The Easton Senior Center (ESC) will temporarily suspend programs due to Coronavirus.
EASTON, CT (March 13, 2020) The Easton Senior Center, out of an abundance of caution, will temporarily suspend all programs and activities effective March 13, 2020. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Senior Center, nor is there an outbreak in the Town of Easton at this time. Seniors, are among those individuals identified by The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and others agencies as being at the highest risk from this virus. The CDC advises that older adults over 60, and those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems, should avoid being around others who are sick, avoid crowds as much as possible and, should there be an outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of exposure.
The safety and well - being of our community is our #1 priority. While we recognize that many of the seniors we serve count on the Senior Center for vital socialization, exercise, and fellowship, we are following the guidelines of the CDC, World Health Organization and the Governor’s Office. We believe it prudent to close at this time to avoid any possible exposure at the Center to any of our members and staff.
I suggest that seniors make the following preparations in case there is a community outbreak in the Town of Easton requiring seniors to remain at home:
- Have some shelf ready non- perishable foods in your house in case you can't get to the supermarket for a couple of weeks (canned soups, crackers, pasta, peanut butter and jelly).
- Make sure your prescriptions are filled and you have over the counter medications you need.
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email in case you need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors if you become sick.
- If you have a paid caregiver, determine a back -up plan - is there someone else that can help you if your caregiver gets sick or cannot get to your home?
I, along with the staff at the ESC, am monitoring the situation closely and programs will resume as soon as possible, taking guidance and recommendations from the CDC and our Town and State leaders. Senior Center members can contact the Senior Center at 203-268-1145 or Alison Witherbee, MAA, 203-268-1137 for any additional information or if they have questions or need assistance.
The Municipal Agent on Aging (MAA) helps seniors and their families deal with concerns of the elderly, helps them develop an action plan, and assists them with solutions and referrals. The MAA is a state-mandated position, originally established in 1972, and each of the 169 towns in Connecticut has a Municipal Agent. The Municipal Agent reports to the First Selectman and the Commission on Aging. The MAA is familiar with programs such as adult day care, elder abuse prevention, meals on wheels, housing, home health care, mental health, fuel assistance, legal referrals, elderly state and town tax relief, Medicare enrollment, Medicare insurances, Social Security benefits, and Veterans programs.
Our outreach worker is available to visit homebound seniors, or any senior who welcomes a friendly visit.
The Municipal Agent office is located in the Easton Senior Center. Please call 203-268-1137 to make an appointment or drop in during business hours.
The Municipal Agent is an appointed position for a term of 4 years.
|Alison Witherbee MSW||(203) 268-1137|