Council on Aging

Keep Well Clinic – Summer Hours

Thursday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: During the summer months (July and August), the Keep Well Clinic is only scheduled once each month. Don’t forget to mark your calendars.

The regular, twice-monthly schedule resumes on Thursday, September 4.

AARP Safe Driving Program

Thursday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Craft Room

The Council on Aging is bringing this program, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), to the Jenks Center. The instructor will be Nancy Doherty, who taught this course at the Jenks two years ago.

The AARP Driver Safety Program has offered safety refresher courses since 1979 to more than 11 million graduates. The aim is for older drivers to better understand the updated technologies in new vehicles, to gain a refresher on the rules of the road, and to learn strategies to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing or response time. Road rage will also be covered.

The course consists of one classroom session at the Jenks Center on July 24. There is no test to take and no actual driving. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant as long as they attend the entire class. Please bring your lunch.

The cost of the program is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Checks should be made out to AARP and left at the Jenks reception desk before the program starts. Please sign up by calling 781-721-7136.

Eating Together Welcomes All

Unhappily, we have to inform you that Joanne Pijoan, our Food Service Director has resigned. Joanne has been a welcome addition to our staff. She has been organized, pleasant and eager to serve. We have enjoyed her companionship for a number of years and we will miss her. We are happy to report that Joanne is taking on a position with Comfort Keepers, which is a Winchester Home Care Agency caring for seniors at home. Seniors still remain in her heart. Minuteman, which employs Joanne, has promised to find us someone equally as good as Joanne. In the meantime they will cover her vacancy.

Lunches will continue as usual every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the cost of $3.00 per meal. We hope to be able to welcome our new Director in the next Newsletter.

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:

Wednesday, July 2
Chicken Soup / Crackers
Caesar Salad
Friday, July 4

July 4th Holiday
Monday, July 7
Roast Turkey / Low
  Sodium Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, July 9
Beef Stew with carrots
  and potatoes
Caesar Salad
Dinner Roll
Pineapple in Juice
Friday, July 11
Chicken Cutlet
Mixed Fruit
Monday, July 14
Salisbury Steak / Low
  Sodium Gravy
Green Beans
Wednesday, July 16
Chicken Parmesan / Tomato
Rotini Pasta
Caesar Salad
Honey Dew
Friday, July 18
Caesar Salad
Whoopie Pie
Monday, July 21
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Cup Cake
Wednesday, July 23
Roast Pork / Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Friday, July 25
Cheese Lasagna / Cheese
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Mixed Fruit
Monday, July 28
Stuffed Peppers / Sauce
Yellow Corn
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, July 30
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Salad
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!

Openings - Senior Citizen Community Service Reimbursement Program

The Senior Citizen Reimbursement Program, which allows seniors to work off $1,000.00 of their property tax, has vacancies. These vacancies are not just positions for greeters. Because we have so many greeter positions in the schools, seniors have come to believe that is all we can offer. We also have seniors working in a secretarial capacity, in libraries, writing grants and operating computers. In fact if you are eligible for the program, we look to find the job which may interest you. Don’t you have a big property tax bill with which you could use help? With the new high school, the bill will get larger. This program is designed to enable seniors to work 125 hours in our town departments in return for a $1,000.00 reduction on property taxes.

The main qualifications are that seniors are Winchester home owners, living in the house for which they seek tax reduction. They must be residents of Winchester and be 60 years of age or older. Maximum allowable income is $53,000 for an individual and $67,000 for a couple. The house can be assessed for no more than $705,000.

If you are eligible and interested, call Ruth Young at the COA (781-721-7136) for more information or come in for an application. In the event that we have more qualified people than positions, the jobs will go to the first qualified people who apply.

Jenks Center Announces Expanded Communications Program

This notice is to inform all of Winchester’s seniors of the upcoming availability of a program called “Senior Alert.” This program will make it possible to call people in their homes to leave messages concerning emergencies and closures at the Jenks Center. It will begin in September 2014.

We are pleased to report that 200 seniors signed up for this service when the forms were available at the Center. If anyone else chooses to sign up for this program, please go to the Town of Winchester website and click on Emergency Alerts. Fill out the online form and you will be entered in the call list.

The Council on Aging and the Winchester Seniors Association feel this is a wonderful opportunity to improve communication. We encourage seniors to participate in this program.

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. 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.