The Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Citizens' Center is a 32,000 square foot air conditioned, handicapped accessible, municipal building located in downtown Meriden. The Center is a hub for activities and services for older people, and a visible symbol of Meriden’s concern about its older residents.
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On Jan. 28, 2013 the Senior Center unveiled four vibrant photographs depicting autumn colors in Meriden placed on the wall of the Hanover St. entryway. These striking photographs were taken on the Linear Trail near Red Bridge and in Giuffrida Park by Meriden photographer Ray Gawlak, and then enlarged to 32 x 48 inches and mounted on canvas in Colorado prior to their arrival at the Senior Center. Our thanks to Ray Gawlak for the stunning and colorful photographs he provided.
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Meriden Senior Pride Day - A Special Day for Special People
43rd Annual Senior Outing - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 11:00am-3:00pm - Hubbard Park, Meriden
A free picnic in the park for Meriden Senior Citizens and Nursing Home Residents.
Activities included a flag raising ceremony by the Meriden Antique Veterans, address by Deputy Mayor Matt Dominello, Bingo (with prizes), Hot Dogs, Chips, Ice Cream, Watermelon and Popcorn. Musical entertainment was provided by Vinnie Carr. 100-200 folks enjoyed a great day of food and fun in the park! Our thanks to the community businesses, the Meriden City Council, and the volunteers who made this event possible!
Our thanks to the following donors who supported this event:
- Broad Street Dairy Queen Brazier
- Carabetta Management Co.
- Castle Craig AARP Chapter #4644
- City Mission Society
- Civitan Club of Meriden/Wallingford
- First Congregational Church Women's Fellowship
- Franco-American Club
- Hunter’s Ambulance Service
- John & Lorraine Varley
- John J. Ferry & Sons, Inc.
- L. Suzio Concrete Co.
- Meriden Chapter 2954 AARP
- Meriden City Council
- Meriden Lions Club
- Meriden Parks and Recreation Department
- Meriden Senior Center
- Shop Rite Wallingford
- Stempien Funeral Home
- Suzio Insurance Center
Meriden residents age 55 and over, and their spouses, are eligible for free membership. Proof of age, such as a driver’s license or birth certificate, is required at the time of registration.
Free parking is available in the Hanover Street Parking Lot across from the rear entrance to the Senior Center.
Senior Community Café - 203.235.8052
Good health and good nutrition go together! Meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. A contribution is requested.
Mini-Bus Transportation 203.237.3338
Mini-Bus transportation is provided to the Senior Center, the Hispanic Elderly Nutrition Program, grocery shopping, medical appointments, convalescent home visiting, Social Security, City Hall and other needs. 24 hour advance notice is required and 5 day notice is requested for medical appointments. Please call before 2:00 p.m. Wheelchair lift service available. Meriden residents age 60 and over and disabled persons age 18-59 are eligible to use this free service.
Transportation to out of town medical appointments is provided in cooperation with Master’s Manna (203-303-2892) and RSVP of Central CT (203-634-6070). Partially funded by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. Contributions accepted, advance reservations required.
LaPlanche Clinic 203.237.0300
Designed to enhance health care to Meriden’s elderly population, the Clinic provides health screenings, counseling, nutritional guidance, monthly seminars, and more. Staffed by an RN, the clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Appointments recommended. Sponsored by MidState Medical Center.
Home delivered meals program five or seven days each week. Fee charged, some subsidized meals are available. Therapeutic meals based on individual dietary needs.
Meriden Antique Veterans 203.634.0474
Open to any honorably discharged veteran, the group meets each Thursday at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Members participate in parades, veterans' ceremonies and observances, and serve as honor guards at funerals.
Senior Computer Center -
Equipped with 8 personal computers with 17" monitors, Internet connections, two network printers and related software. Computer classes offered for Meriden senior citizens in introduction to computers, introduction to the Internet and E-mail.
Social Worker 203-630-4222
The Social Worker is available for consultations regarding personal problems, financial benefits, home care and medical claim forms at the Senior Center by appointment only.
Recreation and Trips 203.237.0066
Day trips and overnight excursions include trips to dinner theaters, Broadway shows and other destinations of interest throughout the northeast. Classes in knitting, sewing and crafts, acrylic painting, pen and ink drawing, physical fitness, aerobics, weight training, line dancing, Tai Chi/Chi Kung, yoga, powerful aging, sit down and tone up, chair dancing, ceramics, art, woodcarving and more are also offered. Pool tables, exercise bikes, puzzles, setback, Military Whist, and a big screen TV are available at the center.
Senior Center Newsletter 203.237.0066
A monthly bulletin is printed on the first of each month listing the schedule of activities, classes and programs for the month, as well as the daily menu and information on a wide variety of senior benefits and entitlement programs. The newsletter also lists trip registration dates and destinations, evening dances, recreational programs and more. The weekly schedule of activities is also printed in the Meriden Record-Journal.
Directory of Services for Meriden Senior Citizens
This booklet is a resource guide for senior citizens, caregivers and service providers. It contains information on programs and services for senior citizens residing in Meriden. To learn more about the services offered,contact the agencies at the phone numbers listed in this booklet. Information in this booklet is current as of the date of publication. Download the directory now!
Rent Relief Program 203.237.0066
The Rent Relief Program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut and provides eligible renters with money back on their annual rent and utilities, based on their income and expenses. To be eligible, renters must have been 65 or older by the end of the preceding year or be enrolled in Social Security Disability. Applications are filed at the Senior Center each year between April 1 and October 1.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 203.634-6070
RSVP recruits and places volunteers age 55 and over in meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community.
Other Services and Information
Conn PACE applications and assistance, AARP Income Tax Assistance, Young at Heart Group, Current Magazines, Meriden Senior Citizens' Award Scholarship, Willene Everett Scholarship, Veterans Service Center, AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program, Meriden Transit District, Fifth District Congressional Field Office, AARP Chapter 2954 monthly meetings.
Advisory Board on Aging
Created by the Meriden City Council in May, 2006 “to advise and assist the Mayor and the City Council in the identification of
the issues that affect Meriden’s aging population." Current members are Sr. Georgeann Vumbaco (Chairperson), Mary Zysk (Vice Chairperson), John Clarke (Secretary), Robert Bailey, Peter Burch, Duane Dow, Ana Gonzalez, Lillie Green, Donna Jones, and Elizabeth Wieloch. Monthly meetings are open to the public and held at the Senior Center. Please call 203-237-0066 for the meeting dates and times.