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!!

    Elderly/Disabled (Circuit Breaker) Property Tax Credit Program- Application Deadline May 15, 2021

    Property Tax Credit (Circuit Breaker) Program is available to all CT real property owners who are age 65 or older or totally disabled.  Annual income cannot exceed $37,600 for an individual or $45,800 for a couple in 2020.  Discounts are based on a graduated income scale and are calculated by your town’s Tax Assessors Office.  Discount is applied directly to the applicant’s real property tax bill.

    Norwich Residents: To apply for the Property Tax Credit Program, complete an application at the Norwich Tax Assessor’s Office located in Norwich City Hall.  Call with questions (860) 823-3723.

    Applications are accepted between February 1 and May 15, 2021.

    Norwich Tax Assessor

    100 Broadway

    Norwich, CT 06360

    Veterans with established Connecticut residency may be eligible for other credits also.

    Residents of other towns: Call or visit your town’s Tax Assessor’s Office for more information.

    Are You Ready to Quit Smoking? -Virtual ZOOM Program

    Classes Begin Tuesday, May 5th   7:00 p.m.

    A 7-Week program, meeting once a week, to help you become tobacco-free!

    The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program is designed to give you the support you need in a comfortable, confidential group setting offered via ZOOM.  Our Tobacco Treatment Specialist has worked with hundreds of people on their journey to becoming tobacco-free.

    This program is being offered by Ledge Light Health District and is open to anyone who lives or works in Southeastern Connecticut.  This program is FREE and includes FREE nicotine replacement therapy.

    For more information or to register, Contact Carolyn Wilson     (860) 446-3062

    This program is supported by the Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    May Virtual Presentations

    These virtual presentations are being shared by AARP, Seymour Public Library, Simsbury Public Library and Lyme Public Library.

    • Around the World in 80 Gardens Tues., May 4th  12:00p.m.

    Hear about the great gardens of the world including the lush gardens of the Pacific, South America, Europe, South East Asia, the gardens in Singapore airport, the arid gardens of Australia, the tropical gardens of the Seychelles, Canary Islands, English country gardens, gardens in US and Canada.

    Registration required at

    • Mindfulness Series Thurs., May 6th, May 13th and May 20th  10:00a.m.

    During this three part series, we will learn how aspects of mindfulness and self care can help us manage and navigate the feelings of stress.  We will have an open discussion on health, wellness & exercise along with how to manage stress with yoga & the breath.

    Registration required at

    • Sinking of the Lusitania Thurs., May 6th  6:30p.m.

    The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat when she was only one day away from her destination.  1,198 passengers and crew members lost their lives in this tragic event.  764 were saved by the valiant and heroic acts of rescuers and survivors.  Join this ZOOM presentation and hear the details of Lusitania’s final voyage near the 106 anniversary of her sinking.

    Registration required at

    • P.T. Barnum: The Prince of Humbugs Tues., May 11th  7:00p.m.

    P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut into an age of ‘marvelous wonders’ and many home-grown entrepreneurs selling ‘snake oil’ to the gullible or anyone willing to part with a nickel.  Truly an American showman, he was also a businessman, entertainer, promoter of hoaxes, author, publisher, politician, philanthropist, millionaire, and founded the circus as we know it today.

    Registration required at

    • The History of Memorial Day Wed., May 19th  12:00p.m.

    Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a simple offering of flowers on the graves of Union soldiers.  The Civil War itself, the most deadly struggle in the nation’s history, forced a reckoning with death, sacrifice, and honor.  Join Dr. Matthew Warshauer from Central Connecticut State University, as he explores this day and how we remember our Veterans each year.

    Registration required at

    • Connecticut Waters Thurs., May 20th  7:00p.m.

    Caryn B. Davis takes us on a nautical journey exploring the many ways Nutmeggers have used our lakes, rivers, sounds and shores and how these waterways have defined our culture and state.

    Registration required by emailing

    • Learn to Make Strawberry Crumb Bars Mon., May 24th  6:30p.m.

    Join a registered dietitian from Food Explorers for a free ZOOM cooking class.  These bars can be made with any berry, fresh or frozen, or a mixture.

    Registration required at

    • Veggie Burgers & Veggie Sausages Thurs., May 27th   6:00p.m.

    Join us as we learn how to make veggie burgers and veggie sausages.  In this ZOOM cooking class, we’ll skip the processed stuff and make the healthier alternatives at home on our own.

    Registration required at


    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

    Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 due to a COVID-19 related death of a family member.  Up to $9000 per funeral, max $35,000 per application if multiple deaths in a family occurred.

    To apply, call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line at 1-844-684-6333 

    A FEMA representative will help you complete a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application over the phone and let you know what information you will need to provided.  Multilingual services is available.  The phone line is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

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