Senior Center News: Jan. 23

Peter Schattenfield, managing/administrative partner of Turning Point Estate Services, LLC will give a presentation on how to dig up value in a lifetime’s worth of accumulated “stuff.” He will also discuss how to minimize waste through selling, reusing, and recycling of unneeded, yet useful, items by donating them to various charitable and community organizations.  You won’t want to miss this informative seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 3-5 p.m. This free event, sponsored by Stay At Home in Wilton, is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Concerns about falls

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program was developed and formally evaluated by the Roybal center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University using a grant from the National Institute on Aging. It acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies. Trained facilitators, students from Fairfield University School of Nursing, conduct eight two-hour sessions for a group of 10 to 12 participants. The class learns how to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. Participants also discover ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to improve strength and balance.

The senior center is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20; and April 3 from 1 to 3 in the lounge. The total program cost is $10. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. Please call the senior center at 203-834-6240 to register.

Book discussion

Featured by the New York Public Library as “one of the Books of the Century,” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tells the story of Francie Nolan, a young girl growing up in a poor but loving family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the first half of the 20th Century. Karen Tartaka will lead a discussion of the book on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., followed by lunch ($3) at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.

Tax relief 

Applications for the Wilton Tax Relief Program for Elderly or Disabled Homeowners and the State of Connecticut Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program are available at the Town Hall Assessor’s Office. The filing period for both programs is Feb. 3 to May 15. Information: 203-563-0122.

Discovering iPads

Have a new Apple iPad or just updated your older model to the newest operating system (iOS7)? Bring it along to a class being offered by Dolores Tufariello, director of Wilton Continuing Educationa, and learn its new and updated features. This class will help you comfortably transition to this new operating system which gives your iPad a completely different look. Review much-needed settings, such as larger and bolder text size, ringtones and volume for hearing impaired, FaceTime, maps and using your calendar for daily activities and reminders. Review and discuss free popular apps for your enjoyment.

Don’t yet have an iPad? Come and see what’s going on anyway.

The class takes place Friday, Feb. 7, 10 to noon at the senior center. The class will be repeated on Friday, March 7, at the same time. A general working knowledge of computers and email set-up are required. Wilton resident fee: $25; Non-resident fee: $35. Register at 203-834-7694.

Know your meds

In 2009, according to US 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. “Know Your Meds” sessions will take place at the senior center on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 to noon. A nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County 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.

Weather policy

If the Wilton Public Schools are delayed or 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.

Coming events

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

For the week of Jan 17:

Friday, Jan. 24, 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, Jan. 27, 9:15, Enhance Fitness; 9:30, Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 10:30, Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12:30, Mah Jongg; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:30, Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 10, Oil and Acrylic Painting with Althea Erikson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Karen Tatarka; 12, Lunch in the Café; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Village Market; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 2, Mah Jongg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, “The Art of Decluttering” with Peter Schattenfield.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 10, Duplicate Bridge; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, I Can Draw with Martha Talbert; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Portraiture Painting with Martha Talbert; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.