Resources

Enhanced Benefits Checkup Counseling is BACK!!

Senior Resources Enhanced Benefits Checkup Coordinator, Lori Napolitano will be taking appointments here at Groton Senior Center twice a month on Tuesdays the following dates:

April 19th

May 3rd

May 17th

June 7th

June 21st

  • Screenings are appropriate for those seeking State/Federal Program assistance as well as Medicare Counseling.
  • Clients can be scheduled regardless of where they live in CT.  If an appointment is not available at the town they reside, clients will can schedule at another location.
  • Clients must come prepared for their appointment. Failure to come prepared impacts the client negatively.

Call 860-441-6785 to schedule.

 

TRANSPORTATION

As a rider on the Senior Center transportation, the center provides a low cost ride to medical appointments and shopping for $2.00 a ride.  Due to the time it takes to process the payments, the center is going to a prepay card system.  One can purchase a ten ride card for $20 which will then be punched by the driver when you arrive for your ride.  These cards will be good until all ten rides are punched then you can purchase another card.

We will be transitioning to using only these cards by January 1, 2016.  You have several options for purchasing a card.  When at the senior center, you can purchase a card at the front desk.  You can mail a check for $20 to the center with a note what it is for.  Be sure to put your driver’s license information on the check.  Or you can purchase the card over the phone (860)441-6785  and use a credit card for payment.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to call Mary Jo at 860-441-6636 or Cindy Morrison at 860-441-6623.

Transportation Information page

Guidelines Grant Transportation 2015 Finalv2

 

 

 

    Thursday, September 12th- Life Care Planning

    Time: 1:00pm

    Tips & Techniques For Successful, Empowered Living and Aging

    Anne-Marie Foster, BS, RRT Geriatric Care Manager and Legal Assistant

    Law Office of Richard D. Dixon

    An educational workshop to provide you with a framework to help you retain your independence and autonomy, simplify your financial, legal and health care planning, and bring you peace of mind.

    • Are you concerned about how to help loved ones as they age?
    • Are you worried about leaving behind unfinished business or coping with the aftermath of a loved one’s unresolved affairs?
    • Do you find yourself worrying about the future – your own or that of a loved one?
    • Are you apprehensive about outliving your money?
    • Are you concerned about retaining your independence and autonomy as you age?

     

    September 10th, 17th, 24th- SENIORS CAUTIOUS ABOUT MONEY (SCAM)

    for Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

     -Why Are You At Risk For Financial Scams

    -Types of Financial Scams

    – Protecting Yourself & Steps to Take Against Financial Fraud

    This is an educational event only—NO financial products will be sold.

     

    Thursday, August 29- TECH TALK :we talk APPs

    Let’s talk APPS! What APPS can do for you!

    TECH TALK program runs 9:00 am -10:00 am. $1 per person to learn more about everyday technology. 860-445-1057

     

    The next success could be yours! – CONTENT BY JUDY

    After many years working as a Senior Center Director I choose to start my business as a way to help the community learn about Senior Centers and the services and resources available to seniors and their families. And boy, I’ve learned a lot since I started SeniorCenterCt.org.

    This idea for SeniorCenterCt.org developed from area Senior Center Directors exploring how they would change and evolve to accommodate the soon to arrive baby boomers. We talked with Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative and the foundation for a collaborative 9 town senior center website was born.

    From that point to now the learning curve has been huge. I’m proud to say that SeniorCenterCt.org and I continue to grow every day. Maria continues to be my mentor along with Debra Jane, my finance wizard and many others have become my sounding boards.

    And then I was fortunate enough for Arlene to become my mentor through SCORE. A retired marketing and strategic planning expert Arlene readily pitches in and is guiding me with the marketing and branding of SeniorCenterCt.org.

    We always need to remember we don’t travel our journey alone and in order to meet Arlene I needed to discover SCORE.

    SCORE is a wonderful free resource that has the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors. There are over 10,000 expert volunteers in 300 chapters.

    In 2018, SCORE mentors helped start 32,387 businesses and create 135,687 jobs.

    SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is there to help you achieve your dream as a small business owner. They are there every step of the way to teach and guide you as you grow.

    When you go to the SCORE website you can choose “find a mentor”, “take a workshop” or “browse the library”. You can find the SCORE location nearest to you. You can become a volunteer. You can see the impact SCORE makes.

    Explore this website. View a webinar. Read an article. Learn how to use your stats and data to drive growth. Take a Workshop.

    There are even podcasts you can listen to as you drive to your next appointment.

    And yes, everything SCORE does truly is free.

    Score will always be there for you to access. Let them help you grow personally and professionally as your business evolves and thrives.

    As SCORE says, “The next success could be yours!”

    Who are they talking about??? CONTENT BY JUDY

    Who are they referring to when they mention those words elders, oldster, Senior Citizen, old timer, elderly…

    Is it you they’re talking about, ME??? Or are they referring to themselves….

    You know I’m not sure anymore because I’m also hearing boomers, GEN X, retirees, and then “Active Ager”

    Now I’m liking that term – Active Ager. You know it really does kinda fit doesn’t it…

    When you think about your parents, grandparents and perhaps a great grandparent and then yourself – you can see that at certain points each generation is very different at say 40, 60 and now 80.

    For example, it is becoming quite popular to be a new parent at 40 while 2 generations ago the majority become grandparents at 40.

    So, you see each generation is indeed younger than the generations before them.

    Social Security picked age 65 for retirement because for most people that is about when life ended. If they were to pick an age now it most likely would be in the neighborhood of 75 or 80.

    And if we are living well into our 80’s, 90’s and even into 100 we need to live that life actively!!

    Thus “Active Ager” Look around. Set goals. Start a whole new life to be lived fully. Start a new career! Pick one that’s fun. Something you couldn’t do all those years ago.

    It’s never too late!    It’s never too late to live!