February is packed with several special holidays and occurrences. For one, February is Heart Health Month. The American Heart Association’s annual “Go Red for Women,” is a day designated to increase women’s awareness (source: www.goredforwomen.org). Wear Red Day as it has been known, will take place on Friday, February 7th. Everyone is encouraged to wear red in support on that day. It is imperative that women and men see their physician to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their heart health. Other members of your health care team that you may want to include is a dietician. They may be able to teach you which foods are most beneficial for your body.
We could not talk about February and hearts without including a word on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day, occurring every February 14th, is mostly celebrated with the giving of chocolates, cards and roses. And, it has occurred in America as early as the mid-1800s. I can only imagine what it was like back then.
February is also the month that we celebrate and honor notable individuals such as Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln birthdays, and all Presidents on Presidents Day (Feb. 17th). Black History Month is celebrated all month long in February spotlighting the history, accomplishments and innovations of African- Americans.
We celebrate Tu’ Bishvat, the New Year for trees, Mardi Gras, also known as ‘Fat Tuesday’ and Ash Wednesday in February.
There’s also a few lesser known special days. Two of my favorites; Paczki Day and National Cheddar Day.Let’s not forget the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day, which coincidently are both the same Sunday this year.February looks to be a great month for anything you plan on celebrating. Keeping yourself healthy, active and engaged, is the key to it all.One last note, if you haven’t visited the Center in a while, we have some great building improvements happening.
We have been updating several of our spaces. Our computer lab has a new home which will include new computers for your research needs. The former computer lab space will become a new flexible activity space, available for classes and group activities. Two spaces in the Ahrens Program have also been refreshed. Our dining room is in the process of being repainted and flooring in key areas are being addressed.
We look to have many new improvements to the Center as the year marches on. A happy, healthy February to everyone.
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
Well, some people like to reflect on a year’s passing, but I like to reflect on the possibilities of the year ahead. Over the many years I have participated in the editorial, publicist field, the challenges have been many. The past 12 years I have been on staff at the Milford Senior Center, I have always been provided a new interesting, day to day experience! With these thoughts in mind, I want to share an interesting new activity, Game Night held at 5:55 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays, of the month; Board Games the second Monday and the fourth Monday, Trivia. Members are invited to enjoy these fun nights at our Center! We are happy to be the new meeting location for the group, Women Redefining Retirement. For more information, check out their Facebook page. By the way, if you are 55 years of age or older and a Milford resident, for $15.00 a year, you can participate in the many happenings at our Center. You can enjoy music, participation in choral, gospel or band music, various exercise programs, board and card games, informative, cultural programs as well as languages, travels and more. Come on in and become a member! Happy Valentine’s Day!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
P. Constance Agahigian, Walter Aguille, Alysia Benninghoff, Diana Bytell, Theresa D’Amato, Rosemary Delillo, Richard Drost, Marcella Eckert, June Evans, Cynthia Fedock, Bonnie Garlick,Karen Hardiman, Charles Ilioff, Patricia Ilioff, Michael Klug, James Leko, Stephanie Leko and Aida Longo. Also, Diane McCormack, Charles Montalbano, Janet Montalbano, Barbara Morrison, Francis O’Hara, Kathy O’Hara, Barbara Smith, Richard Warner, Charlotte Weston and Roger Wetherall
WELCOME BRIDGE PLAYERS
Do you enjoy playing bridge? We play every Sunday, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. in our Card Room. You can play as a substitute or a regular. You may contact either Carol Walker at 203 376-8183 or Barbara Bourdeau 203 874-0246.
STORMY WEATHER ALERT
A reminder that in the event of inclement weather, please tune in to Radio Station WICC 600 on your dial or watch Channel 3 or 8 who will give the list of area closings of schools. If the Milford School System is closed, then the Milford Senior Center will also be closed. If there is a two hour delay, the Center will be open at 11:00 a.m. This delay is to allow enough time for the Public Works Department to shovel, plow and sand our sidewalks and parking lot.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
FEBRUARY 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.
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, Christine Lyas.
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.