Senior Center News: April 21

Book discussion

Miwako Ogasawara will lead a discussion of The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig at 11 on Tuesday, April 26. This posthumously published novel is a psychological study of the difficulties of life in post-WWI Austria. It follows the trajectory of its main character Christine from poverty and boredom to the heights of the affluent high-life and back to disappointment and bitterness. The New York Review of Books said “Cinderella meets Bonnie and Clyde in Zweig’s haunting and hard-as-nails novel.” And a review in London’s Daily Telegraph said that “The Post Office Girl is a fine novel … and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist.” Of note, the novel (along with another of Zweig’s) was a central inspiration for the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel; indeed, several of the characters in that film are said to be based on Zweig himself. Lunch is served at noon following the discussion. Reservations:  203-834-6240.

Yoga for back health

Let’s face it.  When your back hurts, many facets of life are affected. How would you like to gain some knowledge and tools to help you feel better and move with ease? Denise O’Hearn’s workshop, Yoga for Back Health, begins Tuesday, April 26, from 9 to 10:30. Here you will learn about different types of muscular back pain, what may be causing your pain and what you can do to manage or even eliminate that pain. No yoga experience necessary. Sessions take place at the Comstock Dance Studio. Fee: $25 per session. Call 203-210-5780 or email to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Planning for life and beyond

Attorney Christine Tenore will address questions regarding Planning for Life and Beyond on April 27 at 1:30 at the senior center. Bring your questions on living wills, healthcare directive, wills, trusts, probate, and long-term care to the session. Tenore will give a recap of the series including answers to questions posed by participants. Tenore is a Wilton resident and partner at Eliovson and Tenore in Westport where she practices in the areas of Title XIX/Medicaid planning and application, conservatorships, and decedent’s estates. Registration recommended: 203-834-6240.

Social services

Wilton Social Services provides counseling, information, referrals, and emergency financial assistance to Wilton residents. We encourage people to call our office at 203-834-6238 to discuss our services. Confidentiality is assured. State and federal programs designed to assist individuals and families during difficult economic times include fuel assistance, nutritional assistance, emergency financial assistance, and Medicare savings programs.

Medicare Part D

Anyone who turned 65 after Jan. 1, 2016, is eligible to enroll in Medicare Part D, the Medicare prescription drug plan. In order to avoid a penalty (a penalty which you will pay for the remainder of your Medicare life), call Wilton Social Services for an appointment within 60 days of your birthday. We will help you choose a plan using a computer-based program that enables you to compare the numerous plans available.  Call Lauren Hughes, LCSW,  at 203-834-6238. You may also call the state for help through the CHOICES Program at 800-994-9422 and a trained counselor will assist you.

In addition, anyone turning 65 who is new to Medicare and interested in learning about the Medigap/supplemental insurance option or who is retiring and losing existing coverage can meet with Lauren Hughes to discuss available options. Call 203-834-6238 to make an appointment.

Emergency financial assistance

The Wilton Interfaith Council, also known as the Wilton Community Assistance Fund, and the Salvation Army provide emergency funds for Wilton residents in need. They help pay for emergency oil deliveries, utility bills to prevent shut offs, and rental assistance. A financial application and a confidential appointment with Catherine Pierce, LCSW, social services director, are required. Call 203-834-6238 to make an appointment.

Coming events

For the week of April 22:

Friday, April 22, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 12:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton YMCA.

Monday, April 25, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 1, Studio Knitting; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, April 26, 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Miwako Ogasawa; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Stay at Home in Wilton Meeting.

Wednesday, April 27, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Watercolors; 10, Comstock Writers; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg; 1:30, Preparing for Life and Beyond with Christine Tenore.

Thursday, April 28, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Portraiture with Martha Talburt; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.