Council on Aging

Keep Well Clinic – Summer Hours

Thursday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, September 17, 2:00 p.m.,      Conference Room

We are pleased that our nutritionist, Jesse McNeil, will return for another year. Her first session will be the “Healing Power of Common Food.”

In the September Newsletter, we will present her topics for the calendar year.

Preventing Falls

Wednesday, September 17 — Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.,      Conference Room

Are you concerned about falling? 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 free program. The program will run for eight Wednesdays at the Jenks Center.

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

Preventing Strokes – Lecture by Dr. Christian T. Ruff

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.,      Pond Room
Refreshments served 7:00 p.m.

Every year, it is estimated that two million people develop blood clots and 300,000 of them die from these clots. Others are left with debilitating strokes. Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction present the risks for blood clots. It is important that we understand the events and symptoms that tell us that we are vulnerable.

We are honored to have Dr. Christian T. Ruff of the Cardiovascular Service of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Board Member of the North American Thrombosis Forum as our speaker. He will address this very serious and dangerous problem.

Dr. Ruff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Neurobiology in 1998. He earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. Dr. Ruff completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has devoted his career to the study of blood clots. He has authored more than 40 scholarly articles, editorials, reviews and book chapters and has given dozens of lectures nationally and internationally. His clinical research has been published in several peer review journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Medicine.

Do not miss this lecture. The information is important to all ages.

This program is sponsored jointly by the Education Committee of the Winchester Seniors Association and the Council on Aging.

Flu Clinic Alert

Tuesday, September 30, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Senior Center, will be sponsoring Flu Clinics again this year.

Please mark your calendar and watch for the September Newsletter for more details.

Senior Citizen Community Service Reimbursement Program

The financial qualifications for this program were incorrectly stated in last month’s Newsletter. We are replublishing the article here, with the corrected qualifications.

The Senior Citizen Reimbursement Program, which allows seniors to work off $1,000 of their property tax, has vacancies. These vacancies are not just positions for greeters. Because we have so many greeter positions in the schools, seniors have come to believe that is all we can offer. We also have seniors working in a secretarial capacity, in libraries, writing grants and operating computers. In fact if you are eligible for the program, we look to find the job which may interest you. Don’t you have a big property tax bill with which you could use help? With the new high school, the bill will get larger. This program is designed to enable seniors to work 125 hours in our town departments in return for a $1,000 reduction on property taxes.

The main qualifications are that seniors are Winchester home owners, 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 $57,000 for an individual and $71,000 for a couple. The house can be assessed for no more than $770,000.

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.

Congratulations to Our Centenarian

Please join us in congratulating Victoria Capone on her 100th Birthday! Vicky is a lifelong resident of Winchester who turned 100 on July 25. She is one of 8 children, but only she and her younger sister, Esther are still alive. Vicky continues to be active. She enjoys going to coffee with her friends at the Winchester Cooperative Bank and to the Jenks Center for Eating Together on Fridays. She is quite an inspiration, so please extend a birthday wish when you see her.

Jenks Center Announces Expanded Communications Program

This notice is to inform all of Winchester’s seniors of the upcoming availability of a program called “Senior Alert.” This program will make it possible to call people in their homes to leave messages concerning emergencies and closures at the Jenks Center. It will begin in September.

We are pleased to report that 200 seniors signed up for this service when the forms were available at the Center. If anyone else chooses to sign up for this program, please go to the Town of Winchester website and click on Emergency Alerts. Fill out the online form and you will be entered in the call list.

The Council on Aging and the Winchester Seniors Association feel this is a wonderful opportunity to improve communication. We encourage seniors to participate in this program.

COA Board Resignation

We regret to announce that Betty Small, Chair of the Council on Aging has tendered her resignation because of pressing family issues. We thank her for years of service on the Council. We shall miss her.

On the positive side, Terry Fuller, the COA Vice-chair, has assumed the Chair position. As you all know, he is an energetic, pro-active and dedicated leader. We are fortunate to have him and we welcome him to this task.

Eating Together Welcomes All

The Council on Aging and the Eating Together Program are pleased to announce the arrival of John Day as the new Nutrition Site Manager. John recently moved to Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where he spent many years in food service and also providing human services. For the past 25 years, he has worked as a vocational counselor in the mental health field.

John enjoys working with seniors and has found people at the Jenks Center to be friendly and welcoming. He is happy to be in such pleasant surroundings and is eager to meet more of you. So please join us on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 11:30 a.m. for a delicious lunch and an opportunity to meet John.

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:

Friday, August 1
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Monday, August 4
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Green Peas
Wednesday, August 6
Ziti and Meatballs / Sauce
Green Beans
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Friday, August 8
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Monday, August 11
Stuffed Shells / Tomato Sauce
Italian Bread
Mixed Fruit
Wednesday, August 13
Beef Stew (with Carrots and
Friday, August 15
Cold Cuts (Turkey, Roast
  Beef) / Swiss Cheese
Sandwich Rolls
Caesar Salad
Pineapple in Juice
Monday, August 18
Roast Turkey / Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
String Beans
Wednesday, August 20
American Chop Suey
Caesar Salad
French Bread
Jello with Fruit
Friday, August 22
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Monday, August 25
Chicken Noodle Soup / Crackers
Caesar Salad
Wednesday, August 27
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Cake Cup
Friday, August 29
Calzone (Steak & Cheese)
Green Salad
Fresh Fruit
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!