So, What’s Going on at Senior Centers during COVID – Content by Judy

    People continue to be surprised on what is still happening in Senior Centers as we continue dealing with COVID and all of those restrictions.

    Well first off, the Senior Center Staff is still working. They are just as helpful as they were when you were there. They miss you, too!! They cannot wait for you to come in those doors!

    The staff is just as committed to serving you – it’s just that things are different

    The Senior Center phone lines are manned, and you can still get your questions answered. Call and let them know what you need help with.

    You can still sign up for Meals on Wheels, Fuel Assistance, Elderly & Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program, AARP income tax assistance, and other programs. Or get the information on how you can apply.

    You can find out which of these programs you are eligible for. Plus, any others you might be able to take advantage of.

    You can get Meals on Wheels delivered to your home.

    Most Senior Centers are still providing transportation.

    Many Senior Centers have meals you can order and pick-up curbside.

    If your local Senior Center is not distributing food, they can tell you where your closest location is.

    There are lots of virtual and Zoom classes available. The beauty of those is that you can attend events that are well out of your area. There is no need to travel to a Senior Center across the state. Just register and login on the day and time the event is happening. has a Zoom calendar on the main landing page. Just click on the Zoom Calendar icon and you’ll find any number of things you can do.

    Here is an example of some of the virtual and Zoom classes that you might find: Tai Chi, Genealogy, Sing Along, Trivia, lectures on a number of topics, paint night, bingo and more!!

    So, call your Senior Center and see if you can pick up jigsaw puzzles, books from the Senior Center Library, or maybe even craft kits. Who knows, give them a call, and ask!!

    So even though, you might have thought your Senior Center is CLOSED, it’s not really…. It’s just that the public cannot go into the building.

    February Virtual Presentations

    These virtual presentations are being shared by AARP, The Mystic & Noank Library, Fairfield Public Library, Lyme Public Library and West Hartford Library.

    Mystic Seaport Virtual Presentation: Sailing to Freedom Wed., Feb 3rd  1:00p.m.

    Join Mystic Seaport Museum’s Director of Exhibits Elysa Engelman, for a fascinating presentation on the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, the role of a prominent Mystic family in the abolition movement, and specifically a well-publicized escape through New London county that was covered by newspapers up and down the Eastern seaboard.

    Registration required at


    What’s Cooking? A Conversation with Chef Jacques Pépin Mon., Feb 8th  6:30p.m.

    Join us for a Zoom conversation with our Connecticut neighbor, Chef Jacques Pépin!  Chef Pépin’s will be discussing his newest cookbook, Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple.  He will address how to prepare memorable meals.  We will find out how he is spending his time cooking during the pandemic, and learn about his comfort foods and go to recipes.

    Registration required at


    Wadsworth Atheneum Virtual Tour: Black History Month Wed., Feb 10th  7:00p.m.

    Please join us for a very special docent lead virtual tour with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  The theme of this art tour will focus on Black History Month and black artists.

    Registration required at


    What were the Russians Watching Thur., Feb 11th  4:00p.m.

    While Americans watched monsters and aliens in the movies and on TV during the Cold War, Russians had a very different experience.  Talk by David Davison.

    Registration required at


    Recycling, Waste and the Environment Wed., Feb 17th  1:30p.m.

    Confused about recycling? Ever wondered what those “recycling” triangles actually mean?  This information-filled presentation will be followed by a discussion about the state of recycling in Connecticut, the mounting trash crisis, and what the state is doing to address this growing issue.

    Registration required at


    Mystic Seaport Virtual Presentation: Figure Heads & Shipcarvings Wed., Feb 24th  7:00p.m.

    Join us for a virtual behind-the-scenes tour into the Mystic Seaport Museum’s collections vault with Katherine Hijar, Luce Project Assistant Curator, as she highlights a selection of the Museum’s figureheads and discusses the history and art of these fascinating maritime artifacts.

    Registration required at


    Fraud Fighting – Keeping Your Money Safe Fri., Feb 26th  10:00a.m.

    A conversation how financial institutions and their practices are keeping your money and information safe from scammers.  Learn about the evolution of fraud from paper to digital and how training tellers and others to spot fraudulent practices is key to keeping you safe.  Additionally, learn how to ensure your philanthropic donations are going to the causes you care about rather than scammers.

    Registration required at


    Eco-Safari of the Connecticut River Watershed Sat., Feb 27th   2:00p.m.

    In this interactive webinar, conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni will take you on a virtual tour of the watershed, highlighting the flora and fauna and unique aspects of its natural and human history.

    Registration required by emailing


    February 19th – February 24th: Film Screening ~ Lives Well Lived

    The film Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old.  Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3,000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. These men and women open the vault on their journey into old age through family histories, personal triumph and tragedies, loves and losses – seeing the best and worst of humanity along the way.  Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.  This film is 56 minutes long.

    Register at 

    You will receive a private link on Feb. 18th and the film will be available to watch online Feb. 19th – 24th.


    Live Well with Diabetes

    In Home Version!  All you Need is a Telephone! 

    Live Well with Diabetes is a toolkit and program through Senior Resources that you do in the comfort of your own home without having to use any technology beyond a telephone.

    FREE Active Living Everyday toolkit includes a Living a Healthy Life Book and Exercise & Relaxation CD.

    A new 6-week workshop starts every month!

    Participants will learn about:

    • What to eat
    • Low and High blood sugar
    • Tips for dealing with stress
    • Foot care
    • Sick day guidelines
    • How to set small and achievable goals

    For more information, contact Lori Rygielski, Senior Resources Regional Coordinator  OR  (860) 887-3561 ext. 127

    Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Department of Aging & Disability Services, and Senior Resources Agency on Aging.


    TVCCA VITA Income Tax Assistance

    Schedule your appointment with a TVCCA Volunteer Tax Preparer

    All appointments for the 2021 tax season will be virtual.

    Convenient Online and Drop-off options available.

    If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 2-1-1.  Select option 3, then option 6.

    Appointments begin in February.  Income limit $66,000.  This service is free.

    For more information, please visit