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.

 

    JIGSAW PUZZLES

    If you are interested in donating and/or receiving jigsaw puzzles, let the Senior Center know. We can set up an exchange so folks have different puzzles to work on without having to spend any money!


    Call us at 860-739-5859 with your donation and/or you request for a puzzle.

    NEWS FROM THE SENIOR CENTER

    Hello friends. The staff of the Senior Center are still out delivering MOWs. We are also processing Rent Rebate  applications as well as assisting residents with Medicare issues. This is all being done via drop off boxes and phone calls. If you need help with these matters or any other issues, we can be reached at the office (860-739-5859).

    The State of Connecticut is now in Phase 2 of re-opening. Each phase lasts at least 4 weeks. In Phase 2, people who are 65+ and/or who are high risk (comorbidities) should continue to stay safe and stay home. All people should be wearing a mask or face covering if they are in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot minimum from other people.
    Running programs at the Senior Center does not appear likely until, at the earliest, August. The Center will also have to enforce the face mask/covering recommendation as well as the social distance requirement. As always, washing your hands and keeping them away from your face is still a very good defense against COVID-19. In July, we will resume a very limited transportation service. Call the Senior Center office with any questions.

    NEWS FROM THE EAST LYME PUBLIC LIBRARY

    The East Lyme Public Library is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 6 at 10am to the public. The hours will be 10am-4pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturday. People will need to call and make an appointment for computer use. Socially distancing will be practiced and there will be a reduced capacity allowed into the building. The Library will continue to provide curbside pickup and if anyone is interested in books being delivered to their home, they have a homebound delivery program.

    For more details, call the Library at 860-739-6926.

    If you are looking to get a COVID-19 test?

    If you are looking to get a COVID-19 test? There are 2 convenient locations you can go without needing an order from your Physician or being symptomatic. They are: Hartford Healthcare GoHealth Urgent Care 351 North Frontage Road New London, CT 860-865-0934 Community Health Center 1 Shaw’s Cove New London, CT 475-241-0740 Both locations recommend getting an appointment.

    WHERE CAN YOU GET A COVID-19 TEST WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION

    If you are looking to get a COVID-19 test, there are 2 convenient locations you can go without needing an order from your Physician or being symptomatic.


    They are:

    Hartford Healthcare GoHealth Urgent Care
    351 North Frontage Road
    New London, CT 860-865-0934

    Community Health Center
    1 Shaw’s Cove
    New London, CT 475-241-0740

    Both locations recommend getting an appointment.