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
As I plan to retire June 30th and reflect back on my 48 year career as an employee of the Milford Senior Center, I can’t help but think about our humble beginnings in the basement of the Mary Taylor Methodist Church located on Broad Street in Milford.
From 1970 to 1978 we were called the Senior Center Drop-in Center. I was one of five employees occupying one small room, a sitting area, and a room with a pool table. The attendance at the weekly club meetings was growing and it became apparent that we needed our own Senior Center building. The Executive Director, the late Kathi McDonnell-Bissell worked with State and Local officials to construct a much needed Senior Center on 9 Jepson Drive. We moved into our new Center in July, 1978 and loved having our own offices and of course air conditioning! There have been two additions since 1978 and we now have a 33,000 square foot facility. We have an elevator to the second floor conference rooms, a class room, additional offices and restrooms. We also have a basement that is used only for storage.
I have grown with the Senior Center and have experienced countless changes over four and a half decades. I have had the opportunity of working with many different individuals and their families in my capacity as Administrative Assistant, Administrative Coordinator, Social Services Coordinator, Interim Director, and Executive Director. There have been many challenges throughout the years, however, I have learned to listen, be patient, flexible, and remain calm especially during emergency situations.
I am extremely proud of the accolades the Milford Senior Center has received over the years. I am grateful to have been able to participate with our dedicated Council on Aging Board of Directors, employees, and volunteers in establishing policies and procedures that confirmed those compliments.
During my retirement I plan to complete several home projects, catch up on some reading, and watch more classic movies. Also, my husband John and I are planning longer road trips on one of our Harley-Davidson trikes. As a member of the Senior Center I hope to take advantage of more wonderful day trips.
John and I plan to stay in Milford, Connecticut, the City that we were born and raised in, so I won’t say good-bye, but see you soon!
Best Wishes Always
Janice M. Jackson
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
The month of June symbolizes weddings, beautiful flowers, beaming parents at graduations and joyous celebrations. This month also heralds June 16th, Father’s Day! Back in 1972 President Richard Nixon established this holiday, honoring all fathers. Our Executive Director Janice M. Jackson is retiring this month. Janice has led our Center for many years and we will all miss her. Janice was responsible for numerous innovations and increased membership at the Center. Good luck Janice! We know you will enjoy the many days ahead. An interesting note came across my desk the other day that you may be interested in; the Norwalk Community Chorale is performing an evening of Disney Music! It’s Free! Enjoy! June 1st , 7:30 p.m. in the Norwalk Concert Hall Please take a close look at page 8 of today’s bulletin. You will see a photo of our volunteers who were honored at our annual Volunteers Brunch recently. Mayor Ben Blake, added his compliments to the group and joined the chuckles and happy spirt during our photo shoot. I enjoyed photographing these dedicated volunteers as well. Let’s applaud these folks who have donated countless hours of service to our Center. We thank you! There are so many interesting activities and programs going on at our Center this month. You may want to check them out on page 4 today. The special events that are planned will capture your interest I am sure. A happy June to everyone!
Milford Department of Human Services
Kicks-Off Renters Rebate Program
The City of Milford will begin to accept applications to the 2019 Renters’ Rebate Program. This program is for elderly renters (65+) or renters under the age of 65 who receive Social Security Disability benefits. The maximum yearly income for single applicants is $36,000.00 and for married couples it is $43,900.00.
As in previous years, Milford Department of Human Services Outreach Staff will be taking applications at Milford Senior and Disabled Housing sites as follows:
Viscount Drive Tuesday, June 18th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 23rd 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jagoe Court Thursday, June 20th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m Thursday, July 25th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DeMaio Drive Tuesday, June 25th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 30th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Catherine McKeen Center Thursday, June 27th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1st 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Foran Towers Tuesday, July 9th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saranor Apts. Thursday, July 11th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Senior Center Tuesday, July 16th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
River Park Thursday, July 18th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Applicants should bring all 2018 rent and utility receipts and all 2018 income verification including their SSA-1099 and 2018 Federal Tax Return (if filed).
The Milford Department of Human Services will also be taking applications for all other qualified residents who do not reside in the above sites beginning May 21, 2019, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 203-783-3253. Applications will be taken through October 1, 2019.
The Milford Senior Center paid tribute to the many volunteers who gave of their time this year, in varied capacities throughout the Center. Mayor Benjamin Blake, center, seated offered a greeting of appreciation to the group of men and women during the recognition brunch held at the Center recently. Seated, l-r, Janice Jackson, Executive Director of the Milford Senior Center, Mayor Benjamin Blake, Council Aging Board of Directors, Dick Dowin, Cynthia DeLuca, Gloria Lanna and Phil Caporisso
Volunteering- A Sense of Purpose
Volunteering offers a tremendous boost to healthy aging. Numerous studies confirm that seniors with a sense of purpose are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, disabilities, heart attacks or strokes and are more likely to live longer than people who are still searching for a purposeful outlet. A study conducted by Drs. Randy Cohen and Alan Rozanski and colleagues at Mr. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, found that having a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk for mortality and cardiovascular events. An article that appeared in the American Medical Association News even urged doctors to “prescribe” volunteer service for their patients!
Healthcare providers and service organizations alike are calling this new emphasis on volunteer service a big win-win. The U.S. Administration on Aging reports that a record number of older adults are volunteering today. Almost a third of seniors volunteer- that’s over 20 million older adults, whose donated service is valued at $67 billion dollars per year. A third of all volunteers are age 55 or older. If you have the desire to give of your time and energy, volunteer opportunities await you. As most volunteers attest, you’ll likely get back far more than you give.
Portions of this article are from www. Lcadvocates.com
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Dorothy Arcovitch, Rita Barnhart, Marie Celantano, Roger Csugie, Cheryl Csugie, Patricia Cucuzza, Maria Eugenia Dimeglio, Susan Fricke, Annette Hartney and Deanna Dee Hartwig. Also Roy Jancson, Lynn Johnson, Lori Kratzer, Kelly Miller, Kathleen Morse, Thomas Morse, Elspeth Nelson, John Nevin, Eve Nucifora, Barbara Poole, Susan Pusateri, Karin Seufert, Peter Viola, Amy Zabin, Karin Zamolsky, Peter Zamolsky and Margaret Zavidniak.Also, Amelia J. Barnes, Charles Barnes, Sr., Ellen Curran -Lindquist, Elaine Dworkin, Jed Horwith, Shirley Lang and Marie Zyde.
There are changes coming with Medicare next year and we will try to keep you informed. Each month until January, 2020, you will find important information in this column. If there are any questions, you may call our Insurance Specialists Laura Daneault or John Cornelius at the Milford Senior Center, 203 877-5131.
MEDICARE CHANGES IN 2020
Starting in 2020 there will be no more first- dollar coverage plans available to those who are considered Medicare eligible after 2020. First dollar coverage plans are Medicare Supplement Plans that leave you with zero out of pocket costs .
The three Medicare Supplement Plans considered first-dollar coverage plans are
High Deductible Plan F
Why First Dollar Coverage Plans are Being Discontinued
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 eliminates all Medigap Plans that cover the Medicare Part B deductible.
The reason for the change is due to some members of Congress believing Medicare beneficiaries are over-using healthcare services since they don’t have to pay anything out of pocket at all.
By making everyone meet the Medicare Part B deductible, legislators hope to prevent beneficiaries from running to the doctor for every minor ailment.
Critics argue that the deductible may keep people from getting the care they need. When people don’t see a doctor, they can end up with more serious conditions down the road.
In Next Month’s Bulletin: How Medicare Changes in 2020 Will Impact Beneficiaries.
Father’s Day is celebrated Sunday, June 16 and is recognized as an occasion to celebrate the contribution that fathers have made to many of our lives.
Father’s Day is a relative modern holiday, so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or a greeting card to large family celebrations to honor all of the father figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Fath3r’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.
There are a range of events that may have inspired the idea of Father’s Day. One of them was the memorial service held in 1908 when a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December of 1907.
Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by Richard Nixon.
Portions of this article was contributed by time and date.com
Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American Flag on their home or office. Other popular ways of observing this holiday includes flag raising ceremonies, Flag Day services, school quizzes and essay compositions about the American Flag. musical salutes, street parades and awards for special recognition.
Flag Day is Friday, June 14th.
This information was provided by timeanddate.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
JUNE BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
Christmas in July Tag Sale
Come visit our July Tag Sale, Sunday July 21st 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tables are $ 15.00 and Vendors can call Amanda Berry, Program Director at 203-877-5131 to reserve your table today!
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.
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.