Council on Aging

The Winchester Seniors Association also offers programs. To learn obout the WSA programs, click Programs.

FREE TO SMILE FOUNDATION

Frank Virnelli, M.D., would like to thank all of you who attended the 2015 Brennan Lecture in which he discussed his experience as a volunteer surgeon in the developing world. He was asked by many people for the name of the organization that he discussed in his presentation. The group is the “Free To Smile (FTS) Foundation” based in Columbus, Ohio. They have a website (www.freetosmile.org) that features outstanding videos that highlight their work. Volunteers, like Dr. Virnelli, pay their own expenses and FTS has the highest possible ranking by GreatNonprofits, an organization endorsed by Bill Gates that is the largest group evaluating nonprofit charities.

Keep Well Clinic – Summer Hours


Thursdays, July 16 and August 13, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Jenks Center

PLEASE NOTE: During the summer months, 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.

Extra!! Extra!! Professional Services at the Jenks

Tailoring Services: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the Health Room

Alie Pestana, a seamstress, will be here to measure and pick-up your clothing for hemming and minor alterations. She will charge $8.00 and up. Payment in cash is due at the time of service.

Salon Services: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - noon in the Health Room

Offered by “Manicures with Kristen,” appointments can be made in 45-minute increments (see sign-up sheet at the desk). Kristin will charge $5.00 for each manicure. Payment in cash is due at the time of service.

911 Silent Call Procedure

It’s a terrifying thought. You need to call 911, but you can’t speak. Maybe you’re choking, or you’re trying to seek help without alerting a criminal. In these sometimes life or death situations, there is a silent way to let emergency responders know that you need their help. It’s known as Silent Call Procedure.

The silent call procedure also helps people with certain disabilities communicate their needs. The state’s public safety office says this method can be used on a touch-tone, wireline telephone, or a cell phone.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Call 911
  2. When the dispatcher answers, use your telephone’s keypad to “talk” to the dispatcher:
    • Press 1 if you need police
    • Press 2 for fire
    • Press 3 for an ambulance
  3. If the dispatcher asks you questions:
    • Press 4 for “yes”
    • Press 5 for “no”

If a Massachusetts dispatcher answers a 911 call and it is silent, they will go through these steps to see if there is a response. You do not have to remember the procedure, they will ask you while on the telephone. The dispatcher’s screen will show them which numbers are being pressed.

SOURCE: MA State 911 Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security


Taxi Voucher Program

We have extended our taxi voucher program to include weekday daytime hours. Please see the attached Taxi Voucher Program flyer for details.

Senior Rides Needs Drivers

Getting temporary volunteer drivers to fill in over the summer for our vacationing permanent drivers can be a problem. Are you staying at home for the summer or going on a few day trips? If so how about adding a morning or an afternoon for driving seniors who have no means of transportation to get to their appointments.

We drive our seniors anywhere in Winchester and to medical appointments in contiguous communities to Winchester. Give it some thought. You will enjoy your riders. They need rides because they have no family or friends nearby and they do not drive. They are one of our town treasures and you will enjoy every minute with them.

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 demand for this service increases every year. We always need more drivers to fulfill our requests. Each driver takes a 3 1/2 hour shift every two weeks. One may drive from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is reimbursement for the mileage. If interested, please call 721-7136 and ask for Ruth Young.

Non-seniors are always welcome to volunteer for this wonderful program. Our drivers find this to be a most fulfilling and pleasurable experience.

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:

Pick up starts at 9:30 a.m

Thursday, July 2 – Sign up by June 30 Assembly Sq. Mall Stores include: The Christmas Tree Shoppe, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, A.C.Moore, T.J.Maxx, Staples, and Sports Authority. Plus many outlet stores such as Chico’s, Clarks, many childrens’ clothing stores, and more!

Monday, July 6 – Sign up by July 2 Target, WOBURN

Thursday, July 9 – Sign up by July 7 Market Basket, WOBURN



Monday, July 13 – Sign up by July 9 Liberty Tree Mall, DANVERS

Stores include: A.C. Moore, Best Buy, Dollar Tree, Hallmark, Kohl’s, Marshalls, Michael’s, Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoe, Payless, Old Navy, P ier 1 Imports, Staples, Target, Sports Authority, a food court, and more!

Thursday, July 16 – Sign up by July 14 Market Basket, WOBURN

Monday, July 20 – Sign up by July 16 Whole Foods Shopping Plaza, WOBURN

Thursday, July 23 – Sign up by July 21 Market Basket, WOBURN

Monday, July 27 – Sign up by July 23 Assembly Sq. Mall

Stores include: The Christmas Tree Shoppe, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, A.C.Moore, T.J.Maxx, Staples, and Sports Authority. Plus many outlet stores such as Chico’s, Clarks, many childrens’ clothing stores, and more! Thursday, July 30 – Sign up by July 28 Market Basket, BURLINGTON

Monday, August 3 – Sign up by July 30 Market Basket, WOBURN

All trips are subject to cancellation. If a trip that you signed up for is cancelled, you will be notified by phone.

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservation. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

Pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.

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.

Eating Together

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. We look forward to seeing you!

NOTE: It is imperative that you sign up in advance for Eating Together. 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.

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

Keeping Cool

Clothes
– Wear light colors and light materials such as linen and cotton.
– Wear loose fitting clothing.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat for protection.
Home
– 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.
Outdoors
– 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

Fluids
– 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.
Food
– 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.

Openings - Senior Citizen Community Service Reimbursement Program

This is the time to sign up for the Senior Citizen Community Service Reimbursement Program. For 125 hours of work in one of the Town Departments, you can earn $1,000 off your property taxes. This is nothing to idly pass by, particularly when already high taxes are about to go higher.

To qualify for this program, seniors must be Winchester homeowners 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.

Probiotic: Getting a Little Culture

Wednesday, July 22, 10:45 a.m. Jenks Room

To qualify for this program, seniors must be Winchester homeowners 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.

Peg will speak about Probiotics. Have you heard about them? If not, come learn what they are and where they are found in your diet. Then you can decide whether you need them. Please bring all your questions about this and other nutrition issues.

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