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    Pets – Content by Judy

    I recently got a puppy and I can’t tell you how much richer my life is because of our new little beagle, Harriett! She makes us laugh. She gets us up and moving. She’s funny and smart. I think we are going to be in trouble cuz she might be a little too smart.

    The CDC article I was recently reading states that studies show the bond between people and pets lowers stress, increases fitness and brings happiness which can lead to decreased blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, decreased feelings of loneness with increased opportunities for exercise and socialization. Plus, pets can help us with weight loss.

    When considering what to get for a pet we should be considering how long the pet will live. What they eat. How much exercise they will need? How big or small will it be when full grown. Are pets allowed where you live. How much time you have for a pet? How much will the pet cost between vet bills, food, grooming, etc.

    Another thing is pet insurance. This is becoming more popular and can be quite affordable. And can cover those unexpected illnesses and accidents.

    And before you get your pet. Figure out what pet you might want. The cost and time commitment. Reasons why that pet might not be a good idea. Ask yourself – will my life be richer if I get this pet? Or should I consider a cat instead? Maybe fish?

    If you haven’t had a pet before you might want to consider a parakeet, a gecko, a gerbil or guinea pig. They are pretty easy to care for.

    And remember the benefits!! Companionship, movement and laughter. Pets can give us a new meaning and purpose in life. My grandkids have come to visit more so they can see the puppy.

    Most households in the US have at least one pet. You just need to pick the right pet for you and your household. We all are better off for loving a pet.

    OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD for MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

    This period can be used by a person who has an active Medicare Advantage Plan as of 1/1/2020. During this Open Enrollment Period (OEP), January 1st – March 31st, a

    beneficiary can:

    • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage) to

    another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage);

    • Leave the Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare by selecting a prescription drug plan (Part D).

    What beneficiaries cannot do:

    • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan;
    • Join a Medicare Part D Plan;
    • Or switch from a Medicare Part D Plan to another Medicare Part D Plan.

    The change can only be used once during the OEP.  The new plan become effective the first of the month after the plan receives your request. Call the Senior Center office at 860-739-5859 if you require assistance.

     

    Wednesday, January 22nd- Bus Trip to The Monkey Farm

    ​SENIOR CENTER DAY TRIPS
    Open to Non-Residents if there is availability.
    Non-residents will be charged a $1.00 surcharge.

    When registering for any of the trips listed below, you can sign up yourself and one other person only. Payment is due upon registration. Please stop by the Senior Center office.

    Senior Center Day Trips use a bus from the Center for transport to and from the destinations.  Number of seats very limited.

    Departure time: 11:15am

    Return time: 3:30pm

    Wed, Jan 22nd – Join us for a lunch trip to The Monkey Farm in Old Saybrook. Local shopping afterwards. Departure time is 11:15am and estimated return home is 3:30om. Trip fee is $5pp.

     

    Wednesday, January 8th- Bus Trip to Filomena’s

    ​SENIOR CENTER DAY TRIPS
    Open to Non-Residents if there is availability.
    Non-residents will be charged a $1.00 surcharge.

    When registering for any of the trips listed below, you can sign up yourself and one other person only. Payment is due upon registration. Please stop by the Senior Center office.

    Senior Center Day Trips use a bus from the Center for transport to and from the destinations.  Number of seats very limited.

    Departure time: 11:15am

    Return time: 3:30pm

    Wed, Jan 8th – We’re heading to Filomena’s in Waterford for an after holidays lunch trip. Local shopping afterwards. Departure time is 11:15am and estimated return home is 3:30pm. Trip fee is $5pp.