Senior Center News: Feb. 13

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a flu clinic at the Wilton Senior Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 2.

The nursing agency has received additional doses of the flu vaccine. It’s not too late for you to get your shot. Flu clinics are open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

The cost for the vaccine is $40. Cash, check, Medicare Part B, Aetna, and Anthem will be accepted as payment. You must bring your insurance card with you.

Computer class 

The following computer class for PC users are offered at the Comstock Computer Learning Center in the senior center. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register.  Classes take place from 9:30 to 11:30.

Basic Word is designed for seniors who are interested in learning the basics of this word processing program. You will learn Windows operations, using the toolbar, creating and formatting documents, deleting, copying, pasting, underlining, highlighting, aligning, printing and saving documents, using different types and sizes of fonts. Taught by Ms. Ragusa on Feb. 19 and 20. Fee: $30.

Medication review

In 2009, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were over 4.6 million drug-related visits to the nation’s emergency rooms. You can decrease your risk for hospitalization and extra doctor visits by understanding your medications better.  What you can do:

• Keep your medication list updated with all the pills you take, when and why. Show it to all your doctors.

• Ask your doctor the name of the medication, its purpose, how much, how often, and when to take it and are there any side effects.

• Use one pharmacy to fill your prescriptions.

• Arrange your medication in a weekly med planner.

• Allow your spouse, friend or family member to assist you with your medications.

“Know Your Meds” sessions will take place at the senior center on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11 to noon  A nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice will review your medications with you and provide you with a typed list and a med planner. Please call 203-834-6240 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Book discussion

David Ostergren will lead a discussion of The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 11. This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic deals with the outbreak of World War I.

Lunch ($3) will follow at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.

Chick flick

Stay at Home in Wilton sponsors a showing of Calendar Girls, Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 to 5, at the senior center. The film highlights a British women’s chapter’s fund-raising effort for a local hospital that becomes a media sensation when they decide to pose nude for a calendar. Free admission. Popcorn and refreshments.

Call Janet Johnson for reservations and additional information at 203-762-9303.

Weather policy

If Wilton schools are closed due to weather, the senior center activities for that same day are canceled. Even if activities are canceled, the senior center is open. Call 203-834-6240 after 7 a.m. and listen to the recording for specific information on the day’s events.

 Coming events

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

For the week of Feb. 14:

Friday, Feb. 14, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Feb. 17, President’s Day, senior center closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10, Oil and Acrylic Painting with Althea Eriksson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9-10:30 Blood Pressure at the Wilton Y; 9:30, Internet with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Duplicate Bridge; 12:30 to 2, Flu Clinic sponsored by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Portraiture Painting with Martha Talbert; 11:45, Lunch at St. Matthew’s; 1, A Matter of Balance with Kelly Flynn and Maura Calamari of Fairfield University.