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Commission on Aging

On May 15, 1985, the Town of East Lyme passed an ordinance that created the Commission on Aging.  The Commission is a 7 member Board consisting of interested residents of the Town which must have minority representation.

The purpose of the Commission is to:

  1. Review and analyze the needs and conditions of the elderly persons of the Town in relation to housing, nutrition, employment, health, recreation, social services, transportation, and other matters and problems within the jurisdiction of the Commission.
  2. Plan, coordinate, develop and implement programs to meet the needs and to improve the conditions of the elderly persons of the Town, upon the Board’s own initiative or on the recommendations of the Senior Citizen Administrator.
  3. Through the Senior Center Director and others, as necessary, provide coordination of such plans and programs among all related services.

The monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month starting at 5pm. The meetings are held at the Senior Center and the public is welcome to attend. If a member of the public has a concern and wants to address the Board, there are two ways in which this can be handled. At the Board meeting, a person can address the Board during the Delegations section of the meeting. Or, a person can ask the Senior Center Director to add an item to the monthly meeting Agenda.

The current makeup of the Board is:

Joe Palazzo                  Chairperson

John Whritner            Vice-Chairperson

Ilene Harris                 Secretary/Treasurer

Marge Caste                Board Member

Barbara Smith            Board Member

Joan Bengston            Board Member

Michael Bekech          Board Member

Roseanne Hardy        Selectman and Ex-Officio

 

The East Lyme Senior Center can assist you or someone you know with regards to services available within our community. If you have questions, please call at 860-739-5859 for an appointment.

 

    July- Upcoming Music Classes

    Ukulele Lessons Level 2    

    Mon thru June 28th

    10:30-11:30am

    New session starts on Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for  advanced beginner and more experienced students on Mon at 10:30am. Registration begins Sep 1st. Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Guitar Lessons – Advanced Beginner

    Mon beginning Sep 13th thru Dec 13th

    11:45-12:45pm

    New session starts Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for advanced beginner and more experienced students on Thu at 11am. You must register for this session. Registration begins Sep 1st. Class fee $72R and $79NR.

     

    Beginner  Ukulele Lessons

    Mon beginning Sep 13th thru Dec 13th

    10:30-11:30am

    New session starts on Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for  advanced beginner and more experienced students on Mon at 10:30am. Registration begins Sep 1st. Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Jam Session

    Mon thru Sep 20th

    2:00pm-4:00pm

    New session starts on Jul 12th and ends on Sep 20th (no class on Sept 6th). Shirley Lan & Joe Rice will lead this in person Jam Session . Any person who can play an instrument is welcome. Must register your interest to participate for the session.

     

    SPEAKING OF MUSICAL OF INSTRUMENTS…

    The Senior Center is offering fun, private guitar and ukulele zoom lessons from the convenience of your home.  Free complimentary 1st lesson. The cost is $20 for a 30 minute session or $90 for a 4 week run. Contact the  Senior Center to register. We will need your phone number and your email address.

    July- Upcoming Arts & Crafts Programs

    UPCOMING ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAMS

    All classes are now session based. 3 month session length.

     

    Painting with Friends

    Tue thru Sep 21st

    9:30-12pm

    New session starts on Jul 6th and ends on Sep 21st. In person at the Senior Center every Tue of the month at 9:30am.Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Craft Time

    2 classes  –  Jul 13th & Ju

    Tue Jul 13th and Tue July 27th

    1:00-2:00pm

    2 classes  –  Jul 13th & Jul 27th.  In person instruction with Candy.  The cost for each craft is $5.00 per person. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Stitch Happens

    Wed thru Sep 22nd

    9:30-11:30am

    New session starts on Jul 7th and ends on Sep 22nd and will be held on Wed at 9:30am in person. You must  register your interest in this session. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Drawing Class

    Thu thru Sep 23rd

    10:00-11:30am

    New session starts on Jul 8th and ends on Sep 23rd and will be held on Thu at 10am in person. You must         register for this session. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Quilting

    Thru Sep 21st

    New session  starts on Jul 12th and ends on Sep 21st and will be held on the 1st Mon of the month at 1pm (due to the holiday, this month is the 2nd Mon) – the 3rd Fri of the month at 5pm and the last Tue of the month at 5pm. Registration begins Jul 1st. This is an indoor program. Fee is $2per participation. No fee for the Mon time period.

     

    Thurs, July 8th, 1:00pm- Hartford Hospital: Webinar: Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer

    In this FREE virtual class learn more about: what are Blue Zones, lifestyle habits of the longest living people in the world and small changes for a longer, happier and healthier life. Plus, Q&A with the speaker will follow the presentation. Presented by Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.

    To register for any HHC virtual class, please call 1-855-442-4373 or visit hartfordhealthcare.org/virtual classes. Once registered you will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

     

    Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30-8:00pm- One Day University Lecture Series, Presented by AARP: The Science of Sleep & Stress

    Get tips for a better sleep to help bolster your brain and memory! Join AARP and attendees from across the U.S. for a FREE One Day University Virtual Lecture and live Q&A on July 14  at 6:30 pm ET with Jessica Payne from the University of Notre Dame. AARP Membership not required. 

    Sleep is critical for our brains and bodies, from decreasing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease to bolstering our memory and emotional well-being. Professor Jessica Payne is an expert in sleep and cognition and will explain the moving target of sleep across the ages and its impact on mental and physical health and well-being. She will help people understand how to best combat these changes and work with them to benefit our lives. She will give tips on how to sleep better, including how to      engineer the perfect nap! Along with learning how to use sleep to heighten creativity, productivity, memory and emotional wellbeing, older adults concerned with cognitive decline can learn about the role of sleep in this process and how to best regain control of sleep in order to bolster their brains and memory processes.

    Professor Payne will participate in a LIVE Q&A immediately following the pre-recorded lecture. A recording will be available to view after the live event concludes but you MUST register to receive the link.

    Questions about this event? Email findfun@aarp.org

    Register at www.aarp.org/CTEvents

     

    ARE YOU A CAREGIVER FOR SOMEONE 65 OR OLDER?

    Did you know you can get paid for taking care of a family member or friend?

    You are eligible if:

    ¨        You are living in the same home as the person you care for

    ¨        The person you care for has or is eligible for CT Medicaid

    ¨        The person you care for requires help with some of the following activities on a daily basis:

    Dressing                              Feeding

    Bathing                               Toileting

    Transferring                       Walking

    Medication                          Supervision for a cognitive impairment

    The Adult Family Living program is open to Connecticut residents statewide who are eligible for the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) or the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program. Care recipients must have both a functional and financial need for care.