Resources

    CONTENT BY JUDY – Independence equals Freedom

    When we think about our own independence, we often equate that independence with our day to day living. Can we get to the store, to work, to school? Is the weather a problem? Will there be a traffic issue? Am I running late?

    And with our day to day living we sometimes forget that Independence equals freedom, and, in this country, we have an abundance of freedoms. We can speak out. We vote.  We are free to worship as we choose. We can assemble when and where we want. We can move about as we choose.

    We are very fortunate to live in the United States and have these privileges.

    But back to our personal independence.

    I found the definition of independence to be – the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people (Cambridge Dictionary)

    Now how silly is that – of course we are influenced by others – the news is just one example. And we are helped by other people on a regular basis. And who might they be – the doctor, your lawyer, your neighbor, a friend. Someone holds the door for you. They are helping you.

    But there are the times when that independence is compromised.

    Our personal independence can become very limited if say the car breaks down. We have a sick child at home. Our eyesight fails. We don’t react as quickly as we once did. A car, the insurance, gas, etc. becomes unaffordable.

    Our mobility. Our ability to get around can really define our life style. Our world can get very small if we no longer have the freedom to get about as we choose.

    What do we do then? How do we get places? What are the resources available to us?

    Who can I ask for a ride? Do I have too much self-pride to ask? What about shopping and all those appointments I have?

    Enable yourself to ask and to find out what resources are out there. Visit or call your Senior Center. Call 211. Use SeniorCenterCt.org. Ask at your Church. If you are a veteran or member of an organization, see if they give rides. And don’t overlook asking your family and friends. They probably would love to send more time with you.

    But remember you need to be flexible and fit what you want and need into someone else’s schedule. You don’t have to go shopping on Tuesday and running errands on Wednesday. Look at this all as a change in your life style – not that you lost your freedom. Embarrass your new methods of mobility as an adventure!

    CONTENT BY JUDY – The scoop on Expos, Home Shows and Trade Shows for you and for businesses too

    Live demonstrations

    Health screenings

    Give-a-ways

    Door prizes

    Free presentations

    These are just a few of the things available at Expos, Home Shows and Trade Shows. Most are free or very low cost to attend. They are great ways to learn about services and providers you might need. You can also compare agencies.

    Discover what’s available in your area. Search out the booths with recreation, travel, insurance, fitness, Senior Centers and more. You can make a list at home and then go to an expo and talk with providers about what you need and how they can help you and your family. You can get the answers. And if the person you are talking with doesn’t have the information or service you are looking for, they can probably point out a booth that can help you.

    Start watching for and listening for the upcoming Expos, Home Shows and Trade Shows. Generally, they are start in the spring and end in the fall. Check Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Centers and area housing units. Some might be hosted by major companies for their retirees. Plan on attending yearly for a few years. You can never learn everything at just one. Plus, you’re adapt to meet up with folks you know and have a few friendly chats as well.

    AND if you are a business then you want to be a vendor! Your company needs to always be growing and teaching. Expos, Home Shows and Trade Shows are great ways to meet lots of people. If you want to be a part of the health screening let the organizer know. The same with presentations and demonstrations. Your company could be a great addition! It is an excellent way to grow those new costumers. Plus, it puts a face to your business.

    Get out there and be seen. Stand up at your booth. It makes you more approachable. Give meaningful items. Engage with the folks passing by. You never know where any connection or contact might lead. Let other vendors know what you do and who your company is. Grow connections. Build relationships. And whatever you do stay off your phone!

    And hey make sure you stop by the SeniorCenterCt.org table and say Hi! Be sure to tell us you read about us here!

    AARP Tax Assistance Program

    Appointments are currently being accepted for the Free AARP Income Tax assistance program at the Preston Senior Center. The income tax preparation assistance is designed for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those individuals who are 60 years of age or older.
    If married, we ask that both husband and wife are present during an income tax counseling session. Taxpayers must bring all documents which they have received that apply to their 2017 income tax filing.
    Tax-Aide sessions will be conducted at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society Road, Preston on the following dates: Wednesday, February 7 and 21st, March 7th and 21st and concluding on Wednesday, April 4th. All appointments are scheduled between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    IF you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a Certified AARP Tax Counselor, please call 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name, telephone number and a brief message. You will be contacted regarding the scheduling availability.

    TVCCA Energy Assistance

    Application are currently being accepted for the TVCCA Energy Assistance Program. Required information necessary for completing your application include: Social Security numbers for all household members; birth dates for all household members; current utility bill, rent receipt or proof of mortgage payment, etc. are required. In addition, current proof and complete statements of ALL liquid assets for every household member are necessary. For additional information regarding program guidelines or to schedule an appointment, please call 860-887-5581 extension 6.

    Medicare Savings Programs

    On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. we will have Shayla DelGiudice discuss the benefits of the Medicare Savings Program.  Under the Medicare improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), states, received funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs).

    1.  It could add $104.90 back into your Social Security check each month.
    2. Help pay your Medicare Part “D” monthly premium
    3. Help with your Medicare Part “D” deductibles

    You are cordially invited to join us at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society Road on Wednesday, February 17th for a very informative presentation.  Please register for the program by calling the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6.