Senior Center News: Sept. 18

New Bridge Classes Beginning

Beginner bridge lessons start Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It is $75 for the eight-week series.  Intermediate bridge begins on Friday, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It is $75 for the eight-week series.  Call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to enroll.

Book Discussion at the Senior Center

Judson Scruton leads a book discussion on Billy Collins' Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology About Birds at the Wilton Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 11:00 a.m.

Billy Collins, editor of this charming little book, states in the introduction: “A subject such as birds may have been covered extensively as possible in prose, but that does not mean, as with any topic of human interest, that there is nothing left to say.  Indeed, the genre of poetry makes its true appearance along the line of verbal expression where the possibilities of prose have been exhausted.”

Bright Wings, through its combination of poetry and lovely illustrations, demonstrates this point. As described in the Minneapolis Star Tribune it is “an intelligent assembly of poems that take us places where prose cannot go… This little book is a reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers.”

Beads! Beads! Beads!

Viola Galetta will instruct a jewelry workshop at the Wilton Senior Center on Sept. 19, 10-11:30 a.m., with  No prior experience is necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm! Enjoy the fun of making your own beaded jewelry with select materials to match your own style. Make gifts for relatives and loved ones. There is a $5 fee, plus materials if needed.

What Does The Heart Say?

Have you ever wondered what makes the heart beat or even skip a beat?  Have you ever wanted to know why your doctor has recommended blood thinners? Do you know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?  On Friday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m., Nancy Capelle, founder of Cardiac Companion, LLC, will present the amazing mechanical, electrical and plumbing functions of the heart at the Senior Center. Ms. Capelle will also address heart disease, risk factors, and how to recognize and manage a cardiac emergency. Ms. Capelle's presentation is specifically geared for non-medical audiences.

On May 14, 2011, Ms. Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is alive today to tell her harrowing story of life and death. As a result of her experience, Ms. Capelle decided to radically change the focus of her professional life from what she thought others expected her to be to what she felt was her calling in life. Ms. Capelle resigned from her corporate job and became a Connecticut State certified Emergency Medicine Technician and is now a volunteer EMT with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She is also a certified EKG Technician and an American Heart Association certified BLS (Basic Life Support) instructor.

Call the Senior Center to reserve a place 203-834-6240.

Medicare Part D appointments

This year, open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. On Thursday, Nov. 6, representatives from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will meet with individuals regarding the Medicare Part D prescription drug program at the Wilton Senior Center.

Appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. Schedule an appointment through Sharon Powers, 203-834-6238.

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) 

The Wilton Social Services Department is available to help you apply for assistance with your heating bills. Income guidelines for eligibility state that a single individual may earn no more than $32,515; a couple's maximum income may not exceed $42,519. Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest.

There is also a liquid assets test. Liquid assets include checking, savings, CDs, stocks/shares, bonds, annuities, certificates of deposit and individual retirement account. The purpose of the liquid assets test is to try to ensure that winter heating assistance dollars go to households most in need; that is, to people without the financial means to heat their home. For homeowners, the first $10,000 in liquid assets, and for other households, the first $7,000 in liquid assets, is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income, must be below the income guidelines.

The program officially begins Nov. 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 203-834-6238. New documentation is required each year.

Avoid the flu!

Visiting Nurse & Hospice-sponsored flu clinics are open to the public. No appointment is necessary. This year quadravalent vaccine, which covers four strains of the flu, will be available.

Anyone three years of age or older may receive a seasonal flu vaccine  — "flu shot" — at these clinics. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Cost for the vaccine is approximately $40. Cash, check, Medicare Part B, Aetna, and Anthem will be accepted as payment. You must bring your insurance card with you.

Pneumonia vaccine will also be available to adults age 65 or older who have not previously received pneumonia vaccine since attaining age 65. The cost is approximately $80 and is billable to Medicare Part B.

Flu Info Line: 203-834-6341 ext. 444

Flu clinic schedule:
  • Wilton Senior Center, 180 School Road: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10-11:30, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10-11:30.
  • Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road: Saturday, Nov. 8, 10-11:30.
  • Wilton Kiwanis meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11-1.

Stay at Home in Wilton shows The Full Monty

Stay at Home in Wilton sponsors a showing of The Full Monty in the Wilton Senior Center lounge on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 5. The Full Monty is set in Sheffield, England, and it tells the story of six unemployed men, four of them former steel workers, who decide to form a male striptease act in order to gather enough money to change their lives. Bring an appetizer to share. Drinks and popcorn will be provided.

To RSVP, call Janet Johnson at 203-762-9303.

For information about Stay at Home in Wilton call 203-423-3225 or visit

“Free Downloads” from the Wilton Library 

Representatives from the Wilton Library will demonstrate step by step how to download free material from the Library website on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Lounge. Call 203-762-3950 to reserve a place.

Coming Events

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

For the week of Sept. 19:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine at 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta at 10, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis at 12, Free Swim at the Wilton Y from 1:30 to 3.
  • Monday, Sept. 22: Photo Book Workshop at 10, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo at 10:30, Movie at 12, Encore Bridge at 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters at 1.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23: Acrylics and Oils with Althea Ericcson at 10, Yoga with Denise O'Hearn at 11, Book Discussion with Judson Scruton at 11, Lunch at 12, Mah Jongg with Nerina Klobas at 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market from 12:30 to 2, Beginner Bridge at 1, Chair Yoga at Ogden House at 2, Stay at Home in Wilton shows The Full Monty at 3.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: Sewing at Ogden House at 9:30, Word with Andrea Ragusa at 9:30, Duplicate Bridge with Dan at 10, Comstock Writers with Magdalen Livesey at 10; Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi at 11:30, Mah Jongg at 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker at 1.
  • Thursday, Sept. 25: Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw at 9, Word with Andrea Ragusa at 9:30, Drawing with Martha Talburt at 9:30, Picasa Photo Program with Bill Brautigam at 9:30, Yoga with Denise O'Hearn at 10, Lunch at 12, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt at 12, Bingo at 12:45.