Council on Aging

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

COA Director Search

The Council on Aging Board is seeking applications to fill Ruth Young’s position. Ruth’s official last day was January 8 but the COA Board has asked her to stay on for a limited time until the new Director is hired. She has agreed to work 15 hours a week so that COA programming can continue.

Literary Lunch Club

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at the McCall Middle School

The book we will be reading is I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin, who is currently a professor at Wellesley College. The book is about a young girl living in Chile. When her beloved country is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government, Celeste is sent to America for her safety and her parents must go into hiding before they “disappear.”

We will meet at the McCall Middle School, where the seventh grade will be joining us for the discussion.

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

Food Management

Friday, February 12, 10:30 a.m. in the Jenks Room

Jesse McNeil, MSRD, LDN will lead this program. The topic this month is “Spending Less and Eating Better.”

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

Nutritional Consultant

Wednesday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. in the Conferencre Room

Jesse McNeil, MSRD, LDN will be with us again on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. to present her year-long program entitled “Nutritional Challenges in the Older Adult.” Her lecture this month is entitled “Cancer Fighting Foods.”

Jesse will provide an hour 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.

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

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 starting on Monday, February 8, 2016. Business and rental property returns are excluded. This program is part of the nationwide AARP Tax-Aide program. 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 and remember to bring a copy of last year’s tax return, as well as all pertinent 2015 tax information to your appointment.

Winchester Senior Energy Grants

Where are you? We are here and waiting! We need people to spend the Green Energy Grant. Up to $800.00 is available to Winchester Seniors for taking energy saving measures. Projects could be as large as rooftop solar installation or attic insulation or as small as a refrigerator.

To qualify for funds, you must be 60 years of age, a Winchester homeowner and occupier, a maximum income of $70,000 for an individual or $85,000 for a couple filing jointly. You will also need to have an energy audit about which we can advise you.

Click on the image to the right to learn more. We don’t want this money to go away for lack of use. For further information, please call 781-721-4759 and leave your name and number. We will call you back.

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. We look forward to seeing you!

NOTE: It is imperative that you sign up in advance for Eating Together. 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. This number will connect you directly with our Transportation Coordinator. Please leave a message.

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

Sign-up Deadline
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
February 1
January 28
Wayside Commons, Burlington
L.L. Bean, LOFT, Talbots, West Elm, Starbucks, Carter’s, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Paper Source, Eillen Fisher, Laye Bryant, and more!
February 5
February 2
Middlesex Commons, Burlington
Market Basket, DSW, The Paper Store, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, and more!
February 11
February 9
No trips scheduled for school vacation week!
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
February 22
February 18
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, February 25 February 23
Market Basket, Woburn Monday,
February 29
February 25
Market Street, Lynnfield
Mall includes: Chico’s, Eddie Bauer, Gap, J. Jill, Gymboree, Jos. A. Bank, LOFT, J. Crew, Pottery Barn, Tucks’s Candy Factory, Yankee Candele, Whole Foods, and more!
March 4
March 1

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.