Council on Aging

Fall Prevention Program

8 Wednesdays, April 29 thru June 24 (except May 13 due to ENKA Fair),
1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Are you concerned about falls? Have you fallen in the past? Are you interested in improving your balance, strength and flexibility? A Matter of Balance is a proven award-winning fall prevention program designed for older adults. This program focuses on useful strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable. They will set goals for increasing activity and make changes to lessen the risk of falls at home. You will also learn exercises to increase your strength and balance.

We could all use a little balance in our lives. Please join the Council on Aging in partnership with Winchester Hospital for this program. There is no charge for this program.

Contact the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 to sign up. Register early as space is limited.

NOTE: When considering the class, please keep in mind that, due to the construction, the restrooms can only be accessed by going outside the building and entering at the main entrance.

Caring for Your Parents and/or Struggling with Your Children

A five-week, Thursday evening support group for those pulled in many directions led by Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD

May 7, May 21, and May 28, 6:00 p.m. in the Jenks Library

The last three of our five-week support group addressing the issues faced as we try to meet the demands of our children and also of our aging, frail parents remain. This is a place where you can ask questions and get answers to problems of care giving. With the right help and support, you can be a good provider without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.

Our group leader, Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD, led “Becoming a Parent to your Parent” program in the fall of 2014.

We thank the Cummings Foundation for their support of this program.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, May 8, 9:45 a.m.

Jessy McNeil’s focus throughout the entire series on Food Management has been how to eat well and economically. As the year is coming to a close it is time for a field trip. For this meeting she is planning a grocery store tour. She will outline the layout of the store and why these layouts are important to sales. She will teach you what to look for in fresh fruits and vegetables, how to read the labels on packages, how to determine whether a bargain is a bargain, and many other important things. Jessy has made arrangements to tour the Market Basket at the Woburn Mall.

Anyone wishing to come should be at the Jenks Center by 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 8. We are using the Mount Vernon bus, which accomodates 13 passengers, to drive everyone. The visit will be one hour and then we shall head back to the Jenks Center. Please call 781-721-7136 to make a reservation.

We thank the Cummings Foundation for their support of this program.

Tdap Clinic – Whooping Cough: Protect Yourself / Protect Your Grandchildren

Monday, May 11, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Town Hall (Lower Level)

Come to the clinic if you have never had a Tdap shot before. Anyone 11 years of age and older, especially those who are in close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, are encouraged to attend. Grandparents, parents, siblings and childcare providers are urged to protect themselves, their families and their community. No appointment necessary. However only 100 doses are available. The cost is $10 per person.

Questions? Call Kathy Whittaker, RN, Public Health Nurse at the Winchester Board of Health: 781-721-7121.

What is Whooping Cough?
Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a contagious disease that can be passed easily from person to person. It is very serious for babies and can cause them to cough so much that they cannot breathe. Hundreds of babies are hospitalized each year for whooping cough, and some die from it.

Whooping Cough can cause seniors and other adults or teens to have severe coughing that leads to vomiting, broken ribs and disrupted sleep. They can be hospitalized for pneumonia and miss weeks of work or school. Even worse, they can spread whooping cough to others.

Prevent Whooping Cough: Get Vaccinated!
The Tdap vaccine will protect you, your family and others in the community. By getting the shot, you will be immunized for life against 3 potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

How to Live a Healthy Life With Back Pain

Monday May 18, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

If back pain is your bête noir, come and learn how to manage this nuisance. During this program you will learn how to prevent flare ups, improve your ability to do more with less pain, keep your back pain from getting worse and improve your flexibility with a few simple exercises.

Our speaker, Dr. Fay Maneii, is a licensed physical therapist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Allied Health Professional with over 20 years of clinical experience in adult orthopedics, primarily with lower back pain problems. She received her Master of Science and doctorate degree in Adult Orthopedics Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She also received her MBA from the School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston. Dr Maneii is the owner of Boston Back Rehab Center in Winchester.

Memorial Day Celebration

Wednesday, May 20, 10:45 a.m. in the Jenks Room

Margie Labedz, President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will present a program honoring our Veterans featuring a candlelight Remembrance Ceremony and poems. The guest speaker will be State Representative Michael Day, and Ida Gillotte will play the piano. Everyone is invited, and we especially hope our veterans will come.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Library

Jessy McNeil will be with us on the third Wednesday of every month through June with interesting news about nutrition. She provides an hour-long lecture followed by questions and answers and discussion about any nutritional subject you choose. If you want an individual consultation with her, call the Center in advance or ask to see her after the lecture. You can meet with her about any nutritional subject. It does not have to be about the day’s lecture.

The topic for this month is “Food Cures.”

Please note that because of the ReJenks renovation the Conference Room is not available for the meeting. Instead, it will be held in the Jenks Library on the first floor.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room

The book for discussion this month is Paperboy by Vince Vawter. When an eleven–year-old boy takes over a friend’s newspaper route in July 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month. The book is a Newbery Award winner. In its critique, Booklist stated that it is “reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Copies of the book are available in the Jenks Center Office.

COA Evening Lecture Series

Thursdays, May 21, May 28, June 11, 7:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room
(Coffee and cookies available at 30 minutes prior to the event)

The Council on Aging is resuming its Evening Lecture Series which was so popular last fall. The programs provides those who work, have caregiver responsibilities or other pressing commitments during the day to hear, enjoy and learn from some of our most popular daytime presentations. For a list of planned lectures, see Evening Lecture Series.

Moving On: What You Need to Know About Selling Your Home

On May 21, join realtors Nan Shanahan and Anne Lucas as they tell you how to get organized and energized about selling your home. Learn how to put a plan in motion and not be overwhelmed by the process.

Nan Shanahan is the owner of Better Homes and Gardens, The Shanahan Group. She will bring you through the process of getting the home ready and looking its best for showing. She will show you how to optimize the value of your home and explain what the steps are from accepting an offer to purchase, sale and closing. She will also explain what you need to know from a tax and legal standpoint.

Anne Lucas, who is the owner of Ducks in a Row, is a professional organizer who can give you tips on cleaning out that basement that is filled with thirty years of clutter. She also can tell you where all those things you have saved for years can go. In addition she will give you tips on what you want to take for the move and how to pack.

Both these ladies have nice stories to tell. This is a very interesting and informative program even if you are not thinking of selling your home.

Jambo Africa – Travels in Tanzania

On May 28, join Gail LaRocca, a Zumba/Fitness Instructor for the Jenks Center, was named one of 100 “unsung heroines” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Gail has spent several years in Tanzania working as a volunteer on school development and, in addition, developing clear, clean water for the villagers.

Gail’s travels began as a safari assistant and shifted to humanitarian projects through Rotary International. The Winchester Rotary Club enthusiastically supported several projects and allowed Gail to redouble her efforts when she founded LifeWaterAfrica. LifeWaterAfrica manufactures and installs biosand water filters in villages. Her organization has also supported teacher workshops in Moshi, Tanzania.

This summer Gail returned to Tanzania to chart the progress of the water filters and to work on a goat shed construction project at a street children’s home. Participants in Gail’s programs at the Jenks generously funded the initial proposition to buy three goats for the shed. In the end the cost of the shed and six goats was funded by Jenks participants and Winchester Aerobics at the Recreation Department.

Gail LaRocca has resided in Winchester for over three decades. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (AB) and Boston College (MBA). She runs LaRocca Painting, teaches through Winchester Aerobics, handles the finances of the Sons of Italy and lectures on East Africa throughout New England.

We thank the Cummings Foundation for their support of these programs.

Taxi Voucher Program

After several months of taxi service, we realized that people needed to travel more frequently by cab than what we had arranged. Therefore, we have extended our rides to include weekday daytime hours. Please see the attached Taxi Voucher Program flyer for all the details.

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:

Scheduled Time
Sign-up Deadline
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 30
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - noon
Mayt 7
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - noon
May 14
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, May 26
9:00 a.m. - noon
May 21
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, June 2
9:00 a.m. - noon
May 28

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.

The menu for this month is:

Friday, May 1
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Salad
Whoopie Pie
Monday, May 4
Roast Pork / Low sodium gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, May 6
Stuffed Peppers / Sauce
Yellow Corn
Friday, MAY 8
Chicken Ziti and Broccoli
Caesar Salad
Fresh Fruit
Monday, May 11
Roast Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Wednesday, May 13
Chicken Rice Soup  (entrée)
Caesar Salad
Friday, May 15
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Green Peas
Mandarin Oranges
Monday, May 18
Meatballs w/Mushroom Sauce
Cake Cup
Wednesday, May 20
Vegetable Lasagna
Cheese Sauce
Caesar Salad
Pineapple in Juice
Friday, May 22
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Monday, May 25


Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 27
Roast Pork / Low sodium gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Honeydew Melon
Friday, May 29
Pasta Fagioli
Chicken Cutlet Calzone
Caesar Salad
All meals are served with milk and 100% whole grain bread, unless otherwise specified.