be on the list please call Cathy.


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.


Metaphysical Messages

Join Linnea for an evening of metaphysical messages from the other side on Thursday, April 27th at 5 PM. 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.


Senator Joan Lovely’s office will host distr ict hour s at the Danvers Council on Aging every other month. She will be here next on Monday, April 10th from 9am-10am and on Monday June 12th from 9am-10am. 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.



Fuel Assistance is available for those whose income is less than $34,001 for an individual or $44,463 for a household of two. To apply call NSCAP directly at 978-531-0767 to make an appointment. You can also contact Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208 x105 to schedule an appointment at the Senior Center. Lisa also makes home visits, if necessary, upon request. November 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017


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.


Kiosk for Living Well

If our luck holds, we can say that winter is behind us! Come bring in the Springtime at the Kiosk for Living Well. Meet with a hypertension specialist on

Monday March 13th between 9:30 – 11:30 and discuss any issues related to your health and wellness with her.


Our Fall Prevention specialist will visit the Kiosk on Monday March 6th between 9:00 – Noon. Work on your balance, learn some exercises to get stronger, and build confidence to move around your home and community as safely as possible! The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and

Thursday from 9:00-Noon



Join us on Tuesday, March 14th at 1 PM for “Florence Foster Jenkins” – The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English Actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for brief suggestive material. Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Please sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 978-762-0208 if you plan on attending.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, March 15th 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, March 15th 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!


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.


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

(March 6th & 20th 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, March 13th. 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, March 13th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be any Mystery. 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!!


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.


Medical Equipment

We are currently in need of bath seats and bath benches. We are not accepting any other items at this time. We will update monthly any items needed. 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.



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


Danvers Community Access Television is inviting the community to help shape the local vision for cable, media and technology in Danvers. Bring your ideas and learn more about current and new opportunities available to our community. Attend any session that works for your schedule:

March 15th 10:00am-12:00pm Local Government Departments, Agencies and Boards

March 15th 3:00pm-5:00pm Education, Youth and Sports

Meeting at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Gordon Room 15 Sylvan Street Danvers MA


March 16th 11:00am-1:00pm Social, Human, Health Services & Faith-Based Organizations and Seniors

March 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm Community, Arts, Culture, Music and Heritage Groups

Meeting Danvers Community Access Television 87 Elm Street, 2nd floor, Danvers MA

Catered event with prizes.

See schedule and sign-up information at www.DanversTV.org/focus

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.


3/8 Trivia with Jen – Come join Jennifer Tineo of Genesis Health Care/Twin Oaks for a morning of fun trivia. 3/15 Transportation Increase Information and Discussion. Please join Pamela Parkinson and Board Members to answer your questions.

3/22 Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud – Come meet Caroline Cole, a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program and participate in a discussion on how to prevent, detect, report healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. We all can have an active role in protecting Medicare for ourselves and future generation. This workshop will provide you with the tools to become a more informed and engaged health care consumer.

3/29 Eating a Healthy Balanced Diet. A healthy diet can help to improve physical and mental well-being. For older adults, eating right can help to minimize the symptoms of age-related changes. It’s never too late to change your diet and improve the way you think and feel. Improving your diet can help you live  longer and stronger, sharpen your mind, and feel better. Presented by students in the Nutrition Program at North Shore Community College.

4/5 Lifestyle Transition Seminar – Join us for a brief presentation to learn your housing options! Downsizing & Selling from Daunting to Done! Hosted by LUX Realty Senior Specialists, Joy Munoz and Arthur Thompson. Refreshments will be served! Enter to win a $25 gift certificate!

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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