The COA is fortunate to be able to use the Mount Vernon House van to transport our seniors on grocery
NOTE: Please call 781-721- 7136 by TUESDAY each week to sign up. This number will connect you directly
with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.
(pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Market Basket, Woburn
This is a shared ride service for up to 10 passengers. Minimum of 3 passengers required. All
trips are subject to cancellation. If a trip you signed up for is canceled, you will be notified by phone.
Friday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.
The food management program will continue with Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN to facilitate
classes to enable seniors to eat better and save money while making wise choices. These
classes are at 10:30 a.m. on the second Friday of the month. Program for October is “Best
Times to Purchase your Favorite Foods within your Budget.”
Monday, October 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Jenks Room
Are you prepared for a medical emergency from your home? Do you have all of your papers
in order? Come hear about the File of Life, 9-1- 1 Disability Indicator Form and Lifeline.
We will be reviewing these forms – how to use them, why/when to use them and how to fill
each one out – as well as learning about the advantages of having Lifeline. Our panel will
include Peter MacDonnell, Chief of Police, Susan DeRosa, Coordinator for Lifeline and our
COA Professional Staff. Pastries, Coffee, and Tea will be served.
First Clinic is High Dose for those 65 and Older
Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will be sponsoring
flu clinics this fall. This year four clinics will be held in the Pond Room at the Jenks Senior
Center. The first clinic will be a High Dose Flu Clinic for people 65 years and older, held
Tuesday, October 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 500 doses of High Dose Flu vaccine have
been purchased. If there are doses remaining after this clinic, they will be offered at the
The three seasonal flu clinics will be held on:
Tuesday, October 18, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please bring ALL of your insurance cards with you.
ONLY the following health insurances are ACCEPTED: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Celticare,
Cigna, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Health New England, Mass Health, Medicare Part B,
Neighborhood Health, Network Health, and Tufts Health Plan & Unicare.
Fee for vaccines not covered by insurance: $15 for Seasonal flu shot and $38 for the High
Dose flu shot.
Prevnar 13 Pneumonia shots are given by appointment only. For questions, call Kathy
Whittaker RN, Public Health Nurse at 781-721- 7121
Nutritional Consultant Program
Wednesday, October 19, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nutrition classes are offered through the support of Cummings Foundation facilitated by
Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN. These classes are offered on the third Wednesday of the
month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
“Healthy Protein Alternatives” On October 19 learn about protein alternatives to assist
with lowering your cholesterol.
Thursday, October 20, 11:30 a.m., Pond Room
The first Literary Lunch will be on October 20 at the Jenks. Sixth graders will be
participating. The book for discussion, The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm, is an
amusing story in which Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging and
consequently has turned into a teenager. Family relationships become complicated when he
moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.
Copies of the book are available at the Jenks Center.
Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Pond Room
The Memory Café is a place for individuals and their families or caregivers to come and participate in an organized activity, listen
to a guest speaker, hear a variety of music types, or gather support from others in similar situations. Each month will focus on a
Depending on the activity, it may be a joint program for both caregiver and client or separate programs or a respite time for caregivers
where they can drop off the client and have some free time for themselves. Join us for activities, coffee and conversation once a month
at the Jenks.
This session will feature programs in which both clients and families/caregivers can participate.
This program is a collaboration of the Winchester COA and Hearthstone.
Can It Be Tax Time Again?
You bet, particularly if you are at the Jenks. We need to prepare for February 1, 2017 when
our seniors have all the necessary forms for the 2016 tax year.
This year we will need new tax preparers. Our tax program is sponsored by AARP and its
trained tax preparers. If you prepare your own tax returns, you have the experience we need
for you to become tax preparers. You can learn whatever you don’t know at our tax
preparers classes which will start the second week in January.
We prepare federal and state income tax returns for low - and middle - income tax payers.
We give special attention to those 60 years and older. The returns are prepared and e-filed
by computer free of charge.
If you prepare your own taxes, you have the needed experience. Come and help. We need
you. For more information, call 781-721- 7136 (the Jenks Center) and leave your name and
phone number. Harry Rothmann will call you back.
In each of the past 30 years we have prepared 100 to 200 returns for seniors at no cost to
them. The program cannot continue without your help. We have two tax preparers
returning. We need 6 people to carry the load. We only do simple returns, and they can be
done at your convenience. Please consider volunteering.
Seniors Seeking Tax Relief
Winchester Senior Citizen Community Service Reimbursement Program Several Openings Available
The Winchester Council on Aging works with Town departments to offer seniors (60 years
or older) the opportunity to work 125 hours in designated Town departments to earn $1,000
off of your property taxes. To qualify for participation in this unique program, you must
own your home in Winchester, have a maximum income reported to the IRS of no more
than $58,000 for an individual and $73,000 for a couple and the house cannot be assessed
for greater than $850,000. For more information, contact Phillip Beltz, Council on Aging
Director, at 781-721- 7136.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
You are invited to join the Eating Together Program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
of each week. Please sign up no later than Friday the week before you wish to attend. Space
is limited so please call early at 781-721- 7136. Donation is $3.00. Meals are served at 11:30
a.m. as well as 12:15 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, please remember to cancel your lunch 24 hours in advance.
Also, if you need a ride, ask to be put on the ride list when you sign up for lunch.2:00 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: