Senior Center News: May 5

Early-onset Alzheimer’s

On Friday, May 13, at 11:15 in the senior center lounge, Scott Russell of Ridgefield and Wilton will speak about his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s and his efforts to find a cure.

Scott was a high-powered executive working with global institutions such as Exxon, Mitsubishi Bank, and Towers Watson Corporation, living abroad in Hong Kong, Egypt, and Italy. Today his life has completely changed. He is fighting for a cure for Alzheimer’s, the disease which began to take over his mind in his late 50s.

After a double diagnosis of early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s, he went into a deep depression. “I knew something was wrong. I began to isolate myself, lost clarity in many aspects of my life, and was always trying to compensate,” he explained. “But then I became associated with the Alzheimer’s program in Norwalk. I became an advocate instead of a recluse. Being in the corporate world, I knew that I could use my expertise in fundraising to help the cause.”

The fundraising effort of which he is most proud is his Alzi Animals. “I decided to purchase stuffed animals from distributors and flea markets. I used my artistic abilities to paint them according to their personality, where they lived, or how I saw them graphically. I gave the animals names and accessorized them to give them an added personality.” One hundred percent of what he makes on these animals goes to Alzheimer’s research.

As an Alzheimer’s ambassador for the state, he maintains an advocacy relationship with state legislators and supports their commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s.

Russell received an undergraduate degree from Thiel College, a master's degree from Boston University, and an ED.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He spent the last 30 years prior to his Alzheimer's diagnosis working in the corporate world in human relations. Russell holds important positions nationally, regionally, and locally in the Alzheimer’s Association.

Reservations: 203-834-6240

Free downloads

Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates downloads available through the Wilton Library on Wednesday, May 11, at 1. There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards. Presented by Wilton Library at the senior center. Registration is strongly suggested. Call the library at 203-762-3950 or visit

Tax relief deadline

Elderly Wilton homeowners and totally disabled homeowners who have not yet applied for tax relief benefits on their July 2016 tax bills are reminded that Friday, May 13, is the last day applications will be accepted in the assessor’s office. The application deadline will not be extended.

The Town of Wilton tax relief program requires an annual filing. The State of Connecticut tax relief program requires a biennial filing. Please call the assessor’s office at 203-563-0122 if you have any questions.

Coming events

For the week of May 6:

Friday, May 6, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 12:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton YMCA.

Monday, May 9, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, May 10, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirshfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Studio Knitting; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, May 11, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Comstock Writers; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, May 12, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Portraiture with Martha Talburt; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 5:30, Social Service Commission Meeting.