Senior Center News: Aug. 20

Services for 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 the Social Services office, 203-834-6238.   This week will focus on more benefit programs.
Reverse Annuity Mortgages:  State Department of Social Services Elderly Services Division, 25 Sigourney Street, 10th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106; 860-424-5284.   For homeowners who own their own home but have little monthly income.   Information on various options, including Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) as well as private lenders.
Homeowners' Real Estate Tax Relief:  W ilton Town Hall - Assessor's Office; 203-563-0121.   State and Town programs.   Filing period February 1 to May 15.   Age requirement and income limits apply.   Town program offers tax credit and tax deferral.
Renters' Rebate:  Wilton Town Hall - Assessor's Office; 203-563-0121.   State program for elderly and disabled renters, which refunds a portion of annual rent.   Filing period May 15 to September 15.   Income limits apply.
Operation Fuel:  203-834-6238.   A non-profit agency program provides financial assistance for fuel and utility bills to income eligible households.   Call Wilton Social Services for more information and application procedures.
National Council On Aging:   Computer website with confidential screening tool to determine eligibility for state and federal programs, with detailed instructions on how to apply for them.

Weekly activities

Five Crowns

Five Crowns is a progressive rummy-style game.   It has spades, hearts, diamonds and stars!   It can be played by two to seven players.   It's easy to learn and lots of fun to play.   Five Crowns Card games take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.   Call Nerina Klobas 203-210-5624 for details.
Jewelry workshop

Jewelry Workshop will take place on Friday, Aug.21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Senior Center.   There is a $5 drop-in fee per class.   Viola Galetta conducts this jewelry-making workshop.   No prior experience is necessary.   Enjoy the fun of making your own beaded jewelry.   Select materials to match your own style.
Enhance Fitness

Thursday, 9-10 a.m., $3 drop-in fee. Wilton Family Y brings Enhance Fitness to the Senior Center on Thursdays.   This class includes 30 minutes of endurance-type activity.   Leslie Hinshaw, Instructor.

Friday, 10-11 a.m., $5 drop-in fee. Explore this exciting and innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity.   Cathy Paine, Instructor.
Thursday lunch

Most Thursdays at noon, $3. Join other seniors for lunch on Thursday.   Seating is limited.   Reservations required.   Chef Karen White.
Tai chi

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $3 drop-in fee. Tai chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration.   Tai chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities.   Joe Alampi, instructor.

Most Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., 25 cents per card. Don't miss BINGO at the Comstock Community Center on Thursdays.   Winners get “the pot” each game.

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., $3 drop-in fee. Denise O'Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts this gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus.
Line Dance Fusion

Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $3 drop-in fee. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing.   This is a great form of exercise and social interaction.   Beatriz Araujo, Instructor.
Open bridge

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join other bridge players for a morning of bridge.   During the summer, this game is not supervised by an instructor.
Summer Corridors

Corridors is the bi-monthly newsletter for the Senior Center.   It is mailed to Wilton residents who are registered voters age 60 and above.   For the months of July and August, Corridors is available at the Senior Center and on the town website at .   Just click on the newsletter icon on the right panel of the homepage.

Upcoming events

For the week of Aug. 21:
Friday, Aug. 21, 10. Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge.
Monday, Aug. 24, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 1, Bridge.
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 11, Yoga with Denise O'Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10, Open Bridge; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O'Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.

In the course of the Renovation Project, individual rooms in the Senior Center and Social Services wing of the building may, from time to time, become unavailable for public use.  All Senior programs and the room assignments will be posted at or on the entrance doors.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.