For Wilton’s seniors, their families and friends, the Wilton Senior Services booklet published by the Wilton Department of Social Services is invaluable. This booklet was printed through the generosity of The Wilton Rotary Club, and it is bursting with names and numbers helpful to Wilton seniors. During the coming weeks, this column will highlight selected services included in the booklet. If you need a copy, call Sharon Powers in the Social Services office at 203-834-6238. This week will focus on Geriatric Assessment and Life Care, Part 2.

Lifeline Connecticut at FCA: 137 East Avenue, Norwalk 06851; 203-853-3116 or Family and Children’s Agency offers Lifeline, a personal emergency response system which is an in-home, 24-hour electronic alarm system for at-risk individuals to secure help in an emergency.

Homecare Plus at FCA: 137 East Avenue, Norwalk 06851; FCA is a nonprofit agency offering state-licensed home health aide services. In addition, they can provide live-in homecare, homemaking, chores, transportation and escorts, a carpenter/handicap accessibility program, and On The Mend — an In-home child/dependent care service. Some services may have subsidies available.

Griswold Special Care:  2499 Main Street, Stratford 06615; 203-852- 9707.

Personal hands-on care and homemaker/companion services. Hourly or live-in.

Home Instead Senior Care: 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, 06851; 203-853-0370.

Non-medical companion and home helper services. Hourly or live in.

Wilton Meals on Wheels:  P.O. Box 125, Wilton 06897; 203-762-0566.

Low-cost, high-quality hot and cold meals prepared locally and delivered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as needed. Financial assistance to those who qualify.

Lifefone: 1-800-882-2280 or; 24-hour in-home Emergency Response System.

Family Care Plus: 2573 Main Street, Stratford 06615; 203-438-6299. A non-medical home care agency specializing in 24-hour care.

RUOK (Are You OK?) Wilton Police Department: 203-834-6260; Social Services: 203-834-6238. A computerized telephone calling service to confirm the well-being of seniors, disabled persons or shut-ins. Each morning subscribers receive a phone call which asks, “Are you OK?” If there is no response, Wilton police visit the home to check on the person. Service is free.

Lunch and bingo

Each Thursday, the senior center hosts a noon lunch prepared by Chef Karen White. After lunch, 10 games of bingo are held in the Game Room. Lunch is $3. Call the senior center for reservations at 203-834-6240.

Summertime features

Come and cool off mid-day at the senior center during the summer. This summer, the senior center will feature a classic movie at noon on Mondays. Bring your lunch and settle in for a relaxing viewing in the cool lounge.


If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge from noon to 3, call the organizers listed below:

Duplicate Bridge: First Wednesday of the month call Lois Bruce at 203-762-5818.

Duplicate Bridge: Third Tuesday of the month call Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.

Contract Bridge: Fridays, call Eleanor Mihailidis at 203-762-8720.

Enhance Fitness

The Wilton Family Y brings the Enhance Fitness program to the senior center at 9:30 on Mondays and 9 on Thursdays. There is a $3 drop-in fee. The hour-long class includes 30 minutes of endurance-type activity and specific strengthening exercises for legs, trunk, arms and shoulders.


Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts a gentle yoga class that warms up all the joints of your body, stretches and strengthens your muscles. Classes are Tuesdays from 11 to noon and Thursdays from 10 to 11. There is a $3 drop-in fee per class.

Knitters and crafters 

Basic instruction will be provided for projects; the company will be great, too. Not a knitter? Bring your own handiwork and enjoy the camaraderie on Aug. 13 and 26, from 1 to 2:30.

Sketching and painting

Viola Galetta will instruct beginners in the basics of drawing still life, landscape, and even portrait. Students will experiment with acrylics and water colors in a relaxed atmosphere. Class is Aug. 16, from 10:30 to noon, $10 per class.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Aug. 9:

Friday, Aug. 9, 12, Bridge with Eleanor; 1:30, Free Swim for Seniors Y.

Monday, Aug. 12, 8;45, Trip to Mohegan Sun with Parks and Rec; 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 2, Mah Jongg.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 12, Chicago Bridge; 12, Complimentary lunch at the Greens at Cannondale; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.