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Council on Aging

COA Approved for Third Year of Cummings Foundation Grant

Eating Together

Hot Weather Tips For Seniors

Keep Well Clinic

Rides! Rides! Rides!

Social Worker Suzanne Norton Joins Council on Aging Staff

Telephone Outreach



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Council on Aging

Telephone Outreach

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Winchester Council on Aging is offering a new service – telephone outreach for our community. If you are feeling alone and lonely, receiving a friendly call from Marsha on a regular basis can brighten your day.

Please call the Jenks Center (781-721-7136) and sign up for this wonderful opportunity.

Council on Aging Approved for
Third Year of Cummings Foundation Grant

The Council on Aging is pleased to report that it will be awarded continued funding from the Cummings Foundation for a third year to provide services to seniors for transportation, energy efficiency, nutrition and educational programs to promote positive outcomes for seniors. The COA was awarded a total of $100,000 for five years as part of the Cummings Foundation “$100K for 100” funding. Installments of $20,000 are awarded contingent upon submission of annual reports to the foundation. We are very grateful to the Cummings Foundation for its continued support.

Social Worker Suzanne Norton Joins Council on Aging Staff

The Jenks Center and Council on Aging are pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Norton as Geriatric Social Worker.

Prior to joining us in Winchester, the Wilmington resident worked as the Somerville Council on Aging social worker for over ten years. She has clinical licensure and a Masters of Social Work degree along with affiliations with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mental Health and Aging Coalition. In addition to her geriatric background, Ms. Norton has worked with veterans and has substantial experience facilitating groups for caregivers, low vision, widows/widower and veterans. Suzanne commented that she is “so happy to join the Jenks Center COA team and looks forward to getting to know Winchester residents.”

Keep Well Clinic

Thursday, August 11, 9:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: During the summer months, the Keep Well Clinic is only scheduled once each month. Do not forget to mark your calendars. The regular, twice-monthly will resume in September.

Eating Together

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

The “Eating Together Program” is a partnership between the Winchester Council on Aging and Minuteman Senior Services that presents an opportunity for seniors to socialize with peers in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while enjoying good food. The newly renovated Jenks Center has a sun-filled cafe and dining area overlooking the pond with easy access to the Town center and bus transportation. It is a friendly and welcoming group who attend regularly. Currently the program has the capacity to serve up to 24 diners and it will be increased to 30 patrons in August.

The program is seeking more seniors, in particular those seniors who are younger in their 60’s and 70’s. Whether it is lunch out with the ladies – a chance for men to get a good meal in a comfortable setting after a round of golf – or couples who are tired of preparing lunch every day, we would love to have you participate and get to know us.

We offer two seatings, which we hope provides an opportunity for more of you to join us at Eating Together, and that it will also make it a more convenient and pleasurable experience. Although you can sign up for either seating, those coming on the Salter Van should sign up for the 11:30 a.m. seating because the van departs at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

NOTE: It is important that you sign up for Eating Together the Friday before your dining date to ensure that we have a meal ready for you. We have space for only 30 people, so call early at 781-721-7136. Donation for the meal is $3.00. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation 24 hours ahead of time.

If you need a ride, ask to be put on the ride list when you sign up for lunch. The Salter van will pick you up and take you home.

The menu for this month is:

Hot Weather Tips For Seniors

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs advises elders to enjoy the summer weather but take careful precautions during extremely hot weather. High temperatures can take a toll on health. Seniors especially should take extra care to keep cool and hydrated during hot, humid days. In normal weather, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.

Here are a few tips for enjoying the summer weather while keeping comfortable and safe:

Keeping Cool

– Wear light colors and light materials such as linen and cotton.
– Wear loose fitting clothing.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat for protection.
– Stay indoors during extremely hot weather.
– Lower shades, blinds or close drapes on the east side of your home during the morning hours and on the west side during the afternoon.
– Use a fan in the rooms where the windows are covered.
– If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go to your local Council on Aging or Senior Center, Aging Service Access Point, mall, movie theater or library in order to stay cool.
– Wear sunscreen Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat or take an umbrella to block the sun.
– Schedule outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when the temperature is lower.
– Avoid strenuous activity.
– If you are outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas.
– Avoid crowded places.
– If possible, go to a place where you can get relief from heat, such as air conditioned libraries, theaters, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

Keeping Hydrated

– The best liquid to drink during hot, humid days is water. Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty, in order to stay hydrated.
– Avoid drinks with caffeine.
– Avoid alcoholic beverages that will dehydrate your body.
– Drink sports drinks that have the added minerals that your body loses when it sweats.
– Keep frozen treats, such as ice cream and popsicles in the freezer to eat to cool you.
– Eat cold foods such as sandwiches and salads.
– Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is another way to keep hydrated.

Keeping Safe

Buddy System
– Make sure that you have someone to check on you to make sure that you are well.
Common Sense
– Avoid long walks, particularly from noon - 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak.
– Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
– Pay attention to weather reports.
– Contact your doctor if you are taking several different medications. These may make it harder for your body to keep cool through perspiration. A few examples would be diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers and also some heart and blood pressure medicines.

For more tips on staying cool, please visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s website.

Rides! Rides! Rides!

The COA is fortunate to be able to use the Mount Vernon House van to transport our seniors on shopping trips. We hope that you will sign up because we want the Mount Vernon House to know we appreciate this gift. The following trips are scheduled for this month:

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to MAKE A RESERVATION AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

Scheduled Date
(pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
August 1
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
August 8
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
August 15
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
August 29

All trips are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. You will be notified by phone if a trip that you signed up for is cancelled.