Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), Medicaid, nursing home or long-term at home care, or cash assistance? If you have questions about any of these State of Connecticut programs, you can get answers and help navigating the application process by calling Patricia Kapsinow at Wilton Social Services.

Ms. Kapsinow worked at the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services for 25 years and is now with Wilton Social Services. She’s ready to help on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 to 11 at 203-834-6238.

Stress reduction for caregivers

Caregivers of adults with memory loss frequently experience high levels of stress, isolation and depression due to role changes and other day-to-day challenges.  Keeping stress in check is a critical goal in self-care. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a free workshop on this subject Tuesday, June 11, 5:30-7:30 at Suite 114, 761 Main Avenue on the Wilton/Norwalk town line.

The workshop will discuss the importance of:

• Expressing feelings in a constructive way;

• Connecting with  others

• Identifying and managing the physiological symptoms of stress.

Workshop leader Karen Judd will demonstrate helpful stress reduction techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and visualization. Refreshments will be available. Registration is necessary and space is limited.  Please call 203-762-8958 to register or for more information.

The Rev. Judd is an ordained interfaith minister with the nursing agency where she provides psycho-spiritual and bereavement counseling to patients, families and caregivers. A graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, she received her B.A. in education from Providence College and her graduate degree from Columbia School of Social Work. Ms. Judd also received third degree-level training as a reiki master, trained at Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, and studied Playback Theater at Vassar College.

Coming events

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

For the week of May 31:

Friday, May 31, 10, Move, Strengthen, and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free swim for seniors at the Wilton Y.

Monday, June 3, 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Move: The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Tuesday, June 4, 9:30, Getting Around the Internet with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters (note date change); 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, June 5, 9, New York on your Own with Parks and Rec; 9:30, RSVP; 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by the music of the Treblemakers; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, June 6, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Picasa with Bill Brautigam; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12, Blood Pressure Screening with Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Hypnosis with Sonia.