Senior Center News: May 11

Medicare boot camp

How do you sign up for Medicare?  When do you become eligible?  What are your options?

Join a community conversation which will provide information for those who will be new to Medicare in the near future. Learn the “ins and outs” of Medicare enrollment and how to avoid mistakes that can be costly. Most important, bring questions of your own.

There will be brief presentations by Nancy Lombard, Long Term Options specialist and CHOICES counselor for the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, and Lauren Hughes, coordinator of senior services for the Wilton Department of Social Services.

Thursday, May 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room. Register with the Wilton Library at 203-762-6334.

The Southwestern  Connecticut Agency on Aging is a trusted source of comprehensive information about services and programs for older adults in Fairfield County.

The benefits of tea

The senior center will host a presentation Monday, May 22, 2 p.m., on the history and health benefits of tea. The guest speaker, a consultant from Bigelow Tea, will discuss the history of tea, different methods of tea processing and the health benefits for those who drink tea on a regular basis.

Bigelow Tea is a Fairfield County company, but its brand and product are well-known across the globe. Founded in 1945 by Ruth Bigelow, the family-owned and operated company offers more than 100 varieties of herbal, seasonal and decaffeinated teas.

The event is free, sponsored by Synergy Homecare. RSVP required: 203-834-6240.

Tax relief

Elderly Wilton homeowners and totally disabled homeowners who have not yet applied for tax relief benefits on their July 2017 tax bills are reminded that Monday, May 15, is the last day applications will be accepted in the assessor’s office (203-563-0122). The town tax relief program requires an annual filing.

Tennis strategies

Peter Engstrom, a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional, will present a classroom program on Singles and Doubles Tennis Strategy Friday, May 19, from 11 to noon. Using visual aids, he will review fundamental tactics and strategies aimed at helping players win more points and have more fun.

Among topics to be covered are intimidating your opponents before and during play, serving strategies, the power of the lob, when and how to “poach,” approaching and playing the net, offensive and defensive player responsibilities, and bringing out the best in your doubles partner.

No equipment necessary, just an interest in tennis and a sense of humor. Fee: $5. Call to register at 203-834-6240.

Driving class

Sgt. David Hartman of the Wilton Police Department returns to teach the AAA Driving Improvement Programs Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 to 12:30, at Comstock Community Center.

By completing this free class drivers 60 years of age and older may qualify for a minimum 5% discount on their auto insurance. Participants should contact their insurer for details.

Register online by visiting or call AAA at 203-937-2595, ext. 8363 for more information.

Coming events

Friday, May 12 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, May 15, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11:30 to 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 11:30, Nature’s Sketchbook; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge; Today is the Elderly Tax Relief deadline.

Tuesday, May 16, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericksson; 10, Word Class with Catherine Myers; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, May 17, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; Word Class with Catherine Myers; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdalen Livesey; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Senior Center Luncheon at Ogden House followed by entertainment by the Gentleman Songsters; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, May 18, 8:30, AAA Driver Improvement Court with Sergeant Dave Hartman; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Colored Pencils with Martha Talburt; 6, Life Planning Presentation at Waveny Heathcare, New Canaan; 7, Medicare Boot Camp at the Wilton Library.