, 2023-04-15 16:00:00,
WILMINGTON — On Monday night, the Select Board received presentations from Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello and Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia before they went through their communications and approved various requests.
Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello reported that programs are back in full swing at the Senior Center during the week, with over 100 seniors attending programs daily. She invited Case Manager Laura Pickett to speak to the recent programs for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Pickett mentioned their series of programs focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia from August through October of 2022 educating residents on things like warning signs of dementia and understanding dementia behaviors. These brought in 35-40 people each time. She said that she appreciated the chance to increase awareness of the senior center’s services.
Pickett also shared some upcoming events including a session on healthcare proxies and power of attorney on June 1 and a session on the dementia experience on June 6. These will address some of the physical and emotional hardships of those struggling with dementia.
There is also an ongoing caregiver’s support group that meets at the senior center, for which they had recently started up a volunteer program of support with home visits.
Marciello went on to name some of their popular activities such as wood carving and groups playing chess, cribbage, and cornhole. They are starting up a Civics 101 class and resuming Coffee with a Cop. The senior center had just concluded a tax program with volunteers from AARP to service residents. She invited anyone interested in being a home-delivered meal driver to reach out to the senior center.
Chair Judy O’Connell said that she looked forward to even further expansion of services with the new senior center being created.
Marciello replied that she was glad to provide intergenerational programming. She’s also looking for more connections for volunteering opportunities with Wilmington’s schools, not just at the high school. O’Connell told Marciello that they could come back at any time with more updates.
Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia informed the board about funding made available to the town to create a World War II memorial. Through discussion with Town Manager Jeff Hull and Director…
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