Council on Aging

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

Medicare – Open Enrollment

New dates for Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 - December 7.

Please remember:
If you want to sign up for Medicare or make changes in your plan, you must do so by December 7.

If you need help, call the Jenks Center (781-721-7136) to schedule an appointment with the SHINE Counselor, who is available on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Au Revoir Ruth

Ruth Young, Administrator of Council on Aging, has announced her retirement after seventeen years of dedicated service on behalf of Winchester’s seniors.

Ruth came to Winchester in 1998 with an impressive background in social work. After earning her AB from Mount Holyoke College and MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work, she worked in mental health and health care settings with diverse populations including children, families, the elderly and disabled. Ruth is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. (LICSW) Her career has taken her to such well-known Boston institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she was Director of Social Service and Discharge Planning, and to McLean Hospital in Belmont.

Ruth has initiated some signature programs in Winchester. The Savvy Seniors Symposium, now in its seventeenth year, is a much anticipated fall program at the Jenks Center. The Brennan Lecture, an educational program which brings experts in their professions to Jenks to share highlights of their careers, is a favorite spring program Ruth has made significant contributions to the quality of services available to Winchester seniors such as the Senior Work Program which offers qualifying seniors an opportunity to reduce their tax burden in exchange for hours of service to the town. Through her relationship with various local organizations, Ruth has obtained a number of grants to improve the quality of life of our senior community. These include grants from Mount Vernon House and sponsorships from Salter Healthcare. Most recently Ruth announced a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation which has greatly expanded the transportation opportunities for seniors as well as funded several evening educational programs. Ruth continues to reach out to the community through the intergenerational Literary Lunch Club with McCall Middle School students which is funded annually by a grant from the Winchester Cooperative Bank. Ruth’s retirement is scheduled for January 8 but we hope she will stay involved with the Jenks in the future..

We thank Ruth for her years of dedicated and innovative service on behalf of Winchester’s seniors and we wish her many happy adventures in the years ahead.

Festival of Life

Tuesday, December 1, noon - 2:00 p.m. in the Pond Room

The Winchester Cooperative Bank and the Council on Aging once again are sponsoring an intergenerational Holiday Party. The Festival will be shared with seniors and McCall School students.

This event, which is meant to celebrate the gift of life, will be a lunch provided by the Bank with entertainment provided by the McCall School students. There is no cost. As much as we would like every senior to attend, we only have 100 seats available in the Pond Room with the rest going to the students.

Social Security Update

Thursday, December 3, 1:00 p.m. in the Craft Room

Francine Kollias, our Social Security consultant, will update us on the latest changes in Social Security and will answer any questions you may have about your benefits. Whatever your questions, Francine has the answers. Her presentations are not only informative, they are very humorous. You don’t want to miss this.

Food Management

Friday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. in the Jenks Room

* Please note the change in time. Many in the exercise group wanted to attend so this has been changed by a half hour to accommodate them.

The food management program, led by Jesse McNeil, MSRD, LDN, continues with the topic “Creating a Top Notch Holiday Menu.”

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

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

Jesse McNeil continues her year-long program entitled “Nutritional Challenges in the Older Adult.” This, her second lecture in the series, is entitled “Super Market Savvy: Tips for Healthy Shopping.”

Jesse provides a one-hour lecture followed by questions and discussion about any nutritional subject you choose. If you want an individual consultation with her, call the Jenks Center in advance or ask to see her after the lecture.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room

The book we will be reading is El Deafo by Cece Bell. Author Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful and very awkward hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear (sometimes things she shouldn’t) but it also isolates her from her classmates and she just wants to find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phone and become “El Deafo, Listener for All. More importantly she declares a place for herself in the world and finds the friend she’s longed for.”

Copies of the book are available in the Jenks Center Office.

It’s Cold! Are You Prepared? Winchester Green Energy Grants

Where are you? We are here and waiting! We need people to spend the Green Energy Grant. Up to $800.00 is available to Winchester Seniors for taking energy saving measures. Projects could be as large as rooftop solar installation or attic insulation or as small as a refrigerator. To qualify for funds, you must be 60 years of age, a Winchester homeowner and occupier, a maximum income of $70,000 for an individual or $80,000 for a couple. You will also need to have an energy audit about which we can advise you.

Click on the image to the right to learn more. We don’t want this money to go away for lack of use. For further information, please call 781-721-4759 and leave your name and number. We will call you back.

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.

On Monday, December 21, the Ambrose School Kindergarten will sing from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is always a precious event. Maybe your grandchild will be here. The Eating Together Program will have a holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 23. Please join us.

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. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

Scheduled Date
(pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Sign-up Deadline
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!
Friday, December 4 December 2
Market Basket, Woburn Monday, December 4 December 3
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!
Friday, December 11 December 9
Market Basket, Woburn Monday, December 14 December 10
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!
Friday, December 18 December 16
Market Basket, Woburn Monday, December 21 December 17
Market Basket, Woburn Monday, January 4 December 31

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.