Health and Social Services       
Senior Connections: An Engaging Program Creating Meaningful Days 
Senior Connections Newsletter: March 2017

We are now accepting new participants into Senior Connections. 
Andover Elder Services is pleased to report that there are currently openings in the Senior Connections program. Senior Connections is a dynamic program that provides structure and support to older adults in a nurturing and respectful environment. The program is available at The Center at Punchard on Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm, for $40 per day (not including transportation/meals.)

The Center at Punchard offers a dynamic community presence that is woven into the fabric of Andover. Participants in the Senior Connections program will enjoy daily activities, fun games, outings, and so much more. If you or a loved one is need of
support, please reach out to us at 978-623 -8320 and ask to speak with Annmary Connor, Director. Residents from surrounding communities are also welcome to join our Senior Connections supportive day program. Senior Connections is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.
Affordable Transportation is available for Andover residents.
For more information contact Outreach Coordinator, Kristine Arakelian: 978 - 623-8320 or at

Free Trial Day
We invite new interested individuals and families to take advantage of our FREE trial Day for Senior Connections. This is open to all NEW people who are considering services from our engaging program. A full intake packet must be done prior to the start of the FREE trial day. Senior Connections accepts private pay and is part of the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley contract. We invite you to stop by for a tour. You may also schedule a tour in advance by calling ( 978-623-8320) and asking for Linda, Kristine or Annmary.

Support Groups
Bereavement Support Group
Join others in this monthly support program designed to provide help coping with the loss of a loved one. Learn together new ways to carry on the traditional ways of doing things; figure out how to commemorate these days that can trigger a lot of emotion.  Facilitated by Lois Marra of Home Health VNA Hospice.  Please call the front desk at  978-623-8320 to add your name to the list.
Thursday, March 2, 1:30pm

Caregiver Meetup Coffee Hour: Caffe Nero – First Wednesdays – monthly!
Join us for a new networking and support opportunity for caregivers – the Caregiver Meetup Coffee Hour held monthly at Caffe Nero, 77 Main Street, Andover.  Promising great conversation, support, and resource-sharing.  Grab your coffee and join us in the back of the café.  Monthly, first Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30.  Free. For more information contact Emily Kearns, Caregiver Meetup Coordinator: 978-604-0830;    Monthly, First Wednesday; 9:30-10:30am
Wednesday, March 1, 2017; 9:30am-10:30am

Caregiving Support Group
The Andover Elder Services is pleased to announce a FREE caregiver support group for to all Andover residents and those attending Senior Connections.  The group will meet on third Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. This support group is a means to aid caregivers in having a safe environment to help them with self care. This group will be facilitated by Annmary I.Connor, LICSW and Flescania Piverger, BSW Intern.
Please RSVP to Annmary at 978-623-8320 or email:
Wednesday, March 15; 9:30am

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Memory Making Cafes
Bring your loved one who maybe experiencing memory loss. This is funded through a grant from the Mass. Department of Developmental Disabilities. This program will be held from January to March in the morning and from April to June in the afternoon. Free and open to all; 4th Monday of the month – snow date is the following Monday.
Monday, March 27; 10 - 11:30am

Pain Management Support Group
The Center at Punchard offers a Support Group for individuals living with chronic pain. The group is facilitated by Gerry Rainville RN, MSN. This intimate and confidential group is open to all with chronic pain and offers a safe environment for members to discuss the difficulties and challenges of living with chronic pain. This unique peer experience allows for support, understanding, caring and compassion to all attending. Relaxation techniques, treatment modalities and strategies for managing pain are included pending group needs. All are welcome; we urge you to join us. Please call 1-978-623-8320 to add your name to the list. September through June on the second Monday at 1:30pm
Monday, March 13, 1:30 pm

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
The February meeting will be an Open Group without a scheduled speaker. This format will allow for more free-flowing sharing and helpful support from one another. Please call Kristine Arakelian, Outreach Coordinator, to confirm your attendance or for further information. All are welcome. Second Thursday of the month, September through June; 1:30-3 pm at The Center.

Thursday, March 9; 1:30-3:00 pm

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of the Elderly)
This free and confid
ential counseling service helps individuals understand their Medicare insurance benefits and other health insurance options. The SHINE counselor can assist you in becoming a more informed consumer, by presenting you with accurate and unbiased information. SHINE counselors are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in topics including Medicare, the Medicare appeals process, Medigap insurance, retiree insurance plans, long-term care insurance, Medicaid and health care programs. The SHINE counselor is available for individual appointments or by phone. Meetings are held at The Center at Punchard. Call The Center for a counselor to contact you.

TRIAD Program
TRIAD is a joint collaboration between the Center at Punchard, the Andover Police Department, and the Essex County Sheriff's Department. It is designed to enhance the delivery of law services to older persons through crime prevention and education services.  Group meets at The Center at Punchard, second Thursday of each month. The TRIAD group is seeking senior volunteers to assist with identifying, developing and initiating programming. Second Thursday of the month: 10:00-11:00am.
Thursday, March 9; 10:00am

Forums and Lectures
Legacy Matters
A partnership with Wood Hill Middle School 7th grade students called, Legacy Matters, located at The Center at Punchard (Senior Center,) 30 Whittier Street , Andover. Dust off those photographs and memories. Ensure that your precious stories are told now and forever for your children, their children, and our entire community. Capture your meaningful adventures through interviews with students who will learn as well as share their knowledge using multimedia technology and research about key events in your life. Create your legacy story as it emerges from your work together. Crafted with journals, storytelling, poetry, taped stories, photo collages, music, and more. Imagine the photo book, videotape, written story and more you will create to make your memories last forever!
Wednesday afternoons; 12:50 - 1:50pm

icon balanceBalance Clinic
Take this opportunity for a one-on-one assessment with a registered Physical Therapist to develop a plan to improve your balance. It is also an excellent opportunity to visit our Wellness Clinic where our nurses offer a confidential meeting to check blood pressure and help you manage your day-to-day questions and health needs.
Wednesday, March 29; 2-3:30 pm

icon healthyliving   Living Healthy Series
Join us for any or all of these cutting-edge presentations by local experts in each field!
Thursday evenings; 5:30-7:00 pm; $5 suggested donation. 
Light supper at 5:30 with presentation at 6:00.
Pre-registration requested by calling 978-623-8320

March 9:  
Spine and Orthopedics: Understanding Spine and Orthopaedic Pain and Your Management Options; Lawrence General Hospital
March 16:
Diabetes Management and Plant-based diets; Pavilion Medical
March 23:
Heart Health - how men and women’s symptoms and treatment differ; Humble Home Care
March 30:
Women’s Health Month: Incontinence: common causes and solutions presented by Judith West, RPT Physical Therapist;
Holy Family Hospital
April 6:   
Non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain management. Pavilion Medical Home Care
April 13: 
Hand Pain, Carpal Tunnel & Osteoarthritis present by Xavier Simcock, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital
April 20: 
Joint Replacements and Robotics presented by Gregory Johnson, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital
April 27: 
Pain Management: General and Back present by Stephanie Gianoukos, MD Pain Specialist; Holy Family Hospital
May 4:    
Shoulder Pain present by Joshua Philbrick, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital
These events were arranged with the assistance of Lawrence General Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Atria Marland Place, Pavilion
Thursday evenings; 5:30-7:00 pm; $5 suggested donation.  Light supper at 5:30 with presentation at 6:00

icon balance  icon balance  icon balance  Series:  Matter of Balance
Held at the Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover. If you have fallen in the past or have a fear of falling, this 8-week course is for you. Learn exercises to help improve balance, flexibility and strength. Free with pre-registration by calling 978-946-1211 or at by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Please stop by the Senior Center on Tuesday, March 7 right before 2:00 pm or Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00 am for more information
Thursdays, April 6 - May 25; 10:05 am - 12:05 pm; free with pre-registration by calling 978-946-1211

Medication Disposal Day
Andover Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and TRIAD will be holding a Medication Disposal Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017; 10 am to 2 pm West Elementary School, 58 Beacon St., Andover, MA. Residents are encouraged to gather expired, unused and unneeded medication and drop it off. Andover Police Department will be picking up the medication at the following sites for residents who cannot get to the drop site:
* FRYE CIRCLE: 10:30 am pickup will be in the community room
* STOWE COURT: 11:00 am pickup will be at the community room.
* ANDOVER COMMONS: 11:30 am pickup will be at the Andover Commons
* ATRIA MARLAND PLACE: 12:00 pm pickup in the main lobby.
The medication disposal is completely anonymous and free of charge for residential users.
Any questions, please call Officer Cataldo 978-475-0411 x1004
Saturday, April 29; 10am - 2pm; West Elementary School

Andover Health Department and Vaccinations
The Andover Health Department is offering several vaccinations for Seniors.
* Prevnar protects seniors against the very serious disease of bacterial or pneumococcal pneumonia. The CDC recommends that every person 65 yrs and older receive one dose of Prevnar. Cost covered by Medicare and most insurances.
*Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). CDC recommends that every adult should have one dose, especially those who may be around newborns, for example grandparents. Cost varies depending on insurance.
*Zostavax protects against the very painful and debilitating disease of shingles. One dose is recommended for adults over the age of 60 yrs. Cost covered by insurance or Andover Home for Aged People grant.
*Flu shots are recommended annually for all. We are heading into peak flu season in our area. High dose vaccine is still available to those over 65 yrs. It’s not too late to vaccinate! Cost covered by Medicare and most insurances.
Call the Health Department at 978 623 8640  for an appointment with the Public Health Nurse or for more information.

 Case Management Meetings for our Chinese Community
Each month Mandarin speaking clients can have a case management meeting with Director Annmary Connor. An interpreter will be on hand. These meetings are to discuss community services and needs. This is a drop-in meeting. Please call 978-623-8320 for dates and times.
Tuesday; 1:30pm. Call for date 

 icon footFoot Care ~ Podiatry
We offer foot care appointments, nail clipping only,  for Andover residents. Limit one appointment every other month.
Check Current Events for the dates and times. $10.00
Tuesday, March 21; 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, March 22; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fuel Assistance Applications
Contact Kristine Arakelian or Annmary Connor to schedule an appointment to complete fule assistance forms. (978 623-8320)

Medication Help Line
MCPHS University (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) Pharmacy Outreach program is a community service program offered by the University. Staffed by case managers, licensensed pharmacists and students, their goal is to helpyou adhere to your medication programs. Call with any questions or concerns about  your medications. Toll Free Help Line: 1-866-633-1617

Medication and Syringe Disposals
Medication Disposal Box Lobby, Andover Police Department. Over-the-counter or Prescription drugs you may have.
Syringe Disposal Box: Lobby, Andover Police Department and Lobby, Center of Punchard.  No questions asked.
Andover Police Department: Public Safety Building, 32 Main St., Andover.
Questions? Please call Andover Police at  (978) 475-0411.

Residential Lock Box Program
Andover Fire Rescue is proud to announce the implementation of our Residential Lock Box Program. The goal of this program is to assist Firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel in gaining rapid entry into your home in the event of an emergency, saving time and property by eliminating the need for forced entry. A residential lock box is a heavy, metal, safe-like box that is mounted on the door jamb of your home. A key to your house is secured inside the box and access to the box can only be obtained by a master key created specifically for Andover Fire Rescue. This master key remains secured on the fire apparatus and is only accessible to Andover Fire Rescue Personnel. In the event of an emergency in which you are unable to open the door for First Responders, Fire Rescue can use their master key to open the lock box and access your house key to gain entry into your home. Having a lock box can add lifesaving minutes during an emergency and can save property damage that forcibly gaining entry may cause. Click here for the link.
Call Annmary, Kristine or Andover Fire Department

Respite Voucher Program
Needing a break from caregiving responsibilities that sometimes feel overwhelming? Respite vouchers provide you a well-deserved rest while your loved one receives quality care.
For more information, contact Kristine Arakelian at (978) 623-8320.

SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. The SHINE Program is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies, social service and community based agencies and Councils on Aging. The program is partially funded by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Klaus Lasch is the SHINE counsellor at the Center.
To make an appointment, call (978) 623-8320.

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Get the food you need to stay healthy. Apply for SNAP (Food) Stamps. Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline offers free, confidential screenings for SNAP/Food Stamp eligibility as well as assistance completing the application over the phone. Counselors are also available to help current recipients ensure they are receiving the maximum benefits.
Call Today! 1-(800) 645-8333. Seniors press 2 for the dedicated Senior Line.
Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm.

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for Center at Punchard transportation services and links.

Wellness Clinics

Clinics offered weekly for wellness check.  Weight checks and Blood Pressure checks with our trained nurses. They are here to help you stay on track with your day to day health needs. A new clinic space has been designed to increase privacy. It is located at the end of the room which is accessible just after the doors of our own library.
Wednesdays, 2:00pm; Free




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