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
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AHRENS PROGRAM: Recreation, nutrition and educational activities provided for older adults with physical and cognitive impairments. The program enables caregivers to have several hours of respite while the participant is being supervised by staff members and volunteers. Please call Christine Lyas, Social Services Worker at 203 877-5131 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for more information.
INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Assistance with Medicare Part A, B and D. Title 19 and other insuranceassistance is available by calling our Insurance Specialists, Laura Daneault or John Cornelius at 203-877-5131 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
MEALS ON WHEELS: Home delivered meals are distributed on a temporary basis to elderly and disabled clients. A donation is requested. Call Marie Vaughn, MOW Coordinator at 203-877-513
ENERGY ASSISTANCE: For information concerning income guide lines for energy assistance, call the Department of Human Services at 203-783-3253.
MILFORD FOOD BANK: The Milford Food Bank located at the Milford Senior Center, accepts monetary donations and donations of canned and jarred food and other non-perishable goods to be distributed to needy persons of all ages. Call Food Bank Manager, Sharon Brown at 203 877-5131 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Call 203- 877-5131 to schedule an appointment with Marie Vaughn, Geri Dichkewich or Phyllis Leggett.
SENIOR AND DISABLED HOUSING: For information concerning housing for seniors and disabled individuals, please call the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership at 203 877-3223, Saranor Senior and Disabled Housing or River Park or 203-877-7195 or River Park Senior and Disabled Housing at 203-877-9518.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is available to and from the Center and to and from medical appointments in Milford. Call Jim Convery, Transportation Supervisor at 203-877-5131 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at least 48 hours in advance for appointments.
The Center will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st and Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
Best Wishes Always
Janice M. Jackson
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
Happy New Year Everyone! I am sure it will take a number of us to remember to write or type 2019 on our correspondence for the next week or two. I find it difficult to believe 2018 passed by so quickly. However, here at the Milford Senior Center activities, programs and travel plans are rolling along with all of us anticipating their arrival. Program Director, Amanda Berry has been working diligently planning interesting and informative events and programs. Speaking of programs last month, the Honorable Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas, Judge Milford-Orange Probate Court, visited us at the Center and spoke on changes in the Connecticut Estate Taxes and other Probate Court updates. I approached the conference room to take some photos during the program and was delighted to see a huge number of people attending this event. Matter of fact extra seating had to be provided. The Center’s monthly programs are published in our bulletin, affording members and the public the opportunity to take advantage of these presentations. The Vita Program will be providing once again, free income tax preparation for all ages and low-income families Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning January 27th through April 15th. To register call 211-and choose option 3 then option 6. Please be careful. If you don’t have to go outside, pick up a good book, watch a television show or snuggle up and take a nap. However, there will be comfortable days and safe driving, so please come join us as a member. Annual fee is just $15.00 Please call us at 203 877-5131 if you have any questions.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Donna Buckley, James Burdo, Henrietta Burlison, Maureen Daley, David Dammassa, Benedict Danieluzuk, Jessica Jackson, Vincent Kiernan, John Maccone, Richard Milewski, Mary Moninger-Elia, Maureen Picciano, Penny Pierce and Thersa Sabo. Also, Robert Scales, Hedy Shokite, Richard Shokite, Cassandra Shortridge, Catherine Standley, Janice Stanford, Satoe Takahashi, Patricia Upton,Clinton White, Sandra Wilbur, Lois Wilmot and, Irene Young.
Welcome to our family!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
JANUARY 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.
Sharon Brown, Food Bank Manager displays recent contributions donated to the needy in Milford
The Milford Food Bank located in the Milford Senior Center has received a multitude of donated groceries for those in need.
Food Bank Manager, Sharon Brown extends a hearty thank you to everyone who contributed to this program.
Donations are always welcome and may be brought to the Center at 9 Jepson Drive. The Milford Senior Center is located just off High Street several blocks from the Green.
You may call Sharon Brown at 203 877-5131 for additional details on this program.
Happy New Year!
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and some of us keep them, but most of us do not. Although 80
percent fail by February, here are some that may help you keep them:
Move more and sit less! Take more daily walks, or join an exercise class at the Senior Center.
Explore and travel more. Visiting national parks is free. Volunteer more.
Send more handwritten letters. Folks, especially the elderly enjoy receiving mail from the U.S Post Office.
Call a friend or relative more. A phone call is always more personal.
Pick a time to wake up and stick to it. It’s difficult getting out of a warm bed, but it will actually help you get better sleep!
Live simply and buy what is needed. Be a little more conscious with your spending decisions.
Listen to music instead of the TV. Music is much less distracting.
Try something new! Yoga, baking, meditation or art classes, etc.
Go to bed on time and take time for self-care. Do something for yourself, read a favorite book or take a long bath.
Slow down while eating and savor each bite.
Go to local, live music concerts. Have as much fun this year as you can. Drop in on local shows and see what’s happening.
Do a little act of kindness daily.
Portions of this article are from collegelifeeasy.com and according to Kelsey Mulvoy, Inside Picks, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.
HEALTHY SENIORS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
The Milford Senior Center has a number of activities that you may like to place on your list of New Year’s Resolutions. As an example, the folks at Healthyaging.org suggest healthy foods, first, of course, eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats.
It is also suggested to speak up when you feel down or anxious. Talk to your friends or families or your health provider if you feel this way for more than two weeks.
Give your brain a workout, do crossword puzzles, read, join a book club, bridge club or a discussion group. The Milford Senior Center has such planned activities and are utilized often by seniors. 2019 A new year! Enjoy!
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.