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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 05/06/2015

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 05/11/2015 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Filed, subject to approval

Commission members: Rosalind Kopfstein, Chairman, Hilda Rhodes, Ingrid Heller, Henry Polio, Jean Whitham, Janet Metzger, Sam Crocker
Others present:  Gail Schiron, Marie Sibilio, Ruth Moran and Julia Pemberton (9:15 am)

Mrs. Kopfstein called the May 6, 2015 meeting to order at 9:01 am in the Heritage Center.


Motion: move that the minutes of the meeting of April 1, 2015 be accepted as submitted.  Polio, Rhodes. Approved. 4-0-3. Mrs. Metzger, Mrs. Whitham and Mr. Crocker abstained.

Mrs. Schiron reported the following:
Van Grant: the paperwork for the State grant ($12,000) for the van driver has been completed and submitted. There was a discussion of having van services available on Fridays. It was unclear if there was a need for the additional day. The current ridership of the van will need to be surveyed, as well as other community members to determine if there is a need. Additional publicity is needed to alert the community to the potential availability of service on Friday.

  • Northwester Community Mental Health meeting:  those attending the meeting are concerned about the reductions in state funding.
  • Homebound visits, one. Mrs. Schiron reported on three individuals who have moved, one to Wilton Meadows, one to Ballard Green in Ridgefield, and one to Ridgefield Crossing.

Mrs. Pemberton arrived at 9:15 pm

There was additional discussion of extending the van service to Fridays.  She was in agreement that further surveying of interest was needed before a decision could be made. She offered her assistant’s help in crafting an informational piece or survey. In addition, an article in the Pilot or Hello Redding could generate interest.

Mrs. Sibilio reported the Posture Workshop was attended by 16 people.  Additional workshops are planned for a series of May dates.  The AARP Safe Driving class was well attended; this will be offered again in November.

A special event at Topstone is planned for Tuesday, June 9, in conjunction with the Park & Recreation Department. Lunch will be served and a swing band will provide entertainment. There is no charge for the event which starts at 11:30 am.

The Memoir Writing Program was kicked off last week with an introduction session.  This program is being co-sponsored with the Mark Twain Library.  Seven people have registered for the program.

The group discussed the concept of inter-generational programs. Mrs. Metzger will check with the Joel Barlow High School administration on the potential for some interaction of high school students and the seniors.

Mental Health Task Force Recommendations:  Mrs. Pemberton noted that the intent is to hire a part time social worker, but the timeline for that to happen has not been finalized.  She is regularly meeting with Gail and Steve Gniadek on the issue.

Mrs. Schiron announced that she would be leaving her position at the end of January.  This will allow for a six month transition period.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2015 at 9:00 am. This meeting will be a breakfast meeting at the Meadow Ridge Facility.  An email will be sent out the week before to confirm the number of members attending.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:30 am.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary



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