Milford Senior Center Looks Forward To An Updated Veterans Celebration
November 11th is a day reserved in order to pause and recognize veterans and their service to the country. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, to correspond to the one-year anniversary of World War 1. The annual observance was adopted by Congress in a resolution in 1926 making Nov. 11th a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, the name of the holiday changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or deceased. It especially gives thanks to those living veterans who served their country both during war or peacetime. Every year, the Milford Senior Center hosts a Veterans Day Program to honor our men and women who have served and reside in Milford. This year’s Veterans Celebration will be on Friday November 8th. Weather permitting, Taps will be played at 9:30am near the entrance at the base of the flagpole. Veterans who are members of the Milford Senior Center will receive a meal voucher redeemable for a hot lunch at the Milford Senior Center at the end of the Veteran celebration. Vouchers will be valid through the end of November. For more information please contact Program Director, Amanda Berry at (203) 877-5131.
Thank you again to all our Veterans!
Message from the Executive Director
Dear Members, November is a month that we are reminded of what we are thankful for; family, friends, neighbors and especially our veterans. We look forward to a pleasant Thanksgiving Day meal and a little football, too. The weather becomes a topic at this time of year, as well. We will be closed on Monday Nov. 11th in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday Nov. 28th and Friday Nov. 29th for Thanksgiving.
As a reminder, if there is inclement weather, the Milford Senior Center follows the Milford Public School system’s closing policy. If the Milford Public Schools are closed, we are closed. If the schools are having a 2-hour delay, the center will open at 11 a.m. on that day. In other news, I have received a total of 15 notes in our suggestion box as of October and we are happy to announce that per suggestions of “more dances” we have worked on a creating a great event in December featuring ’The Bernadettes’. For more info contact Program Director Amanda Berry at 877– 5131.
Help Fill Our Shelves at the Milford Food Bank
The Milford Senior Center is welcoming donated items for the Milford Food Bank. You may drop off items at the center at 9 Jepson Drive, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also looking for gift cards to grocery stores in denominations of $25.00 or more. Contact Sharon Brown, Food Bank manager at (203) 877 - 5131.
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
Thanksgiving! One of my favorite family holidays; Oven baked turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, the entire menu shared with my children and their families. November, the month you can begin to feel the frost in the air and possibly the threat of a snowfall.. November at our Center also promises to be an enjoyable month. May I remind you to turn to page 4 of this month’s bulletin. Program Director Amanda Berry has planned many events that will capture just about everyone’s interests. Members are able to keep up to date on next year’s health plans, attend an AARP’s Safe Driving Class, gain tips for caregivers and enjoy the various classes in exercise, dancing and crafts just to name a few popular activities found here. Occasionally, I take a brief stroll around the Center and recently I heard The Note Ables, the Center’s band, under the direction of Linda Whittaker, rehearsing for our Veteran’s Day Program, Friday, November 8. Rosemary Boone, director of the Choral Group has also been rehearsing for Veteran’s Day.. You will be impressed with the performance of these two music groups. Our new Executive Director Leonora C. Rodriguez has a number of exciting, interesting plans coming up that we can all look forward to as well. If you are not a member of the Milford Senior Center and are a Milford resident and over the age of 55, come join our family. Annual membership is just $15.00. Please call us at 203 877-5131 for sign up information.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Maureen Brannelly, Carol Carboni, Leslie Cichon-Allen, Gordon Clark, Eugenie Cody, Louis Coulombe, Caroline D’Avignon, Denise DeBrocke, Cathy Duhamel, Bernadette Furrelle, Theresa Furrelle-Sladick and Diane Hagan. Also, Cynthia Haight, Arlene Hart, Marcia Insler, Nancy Insler, Dottie Johns, Tamara Thomas Leach, Darlene Lombardo, Jill Moran, Clare Rogers, Sherry Sierzant, Joseph Sladick, Liz Smethurst, Rich Smethurst, Jody Stapleton, Joan Annatone and Teresa Salzillo.
The Ahrens Program provides respite time for caregivers. The program is designated for individuals with cognitive impairments who require a supervised environment. During their stay in the program, members are offered a light breakfast and enjoy various activities, which include; arts & crafts, tables games, cognitive fit games, music and entertainment, trips and other special events. To learn more about the Ahrens Program, please contact Rita Whiskeyman, Program Coordinator at (203) 877-5131.
VETERANS DAY PARADE
The City of Milford is hosting Veteran’s Day Parade, Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. Units meet 9:15 a.m. Daniel Wasson Field parking lot. Veteran’s Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, November 11th front of Milford City Hhall 10:45 a.m.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
If you are not a member of the Milford Senior Center and you are a Milford resident 55 years of age or more, for just $15.00 a year, you are welcome to join us for all the fun, exercise, cultural, educational and social activities that the Milford Senior Center offers. Please call us with any questions at 203 877-5131.
BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS
It is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. Here are scams to watch out for in 2019
BEWARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY SPOOFING CALLS
There’s been a significant uptick in fraudulent telephone calls from people claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA). In them, unknown callers threaten victims that they face arrest or other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. Sometimes the scammers switch tactics and say that they want to help an individual activate a suspended Social Security number. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. Know that Social Security rarely contacts persons by phone unless you have ongoing business with them and they never make threats about arrest or legal action. Report suspicious calls to the SSA Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271
WATCH FOR A NEW TWIST ON THE OLD GRANDPARENT SCAM
The grandparent scam has been around for several years. In the approach, a person calls an older adult pretending to be a grandchild who’s been involved in an accident or legal trouble and needs money immediately.
The FCC warns that if you or a loved one receives one of these calls, don’t act right away. Call that grandchild back on a correct phone number and verify the whereabouts. If you’ve mailed cash, report it right away to the Postal Service or shipping company you used. Some people have been able to stop delivery by acting quickly and giving a tracking number. Be sure to also file a complaint to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.
ONLY WORK WITH REPUTABLE AGENCIES AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER
Unfortunately, natural disasters are a golden opportunity for scammers, who target both those who’ve been directly affected and those who want to offer their support. Natural disaster scams typically start with unsolicited contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in person.
Scammers may impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-meaning consumers, set up fake websites with names that mimic legitimate charities to trick people into sending money. They also pretend to be from the IRS and collect personal information under the guise of helping victims with fire loss claims and get tax refunds.
This article contains information from the National Council On Aging
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 email@example.com or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Please notify us if you are aware of a member who is in a healthcare facility in Milford. Please call 203- 877-5131 to request a visit from our Friendly Visitor, Maryann Hayes.
Members: Please do not use the road between the Senior Center and the condominium complex as an exit. This road is only to be used to pick up or drop food off, deliveries and City vehicles.
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 Leonore C. Rodroguez, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.