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

 

 

 

    Now Scheduling Nutrition Appointments Started May 6th

    NUTRITION OFFICE HOURS are back!!

    Meet with Registered Dietitian Deb Downes  One-on-One Thursday mornings at Groton Senior Center

    Starting May 6th,  Deb will be back on Thursday mornings.  First visit:  $20 for one hour. Subsequent visits:  $10/half hour.

    Nutrition can help with              

    • Weight Loss
    • Diabetes
    • Heart Healthy Eating
    • Cancer (Prevention, Treatment, Recovery
    • Intestinal Issue

    To schedule an appointment with Deb : 860-441-6785 

    PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: BUILDING SOCIALLY INTEGRATED COMMUNITIES

    Join AARP and Groton Senior Center as they launch a FREE evidence-based pilot program in
    Connecticut and Rhode Island with the goal of providing those who participate with an opportunity to
    increase their social integration for themselves and those in their community.
    We hope that you can participate to help contribute to building a socially integrated community that can
    help you, your networks, and others across the country.
    Why: Contribute to building a socially integrated community that helps you, your community, and others
    nationwide. Your participation offers you an opportunity to help others while also positively impacting
    your own health, connection with others and learn about relationships and social engagement all virtually.
    You will meet new people while taking part as a virtual participant.
    What to Expect:
    • Participate in this free virtual six-week program, meeting once a week for 90 min
    • Groups range between 6-8 people
    • Learning objectives weekly accomplished through an educational, interactive & reflective structure
    • Provides you with knowledge about the social aspects of health, social networks and social isolation
    while participating in active learning through case studies, reminiscence, and group discussions.
    • Capturing your experience in this group, is important for the program pilot done before and after the 6-
    week program by questionnaire.
    • Access to the internet needed along with a device equipped with video/audio like a computer, tablet, or
    smartphone. A program navigator will walk you through the ZOOM steps to connect if needed.
    • Geared towards individuals aged 50+
    • Participants do not need to be an AARP member
    *Our immediate need is for program participants for the virtual 6-week session. A telephonic version of
    this project will be available in the coming months.

    If you are interested and available for the virtual 6-week session please contact either Tomi or Cindy 860-441-6785

                                                                                         

    Fridays: June 11th- An Educational Series for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 10:30 am -12:00 pm
    Understanding Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 10:30 am -12:00 pm
    Effective Communication Strategies

    Friday, June 11th, 2021 10:30 am -12:00 pm
    Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

    Please call 860-441-6785 to register for any of these educational sessions by Alzheimer’s Assoc. CT Chapter

    Presented by Kris Sortwell, MSW, CBIS

    Stroke Awareness – Content by Judy

    Yes, it is a true emergency!! If anyone, any age has sudden numbness in their face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, lack of coordination. Sudden severe headache with no known cause. Call 911 right away!! This is a real emergency. If left unattended the consequences can be life altering if not fatal.

    If you think someone might be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.

    F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

    A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

    T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

    The sooner someone is treated the better the outcome. Strokes can be potentially reversed or at least stopped if a stroke is treated within the first 3 hours. Call an ambulance. Do not drive them!! The crew on the ambulance can start treatment sooner and the outcome will be better. You want life-saving treatment as soon as possible!!

    If you think you are having a stroke call 911 right away. You might not be able to make that call even a few minutes later.

    Every year over 800,000 people have a stoke. Nearly 150,000 die each year. Strokes are the leading cause of serious long-term disability. BUT 80% of strokes are PREVENTABLE!!

    Most strokes are caused by clots blocking blood flow in the brain and strokes are a leading cause of disability. Some ways to prevent or lower your risk of having a stroke is to stop smoking, limit alcohol,  maintain a healthy weight, eat plenty of veggies and fruit, and exercise. Also be sure you are managing your diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Stress and depression can also contribute to the risk of a stroke.

    By looking at your own risk factors  of having a stroke and living a healthier lifestyle you can help reduce the odds of having a stroke. Be sure to review all of this with your health care professionals. Check with them before taking or changing supplements to see if they are right for you. Get regular checkups. Reach out to other professionals for help to improve your lifestyle.

    And it is never too late to change! Talk to your doctor and modify some things in your life!!

    Wednesday, May 12th from 10am to 1pm- Active Living Expo

    Join us for our annual Active Living Expo Wednesday,  May 12th  10 am to 1 pm.  This event is open to all-  great for yourself, caretakers and family members to check out!

    As always we will have agencies and vendors covering varying topics for you such as Health,  Insurance, Homecare,  State programs, Nutrition, Legal issues, Volunteer opportunities, Technical Support, Outreach, Trips/Travel and much more!

    This year it will look a little different as we are following COVID guidelines. The event is scheduled to take place outside, in the rink next to the center. This will allow for proper social distancing. We ask that all attendees wear a mask. This is open to the public and FREE.