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
Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into Law in 1965, the Act has provided a nationwide network of services that assists seniors to live with dignity in their communities.
Every May, according to the Administration for Community Living, the (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2018 theme is “ Engage at Every Age.” This theme emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well- being.
The Milford Senior Center will be celebrating Older Americans Month with beautiful art work created by our members at an Art Show on Friday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On display will be creations from the Art Class, Ceramics Class and the Knitting and Quilting Group. At 11:00 a.m. our Writing Classes will present an exciting, interesting and creative program. The events are open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Here at the Milford Senior Center, we are extremely proud of the seniors who participate with enthusiasm at the many activities our Center provides. Our members dance, sing, create, exercise, travel and are avid readers at our Book Club. In addition, seniors enjoy learning new languages, Wii Bowling, Osteoporosis Preventative Exercise Classes, Zumba Gold, participate in a Low Vision Support group, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and different Yoga classes. Their vigor is contagious serving as true symbols of today’s senior citizens
The Milford Senior Center wishes to take this opportunity to applaud Older Americans during the month of May. With the thought of this year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” we will continue to provide our seniors with quality programs and services that will assist older adults, now and in the future.
Best Wishes Always
Janice M. Jackson
If you would, for just a moment, take a look at our Center and appreciate the many fun, healthy and educational features that are offered every week day! 9 Jepson Drive has become one of “the” addresses in Milford, serving as a pivotal role in senior activities! We hope you will take advantage of the excellent programs planned for this month of May. Do you want to get your happy smile back again? Visit us Tuesday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. and learn how to manage stress with new coping strategies or join us at our Mother’s Day Tea, Wednesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. You can also learn how to become a Host Family for a foreign student, Thursday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. These are just a few May activities that you can really enjoy this month. A real treat here at our Center, our annual Creative Art Show, Friday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This month promises sweet scented flowers, green plush lawns and chatting walkers along our shoreline. Welcome May!
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR ELEANORE TURKINGTON
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Deborah Anderson, Jane Ayers, Sandra Capite, Frank Capite, Jr., Jim Cowan, Dana Cowan, Mary Jude Cook, Marianne Damon, Richard Dowin and Marjolijn Ehlert. Also, Anna Freibott, Joseph Koziel, Margaret Koziel, Richard LaBelle, Sharon Labelle, Carol LaBrake, Patricia Liptak and Judith Lynch. Also, Robert Maguire, Judy Moore, Susan Phillips, William Phillips, Peter Pietrini, Robert Pilot, Jeannette Pilot, Alexander Piskura, Janice Piskura, Susan Reher, Ana Marie Rodriguez, Theresa Renzulli, Joyce Shallah, Alejandrina Tan, Michael Thibodeau, Joyce (Susan) Toigo, Marlies Zahner and Shirley Zoeller.
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“DANCING MAKES ME FEEL GREAT!”
Country Line Dancing has been entertaining and relaxing people for many years. At the Milford Senior Center, we have an instructor who really loves teaching this very popular dance. Everyone recognizes “Babe” Dinneen, or officially known as Gelsomine Dinneen. Her nickname is unusual and when asked how she acquired “Babe”, her response brought a smile and a glint to her eyes. “Well, my grandmother didn’t speak English very well and since I was the baby, she called me Babe and Baby. Before you know it my sisters and my parents and everyone called me “Babe”.To this day, and I won’t disclose my age, I am still known with this childhood nickname.”
Her love of music began when she was a very little girl. Quite often she would climb over a stone wall to the ballroom at the Harry Gauri Field in West Haven and watch the dancers swing to and fro. This spunky little girl just loved music so much; as she grew to a teenager, this music lover would study the latest dance crazes, enjoying every minute of listening and moving to the sounds and various beats of the music of the day. Love of a special man who became her husband and eventually children arrived. Time and circumstances never deterred this woman from her fascination with music and dancing even as she pursued a career in motherhood and professional employment. Her children followed her musically, playing in a rock band and joining other musical criteria.
“Babe”’s true love of music and dancing is still with her these days, teaching throughout the state in various establishments. She carries her “boom box”, jumps into her car and heads toward her next assigment.” I just love music and I love dancing! It makes me feel great!”
“Babe” Dinneen, Milford Senior Center Country Line Dance Instructor, extreme right, leads her class every Wednesday morning.
SENIOR CENTER BENEFITS
According to the National Council on Aging, it’s time to update your vision of senior centers because they are not what they used to be. Today’s senior center is a vibrant, action packed combination of a local fitness center, volunteering headquarters, transportation hub and tasty dining locale.
If you are not a member of a senior center, make a plan to visit your local senior center soon; here are some things you might discover. Sure, cards are available and fun and challenging. However, most senior centers offer far more than that- everything from trips and special events to fine arts and crafts, music and dance, lifelong learning and fitness and health programs. There are center performances and programs, concerts and lectures. Some senior centers offer caregiver support groups, respite programs and maintain a computer lab with internet connections. Senior centers are also a great place to find volunteering opportunities.
Health and fitness are where senior centers have really expanded in recent years. Many senior centers offer aerobics, Zumba, Yoga and Tai Chi. Many senior centers also offer regularly scheduled blood pressure and glucose screenings that can replace tedious trips to a medical clinic for those simple procedures. Research shows that compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction.
The Milford Senior Center is among 11,000 senior centers who serve over 1 million older adults aged 50 plus every day offering many healthy, cultural, services and entertaining programs.
Portions of this article were provided by the National Council on Aging www.ncoa.org
Luncheon at the Milford Senior Center displays the usual full house!
Deborah Soricelli of Chance's Inspiration Canine Massage, presented a basic massage technique at the Milford Senior Center recently.
Valentine’s Day was celebrated with entertainment and treats at the Ahrens Program.
Kim Larkin, a Licensed Chocolatier offered samples to our visitors during the history of an Irish Chocolate program.
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 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 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.