The Russell Mercier Senior Center is a multi-purpose facility. It is a community resource for information on aging as well as a provider of and conduit to other services available to older adults, including support services for caregivers. The Russell Mercier Senior Center has been designated by the North Central Area Agency on Aging as a Community Focal Point for Aging Services, signifying that the center provides a comprehensive delivery of services essential for maintaining the health, independence, and well-being of older adults.
The July newsletter will not be mailed.
State of CT announces VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) BUT you must act fast since the deadline is July 15th. VITA provides free tax preparation by IRS trained and certified volunteers. Taxpayers can now receive the same secure, quality service from the comfort of their home.
Hill-Stead Museum – From the Porch Summer Series Our new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more!
MINDFUL MEDITATION VIDEO – I’ve done a mindful meditation class at the Senior Center for several years, but being closed due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to be together, so I am now going to be making these videos for you to enjoy. If you’ve never done it before, that’s ok, start today. Just get yourself in comfortable seated position, feet on the floor, hands in your lap and listen to the video. You can either watch the video, which is just a still shot of the trees in my backyard, or you can close your eyes and just listen. It’s just under 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy.
NEW – Webinar 7/9: Successfully Engaging Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities via Technology Webinar on Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. You must pre-register. Click the above link for more information and to register.
How to Use Zoom This PDF document was produced for AARP. If you’ve wanted to learn more about how to use ZOOM, the video meeting/chat format, here is some information. This was produced for AARP. Video Chat with Zoom.
Senior Planet Aging with attitude. Senior Planet harnesses technology to change the way we age. Our courses, programs, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends.
Senior Planet is about much more than just the latest gadgets and apps and websites. Those gadgets and apps and websites are just means to an end: enabling older adults and people of all ages to come together and find ways to learn, work, create, and thrive in today’s digital age.
Wherever you are in the world, you can subscribe to our newsletters and participate online.
Effective March 16, 2020 the Senior Center will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice:
1. All non-essential activities be suspended (exercise classes, social and recreational activities such as cards and games, bingo, arts and crafts, movies, choral group, massage/reflexology, health screenings, veterans coffee hours, book club, parties/celebrations, etc.) 2. Home delivered meals program would continue with the following precautions – volunteers will leave meals at the door of the recipients’ homes without having direct interaction between the volunteers and the recipients 3.All social services will continue to be provided (information and assistance, public benefits counseling, CHOICES counseling, etc.) employing appropriate social distancing and precautions 6. Dial-a-Ride will suspend group social trips, however, will continue to provide medical trips when deemed medically necessary.
AARP Tax Assistance How AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Can Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Please click on the link to find out how AARP can still assist you with tax preparation even though the in-person appointments are closed.
FREE Virtual Tax Preparation – VITA Do you still need help with your 2019 Taxes? Was your tax appointment cancelled due to the quarantine? Well you can still get some help. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is offering virtual tax preparation assistance. Click on the link below to sign-up.
Virtual VITA appointments are only being booked through this portal currently for clients in Central & Northeastern Connecticut. Clients who are eligible for VITA and have access to a computer/smart phone, wifi/internet, and a valid telephone number and email address, can book their Virtual VITA appointment below. Please book your appointment a minimum of three days out from the day you book it
The VITA program is for individuals who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Also, individuals who are self-employed should have business expenses less than $25,000 and individuals should not have income from a rental property.
Foodshare is launching a new drive-thru food distribution for our Greater Hartford community. Details below, English and Spanish flyers attached. Please help us spread the word.
Foodshare Drive-Thru at Rentschler Field, East Hartford
– Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
– Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford
– In order to serve everyone, Foodshare will be providing one distribution of food per car per day
This will replace our current drive-thru food distributions at the Hartford Regional Market (Foodshare’s satellite facility) so we can accommodate more people.
Other resources for those unable to drive to East Hartford:
– Foodshare continues to operate Mobile Foodshare on weekdays throughout the region. Text “FOODSHARE” to 85511 or go to www.foodshare.org/mobile to find a site near you.
– To find a food pantry and other resources near you, call 2-1-1 or go to https://www.211ct.org/.
The North Central Area Agency on Aging – NCAAA is now providing a grocery delivery services coordinated directly through their office. Individuals age 60 can call them at 860-724-6443 ext. 268
AARP Virtual Events Info & Registration:
We will add to the line-up regularly – Click on registration link to gain access to the following programs
6/5/20 @ 8PM – AARP Movie Night, Presented by Movies for Grownups – HYDE PARK ON HUDSON
6/10/20 @ 1PM – Understanding CT’s New Paid Family & Medical Leave Program
6/17/20 @ 1PM– AARP Fraud Watch Network: The Con Artist Playbook
6/18/20 @ 7:30PM – Airing the documentary “Gen Silent” for PRIDE Month
AARP Sponsored – Medicare Essentials: Costs, Coverage & Other Questions Answered Register
6/23/20 @ 7PM – Part 1
6/25/20 @ 7PM – Part 2
Independence Unlimited Independence Unlimited (860-523-5021) is now providing grocery delivery and home delivered meals to disabled individuals under the age of 60. They also are taking the lead roll in evaluating any technological needs for elderly and disabled (i.e., tablets or other technological needs to stay socially connected). Elderly and disabled persons can contact them directly.
2020 Census Survey Presently, Hebron’s response rate is at 63%, but we can do better. Click the link below to complete the census if your household has not yet done so. It matters to be counted and this is why….
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
- Weekly Update
- Health Screenings & Fitness/Wellness Programs
- Recreational, Social, Educational & Community Service Programs
- Nutrition – No congregate meals being served until further notice
- Forms, Policies, & Helpful Links
- Municipal Agent for the Elderly
Russell Mercier Senior Center Phone (860) 228-1700 Fax (860) 228-4213 14 Stonecroft Drive Hebron, CT 06248
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm and Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sharron Garrard – Senior Services Director / Municipal Agent for the Elderly (860) 228-1700 ext. 203 email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Coles-Dailey – Social Worker
(860) 228-1700 ext. 204 email – email@example.com
Mandy Roczniak – Program Coordinator (860) 228 – 1700 ext. 202 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hebron Commission on Aging: Pamela Meliso, Chairperson
See Town “Boards & Commissions” on this website for a
complete listing of members.