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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 11/04/2015

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 11/04/2015 5:26pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Mrs. Wagner called the November 4, 2015 meeting to order at 9:00 am in the Redding Community Center

Motion: move that the minutes of the meeting of October 7, 2015 be accepted as corrected. Crocker, Mintz. Approved. Unanimous.

Correction: page 1, under Director’s Report, the Christ Episcopal Church is again offering…. (this is the only organization doing leaf raking services)


Mr. Polio arrived (9:15 am) during the discussion below.

Mrs. Schiron reported the following:

  • Food pantry: four seniors have used the food pantry during the month
  • Energy Assistance Program: two seniors have applied for assistance, in addition to a number of non-senior residents
  • Senior check-in: Mrs. Schiron has been monitoring one situation of an elderly person who lives alone.
  • Redding Shares the Warmth: this program is up and running, and needs more publicity.
  • Emergency Drill: Mrs. Schiron participated in a state-wide emergency severe weather drill recently. The drill is a “practice” of emergency service groups in the event of an emergency.

Van Service: Van service will be available on a trial run on Fridays during the month of November.  The group discussed how to better promote the availability of van service on Fridays. Mrs. Metzger suggested printing a flyer for the area churches. During October, the van logged 1,685 miles and 130 trips.

Brunstein Trust:   Mrs. Schiron explained that a trust was established by Mr. Brunstein (now deceased), with the intent to help needy seniors in Redding. Barbara Roche has been the president of the Board of Trustees.  Gail Schiron has been elected the new president and administrator of the Trust, and she will continue in that capacity after her retirement from Redding. The Trust has allocated $2,000 for the purchase of grocery gift cards to be part of the holiday gift baskets for those in need.

Transportation service needs for seniors in Redding was discussed. Rosalind Kopfstein and Janet Metzger will work on additional options for transportation.

Food Drive: Lea Mintz reported that she worked with the Meadow Ridge administrator on a food pantry drive. Residents of Meadow Ridge were sent letters asking for donations of food products or donations of money for the Redding Food Pantry.

Marie Sibilio reported on class participation in paid programs for October. Mrs. Whitham asked that attendance at the “free” programs, including special programs, discussion group, sewing, lunch program, etc. be collected and reported at meetings. Attendance at all programs, paid and free, is important

Ruth Moran provided an outline of the program overview. Weekly programs include exercise, art, quilting, drawing, current events, etc.   Three categories of activities/programs have also been created:

  • Inform:  Lunch N Learn programs, these programs will be hosted every other month. November was Financial Housekeeping, January is In Home Services, March is Smart/Savvy Home Improvements and May will be Care for Our Joints.
  • Enrich:  this Cultural Café will feature opera talk, Redding history, JBHS music, sharing poetry/writing, and Café Music around the world.
  • Create:  Crafty Wednesdays, every other month will feature a hands-on craft or activity related to the season. December will be a pinecone ornament craft, February will be a valentine craft and April will be a cooking class.

Mrs. Moran is also working with the Bethel Senior Center for trips and day excursions. She is also working with New Pond Farm, the Historical Society and the Mark Twain Library on joint programs and activities. Upcoming events will be listed in the weekly “blasts” that are emailed to all registered seniors.

The Holiday Lunch, co-sponsored with the National Charity Mother & Daughter group, is planned for December 9, 2015. The cost is $5.00 per person and advance registration is required.

This program was attended by 23 people. Mrs. Moran thanked Beth Wagner for her presentation and the handouts she provided to each attendee.  Those attending found the information to be important and the handouts a good tool to assist in getting organized.

Mrs. Pemberton reported that the Redding Running Club, headed by John McLeary, donated money last year to enable the Food Pantry to have a freezer. The group plans to continue their donations and will donate $1,000 this year to be used at the discretion of the director.

ANNUAL REPORT:  Mrs. Kopfstein reported she submitted the Commission’s annual report for fiscal year 2014-15.

December 4, 2015, 9 am in the Senior Center.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:04 am.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary