Council on Aging

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

Food Management

Friday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. in the Jenks Room
Friday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. in the Jenks Room
Friday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. in the Jenks Room
Friday, December 11, a.m. in the Jenks Room

Once again the food management program will be provided at the Jenks Center. Jesse McNeil returns to lead this program which is held on the second Friday of the month. Following the topics for this fall:

  • September: “Eat Right When the Money is Tight”
  • October: “Healthy Meals for One or Two People”
  • November: “Ideas for a Thrifty Thanksgiving”
  • December: “Creating a Top Notch Holiday Menu”

Please join us in September when Jesse's topic is “Eat Right When the Money is Tight.”

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

High Dose Flu, Seasonal Flu, and Pneumonia Clinics

First Clinic is High Dose for Those 65 and Older

High Dose Flu Clinic: Tuesday October 6, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Pond Room
Seasonal Flu Clinic: Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Pond Room

The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will be sponsoring flu and pneumonia clinics this fall. This year, for the first time, 50 doses of the Prevnar 13 pneumonia shot will be available at the clinics. It order to provide more protection against many different strains of pneumococcal bacteria, it is now recommended that all people over 65 receive two different type pneumonia shots – Pneumovax 23 and Prevar 13. Until a few years ago, Pneumovax 23 was the only shot recommended. NOTE: In order for Medicare to pay for your second pneumonia vaccine, there must be a minimum of 1 year separating the two different shots.

The first clinic, a High Dose Flu Clinic for people 65 years and older, offers the High-Dose Flu vaccine, which produces a much stronger antibody response in this age group than 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. NOTE: Tufts Health Insurance DOES NOT reimburse for the High Dose flu shot in a clinic setting.

The seasonal flu clinics will be held as specified above. No sign up is necessary.

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 for the seasonal flu vaccine, $38.00 for the High Dose flu vaccine and $150 for the Prevnar 13 pneumonia shot.

Please wear short sleeves. If there are any questions, please call the Winchester Health Department at 781-721-7121.

Can It Be Tax Time Again?

Yes, it can be … particularly if you are at the Jenks. We need to prepare for February 1, 2016 when our seniors have all the necessary forms for the 2015 tax year.

Our preparation this year will be different as we have lost leadership and skills with the passing of our competent Chairman, Tony Barba. We need new leaders and new tax preparers.

Our tax program is sponsored by AARP and by its trainers. If you prepare your own tax returns, then you have the experience we need. You can learn the rest at our tax preparers classes, which will start the second week in January.

We prepare federal and state income tax returns for low- and middle-income tax payers. We give special attention to those aged 60 years and older. The returns are prepared and e-filed by computer and free of charge.

There have to be a few retired seniors with tax experience in their background. Come and help. We need you. For more information, please leave your name and telephone number at the front desk.

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 Date
(pick up starts at 9:30 a.m.)

Sign-up Deadline
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday, September 3 September 1
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday, September 10 September 8
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!
Monday, September 14 September 10
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday, September 17 September 15
Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers
Mall includes: A.C.Moore, Best Buy,
Dollar Tree, Hallmark, Kohl’s, Marshalls,
Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoe, Payless,
Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, Staples, Target,
Sports Authority, a food court, and more!
Monday, September 21 September 17
Market Basket, Woburn Thursday, September 24 September 22
Market Street, Lynnfield
Mall includes: Whole Foods, Chico’s
Edxie Bauer, Gap, J. Jill, J. Crew, LOFT,
Nike, The Paper Store, Pottery Barn,
Panera Bread, Starbucks, Legal C Bar,
J.P. Lick’s Yanbkee Candle, William-Sonoma
and more!
Monday, September 28 September 24

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservation. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

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.