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.

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Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Birthday Lunch

The next Birthday Lunch will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at 12pm. If you are celebrating a birthday in the month of June lunch is on us! May birthday was Toni Theriault. Not pictured Joyce Hampson. Please call & register by June 13th 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 Last Evening Dinner until the Fall

The next evening dinner will be held on Thursday, June 15th at 5pm. The menu, provided by Henry’s, will be a dry rub seasoned, sliced, grilled flank steak with basmati rice salad & grilled vegetable medley & strawberry

shortcake for dessert. Cost: $9 for FDCOA members and $11 for non members. Tickets are on sale now.


Travel Chef Tuesday, June 6th at 12pm - Summer Sundae Bar.

The entr ée will bemeatloaf w/gravy, cauliflower, whipped sweet potatoes, chocolate pudding & multigrain bread. The Sundae Bar will be chocolate or vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, whipped topping, sprinkles, crushed oreos & cherries. Suggested donation of $2.25 per person.Reservations by Monday, June 5th at 10am please.


Family Festival Senior Picnic – June 27th from 11:30 AM-2 PM

Danvers residents age 60 and older are invited to enjoy a wonderful luncheon of New England bean dip with crackers, BBQ baby back ribs, pasta salad, coleslaw, cornbread and for dessert a homemade ice cream sandwich courtesy of The Brentwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Tickets are $6 for FDCOA members/$8 for nonmembers. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 6th. 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! Entertainment by Paul Harty being sponsored by Senior Living Advocates. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early and celebrate with good food and good friends!!


Get Ready…..Patio Parties are coming back!!!

Patio Par ties will be on Wednesday evenings at 5 PM beginning, Wednesday, July 12th. Live entertainment will be sponsored by The Brentwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.


Danvers Senior Center Men’s Club

Wednesday, June 14th 5:00-7:00pm This evenings event will focus on the collection of political memorabilia that has been amassed by Alan Hartnett beginning from the time he was only 14 years old. Alan is what you would call a serious, political memorabilia collector, as a long time member of APIC (American Political Item Conservators). He will share with us his 1st lady pin collection beginning with Edyth Wilke right through to Melania Trump (including over 100 pins). Alan will discuss how the importance of the 1st lady has grown over the years, especially since the 50’s. Alan also has some interesting Clinton memorabilia including a nutcracker and a corkscrew! Enjoy a few hours with friends, share a meal, some laughs and enter for a chance to win a nice bottle of wine donated by Alan Hartnett as a door prize. A delicious meal will be served consisting of grilled, marinated London Broil served with rice pilaf and a tomato and mozzarella balsamic glazed salad. Cost for dinner is $8.00pp. Please call (978) 762-0208 to reserve your space! This will be the last men’s club meeting until we start up again in September!!

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Operation Troop Support Items for June

In keeping with the growing needs of our troops, we will be collecting these needed items for the month of June: Powdered drink mixes such as Gatorade, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Tang or Mix. 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, June 29th from 9am-11:30am. Due to space limitations, if you can not bring your item on the 25th, please do not drop off your items until Wed. June 28th. 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.

6/7 Active Older Adult Day at YMCA

6/7 Entertainment at Hunt, 2:15pm-3:15pm

6/8 Low Vision, 10:30am

6/9 Southern Vermont day trip departs

6/12 Sen. Lovely constituent hours

6/13 Popcorn & A Movie, 1pm

6/14 Birthday Lunch, 12pm

6/14 Men’s Club, 5pm-7pm

6/15 Evening Dinner, 5pm

6/20 Tall Ships day trip departs

6/21 Tall Ships day trip departs

6/22 CLA (Challenges

6/27 Senor Picnic, 11:30am-2pm

6/29 Classic Cape Cod day trip departs

6/29 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)

JUNE 2017 - Save The Date


For a printable copy of our JUNE 2017 newsletter, please click here.

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DCOA On Line Registration:                                                            

to register or set up account.                    

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO!            

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.


6/7 – Join Carolyn Lewis, Abuse in Later Life Advocate for a presentation on elder abuse, neglect, exploitation as well as bullying.

6/14 – Lisa Cohen of Women on the Move will present “Moving into a retirement community with comfort, style and ease.”


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. Come and learn more about the various programs of the Danvers TRIAD Council at the Active Older Adults Day at the Danvers YMCA on Pickering Street, Wednesday, June 7th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At the TRIAD table there will


File of Life Cards

Yellow Dot ID stickers for vehicle emergencies

Disaster Preparedness Information Booklets

Free numbers to be sure your home “Number is UP”

RUOK information on telephone wellness calls

All are welcome to this event which includes a luncheon.



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).



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 June 8th, we will have an open group with an opportunity to share experiences and hear from others.

1. Please bring an item from home that has made a big difference in making your life easier or even more pleasant. 2. Please bring in names and contact information for ophthalmologist, retinal specialist, etc.


Do you have difficulty reading or holding books and newspapers?

The Talking Information Center Network (TIC) is a radio reading service that provides around the clock programming for the blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled. Tune in to volunteers as they read state and local newspapers, magazines, periodicals and other information about state

programs and events. ** HOW TO LISTEN Call TIC at 781-834-4400 to order a radio receiver. Listen by telephone: call 712-832-7025

Listen via website: www.ticnetwork.org Download our free app on your phone  ** For more information go to, www.ticnetwork.org or call 781-834-4400.


Bingo Bonanza Wednesday, June 21st, 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, June 21st 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.


Join us at Hunt Nursing & Retirement (Lindall Street) on Wednesday, June 7th from 2:15-3:15 PM to

enjoy the entertainment of Dave Burns and Thursday, June 29th from 2:15-3:15pm to enjoy the entertainment of

Paul Wayne. 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.


Congratulations to the following individuals who were recently awarded a Lifetime Enrichment Scholarship by the Friends of the Danvers

Council on Aging:

Florence Celata received a $500 scholarship. Barbara Chambers, Doris Demers, Phyllis Gagnon, Eileen Jacobson & Margaret Thomas

received a $200 scholarship.


Did you know that this award is given out every May at the Friends Annual Meeting. All that is required is a very brief application

including why you would like to be considered a recipient. Its easy and you can enjoy all kinds of opportunities at the senior center or

other educational, life enriching pursuits! Don’t be shy… consider applying for this generous award next year! You too can be one of the

lucky chosen ones!!


The AoA (Administration on Aging) wants you to be Aware of Email Scams.

The federal Agency for Community Living (ACL) has received/heard complaints about emails claiming they are from AoA and “Edwin Walker” requesng personal and financial informaon. These emails are a PHISHING scam. · The ACL will NOT ask for your social security number. · The ACL will NOT ask you to send a check to access a benefit. · Contact ACL at (202) 4014634 to see if a message is valid. What is Phishing? Phishing seeks to obtain usernames, passwords, bank and other financial accounts, and credit card details (and… money), for malicious reasons. Phishers pretend to be trustworthy via electronic email and text messages; older and vulnerable adults can be subject to fraud and financial abuse. What to do if you think you have received a phishing email…. Your choices: delete the mail, or forward it to an organizaon that can either study the email for to see who sent it, or invesgate the people who sent it. Examples include an IT security group that supports you, or a law enforcement organizaon that deals with cybersecurity. You may file complaints with:Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internet Crime Compliant Center: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

The Federal Trade Commission: (877) 382-4357 U.S. Postal Service: http://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/default.aspx


Popcorn and a Movie

Popcorn & A Movie Join us on Tuesday, June 13 at 1 pm for “LA LA LAND” – Plot: Mia is an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association for some strong language. 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

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, 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 anyquestions 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, PH. D. Leader


Kiosk for Living Well

Many of you have had balance assessments done in the past at the Kiosk. Did you know you can get a "check up" to see what's improved and what might need more strengthening? The Falls Prevention specialist comes to the Kiosk once a month. In June you can meet with her on

Monday, June 19th between 9:00-Noon. Check your blood pressure and pulse and discuss any issues related to keeping your heart healthy with the  Kiosk's Healthy Hearts nurse. She'll be at the Kiosk on Monday June 12h between 9:00-Noon. The Kiosk for Living Well is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-Noon


Active Older Adult Day at the Danvers YMCA

The Danvers YMCA Active Older Adults & Pot Luck Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 11 AM-1:30 PM. There are vendors from over a  dozen health agencies offering a wealth of information. This is a great time to collect resource information for yourself, an aging parent or family member. When you are there, make sure you stop by our TRIAD and DCOA tables and say hello!


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.


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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to join our team of handymen? We sometimes receive calls requesting help with putting in and taking out air conditioners, fans, changing lightbulbs, raking, window washing etc. If you would like to help, please call me and let me know. It is on an as needed basis and you are free to decline a job if you choose. We could use some volunteers in our social seniors adult day program, call for details, training provided. If you are familiar with computers, enjoy data entry, and pay attention to detail we could use your help with a special project, days and hours are very flexible. For more information, please call Cathy.


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, June 13th, 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.


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   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 Judy

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 (June 5th & 19th 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, June 12th. Must sign up in advance at the senior center (limited to 28 players). Cost: $1.00 members/$3.00 non members. 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, June 12th from 1pm-3pm. The book topic will be Hill Billy Elegy by J. D. Vance. 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 ext 104.



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 June 22nd, the discussion topic of the day will be Long Term Care (LTC) using information provided by the Massachusetts State Division of Insurance. We will cover issues such as:

What is meant by “Long Term Care”? What types of LTC are available?

What are the costs? And is there any way to plan to pay for it?

What is Long Term Care Insurance and how does it work?

Does my current insurance or Medicare help pay for LTC?

I’ve heard Medicaid or MassHealth might help pay but I don’t think I qualify.

Bring your questions! If we can’t answer it in our group, we will compile the questions and present them to an attorney to answer on another day.


Annual Little League Senior Picnic

Please join the Danvers National Little League for a picnic on Saturday, June 10th from 12 Noon-3 PM at Tapley Field. There is no charge, but

please register by calling the Senior Center at 978 762-0208. Transportation provided if necessary. Please let us know when you register.


What is a MOON?

For people with Medicare, MOON has a new meaning: “Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice”. This newly required notice must be given to some patients who have been admitted to a hospital for “observation”. Hospitals are increasingly admitting patients under observation status. You may be surprised to know that even if you are admitted to a hospital room overnight, you might not be an “inpatient”. If you are under observation, you are considered an outpatient even though you may stay in a hospital bed for many days. This changes how your Medicare coverage works. The MOON will explain the reason for observation status and how it affects your Medicare coverage. For example, if you have Original Medicare, with or without a Medigap plan, an inpatient hospital stay of at least three days is needed to get any coverage for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. If you are under observation, you could not get any follow up SNF coverage paid for, even if it is medically necessary. However, if you are in a Medicare Advantage plan or your doctor is in an Accountable Care Organization, the rules are different and the three-day requirement may be waived. For further assistance about this or any Medicare issue, contact the SHINE Program. Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health and drug insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Danvers Council on Aging at 978-762-0208. 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.



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