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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 04/02/2014

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 04/07/2014 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Commission members: Rosalind Kopfstein, Chairman, Janet Cianci, Lea Mintz, Henry Polio
Others present: Gail Schiron, Marie Sibilio, Ruth Moran and Julia Pemberton

Mrs. Kopfstein called the April 2, 2014 meeting to order at 9:07 am in the Community Center. A quorum was not present. No action was taken during the meeting.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Mrs. Schiron reported on the following:

  • Safety Committee meeting: Mrs. Schiron reported the refrigerator is not working. A new refrigerator has been ordered and is expected to be delivered soon.
  • Suicide Discussion Group: Mrs. Schiron participated in this at the Mark Twain Library.
  • Community Conversation: This group discusses mental health and how insurance does not cover all the costs. The group discussions have been very interesting and helpful. Many participants are interested in what they can do to help.
  • Energy Assistance: many have applied for assistance. She was able to assist with a few who are over that threshold for state assistance. Mrs. Schiron is hoping that one of the local oil companies will work with her for emergency situations
  • Van Driver: the state reapplication for the services of the driver has been completed. The grant covers the cost of the driver. The current driver and back up drivers have applied for and received the official van driver license.
  • Senior housing: Mrs. Schiron has had inquiries regarding availability of senior housing. She anticipates receiving more inquiries.

REPORT ON ACTIVITIES

  • Movie: ten people attended the film
  • St. Patrick’s Day, 24 people (regular and others) attended the special celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
  • CW Resources: Mrs. Sibilio discussed the topic of having themed lunches once each month (provided in-house) and the supervisor from CW Resources was responsive to the concept. Several volunteers have come forward to help with the once/month to assist. Participants are very interested and willing to pay the higher cost $5.00.
  • Card Workshop: the first workshop was successful, and another one is planned.
  • Historian Art Gottlieb did a presentation on the Battle of the Bulge and will return in April.
  • Cooking Class: a class in appetizers will be held in April and 13 have already signed up for the program.

Computer/Technology Center: discussion followed on the concept of hiring a person to be available to assist community members with computer technology. This person could teach some of the basic courses and be available to help, The networking/technology issues can be addressed through the Town. Mrs. Pemberton will check on that issue. Discussion centered on the desire to have someone available to assist residents with their electronic devices, computers and computer programs. Mrs. Pemberton suggested that the first step would be a job description, what are the needs, etc. Further meetings on the issue will include the status of the current computers, software, etc., what classes and services are desired, etc. and will involve the Park & Recreation Department.

OTHER BUSINESS
Elderly Tax Benefit Ordinance: The proposed change to the Elderly Tax Benefit Ordinance was defeated at the Town Meeting. Discussion of the main reasons for the defeat followed. In general, the most opposition was to the reapplication process and the delay in the eligibility from age 65 to 67.

Meeting attendance: the attendance for meetings was discussed. The February, March and April meetings failed to have a quorum. Those present discussed the issue, but no action was taken. The current Commission membership stands at 9 members with one alternate and two vacant alternate positions.

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2014 at 9:00 am at the Heritage Center.

ADJOURNMENT
The Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:10 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Maday, Recording Secretary