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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 09/11/2019

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 09/16/2019 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, September 11, 2019

Commission members present:
Ingrid Heller & Karen de Friesse – Co-Chairs, Randi Hutton, Sarah Atwood, Mary Dale Lancaster, Hilda Rhodes, Kathy Brandt, Jean Rexford and George Cohen

Angelica Fontanez – Director of Social Services

Ruth Moran – Senior Center Program Coordinator

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

Approval of Minutes from July 2019
Hilda Rhodes and Mary Dale Lancaster – unanimous

I. Senior Center Program Coordinator – R. Moran
Ruth began by saying some of the programs had fewer participants simply because of the summer months but the paid and unpaid programs were holding their own. She explained the YTD Special Events recap and YTD budget, noting that some program instructors are prepaid.

The special programs on India did very well and Ruth is deciding what will come next. The discussion that followed revolved around various ways to publicize the events with Kathy Brandt in favor of a mass mailing. Mary Dale thought we should connect with other organizations.

II. Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez
Angelica began by talking about a case in town where the deceased client had no family members nearby and the Emergency responders could not find info on how to proceed. A funeral home was able to step in, but the situation highlighted the need for single seniors to have information available in case of emergency.

Angelica also noted some food donations; Mark Twain Library, Rock n Roots and Eastward Christian Fellowship.

III. General Discussion
Mary Dale led the general discussion with maintenance and town wide communication again being priorities, wanting to put more pressure on Julia Pemberton.

The discussion soon went on to the survey questions with Kathy sharing her experience with Wilton. Jean wanted to know how detailed the reports should be and Mary Dale felt we should keep the final survey version simple with reports as back up. Mary Dale stressed the need to prioritize what the commission hopes to accomplish and make an impact in limited areas to start.

Jean shared a paper she found on health care terms and the group discussed the need to educate people on Medicare and Medicare advantage. Ruth offered the Visiting Nurses Associations as an excellent resource but getting people to attend is another issue.

Randi spoke of her involvement in Behavioral Health for Seniors and the need to get community involvement.

IV. New Business
The election of new officers began by Kathy nominating Mary Dale Lancaster for Chairman; seconded by Jean Rexford and a unanimous vote. Sarah Atwood was nominated for Vice Chairman by Jean Rexford, seconded by Mary Dale and a unanimous vote. Mary Dale and Sarah would like to set up a meeting with Julia Pemberton as soon as possible.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 am.

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

Minutes prepared by Karen de Friesse

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