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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.

    Yoga at Bridebrook Park at 9am on September 8th

    Senior Yoga has resumed will be held at Bridebrook Park on Tue mornings through September. As you pull into the parking lot, the class will be on your left. You must complete a new registration form before you take the class which will be available with the instructor. You must wear your mask coming to the class and exiting from the class but you can take it off during the class. You must position yourself 6 feet away from your neighbor. You must bring your own mat and any other supplies you may need.

     

    In all instances, if you are sick or experiencing symptoms you are to stay home.
    If you have been in contact with someone who was sick or experiencing symptoms
    you are to stay home.

    Get a Job – Content by Judy

    Now’s the time! Companies are hiring! Big and small. Full time and part time.

    Just figure out what are you looking for? Do you want to do the same type of work you did before? Do you want to do something totally different? Do you want something to keep you busy and get you out of the house? Maybe find a job that goes along with your hobby?

    Do you want to work just part of the year? If so, retail hiring for the holidays, garden centers, landscape companies.

    Check out schools. They are hiring nurses’ aides, substitute teachers, Paraprofessionals, bus monitors, and office staff.

    Do you like wine and know a lot about it? Check out the area wineries and see if they have seasonal openings.

    What about the golf course? Work part-time and maybe play for free. The same with a gym, maybe.

    What population would you like to work with? Kids? Maybe a day care or a school? Be a nanny.

    With food? How about a restaurant or a bakery??

    Maybe you want to work in a big box store and take advantage of the discount they give to workers?

    Do you want to meet a lot of people? So, maybe a receptionist? Telemarketer??  How about a service desk clerk? Customer returns?

    What do you want from a job? Extra money? Structure? Identity? Being able to travel?

    Could the job, you are looking for be at a bank, perhaps an online job? Maybe sales where you earn commission based on the sales you make – if that is the case the sky could be the limit for your income.

    Home Care agencies are always looking to hire. So are Nursing Homes and Rehabs. Those jobs could be in the kitchen or laundry at the Nursing Home, a companion, a Certified Nurse’s Aide, taking people to appointments, maybe light housework.

    To find these jobs. Tell others you are looking. Look on Facebook. Lots of times companies post jobs there. Ask at the places you go to each week. Volunteer then get hired.

    And what about tutoring? Were you a teacher? Are you really good at math? Are you already helping some kids with remote learning?

    Right now, with what is going on with COVID, some families are looking for more one-on-one situations. You could teach using ZOOM. You could help kids figure out and organize the assignments that the schools are giving them. It can be every hard for families where both parents are working to then come home and find the time to assist their students every day. And you could be the person they need.

    Also, some families are grouping up and hiring someone to teach all the kids. This would be great if you are a retired teacher!!l

    You can easily put yourself out there on Facebook or LinkedIn with what you have to offer and then anyone interested can private massager you. Depending on what you want to do, you do not ever have to actually meet person to person. You do not even need to live in the same area. You could be in Milwaukee and the student could be in Denver.

    The time to apply is now!! Research. Develop a resume and cover letter. Even if you do not need those, they will help you rediscover your skills and talents. Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer.  And if you get rejected, do not put yourself down. It is not personal.

    Just move on to the next opportunity and “Get a Job”

    TAX RELIEF FOR ELDERLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED RENTERS

    The Renter Rebate Program through the State of CT provides a rebate to renters who are elderly or disabled. The
    Senior Center is currently unable to take appointments in the office. All applicants who previously applied have
    been contacted with instructions about how to apply this year. Any new applicants can contact the Senior Center
    office with questions. The application period runs until October 1st. Please be sure to have your
    SSA1099 for 2019 or its equivalent from Social Security as it is required in order to process an application.
    To be eligible:
    1. An applicant or the spouse must be 65 or older; or be 100% disabled (per Social Security);
    or be 50 and a surviving spouse.
    2. Must have lived in Connecticut for 1 year.
    3. Total 2019 income which includes Social Security must not exceed:
    Married $45,100
    Single $37,000
    If you collect Social Security, you must provide your SSA1099 for 2019.
    4. Thirty-five percent of the applicant’s annual rent must exceed 5% of the applicant’s income.
    Proof of income received and rent and utility payments made in calendar year 2019 must be provided.