Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Pond Room
This final program in our Savvy Seniors series will focus on "Staying In Your Home." We hope to offer some practical and economic suggestions for doing this. This information is relevant for all age groups. We also know that there comes a time when some seniors no longer feel up to the challenge of managing a home. Therefore, we shall also suggest options beyond the home.
Our moderator will be Allan Eyden, former Winchester Citizen of the Year.
Deborah Pierce, AIA, the principal of Pierce Lamb Architects will speak on how to make your present home accommodating to your needs. She has designed and redesigned many private residences and public buildings with an eye to making them practical and accessible to all users. She is an advocate of Universal Design in private residences. Her book The Accessible Home will be available at this program.
Carolyn Starrett is the President of Sustainable Winchester. She has lived with her family in Winchester since 1989. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and has focused her professional career in the computer industry. However, she is also the president and founder of Sustainable Winchester, a grass roots environmental organization. From it has emerged Winchester's Solar Project, Thermal Imaging of Winchester and the weekly Farmers' Market. She will focus on environmental and economic ways to preserve and increase energy in your home. Carolyn received the 2013 Civic Leadership Award from the League of Women voters.
Catherine Jackson, RN, Director of Winchester Mount Vernon House will speak about "Options Beyond the Home." There are times when living at home becomes too big an ordeal. Catherine Jackson will speak to us about the kinds of services which may make living at home possible as well as the types of alternative living situations that may make life more comfortable. Catherine is a graduate of Emmanuel College. She spent ten years in hospital nursing and then started her own business in Winchester. She became President of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce and then moved to the Directorship of Mount Vernon House.
The Council on Aging Senior Transportation System has been operating for over 30 years. It is an invaluable service as it keeps so many people from being isolated. Volunteers drive seniors, who are no longer able to drive, to appointments or shopping in Winchester or to medical appointments in towns contiguous to Winchester. This program is entirely dependent on volunteers. Seniors who need rides call two working days in advance of their need and make an appointment for either a morning appointment or an afternoon appointment. The driver assigned to the ride contacts the senior to confirm the ride. There is no cost for this program.
The demand for this service increases every year. We always need more drivers to fulfill our requests. Each driver takes a 3 1/2 hour shift every two weeks. One may drive from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is reimbursement for the mileage. If interested, please call 721-7136 and ask for Ruth Young.
Non-seniors are always welcome to volunteer for this wonderful program. Our drivers find this to be a most fulfilling and pleasurable experience.
The Tri-City Community Action Program is the State Agency working to assist eligible homeowners and tenants by paying a portion of the cost of home heating (oil, gas, electricity, rent, if heat is included in the rent). Eligible households may receive discounts on their monthly utility bills and telephone bills. Fuel assistance is not intended to cover the entire cost of home heating, but it may make the cost of home heating more affordable. The amount of assistance varies with the number of people in a household and the amount of income for that household.
If they have helped you before, you only need to call them at 781-322-6284 to reinstate your application. New applications can be made in the following way. Call Tri-Cap, 110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 781-322-6284 to make an appointment to fill out the forms. Tri-Cap will set up an appointment at the Jenks Center or in Malden to fill out the application. You may choose the location. In either case, they will tell you the information you need to bring to the interview. Appointment dates at the Jenks will be available on December 6, 2013, January 3, 2014, and February 7, 2014. Staff will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All appointments will be made through the Malden Office (781-322-6284) not through the Jenks.
Important Insurance Facts from Jason Lewis as Presented at the Fall Symposium
Our State Representative, Jason Lewis, was clear that the Affordable Care Act (also known as OBAMA Care) will not change your Medicare benefits. He assured us that Medicare has the same preventive services required by ACA. The Medicare part D "donut hole" will close in 2020. The Life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended to at least 2029.
Medicare is facing challenges: rising healthcare costs, an aging population, fewer workers per retiree to support payroll taxes, a funding shortfall after 2029, and a federal budget deficit. Making sure that Medicare is solvent beyond 2029 may require some changes. These changes could include raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 years of age, increasing Medicare premiums for higher-income beneficiaries, increasing co-pays for Medicare Services, and generating new revenues by increasing the payroll tax rate. Much work is being done to prevent fraud. Whatever the changes, Mr. Lewis stated that it is unlikely that current recipients will be significantly affected.
Thursday, January 9, 11:30 a.m., Pond Room
The Literary Lunch Club will start the new Year with its first meeting on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.. at the Jenks Center. The book we shall be reading is the award winning classic Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
The life of ten-year-old Jess in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with newcomer Leslie, and they create the imaginary land of Terabithia where they rule as king and queen, until a terrible tragedy occurs.
Now is a great time to read this before you become overwhelmed by the holidays. Books are available in the Administrative Assistants' Office.
Wednesday, December 18, 2:00 p.m., Conference Room
Jesse McNeil, who is a registered nutritionist, will return to us this month on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. Her topic is "Managing Your Carbs for the Holidays."
Jesse will provide a half-hour lecture followed by individual consultations for those who request it. If you want to make a fifteen minute appointment with her, that can be done by calling the Center in advance or asking 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.
Looking ahead, the first lecture scheduled for the New Year: January 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. "Can Herbs Help With the Winter Colds and Flu?"
Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2013 for changes effective January 1, 2014.
There ar changes to Medicare prescription drug and health insurance plans. Please ensure your health care providers and medications are covered as you expect.
SHINE provides accurate, unbiased information regarding health insurance and prescription drug options through community education and free, confidential counseling. The on-site SHINE Counselor hours are extended during the Open Enrollment period. A SHINE Counselor is available at the Jenks Center on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The SHINE Counselor can review your plan options and assist you in making changes if necessary.
Share-A-Meal is back! The chairperson for the Christmas Share-A-Meal is Sharon Johnson. For those unfamiliar with Share-A-Meal, a family makes an extra meal on the holiday to share and deliver to someone who would enjoy a holiday meal. If you would like to have a meal or know someone who would like a meal for Christmas, please sign up by calling Elaine Cesare-Smith at 781-721-7136 by December 16.
Thursday, December 5, 11:00 a.m., Craft Room
Harry Rothmann, COA Financial Counselor, will hold an informational session on Thursday, December 5, at 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. He will review all the tax relief programs offered by the Town of Winchester for senior citizens. He will also review all State relief programs. It is possible that you may be eligible. Come and learn about these programs.
Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m. Jenks Room
The holidays are almost with us and we have some delightful events planned for the month of December. The Jenks chorus will be performing at 11:00 a.m. on December 13. On Friday, December 20, the kindergarten at the Ambrose School will be here to entertain us with a variety of songs. Eating Together meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The cost of a meal is only $3.00. Please call the week before to sign up for lunch and to request a ride.
We need your assistance in saving costs at Eating Together. Last month we had 50 no-shows. We really need to know if you are unable to keep your reservation. If we cannot cancel your meal then the Council on Aging must pay for it. We do not want to pay, and we do not want to charge you. Please be mindful to call us a day ahead when you are unable to use your luncheon reservation. We appreciate your help.
Following is the menu for this month:
NOTE: MEALS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE