Council on Aging

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

Telephone Community Outreach

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Winchester Council on Aging is offering the new service of telephone community outreach. If you would like a friendly call on a regular basis. Calls will be made on Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please call the Jenks Center (781-721-7136) and ask for Diane Saparoff, who will sign you up for this wonderful opportunity.

Fall Prevention Program

Wednesdays, May 3 thru June 22 (No class on May 18 due to the EnKa Fair), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 Minuteman Senior Services for this free program.

Contact the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 to sign up.

Understanding and Managing Health Problems

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Pond Room
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. in the Pond Room
(Refreshments available 30 minutes before each program starts)

Once again, thanks to the generosity of the Cummings Foundation Grant, we are able to offer a series of evening lectures that address some of the health issues with which we may be confronted. It is hoped that these programs will give us new information and management skills to understand these problems. All are welcome to these lectures. We hope that they will provide an opportunity for those who work, take care of children or have other care-giving responsibilities to attend programs in the evening. Click here to see the complete list of dates and topics.

Our first May program, entitled “Aging and Sexuality,” will be lead by Kimberly Arouth, BSN, Director of Private Services and Additional Care, Greater Medford VNA.

The second May program (the last in the series), entitled “High Blood Pressure,” will be led by Cindy Mitsakis, MSN, RN, CEN, Assistant Professor for Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing, Hallmark Health

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

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. ain the Pond Room

The book we will be reading is Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery. When Grandin was a child she was withdrawn and unable to communicate. In 1950, at the age of three, she received an unheard of diagnosis: autism. Grandin’s mind thinks visually, in pictures, much the way it is believed that animals think. As such, she is empathetic to their needs and has advocated for the humane treatment of livestock by redesigning cattle facilities to be “cruelty free.”

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

Food Management

Friday, May 13, 10:30 a.m.

Jesse McNeil, MSRD, LDN leads this program. The topic this month is “Cooking With Fats.”

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

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Library

Jessy McNeil will be with us to present another topic in her year-long program entitled “Nutritional Challenges in the Older Adult.” The topic for this month is “Genetically Modified Foods.”

Jesse provides an hour lecture followed by questions, 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.

Diabetic Educator to Visit Keep Well Clinic

Thursday, June 2, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Do you have questions about glucose testing, high or low blood sugars, target blood sugars, diabetes medications or diabetes meal planning? If so, Diane Doucette FNP CDE, a Certified Diabetic Nurse Educator will be at the Keep Well Clinic on June 2 from 10-11a.m.. She can answer any of your questions concerning diabetes and its treatments.

Be sure to bring your own glucometer if you want testing done.

Integrative Therapies Fair

Friday, June 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Come join us for a demonstration and fair to learn about integrative therapies such as Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy. Clinicians from the Center for Healthy Living at Winchester Hospital will be doing hands-on demonstrations for massage therapy and acupuncture. There will be information available for all therapies.

Eating Together

Remember to join the weekly to join the Eating Together Group on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We have moved into a new dining area that overlooks the pond and should be a great dining space.

PILOT PROGRAM NOTICE: We are pleased to announce that we are trying a new pilot program: we will be serving two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. 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). We hope this will provide 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. If we get a good response, we will continue with the two seatings, but for the time being this is just a pilot program.

NOTE: It is important that you sign up for Eating Together the week 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:

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:

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservationn AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE. 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 Monday,
May 2
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
May 9
Assembly Row / Assembly Square Mall, Somerville
Mall includes: The Christmas Tree Shoppe,
Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, A.C.Moore,
T.J.Maxx, Staples and Sports Authority,
Chico’s, Clarks, many children’s clothing
stores, and more!
May 12
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
May 19
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
May 23
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
June 2

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.