Programs

Programs – The Senior Center plans events on a monthly basis. Below is a listing for what generally occurs. For more details on events not listed below, check the Calendar Section and/or the News Section.

Fitness – Participants can trial any class without obligation. Please notify the Senior Center office if you are trialing a class.

All participants are encouraged to participate at their level of fitness/comfort. Any physical concerns are to be addressed to your personal physician. Questions about modifying the routines are to be directed to your instructor. All instructors are CPR certified and qualified in the class they are teaching.

Classes that utilize the Pass System: With the Pass System, the participant purchases a card which has a specific number of classes on it that must be used within one year of purchase. The Pass must be brought to every class. Attendance will be tracked and when your “punches” are used, a new pass must be purchased.

Classes that are Session Based: These classes will have a specific start and end date. Participants can elect to attend all of the classes or half of the classes. Class sessions typically run for 2 months.

Music Classes – Explore your creative side and challenge yourself mentally by learning to play an instrument.

Education/Enrichment Classes – Learn new skills in the areas of the arts, technology, health and more.  Through education develop and help maintain your mental abilities as well as enhance your self-esteem and creative needs. Explore and develop your interests.

Cards/GamesA variety of choices for group play and individual play. Promotes mental stimulation and provides for socialization. They stimulate memory, attention skills and have great social interaction which works on many parts of the brain.  Our games programs include a variety of levels from basic to more challenging options.

Social Scene – The Senior Center plans, often with meals, events that are offered to provide socialization and entertainment. Any excuse for a party is considered whether it be to celebrate a National Holiday or just to have some fun. A regional dinner dance is held annually also to allow for socializing with friends from the other towns in the county.

Health Services – These services are provided to help older adults age at home and stay as well as possible.  Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the programs.

Nutrition Services – The Senior Nutrition Program, administered by TVCCA, offers nutritious meals on Tuesday through Friday at 11:45am. You must register for a lunch at least 24 hours in advance.

    OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD for MEDICARE PART D (DRUG COVERAGE) AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS WITH DRUG COVERAGE

    The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare Part D/Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans coverage is from November 1st to December 15th, 2020. Participants are encouraged to review their coverage to determine if any changes are needed. If a change is made, it goes into effect as of January 1, 2021.

    During OEP, changes can be made to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage or vice versa. You can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. You can switch from one Medicare Part D plan to another. And if you did not enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when first eligible, you can do so during the OEP although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

    If you would like assistance to help you review your situation, the Senior Center will be available. Contact the Senior Center office   during the month of October so we can get your specifics. We will then contact you with details about how we will be able to assist as we are still operating under COVIP-19 restrictions.

     

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR 20/21 FALL&WINTER SEASON

    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New London office of TVCCA beginning August 3rd. This year, due to the COVID pandemic,
    phone applications will be processed by TVCCA due to the COVID pandemic. In order to set up a phone appointment with a TVCCA caseworker, you will need to call 860-425-6681. Once the phone interview is over, TVCCA will mail you the application to sign and a request for copies of the document they will need to verify your case. This can either be mailed to TVCCA or brought to their secure drop box at their New
    London office.

    The Senior Center will assist the Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their applications. Please call
    the Senior Center at 860-739-5859 for instructions on how your application will be processed. For residents who reside in Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes, letters will be sent to you with your instructions.

    To be eligible:
    1. In a one-person household, income can be NO greater than $36,645. In a two-person household, income can be NO greater than $49,228.

    2. If you are a renter, the first $12,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.

    3. If you are a homeowner, the first $15,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.

    The following information is required:
    1. Proof of income sources: copy of most recent monthly  (quarterly, annual) check or copy of an award letter or copy of most recent bank statement showing the direct  deposit. If you are employed you must provide a copy of your four most recent consecutive pay stubs.

    2. Dividends, annuities or interest income (has to be more than $10/month). Copy of a statement for the most recently completed period.

    3. Proof of what you pay for rent. In addition, the name, address and telephone number of your landlord is required. If you are a homeowner and pay a mortgage, you must provide proof of your mortgage payment.

    4. If you have a checking and/or savings account, you must bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.

    5. If natural gas or electricity heats the household, bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.

    Please remember all members of the household who receive income must report their income.

    FUN FACTS ABOUT DECEMBER

    December comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten” because this was the tenth month of the early Roman calendar. December’s full Moon, the Full Cold Moon, rises in the evening of Wed, December 11th.

    Look skyward on the night of December 13 after 9 P.M. for a glimpse of the Geminid meteors. The meteor shower is the most active shower of the year. Unfortunately, they may be hard to spot this year thanks to the presence of the still-bright full Moon, which peaks just one night prior and may wash out the sky

    December 21 is the Winter Solstice—the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

     

    DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE HEARING ON THE TELEPHONE?

    CaptionCall provides captioned telephone service for hard-of-hearing people at no-cost. With the CaptionCall phone, you can simultaneously hear and read what the other person is saying. The CaptionCall phone displays big, easy-to-read text that automatically scrolls on the phone during a conversation. CaptionCall callers are also supported by amplifying the sound to better hear the caller’s voice.

    CaptionCall is for anyone who has hearing loss that makes it difficult for them to use the phone or for whom having captions would allow them to use the phone more effectively. During the pandemic, the need to connect with others has been more important than ever. There is no cost for the phone because CaptionCall’s service is mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), administered by the F.C.C., and funded by contributions from telecommunications companies.

    To learn more, your local contact is David Wells at (203)430-9554 or dwells2@captioncall.com

     

    Christmas and New Years Closure

    Please note the Senior Center will close at 12:30pm on Thu, December 24th for Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Fri, December 25th for the Christmas holiday.

    The Center will be closed on Fri, January 1st due to the New Year’s holiday.