Council on Aging

High Dose Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Clinics

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. The clinics will be held in the Pond Room at the Jenks Center. If you are 65 or over and want to receive the high-dose flu vaccine, check with the nurse to to see if any doses remain from the September 30 High Dose Flu Clinic.

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.

Thursday Evening Support Group: Becoming a Parent to Your Parent

October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 and 13, 7:00 p.m.      Jenks Center

Many of us are squeezed between two forces as we try to meet the demands of our adult children and grandchildren on the one hand and aging frail parents on the other. It is hard enough to pay your bills and save for retirement especially during an economic downturn but it is even tougher when you have to juggle responsibilities, provide for your own needs and lend a helping hand, financially and emotionally, to your elderly parents or grown children or both. How do you handle it all? The question we ask is:“Who are we and what do we look like?.” A support group experience can be a source for venting feelings with others who understand.

Join our support group, which is led by Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD: Ask questions and get answers to problems of care giving; share with others who are living through similar experiences.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.      Jenks Room

Our Nutritional Consultant, Jesse McNeil, is offering a new series of programs this year with information on how to eat well and economically even if you dislike cooking. She will be speaking on the second Friday of every month in the Jenks Room. This month her topic is “Low Calorie Substitutions in Recipes with no Taste Difference.”

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

Financial Management and Investment

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.            Jenks Center
Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.     Jenks Center

We are fortunate to be able to welcome Claudia Wade, CFP back to the Jenks Center. She spoke to us last year about “Money and Investing for Women,” but we learned that her information was appropriate for both genders.

This year we have arranged for her to discuss “Investment Strategy, Goal Setting and Budgeting” twice, once in the daytime and once in the evening for those who cannot attend during the day. Everyone is welcome.

Claudia Wade, who is a Certified Financial Planner, spent 25 years at Merrill Lynch. She retired from there as a Vice President/Wealth Management Advisor, and now provides education regarding personal finances. The financial advice and recommendations given by Ms. Wade is intended to be general in nature and not meant to replace a comprehensive financial plan or specific investment advice.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 p.m.      Jenks Center

Jesse McNeil is with us again to discuss interesting news about nutrition. Jesse provides a one-hour lecture followed by a questions and answers period to discuss any nutritional subject you choose. If you would like an individual consultation with her, call the Center in advance or ask to see her after the lecture.

The topic for this month is “The Top Ten Herbs and Spices with Healing Powers.”

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, October 23, 11:30 a.m.     Pond Room

Welcome back to our first session of the Literary Lunch this year. The book for discussion is Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic by Gregory Mone. Determined to focus on work rather than books, as his father had, twelve year old Patrick Waters leaves Belfast as a steward on the Titanic, but the very wealthy Harry Widener arranges to tutor him, drawing Patrick into association with thieves seeking Harry’s very rare edition of Francis Bacon’s Essays.

Books are available in the Jenks Office.

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare

Thursday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.            Jenks Center
Wednesday, November 12, 1:00 p.m.     Jenks Center

The Council on Aging is running a special program on Medicare. For those who are newly eligible for Medicare, this is a must. If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO) there will be changes to the plan which you need to understand. If you want to learn how to alter your plan, this is the time to do it. Come hear Judy Minardi, our SHINE Counselor, explain the ins and outs of Medicare.

If you are unable to attend the evening program, it will be repeated during the day in November.

Medicare — Open Enrollment
This year the Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15 - December 7. If you want to sign up for Medicare or make changes in your plan, you must do it during this timeframe.

Veterans Day Rememberance

Wednesday, November 5, 10:45 a.m.      Jenks Room

Marg Labedz, President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will present a program honoring our veterans. There will be a Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony and poems. The guest speaker will be Senator Jason Lewis and Ida Gillotte will play the piano. Everyone is invited, and we especially hope our veterans will come.

Rides! Rides! Rides!

The Council on Aging would like to accommodate you with rides to special events. Do you need a ride to one of the Flu / Pneumonia Vaccine Clinics? If so, call the Jenks Center (781-721-2136) and leave your name and number. Call a week in advance so you can be sure to get a seat.

What about a ride to vote in the election on November 4. Call and leave your name and number. For these events the COA will be driving the Mount Vernon Bus which is on loan to us. Wouldn’t you like to be on the first trip?

NOTE: If you are looking for a ride during evenings or weekends, see the article about the new Taxi Voucher Pilot Program.

Other Ride Opportunities
In addition to the rides described in this article, the Council on Aging is trying to determine if seniors are interested in any of the following:

Groceries: Would you use our bus service for grocery shopping.

Veterans: Are you a Veteran needing a ride to medical appointments at the VA Hospitals in Boston or Bedford.

If you're interested in any of these opportunities, please call the Jenks Center (781-721-2136) and leave your name and number with Kathy Carr or Ruth Young.

Cold Weather Is Coming

Winchester Green Energy Grant for Seniors Program got off the ground several months ago and already it has committed almost $6,500 to Winchester Senior Homeowners. In the past three months 19 seniors in Winchester have had energy audits and eight 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.

Eating Together Welcomes All

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. We hope to see you!

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, October 1
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Friday, October 3
Stuffed Pepper / Sauce
Yellow Corn
Pineapple in Juice
Monday, October 6
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, October 8
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Green Peas
Friday, October 10
Meatballs and Ziti / Sauce
Green Beans
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Monday, Octobrt 13


Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 15
Beef Stew (with carrots
  and potatoes)
Friday, October 17
Cold Sliced Meats / Cheese
  (Turkey / Roast Beef,
  Swiss Cheese)
Caesar Salad
Sandwich Rolls
Pineapple in Juice
Monday, October 20
Roast Turkey / Cranberry
Mashed Potatoes
String Beans
Whoopie Pie
Wednesday, October 22
American Chop Suey
Caesar Salad
French Bread
Jello with Fruit
Friday, October 24
Roast Pork / Low Sodium
Roast Potatoes
Monday, October 27
Calzone-Steak Cheese
Green Salad
Fresh Fruit
Wednesday, October 29
Chicken Rice Soup / Crackers
Caesar Salad
Applesauce Danish
Friday, October 31
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Cake Cup
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!