The Milford Senior Center is open to Milford residents 55 and over, regardless of color, creed, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.
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The Milford Senior Center is a United Way Agency
The Mission of the Milford Senior Center is to serve the specialized needs of Milford’s Senior population.
Benjamin G. Blake
Lillian A. Holmes
Janice M. Jackson
Eleanore Myers Turkington
We will be hosting two tax preparation programs this year, the AARP Income Tax Assistance Program and the VITA Program.
The AARP Income Tax Assistance Program provides free Income Tax preparation assistance for low and middle income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. The program will run February 2- April 14th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants are required to register by calling 203 877-5131.
Taxpayers should bring with them, all information and documents that apply to their 2015 Income Taxes, including a copy of 2014 Income Tax Return, W-2 wage and tax statement forms. W-1G, certain gambling winning forms, all 1099 forms, social security benefit statement, original cost of stocks, bonds and mutual holdings sold during 2015, all documents that relate to deductible expenses, such as medical, state income taxes, property taxes, contributions and mortgage interest.
The Vita Program involves free income tax preparation for all ages and low-income families with earnings of $54,000.00. The VITA Program associated with the I.R.S. will be offered by TEAM Inc. at the VITA Clinic at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. This program will run Sunday, January 31 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Monday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through April 18, 2016.
To register for the VITA Program and for more information regarding documents needed, please call TEAM at 203 736-5420.
As a reminder, when the Milford School System is closed due to inclement weather, the Senior Center will be closed. If there is a 90 minute delay, the Senior Center will open at 10:30 a.m.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Best wishes always.
Janice M. Jackson.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Mike Litwinsky, Joan Litwinski, Alison Bell, Lillie Katrick, Barbara Ereshena, Marie Czubatyz, Jake Czubatyz, Jeanne Derosiers, Diane Riso, Thomas Riso, Helen Mucherino, Nicholas Mucherino, Shirley Hall, Harry Hall, Holly Thornton Altieri, Eugene Musicus, John Brennan, Terese Brennan, Gail Dolyak-Chidsey, Robert Chidsey, Mary Testa, Richard Lawless and Karen Lowe. You can obtain an annual membership for $15.00 affording you the opportunity to enjoy the many discussions, programs and services offered here. You may call our office at 203 877-5131 or visit our office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 for additional information.
Can you believe it! It’s February! This is the month grandparents receive Valentine cards created by little hands, boxes of chocolates given to sweethearts, and hugs and kisses to wives and husbands! Our center is hosting a Valentine’s Day Party, on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. Come join us for music, dancing and refreshments. You can check out the details on page 5 of today’s issue. By the way, the Milford Senior Center was highlighted in the winter edition of the magazine, Milford Living. The feature displayed photos of the various activities and programs at our center. A special thank you to Cindy Gerber, the author of this article. An invitation to Milford residents over the age of 55 who are not members of the center; please take a moment and look over page 6 of this issue. You will find a complete list of activities offered Monday through Friday and Sunday and on page 4, a travel guide provided by our travel office. Have you visited our morning Continental Breakfast Program? A real treat for our members, starting at 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Pleasant conversations, music and an opportunity to make new friends! We applaud the members of our knitting class. Their talents and efforts are a great benefit to the Beth El Shelter, Yale Hospital, Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Abused Women of Derby. Baby blankets, baby sweater sets, hats, scarves, prayer shawls and sweaters are created and donated to these organizations. All this “from the heart”, an appropriate tribute to Valentine’s Day!
MILFORD HOSPITAL SEEKING
AFTERNOON AND EVENING VOLUNTEERS
Christine Brown Volunteer Coordinator
Discover the rewards of volunteering while making a difference in our community. Milford Hospital is seeking prospective volunteers with mid to late afternoon or evening availability. The greatest need for volunteers is in the Enchanted Window Gift Shop, theInformation Desk, Emergency Department and the Walk In Center on the Post Road.
Detailing volunteer policies, procedures and an overview of current vacancy information can be obtained by calling Christine Brown at 203 876-4062
Most positions require the ability to commit to one 3 ½ hour shift per week. Candidates must be over the age of 18 and must enjoy interacting with the public. Excellent customer service skills, dependability and the ability to stand, walk and/or push wheelchairs if needed are also required.
Milford Hospital volunteers are committed community members who care about making a difference in the lives of others. We invite you to share your skills and talents with our hospital and our community.
Senior Volunteers Facts
According to the Agency on aging of South Central Connecticut, over 140,000 hours of service were provided this past year to children with special needs and to frail older adults who are trying to remain in their own homes rather than to be premature institutionalized. This service was provided by 140 AOASCC Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program volunteers.130 volunteers were recognized by the AOASCC staff during the annual event in recognition of the community service of the 130 volunteers in attendance. Some of these volunteers have been part of these programs for over 20 years and stated that they plan on continuing to volunteer their time and energy to the children and older adults they serve on a daily basis.
Why volunteer? The volunteers voiced their feelings that the time given as a volunteer has helped them to stay young, to feel like a vital part of their community and to have a purpose and reason to get up in the morning.
Hal Grossgold, a volunteer, entertains our members in the lounge with his large repertoire of music. Hal plays the harmonica and drums and has also performed in a rock band. Talent, apparently, run’s in Hal’s family, his grandfather, Yip Harburg wrote the lyrics for the original Wizard of Oz!
TITLE VI COMPLIANCE
Do you know your rights under Title VI? Title VI ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding. Milford Council on Aging supports Title VI. For more information visit our web site milfordctseniorcenter.com and go to the link Information and Referrals. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
SENIOR HOME OWNER SCAMS
Seniors are most at risk when it comes to fraudulent contracts and home improvement scans. Why are they preyed upon more than other types of homeowners? First, seniors own more than half of the financial assets in the United States, making them prime targets. 30 percent of all scam cases in the United States list seniors as victims. Research shows that seniors are most susceptible to scams than other age groups, either because they are more open or polite.
In terms of fraudulent contractors, the US Department of Health estimates that 60 percent of the elderly, live in homes 20 years or older. These homes usually need updates and renovations like walkways and other improvements for accountability. As such, when a fraudulent contractor comes to offer a deal,, seniors do not ask as many questions or complete background checks because they need the work done. When they realize they have been duped, they will not report it for fear of shame or put in a home. If they do decide to report the home improvement scam, they will usually remember fewer details about the crime.
How to protect yourself- Take the time to think through decisions, Don’t allow anyone to rush into a deal or signing a contract. Always get a written contract. Shop around and get more than one estimate, or ask a trusted friend to review the options before deciding. Make final payments when the work is completed to satisfaction. Review how their family will handle the situation if someone is coming to the door to sell a home repair or remodeling service. Know what you want before you agree to the job. Check with the Better Business Bureau for their rating and any complaints against them and verify their license if they are insured.
Information provided by Home Advisor,Inc.
Chuck Czajkowski, an employee of the Transportation Department, dances with Ahrens Department Volunteer, Odilia Molina.Chuck, a professional D.J. provided the music for Ahrens
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING SITES: If you live at DeMaio Gardens, blood pressure screenings are available the first Tuesday of every month; Foran Towers, the second Tuesday of each month; Jagoe Commons, the third Tuesday of the month and Island View Park, the fourth Tuesday of the month. All blood pressure screenings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through the courtesy of Home Care Plus.
Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Janice M. Jackson, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.