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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

    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

    PVMS Luncheon and Volunteer Reading Program

    The Preston Veterans Memorial School Volunteer Reading Program and Luncheon series schedules have been completed for the remainder of the current school year. Volunteer reading sessions are from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Persons interested in participating in the luncheon are requested to arrive by 11:00 a.m. Registrations are necessary for both programs and may be directed to the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6. Our schedule includes Thursday, February 15th, March 15th, April 12th and concludes on Thursday, May 17th. There is a suggested donation of $4.00 per person for participants in the luncheon.

    Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program

    The application-filing period for the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief program will be from February 1st through May 15th. The qualifying income guidelines for the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program for applications to be filed for the 2017 Benefit year are $35,300.00 for an unmarried individual and $43,000. for married persons. If you are currently participating in the Homeowner Program and need to reapply, you will receive notice form the Preston Assessor’s Office advising you of that requirement.
    Applicants will need to provide proof of all sources of income including but not limited to Social Security, pensions, interest statements, employment, etc. If you have filed Income Tax (2017), a copy of the signed and dated document is necessary to provide as well. Appointments may be scheduled by telephoning 860-887-5581 extension 6. If we are unable to accept your call immediately, please leave your name, telephone number and a brief message regarding the nature of your call.