Senior Center News: Aug. 21

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

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, call Sharon Powers in the Social Services office, 203-834-6238. This week will focus on Benefit Programs Part 2.

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: Wilton Town Hall - Assessor’s Office; 203-563-0121. State and town programs. Filing period Feb. 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 Sept. 15. Income limits apply.

Operation fuel: 203-834-6238. A nonprofit 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: 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.

Coming events

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

For the week of Aug. 22:

  • Friday, Aug. 22: Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine at 10; Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis at 12, Free Swim at the Wilton Y from 1:30 to 3.
  • Monday, Aug. 25: Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo at 10:30, Great Stars in the Movies at the Greens at Cannondale at 11:15, Movie at 12, Encore Bridge with Maureen Turnier at 12, Comstock Knitters and Crafters at 1.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26: Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 11, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier at 12, Lunch and Ice Cream Social sponsored by Laurel Ridge Health Care at 12, Mah Jongg at 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market from 12:30 to 2, Stay at Home in Wilton at 3.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27: Duplicate Bridge with Dan at 10, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi at 10, Mah Jongg at 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker at 1.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28: Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw at 9, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 10, Lunch at 12, Bingo at 12:45.