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Council on Aging

Keep Well Clinic

September 1st and September 15th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Keep Well Clinic schedule resumes in September:

Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, September 29, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Are you a caregiver? This group provides an opportunity for sharing, understanding, awareness and support. It offers a place to exchange information and meet others with similar issues. Caring for a loved one can be a very isolating experience, especially for those who have limited help or are the sole caregiver for someone who cannot be left alone for long. For more information call Suzanne at 781-721- 7136.

Flu Clinics

High Dose Clinic: Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Tuesday, October 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Monday, October 24, 9:30 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Monday, November 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Pond
(No sign ups are necessary)

The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will be sponsoring flu clinics this fall. Four clinics will be held in the Pond Room at the Jenks Senior Center.

The first clinic, a High Dose Flu Clinic for people 65 years and older. High Dose Flu vaccine is a flu vaccine that produces a much stronger antibody response in this age group then the standard seasonal flu shot. 500 doses of High Dose Flu vaccine have been ordered by the Health Department. If there are doses remaining after this clinic, they will be offered at the subsequent clinics.

The three seasonal flu clinics will be held at various times (listed aboe).

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 $15.00 for the seasonal flu vaccine and $38.00 for the High Dose flu vaccine. Please wear short sleeves.

If there are any questions, please call Kathy Whittaker RN, Public Health Nurse, at the Winchester Health Department at 781-721- 7121.

Eating Together

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

The “Eating Together Program” is a partnership between the Winchester Council on Aging and Minuteman Senior Services that presents an opportunity for seniors to socialize with peers in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while enjoying good food. The newly renovated Jenks Center has a sun-filled cafe and dining area overlooking the pond with easy access to the Town center and bus transportation. It is a friendly and welcoming group who attend regularly. Currently the program has the capacity to serve up to 24 diners and it will be increased to 30 patrons in August.

The program is seeking more seniors, in particular those seniors who are younger in their 60’s and 70’s. Whether it is lunch out with the ladies – a chance for men to get a good meal in a comfortable setting after a round of golf – or couples who are tired of preparing lunch every day, we would love to have you participate and get to know us.

We offer two seatings, which we hope provides an opportunity for more of you to join us at Eating Together, and that it will also make it a more convenient and pleasurable experience. Although you can sign up for either seating, those coming on the Salter Van should sign up for the 11:30 a.m. seating because the van departs at 12:00 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:

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The COA is fortunate to be able to use the Mount Vernon House van to transport our seniors on grocery shopping trips.

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.

Scheduled Date
(pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
September 1
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
September 8
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
September 15
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
September 22
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
September 29
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
October 6

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.