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Senior Center: November 2016 News

Info submitted by Suzanne Wintsch.

November in the Center

Haddam Senior Center (923 Saybrook Road, Haddam) 860 345 2480

Hours of Operation: The Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch is $2.50 and served every weekday at noon. This month, we are adding additional evening hours and one weekend event. (Please see November highlighted events for additional information)

  • Director: Suzanne Wintsch, MA, ATR, CHC, AADP, CSI, RYT 860-345-2480
  • Café Manager: Shirley Talbot 860-345-8300
  • Driver /Trip Coordinator: Diane Gondek 860-682-3301

November Highlights

Election Day! Save the date: Election Day is November 8th! Diane will be providing rides that morning, so please be sure to plan in advance by calling at least 24-hours in advance to reserve your spot! Thanks to Marge DeBold for the sample ballot that is hanging in the Senior Center for your convenience. Here are some important reminders: Voting is 6:00 am -8 pm. Be sure to have your photo ID. Can’t campaign at polls (i.e., don’t wear clothing that supports either candidate)

Flu Clinic Extensions Did you miss the Senior Expo in October? Do you still need your flu shot? You still have three opportunities to get your flu shot in the month of November.

  • November 1, 2016 @ Haddam Elementary School (2-6 pm)
  • November 9, 2016 @ Haddam Killingworth Middle School (2-6 pm)
  • November 14, 2016 @ Brainard Library (3-6:30 pm)
  • Thank you to Candy Casale for providing us with our local clinic locations, dates and times!

Helping Hands Ministry Looking ahead to winter, I’m reminded of those who need some help with snow removal for a variety of reasons. Please plan ahead! If you would like some help, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact Suzanne @ 860-345-2480
  2. Call the Helping Hands Ministry at Valley Bible Church 860-345-8932


Veteran’s Day Observance and Events

Haddam Elementary School Assembly (open to all) When: November 9, 2016 @ 2:00 pm, Where: Haddam Elementary School. Please rsvp by calling 860 345-4551. Thank you to Miss Isabelle Wintsch for sending us such a beautiful flyer about the event!

Veteran’s Day Veteran Museum When: November 11, 2016 from 9 am-1 pm. Where: Haddam’s Veteran Museum (Higganum Center).

Flag Placing When: November 11, 2016 at 11 am. Where: Higganum Green at Higganum Center.

Our Enrichment Program Initiative

A fun fact about our new Director is that she specializes in holistic therapies that benefit the mind, body and spirit. Suzanne is targeting the development of an enrichment program that will help us all live with joyous vitality. Her study, research and practice have also been on these aspects of living that specifically target the gracefully aging population. In the next few months, Suzanne will be introducing some new programs that involve music, art, and movement therapies. She has also partnered with a local spa and Haddam residents to provide other services at the Center in upcoming months.

Tai Chi is often referred to as “The Gift of Balance.” An important three-year study by the National Institute of Health found that people aged 70 to 90, who learned and practiced this ancient art, reduced injury from falling by 47.5%. The slow, graceful, circular motions help to improve balance, loosen joints, tone muscles, and relieve stress, while creating an overall sense of well-being. Next month will introduce additional chair-modified classes, per request. Robert Michael Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860-301-6433senior-center-art

Expression Through Art Using specific art therapy and relaxation techniques, our Registered Art Therapist will guide you through unique and enjoyable art directives that will release your freedom of expression through a variety of art mediums. This nonthreatening approach will increase your self-awareness, open your heart, stimulate your mind and unleash your creative spirit. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this course. Space is limited. Please sign up for our “Random Acts of Kindness” directive on Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am. Suzanne L. G. Wintsch, MA, ATR, CHC, AADP, CSI, RYT Senior Center Director 860-345- 2480

Haddam Clergy in the Center Our local clergy came for lunch in the Center in October to share ideas in effort to spread information in the community. As many of you belong to our local churches, it was important for our Director to forge relationships with all the church communities to better serve our adult population in a variety of ways. We look forward to this new collaboration and to the endless possibilities of future endeavors together!

Bridging Communication with our Youth

We enjoyed our first visit with the HKHS 10-21 group! This group of high school students and teachers will join us one Monday per month to host an activity for us at the Senior Center. Our next visit and activity with them is on November 28, 2016 @ 11 am and all are welcome. Thank you to Holly Nicoletti and Sue Craffey for making this happen!

Pen Pals with Mrs. Formica’s Class at HES A few of my new friends at the Center mentioned that they used to write to students and would love to resume this activity. I reached out to Celeste Formica, a third grade teacher at Haddam Elementary School, who enthusiastically agreed to make this happen! Beginning this month, we have 15 eager students that are just waiting to hear from you! Sign up today to help make these connections with our youth! I have set aside time and supplies to create a Pen Pal workshop on November 10th. All supplies and an optional outline will be included.

Halloween with HCNS Thank you to all the volunteers that made our event with the Haddam Cooperative Nursery School so successful! We had a blast decorating pumpkins and making holiday cards. It was extra special that we had the pleasure to see them in costume! Stay tuned for future event opportunities!

Meals at the Center

Our transition to CRT (Senior Community Café) went smoothly in October and we are hosting wonderful meals each and every day! Please see the menu below and join us for a delicious meal, fun and laughter each day at noon, and special luncheon speakers throughout the month. Please call Shirley before 12 pm @ 860-345-2480 a day ahead to schedule. For additional inquiry, please see Shirley for details.


Meal Treat Incentive!

Our meal treat incentive was successful in October! Congratulations to MARY NORK for winning the $10 gift certificate to Higganum Market!!!!!! The more often you eat with us, the better your chances at our end of the month drawing for a local gift certificate. Each time you eat a meal, we will add your name to the drawing. We hope to feature a new local vender or restaurant each month!

Holiday Decorating at the Center

Suzanne is asking for volunteers to decorate the inside and outside of the Center on Monday, November 28, 2016. More hands make for less work and she needs your help! It is a busy day with visitors on site, so there will be a posted list of small tasks for volunteers. Please come in to create our winder wonderland!

Technology Support!

Our resident tech master, Jonathan Wintsch will help you navigate and assess your computer dilemmas two Tuesday evenings in November. You MUST sign up ahead of time in the center to set up a date with this tech guru. Jonathan is proficient with Mac and PC trouble-shooting and can help you connect with your loved ones via email or Skype. He is currently the Technology Manager at Vista Life Innovations and has been working in technology nearly 20 years. He will be available November 8th and 22nd to assist you!

Computer Lab & Printing  Beginning in November, the Senior Center will be adding a small computer lab area for your convenience. This designated will be great for sending email or looking for information on the Internet. In an effort to reduce waste and determine our true printing needs we will be asking people to log their printer and copy jobs. This small change will help us determine if a different printer/copier is justified.

November Groups and Class Scheduling

Tai Chi When: Wednesdays @ 6:30p & Thursdays @ 1:30 pm Where: Haddam Senior Center Have questions about modifications or class differences? Call us! Additional classes are coming soon!

BINGO! It’s back and quite possibly crazier than ever! Bingo will be held at the Center on November 4th & 18th @ 1 pm. It is $2.00 for three cards! Come join for the fun as Suzanne is slowly getting her bingo footing!

Silver Threads recorder group When: Every Wednesday @ 10 am Where: Haddam Senior Center See Alma Zyko for details to join in on the fun! November 2, 9, 16 & 30

Ukeladies When: Every Monday @ 9:30 am in November Where: Haddam Senior Center. See Mary Ellen Larson to join this talented and fun group!

Crafts with Shirley When: Tuesdays @ 9:30 am Where: Haddam Senior Center See Shirley Talbot for details

Needle Craft When: Oct 3 & 17th @ 9:30 am Where: Haddam Senior Center See Beth Hartke for details

Committee on Aging When: November 14th @10:30 am Where: Haddam Senior Center See Marge DeBold for details

Club 60 When: November 7th and 21st Where: Nov 7 – Business meeting at Haddam Senior Center Nov 21 – Guest speaker Kevin Hogan of WFSB. See Beth Hartke for details or questions

food-bank-collectionThe Mission of the Season

We have partnered with our Public Health Department in this venture and are collecting food for our food bank. Suzanne created a box that has a few nonperishable items to donate, but we need your help! Please help us make a grand impression and help our residents this month! I’m also pleased to report that we collected 4 large shipping boxes of items that Diane brought to the Public Health building this week! Thank you!

The Gratitude Corner

Please take a moment to be thankful each day this month! We have two trees that adorn our “Gratitude Corner” that are awaiting your visit. Thank you to Beth Hartke for making the beautiful autumn-themed ornaments for hanging! I see many leaves that read beautiful words of thanks and I’m looking forward to seeing them multiply in the month of November. We do have so much to be thankful for….jot it down and hang it up!

Center Suggestion Box

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our Center suggestion box! My very first request was for a microphone and sound system for meetings. Suzanne located a microphone on site that was compatible with a small amplifier from her own home. Please utilize this set up during larger meetings, as white noise and secondary sounds may impact the clarity of a message given. The microphone is located directly behind the podium where you sign in. Please continue to send your positive suggestions!

Haddam Senior Center partners with the YMCA

Just up the road in Middletown, the Middlesex Y provides a wide variety of aquatic and land exercise classes specially designed to help Active Older Adults get and stay fit and strong. Other activities include Potluck Luncheons, Bingo, Annual Craft and Bake sale, Active Older Adult Committee and so much more! We are providing a FREE Haddam Senior Center series at the YMCA this November. It includes a luncheon presentation at the Center to cover the Silver Sneakers program on Tuesday, November 1st @ 11:45 am. Then the YMCA will host a special Haddam Senior Center tour on Thursday, November 3rd. Rides from the Senior Center are included and the tour will also include a short demonstration of senior-specific movements that benefit overall health and longevity.

Finally, the YMCA has reserved one-hour pool time on November 8th and 15th for the Haddam Senior Center. We will provide transportation for this unique series! Let’s get active and healthy together with our free two-week membership!

Essex Steam Train’s North Pole Express

Our Director has been spending three hours each evening at the Essex Steam Train in preparation for this season on the North Pole Express! Suzanne’s character is Daisy Daniella DaVinci, who reminded Santa of his magic when he stopped by to admire one of her paintings when he was visiting Italy a long, long time ago. Daisy was so flattered that Santa was complimenting her, that she exclaimed “Fantasioso Colori” and with a stroke of her magic paintbrush, Santa’s cheeks became rosy and his eyes twinkled like stars. Santa recruited Daisy to spread her holiday cheer on the North Pole Express this holiday season! Suzanne begins her holiday run on the train with back-to-back shows beginning the first week of November. She will post her schedule so you can send your positive vibes when she heads out to the North Pole. If you or your family members are scheduled to visit the North Pole, please let Suzanne know so she can take note and perhaps visit their train cars! All Aboard!

Music in the Center

The Ukeladies, Silver Threads and our Friday music surprises were all hopping throughout the month of October. Our new piano in the Center has been put to good use and we’ve enjoyed hearing a wide variety of music from Susan Gregory, which included country, classical, opera, broadway musicals, and more! It was been a treat to hear voices and music fill our hearts and minds each week.

Halloween Musical Performance November music includes a Halloween Musicale (Saturday, November 5th @ 10:30 am) featuring students from Susan Gregory’s pianists. Students will be dressed up in costume and play Halloween-themed songs. Come join in the fun! Adult costumes and additional refreshments are encouraged. (Please refrain from dressing as a clown.)

“Glory Be” Music & Entertainment A mixed age group expressing themselves through the blessings God gave to them. This group includes instruments, dancing, reciting poetry & scripture, drama, humorous skits, and so much more! Thank you to Christine Mainetti for arranging this unique performance! “Glory Be” will be performing at 12 pm during lunch on November 18th. Come join us in the celebration at lunch!

November Speakers at the Center

Resident State Troopers Milardo & DeAngelo Haddam Resident State Troopers Enrico Milardo and Joseph DeAngelo will be presenting information about internet safety, identity theft and cyber safety for the senior population. Prevention will be a focus of this visit. Trooper Milardo made a recent visit to the Center in effort to improve traffic violations associated with failure to yield to the crosswalk between the library and Senior Center. If you haven’t already noticed, there is a new speed limit machine in the yard in effort to put a spotlight on the area. We thank him for his attention to this matter and look forward to hearing about internet safety. Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Haddam Resident Trooper Office: 860-345-2769 Connecticut State Police, Troop-F, Westbrook, Connecticut: 860-399-2100 fax 860-399-2150. email: [email protected] email: [email protected]

Bob Waller & Eleanor Farrell Bob Waller, Haddam’s own resident CHOICES counselor will speak about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D and will discuss the CHOICES program. CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for Health Insurance assistance, outreach, information and referral counseling, and eligibility screening for older adults and people with disabilities. CHOICES is sponsored by the five Area Agencies on Aging and Connecticut’s State Department on Aging. CHOICES counselors help Medicare beneficiaries make informed decisions about their Medicare policies.. Bob will also speak about the Senior Medicare Patrol. This program helps educate seniors about preventing Medicare fraud. Eleanor Farrell, our Municipal Agent for the Elderly, will speak about Connecticut’s Energy Assistance Program. This is a program available to lower income residents who are in need of fuel assistance during the winter months. Eleanor also assists with Renter’s rebates and has other resourcers that are beneficial to our senior population.

Bob and Eleanor will be visiting the Center to present their helpful information on November 17th @ 11:30a. Please join us for this important luncheon meeting! Eleanor Farrell Municipal Agent for the Elderly 11 Jail Hill Road Haddam, CT 860-554-5246 Robert Waller Choices Counselor Volunteer & Local Benifits Counselor with Senior Resources on Aging in Norwich CT Local #860-345-0611 Regional #860-887-3561 Provides help with benefits information for Medicare programs

Sharad Saxena We met Sharad at the Senior Expo last month and he called Suzanne the next day to schedule a visit to our Center to host a game of Jeopardy! He will be visiting our Center each month to bring relevant information to the community. Here’s some information about Sharad and Home Helpers Home Care: Our mission is to be the extended family when the family can’t be there – providing top quality inhome care and home health care services that improve quality of life and create peace of mind. We work with you to help your family make the best care decisions with customized, affordable options that keep your loved ones where they belong: at home, living safe, independent, and engaged lives. Sharad will be joining us at the Senior Center on November 16th @ 10:30 am to share his programming and to host another game of Jeopardy!

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Sharad Saxena, Owner Home Helpers Home Care, 980 Clintonville Road Wallingford, CT. 203-558-7065 – office, 203- 678- 8007- fax. email: [email protected]

D. Jeanne Messick Local attorney Jeanne Messick of Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, PC will be explaining the new financial power of attorney laws that went into effect on October 1. What’s new about it and how might the changes affect you? What are the new estate planning powers available to give your agent, and what liability does the agent take on when using power of attorney for a loved one? Jeanne will answer these questions. Please join us for this informational session! Jeanne Messick, Esq. Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C. Attorneys at Law 148 Broad Street Middletown, CT.  860-316-2741 15 Elm Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 Tel: 860-395-6340 Fax:860-395-6349

Estate Planning Elder Law & Probate Law Wills & Trusts Special Needs Planning

Daisy Hernandez Daisy Hernandez is the new Health Educator at the CT River Area Health District in Old Saybrook. CRAHD provides essential local public health services to the towns of Old Saybrook, Clinton, Deep River, and Haddam. Daisy is going to start visiting the Haddam Senior Center monthly, to present and discuss various senior-related health topics. Some of the health education topics will include: flu prevention, fall prevention, shingles, healthy eating, and healthy aging, just to name a few. Her goal is to make sure that seniors have the information that they need in order to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. If you have any health topic that you would like to learn more about, Daisy would love to hear them. Please join us for her first visit to the Center, which will focus on Flu prevention on November 9th @ 11 am. You can contact Daisy at [email protected] or call her at 860-661-3300. Daisy Hernandez Health Educator CT River Area Health District Saybrook Junction 455 Boston Post Road, Suite #7 Old Saybrook, CT.

Thomas R Atwood Thomas R Atwood, Physical Therapist, is a 16 year veteran with experience in all arenas of his profession. He is a movement and orthopedic specialist, having speciality with the geriatric population. He received his degree from University of Hartford in 2000. He spent 5 years developing and running an outpatient fall prevention clinic. It allowed him to combine his two passions of treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions to improve movement and function. He was featured on CPTV with his work and association with the Connecticut Collaboration Fall Prevention. For the last 11 years he has focused on what he refers to as “geriatric sports medicine” providing outpatient services for Hebrew Healthcare. In August 2016, he created Better Balance Physical Therapy LLC, to independently provide care and services to the best of his ability without restriction. Thomas R Atwood, PT, Owner LSVT BIG Certified, TPI Level 1 Certified Better Balance Physical Therapy LLC 860-380-0213

Please come help us clean up the invasive bittersweet at the Haddam Meadows! When: November 5th (Rain date of November 19th) Where: Haddam Meadows Please contact Cheryl Chuba via email: [email protected]

The Center is looking for…..

  1. Zumba and yoga instructors
  2. Local musicians
  3. Speakers
  4. Volunteers for event planning (Fundraiser dinner, special events)
  5. Indoor and outdoor holiday decor
  6. Garden Club volunteers for seasonal design
  7. Help to write sections of the monthly newsletter
  8. Outreach volunteers for making meals for residents who are ill or had surgery
  9. Grateful leaves to add to our “Gratitude Corner” trees for November