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
Deepa Joseph, Director of Milford Health Department has announced two Flu Clinics will take place at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, Monday, October 5th and Monday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
To pre-register, contact our insurance Specialists Jackie Sconzo or Laura Daneault at 203 877-5131 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please have your insurance information available when you call. The Milford Health Department will offer Fluzone High Dose for individuals 65 years of age and over at their Flu Clinics this season, including the Senior Center Flu Clinics.
The Milford Health Department recommends that all individuals age 65 and older receive the High Dose influenza vaccine. Fluzone High Dose is the first and only influenza vaccine designed specifically, for people 65 years of age and older. Persons in this age group have a higher risk of complications from influenza. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details that each year more than 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations and up to 49,000 flu-related deaths occur; it is estimated that 60% of the hospitalizations and 85% of the deaths occur in people 65 years of age or older. Also, aging decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting the influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine helps provide older adults a better immune response and therefore better protection against the flu.
On another note, the Milford Senior Center at 9 Jepson Drive, will host its annual Veteran’s Day tribute on Monday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m. This year, all seats will be assigned. Please RSVP by November 6.Tickets can be obtained at our front office before the event. Please call Program Director, Amanda Berry for details at 203 877-5131. Milford veterans and a guest are invited. We will celebrate Veteran’s Day with a complimentary luncheon, music by the Center’s band, The Note Ables, followed by a selection of patriotic music by the Center’s Choral group under the direction of Linda Whittaker. Veterans of all wars and servicemen and women are invited to attend.
Best Wishes Always
Janice M. Jackson
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR
Last month, our neighborhood experienced a power failure that lasted over four hours. You know what that meant, no television, radio or preparation of dinner. This event occurred in the evening so husband and I were captured in the darkness. Well, we lit two candles, sat in our chairs in the living room and held a conversation that consisted of “the old days” when there wasn’t any television, the radio emitted crackling sounds and stations that came and went. This feeling of being at the mercy of electricity prompted me to share the advantages of technology that we all take for granted. Those “good old days” may offer pleasant memories, but I’ll take today’s microwave ovens, digital cameras, cell phones, internet and cable television. Today’s seniors enjoy many of these “modern” concepts. Here at our Center, we host computer classes, have WFI availability, movies on a huge screen and enjoy discussions on the latest methods of utilizing I Pads and cell phones.. Today’s seniors are as they say, “hip”, “cool” “ sweet” and “together”. By the way, Halloween is celebrated this month at our Center, with a dinner dance, Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Costumes (fun) are optional and tickets are $15.00. You can purchase them at our front desk by Monday, October 26th. An interesting note, in North America, around $3 billion is spent on Halloween costumes, $2 billion a year on chocolate candy bars, 35 million Halloween cards are given every year, at a cost of $100 million. Our trick or treaters will be ringing doorbells this month. Enjoy their smiles, giggling and “thank you’s. This once a year event is fun! ‘Tis the season’; crunchy apples, smiling pumpkins and hot cider! Enjoy!
Milford Senior Center travelers visited Coney Island recently, enjoying the atmosphere and the rides. Sally Pazsak, left, Shirley Wilson, Debbie Jones and Patty Cervone right, were among the group visiting this very popular attraction.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to the Milford Senior Center! Larry Robstock, Patricia Crocco, Rosemary Zapatka, Barbara Troy, Diane Rodono, Anthony Rodono, Blanche Arpie and Barbara Goodwin. Also, JoAnn Walker, Andrew Ocetaik, Ann Marie Lynch, Betty Collins, Constance Greene and Robert Petroskie. Also, Suzette Hallstrom, Martha Meehan, Alan Waltersdorf, Greg Renner, Gloria Renner, Nancy Banick, Ann Rossi and John Takacs. Also, Marion Kallenbach, Rosemarie Esposito, Andrew Mirmina, Robert Kallenbach, Sharon German, Gerri Wheeler and Paulette Twitty. The annual fee for membership at the Milford Senior Center is $15.00 you are welcome to visit our office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register for membership. You may call our office at 203 877-5131 with any questions you may have on membership.
This photo of the chorus and dancers was taken at our Center 35 years ago! Do you recognie anyone?
FRED DELUCA, SUBWAY FOUNDER’S PASSING
Upon the death of Fred DeLuca, co-founder of the Subway Corporation, we at the Milford Senior Center would like to offer our sympathy to Mr. DeLuca’s family and the Subway staffs and employees throughout the world.
Student volunteers attended an IPhone presentation recently at our Center. Pictured, left to right, Mathew Urquira, Glenn Orpiano, back row, Grillian Tan and Callie Merva.
CONGRATULATIONS GOSPEL CHOIR!
The Milford Senior Center Gospel Choir recently celebrated its 24th year with a luncheon at Mama Teresa’s Restaurant. Two current members, Antoinette Adams and Ruth Bertilson were at the very first meeting of the choir in 1992.
This year the choir, under the direction of Debra Fellenbaum, presented its annual summer concert. The choir sang anthems, spirituals and hymns of joy, hope, peace and love. The audience enjoyed singing along with the familiar music. Soloists included Paul Noble, Barbara Burrows, Lucille Chapman, Harvey Paight and Irene Munick. The Senior Center provided refreshments.
The Gospel Choir meets each Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Student Volunteer Anthony Perna led a discussion on the world of the IPhone at our Center.
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 Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
OCTOBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
Celebrating the 50 s, dancers at the Milford Senior Center Sock Hop, whirled,twisted and shook, enjoying music of the day. Chuck Czajkowski, D.J. provided the music for the event.
The Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens program is holding its annual Autumn Garlic Festival at the Gazebo on the Milford Green in downtown Milford, Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, October 4th.
The Memorial Community Gardens Program is a practicing organic community garden in its 47th year of operation. It encompasses 135 plots, over 250 participants and donates an average of 1,200 pounds of fresh food per year through its participation in “Plant a Row for the Hungry’’ (PAR). It is the oldest community garden in southern Connecticut. You may call Linda Ball at 203 214-3407 or Dan Rusanowsky at 203 877-2592 for additional information on the Autumn Garlic Festival.
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.
Officer Joseph Dempsey of the Crime Prevention Office at the Milford Police Department provides the following information. You may reach Officer Dempsey at 203-874-2366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK TO SCHOOL
Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year: Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.
Sharing the road with young pedestrians - According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.
Sharing the road with school buses - If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
FOOD BANK DONATIONS
The Food Bank located at our Center is in need of toiletries such as toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Your donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also call Food Bank Manager, Sharon Brown at 203 877-5131 extension 2126 for additional information on all needed grocery or toiletry items.
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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.