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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 05/08/2019

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 05/09/2019 4:42pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019

Commission members present:
Ingrid Heller & Karen de Friesse – Co-Chairs, Mary Dale Lancaster, Randi Hutton, Sara Atwood, Janet Metzger, and Hilda Rhodes

Angelica Fontanez – Director of Social Services

Ruth Moran – Senior Center Program Coordinator

Visitors: Kathy Brandt and George Cohen

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

Approval of Minutes from Apr 2019
Hilda Rhodes and Sara Atwood – unanimous

I. Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez
Angelica spoke about the uptick in oil requests because of a colder than usual April. She also had to deal, along with the police on a foreclosure case. Mary Dale was surprised at her involvement but Angelica stated she was involved to provide counseling and access to the town shed. This case was unusual because one spouse was not communicating with the other. Both Mary Dale and Sara felt her time could be used more constructively.
There was a discussion on the use of the senior van, explaining to new members the procedures. Kathy was dismayed at the lack of wide spread advertising and limited use. Ruth would like to expand the van use to include program trips.
A brief discussion began on the Center’s budget with Angelica and Ruth satisfied with the expenses.

II. Senior Center Program Coordinator – R. Moran
Ruth said the current fitness programs are increasing in popularity. Janet mentioned that the stigma of “senior” center activities seems to have diminished. Ruth followed up with space now becoming an issue. The group agreed the Heritage Center is now a vibrant Community Center and as a group we should advocate for more space. Ruth and Angelica will follow up with a “wish list”.
Mary Dale followed up on the emergency cards and places to place them.

III. General Discussion on Mission Statement and Policies
Randi wondered if reports given by Angelica and Ruth could not be emailed so that time at the meeting could be better managed. Hilda and Mary Dale believe discussing the reports was important in understanding the nature of senior services. The discussion led into time constraints.
Ingrid had a list of towns to poll regarding senior activities but the group felt a list of questions needed to be put together. Members will try to bring various questions to the next meeting.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on Long Term Care insurance introduced by George.

IV. Commissioner’s Report
Nothing at this time.

V. New Business
The meeting was adjourned at 10:12 am.

The next COA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Center.

Minutes prepared by Karen de Friesse

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