Council on Aging

The Council on Aging would like to know if there are any seniors needing a ride for any of the following:

Flu Shots: To arrange for a ride to the High Dose Flu Clinic on September 30. Please call by Thursday, September 25. For more information, see the Flu Clinic article.

Groceries: To determine how many seniors would use our bus service for grocery shopping.

Veterans: To arrange for a ride to medical appointments at the VA Hospitals in Boston or Bedford.
If you're interested, please call the Jenks Center (781-721-2136) and leave your name and number.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, September 12, 10:00 a.m.      Jenks Room

Are you concerned that you eat too little or too much? Do you worry that your food may not be the best for you or do you wish you could afford more food and better food? Do you think the food advertisers are selling you a line about what is good for you? Do you know that some food that is sold is not real food but chemical concoctions? We are pleased that our nutritionist, Jesse McNeil, will be starting another program this year that will meet on the second Friday of every month that tells you how to eat well and economically. Her first topic is “What Is a Real Meal.”

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

Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.      Pond Room

Did you know that it is possible to slow down aging and avoid or at least delay the disabilities we commonly associate with old age? This program presents the latest research on the physiology of aging and longevity enhancement by exploring four areas of the world where people live the longest. Learn how specific lifestyle changes can biologically slow down the aging process. Explore the role of genetics in aging and how lifestyle choices affect the expression of our genes. Discover how to create a plan or “roadmap” that will incorporate this important research and protect your most important asset: your health and vitality.

This program will be presented by Paula Koppel, MS, RN, GNP, a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner for over 25 years. Paula is a graduate of the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke’s Integrative Medicine’s Integrated Health Coaching Program. She has a master’s degree from Boston University and an advanced certificate in counseling and psychology from Leslie College. She has her own consulting company and is known for developing innovative approaches to healthcare for middle-aged and older adults.

Please join us for this fascinating program. We thank the Cummings foundation for support of this program.

Fall Prevention Program

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.

Nutritional Consultant

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

The Council on Aging welcomes back our nutritional consultant, Jesse McNeil, who has planned a fascinating and interesting program for 2014-15. Jesse, who is the Director of Nutrition Services for Salter Healthcare, is a registered nutritionist with over 20 years of experience. Many of you may remember her from her lectures at the morning breakfasts sponsored by Salter Healthcare.

Jesse will be with us for two hours every third Wednesday of the month. She will provide a 60 minute lecture followed by questions and answers and discussion about any nutritional subject you choose. The subject of this first lecture will be “The Top Ten Healing Foods.” Her first session will be the “Healing Power of Common Food.”

Diabetic Shoe Clinic

Thursday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.,      Craft Room

Bond Shoe of Stoneham will be holding a shoe fitting clinic for diabetic clients. Medicare allows for one pair of shoes per calendar year, covered at 80%. Typically the remaining 20% is covered by a supplemental insurance or the client pays out-of-pocket. Peter Bozovic will come to the Jenks and fit you for a shoe, and then will return 2-3 weeks later for delivery. Fittings are by appointment only. Please call the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 to make your appointment.

Becoming a Parent to Your Parent

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.,      Pond Room

Adult children of the elderly, who are sandwiched between their aging parents and their grown children, are subjected to a great deal of stress. Providing care for a suffering family member is a deed of gentleness and devotion. As life expectancies increase, medical treatments advance and more and more people live with chronic illness and disability, increasing numbers of us will share in the care giving activity.

Family difficulties vary, and you probably never anticipated you would be in this situation. You may be taking care of an elderly parent or a handicapped spouse/or perhaps you are caring for a child with a mental or physical disease. Regardless of your particular circumstance, you are facing a challenging new role.

Led by Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD, join our discussion related to juggling responsibilities, providing for your own needs and offering hands-on assistance to your elderly parents or grown children – or both. You do not have to be a medical expert or a rescuer in order to be a good caregiver. With the right help and support, you can be a good provider without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.

(Starting on October 9, 2014, a six week support group will be held on this subject. See the insert in your pronted Newsletter.)

High Dose Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Clinics

High Dose Flu Vaccine ONLY: Tuesday, September 30, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     Pond Room
Thursday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Pond Room
Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Pond Room
Thursday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Pond Room

No sign up is necessary.

The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will be sponsoring flu and pneumonia clinics again this fall. This year four clinics will be held in the Pond Room at the Jenks Senior Center. The first clinic will be a High Dose Flu Clinic for people 65 years and older. High-Dose Flu vaccine is a flu vaccine that produces a much stronger antibody response in this age group than the standard seasonal flu shot. 400 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: Anyone who is allergic to eggs should not receive a flu shot. Anyone who is acutely ill should delay receiving a flu shot until the illness subsides. If you have any doubt as to whether you should receive a flu shot, consult your physician.

The flu and pneumonia vaccines are recommended for those at risk of developing complications from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart and lung problems. The flu shots are also recommended for all persons who want to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others. Unlike flu vaccine, most people only need one shot of pneumococcal vaccine during their lifetime. A second dose, though, is recommended for those people aged 65 and older who got their first dose when they were under 65, as long as there has been at least 5 years between the two doses. The CDC recommendations also include smokers.also include smokers.

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 each for the seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccine. The cost of the High Dose flu vaccine is $38.00, if not covered by your insurance in a public clinic setting. If unsure, please check with your insurance provider.

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

Savvy Seniors Maintain Their Vitality

Thursday, October 16, 8:00 a.m.,      Jenks Center

The Winchester Council on Aging and the Winchester Seniors Association will present a special one-day symposium and caregiver exhibition to update seniors, families and professionals about a major issue.

We now know that life does not end at 65 or at retirement. There may be 30-35 years left for us to live. The largest growing population in the country is those over 80. Medicine and modern comforts contribute to this longevity. But the real question is “in what shape will we be?” Will we spend ten years in a nursing home or will we live out our last days at home enjoying ourselves and managing our affairs. The answer is up to you. In this symposium we shall attempt to give you facts, based on science and experience, which will help you make the decision about how you will age. You can gain some control over your destiny. Our speakers will offer excellent advice.

The Symposium begins with a resource exhibition from 8:00 a.m.. to 9:00 a.m.. Many service providers will have tables at this event and will feature resources useful to seniors.

At 9:15 a.m.., the formal program begins with an address entitled “Healthy Aging: What’s Normal; What’s Not, and What Can I do About It?” by Dellara Terry, MD. Dr. Terry is a geriatrician, a long-time researcher in the area of aging and currently is Medical Director of Kyruus.

At 11:00 a.m. we shall be joined by Marie Pasinski, MD, a Harvard Neurologist, brain expert and author.

At 1:00 p.m., following lunch at noon, there will be a panel entitled “What Makes Lifetime Vitality Possible?” The panel will be moderated by Paul Collins, Board Member, Council on Aging. The panelists and their topics are:

Jessica McNeil, MSRD, LDN
A nutritionist with over 25 years experience, she will address “What Do You Eat?”.

Pat Agostino, RPT
A state licensed physical therapist with over 20 years experience and co-owner of Peoplefit Health and Fitness Center, Woburn, MA, he will address “How Much Do You Move?".

Lee Gaskins Kass, Ed.D
A retired educator and psychotherapist specializing in Adult Development and Aging, she will address “Do You Have a Reason For Getting Up Each Day?".
Please remember to sign up for lunch ($8.00) by calling the Jenks desk 781-721-7136.

Evening Lecture Series

We have long wanted to repeat some of our most popular day programs in the evening so that those who work, have caregiver responsibilities or other pressing commitments could hear them, enjoy them and learn from them. Thanks to the Cummings Foundation Grant, we are able to offer six evening lectures this fall. The lectures for September are (click on the titles for more information):

Winchester Green Energy Grant

Winchester Green Energy Grant for Seniors Program got off the ground several months ago and already it has given out almost $5,000 to homeowners. In the past two months, 26 seniors in Winchester have inquired about our program. Seventeen have had energy audits and six have added insulation or made other energy improvements to their homes.

Money is still available to help seniors lower their energy bills and make it easier for seniors to continue to live in Winchester. If interested, call 781-721-4759.

Community Service Reimbursement Program

The Senior Work Program has a few openings left. We are looking for a retired or semi-retired RN, a person with office skills, a handyman who might fit in at the Public Works Department and a chaperone for senior bus trips. In exchange for 125 hours of service in a year you will have $1,000 taken off your property taxes. Call Ruth Young at the Jenks Center (781-721-7136) if interested.

Eating Together Welcomes All

Let's hope that by the time you read this, autumn will be advancing and our faithful participants will be back from their summer jaunts. 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. Please remember to cancel your lunch 24 hours ahead of time if you are unable to attend.

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:

Monday, September 1


Labor Day
Wednesday, September 3
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Caesar Salad
Jello with Mixed Fruit
Friday, September 5
Baked Fish / Florentine
Brown Rice
Peas and Carrots
Monday, September 8
Beef Stew (with Carrots and
Caesar Salad
Dinner Roll
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, September 10
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Friday, September 12
Chicken Cutlet
Fresh Melon
Monday, September 15
Chicken Parmesan / Tomato
Rotini Pasta
Whoopie Pie
Wednesday, September 17
Salisbury Steak / Low
   Sodium Gravy
Green Beans
Friday, September 19
Green Tossed Salad
Mandarin Oranges
Monday, September 22
Roast Pork with Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, September 24
Cheese Lasagna/ Sauce
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Mixed Fruit
Friday, September 26
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Cup Cake
Monday, September 29
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Salad
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!