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21 Imperial Avenue

Westport, CT  06880

203-341-5099

seniorcenter@westportct.gov

 

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Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

During Coronavirus shutdown.


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

The Town of Westport provides updated COVID-19 information on their website at www.westportct.gov.

-  For today's update from the  First Selectman's Office, please click  here.
To view today's letter from WCSA Director, Susan Pfister,  please click here.
- The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced a new community partnership "Hello, Neighbor" to inspire connection among residents of all ages through phone calls.  For more information, please click  here.
-  An updated " Resources for Westport Residents Affected by COVID-19" document prepared by the Department of Human Services, can be found  here.  This document provides valuable information and updates on available resources, food services, including senior hours and pick-up and delivery options at local markets, AARP, and VITA on-line free Tax Prep Assistance, financial assistance, and more.
- The Westport  Parks and Recreation Department and the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) announce a 4th of July House Decorating Contest 2020.  For more information about the contest and free registration, please click  here.  
-  Stay informed with  Governor Lamont's COVID-19 updates for Connecticut by following his press releases  here.  
- For the latest update on COVID-19 from Senator Chris Murphy, please click  here. 
-  To view COVID-19 updates from the Westport Weston Health District, please click  here.  
As always, the WCSA is here for you so if we can be of any help, please do not hesitate to contact us at 203.341.5099.
 
SOMETHING NEW FROM THE WCSA
 
JOIN US FOR OUR ON-LINE CLASSES AND PROGRAMS 
Tech Help Returns With Owen Spangler!
Owen is a Staples graduate and currently a student at UCONN. He will be available for one-on-one tech help assistance. With your permission, Owen can remotely access your computer to help resolve the issue you are having.  Owen will be available this Monday, June 15 at 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Going forward he will be available only on TUESDAYS at the same times starting on June 23.  Please call 203-341-5099 to make an appointment.  Appointments must be made by the previous Friday at 2 p.m.  Please look for future dates for Owen in upcoming newsletters. 
Documentaries - The WCSA offers free documentary films every week.  We know many of you look forward to those films, so we are posting links for these documentaries here each week.   The June 15 documentary is: "Attenborough & the Empire of the Ants."  Acclaimed natural historian David Attenborough brings his trademark infectious enthusiasm to "Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants," an hour-long exploration into the secret lives of what many wrongfully dismiss as pesky irritants.  (59 min.)    To view this week's documentary, please click here.
SWCAA Caregiver Support Group on Zoom!
The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging (SWCAA) is sponsoring a caregiver support group. The group will meet twice a month on Zoom. Terry Giegengack, MA, from Positive Directions will be facilitating the support group. Terry's professional experiences include casework and administrative positions, both in Westport and Fairfield's Departments of Human Services.  She took social work courses at the Fordham School of Social Services and graduated from Fairfield University with a Masters in Counseling.
If you are interested in joining the group please contact Holly Betts, MPS, RD, at 203-341-5096 or via email at hbetts@westportct.gov.    Wednesday, June 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The Summer group sessions will start on Wednesday, July 1 at the same.  Pre-registration is required by contacting Holly at the phone number or email address above.  Donations are accepted.
Mindful Healing: Find Peace in the Storm -
Dr. Paul Epstein is extending his discussion and meditation hour to meet every Thursday.  Learn how to face and transform stress, pain and illness, manage anxiety and be comfortable with uncertainty. Cultivate resilience to respond to life's challenges with wisdom, humor, compassion and a positive attitude. Connect with and develop inner resources and learn practical skills to work with and process difficult emotions of fear, grief and anger. Learn mindfulness meditation as we train the mind and open the heart to awaken joy, develop equanimity, and deepen loving kindness and compassion.  Bring mindfulness and heartfulness into daily life for peace, health and happiness.  The best of times is now.  The class will combine discussion, sharing, Q&A and guided meditation practice.  You are encouraged to practice and live the teachings 24/7.  A forty-year pioneer in mind-body integrative medicine, Dr. Epstein is a naturopathic physician, mindfulness meditation teacher and mind-body therapist in Westport. 
Dr. Epstein's sessions will take place every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. via Zoom.  The cost is free.  Please note you may join this series at any time but pre-registration is required.  Please call 203-341-5099 to register.  
For instructions on how to participate via Zoom, please click here. 
Exercise with Patty Kondub on TV Channel 79!
Patty Kondub will be conducting a fun exercise class on the Westport Public Access Channel 79.   Join Patty for a workout to music with chair and standing exercises, balance, brain building, memory games and posture exercises.   Weights or cans and a pillow may be required.  Patty is the girls golf coach at Staples High School and teaches water aerobics at the Westport YMCA.  Every Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Cost: No charge.  Note: Westport Public TV Access Channel 79 broadcasts to Westport households only. 
mindfulness webinar, and Art Gottlieb's videos on coping with anxiety. 
To access our YouTube channel your computer will need to have access to the internet. Simply click on the link below and it will take you to the WCSA's YouTube channel.  Once there click on "Playlist" to see the WCSA videos.  On the right side of the screen you will see a gray bar that you can use with your mouse to scroll up and down the site to see all the different of videos available. To play a video simply click on the image to view.  We hope you enjoy the videos and, please most importantly, take care of yourself and stay positive.  To access WCSA's YouTube Channel please click  here.  Take a look through these videos and see all the different ideas for things you can do at home.
 
MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION
AARP Cancels All In-Person Activities Through the End of 2020, Including AARP Smart Driver Safety Classes -
AARP has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person events and activities through the end of 2020, which includes AARP Smart Driver Safety classes, to minimize COVID-19 exposure among our AARP family and our communities.
However, the AARP is making their four-hour Smart Driver Course available on line. They are offering a 25% discount until December 31, 2020 by using the promo code DRIVINGSKILLS.  The cost is $14.96 for members and $18.71  for non-members with the $25% discount, but you must use the promo code for the additional discount.  Once you begin the class you will have 30 days to complete it.  For more information and to register for the AARP on line class, please click  here.
The Westport Department of Human Services Announces Free Virtual Tax Preparation -  VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is going virtual providing free tax preparation without in-person contact. The virtual platform now available to tax payers connects filers with an off-site tax counselor.  These volunteer tax counselors are the same group of IRS-Certified Tax Preparers that have provided these services at the WCSA and at Westport Town Hall for many years.   For more information and how to file, please click  here.
 
OTHER COMMUNITY INFORMATION, RESOURCES & PROGRAMS
Sustainable Westport Zero Food Waste Challenge - The Sustainable Westport Zero Food Waste Challenge is alive and well!  The initiative encourages Westporters to get to know the food we waste, minimize food waste by planning and preparing meals and preserving food effectively,  and composting food scraps.  They are hosting an Environmental Learning Webinar Series this month.  For more information on the Zero Food Waste Challenge and to register for these webinars, please click  here.  To view their flyer on Food Scrap Recycling, please click  here. 
Bedford Playhouse's Virtual Classic Tuesdays - Bedford Playhouse is a nonprofit arts and cinema center located in Bedford, NY -- right on the CT  border!   Virtual Classic Tuesdays is a free series that allows you to enjoy the classic movies that you love each with a special follow-up discussion and Q&A live with Playhouse Founder John Farr via Zoom.
The next event is on June 9 and for more information on movie titles, dates and times, please click  here. 
Westport Area Grocery Stores & Markets for Shopping - 
We have compiled a list of local grocery stores and markets that offer senior shopping hours, home delivery and/or curbside pickup.  To access the list please click here.
RX Pharmacy Guide  - 
We have compiled a list of local pharmacies that offer home delivery and/or cubside pickup.  To access the list please click Pharmacies.
Places of Worship for On-Line Services -
To stop the spread of Coronavirus, health and government officials are requiring social distancing to reduce the chance of contact with those knowingly or unknowingly carrying the infection. As a result, places of worship are not holding services at this time. Attached is a resource list of the places of worship in our town and neighboring towns. If you go to their websites you will find links to services on-line and phone and email contact information.  To view this list, please click  here.  
 
 
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