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CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP

First Tuesday of each month at 2:30 to 4:00 pm

If you are caring for a loved one and have concerns, or you simply need to talk, PLEASE come to our next meeting. The information that you share is helpful and important to YOU- the caretaker!! Facilitated by Senior Resources, our local agency on aging. We have a supply of resource books & other materials on hand which you may borrow at any time!

The caregivers support group will be the second Tuesday of the month

    So, What’s Going on at Senior Centers during COVID – Content by Judy

    People continue to be surprised on what is still happening in Senior Centers as we continue dealing with COVID and all of those restrictions.

    Well first off, the Senior Center Staff is still working. They are just as helpful as they were when you were there. They miss you, too!! They cannot wait for you to come in those doors!

    The staff is just as committed to serving you – it’s just that things are different

    The Senior Center phone lines are manned, and you can still get your questions answered. Call and let them know what you need help with.

    You can still sign up for Meals on Wheels, Fuel Assistance, Elderly & Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program, AARP income tax assistance, and other programs. Or get the information on how you can apply.

    You can find out which of these programs you are eligible for. Plus, any others you might be able to take advantage of.

    You can get Meals on Wheels delivered to your home.

    Most Senior Centers are still providing transportation.

    Many Senior Centers have meals you can order and pick-up curbside.

    If your local Senior Center is not distributing food, they can tell you where your closest location is.

    There are lots of virtual and Zoom classes available. The beauty of those is that you can attend events that are well out of your area. There is no need to travel to a Senior Center across the state. Just register and login on the day and time the event is happening.

    SeniorCenterCt.org has a Zoom calendar on the main landing page. Just click on the Zoom Calendar icon and you’ll find any number of things you can do.

    Here is an example of some of the virtual and Zoom classes that you might find: Tai Chi, Genealogy, Sing Along, Trivia, lectures on a number of topics, paint night, bingo and more!!

    So, call your Senior Center and see if you can pick up jigsaw puzzles, books from the Senior Center Library, or maybe even craft kits. Who knows, give them a call, and ask!!

    So even though, you might have thought your Senior Center is CLOSED, it’s not really…. It’s just that the public cannot go into the building.

    “Don’t Let the Old Man In” – Content by Judy

    Toby Keith was inspired to write this song by Clint Eastwood who was about to turn 88. Toby Keith wanted to know what Clint Eastwood was going to do for his birthday and Clint said he was starting to make his new movie “The Mule” that next week.

    Amazed Toby wrote about keeping that “Old Man” at bay. As the song says, “How old would you be if you didn’t know the day you were born?”

    We all say “I don’t feel as old as I am” which is so true. There are times we are shocked when we look in the mirror because we have forgotten the number of years that have passed by. If we do not think about it, we can do what we have always done regardless of our age.

    And as we move into this new year it is time to think and decide how we want to live. How we do not want to let that old man in. How we want to live, do what we love and expand what we are doing.

    It is time to make our Bucket List for 2021 and 2022. What do you want your 2021 and 2022 to look like? What is your next act? If we do not plan for our future that old man just might seek in when we are not looking!

    It does not have to be just huge things. What are the little things…?

    Maybe… Enjoy the sunset more. Visit with family and friends more. Make 2 new friends. Read a good book. Maybe join a book club. Garden. Grow your own salad. Take a walk. Go someplace new each month. Redo a room in your house. Paint the walls and rearrange the furniture. Clean out the garage or the shed or both. Make a scrapbook of past vacations. Plan new vacations. Take an online class. Learn how to do 3 new things on your computer or smart phone. Do something kind for someone you hardly know.

    For bigger things it might be take that road trip. Volunteer weekly at a school, hospital, or Senior Center. Do a makeover – you, the backyard, or your wardrobe. Brew your own beer. Learn a craft – maybe counted cross-stitch, carving, knitting. Reread your favorite book. Learn to meditate, then meditate daily for a month. Eat healthy and learn to cook new recipes. Redo your budget so you free up money to do the things you are always talking about doing! Book your next big trip!!

    And as you make your Bucket List include another list of all the things you want to do as places open back up!! What have you missed the most? What was it you were planning for 2020 you never got to do?

    And remember you are never ever “TOO OLD” to do anything!! Get out there and live. “Don’t let the old man in”

    Change – Content by Judy

    Change is defined as – the act of making or becoming different. This whole COVID situation certainly has made our entire lives different in a multitude of ways. From how we stay safe, interact, work and even make purchases evolves constantly.

    2020 has been the all-time master of change whether we wanted it or not! Who would have ever dreamed we would be wearing masks? In 2019 we didn’t even know what social distancing was. Also, in 2019 just what could of possibly have been meant by “mandatory stay at home”?? Or that children would no longer go to school?

    Even if someone had told you that they were going to make all of this into a movie, most of us would have said it’s all too crazy and no one will ever go see that!

    For us New England Patriots fans the biggest 2020 news should have been Tom Brady leaving!! Instead local and high school sports almost doesn’t exist. Fans can’t go to games.  We don’t know from week to week which school is opened, and which are closed.

    COVID has changed our world forever. Whether we wanted it or not! Life will never go back to what it was.

    Now is the time we should be thinking about how we want our individual lives to be as we move past 2020.

    What do you want your 2022 to look like? What have you been dreaming about? What did you miss the most? What did you get robbed of in 2020? My husband and I were not able to celebrate our 50th Anniversary the way we had been planning for the last three years. We were going to have a huge party with all of the bells and whistles followed by a three-week vacation to Vancouver, a cruise to San Francisco and then onto Las Vegas.

    So now is the time to start planning to live the life you want. Use the present to get healthier. Find new paths to travel. Start saving, even if it’s only $5.00 a week.

    Don’t be afraid to reach out. Talk to your doctor, your friends, your family. Find a therapist.  Tell them how hard 2020 has been for you.

    Embrace change! No matter what it will look like.

    Figure out new ways to socialize. I’m doing a Zoom Paint Night where the instructor will be online, and attendees can be in person in small groups or on Zoom. A network I’m part of is planning a Zoom night where we will learn how to make a couple of drinks.

    Start work on your “2020 Bucket List”. Start making the actual plan on how you will achieve those goals. Hit the ground running. Be ready  to live.

    Now start planning your 2022 so you will know what it’s going to look like!!

    MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE THRU OUR DIAL-A-RIDE GRANT PROGRAM

    TAKE NOTE! MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE THRU OUR DIAL-A-RIDE GRANT PROGRAM AND THIS YEAR IT IS FREE!!   YOU WILL HAVE TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF YOU DID NOT DO SO LAST YEAR.  CALL THE SENIOR CENTER FOR AN APPLICATION.

    DID YOU KNOW….THAT MEDICAL MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE THRU OUR DIAL-A-RIDE GRANT PROGRAM?   CALL THE CENTER FOR MORE INFO!!!