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Thank you New London Seniors!    

…For all that you have done for our community this year:

Fundraising & Donations: Holiday Boot Drive, Adopt-A-Senior, School Supplies, Care Packages for Armed Service Members, Holiday Cards to Veterans, Fundraiser for Soup Kitchen, Tommy Maynard Fund Raiser, N. L. High School Scholarship, N. L. Police Department Brochure, etc.

Volunteerism: Food Pantry, Nursing Home Visits, TVCCA Kitchen, Local Beach Clean-Up, TVCA RSVP Program, Sliver Threads Boutique Thrift Shop, Jason’s Tag Sale, Books Sales and Sawing Shop Sales at the Senior Center, Trips, Bingo, Volunteer Luncheon, Pen Pals Program, Scrapbooking Project for Nursing Home Residents, etc.

Collaboration with Community Organizations: Big Event and Kids Camp (w/ N. L. Recreation Department), “Carousal “ and Senior Prom (w/ Conn. College), Lightbulb Exchange (w/ Eversource), Summer Fiesta (w/ Centro de la Comunidad).

Special Events at the Senior Center: Health Education Series, Intergenerational Programing, Holiday Gathering, Butterfly Memorial, Talent Show, Gong Show, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Breakfast…

 

 

 

 

 

    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.

    Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Wise! Content by Judy

    So here we sit with Coronavirus snuggled up right next to us on the coach. And yeah, I’m not liking it very much.   You? How about we ask those germs to please leave? Tell them they have overstayed their welcome? Just flat out tell them to get out!! I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined or thought up a worldwide situation like this!! But it is what it is and we need to all – Be Safe, Be Smart, and Be Wise!

    When we think of safe, we often think of being secure, protected, free from danger. In this situation being safe is… Stay home. Keep 6 feet of space between you and others.

    “WASH YOUR HANDS”

    We have started using “My Tribe” “My Circle” “My Posse” as a way to refer to those closest to us. So be sure they are safe too. Contact those loved ones, friends and neighbors. Work together to make things as good as you all can. Take care of each other and stay safe.

    Now let’s Be Smart – Use your time wisely. Create new routines because being together for way more hours than usual can create difficult situations. Find new ways to stay calm. Maybe find a yoga video. Learn to meditate. And you can probably find what you are looking for online. YouTube is amazing. Take a look – There is like nothing that is not there. Learn something new, maybe a craft skill, a new language. Watch silly movies. Make your own videos. Share them with those you are missing. Share online. Make others laugh. Make a list. And do the things at home you never seem to have time for. Enjoy the great weather and start spring cleanup. Get the garden ready. Clean closets, cabinets, paint that room, reorganize, fill out your census form. Be smart and “Don’t hoard” For everything you have too much of – someone else needs it. Just what are some of you going to do with 100 rolls of toilet paper??? Buy what you need and leave the rest for the next guy.

    And “WASH YOUR HANDS”

    Be Wise – take care of you!! If you don’t – you can’t take care of those around you. Be nice to you and nice to those around you. Develop a new schedule. Structure helps. Be thankful for those still out there taking care of us. The xray tech, the nurse, the doctor, the CNAs, police, EMTs, firefighters, TRUCK DRIVERS, everyone that is still working. AND Stay positive!! Don’t hoard!! Use your time wisely!! Plan parties and events for when this is all over!! Look at this as more of a gift than a punishment

    and “WASH YOUR HANDS”

    Resources for New London Seniors

    City Updates: http://www.ci.new-london.ct.us/

    State updates: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

    Infoline-2-1-1

    2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.  2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need.  Dial 2-1-1 or search online.  If you are outside Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1 number, dial 1-800-203-1234.

    Text CTCOVID to 898211 for updates

    Food Assistance

    • L. Senior Center Food Pantry (for 60+ only), 120 Broad Street, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm
    • L. Senior Center (60+)– TVCCA Meals-on-Wheels and “Grab n’ Go” (860) 447 – 5232
    • New London Community Meal Center, 12 Montauk Ave., (860) 444-7745
    • Vincent De Paul Church, 120 Cliff St., Norwich, CT, (860)-889-7374 – no residency req.
    • End Hunger CT-EHC! SNAP Call Center Hours (English & Spanish –1-866.974.7627)

    For referral to the following food pantries, call TVCCA (860-444-0006, ext. 8):

    • Salvation Army-11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., (860) 443-6409
    • St James Episcopal Church Food Pantry + Meal Center, 76 Federal St., (860) 439-0740
    • New London Area Food Pantry (OIC), 106 Truman St., (860) 443-6680

     

    Groceries (Delivered)

     Aldi’s – (Fee’s Vary)

    Online Order Only –https://shop.aldi.us/

    Delivery and In-Store only

    • Amazon prime-online only   https://primenow.amazon.com/
    • NSA Supermarket- (860) 437 – 7100 Will deliver groceries for free, and will take orders via phone
    • Stop & Shop– Peapod (Fees vary)

    Online Order Only – https://www.peapod.com/

    NO Pick-up available (Temporarily Paused)

    In-Store open ONLY to age 60 and over as well as customers who may have weakened immune systems from 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. Daily. Open to Public for remaining hours.

    • Shoprite– (Fees vary, at this time no fees for seniors)

    Online Order – https://shop.shoprite.com/store/a4214012

    Phone Service Order – 1-800- ShopRite – 1-800-746-7748

    Offers Delivery

    • Target– (Membership to Pay Annually/Monthly)

    ONLINE ORDER ONLY – Shipt.com

    Offers Delivery

    • Walmart– (Fee’s Vary)

    Online Order Only – https://grocery.walmart.com/

    Offers Pick – Up

    Deliveries extremely limited currently

     

    Assistance with Rent and Utilities

    • Catholic Charities, 28 Huntington St., (860) 443-5328
    • New London Senior Center (Women, 62+ years only), 120 Broad Street, (860) 437 – 6339
    • Salvation Army-11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., (860) 443-6409
    • TVCCA, 83 Huntington Street, (860) 444 – 0006

    Homeless Shelter

    Call 2-1-1 in you are homeless and in need of shelter.

    New London Homeless Hospitality, 325 Huntington St., (860) 439-1573

    Covenant Shelter, 42 Jay St., (860) 443-0537

     

    Medical Insurance

    Access Health CT  

    New Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured Connecticut Residents                                    New Special Enrollment Period starts Thursday, March 19 and ends Thursday, April 2.

    • Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during the NEW Special Enrollment Period from Thursday, March 19 – Thursday, April 2, 2020.
    • The effective date of coverage for all enrollments during the NEW Special Enrollment Period will be April 1, 2020.
    • The only way to sign up for this NEW Special Enrollment Period is by calling 1-855-365-2428.

    Individuals, who experience a Qualifying Life Event (e.g. loss of coverage due to job change or unemployment) or qualify for Medicaid/Children’s Health Program (CHIP), can ALWAYS enroll online, in-person or over the phone and all help is free.

    Medicare– Call: 1-800-MEDICARE

    CHOICES-Connecticut’s program for Health Insurance assistance, outreach, information and referral, counseling, and eligibility screening: 1-800-690-6998.

     

    Medical Transportation

    New London Senior Center – (860) 447 – 5232-Rides are available for New London residents 55+, for essential medical appointments, pharmacy, and grocery shopping only.

    Veyo Transportation for Husky clients only: 1-855-478-7350

     

    Other Agencies                                                                                                                                   

    • DSS-Department of Social Services-1-855-626-6632 Assistance with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medical Assistance and SAGA (Cash assistance for single disabled adults with no children), TFA (Temporary Family Assistance for families with children under 18 years)  https://connect.ct.gov/

    PLEASE READ:

    Due to a weakening of the immune system that occurs as a result of normal aging, as well as to development of various illnesses and diseases, it is extremely important for our aging residents to take the recommendations of the health experts seriously as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses. Now that a presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in our communities, the aging individuals are strongly encouraged to self-isolate until further notice. 

    Self-isolation is a precautionary measure to protect yourself and others from possibly contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know it may be a stressful time, but taking these measures will help protect your own health, and the health of your family and friends. For the time being, we ask that you, please, limit your contact with others as much as possible. Furthermore, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies. Please wash your hands with a soap and water frequently, avoid touching your face, avoid handshakes, and stand at a distance of at least 6 feet from others. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine.

    Contact your family doctor’s office if you are experiencing the following: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and tell them about your symptoms. They will provide you with further care recommendations.

    IMPORTANT Our senior Center building is closed until further notice. Please call us for assistance: (860) 447 – 5232

    “In response to COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice, the following, temporary programmatic restrictions are in place for New London Senior Center:

    1. All senior center recreational activities, including excursions are suspended.
    2. Most essential medical transportation service will be offered.
    3. If you need assistance with grocery shopping, please call Marina: (860) 437 – 6339
    4. Tax-Preparation Assistance is suspended until further notice.
    5. Renters’ Rebate program is suspended until further notice. Please gather all your necessary documents and call us every couple of weeks for updates.
    6. Senior Food Pantry distribution: Mondays, 9am-2pm.

     

    We apologize for any inconvenience that these temporary restrictions may cause you, and we hope you understand that they are put into place in order to minimize our aging population’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 virus.”