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Community News

Council on Aging

COA Programs

AARP Smart Driving Program

Energy Savings Program

Keep Well Clinic

Medicare Fraud and Patient Quality Care

Meet me at the Movies and Make Memories

Telephone Outreach

COA Announcements

Eating Together

Hot Weather Tips For Seniors

Rides! Rides! Rides!



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Council on Aging

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

Telephone Outreach

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

The Winchester Council on Aging is offering a new service – telephone outreach for our community. If you are feeling alone and lonely, receiving a friendly call from Marsha on a regular basis can brighten your day.

Please call the Jenks Center (781-721-7136) and sign up for this wonderful opportunity.

Medicare Fraud and Patient Quality Care

Wednesday, July 13, 2:30 p.m. in the Pond Room
RSVP is required. Register at 781-721-7136

Did you know that billions of tax dollars are lost to Medicare fraud each year?

Patricia McMillen, Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program representative, will discuss how to prevent, detect and report healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. This free educational forum provides seniors with resources to become a more informed and engaged healthcare consumer.

Energy Savings Program

Additional Funding for Additional Savings!

Wednesday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. in the Pond Room

The Council on Aging partners with Winchester Cooperative Bank, Sustainable Winchester, National Grid and HomeWorks Energy to promote energy savings throughout the Town. With additional funding through Winchester Cooperative Bank, Sustainable/Cool Winchester and the Council on Aging, seniors can receive grants up to $800 to reduce costly expenses relating to energy consumption. More than 23 Winchester seniors have received grants of $18,252 and annual savings of more than $15,000 in energy costs. Projects vary from installing insulation, heating systems, solar panels or rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances. This informational meeting will describe the program as well as provide an opportunity to speak with seniors who have enjoyed savings and participated in the program.

Meet me at the Movies and Make Memories

An Interactive Film Experience

Thursday, August 18, 10 a.m.-noon in the Pond Room

Please join us for a one-of-a-kind film experience, designed specifically for people living with memory loss and their loved ones. Short clips from classic films and TV shows will be shown, immediately followed by audience discussion and reminiscence, guided by a moderator.

Originally presented in partnership with The Tribeca Film Institute, this program demonstrates how film has the power to connect us with our deep-rooted emotional memories – the kind that never leave us.

NOTE: This presentation is free and all are welcome, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to or (781) 721-7136.)

This program is sponsored by The Winchester Council on Aging, The I’m Still Here Foundation and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care.

AARP Smart Driving Program

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Craft Room
Course includes 30 minutes for lunch (bring your own)
Fee: $15 for AARP members (write membership # on check), $20 for non-AARP members
(Checks, payable to AARP, are due in advance at the time of registration.)

This one-day five-hour class focuses on the aging process, its impact on seniors as they get older. Program content includes adapting to personal changes such as vision, hearing, medical conditions, medications, alcohol use, brain health, flexibility, strength and endurance. In addition, the program will discuss how to adapt safety strategies in all driving situations. Cars are changing, however technology is available to aid senior drivers.

Some insurance companies in Massachusetts give an additional discount to students who complete the class Sudents must attend the entire class to receive Certificate of Completion.

NOTE: Students must register. There is a maximum of 25 per class.

Keep Well Clinic

Thursdays, July 14 and August 11, 9:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: During July and August, the Keep Well Clinic is only scheduled once each month. The Thursday dates are July 14 and August 11. Do not forget to mark your calendars. The regular, twice-monthly will resume in September.

Nutritional Consultant

Friday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room
Wednesday, July 20, 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN will be with us to present another topic in her year-long program entitled “Nutritional Challenges in the Older Adult.” The first topic for this month is “Cooking with Fats: Healthy Dining Out,” in which you will learn about wise choices for dining out. The second topic for this month is “Genetically Modified Foods –Why Buy Organic,” in which you will learn Learn about the benefits of buying and eating organic 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.

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

Eating Together

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

The “Eating Together Program” is a partnership between the Winchester Council on Aging and Minuteman Senior Services that presents an opportunity for seniors to socialize with peers in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while enjoying good food. The newly renovated Jenks Center has a sun-filled cafe and dining area overlooking the pond with easy access to the Town center and bus transportation. It is a friendly and welcoming group who attend regularly. Currently the program has the capacity to serve up to 24 diners and it will be increased to 30 patrons in August.

The program is seeking more seniors, in particular those seniors who are younger in their 60’s and 70’s. Whether it is lunch out with the ladies – a chance for men to get a good meal in a comfortable setting after a round of golf – or couples who are tired of preparing lunch every day, we would love to have you participate and get to know us.

We offer two seatings, which we hope provides 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. 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).

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

Hot Weather Tips For Seniors

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs advises elders to enjoy the summer weather but take careful precautions during extremely hot weather. High temperatures can take a toll on health. Seniors especially should take extra care to keep cool and hydrated during hot, humid days. In normal weather, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.

Here are a few tips for enjoying the summer weather while keeping comfortable and safe:

Keeping Cool

– Wear light colors and light materials such as linen and cotton.
– Wear loose fitting clothing.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat for protection.
– Stay indoors during extremely hot weather.
– Lower shades, blinds or close drapes on the east side of your home during the morning hours and on the west side during the afternoon.
– Use a fan in the rooms where the windows are covered.
– If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go to your local Council on Aging or Senior Center, Aging Service Access Point, mall, movie theater or library in order to stay cool.
– Wear sunscreen Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat or take an umbrella to block the sun.
– Schedule outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when the temperature is lower.
– Avoid strenuous activity.
– If you are outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas.
– Avoid crowded places.
– If possible, go to a place where you can get relief from heat, such as air conditioned libraries, theaters, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

Keeping Hydrated

– The best liquid to drink during hot, humid days is water. Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty, in order to stay hydrated.
– Avoid drinks with caffeine.
– Avoid alcoholic beverages that will dehydrate your body.
– Drink sports drinks that have the added minerals that your body loses when it sweats.
– Keep frozen treats, such as ice cream and popsicles in the freezer to eat to cool you.
– Eat cold foods such as sandwiches and salads.
– Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is another way to keep hydrated.

Keeping Safe

Buddy System
– Make sure that you have someone to check on you to make sure that you are well.
Common Sense
– Avoid long walks, particularly from noon - 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak.
– Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
– Pay attention to weather reports.
– Contact your doctor if you are taking several different medications. These may make it harder for your body to keep cool through perspiration. A few examples would be diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers and also some heart and blood pressure medicines.

For more tips on staying cool, please visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s website.

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 RESERVATION 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,
July 11
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!
July 14
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
July 18
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
July 25

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.