Council on Aging

Help Needed — Volunteer Tax Preparers
Would you like to join the JENKS/AARP Tax-Aide Team? We prepare federal and state income tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Tax returns are prepared and e-filed by computer, free of charge.

Any person with several years of experience preparing their personal returns by computer would be a viable candidate.

For more information, leave your name and telephone number at the front desk.

The Real Scoop on Sugar

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.      Jenks Room
(Coffee and cookies available at 30 minutes prior to the event.)

Sugar is one of our most popular food ingredients but do we know what it is doing to us? We are eating it by the mouthfuls as it is often hidden in food products.

Jessy McNeil, MSRD our popular visiting nutritionist, who actually makes good nutrition sound great, lectures the Jenks community once a month. Jesse has over 25 years experience in nutrition. She has worked and consulted at senior living facilities, long-term care facilities and hospitals.

Veterans Day Remembrance

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

Marg Labedz, President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will present a program honoring our veterans. Everyone is invited. We especially hope our veterans will come.

There will be a Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony and poems. The guest speaker will be Senator Jason Lewis and Ida Gillotte will play the piano.

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare

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.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, November 13, 11:30 a.m.     McCall Middle School

The McCall Middle School eighth graders will be attending the meeting this month. The book selection is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is considered to be one of the best young adults books of our time. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Liesel, a young German girl steals books and tells stories to help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding as well as their neighbors

Books are available in the Jenks Office.

High Dose Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Clinics

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.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, November 14, 10:00 a.m.      Jenks Room

We are pleased that our nutritionist, Jessy McNeil, is holding another program this year. Are you concerned that you eat too little or too much? Do you worry that your food may not be the best for you or do you wish you could afford more food and better food? Do you think the food advertisers are selling you a line about what is good for you. Do you know that some food that is sold is not real food but chemical concoctions? Jessy McNeil will run a program this year that tells you how to eat well and economically. This month, her topic is “With the Right Recipes, Freezing Helps Stretch the Dollar.”

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

Sundae Social with Jason Lewis

Friday, November 14, 3:00 p.m.     Jenks Center

Our Winchester State Senator, Jason Lewis, will join us for conversation and socialization. He hopes to have a good discussion with you and to hear your questions and concerns. Senator Lewis will also provide a Sundae Social so be prepared to make big ones. See you then.

Are You in Good Legal Shape?

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.      Pond Room
(Coffee and cookies available at 30 minutes prior to the event.)

Noreen Murphy, Elder Law Attorney, meets monthly at the Jenks Center with those seniors interested in planning for the future. And what do these people worry about? They worry about wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care proxies and living wills. Others worry because they do not know what should be worrying them. Come and hear Noreen talk about what you really need to know and what actions you should be taking.

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, November 19, 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 Real Scoop on Sugar.” This lecture is included in our Evening Lecture Series. It is described in more detail in the article entitled “The Real Scoop on Sugar.”

Festival of Life

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

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

This event, which is meant to celebrate the gift of life, will include 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. If you would like to come, call the Center beginning Monday, November 3 to make a reservation. Reservations will not be accepted until then. After that, places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social Security Update

Friday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.      Jenks Center

Francine Kollias, our Social Security representative, 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 but also very humorous. You do not want to miss this. Note it on your calendar.

Evening Lecture Series

We have long wanted to repeat some of our most popular day programs in the evening so that those who work, have caregiver responsibilities or other pressing commitments could hear them, enjoy them and learn from them.

Thanks to the Cummings Foundation Grant, we are able to offer evening lectures. The lectures for this month are (click on the titles for more information):

Rides! Rides! Rides!

The COA is fortunate to be able to use the Mount Vernon Bus to transport our seniors to special events. Following is a list of events we are doing in November. We hope you will sign up for rides. We want the Mount Vernon House to know we appreciate this gift and intend to use it.

Scheduled Time
Sign-up Deadline
Election Day Tuesday, November 4
9:00 a.m. - noon
October 30
Market Basket Thursday, November 6
9:00 a.m. - noon
November 4
Market Basket Thursday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - noon
November 10
Market Basket Tuesday, November 18
9:00 a.m. - noon
November 14
Winchester's Indoor
Farmers Market at
Parish of the Epiphany
Saturday, November 22
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
November 19
Market Basket Tuesday, November 25
9:00 a.m. - noon
November 21

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to make a reservation. This number belongs to our transportation coordinator.


Share-A-Meal is a program in which families prepare and deliver holiday meals to share with Winchester residents. Sharon Johnson is the chairperson for Share-A-Meal. If you or someone you know would like a visit and a meal to brighten Thanksgiving Day, please call Diane Saparoff at the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 by November 21 to reserve a meal.

Expanded Nursing Services

We are living in an era of advanced medical knowledge and medical interventions, but it is also an era in which we experience a vacuum in health services to help us function after inpatient stays and also when we are well. The Affordable Care Act is holding hospitals accountable if a patient is readmitted too soon after discharge. The local Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) are being asked to make sure their patients don’t relapse. However, at the same time, Medicare limits how long VNA nurses can see you and for what reason.

Here are some of the issues you can encounter after the post hospital nurse leaves you, or even you are perfectly healthy:

  • What are your medications all about? When new ones are prescribed, do you throw out the old ones? What if you can’t afford these medications or if you enter the donut hole and have no money? Is there help anywhere?
  • You have a nice doctor but you don’t remember a thing he tells you. If only you had someone to go to the doctor with you and help you understand and take notes.
  • When you call the doctor’s office with a question, you don’t know how to explain it or you use the wrong words and get nowhere.
  • You are afraid of being a nuisance when worried about your health. If only you had a friend who would listen to you.
Thanks to the Cummings Foundation, the Council on Aging is now able to extend its nursing hours so you can have a nurse to talk to about these issues. You don’t have to be alone out there.

Beginning November 3, 2014, call our nurse Elaine (781-721-7136) and she will see to it that a nurse talks to you. Please see the insert in the November Jenks Newsletter. Hang it on your refrigerator.

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.

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, November 3
Beef Stew (with Carrots and
Caesar Salad
Dinner Roll
Pineapple in Juice
Wednesday, November 5
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Friday, November 7
Chicken Cutlet / Sauce
Mixed Fruit
Monday, November 10
Shepherd’s Pie (Mashed
  Potatoes, Peas, Corn)
Green Salad
Whoopie Pie
Wednesday, November 12
Chicken Parmesan / Tomato
Rotini Pasta
Green Beans
Friday, November 14
Salisbury Steak / Low Sodium
Roasted Potato
Jello with Fruit
Monday, November 17
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Cake Cup
Wednesday, November 19
Cheese Lasagna / Cheese Sauce
Green Beans
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Fresh Fruit
Friday, November 21
Baked Fish / Lemon Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Green Peas
Monday, November 24
Stuffed Pepper / Sauce
Yellow Corn
Honeydew Melon
Wednesday, November 26
Roast Pork / Low Sodium Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Friday, November 28


Thanksgiving Holiday

Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!