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.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. at the McCall Middle School

The book for discussion this month is 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis.

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

The Reality and Myths About Hospice Care

Presented by Elissa Al-Chokhachy, RN

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

Hospice is becoming better known in our society. However, the information about it is sometimes confusing. Is Hospice a program where you go to die? Or is it a program where you go to live until you die? Is it short term or long term? Can you stay at home? Is it expensive? Can you stay at home if you have no caregiver? Do medications in Hospice hasten your death? The list of questions can be endless. Learn about this program before you or your family may need it.

Elissa Al-Chokhachy, RN, a long-time Hospice Nurse and a Fellow in Thanatology to speak about this topic. She has written several books on grief and death topics.

COA Announces Evening Lecture Series for Spring

Thursdays, 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.

Food Management - Get Your Money’s Worth

Friday, April 10, 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 “Grocery Store Organization is Important. Where to Put the Buck.”

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

Be Prepared for the Unexpected!

Presented by Gwen Morgan

Monday April 13, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

In the event of an emergency could those who need it locate your important information in five minutes or less? A life change can occur at any time for a variety of reasons, and the circumstance may require referencing and /or locating specific instructions, documents, etc. Most people are not prepared and find themselves spending valuable time locating needed information or making decisions which may not be what their loved one had wanted.

Our speaker, Gwen Morgan, will talk about the importance of keeping all of your essential information and personal wishes written down and documented in one place. People who sign up will receive a free copy of Gwen’s book “The What If Workbook.” Please sign up for this talk so we know how many books to order.

The program is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Lexington.

Reverse Mortgages: Do You Need One?

Presented by Frank Kautz, Esq.

Monday April 13, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

In these times of rising costs, you may be wondering how you can make sure you will be able to pay your taxes or afford to stay in your home. There is a lot of advertising about reverse mortgages by brokers eager to sell the product. The question is whether they are good for you.

Our speaker, Frank Kautz, Esq., an HUD certified attorney, who is with the Community Service Network, Inc. in Stoneham, will explain reverse mortgages. He Frank does not sell these products. He counsels people about them. Come and bring your questions and concerns.

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

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, April 15, 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 “Myths and Misconceptions. Taking the Good With the Bad.”

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.

Caring for Your Parents and/or Struggling with Your Children

A five-week, Thursday evening support group for those pulled in many directions led by Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD

5 Thursdays, April 23 thru May 28 (except May 14 due to ENKA Fair), 6:00 p.m. in the Jenks Library

Many of us are squeezed between two forces as we try to meet the demands of our children on the one hand and aging, frail parents on the other.

As more people live well into their 80s and 90s and families are dispersed across the country, everyone is going to be involved somehow and some way in elder care.

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, providing for your own needs and lending a helping hand, financially and emotionally, to your elderly parents or grown children or both.

So, the question becomes: How do we handle it all?

Join our support group: ask questions and get answers to problems of caregiving. With the right help and support, you can be a good provider without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.

Our group leader, Carol Bortman, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD, led “Becoming a Parent to your Parent” program in the fall of 2014.

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

Advanced Directives

Presented by Nancy Carney, RN, BSN

Monday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. in the Jenks Room

You have probably had the conversations with your dear ones about what will become of your finances and belongings when you cannot manage them, but have you considered who will manage your medical care if you cannot manage it. While it might be overwhelming to consider, this is a meaningful conversation you can have with your loved ones to help make sure your future care is what you want.

Having an advance directive helps individuals to:

  • Protect their right to make their own decisions.
  • To direct how specific care, such as life sustaining treatment, is to be handled.
  • To document their care preference to ensure their wishes and goals are being honored.

Nancy Carney, RN, BSN e is the Community Education Liaison for the VNA of Middlesex-East, Home Health and Hospice.

Fall Prevention Program

8 Wednesdays, April 29 thru June 24 (except May 13 due to ENKA Fair),
1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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.

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, April 7
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 2
Wal-Mart, North Reading
Mall includes: Dollar Tree, Marshalls
Thursday, April 9
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 7
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, April 14
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 9
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, April 21
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 16
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, April 28
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 23
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, April 30
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
April 28
Market Basket, Woburn Tuesday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - noon
April 30

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

Pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.

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!

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 again.

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, April 1
Ziti & Meatballs
Tomato Sauce
Caesar Salad
Italian Bread
Mixed Fruit
Friday, April 3
Baked Fish / Cheese
Rice Pilaf
Monday, April 6
Beef Stew (with
  Carrots / Potatoes)
Green Salad
Whole Wheat Dinner
Mandarin Oranges
Wednesday, April 8
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Cake Cup
Friday, April 10
Minestrone Soup
Stuffed Shells / Sauce
Caesar Salad
Monday, April 13
Chicken Parmesan / Ziti
Wednesday, April 15
Shepard’s Pie (Mashed
  Potatoes, Peas, Corn)
Green Salad
Friday, April 17
Roast Pork / Low sodium
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Monday, April 20


Patriots Day

Wednesday, April 22
Corn Chowder
Roast Turkey / Low Sodium
Whipped Potatoes
Friday, April 24
Cold Sliced Meats / Cheese
   (Turkey, Roast Beef,
  Swiss Cheese)
Green Salad
Sandwich Rolls
Monday, April 27
American Chop Suey
Caesar Salad
Jello with Fruit
Wednesday, April 29
Chicken Teriyaki
Brown Rice
Pineapple in Juice
Milk and 100% whole grain bread served with all meals unless otherwise specified.

We look forward to seeing you!