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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 01/04/2017

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 01/05/2017 5:40pm
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, January 4, 2017

Commission members present:

Beth Wagner – Chair, Karen de Friesse, Jean Whitham, Rosalind Kopfstein, Sam Crocker, Janet Metzger, Ingrid Heller, Hilda Rhodes, Lea Mintz, Jean Rexford
Angelica Fontanez – Director of Social Services
Ruth Moran – Program Coordinator of Heritage Center
Guest: Julia Pemberton – First Selectman
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

I.  Approval of Minutes from December 2016
Motion: Minutes approved as written – unanimous.  Kopfstein, Whitham.

II. Senior Center Program Report – Ruth Moran
Van schedule: 129 trips in December averaging 7-8 pickups four days a week.

Activities at the Heritage Center included “Around the World Travelogue” by the Bonfanti’s, an Opera Talk by Jean Scroeder and the Mothers and Daughters National Charity League Holiday Party with entertainment by school students with the highest attendance at 42.

December fees were low because of some class cancellations.  Overall attendance is down for crafting but Cultural Café was well attended.  The discussion centered on offering a series of programs on health policy and senior care options with Ruth Moran, Lea Mintz, Jean Rexford and Jean Whitham volunteering to explore and develop.  The group also discussed various ways to publicize events including handouts and posters hung at activities.  Ruth is developing programs to celebrate Redding’s 250th year with Julia Pemberton offering materials such as a walking map.

III. Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez
Angelica continues to make home visits and have office visits with a variety of clients in need of assistance.  She has noted the increased time Sara Arroyo has spent in Redding helping clients apply for the Snap Program.  Angelica was able to provide the Commission with data showing that she has added to her caseload 6 seniors (total 26), 13 adults/families (total 22) and 1 disabled adult (total 3) receiving social services.

Angelica has attended a number of community events (Western CT Geriatric Council and Redding Neighbors and Newcomers event) and workshops to increase her knowledge and start the process of becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist.

Angelica said the December donations for “Redding Shares the Warmth” and the food pantry increased substantially versus prior years.

IV. Other Business:
Beth Wagner, Julia Pemberton and Angelica Fontanez had an initial meeting to review the budget and shared with the Commission their proposals.  Angelica would like to increase the hours of the Administrative support position to possibly to full time status and allowances have been made to have a part time MSW position if Angelica cannot obtain another unpaid Intern. Angelica had praise for the existing staff and commended their hard work.  Beth invited the Commission to attend the budget presentation to the Board of Selectmen on Friday, January 6 at 10:15 am at Town Hall.

There was no additional business presented before the Commission; the meeting was adjourned at 10:14 am.

The next COA meeting is scheduled for February 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the

Heritage Center.

Minutes prepared by Karen de Friesse

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