Council on Aging

What’s going on at the Beverly Senior Center this month? For the most up-to-date information, view our monthly newsletter “The Garden City Courier“.

 

COVID-19 Updates:

9/21/20: The Beverly Senior Center is reopening for limited on-site activities by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be allowed. View the most recent edition of our newsletter for current class offerings. Call us for more information: 978-921-6017.


OUR MISSION STATEMENT

  • To create a friendly and safe community for Beverly seniors and their families by providing social services, transportation, education, health, recreation, and leisure time activities and resources that support their well being and independence. 
  • To assist frail seniors by advocating for supportive services that increase their ability to remain independent.

The Senior Center is open to all seniors 60 and older, including seniors from neighboring towns. There is no membership fee to join, simply come in and fill out a registration form. There is something for everyone here. Staff members and volunteers are available to show you around, share a cup of coffee, and introduce you to some new friends.

Come and Join Us… We’re Looking Forward to Meeting You!!


Monthly Activities

For the most up-to-date information about current Beverly Senior Center activities, view our monthly newsletter “The Garden City Courier“.

Information, Referral and Outreach to Elders

Daily, we assist seniors and their family members with their concerns and needs. Outreach staff will meet with clients and/or caregivers to listen, support, and provide information and referrals. Outreach staff also reach out to seniors in the community who are not familiar with Council on Aging services and resources. Call today to be connected with outreach or social work staff: 978-921-6017.

Newsletter

The Garden City Courier is our monthly newsletter containing current programs, trip information, health services, luncheon menu, upcoming events and other useful information. You can pick up a copy of the newsletter at the Senior Center or if you would like the newsletter delivered to your home, we can add you to our mailing list. Out of town subscription is available for $10 year. To sign up to receive the newsletter via mail or email, email Gail at gmurley@beverlyma.gov or call 978-921-6017.

S.H.I.N.E. “Serving The Health Information Needs of Everyone

This program provides trained volunteers to help elders with all their health insurance questions and needs.  SHINE volunteers are available for telephone appointments. Call 978-921-6017 to make an appointment.

Volunteering

Volunteers help us maintain all programs and activities within and around the center and are a vibrant and vital part of what we do. Call or email Gail Murley, Volunteer Coordinator to inquire about volunteering gmulrey@beverlyma.gov

Meals-on-Wheels 

Meals-on-Wheels are delivered year-round, Monday through Friday, under the auspices of SeniorCare, Inc. for elders who satisfy the evaluation criteria. For information, call SeniorCare, Inc at 1-866-927-1050.

Transportation

Transportation is available to any Beverly senior and/or disabled rider. Transportation is available Monday—Wednesday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM and requires a two day advance reservation.  For more information, call Bill Burke at 978-921-6078 or visit our Transportation page.


Volunteer service at the Senior Center offers:

  • Flexible Schedule
  • Training
  • Making New Friends
  • Community Involvement
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Events

The Beverly Council on Aging is a great place to complete your school internship.  The seniors love meeting students and there is a great variety of opportunities.  We have hosted students from Salem State College, Endicott, Gordon and North Shore Community College, and welcome more!  Contact Director MaryAnn Holak to discuss further.

People are always needed for a variety of volunteer jobs at the Senior Center. These positions offer the enrichment found by helping others. Without these dedicated individuals, we could not provide the variety of services and programs to the seniors in our community. Just give us a call!!  978-921-6017

  • BEV CAM Volunteers:  Learn to work in front of and behind the scenes of the Senior Center’s TV show Livin’ the Good Life.
  • Computer Instructors/Assistants: We need teachers and assistants to help grow the number of computer classes and help provide quality instruction (all levels needed).
  • Cafe on the Hill Coffee Maker: Make coffee in the Dining Room one day a week for 4 hours
  • Newsletter: preparing The Garden City Courier, for monthly mailings
  • Reception desk volunteer: Answer phone calls and field questions from seniors coming through the front doors.
  • Health clinic receptionist (blood pressure)
  • Food service volunteer for our daily lunch
  • Musical entertainers
  • Filing and updating
  • Custodial help indoors and outdoors
  • Activities assistant
  • Handyman
  • Knitters and Crocheters Group: Knitting and crocheting for newborns, small children, and seniors in our community
  • Senior Day at Lynch Park
  • Host/Hostess for special events
  • Lunch reservations

…And much more!!  Call us today to set up a time to discuss how you would like to help.
Contact: Gail Murley, Volunteer Coordinator
978-921-6017  or  
gmurley@beverlyma.gov


COVID-19 Service Updates:

Staff and Riders will be required to follow several new protocols. These are all to minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The new requirements include the following:

  • riders will be screened for health symptoms prior to entering the bus
  • drivers will follow proper hand hygiene and wear masks
  • drivers will ensure riders maintain social distancing and/or assign seating; this may result in fewer passengers per vehicle
  • for your safety and the safety of the others, riders must wear a mask except for the reasons specified in the Governor’s order
  • there will be no eating or drinking in the vehicles
  • there may be screening ahead of and at the time of service
  • new vehicle-cleaning protocols, which may impact scheduling

We are able to transport a maximum of 3 passengers at a time per bus with one driver. Each rider will be asked a set of screening questions (i.e.– have you traveled out of state, do you have a temperature etc., do you have symptoms of a cough or cold) before being allowed on the bus. Each rider will be required to wear a mask, and sit in bus seats assigned by the bus driver. Drivers will wipe down all surfaces after each ride and thoroughly disinfect each bus at the end of the work day. Appointments are still required, with 48 hours advance notice.

Due to COVID, we will require you to purchase a $10 or $20 bus ticket so that we may avoid the exchange of cash or making change. Each one way ride in Beverly remains $1.00 and each out of town medical appointment remains $4 each way (total of $8). You may purchase your bus ticket on the first day you ride with us.

Updated Service Hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:30a.m. – 3p.m.

Thursday – 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Friday – 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.

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Transportation Services: (978) 921-6078

The Beverly Council on Aging offers curb-to-curb, wheelchair accessible transportation within the City of Beverly to doctors appointments, hairdresser appointments, to and from the senior center, and more.  This service is available to Beverly residents 60 + and the disabled* individuals.

*Please note, a doctor’s note is required for proof of disability for participants under the age of 60.  Please call the Transportation Department for more information.

Our Transportation operates Monday-Wednesday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Ride Fee and Bus Tickets

Each one-way ride is $1.00, however, trips directly from home to the Center or from the Center directly home are free!

Bus tickets can be purchased on your first trip with the Beverly Senior Center. They are available in $10 and $20 denominations.  You may also purchase bus tickets by mail; please call the Transportation office for more information on this process.

Weather Limitations

Transportation Services are closed if the Beverly School’s are closed due to weather. In the event of a delay all activities , including transportation, prior to the time of the delay are cancelled.

School closures or delays are announced on local television and radio. Call the main telephone number if you are unsure of delay or closure (978) 921-6017.


Caregiver Resources and Information

Support groups for Caregivers on the North Shore

  • Caregivers Together, North Shore Elders, 152 Sylvan St, Danvers First and Third Mondays 10:30-12 noon, and First and Third Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (978) 750-4540
  • Caregiver Support Group: The second Tuesday of every month a support group meets from 10:00-11:30 a.m at the Beverly Senior Center.  Call the Center to sign up in advance.  This group is facilitated by a Caregiver Support Specialist, from SeniorCare, Inc..
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: The second Monday of each month at 1pm at the Beverly Senior Center, Suite C.  Please contact Raymond C. James, RN, BS, 617-638-7745 for more information. Does not meet in July or August.

The following links include Federal, State, Local, and private organization resources and information for caregivers.

SeniorCare The Aging Service Access Point for Beverly residents

Family Caregiver Alliance Resources Available by State

Alzheimer’s Association

National Parkinson Foundation

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), otherwise known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”

American Heart Association

American Cancer Society

AARP Caregiving Page

 

Resources for Massachusetts Elders and their Families

Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services Elder Affairs Official Website of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Disability.gov Online Resources for People with Disabilities

Benefits CheckUp Federal, State, Local, and Private programs you may be eligible for

Quick Guide to Healthy Living (US Department of Health & Human Services)


DIRECTIONS TO THE SENIOR CENTER

90 Colon Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Route 128 to Exit 19 Sohier/Brimbal Ave
If 128 South: Turn left off ramp onto Brimbal Ave
It 128 North: Bear left off ramp and turn right onto Brimbal Ave

Stay straight on Brimal Ave for approximately 1 mile to a four way stop sign.

Turn right onto Colon Street.

BCOA is on the right hand side, the corner of Colon and Heather – big gray building.

SNOW DAYS AT THE SENIOR CENTER

When the Beverly Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Senior Center cancels its scheduled activities, transportation appointments, congregate meals and meals on wheels deliveries.  This allows for the Department of Public Works and our own Building Manager to focus on snow removal and plowing during a storm and its aftermath.

You may call the Center on any snow day to speak to one of the staff or to leave a message for one of us.

As always, we encourage you to stay safe during a storm and to let us know how we can assist you in the aftermath.