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.

    EAST LYME VETERAN COFFEE HOUSE- Second Wednesday of the Month

    Did you know there is a monthly Veteran Coffee House held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm?

    Location:  VFW Post 5849 at 39 Columbus Avenue in Niantic – 80-739-7364

    This is held by Veterans who want to help Veterans on issues concerning Veterans.

     

    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.

     

    Winter Weather

    If East Lyme schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, the Senior Center will also cancel all of their programs and transportation.  Check Channel 3 and Channel 8 for cancellation notices. There will be a message on the Senior Center answering machine by 8am indicating the status of the Senior Center. There will be a notice posted on our Facebook page.

    The office will be open.

     

    AARP TAX-AIDE 2020

    It’s time to start organizing your paperwork. The AARP Tax-Aide program

    provides free tax counseling and preparation for Middle to Low-Income

    taxpayers with special attention to those people aged 60 and over. The Tax

    Advisors are available for the months of February, March and April.

    Appointments must be made by calling the Senior Center beginning January 2nd.

    Taxpayers must provide their:

    1. Personal Identification and Social Security Number,
    2. Copies of your 2018 Federal and Connecticut tax returns,
    3. All 2019 income reports that have been received (SSA-1099 forms, all 1099 forms, W-2   forms, Unemployment Compensation forms), and all other forms that indicate Federal and/or Connecticut income taxes were paid in 2019, and
    4. Any documentation showing original cost of sold assets in 2019.