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Senior Scene

by Ethel M. Austin

Here is an opportunity for women who wish to go into business for themselves. The Service Corps of Retired Executives Association (SCORE) and the Connecticut University Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) are offering a free Saturday morning seminar "Beyond Business Basics", for a new and exciting meeting.

Networking and discussions on Marketing, Learning from the Competition, Understanding the Numbers, and Legal Protection will be covered by four competent speakers who are experts in their field.

Looks like a great idea for recently retired seniors who wish to try something new in a different field from that which they have retired.

Registration is necessary and if this session is filled be sure to leave your phone for them to contact you if another session is going to be available. The program is from 8am to 1pm, this coming Saturday, September 26. Call 570-9109 for more information and to register.

Although the opening reception has passed by, those of you who will be going to Bushnell mainstage events should make it a point to see two presentations in the Promenade Gallery by Phyllis Agne and Jane Rainwater, now showing until November l, l998. Call Mary Kramer, 987-604l for more information.

Are you the kind of senior who is looking for an interesting volunteer opportunity, other than answering the phone, stuffing mail promotion material and otherwise being there but not using your abilities and interests? The Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal has openings in the Senior Advocates Program for men and women who can help others escape from scam operators. The variety of jobs to be done are many and can result in securing thousands of dollars back for those who have been scammed. Please call Meredith Field at 860-909-5420, for details.

For some time now I have been hoping and being a bit vocal about the need for a senior chorus and a senior band for those with talent who have nowhere use it. So I was happy to get a very nice communication from Elsie Rickard telling me about the formation of the New Horizons Band that meets in the Community Room of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. They meet once a week for two hour rehearsals in which there is musical instruction by a professional teacher and they play music of the 40s and 50s... typical band music, and are anxious to increase their size from the present 30 to 60 members. They give two concerts a year at the University, but also play for Senior Centers and community organizations when they can.

You don't have to have had actual experience on an instrument to
join. You will be given the necessary instruction. You would meet new people and widen your horizons as well as enjoy the music you are most familiar with. You must be over 50, and while Elsie did not say anything about instruments, you might ask when you phone Bill Willett the director, at 658-2433 or the Community Division of Hartt at 768-4451 to get more information.

And as a little sideline of my own, if anyone has instruments in good condition they would like to donate, why not offer them to the director at the given number?

Make way for a new FREE program on Medical Insurance Counseling which is now available at the Senior Health and Wellness Center 95 Woodland St.

With all the confusion about HMOs, Medigap, Personal Policies, Long Term Insurance as well as the state assisted Medicaid Program, this sounds like a very welcome program. Beginning on Tuesday morning October 6th and Friday morning October 9th from 9:30 am to 12 noon it will continue the first full week of every month on those days. For more information please call 714-4412 and to make your appointment.

If you have no insurance other than Medicare, or wish to change because premiums are hard to save for, this is for you. There will be no insurance sold at these classes, it is purely informational and to allow you to ask questions. Written material with be provided.

Who is a senior? AARP says 50, Ames Department Stores 55, A,C. Petersons-senior menu says 60, Caldor Department Stores says 62,
Friendly's Ice Cream Stores- senior menu says 63 and the University of Hartford -free tuition says 70. (Ames and Caldor's only do their discounts on certain days... call them to find out when you are welcome).

If you have a family history of prostate cancer, are over 50, or black and over 45, you need yearly screenings to detect the possibility of this treatment. Nearly l85,000 American men will be diagnosed this year with prostate cancer. They can be successfully treated if diagnosed in time. St. Francis Hospital Canncer Center at ll4 Woodland St. will offer free prostate cancer screenings on Saturday October l7, from 9am to l2 noon. No appointments are needed but for more information call TeleNurse at 1-888-575-5585.

Talk with you next issue.


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