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When the Winchester Schools are closed due to weather or town-wide emergencies, the Jenks Center is also closed. Check your TV stations for weather-related school closings.

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Celebrate Jenks Transformation at town-wide BBQ & Concert
Friday September 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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“Savvy Seniors Create a Healthy Future”

Thursday, October 15, Winchester Town Hall Auditorium

Every year the Winchester Council on Aging and the Winchester Seniors Association present a special one-day symposium and caregiver exhibition to update seniors, families and professionals about a major issue. The 2015 symposium, entitled “Savvy Seniors Create a Healthy Future,” will take place on Thursday, October 15. Last year we focused on how the body could maintain its vitality in our senior years. This year we will focus on how the mind and body can work together to create healthy years. This subject is very important because we are at a time in our lives when our knowledge and life experience are at their greatest and are greatly needed. If we so choose, this is a time when we can reinvent ourselves and contribute to our society. We can control our destiny.

So why do many of us fail to see the possibilities? Because this is also a time of life when bad things can happen. Our incomes may decrease, we may lose loved ones or have to care for them; we may have to downsize or may even become disabled ourselves. Even worse than this is the stress which these problems create. Stress can wear us down, make us depressed and ruin our positive attitudes. Science and medicine now have proof that stress can become a medical problem. We need to learn how our minds and bodies can work together to handle stress in order to maintain our potential. Come to our Symposium to learn more about these important topics.

The Symposium begins with a resource exhibition from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Many service providers will have tables at this event and will feature resources useful to seniors. Please note that because of Jenks renovations, we will be meeting in the Town Hall Auditorium.

At 9:15 a.m., we will be joined by Marie Pasinski, MD, a Harvard Neurologist, brain expert and author. She will address how the “Body Needs the Brain To Make Aging Healthy.” Dr. Pasinski is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School where she now serves as an instructor in Neurology. She is also a staff neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You.

At 11:00 a.m. Laura Malloy, staff member of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, will speak on “Mind/Body Approaches To Maintain Your Resiliency.” This Institute is dedicated to learning about and managing stress.

At 1:00 p.m. following lunch, there will be a panel on Managing the Stress of Aging. Paul Collins of the Council on Aging will moderate. Speakers include Cheryl Amari, MA, CT, founder of Grief Teach who will speak on “Managing Loss” and Sal Caraviello, MA, M.ED., Director of Ministries, St Mary’s Church, Winchester who will address “Managing the Other Negatives.”

Please remember to sign up for lunch, which is $8.00, by calling the Jenks desk: 781-721-7136.

IT Specialist: This person should be skilled at computer operation and support, network operation, and basic computer security. You will work with our present IT person (to solve problems with the system or computers) and with staff (to asssist with backups, minor malware removal, and outages, when required). Database Specialist: This person should have Microsoft® Access knowledge. You will assist in using the Center’s Access database, including writing database queries using Visual Basic (which are used to extract informsation that can be used for publicizing special events or campaigns from the large database).
Audio-Visual Specialist: We need several volunteers to be part of small team that helps with audio-visual operation during the Jenks Center’s presentations and events. Following existing procedures, you will set up the projection system, microphones and the sound system for the presentation/event, and assist speakers by tending to the details of microphone gains etc. during the presentation. You should be familiar with using a laptop for PowerPoint presentations and setting up the audio system. Event coverage is shared among members of the team and Jenks staff so that the commitment won’t be too onerous.
If you can help or need more information, please contact Judy Katz at the Jenks Center; her email address is