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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.

 

    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.

     

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR 19/20 FALL&WINTER SEASON

    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New London office of TVCCA. Appointments are required. Please call 860-444-0006. The

    Senior Center office will assist the Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their

    applications. You must call the Senior Center office to obtain your appointment. Appointments will be made at Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes for those residents. Watch for notices.

    To be eligible:

    1. In a one-person household, income can be NO greater than $36,171. In a two-person household, income can be NO greater than $47,300.
    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 application process should take about 15 minutes.  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.

     

    Gift Giving Alternatives – Content by Judy

    Gift Giving Alternative – Content by Judy

    It’s that time of year when we are thinking about what to buy or make for gifts. What’s the right thing? What do they want? What will they use??

    For some folks you know exactly what to get but then for others you have no idea!! Some people seem to have everything they want and never ask for anything – even when you ask them what they want. So, then you are searching and wondering and worrying as what to get.

    Oft times there are not so obvious gifts we can give….

    Fuel oil – wouldn’t it be so cool to get 150 gallons! Who would say no to that!!

    Newspaper – if they read it every day or just on Sundays, they’ll be thinking of you as they are reading

    Amazon Prime membership – yup that’s my gift!! I use it all of the time!!

    Trash removal

    AAA membership

    Birdseed

    Pet food

    Vet visit

    Hairdresser/barber shop

    Stamps

    Cable TV

    Netflix

    Something to do with their hobby

    Quilter – fabric store gift card

    Woodworker – Home Depot card

    Senior Center membership or put it on their trip account – give them a stack of $1 bills to use for their lunches

    These are just a few ideas and then you could make coupons they can redeem for things like….

    A ride – anywhere they want – maybe to go leaf peeping or a visit down memory lane

    Go to church with them

    Invite them over – have dinner – watch a movie – play a game

    Include them in your family outing – take them to the little league game, the scout meeting, the school play

    You don’t have to spent much to make someone’s day!! Often, it’s free to make them happy!!

    Scams and getting taken advantage of – Content by Judy

    As the holidays approach it becomes almost prime season for the scams to pop up. There is the feeling of good will and sharing. There is the end of year giving for tax purposes.

    And there are the schemes out there looking to catch you in your weak moment. We have all heard of the lady getting taken advantage of for thousands of dollars. She goes to the bank and transfers her savings to the love of her life overseas.

    Well that guy who convinced her to send her savings is trying to convince dozens of other ladies to send him money as well. And he laughs all the way to the bank!!

    Now you wonder. How do I not fall victim to these scams? How do I keep my guard up?

    One big way is to not answer the phone when someone you don’t know calls you. When your phone rings and it’s a number or name you don’t know – let the phone continue to ring and have your answering machine answer. All of those unwanted calls do not leave messages.

    Now you can block those numbers from calling your again and again. If you don’t know how to block numbers, ask a family member or friend to help you.

    Otherwise just let it ring every time they call you. Do not answer!!

    Also, you can register for free with the National Do Not Call Registry. This can be done online at donotcall.gov or by calling 1-866-290-4236. Registrations do not expire. If you have previously registered your number, there is no need to register again. You can also check to see if your number is already on the Registry at donotcall.gov

    Then there is Junk mail. Don’t even open it. Shred it!! Remember it’s called junk mail for a very good reason!!

    Do not send anyone money. Don’t send money to those organizations that are out there doing mass mailings and asking for your hard-earned dollars. If you think it’s an organization you want to help, research how much of every dollar they get goes to help the people they are asking you to help. Lots of times it’s pennies. The rest goes to the campaign to raise the money.

    And if you want to help those less fortunate than you consider giving locally. There are many different groups in your area doing marvelous work and can always find a great way to use your dollars. Often, it’s much more meaningful for us when we see how that agency, we gave money to is helping those in our neighborhood, our town or our area.