Senior Center News: Nov. 3

Moving forward

Synergy HomeCare will host a panel presentation on Moving Forward: Some Alternatives and Ideas on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1 at the senior center. The following panelists will provide timely information for current and future consideration:

  • Jay Kiley, owner and regional director of Synergy HomeCare, representing non-medical homecare;

  • Ann Fowler Cruz, Cohen and Wolf elder law attorney, presenting legal options in planning for future years;

  • Danielle Ancona Ramos, therapeutic recreation director and dementia care coordinator at Wilton Meadows Health Care, representing rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes;

  • Christy Perone, director of admissions at Brookdale Wilton, representing assisted living alternatives.

A complimentary lunch provided by The Greens at Cannondale, Synergy HomeCare, and Brookdale Wilton will be available at noon in the café. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Surviving retirement

One Source Senior Living will present an evening educational event titled Stop Worrying — Start Living: Surviving Retirement on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6, in the senior center lounge.

Retirement provides a chance to enjoy the fruits of one's labor. However, a pleasurable retirement requires proactive and thorough advance planning. Volunteers with OneSource Senior Living will address five key questions that every person should ask before retirement:

  1. What’s the grand plan?

  2. Do you have the cash?

  3. Should you move?

  4. When should you sell your home?

  5. Have you made an estate plan?

If you’re a senior, an adult child of seniors, a “Boomer,” a caregiver serving aging family members, or just curious, this workshop’s for you. Although approaching retirement may be overwhelming at first, if you answer these five questions, you're well on your way to generating a solid retirement plan. You'll be happy you did!

OneSource Senior Living is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization committed to informing and engaging the aging community by approaching challenges through a coordinated consideration of both longevity and retirement planning.

This is an educational event only; no services or products will be sold. Although this is a free seminar, registration is necessary in order to prepare the workshop materials. Please call the senior center (203-834-6240) to reserve a place.

Computer course

Internet Basics for Beginners will be offered Nov. 10, 10 to noon, at the Comstock Computer Learning Center, 180 School Road. The fee is $10. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 for details.

Medicare Part D

Seniors may meet with Ellen Abend, a Choices volunteer, to review their Medicare Part D plan. Appointments are Thursdays from 10 to 1, through Dec. 1.

Call Debbie Wolyniec at Wilton Social Services at 203-834-6238 to schedule an appointment.

On Monday, Nov. 7, representatives from SWCAA will meet one-on-one with individuals in the senior center technology room regarding the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Appointments are available between 10 and 2 for any Medicare beneficiary who has Medicare Part A or Part B or both. Call 203-834-6238 and speak with either Debbie or Lauren.

Play reading

Andrea Ragusa will lead a reading of the play Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley, on Monday, Nov. 7, 12:30, in the senior center café.

Set in a fictional school in the Bronx in 1964, the story revolves around a nun who accuses a priest of sexual misconduct with a student. He threatens to remove her from the school and then she attempts to blackmail him. This play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Coming events

For the week of Nov. 4:

Friday, Nov. 4, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Nov. 7, 10 to 2, Medicare Part D Appointments with representatives from the Southwestern Agency on Aging; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil Painting with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 10, Watercolor; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Internet Basics with Andrea Ragusa; 10 to 1, Medicare Part D Appointments with Ellen Abend; 12, Lunch; 12:30, Pencil Drawing with Martha Talburt; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at Wilton Y; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Stress Reduction with Sonia Katz; 6, Social Services Commission Meeting.

Friday, Nov. 11, Senior Center Closed for Veterans Day.