Tuesdays and Fridays via Zoom- Tai Ji Quan: Movement for Better Balance Class

    Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance is a research-based falls prevention exercise program that uses Tai Ji Quan based movements to improve strength, mobility, balance and daily function and to prevent falls. It is designed for older adults 60+ years old and people with balance difficulties. The next class of Tai Ji Quan will be held on October 5, 2021, from 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Class meets: Tues. & Fri. Location: Zoom. The class is Free. Must be 60+ years old to participate. Contact Connie Capacchione, Uncas Health District at 860-639-5138.

    TVCCA Energy Assistance Program- 2021

    Applications will begin to be accepted on August 2nd. As of the printing of
    this newsletter, the guidelines are incomplete and will be updated in upcoming
    newsletters. At this time, there are some very basic things that must be provided
    when you apply. They are:

    *Social Security numbers for all household members.
    *Birth date for all household members.
    *A current active utility bill. The bill must be the listed household members name
    that is age 18 or older. The bill must be complete, which means both top and
    bottom of the bill must be intact before you make payment to the utility
    company. (Usually, the bottom portion of the bill is removed and sent along with
    your payment to the utility company.
    *Current income documentation for every household member: Last four
    consecutive week’s pay stubs (1 pay stub if paid monthly, 2 pay stubs if paid biweekly or 4 pay stubs if paid weekly) and/or Workman’s Compensation benefits
    for the four weeks prior to your appointment date; showing gross income, tips,
    commissions, and bonuses.
    *Currently monthly Social Security, SSI, and/or Veteran’s benefit income
    *Pension or Annuity check stub(s), or a letter from the payer on their letterhead
    stating the gross amount.
    *All bank interest statements and dividend payments for the past month (if more
    than $10.00 per month.)
    *Unemployment statements from the website or
    unemployment history printout (Within 24 hours prior to the appointment)
    showing the last four consecutive weeks.
    *Income from alimony and/or child support from Child Support Enforcement
    (letter or printout), a bank statement if payment goes directly into a bank
    *Rental income. Current documentation verifying the amount of rent you collect
    from your tenant(s).
    *Self-employment…..Must fill out the Self-Employment Worksheet, have it
    notarized and bring your most recent tax return with all schedules attached.
    *DSS cash advance award letter-showing the current income for the household.
    *A signed statement indicating the amount and frequency of payments from
    friends and relatives who are contributing toward your household’s support that
    includes the name, address, and telephone number of the contributing person.

    If you are interested in applying for the program, you have several options.
    I will be accepting applications, by appointment, at the Preston Town Hall and
    Preston Elderly Housing. Phone 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name,
    telephone number and reason for the call. Or, you can contact the TVCCA Office
    directly and schedule an appointment by calling 860-425-6681. They are located
    at 401 West Thames Street, Unit 201, Norwich, Ct.

    Municipal Medical Transportation Service and Caregiver Transportation Program

    The Town of Preston participates with 11 other towns in collaboration with
    Eastern Connecticut Transportation Consortium and the CT Department of
    Transportation to offer transportation services for medical appointments to
    individuals age 60 and over and disabled adults. (This is a grant funded service
    and there is no guarantee that funding will be available for the entire year).

    To qualify, the program is open to individuals who reside in the Town of
    Preston and have completed a registration form. (Individuals who are eligible for
    free transportation through Medicaid are asked to use that program instead.)
    Currently thirty-six one-way rides for the period of July 2, 2021 – June 30,
    2022 can be provided for medical appointments in New London County as long as
    funds are available.

    Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours in advance but can be
    scheduled up to 2 weeks ahead. Trips can be scheduled during normal business
    hours. Requests for weekend and Monday trips must be made no later than
    Friday by 2 p.m. Personal Care Attendants (or family member acting as an escort)
    may accompany passengers who need extra help with entering and exiting the
    vehicle or have other needs that make traveling independently unsafe.

    In order to protect the health of others, passengers must be free from
    acute illnesses such as flu, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and infections such as
    pneumonia. You may be asked to wear some sort of face covering by your
    transportation provider (unless it is medically contraindicated).
    For additional information on the Medical Transportation Program, please
    contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6.

    Friday, October 1st from 10:00 to 11:00am- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Distribution

    United Community and Family Service will be at the Preston Senior Center on Friday, October 1st from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. for our monthly food distribution. This program is offered through the generosity of United Community & Family Services, Gemma Moran Labor Food Center and various sponsors such as Charter Oak Bank and Core Plus Credit Union. All are welcome to attend.

    Get Out There!! – Content by Judy

    New Age???

    New Time???

    New Start???

    Do any of us know what to call this time we are now living? I can’t figure it out myself. I just know I’ll never live a ‘normal’ life again. That was before COVID. Now I just know things a different and I need to create the life I want to live.

    Things will be different because we are different. But how do we want this new ‘different’ to look? Should we be making a new plan? Finding new avenues? Reassessing those things we wanted but didn’t do before?

    My husband and I started a list several months ago of things we were going to do after COVID. On it I added go to bars. My husband said, “But we don’t go to bars!” “No, but we’re going to start because it’s something new and different. Who knows we might even like them!” So, we’ll see…

    That’s sort of a silly example of trying something new. Going somewhere we might be uncomfortable. Experiencing a new environment. But it will get us engaged in a new way and who knows we might even make new friends or find people we used to know.

    I want all of you to experience that new day. A new start. For you to act and move forward. Even if you don’t know what ‘IT’ is. Work on ‘IT’. Figure ‘IT’ out. Make a plan. Pick a day of each week to try something new.

    It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee in a new place. You’re not alone. There will be others looking for the same things you are looking for. Say hello as you walk by. You just need to get out there.

    The next day maybe go for a walk. Then reach out and ask someone to go out to eat or visit a museum. Even if they can’t go then, see if they want to meet up another time. I can almost guarantee they do! They are lonely too. Invite a few friends and family over for a game night or a cookout. Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Put yourself out there. Volunteer. Go to the library. Join the gym. Sign up for a class at the Senior Center.

    And if a few things don’t go as you thought they would, remember it’s ok. You’re trying. Finding a new path can be hard and it will take time. But you just might end up in a totally different place than what you thought you wanted. And it can be even better than you ever imagined!!

    So be sure to remember aging is a privilege. A time to explore. A time for growth. A time make new connections with new people and places.

    As we travel into this new world don’t forget to reinvent yourself and your life!!