Senior Center News: Oct. 6

Important conversations

Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County presents The Conversation Project, Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at 11:10 in the senior center lounge. The moderator is Christine Pfeffer, director of hospice.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Many people are dying in a way they would not choose, and loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live as we near life’s end. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and do not want for ourselves.

The place for this to begin is at the kitchen table — not in the intensive care unit — with the people we love. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. Have you had the conversation about end-of-life care?

The goals of the three-session workshop are to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of having the conversation;

  • Identify barriers to having the conversation;

  • Develop a personal and professional plan of action.

Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Medicare update

This year open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

On Monday, Oct. 24, Nancy Lombard, CHOICES specialist from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, will present What’s New with Medicare in the senior center lounge from 1:30 to 3. This program will contain useful information for all Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those seniors new to Medicare. Advance registration is not required.

On Monday, Nov. 7, representatives from the agency on aging 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. November is the time to get the help you need to choose or change your prescription drug plan. It is strongly recommended that you review your plan annually as plan coverage and drug costs often change for the coming year. In order to attend this session you must schedule an appointment through the Social Services office, 203-834-6238. Speak with either Debbie or Lauren.

Last call for bridge lessons

Another Introduction to Bridge class is forming, so reserve your place now! The class will take place on Fridays beginning Oct. 7, from noon to 1:30 with instructor Michael Hess. This class is for the player with little or no bridge experience. The cost is $95 for the 10-week series payable at the first class. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Early registration is encouraged as maximum capacity is anticipated.

Computer class

Internet Basics for Beginners will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 to noon, in the Comstock Computer Learning Center. Web surfing and email usage will be covered. Some prior use of the mouse and knowledge of the keyboard is required. Keyboarding practice handout is included. Fee: $10. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register.

Free downloads

Melissa Baker of Wilton Library will demonstrate how to download popular magazines onto your mobile device or computer. Must have a Wilton Library card. Bring your own device to class. Registration is strongly suggested:; 203-762-3950.

Coming events

For the week of Sept. 30:

Friday, Oct. 7, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Oct., 10, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9, Stay at Home in Wilton Men’s Breakfast at Orem’s Diner; 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil Painting with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Internet Basics with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 10, Watercolor; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Pet Portraits with Cindy Sinor; 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 12:30, Pencil Drawing with Martha Talburt.