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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.

 

    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.

    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

     

    FALL PREVENTION DURING THE WINTER

    Make sure your steps and walkways are clear before you walk.

    *Be careful if you see wet pavement that could be iced over.

    *Clear away snow and salt your walkways at home or hire someone to do it.

    *Wear boots with non-skid soles.

    *If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn smooth.

    *Consider an ice pick-like attachment that fits on the end of the cane for additional traction.

     

    Senior Center- Time Table for Re-Opening

    At this time, there is no time table for re-opening the Senior Center. Updates on our status will be posted on the East Lyme Town Hall website –  www.eltownhall.com, and the East Lyme Senior Center page on the SECT regional senior center website –  www.seniorcenterct.org, our Facebook page and on the Senior Center answering machine.