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The Woodbridge Center News 2/12/21

The Woodbridge Center News 2/12/21

Sisters Dottie Malerba and Ann Adamovich give their thumbs up after receiving the COVID vaccine hosted by Woodbridge Human Services at The Woodbridge Center.Are you over 55 years old?  Contact The Woodbridge Center.  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

Drive Through St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon:  “May the road rise up to meet you” as you drive-through the Center’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Enjoy a delicious, traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, new potatoes, carrots and a special treat provided by Jewish Senior Services.  This event is generously co-sponsored by Visiting Angels of Woodbridge.  Pick-up your meal on March 17 between 12-1pm.  RSVP by March 3.

Get to the Point of Health Lecture Series:  This free Zoom lecture series will offer informative facts focused on various current health topics.  The first lecture, “An Update on COVID”, will be presented by Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) on Friday, February 19 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.  This presentation will provide the latest information on the vaccine including overall effectiveness, how long before it is fully effective and safety measures to maintain after vaccination.  Mitigation strategies and how to care for someone who has COVID will also be addressed.  An opportunity to ask questions will follow.  Call to sign up and obtain the Zoom link.  The next lecture, “Fall-proofing Yourself at Home”, will be offered in March.

Mindfulness Class:  This 6-week class will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center.  The class will run on Wednesday afternoons via zoom.  Mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep and health.  The fee is $30.00.  Please call The Center for dates and times and to sign up for the class.

Targeted Strength Training:  Sign up for a weekly Targeted Strength Training zoom class with Michele Tenney.  Offered on Mondays, 9-10 am, the new 8-week session will begin February 22.  The fee of $40.00 and may be mailed or dropped off to The Woodbridge Center.  Each week you will be provided with an email link for access to the next class.  All fitness levels are welcome as the instructor makes individual accommodations as needed.  Call to register.

YOPA is a combination of yoga (balance), pilates (core work) and stretching (flexibility) for all fitness levels.  Michele Tenney will lead this class on Zoom on Tuesday mornings from 9-10 am beginning February 9.  8-week session/$40 – prorated as needed.  Call for more information and to sign up.

Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance:  Try this variation of T’ai Chi offered as a Zoom class through the VNA of Guilford.  The beginners’ class meets on Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 am from 1/13-3/31.  The advanced class meets on Fridays 9:30-10:15 am from 1/15-4/2.  The cost is $30/12-week session prorated to accommodate later sign-ups.  Sign up at:  www.connecticuthomecare.org/calendar/ or call the Center with questions.

Exercise with Laurie continues to run on GATV channel-79 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am.  Enjoy a great workout in the comfort of your home!

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or disabled Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (with some limited exceptions).  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange transportation via car or wheelchair accessible van.  For safety reasons, masks are required, and temperatures will be taken.  Please know the vehicle is cleaned between each use.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve flash frozen meals ($5/meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including Tortellini Alfredo, stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and cheese, beef stew and cranberry, ginger salmon.  Meals include a vegetable roll and dessert.  Minimum order of two lunches please.

Human Services:  Call 203-389-3429 for information.  The Human Services Department social worker, Judi Young, is available to those in need of assistance due to isolation and other issues associated with long-term quarantine and social distancing.

Fuel Assistance:  Woodbridge residents may call for an appointment to apply for CT Energy Assistance program administered by TEAM Inc.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  Call social worker Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

COVID vaccination distribution:  Woodbridge has been fortunate to have multiple opportunities for vaccine appointments at clinics in North Haven hosted by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD).  Additionally, on Friday January 29th, The Woodbridge Center hosted a clinic for 70 residents, aged 75 or older. According to the Department of Public Health the statewide average of those over 75 who have already received the vaccine is approximately 30% while Woodbridge has had 43.1% access vaccinations.  For those 65-74-year-olds awaiting an opportunity to be vaccinated, please check https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/covid-19%20vaccinations for up-to-date information on statewide vaccination rollout.

Having trouble getting access to a COVID vaccine?  If you are 75 or older and have not gotten an appointment for the COVID vaccine, please contact this department at 203-389-3430 for assistance.  You may also send email to jglicksman@woodbidgect.org.  Staff members will assist you with access to an appointment at one of the local clinics in surrounding towns.  If you are unable to drive, or find a ride to a vaccination clinic, please contact The Woodbridge Center for information about the Transportation program.

File 2020 taxes with VITA from home for free:  In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Human Services VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is still available to prepare income tax returns at no cost for qualifying residents.  Like everything else in a pandemic, the program looks a little different this year.  If you have a camera phone and an email address, you can begin the process at GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT.

This new and secure national VITA website was created to serve the virtual needs of the program during the pandemic.  To use this website, you will be directed to fill out the intake questionnaire and upload specific documents.  Your secure file will be conveyed to our local group of volunteer tax preparers based on your indicated preference.  One tax preparer will contact you for a phone interview during which your taxes will be prepared.  A second will call to review your return for accuracy, and finally you will receive a copy of your Federal and State returns via email to be electronically signed before they are e-filed.  Estimated turnaround time from start to finish is one week.

Taxpayers who are unable to access a camera phone or email are encouraged to call Woodbridge Human Services at (203) 389-3429.  Following a telephone intake interview, a VITA volunteer will schedule a drive-through appointment for document scanning.

Food Pantry:  Woodbridge Human Services is available to assist seniors and families in need with non-perishable food items from the food pantry as well as gift cards to Stop & Shop for perishable items.  If you are able to donate to the Human Services food pantry please consider purchasing the following items:  jarred sauces, jams and jellies, canned or jarred fruit, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and disposable razors.  Please call and let us know when you plan to drop off needed items and leave bagged items on the bench outside of the Senior Center during business hours.

Job opportunity:  Woodbridge Human Services seeks a part-time Clerical Program Assistant for The Woodbridge Center – 28 hours per week, $19.43/hour.  Duties include creating and maintaining computer files, data entry, record maintenance, answering phone, and billing management.  Coordinates programming including Transportation Program dispatch and reports.  Must have mastery of computer and office management skills as well as attention to detail.  Experience with seniors a plus.  Contact Woodbridge Human Services with resumes and cover letter if qualified by February 19.

Emergency Call List:  Prepare for storms by stocking up on water, canned goods and batteries.  Residents can call the Human Services Department to be added to the Emergency Call List.  For those who are elderly, have a health issue, are disabled or know someone who falls into these categories, please sign up for the Human Services’ Emergency Call List.  During emergencies, the department calls listed residents to ensure they are safe and to offer help as needed.  To be added to the list, please call 203-389-3429.

Pictured:

  1. Senior Center Director Kristy Moriarty, right, and Human Services Director Jeanette Glicksman deliver soup and treats during the drive-thru five holiday celebration event at The Center.
  2. Sisters Dottie Malerba and Ann Adamovich give their thumbs up after receiving the COVID vaccine hosted by Woodbridge Human Services at The Woodbridge Center.

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