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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 05/04/2016

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 05/04/2016 3:30pm

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Commission members:
Janet Metzger, Henry Polio, Rosalind Kopfstein, Hilda Rhodes, Lea Mintz, Jean Whitham, Ingrid Heller, Sam Crocker
Others present: Angelica Fontanez, Ruth Moran, Julia Pemberton, and Maria Jordan & Amy Tagg (RVNA)

Mrs. Metzger called the May 4, 2016 meeting to order at 9:00 am in the Redding Community Center

Motion: move that the minutes of the meeting of April 6, 2016 be accepted as submitted. Kopfstein, Rhodes. Approved. 5-0-3. Mrs. Mintz, Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Whitham abstained.

Maria Jordan, MSC, is the Redding volunteer for the RVNA. She will be attending the Commission meetings.

Amy Tagg is the RVNA Clinical Education coordinator. She provided an overview of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator), where it is located and how it is used. The AED previously located in the lunchroom cabinet has been relocated to a box in the RCC foyer where it can be accessed when the building is in use. Ms. Tagg will attend the June meeting and provide a demonstration of the use of the AED. She is also available to train others in CPR/AED.

Ms. Fontanez provided a written report of her activities for April, including helping individuals with Medicare and other services, food pantry use, oil assistance, electricity assistance and home visits. She has also been networking with community organizations, the Lions Club, Mark Twain Library and RVNA.

Ruth Moran provided a written report on the average attendance at classes and no-fee events/classes. The Memoir Class is having an “open mic” event on May 25 at the Mark Twain Library. Class participants will share their memoirs.  The donated piano has been tuned, and Peter Bonfanti was thanked for funding the tuning.

Technology: a discussion of the computers followed. The computers were a donation from the Boys & Girls Club and are quite old.  Henry Polio explained the difficulty of teaching Photoshop using the computers.  Mrs. Pemberton will arrange a meeting so that the Town’s tech person and Steve Gniadek can be present to see the difficulties encountered for the Photoshop and the Genealogy classes. Mrs. Pemberton added that if it was determined that new computers were needed; there would be consideration of replacement of the computers or consideration of replacement with laptops computers that could be used in other areas of the building.

Front Desk position: Mrs. Pemberton stated that the position is being advertised. The position is 25 hours/week, Monday-Friday, $16/hour, and no benefits. In addition to answering the phone and handling registrations, the duties would vary and include support for all programming and events.

Lunch N Learn: a session is planned for May 5, 2016, with Dr. Gupta. The cost is $3 for a lunch of wrap sandwiches.

Trip to Ridgefield VNA new facility: this is planned for May 23, will include a lunch and the cost is $5.  A demonstration of their nutritional kitchen is included.

Mrs. Metzger distributed a copy of a letter to the editor that will appear in the Redding Pilot this week. The letter addressed the school budget and also the senior tax benefit. Discussion followed. Mrs. Pemberton noted that the growth in the amount of the senior benefit has been increasing. If there is a desire to control the rate of the growth, she would recommend that a committee be established, and that the committee include a number of “seniors”, if it is to be successful. Any change would be subject to approval at a Town Meeting.

Mrs. Pemberton commented that the operating budget and capital expense item both passed in the referendum vote yesterday. The State of Connecticut has not concluded deliberations on the status of the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) and municipal funding.  Reductions to the town will impact the revenue stream and the Board of Finance will need to discuss how to address for that loss. Discussion followed.

Mrs. Pemberton invited all to attend a “Farewell to Natalie Ketcham” on Monday May 9, 2016 at 5 pm at the Town Hall. Natalie is relocating to the Annapolis area.

June 1, 2016, 9 am in the Senior Center.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:14 am.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary