Council on Aging

The Winchester Seniors Association also offers programs. To learn obout the WSA programs, click Programs.

Fall Prevention Program

Wednesdays, June 1 thru June 22 (No class on May 18 due to the EnKa Fair), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 Minuteman Senior Services for this free program.

Contact the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136 to sign up.

Keep Well Clinic

Thursdays, June 2 and 16, 9:30 a.m.

Do you have questions about glucose testing, high or low blood sugars, target blood sugars, diabetes medications or diabetes meal planning? If so, Diane Doucette FNP, CDE, a Certified Diabetic Nurse Educator will be at the Keep Well Clinic on June 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.. She can answer any of your questions concerning diabetes and its treatments. Be sure to bring your own glucometer if you want testing done.

PLEASE NOTE: During July and August, the Keep Well Clinic is only scheduled once each month. The Thursday dates are July 14 and August 11. Do not forget to mark your calendars. The regular, twice-monthly will resume in September.

Understanding and Managing Health Problems

Thursdays, June 2 and June 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Pond Room
(Refreshments available 30 minutes before each program starts)

Once again, thanks to the generosity of the Cummings Foundation grant, we are able to offer a series of evening lectures that address some of the health issues that we all confront. These programs provide new information and skills to assist in managing these important health issues.

The following programs are scheduled for June:

  • The first program, “Dermatology 101”, will be lead by Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP, Mystic Valley Dermatology. The discussion will focus on an overview of skin cancer, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and hair loss.

  • The second program (the last in the series), “Diabetes”, will be led by Cindy Mitsakis, MSN, RN, CEN, Assistant Professor for Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing, Hallmark Health. Diabetes is more than just high blood sugar. Come learn the facts about diabetes and what you can do.

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

Food Management

Friday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room

Jesse McNeil, MSRD, LDN leads this program. Learn about wise choices for dessert in this month’s program, “Cooking With Fats.”

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

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN will be with us to present another topic in her year-long program entitled “Nutritional Challenges in the Older Adult.” The topic for this month is “Be Kind to Your Kidneys,” in which you will learn about foods and drinks that are good for the function of your kidneys.

Jesse provides an hour lecture followed by questions, 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.

Integrative Therapies Fair

Friday, June 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Come join us for a demonstration and fair to learn about integrative therapies such as Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy. Clinicians from the Center for Healthy Living at Winchester Hospital will be doing hands-on demonstrations for massage therapy and acupuncture. There will be information available for all therapies.

Literary Lunch Club

The May meeting of the intergenerational Jenks / McCall Literary Lunch Bunch was the final get together for the current school year. We are grateful to the Winchester Cooperative Bank for the generous grant which covers the cost of multiple copies of the book selections as well as the pizza lunches which students and seniors share at the Jenks meetings. We also express our appreciation to the McCall Parents Association which funds the lunches for the McCall meetings and to those parents and students who provide delicious baked goods for dessert.

In particular, we recognize Jane Henchey, McCall Middle School Librarian, who organizes the group, selects the wide variety of books and develops thoughtful questions for discussion.

Most of all we thank our seniors and McCall students whose enthusiastic participation makes this program such fun for all involved.

Eating Together

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

Remember to join the Eating Together Group on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We have moved into a new dining area that overlooks the pond and should be a great dining space.

We offer two seatings, which we hope provides an opportunity for more of you to join us at Eating Together, and that it will also make it a more convenient and pleasurable experience. Although you can sign up for either seating, those coming on the Salter Van should sign up for the 11:30 a.m. seating because the van departs at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

NOTE: It is important that you sign up for Eating Together the Friday before your dining date to ensure that we have a meal ready for you. We have space for only 30 people, so call early at 781-721-7136. Donation for the meal is $3.00. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation 24 hours ahead of time.

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.

The menu for this month is:

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:

NOTE: Please call (781) 369-9105 to MAKE A RESERVATION AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

Scheduled Date
(pick up starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Market Basket, Woburn Thursday,
June 2
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
June 6
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
June 13
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
June 20
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
June 27

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.

Kudos to the Tax Committee

The Tax Committee prepared over 200 federal and state tax returns for 2015 for Winchester residents and neighboring communities. Initially it was difficult to find local volunteers to assist with tax preparation this year. However eight additional volunteers enlisted. A number of these individuals were former IRS employees, providing a total of 12 volunteers for tax preparation. Many thanks for their generosity in donating their professional services to make this another successful year.


The Council on Aging wishes fond farewells to Diane Saparoff anad Barbara Margossian.

Diane Saparoff, Geriatric Social Worker at the Jenks for almost 25 years, retired April 15. The Jenks Community thanks Diane for her dedicated service and wishes her many happy, healthy years in retirement.

After 17 years as coordinator of the Winchester Meals on Wheels Program, Barbara Margossian retired on May 31. She and Charlie will be spending more time in New Hampshire this summer and in a warmer climate in the winter. We cannot thank her enough for her years of commitment and caring.

Their many friends wish them well as they start this next phase of their lives.

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. In normal weather, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.

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.