Council on Aging

Tax Alert
Personal federal and state income tax returns for taxpayers with low and moderate income will be prepared and e-filed free of charge at the Jenks Center throughout the month of March and in April until Friday, April 10. This program is part of the nationwide AARP Tax-Aide program. Business and rental property returns are excluded.

Tax sessions will run each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with appointments at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and noon. Please call 781-721-7136 for an appointment. Remember to bring a copy of last year’s tax return, as well as all pertinent 2014 tax information to your appointment.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. in the Jenks Room

We are pleased that our nutritionist, Jessy McNeil, is continuing this program through June. Jessy’s goal is to focus on how to eat well and economically. She will be speaking on the second Friday of every month in the Jenks Room.

Her topic this month is “All the Resources for Good Coupons.”

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

Alternative Options for Managing Stress, Loss and Grief

Presented by Jean DeThomas R.N., L.M.T., R.M.

Monday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

How many of us feel we could use a stress reliever pill or its equivalent? If so, come to our lecture. Attendees will learn how massage/reiki are being used to relieve stress, maintain health, reduce pain, and other health related illness. This will help participants understand why these therapies affect the body, mind and spirit and are used for people experiencing grief. They will learn the benefits of the practices and be introduced to quick tips to help with stress.

Jean DeThomas R.N., L.M.T., R.M. is the President of Heart in Hand Massage Therapy Connection. Jean is a registered nurse with years of experience in acute care and administration. She is a Reiki Master, has her certification from the Kripalu Institute in bodywork and license for Massage Therapy from the Cortiva Institute. She has introduced, taught and practiced complementary therapies for 30+ years.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. in the Health Room

Jessy McNeil will be with us on the third Wednesday of every month through June with interesting news about nutrition. She provides an hour-long lecture followed by questions and 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.

The topic for this month is “Nutrition for Brain Health.”

Please note that because of the renovation the Conference Room is not available for the meeting. Instead, it will be held in the Health Room on the first floor.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. in the Pond Room

The book for discussion this month is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides he must find her a better life.

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

We regret canceling the Literary Lunch in January because of the snowstorm. Many people who read 90 Miles to Havana found it to be very interesting and thought that our loss of a discussion on the book was unfortunate. Therefore, we have decided to make this our book for the month of April. If you still have your copy, hang onto it.

What You Need to Know about Social Security

Presented by Francine Kolias

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

Your stake in Social Security is important. You need to know the facts not the myths. Come listen and learn about your retirement benefits, how you qualify as a spouse, financial strategies, Medicare for those 65 and over, timely filing and online services.

Our speaker, Francine Kolias worked for the Social Security Administration for almost 42 years until her retirement in October, 2014. She served as a Public Affairs Specialist presenting seminars, training and public outreach throughout Massachusetts. She provided in-depth information about retirement, survivor, disability benefits as well as Medicare. With a degree in languages from UMass Amherst, Francine has also provided interpreting and translating in French, Spanish and Greek. She has transitioned from her Federal Government career into conducting outreach on Social Security as a consultant.

COA Announces Evening Lecture Series for Spring

Thursdays, March 26, April 9, April 30, May 21, May 28, June 11, 7:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

The Council on Aging is resuming its Evening Lecture Series which was so popular last fall. The programs provides those who work, have caregiver responsibilities or other pressing commitments during the day to hear, enjoy and learn from some of our most popular daytime presentations. For a list of planned lectures, see Evening Lecture Series.

This series has breen made possible by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Managing Risk for Your Money And Investments

Presented by Claudia Wade CFP

Monday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

We are pleased to welcome Claudia Wade back to the Jenks Center. In this presentation, she will educate us about the various risks involved in managing our money, and present strategies and principles to manage risk in various environments and stages of life. The goal is to present practical ideas that will give the investor tools to design a portfolio that has an appropriate level of risk.

Claudia Wade is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), who recently retired from Merrill Lynch as Vice President / Wealth Management Advisor.

Plan Ahead — Fall Prevention Program

Eight-Week Session begins April 29

Are you concerned about falls? 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 program. There is no charge for this program, which will run for eight Wednesdays: April 29 – June 24 (no class May 13 due to the ENKA Fair) from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Jenks Center.

Contact the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 to sign up. Register early as space is limited.

NOTE: When considering the class, please keep in mind that, due to the construction, the restrooms can only be accessed by going outside the building and entering at the main entrance.

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:

Scheduled Time
Sign-up Deadline
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, March 3
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, February 26
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!
Thursday, March 5
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, March 10
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, March 5
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, March 17
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, March 12
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!
Thursday, March 19
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, March 24
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, March 19
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, March 31
9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, March 26

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservation. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

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.

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. 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:

Monday, March 2
Roast Pork / Low Sodium
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Apple Sauce
Wednesday, March 4
Stuffed Peppers / Sauce
Yellow Corn
Friday, March 6
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Salad
Whoopie Pie
Monday, March 9
Chicken Rice Vegetable
  Soup (as Entrée)
Caesar Salad
Wednesday, March 11
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Fruited Gelatin
Friday, March 13
Cheese Lasagna / Cheese Sauce
Italian Bread
Green Salad
Fresh Fruit
Monday, March 16
Caesar Salad
Wednesday, March 18
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Friday, March 20
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Roasted Potatoes
Green Peas
Monday, March 23
Chicken and Ziti with
Green Salad
Wednesday, March 25
Corn Chowder
Roast Pork / Low sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Friday, March 27
Green Salad
Monday, March 30
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!