Senior Center News: Jan. 9

The age of Currier & Ives from 1834 to 1907 was a period of great change and continental expansion.  Considered the most prolific American printmakers of their time, Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives introduced mass media in America by producing thousands of “cheap” popular prints that appealed to all classes, especially the burgeoning middle class.

This time of year conjures up Currier & Ives images of quaint sleighs gliding through the snow. The duo are famous for their idyllic portrayals of country scenes. However, according to Joel Third, president of Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Currier & Ives prints portray far more than country scenes.

“Currier & Ives prints are a reflection of 19th Century history,” says Mr. Third. During the company’s 72 years of operation, they published more than 7,000 lithographs covering subjects that included continental expansion, political upheaval, immigration, racial tensions, trains, steamboats, and industrial development.

Mr. Third has been a hobbyist collector of antique maps, Audubon, and Currier & Ives prints for about 40 years. He was born and reared in northern Ohio, graduating in 1960 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as an electrical engineer. After implementing communication systems for ITT for 30 years, he joined Harris Corporation, an international sales and marketing group, retiring in 2007.

Mr. Third will give his presentation entitled Currier & Ives: 19th Century Mass Media on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 in the senior center lounge. In addition to sharing original prints from his personal collection, This seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please call to reserve a place at 203-834-6240. A light complimentary lunch will follow in the senior center café.

Veterans benefits

On Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 12:30, Brookdale Place Wilton, 96 Danbury Road, will host a “lunch and learn” on the Aid and Attendance Benefit which helps veterans and surviving spouses of veterans pay for assisted living.  Holly Walters of Veteran’s Financial will outline the benefit and application process. RSVP:  Christy at 203-761-8999.

Know your meds

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.

• Pre-pour 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 the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 to noon.

Weather policy

If the Wilton Public Schools are delayed or closed due to weather, the Senior Center activities are cancelled. 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

For the week of Jan 10:

Friday, Jan. 9, 9:30, Senior Center Advisory; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Jan. 13, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 1:30, Mah Jongg; 1:30, Chess.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 2, Mah Jongg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 10, Duplicate Bridge; 10, Comstock Writers; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12:30, Aid and Attendance Benefits presentation at Brookdale Place; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan 16, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew Church.