Senior Center News: Sept. 15

Flu shots

Flu clinics with the nurses from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will take place at the senior center on Monday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 to 11:30. No appointments needed.

The cost of flu vaccine is $45, payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or HealthyCT. High-dose vaccine is available for those over age 65.  The cost is $60.

Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up.

For information, call the Flu Info Line at 203-762-8958, ext. 444 or 203-762-8958 to speak to a nurse.

Caring for the elderly

Our Lady of Fatima Church is hosting a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the church hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on services available to the elderly.  

Forum participants include Wilton Social Services, Lauren Hughes; Gregory and Adams, Ralph Slater; Stay at Home in Wilton, Phil Richards; Wilton Dial-a-Ride, Steve Pierce; Meals on Wheels, Susan Reid; Cannondale Senior Living: The Greens at Cannondale, Chris Rose and Kristen Johnson, and Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Danielle Ancona Ramos; Synergy Home Care, Kay Schreiber; Independent Long-Term Care Specialist, Laurie Sappern Gaugler; Waveny LifeCare Network, Mary Ntiri; Veterans Financial, Inc., Holly Walters; and Elder Support Services, Robin Roscillo. The forum is free and open to the public. Call 203-762-3928 to reserve a place.

Book discussion

Michael Bellacosa from Wilton Library has prepared an exceptional reading series for the coming year at the senior center. Each session begins at 11 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Books are on reserve at Wilton Library.  Brochures describing the entire 2016-2017 season are available at the senior center and the library.

The series begins with selections from The Poets Laureate Anthology edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt on Tuesday, Sept. 27:

  • Frost’s The Silken Tent,

  • Eberhart’s Coast of Maine,

  • Untermeyer’s Upon Washington Bridge,

  • and Jacobsen’s Hourglass.

Discussion leader is Judson Scruton.

Cholesterol screening

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a cholesterol screening on Monday, Oct. 10, at the agency’s offices in Suite 114 of the Health and Wellness Center at iPark, 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk. The screening is by appointment only and will be held from 8:45 until noon.

Screening includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose, as well as blood pressure and body mass calculation. It involves a simple, finger-stick blood test and results will be available within 10 minutes. A private health counseling session with a registered nurse will be provided.

The cost is $30, payable by cash or check. Fasting for 12 hours prior to the test is suggested but not required.

Appointments: 203-762-8958.

Alzheimer’s walk

Lizabeth Doty, team leader, invites you to join the Wilton Senior Center team to Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Calf Pasture Beach Park in Norwalk. To be a member of the Wilton Senior Center team, register at or call 888-272-3900. Information and entry forms are also available at the senior center.

The walk benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, which works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research and to provide and enhance care and support for all affected.

Coming events

For the week of Sept. 16:

Friday, Sept. 16, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Sept. 19, 9:30, Coffee and Clay; 10 to 11:30, Flu Clinic; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept., 20, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil Painting with Althea Ericsson; 10, Word with Catherine Myers; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 12:30, Five Crowns; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 6, Our Lady of Fatima Elder Support Services Forum.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge; 10, Word with Catherine Myers; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 10:30, Watercolor; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by the Brain Bowl sponsored by Brookdale Place Wilton; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Pet Portraits with Cindy Sinor.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 12:30, Pencil Drawing with Martha Talburt.