Council on Aging

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, April 10, 11:30 a.m., McCall Midddle School

In April, the Literary Lunch book is Trapped: How The World Rescued 33 Miners from 2000 Feet Below the Chilean Dessert by Marc Aronson. This book tells the story of thirty three miners trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile. Experts from around the world, from drillers to astronauts and submarine specialists came together to make their remarkable rescue possible. The McCall sixth grade will be joining us for this discussion.

Books are available in the Jenks Office.

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Thursday, April 10, 2:00 p.m., Craft Room
(Postponed in February due to snowstorm)

Lisa O'Loughlin, RN, GMC, a Certified Alzheimer's Coach will share her knowledge and experience to help differentiate Alzheimer's Disease from other dementias. She will help clarify normal memory loss versus the warning signs of more significant concerns. She will discuss the causes, diagnosis, interventions, and educational points of Alzheimer's. She will give recommendations on how to better understand and deal with the symptoms and effects of the disease. Because refreshments will be served by Intercity Home Care, please register at 781-721-7136 so we know how many to expect.

Let's Care About Oral Health

Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m., Craft Room

With all the attention being given to cancer, there is not much PR given to oral health and oral cancer, which can be a devastating disease. We need to learn more about it. For instance what are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer? Who is at risk? How can you detect it early enough to get curative help? Better yet how can you decrease your chances of developing it.

Come learn more about this topic from Irene Wilkinson, RN; she is a nurse at Lahey Clinic and is spending a few months working with Kathy Whittaker, RN, Winchester's Public Health Nurse.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, April 16, 2:00 p.m. Conference Room

Our nutritionist, Jesse McNeil, a registered nutritionist, returns this month to discuss "Keep Those Bones from Breaking."

Jesse will provide a half-hour lecture followed by individual consultations for those who request it. If you want to make a 15-minute appointment with her, call the Jenks 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.

Looking ahead, on May 21, Jesse will discuss "Food Safety."

Eating Together Welcomes All

Let's hope that by the time you see this announcement, Spring is upon us and you won't have trouble getting through the snow to eat. 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. The donation for each meal is $3.00. (That's a deal! This is no April Fool.) Please remember to cancel your lunch 24 hours ahead of time if you are unable to attend.

The menu for this month is:

Wednesday, April 2
Roast Pork/Low Sodium Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Friday, April 4
Cheese Lasagna/Cheese Sauce
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Mixed Fruit
Monday, April 7
Stuffed Pepper/Sauce
Yellow Corn
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, April 9
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Friday, April 11
Macaroni and Cheese
Caesar Salad
Monday, April 14
Roast Turkey/Low Sodium Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, April 16
Meatballs and Ziti/Sauce
Green Beans
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Friday, April 18
Baked Fish/Lemon Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Green Peas
Monday, April 21


Wednesday, April 23
Beef Stew with carrots
  and potatoes)
Friday, April 25
Cold Sliced Meats/Cheese
  (Turkey, Roast Beef,
  Swiss Cheese)
Caesar Salad
Sandwich Rolls
Pineapple in Juice
Monday, April 28
Roast Pork/Low Sodium Gravy
Roast Potatoes
Wednesday, April 30
Caesar Salad
French Bread
Jello with Fruit

We look forward to seeing you!

Training for SHINE

For those of you not familiar with SHINE, it is an acronym for "Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders." SHINE Counselors are volunteers who provide information, counseling and assistance regarding health insurance and health benefit options.

The SHINE counselors have been trained and recertified yearly by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. They understand the nuances of health insurance and are there to help seniors maneuver their way through the health insurance system. They provide unbiased and up-to-date information on Medicare, Medicare HMO's, Medigap supplemental insurance, Medicaid and reduced cost health care programs.

Those of you who are familiar with SHINE may have wondered how to become a SHINE Counselor. If so, you are in luck. Minute Man Senior services will start a training new SHINE Counselors in April. If you are interested in knowing more about this program, contact:

Elizabeth Killleen
Regional SHINE Director, Minuteman Senior Services
26 Crosby Drive
Bedford, MA 01730

Phone: (781)272-7177
Fax: (781) 229-6190