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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 02/06/2013

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 02/07/2013 5:30pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Commission members:  Rosalind Kopfstein, Chairman (by Skype); Alice Pardee, Hilda Rhodes, Jean Whitham, Beth Wagner, Janet Metzger, Florence Hayes

Others present:  Marie Sibilio, Ruth Moran, Barry Robinson, Natalie Ketcham and Eloise Barron (Ridgefield VNA) and two RVNA interns

Mrs. Metzger called the February 6, 2013 meeting to order at 9:02 am in the Community Center.  Mrs. Kopfstein was present via Skype.


Motion: move to approve the minutes of the January 22012 meeting as corrected. Pardee, Wagner . Approved.  Unanimous.

Correction:  typo on page 2, the date of the February meeting was incorrect.


Eloise Barron of the Ridgefield VNA introduced two high school interns who are working with her and exploring health care careers.  Mrs. Barron announced the Annual Ridgefield VNA Health Fair on Saturday March 16, 2013, from 9 am to 1 pm.  Free screenings will be available, and Redding residents are welcome to take advantage of the event.

Mrs. Barron has bottles of hand sanitizer available for inclusion in the ‘emergency kits” that Mrs. Schiron was planning to assemble for the residents who are homebound.

The RVNA has a program planned for March in Redding, “The Art of Memory”, and Mrs. Barron would like to plan a program on “scams” for April. Commission members suggested that Redding’s Police Sergeant Chris McManus be included in the scam program.


Barry Robinson, the coordinator of the Technology Center, requested permission to establish a Facebook page for the Technology Center.   He felt this would be an effective way to communicate the programs available at the Center.  First Selectmen Ketcham suggested the Board of Selectmen consider the request at their meeting on Monday, February 11, 2013.


Ms. Schiron was not present due to illness.


Marie Sibilio reported the following:

  • Van trips for January: 1,764 miles (110.2 miles/day) and 141 trips (average of 8 trips/day)
  • Habitat for Humanity: Mrs. Sibilio is meeting with a representative for potential programming for seniors.
  • Veterans: a program by the Veterans Administration is planned for February 20, 2013, with information on benefits and rights of veterans.
  • Lunch on February 20 will be followed by a movie, “Must Love Dogs”
  • February 27, a presentation by Compass Financial is planned, with the topic “Take Your Brain for a Jog”
  • Constant Contact, the email program: Beth Wagner has been working with Marie on getting this program up and running.  The program will be valuable in sending out announcements, cancellations, reminders, etc.

Ruth Moran added that she is working on programming a special event for each month for the luncheon.  In February the theme will be Valentine Day, “Bring Your Love to Lunch”.  Specials are being planned for March, April, May and June.  She is hoping that participation will increase and there will be more opportunity for socialization.

A discussion on the punch card system for classes followed.  Marie and Ruth commented on the time spent at the beginning of the classes (the exercise type classes) taking attendance and punching cards.  Ruth felt a “pay in advance” program would be more efficient.  Commission members stressed the importance of the flexibility the punch card system provides.  Discussion of finances followed.  Many of the classes do not cover the cost of the instructor.  Commission members felt there should be a review of the budget and finances of the department at the meetings. The staff will discuss the issue further and bring a recommendation to the Commission meeting next month.

Mr. Robinson noted that the instructors for the Technology Center are all volunteers, so any money generated by programs is positive to the Town.


Discussion of results of focus questions followed. Henry Polio reviewed his listing of notes, suggestions, etc.  Ideas ranged from presentations, music programs, outside speakers, travel presentations, programs involving the younger populations, etc.  Hilda Rhodes also provided a written listing of ideas and suggestions. Mrs. Sibilio will take all the submitted information and assemble it for the next meeting.


The next meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2013, at 9:00 am at the Heritage Center.  A reminder, inclement weather and school closings will cancel meetings.


Motion: move to adjourn.  Mintz, Whitham.  Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:23 am

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary