Thursday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: During the summer months (July and August), the Keep Well Clinic is only scheduled once each month.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars.
The regular, twice-monthly schedule resumes on Thursday, September 4.
Thursday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Craft Room
The Council on Aging is bringing this program, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP),
to the Jenks Center. The instructor will be Nancy Doherty, who taught this course at the Jenks two years ago.
The AARP Driver Safety Program has offered safety refresher courses since 1979 to more than
11 million graduates. The aim is for older drivers to better understand the updated technologies in new vehicles,
to gain a refresher on the rules of the road, and to learn strategies to compensate for age-related changes in
vision, hearing or response time. Road rage will also be covered.
The course consists of one classroom session at the Jenks Center on July 24. There is no test to take and no
actual driving. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant as long as they attend the entire
class. Please bring your lunch.
The cost of the program is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.
Checks should be made out to AARP and left at the Jenks reception desk before the program starts. Please sign up
by calling 781-721-7136.
Unhappily, we have to inform you that Joanne Pijoan, our Food Service Director has resigned. Joanne has been a
welcome addition to our staff. She has been organized, pleasant and eager to serve. We have enjoyed her companionship
for a number of years and we will miss her. We are happy to report that Joanne is taking on a position with Comfort
Keepers, which is a Winchester Home Care Agency caring for seniors at home. Seniors still remain in her heart.
Minuteman, which employs Joanne, has promised to find us someone equally as good as Joanne. In the meantime they
will cover her vacancy.
Lunches will continue as usual every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the cost of $3.00 per meal. We hope to be able
to welcome our new Director in the next Newsletter.
It is imperative that you sign up in advance for Eating Together and that you cancel
your reservation if you are unable to come.
The menu for this month is:
Wednesday, July 2
Chicken Soup / Crackers
Friday, July 4
JENKS CENTER CLOSED
July 4th Holiday
Monday, July 7
Roast Turkey / Low
Wednesday, July 9
Beef Stew with carrots
Pineapple in Juice
Friday, July 11
Monday, July 14
Salisbury Steak / Low
Wednesday, July 16
Chicken Parmesan / Tomato
Friday, July 18
Monday, July 21
Wednesday, July 23
Roast Pork / Gravy
Friday, July 25
Cheese Lasagna / Cheese
Monday, July 28
Stuffed Peppers / Sauce
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, July 30
Macaroni and Cheese
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Senior Citizen Reimbursement Program, which allows seniors to work off $1,000.00 of their property tax,
has vacancies. These vacancies are not just positions for greeters. Because we have so many greeter positions
in the schools, seniors have come to believe that is all we can offer. We also have seniors working in a secretarial
capacity, in libraries, writing grants and operating computers. In fact if you are eligible for the program, we look
to find the job which may interest you. Don’t you have a big property tax bill with which you could use help? With
the new high school, the bill will get larger. This program is designed to enable seniors to work 125 hours in our
town departments in return for a $1,000.00 reduction on property taxes.
The main qualifications are that seniors are Winchester home owners, living in the house for which they seek tax
reduction. They must be residents of Winchester and be 60 years of age or older. Maximum allowable income is
$53,000 for an individual and $67,000 for a couple. The house can be assessed for no more than $705,000.
If you are eligible and interested, call Ruth Young at the COA (781-721-7136) for more information or come in
for an application. In the event that we have more qualified people than positions, the jobs will go to the first
qualified people who apply.
This notice is to inform all of Winchester’s seniors of the upcoming availability of a program called “Senior Alert.”
This program will make it possible to call people in their homes to leave messages concerning emergencies and closures
at the Jenks Center. It will begin in September 2014.
We are pleased to report that 200 seniors signed up for this service when the forms were available at the Center. If
anyone else chooses to sign up for this program, please go to the Town of Winchester
website and click on Emergency Alerts. Fill out the online form and you will be entered in the call list.
The Council on Aging and the Winchester Seniors Association feel this is a wonderful opportunity to improve communication.
We encourage seniors to participate in this program.
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. Here are a few tips for enjoying the summer weather while keeping comfortable
- – 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.
- – 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.
- – Make sure that you have someone to check on you to make sure that you are well.
- – 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.