Resources

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.

 

    Challenge yourself – Content by Judy

    We are in a new decade in a new century in the midst of a huge political season.

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    We need to be a part of the process. We need to stand for what we believe in. We need to be different. Have different beliefs and wants.

    But we need to hear each other and be respectful.

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    TECH SUPPORT w/ELHS STUDENTS- Tuesdays

    Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

    Come get some one to one assistance from our local high school students.

    If you are  you having trouble learning how to use your laptop, tablet or smartphone device join the East Lyme High School students to learn.

    Call to register.

     

    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.

     

    Tools for Caregivers- Thursdays from January 27th to March 9th

    Time: 10:45am – 12:15pm

    A 6 week program thru June 17th. Geared for family
    and friends caring for older adults with cognitive
    and chronic impairment. The program focuses on the self-care of the caregivers. Attendees are
    encouraged to attend all 6 weeks.

    Mon mornings –  10:45am to 12:15pm
    To register call Robin Brewer at
    860-887-3561  x124 or
    rbrewer@seniorresourcesec.org