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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 11/05/2014

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 11/10/2014 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Commission members: Rosalind Kopfstein, Chairman, Janet Metzger, Jean Whitham, Lea Mintz, Sam Crocker, Ingrid Heller,
Others present: Gail Schiron, Marie Sibilio, Julia Pemberton, Eloise Barron (RVNA) and three other members of the public

Mrs. Kopfstein called the November 5, 2014 meeting to order at 9:05 am in the Heritage Center.

Motion: move that the minutes of the meeting of October 1, 2014 be accepted as submitted. Metzer, Mintz. Approved. Unanimous.

Eloise Barron, Ridgefield VNA, provided a draft revision of the Redding Directory of Services for Seniors and Their Families. The group reviewed the major revisions, and board members were assigned specific pages for further review. All revisions, corrections, additions are to be emailed to Julia Pemberton. All edits and changes are due by Friday, November 15. The final copy will be reformatted and printed. Mrs. Mintz suggested that copies be provided for the residents at Meadow Ridge.

Mrs. Barron noted that her role at RVNA has changed and she is not the Navigator for Lower Fairfield County. Barbara Newland will take over the role for Health & Wellness.

Mrs. Schiron reported on the following:

  • Mental Health Task Force: Mrs. Schiron attended the monthly meeting. The group discussed issues with legislators and shared their concerns.
  • Energy Assistance: applications are now being accepted and four residents have applied for assistance.
  • Homebound visits: Mrs. Schiron reported on several homebound visitations and two wellness checks.

Mrs. Sibilio reported on the attendance at special programs and events. Habitat for Humanity has again asked for volunteers to wrap gifts at the Danbury Mall during the holiday season. Mrs. Sibilio described some of the programs being planned, including a writing workshop. Class participation in the ongoing exercise programs was reviewed.

Guest Sherry Karraker asked if there was flexibility in attendance/payment for the exercise programs, to allow a person to miss a class and make it up on another day. Mrs. Sibilio noted that this can be done.
Guest Jean Schroeder also spoke of the need for flexibility and added that the “drop-in” fee method for payment used in Bethel. Mrs. Karraker noted that Ginny Cohen could not be at the meeting, but asked her to convey her thoughts that a membership fee for all that would cover some of the costs of the free programs and events.

Mrs. Kopfstein read an email from Commission member Hilda Rhodes that spoke of the need for flexibility, that the punch card system was working well, and that the communication via Park & Recreation brochure was a step in the right direction.

The group discussed the need for greater communication on the policy of signing up for classes, the “drop-in” fee, and the flexibility in attendance. Mrs. Pemberton and Mrs. Sibilio will work on this and provide the information via email. The membership fee concept will be revisited at another meeting.

The Board of Selectmen were scheduled to review the payment/fee structure at their November meeting, but Mrs. Pemberton noted that the information would be reviewed briefly, that further analysis would be held at another meeting.

The meeting dates for 2015 were reviewed and approved.

Mrs. Pemberton reported that participation in the swim program at the Meadow Ridge facility is not an option at this time. She added that there are other options for programming being discussed with the new director of Meadow Ridge.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Community Center.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:16 am.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary