Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. Jenks Room
|Medicare — Open Enrollment|
|This year the Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15 - December 7. If you want to sign up for Medicare or make changes in your plan, you must do it during this timeframe.|
The McCall Middle School eighth graders will be attending the meeting this month. The book selection is The Book
Thief by Markus Zusak. It is considered to be one of the best young adults books of our time. Trying to make sense
of the horrors of World War II, Liesel, a young German girl steals books and tells stories to help sustain her family and
the Jewish man they are hiding as well as their neighbors
Books are available in the Jenks Office.
The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will be sponsoring flu and pneumonia clinics again this fall. The clinics will be held in the Pond Room at the Jenks Center. If you are 65 or over and want to receive the high-dose flu vaccine, check with the nurse to to see if any doses remain from the September 30 High Dose Flu Clinic.
|NOTE: Anyone who is allergic to eggs should not receive a flu shot. Anyone who is acutely ill should delay receiving a flu shot until the illness subsides. If you have any doubt as to whether you should receive a flu shot, consult your physician.|
The flu and pneumonia vaccines are recommended for those at risk of developing complications from chronic illnesses such as diabetes
and heart and lung problems. The flu shots are also recommended for all persons who want to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with
influenza or spreading influenza to others. Unlike flu vaccine, most people only need one shot of pneumococcal vaccine during their
lifetime. A second dose, though, is recommended for those people aged 65 and older who got their first dose when they were under 65,
as long as there has been at least 5 years between the two doses. The CDC recommendations also include smokers.also include smokers.
Please bring ALL of your insurance cards with you, including your Medicare card, supplemental cards and /or Senior Advantage card (HMO) for submission of information to your insurance company. For those not covered by Medicare or an HMO there will be a cost of $10.00 each for the seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccine. The cost of the High Dose flu vaccine is $38.00 if not covered by your insurance in a public clinic setting. If unsure, please check with your insurance provider.
Please wear short sleeves. If there are any questions, please call the Winchester Health Department at 781-721-7121.
We are pleased that our nutritionist, Jessy McNeil, is holding another program this year. Are you concerned that you
eat too little or too much? Do you worry that your food may not be the best for you or do you wish you could afford more food
and better food? Do you think the food advertisers are selling you a line about what is good for you. Do you know that some
food that is sold is not real food but chemical concoctions? Jessy McNeil will run a program this year that tells you how to
eat well and economically. This month, her topic is “With the Right Recipes, Freezing Helps Stretch the Dollar.”
We thank the Cummings Foundation for their support of this Program.
Our Winchester State Senator, Jason Lewis, will join us for conversation and socialization. He hopes to have a good discussion with you and to hear your questions and concerns. Senator Lewis will also provide a Sundae Social so be prepared to make big ones. See you then.
Noreen Murphy, Elder Law Attorney, meets monthly at the Jenks Center with those seniors interested in planning for the future. And what do these people worry about? They worry about wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care proxies and living wills. Others worry because they do not know what should be worrying them. Come and hear Noreen talk about what you really need to know and what actions you should be taking.
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
Center in advance or ask to see her after the lecture.
The topic for this month is “The Real Scoop on Sugar.” This lecture is included in our Evening Lecture Series. It is described in more detail in the article entitled “The Real Scoop on Sugar.”
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.
This event, which is meant to celebrate the gift of life, will include lunch provided by the Bank with entertainment provided by the McCall School students. There is no cost. As much as we would like every senior to attend, we only have 100 seats available in the Pond Room with the rest going to the students. If you would like to come, call the Center beginning Monday, November 3 to make a reservation. Reservations will not be accepted until then. After that, places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
We have long wanted to repeat some of our most popular day programs in the evening so that those who work, have caregiver
responsibilities or other pressing commitments could hear them, enjoy them and learn from them.
Thanks to the Cummings Foundation Grant, we are able to offer evening lectures. The lectures for this month are (click on the titles for more information):
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 November. 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.
Tuesday, November 4
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, November 6
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - noon
Tuesday, November 18
9:00 a.m. - noon
Farmers Market at
Parish of the Epiphany
Saturday, November 25
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 25
9:00 a.m. - noon
NOTE: Please call 617-369-9105 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 Thanksgiving Day, please call Diane Saparoff at the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 by November 21 to reserve a meal.
We are living in an era of advanced medical knowledge and medical interventions, but it is also an era in which we experience a
vacuum in health services to help us function after inpatient stays and also when we are well. The Affordable Care Act is holding
hospitals accountable if a patient is readmitted too soon after discharge. The local Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) are being
asked to make sure their patients don’t relapse. However, at the same time, Medicare limits how long VNA nurses can see you and
for what reason.
Here are some of the issues you can encounter after the post hospital nurse leaves you, or even you are perfectly healthy:
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.
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:
Monday, November 3
Beef Stew (with Carrots and
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, November 5
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Friday, November 7
Chicken Cutlet / Sauce
Monday, November 10
Shepherd’s Pie (Mashed
Potatoes, Peas, Corn)
Wednesday, November 12
Chicken Parmesan / Tomato
Friday, November 14
Salisbury Steak / Low Sodium
Jello with Fruit
Monday, November 17
Wednesday, November 19
Cheese Lasagna / Cheese Sauce
Friday, November 21
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Monday, November 24
Stuffed Pepper / Sauce
Wednesday, November 26
Roast Pork / Low Sodium Gravy
Friday, November 28
|Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.|
We look forward to seeing you!