Tuesday, December 2, noon - 2:00 p.m., in the Pond Room
The Winchester Cooperative Bank and the Council on Aging are once again sponsoring, an intergenerational party. The Festival will be
shared with seniors and McCall School students.
Friday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.
Francine Kollias, our Social Security representative, will update us on the latest changes in Social Security and will answer any questions you may have about your benefits. Whatever your questions, Francine has the answers. Her presentations are not only informative but also very humorous. You do not want to miss this. Note it on your calendar.
Friday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.
The best way to get the cash flow you need might not be from fixed-income securities. Our speaker, Thurman Smith will describe very low-risk buy-and-hold, no-load equity funds which can be the source of systematic withdrawals to get the cash flow you need. He calls it “eating your cake and growing it too.” Mr. Thurman is principal of Equity Fund Research, a Winchester based fee-only investment management firm. He edited and published the highly rated (by Hulbert Financial Digest) Equity Fund Outlook newsletter from 1987 to 2008.
Wednesday, December 17, 2:00 p.m.
Jesse McNeil is with us again to discuss interesting news about nutrition. Jesse provides a one-hour lecture followed by a questions
and answers period to discuss any nutritional subject you choose. If you would like an individual consultation with her, call the Jenks
Center in advance or ask to see her after the lecture.
Friday, January 9, 10:00 a.m., in the Jenks Room
Our nutritionist, Jessy McNeil, will not be with us in December.
Jessy McNeil is running a program this year that tells you how to eat well and economically. She will be speaking on the second Friday of every month in the Jenks Room. In this program, her topic is “How To Keep Your Food Safe From Bugs.”
We thank the Cummings Foundation for their support of this Program.
Money is still available from the Winchester Green Energy Grant for Seniors to help seniors lower their energy bills and make it easier for seniors to continue to live in Winchester. If you are interested in having an energy audit or to learn about energy improvements you could make to your home, call 781-721- 4759.
Donations of non-perishable food items are requested for the Woburn Council of Social Concern Food Pantry. The Council serves Winchester as well as Woburn. Packaged foods, canned goods, juice etc may be brought to the Jenks Center.
Our seniors have been experiencing difficulty obtaining a volunteer driver these past two months. Our population of riders has doubled. Our drivers can only handle four rides on each shift. Thus we have had to refuse rides when our bookings were full. This has been frustrating to those who need rides and canno get them. It has also been very frustrating to us.
We are trying to get more drivers so we can put three drivers on a day instead of two. We also find that one driver cannot handle as many riders if more than two of them are going in opposite directions at the same time. For instance one person wants to go to the western side of Lexington at the same time as another one wants to go to the eastern corner of Medford. This often happens with medical appointments.
Beginning December 15, we are going to try an experiment:
Thank you for your help.
The Council on Aging Senior Transportation System has been operating for over
30 years. It is an invaluable service as it keeps so many people from being
isolated. Volunteers drive seniors, who are no longer able to drive, to
appointments or shopping in Winchester or to medical appointments in towns
contiguous to Winchester. This program is entirely dependent on volunteers.
Seniors who need rides call two working days in advance of their need and make
an appointment for either a morning appointment or an afternoon appointment.
The driver assigned to the ride contacts the senior to confirm the ride. There
is no cost for this program.
The COA is fortunate to be able to use the Mount Vernon Bus to transport our seniors to special events. Following is a list of events we are doing in December. We hope you will sign up for rides. We want the Mount Vernon House to know we appreciate this gift and intend to use it.
NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservation. This number belongs to our transportation coordinator.
Share-A-Meal is a program in which families prepare and deliver holiday meals to share with Winchester residents. Sharon Johnson is the chairperson for Share-A-Meal. If you or someone you know would like a visit and a meal to brighten Christmas, please call Diane Saparoff at the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 by December 19 to reserve a meal.
December is the month we visit with Winchester’s younger children. On Wednesday, December 17, the Winchester Cooperative Nursery School will be here to sing to us from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On Monday, December 22, the Ambrose School Kindergarten will sing from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. These are always precious events. Maybe your grandchild will be here.
Remember to join the Eating Together Group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sign up by the Friday of the week before the meals are to be served. We have space for 30, so call early at 781-721-7136. Donation for the meal is $3.00. Please remember to cancel your lunch 24 hours ahead of time if you are unable to attend. We hope to see you!
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:
We look forward to seeing you!