Senior Center News: Aug. 14

Laurel Ridge Healthcare of Ridgefield will host a free ice cream party on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Wilton Senior Center at noon. A light lunch will be provided and a make-your-own sundae party will follow.  Reservations required: 203-834-6240.

Interested in playing Bridge?

Duplicate Bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal being scored independently, permitting comparison of  individual scores. For all level of playing. This is not a sanctioned game. Dan DeVlieg will supervise. Wednesdays, 10 to 12:30, $5 drop-in fee.

Classes for intermediate and beginning bridge will begin late September.

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, Lois Bruce at 203-762-5818.
  •  Duplicate Bridge: Third Tuesday of the month, Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.
  •  Contract Bridge: Fridays, Eleanor Mihailidis at 203-762-8720.
  •  Encore Bridge:  Mondays, Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.

Services available to seniors

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, contact Sharon Powers in the Social Services office, 203-834-6238. This week will focus on Benefit Programs Part 1.

Wilton Department of Social Services:  Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897; 203-834-6238 or cathy.pierce@wiltonct.org or lauren.hughes@wiltonct.org. Information and referral for Social Security, Medicaid (Title XIX), energy assistance, and all other benefit programs for which the elderly are eligible, including all of those listed below.

Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, Inc.: 10 Middle Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604; Toll Free 1-800-994-9422 or www.swcaa.gov.

General information and assistance with all services in Connecticut available to seniors. Medical and health insurance counseling available through their Choices Program.

Medicare information Part A and B:1-800-633-4227 or www.medicare.gov.

Social Security Administration:  1-800-772-1213 or www.socialsecurity.gov.  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Information on Social Security, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and disability assistance.

State Department of Social Services: Stamford Office 1-203-251-9300; 1642 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905; 1-866-663-9300 or www.ct.gov/dss. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid (Title XIX), Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB) and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB).

Consumer Credit Counseling: 1-800-308-2227 or www.moneymanagement.org. Nonprofit statewide community service offers financial counseling and debt management.

State Department of Veterans’ Affairs: 75 Middle Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604; 1-203-336-2570.  Help with a variety of benefits and other concerns of veterans.

National Council on Aging: www.BenefitsCheckUp.org. Computer website with confidential screening tool to determine eligibility for state and federal programs, with detailed instructions on how to apply for them.

Students for Seniors

In conjunction with the Wilton Senior Center, this group presents a program that will help you learn all about your electronic devices. This one-on-one assistance will focus in on your questions so you learn as much as you can about your device. Just contact Neal Sarup, president of Students for Seniors, at 203-762-7751 to schedule an appointment at the senior center. This service is free and open to adults in the community.

Coming events

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

For the week of Aug. 15:

  • Friday, Aug. 15: Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine at 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta at 10, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis at 12, Free Swim at the Wilton Y from 1:30 to 3.
  • Monday, Aug. 18: Parks and Rec Trip to Clinton Crossing at 8:45, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars at 9:15, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo at 10:30, Movie at 12, Encore Bridge with Maureen Turnier at 12.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19: Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 11, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier at 12, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market from 12:30 to 2.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20: Duplicate Bridge with Dan at 10, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi at 10, Mah Jongg at 1.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21: Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw at 9, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 10, Lunch at 12, Bingo at 12:45.