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

 

 

 

    COASTAL CAFÉ TAKE OUT IS AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS

    AT GROTON SENIOR CENTER
    102 NEWTOWN ROAD, GROTON CT 06340
    860-441-6785
     Orders can be called in starting at 9:00 am weekdays.
     At this time, we are only providing hot meals (NO soups,  sandwiches, salad bar).
     Orders will be picked up curbside- just pull up-11:30am-12:30pm.

    Weekly menu is posted on Groton Senior Center Facebook page
    Facebook.com/GrotonSC

    RESOURCE SERVICES DURING COVID19

    Both CHOICES Health Insurance Counseling and Benefits Counseling are going to continue via phone while we continue to deal with COVID19. Please call Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 for either program.

    Senior Resources is pleased to announce the in-home version of the popular Live Well with Chronic Conditions workshop is now available to seniors in the comfort of their home without having to use technology beyond the telephone. The Active Living Everyday Toolkit can be sent directly to participants at no cost and includes a Living a Healthy Life Book, instruction booklet and exercise and relaxation CD’s. Weekly phone calls from a trained Live Well leader enhances the experience and can help to alleviate social isolation during the COVID epidemic.

    Please note there is a limited supply of toolkits. Participants must share their name, address and phone number so the toolkit can be mailed directly to them and the leader can place the weekly call. The Agency on Aging Regional Coordinator will arrange to let you know ahead of time the name of the leader. Contact Lori Rygielski, Regional Coordinator at Senior Resources at 860-997-3561 extension 127 or lrygielski@seniorresourcesec.org if interested.

    GROTON SENIOR CENTER TRANSPORTATION

    Since March we have continued to provide transportation to seniors who reside in Groton for shopping and medical appointments in Groton, New London, Waterford, Gales Ferry, Westerly, Stonington, & Mystic.
    For more information or a detailed flyer of our transportation program please call (860)441-6785 Monday through Friday.
    *Please be aware that Groton Senior Center does not provide assistance to and from the vehicle.

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH

    Groton Senior Center in collaboration with Town of Groton Police Department, Town of Groton Recreation Division and Groton Board Of Education Offices is proud to have brought the “Community First Dinner Program” to Groton. Our own fantastic Kathy Williams spearheaded the effort and never let up in creating this program to provide dinners twice a week to families and individuals struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Offering nutritionally balanced meals to the community at ZERO cost. The meal preparation, is headed by our own Lynnsie Manza, of our Coastal Café. The meals are prepared at the center and then individually packaged to be distributed at several meal sites in Groton. At this writing, over 1,400 dinners have been provided to Groton.

    After a lot of behind the scenes work and collaboration, Kathy Williams and Jennifer Meakem scheduled numerous volunteers and the program kicked off on June 3rd. The individual dinners are packaged up, delivered and then distributed Wednesdays and Fridays between 4:30pm and 5:30pm at the following sites: St. John’s Christian Church, TVCAA on Central Avenue, Charles Barnum School /now Beacon Point Homes (Gungywamp Road). A first come, first served basis most nights we had just enough meals or ran out early! Rain or shine! 🙂

    We are proud to announce many of the weeks meals were provided generously by Children First Groton Collaborative, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Covid Relief, Pfizer, Pepsi, Utz, Hartford HealthCare, Village Market, Paul And Angela McGuirk and a very large amount of generous people of our community who have donated to this cause. THANK YOU ALL!

    Be Ready for the Recovery – Content by Judy

    Marketing trends have been heading in new directions for a while but the COVID19 is really pushing that envelope into horizons we cannot even imagine. We currently are living, working, and shopping in ways we never dreamed of. And these new ways too will change quickly as we readjust to a whole new “normal” as we come out of this lockdown. We will mourn the loss of many things, as we start consuming services and goods in different ways. We will be discovering what companies and businesses have survived. What new businesses have emerged.

    Stopping for a coffee can be a good example. How many of us stopped daily for that great cup of Joe? Couldn’t live without it…. Until….. Our lives changed. The habit got broken because we were no longer leaving the house every day. The question becomes how many cups of coffee will that business sell as we all come out of this pandemic? Will the local shops even reopen?

    Companies must adjust quickly if they plan to survive and be profitable over the next 5 years. Marketing trends have been heading in new directions for a while but the COVID19 is really pushing that envelope into horizons we cannot even imagine.

    Trends show we will continue to hold virtual meetings which will become a more efficient use of time. We will socialize in every different ways. We have found we do not like social distancing so much. Clubs will pop up and memberships will increase. Facebook groups will evolve and start gathering in person. Established groups such as VFWs, The Elks, The Moose will attract new members. Senior Centers, the Y, Park n Rec and similar organizations will experience a surge in activity as people discover their new routines.

    The public will spend months perhaps years looking for and discovering their new day to day habits. And when creating this new life, they will select the parts they liked and discard what they will not do again, and businesses need to be where the consumer can find them such as SeniorCenterCt.org. This collective site is trusted and contains trusted information. This cutting-edge resource is that place where users find what they are looking for, mark their calendars with activities and though clickable ads find services and products they are looking for. Plus, then can relay all this information to their family and friends.

    Businesses need to:

    • Be that trusted advisor/service/site/provider
    • Strengthen existing customer relationships
    • Identify real opportunities and shift accordingly
    • pinpoint key priorities
    • determine their brand and do extensive brand building so their company is easy to recognize
    • Be ready for the recovery

    And all businesses need to be very aware of the senior population. As a group they will be for the most part the least affected by all of this. For the most part their income will continue to be very stable. And they still will be purchasing and consuming at the rate they were.

    Resources like SeniorCenterCt.org will grow in popularity as the senior population, their friends and families are looking to establish and get back their “new” ordinary lives.