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
Recently, as our employees were preparing statistics for the Mayor’s Annual Report, we learned we had a 37% increase in membership from last year. There was also a 23% increase in class participation as well as a 32% increase in our travel department. These statistics are proof older adults are joining the Milford Senior Center to participate in our many interesting classes and to travel. We are proud to be able to increase the variety of activities that are offered to members of the Milford Senior Center. For more information regarding trips, classes, and other activities, visit our website at www.milfordctseniorcenter.com.
We wish to invite our Milford residents 55 years of age and older, to join the Milford Senior Center. The annual membership fee is only $15.00 a year. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year the Milford Health Department’s Annual Flu Shot Clinics will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 30th. Please do not arrive at the Senior Center before 9:00 a.m. Further information will be available and published in our September Bulletin and local media.
Just a reminder, the Senior Center is an air conditioned facility and provides cool comfort for our older adults. The Center is open on Monday evenings until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Call 203-877-5131 before 4:30 p.m. to verify if we are open any other weekday evenings until 8:00 p.m. due to temperatures in the high 90’s.
We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable August.
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
The sweltering heat we experienced during July is just a memory now. Let’s hope August will be kind to us. However, here at our center, in spite of the hot weather, Center members can enjoy all of their activities in comfortable, air conditioned rooms. In addition Program Director, Amanda Berry has scheduled a number of special events that she has planned for our interests. As an example, you can participate in an AARP Safe Driving Class, review Medicare Programs, attend a discussion on Happiness and also learn how to respect and understand all animals. You can check out page 4 of this Bulletin and view the many special event options planned for August. By the way, please see our photo pages this month; they will offer you a glimpse into the busy, happy world of our members. Stay cool! Enjoy this last month of summer!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Cheryl Altona, Peggy Antonini,Beth Barrett, Mary Anne Benjamin, Alfred Benjamin, Virgilia Bernius, Joseph E. Bogdan, Thomas Boone, Donald Budzilek, Mary Ellen Busillo, Maureen Camera, Kathleen Cullen, Katherine Devine, Joseph Deyulio, Debra Dubien, Maureen Eisenhandler, Rita Emery, Guixiang Gong, Charles Griebell, Lorraine Hauck and Elinor Hill. Also, Bette Jacobson, Isabel Jensen, Frank Jordan, Donna Jordan, Sharon Kay, Kathleen Koch, Frances Kwolek, Gina Labrecque, Marianne Laska, Robert Laska and Susan Linsley. Also, Barbara Lisman, Phyllis Little, Thomas Minahan, Mary Ellen Murphy, Ellen Novack, Bonnie Peloso, Robert Peloso, Elizabeth Peterman, Elizabeth Petrucelli, Barbara Pietrini, Ira Rosen, Dolores Roller, Gerhard (Garry) Roller, Sharon Rutledge, Carol Scaramella, Anne Smith, Anita Stabler-Hussey, Cynthia Stephensen, Nancy Tomasco, Michael Walmycky, Jacqueline Weiner and Alexandra Winkleman.
SO MANY INTERESTING ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY AT OUR CENTER
The game of Chess, under the leadership of teacher Ed Doran, can be challenging and enjoyable as a number of our members have discovered.
Margaret Lewis and Bill Bennet select puzzle pieces to complete beautiful and interesting pictures.
Members of the i-Phone Class under the direction of teacher Aubry Monahan attended a four-day class on Apple applications at our Center.
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 any questions, you may call our Insurance Specialists, Laura Daneault or John Cornelius at the Milford Senior Center 203 877-5131
FOR THOSE MEDICARE “ELIGIBLE” AFTER 2020
For beneficiaries that are not eligible for Medicare until after 2020, you still have alternatives that will keep your out of pocket costs low. The only difference between the alternative plans listed below and first dollar coverage plans is the Part B deductible which is $185.00 as of 2019.
Alternatives to First-Dollar Coverage Plans:
Alternative to Plan C is Plan N. Plan N is considered a cost –sharing plan because you have to pay a co-pay of up to $20.00 for doctor visits and up to $50.00 at the emergency room.
Alternative to Plan F is Plan G. This plan covers virtually all your medical and hospitalization costs, including excess charges. Plan G is already a popular plan because it offers great coverage with a much lower premium than Plan F.
Plan G is a good bet if you want the fullest possible coverage. Once you meet the annual Part B deductible, you shouldn’t have any further expenses for services covered by Medicare.
Plan N is a good choice if you’re looking to save money on premiums, don’t mind a small copay, and aren’t concerned about excess charges. Excess charges aren’t allowed in some states, and even where they are permitted, not all providers charge them.
Even though Medigap Plan F High Deductible is not really a first-dollar coverage plan, it’s being discontinued since it’s a plan that falls under Plan F.
According to our Food Bank Manager , Sharon Brown, “ the shelves in the Food Bank were empty, but now they are full. Our sincerest thanks to the U.S. Postal Workers and the citizens of Milford who donated groceries recently to the city wide drive.”
AT OUR CENTER, WE ENJOY AND CREATE
There are programs at the Milford Senior Center that welcome members 55 years of age and older, the opportunity to create, sing, play an instrument and genuinely enjoy our many available selective activities. You will see a number of photographs in this edition of our Bulletin that display additional pursuits that will encourage participation and provide a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction.
During our Annual Creative Arts Show, the Art Class revealed their latest project, a “painted quilt” of Milford historic sites. We were excited to have Mayor Ben Blake join us for this event at the Center.
The Milford Senior Center’s Band, “The Note Ables,” under the direction of Linda Whittaker, following a performance at the Center’s Fourth of July “Happy Birthday to America” Celebration
The Milford Senior Center Gospel Choir Members performs regularly at concerts at the Center. The group is led by Choir Director, Debra Fellenbaum.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
AUGUST 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 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 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.