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    Content by Judy – Caring for others and yourself

    There will always be times in our lives when we offer care to others. Friends, parents, children and spouses have life events happen to them. We by instinct reach out and offer to help.
    When those life events happen a plan comes about, care and healing happen and the world rights itself at some point. During that time life becomes quite crazy and hectic.
    We could do a lot of our caregiving better and easier if we plan ahead. When a baby is about to be born plans are made for a doctor, aftercare for mom, cribs and more are bought. Questions are asked and answered. Babysitters, daycare decided on.
    But for lots of other caregiving situations no planning is done at all. We age, our parents age. We don’t talk about what will happen as we lose some of our independence. Who will care for who? What agency do we want and what don’t we want?
    Now is the time to look at the home, the budget and other options. Is it safe to stay at home? Is a move needed? What resources are there to pay for help? What will insurance pay for? What insurance is available? Is there a care plan manager? Are there resources from an employer available?
    Start looking for the answers to some of these questions now.
    Plus, start planning how the caregivers will get some respite. It is not unheard of for the caregiver to die before the one they are taking care of. Caregiving is stressful, a lot of work, demanding and exhausting.
    We all need time for ourselves and so do the caregivers. They need time away from the situation. Whether it’s going out to lunch, shopping, taking a nap, gardening or reading a book they need a break.
    Take care of the caregiver so they can continue to care for their loved one.

    Be an advocate. Be a voice. – CONTENT BY JUDY

    As we proceed towards the November elections, we’ll hear lots and lots of chatter. Some that we agreed with and some that we dislike greatly. But now is the time to voice your opinion on what matters the most to you. Do you find certain issues are not even mentioned by those who are running for office? Do you think that those running ignore you? Do you feel left out?
    Well now is the time. Call, email, text and/or write to those who are going to be on the ballot in November. Attend events where the politicians will be. Work on a campaign. Hold a sign stating what you want. And make your own sign if need be.
    If we continue to leave the outcome of the elections up to others we can not continue to complain about the direction our state and country are going in. We must give voice to what is important to us!
    I learned a long time ago that if 5 to 6 people contact a politician about any one issue, that issue is very important to a lot of people and they will respond. A recent example is Governor Malloy cut the Medicare Savings Program and when word got out lots of phone calls were made to CT Senators and Representatives and the program was fully restored.
    Your voice does matter! Be reasonable. Be rational. Your opinion is important. Tell your story about why change should be made and how that change should look.
    And you can make things better for lots of others when you become a part of the solution. Be a voice. Be an advocate.

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR 18/19 FALL&WINTER SEASON

    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New London office of TVCCA. Appointments are required. Please call 860-444-0006. The Senior Center office will assist the
    Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their applications. You must call the Senior Center office to obtain your appointment.
    Appointments will be made at Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes for those residents. Watch for notices.

    WALK WITH EASE

    More than just walking on your own.

    This Arthritis Foundation designed walking program is proven to reduce pain and improve your overall health. Receive a pedometer and a workbook. Pre and post testing. Independent program for 6 weeks. Walk with us two days & one day on your own.

    Learn about the program on Thu, Sep 6th at 10am

    Start on Sep 11th @ 9am thru Oct 30th
    Tue & Thu (a few extras days built in for rain)

    Meet at Hole in the Wall parking lot.
    Must register
    $8pp fee

    DANCE w/The Illusions Band – Friday, September 7th

    Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    NO PARTNERS NEEDED! Everyone welcome!
    $10pp Tickets sold at the door starting at 6:30pm.
    East Lyme Community Center
    Light refreshments available.