Resources

    Mondays, Starting January 28th- Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives

    Beginning January 28th

    Did you receive any annual Holiday letters this year?  Did you ever notice how these letters only mention the glowing successes, the positive things that your friends, their kids and grandchildren have done over the past year?  Did you laugh to yourself knowing there is more to the story?  Some people notice that these “public relations” efforts don’t leave them feeling closer to their friends but more remote.

    What makes us feel connected is when we tell the actual true stories of our lives.  To do that we want a safe and non-competitive group – a circle of others like ourselves.

    As we grow into our mature years it is important to find opportunities to reflect on the real life we’ve lived and make some sense of it.  It is often those things that have been harder to speak of (the things we’d never put into a Holiday letter) that keep us from feeling at peace with the lives we’ve lived.  Come join us in being real, crying at times and laughing often, as we make sense of it together.

    The Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives circle will be limited to 8 women.  The group will meet weekly on Mondays, starting January 28th, from 1:30 – 3:00pm in the Health Clinic.

    Facilitator will be Sue Fraser Frankewicz, a retired medical social worker and experienced group leader.

    Please Sign-Up at Reception if you will be joining us.  Group limited to 8 participants.

     

    TVCCA Home Heating Assistance Now Available

    Winter is coming and home heating costs can be a struggle for many.  There is help.

    TVCCA is now taking applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program which provides assistance towards a homes primary source of heat.  Priority is given to “vulnerable households” with young children, elderly or disabled individuals.  Income and Asset Limits apply:

    Household Size:     1                   2                         Asset Limits:       Homeowner         Renter

    Annual Income      $35,116        $45,920                                                        $15,000                $12,000

    Applications can be done over the phone and through the mail for homebound individuals.

    To schedule an appointment or for additional information, please call (860) 425-6681.

     

    New Medicare Cards Are Coming

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Services will be mailing out new Medicare cards to all current Medicare beneficiaries.  The roll out for Connecticut residents will begin in June 2018.  CMS hopes to have all new Medicare cards mailed out to beneficiaries by April 2019.  The card will have a new claim number (will no longer be social security numbers) and will look slightly different.  Once you receive your new card, you can begin using it immediately for

    your medical services.  All cards will be mailed to the address that Social Security has on file.  If your address has changed, please contact Social Security Administration to update.

    * SCAM ALERT*

    With the roll out of new Medicare cards, scammers are up to their old tricks.  Phone calls are being made to Medicare beneficiaries stating that in order for new cards to be received, personal information is needed (ie: social security numbers, identity information, etc.).  Please be aware that neither Medicare nor CMS are making any calls to Medicare beneficiaries in order to process new cards.

     

    Thursdays- BENEFITS COUNSELING

    BENEFITS COUNSELING—With Natalie will be available on Thursdays to all seniors 60 years old or over. Please call 860-889-5960 for an appointment. This program is supported by Sr. Resources Agency on Aging with Title III funds made available under the Older Americans Act.

    OUTREACH- Questions about Medicare, State Programs and more!

    OUTREACH—Is available with Carolyn by Appointment for Norwich residents, 55 years old or over. This can take place at the Senior Center or for homebound seniors out in the community. We will assist you with questions about Medicare Savings Program, Medicare- D, Housing, Supplemental Insurances, State Programs, Renter’s Rebate and more.

    Please call 860-889-5960 for an appointment.