Senior Center News: Dec. 17

Energy assistance

The Wilton Social Services Department is available to help you apply for assistance with your heating bills through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). Income guidelines for eligibility state that a single individual may earn no more than $33,132 and a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $43,326. Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest.

There is also a liquid assets test. Liquid assets include checking and savings accounts, CDs, stocks/shares, bonds, annuities, certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. The purpose of the liquid assets test is to ensure that winter heating assistance dollars go to households most in need, that is, to people who lack the financial means to heat their home. For homeowners, the first $15,000 in liquid assets, and for other households, the first $12,000 in liquid assets, is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income, must be below the income guidelines.

The program officially begins Nov. 10. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call social services at 203-834-6238. New documentation is required each year.

Guide to senior services

Social Services, 203-834-6238

Catherine Pierce, social services director and municipal agent for the elderly.

Lauren Hughes, senior services coordinator.

Sarah Muccio, adult and family social worker.

Patricia Kapsinow, benefits counselor.


Senior Center, 203-834-6240

Lizabeth Doty, senior activities coordinator.

Andrea Ragusa, computer learning center coordinator.

Additional Numbers

Meals-on-Wheels, 203-762-0566.

Dial-A-Ride, 203-834-6235.

Town-to-Town, 203-299-5180.

FISH (medical transportation), 203-834-3737.

AARP, 203-866-0435.

RUOK (Are You OK?), 203-834-6238 or 834-6260.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 203-762-8958.

Parks and Rec Department, 203-834-6234.

Wilton Family Y, 203-762-8384.

Wilton Library, 203-762-3950.

Stay at Home in Wilton, 203-762-3950.

Senior Volunteer Program

The Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) helps people age 55 and older find volunteer opportunities to match their skills and interests. When you volunteer for the SVP, you receive the benefits of staying active and meeting new people while knowing that you're using a lifetime of experience to make your mark. Call Dell Overby, Wilton coordinator, at 203-762-0520 for more information.

Knitting for a cause

The Veteran's Administration Hospital in West Haven is accepting knitted and crocheted items to be distributed to veterans. Knitted or crocheted afghans, scarves and hats are welcome. They request afghans as opposed to lapghans. Toiletry donations are also welcomed.

Wiltonian Lenore Sillery has volunteered to collect the items and deliver them to the VA Hospital. For more information, email Lenore Sillery at or call 203-249-7854.

Coming events

For the week of Dec. 18:

Friday, Dec. 18, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan Devlieg.

Monday, Dec. 21, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 11:30 to 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening; 1, Bridge.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Introduction to Bridge; Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, the Wilton Senior Center is closed.

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.