One stop shopping for senior services
The Wilton Senior Center at Comstock Community Center will play host to Senior Community Day on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3:30. The day is an opportunity for senior adults and their adult children to learn about a number of services — such as home health care, assisted living, wellness and financial advice — available in the area.
There will also be breakout sessions with lectures and demonstrations, door prizes, entertainment and refreshments. One of the most popular offerings of the day will be antiques appraisals by Peter Curran. Attendees are asked to bring no more than one item. Mr. Curran tells people what they have and what it is worth, usually including country of origin, date made and approximate fair market value. His expertise includes furniture, art and decorative items. “I don’t do jewelry,” he said.
“Last time I found a rare Chinese bronze figure of a man dating from the 17th Century,” he said.
Senior Community Day has grown since its inception in 2004 when Barbara Newland, who at the time was marketing coordinator at The Greens at Cannondale, suggested the senior center and The Greens collaborate on a community forum. Offered every other year, this is the fifth Senior Community Day and it will be the biggest yet and the first to take place at Comstock since the senior center space was expanded.
“The exhibitors are here to provide information to people before they need it,” said Lizabeth Doty, program coordinator at the Wilton Senior Center and a member of he Senior Community Day Planning Committee.
“The biggest hurdle ... it is so difficult to apply what is predictable in human nature to ourselves,” she said of aging and its attendant difficulties. “We are trying to help people out with people you know.” Even though there is a myriad of information on the Internet, “sometimes it’s easier just to talk to someone. You can get an answer for your specific situation.”
This year’s event includes 36 exhibitors, all of whom will have a number of door prizes to be given away. They include Platinum Sponsors Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Brookdale Place of Wilton, Ridgefield VNA, Norwalk Hospital and The Greens at Cannondale/Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care.
They will be joined by Gold Sponsors Smartfix Handyman, Maplewood Senior Living, Waveny Care Network, Catamount Wealth Management, Your Patient Advocate, Doctor and Associates/Eyewear at Willows, Wilton Commons Inc., Mercy Home Care/Mercy Cares Boutique, Connecticut Pharmacy and Right at Home of Greater Fairfield County.
Silver Sponsors are Comfort Keepers; Dr. William T. Doty, optometrist; Kiwanis Club of Wilton; Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Family and Children’s Agency; and Advanced Audiology and Hearing Aid Services.
Bronze Sponsors are Accessible Answers, Alzheimer’s Association, Castaldi Financial, Conservatory of Dance, Elderhouse, Laurel Ridge Heath Care, Linda L. Eliosoven and Associates, Wilton PBA, Quality Care Services/Joan Garbow Realty Seven, Stay at Home in Wilton, Wilton Bank, Wilton Fire Department, Wilton Library, and Michael L. Lewin, MD, allergies and asthma.
Sponsorship funds support the Wilton Senior Center.
Programs will include an interactive reiki demonstration, presentations on Aging in Place and The Top 10 Questions Asked of A Pharmacist, demonstrations of tai chi for balance and yoga, and a presentation on memory health. Times will be posted at the senior center.
More than 200 people attended the Senior Community Day in 2011. At Comstock Community Center on School Road, there will be ample parking and Dial-A-Ride will be available to seniors who need transportation. They may call 203-834-6235 to schedule a ride.
In addition to Ms. Doty, members of the Senior Day Planning Committee are: Judy Zucker, Commission on Social Services; Barbara Newland and Eloise Barron, Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association; Christine Pfeffer and Elaine Abrams, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County; Officers Louis Reszoly and Diane Maclean, Wilton Police Department; Catherine Pierce, Wilton Social Services; Christy Perone, Brookdale Place of Wilton; Betty Johnson, senior consultant; Peg Koellmer, Realty Seven; Donna Derocco and Kristen Johnson, The Greens at Cannondale; Lois Alcosser, public relations; and Patrick Russo, Wilton Rotary and Realty Seven.