February 2018

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It’s tax time…again! We are currently accepting appointments on Thursdays, February 8 through March 29 for AARP’s Tax Aide program so please call to schedule your appointment now. This program is intended to provide services to low/middle income taxpayers with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Taxpayers with lengthy and/or complex returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance.

Taxpayers are reminded that they MUST bring the following:

Identification and Social Security card for anyone living in the home or who may be listed on the tax return

Health insurance coverage verification information for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents

Last year’s tax returns

W-2s, W-2Gs and 1099s showing wages, interest, dividends, pensions, IRAs, unemployment income, certain gambling winnings forms

Social Security benefit statements

Broker statements showing transactions-purchases, sales, costs, dates

Medical and dental expenses and insurance premiums paid

Taxes paid-estimated, property/real estate, vehicle, with dates paid

Charitable donations and other credits with supporting documentation

Checkbook (if direct deposit of any refund is desired-recommended).

If married, generally, both husband and wife must be present as signatures are required. Returns cannot be prepared for taxpayer(s) if they resided in, or worked in, another state and need a return for that state. All returns are prepared online and are transmitted electronically to the IRS and CT-DRS. The only paper returns that are prepared are those that must be on paper per the IRS.

Bay Path University Occupational Therapy students will be joining us each Thursday at 11 a.m. to show us a variety of exercises that help us with everyday living. They will teach us different strategies to aid in maintaining independence at home. They will also be discussing the various precautions and proper ergonomics in order to reduce symptoms and prevent further injury…all while having fun! This program is offered for FREE, so please stop in and learn what they have to offer.

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Suffield Senior Center is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

Watch your weight

Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke

Control your cholesterol and blood pressure

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Get active and eat healthy

Join us on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. with Gina Martin, Registered Dietitian from InnerWorld Nutrition, LLC, to learn more about how good nutrition contributes to a healthy heart!

Veterans Coffee Hour

Join Wayne Rioux, Veteran and Veteran’s Liaison from Hartford Healthcare at Home, and some amazing Veterans for coffee hour on Friday, February 23 at 8:30 a.m. Coffee hour is held on the fourth Friday of each month. This is a great opportunity for Veterans to come together, ask questions, share stories, build relationships, and interact.

Movie Night

Stronger The inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (Rated R, 119 minutes). Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. Free popcorn and beverage provided. Please sign up by Monday, February 26.

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