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    Content by Judy   April 2018

    We hope you’re enjoying this newsletter and the information you get on SeniorCenterCt.org. “Like us on Facebook” and you’ll see a great number of articles covering a wide range of topics. We’re also on Twitter and LinkedIn. And we just started doing Instagram!

    We’re everywhere and growing! For the first quarter of 2018 we have 3,936 users on 5,620 sessions with 18,907 pageviews! Watch on Facebook for the chart that shows our growth from the time we started in 2016.

    Tell your family and friends about SeniorCenterCt.org and to “like us on Facebook” so they are up to date too.

    Thanks for your support – Judy

    FOOT CARE PROGRAM

    Come and get the Foot Care you need.  Our On-A-Good-Foot Program can help.  Foot care not covered by Medicare will be paid by a grant received from Senior Resources with Title III funds made available under the Older Americans Act. A suggested donation of $5.00 is appreciated and helpful, not required.  Dr. Thomas Walter, Podiatrist comes to our Center once a month to perform routine foot care. Call for an appointment – 848-0422. Call for details 848-0422.

    Kathleen Doherty-Peck: Citizen of the Year by the New London Lodge of Elks

    THANK YOU—As some of you may know, I was recently named
    Citizen of the Year by the New London Lodge of Elks No. 360
    at a wonderful banquet last month. I am truly honored to have
    been chosen. I received many awards at the banquet: The Elk’s
    Distinguished Citizen, The Elk’s Citizen of the Year, Senator Blumenthal’s
    Certificate of Recognition, Senator Murphy’s Certificate
    of Accomplishment, Proclamation from N.L. Mayor Passero, A
    Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor McDaniel &The Town of
    Montville presented by Councilors Caron & Jaskiewicz, and an Official
    Citation from the State of CT General Assembly presented by
    Rep. Ryan and Rep Soto. I was genuinely beside myself. As I was reflecting on receiving
    such tremendous awards, I thought of all the wonderful people who work with
    me, to do all that I do, and wanted to give my THANKS. As I cannot and do not do the
    things that I do by myself; it takes many of us to help make our community strong, care
    for those in need, and support our seniors! I would like to thank all who help me and
    give so freely. I can’t name everyone as I would be very upset if I unintentionally leave
    someone out, please know that I offer my sincerest appreciation for all that you do! I
    would like to give a special thank you to my family—EVERY MEMBER as each one
    not only helps me throughout the year in many of my endeavors and often think I am
    crazy for some of my undertakings (though willingly get roped in to help!) and also give
    of their time and effort to our Town in so many other ways! I would like to thank my
    dedicated and loyal staff, whom I consider my close friends; Always by my side working
    hard to help make all of the events, programs, & craziness go smooth! I would like
    to thank all of the dedicated volunteers that help so much in social services AND my
    wonderful senior volunteers, who work so hard on every event and program we do! I
    also consider many to be dear friends. I would also like to thank our Town Officials for
    all of their continued support; Councilor Caron for all he does! I am truly thankful to the
    New London Elks, all of the local and state Representatives for the awards and honors.
    I am so blessed to have all of my family and friends by my side daily, enjoying the wonderful
    roller coaster ride we are all on. Thank you. -Kathleen Doherty-Peck

    Content by Judy- March- New Medicare Cards

    Be on the lookout for your new Medicare Cards and tell everyone else to look for theirs. Your neighbors, your family, friends and strangers even! The new cards will have a randomly generated number. No longer will it use your Social Security number! Great thing and it will help protect all of us from identity fraud.

    “We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”

    Be very cautious and on the alert for scammers. If anyone calls you about your replacement card they are not from Medicare or Social Security! Officials will NEVER ask you for personal or private information or ask for money as part of the new card process.

    It looks like Connecticut and the rest of New England will be getting theirs after June of 2018. To be sure you get your card make sure Social Security has your correct address. You can check your address by visiting ssa.gov/myaccount or by calling 800-772-1213.

    Just make sure you don’t throw it out with the junk mail!!

    Content by Judy

    2018 brings successes and challenges. As I look back I see the 50% growth of www.SeniorCenterCt.org. As I look forward I see the challenge of matching that 50% growth plus expanding Jencks Network. I’m thankful for what has happened and hopeful of what the future holds.

    And that brings me to this little ditty I wrote…

    What is old??  Me? NO!  You? NO!  Them?? Of course, it’s them… not us! Right!

    Is old turning 40? 50?  Oh, wait I’m past those, so it must be 70…80…90???

    Hey all I know is it’s not me right now. I don’t feel old – however that feels –  and I sure as heck don’t look my age – as I stamp my foot!

    So, if we are not old….

    Then we can and will do everything we have ever done. Right?

    We will continue to learn and do new things.

    We will be trendsetters.

    We will reinvent ourselves again!

    We will find new paths.

    We will not say “Oh I’m too old for that”

    We will not say “I can’t do that.”

    We will not say “I always wanted to do that.”

    We will not say “If I was younger…”

    I know what I will do!

    I will take smart risks.

    I will set attainable goals.

    I will reach for the impossible.

    I will push forward, and I hope you join me on the aging journey!!

    Because if we don’t age in a positive fashion…..

    – tell me what the alternative is!

    -Judy Jencks