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Senior Services
Senior Center Re-Opening F.A.Q. - click here
New Milford Senior Transportation is Rolling Again! 
Senior Transportation will resume on a limited basis*
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Medical/Dental Appointments ONLY
(No Shopping, Physical Therapy or Errands)
Must schedule three (3) days in advance 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Earliest appointment: 9:00 AM (pick-up could be up to one hour in advance of your appointment)
Latest Appointment: 1:00 PM No Pick-Up After 3:00 PM
Questions: Call Kathy Michkowski (201) 967-5044 x 7874
* Additional types of appointments will be considered at a future date

August, 2021 - Welcome Back!  We are excited to see you again, “live and in person.”  The last 16 months have made us stronger and more resilient, and it’s been an inspiration to see how well you’ve adapted to these challenging times.  We are pleased to announce our reopening date of Tuesday, September 7th.  This letter will inform you of significant changes in operating procedures and membership requirements that have been made to address Covid safety requirements and space concerns.
“Phase One” of our Senior Center re-opening will remain fluid to balance member needs with the evolving factors relating to the coronavirus pandemic.  In other words, we may have to make further changes or cancellations, depending on CDC recommendations and guidance from the state of NJ.   Masks are required for all participants and staff.
Some programs, such as the “County Lunch,” and the “Saturday Program” will not be offered at this time.  Our membership eligibility during Phase One will be limited to New Milford Residents Only.  We realize these changes will be disappointing to all who’ve made the senior center part of their regular routine. Sadly, the pandemic necessitates us having to adapt to space concerns and health guidelines.  Our former attendance numbers do not work in a pandemic world, and we had to come up with the most beneficial situation for New Milford residents.  Reopened center attendance and activities will be closely monitored during the upcoming season to help shape future decision making for next year.
Another important change will be the requirement that everyone must register for activities for the upcoming fall quarter of 2021- September through December.  We’ve enclosed a tentative activity schedule, listing many exercise offerings, plus time allotted to Coffee and Conversation, Learning, Lectures, and BINGO!  You’ll see that although “dropping in” is no longer an option, there will be plenty of flexibility and fun.  Please look through the enclosed Frequently Asked Questions page, which will answer many of your questions.  Please mark your calendars for our registration dates of Monday August 23rd from 1-3 pm, and Wednesday August 25th from 10am-12 pm.  Hope to see you there!
With thanks for your understanding as we re-open our center,
 
Lynn Sullivan,
Director, New Milford Senior Activity Center

2021 Senior Center Rules and Policies
   
New Milford Senior Activity Center Membership Information and Policies Regarding Inappropriate or Disruptive Behavior For Live and Virtual Activities
                   
The following procedure applies to members, prospective members, and guests (collectively, “members”) who are deemed disruptive and exhibiting inappropriate behavior.
 
Membership
Membership is open to all seniors, (60 years of age and older,) who can engage in the activities of daily living, independently, or with assistance from their escort, aide, or family member, including, but not limited to personal care and hygiene.  The Director of the New Milford Senior Activity Center reserves the right to reverse this decision at a later date, based on observation, and staff recommendations.  
 
Trial Basis- At the request of a member or a member’s family, the Director may offer participation on a conditional basis to a member.  The Director reserves the right to refuse to enroll a person who requires individual care beyond the scope offered by the New Milford Senior Activity Center. Referral- The Director may refer the member and his/her family to services better suited to the member’s needs.
 
Disruptive or Inappropriate Behavior-
Any behavior by a member, which negatively affects the safety of the New Milford Senior Activity Center and its participants, may result in immediate exclusion.  Examples of this behavior are assault and battery, sexual, physical, and verbal abuse and harassment, incontinence/inability to toilet themselves, disorientation, property damage, inappropriate interaction with a minor or other volunteer, or any other behavior that is deemed inappropriate at the New Milford Senior Activity Center and property.  Examples of inappropriate behavior include foul language, racist comments, bullying or abusive language, political comments, inability to stay awake, poor hygiene, body odor, or refusal to provide registration information, which includes name, address, phone, and date of birth.  Failure to abide by current Covid-19 rules, such as wearing masks, or socially distancing as directed is also behavior that can lead to immediate exclusion.
 
When the Director or Staff learns, either through reports or by direct observation, that a member is disruptive or acting inappropriately while at the New Milford Senior Activity Center, the Director or Staff may informally identify the problem to the offending member and ask for a change in behavior before invoking a formal response.  The escalating formal responses are:
 
Verbal Warning- The member is to be informed of the behavior causing disruption and will be asked to correct the behavior.  Family members will be contacted when appropriate.  If necessary, Boro Administrator and/or Director of Social Services will also be contacted.
Written Warning- The member has failed to remedy the problem and is subject to expulsion if the problem behavior is not corrected.
                                                                     
Revised August 20, 2021 / Dir. New Milford Senior Activity Center
         

 
CORONAVIRUS  INFO FOR SENIORS
The New Milford Senior Center, Library, and all New Milford buildings remain closed to the public in compliance with executive orders from NJ Governor Murphy.

There is NO county or boro senior transportation until further notice.  As soon as an opening date can be determined, we will post a calendar and menu for our senior center participants.  


*ShopRite of New Milford hosts a  special shopping hour starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 7am - 8am for seniors, expectant mothers and those with special needs. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of all other local food stores and listed their current shopping hours for seniors 60 and over.  Please click here to view the list.
NM SATURDAY MORNING WELLNESS PROGRAM - Cancelled until further notice.
sponsored by Bergen County Division of Senior Services.   Starting at 9:00 am, there's Tai Chi and a Move and Groove class, suitable for all fitness levels, followed by a light breakfast and plenty of hot coffee.  Exercise your brain with trivia, and plenty of card and board games to keep your mind active.  It's a great chance to be social and meet other fun seniors.  Best of all, it's free  to any area seniors 60 years and up!  Call the Senior Center to register: 201-599-7565.

SENIOR VAN SERVICES IN NEW MILFORD

If you are a Senior Citizen and/or handicapped in need of transportation, please call 201-967-5044 extension 7874. We would like three days notice for doctor appointments. Monday thru Friday we offer transportation throughout the Bergen County area. All other appointments i.e. bank, beauty parlor, library, etc. are at drivers’ convenience only. Thursday is food shopping at New Milford Shoprite only, no exceptions. We are closed all legal holidays. This service is free to all seniors and handicapped residents of New Milford. Due to heavy appointment scheduling, be ready 1 hour prior to appointment time.

SENIOR VAN - HOURS OF SERVICE

8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Appointments made for after 2:00 pm will not be accepted. You must call the office on all cancellations. Office hours for the Senior Transport Department are 7:00 am to 11:00 am Monday thru Friday. Calls after that will be taken by our electronic message center. Please speak slowly and clearly giving your name, address and phone number, the date and time of your appointment, and the address and town you have to go to. We will confirm this with you the following day. After completion of your appointment, call the van that you were picked up in for a ride back home.

CONTACT: 

Van phone number:  (201) 390-3759 Car phone number:  (201) 390-0948

Senior Transport Supervisor

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW MILFORD
For information about affordable housing opportunities in New Milford, please click here 

SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Located at 275 River Road  (201) 599-7565

Monday through Friday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lynn Sullivan - Director The mission of the Senior Citizen Activity Center is to promote the physical, emotional and economic well being of seniors age 60 and up and to encourage their participation in all aspects of community life.  The Senior Citizen’s Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity to this department. The activities provided at the Senior Citizen Activity Center are Physical, Intellectual, Social, Creative, in addition to Special Events. The descriptions and definitions of the activities are as follows: Physical - The programs provide a variety of physical activities in a group exercise atmosphere that is appropriate for older residents.  These activities inlcude low impact aerobics, toning and strengthening, chair yoga, tai chi and ZUMBA gold. Intellectual - The Senior Citizen’s Activity Center provides stimulating and informative programs to support the independence of older residents, including a lending library, movie matinees, educational lectures, and games promoting mental stimulation. Social - The Senior Citizen’s Activity Center arranges and presents events, performances, luncheons, and outings, providing an opportunity to socialize with peers, share experiences, and make new friends. Creative - The Senior Citizen’s Activity Center programs provide mind stimulating activities using the imagination, original thought, and constructive and creative ideas including painting classes and arts and crafts. Special Events/Services – The Senior Citizen’s Activity Center and Director along with the Senior Citizen Advisory Board recommend and arrange for presentations by hospitals, schools, insurance companies, New Milford Community, Police, County and State agencies and their services providing advice and information to seniors about their personal safety, concerns and health.   In addition to the above, the Senior Citizen Activity Center serves as a nutrition center for the County of Bergen, providing a hot nutritionally balanced meal to seniors Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM.
SENIOR ACTIVITIES
September Events
August Events
♦ Z info
NM residents only, subject to change
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT CORONAVIRUS


State Website: COVID19.nj.gov 
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24hr PUBLIC HOTLINE 
800-222-1222


MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE 
877-294-HELP (4357)


NJ-2-1-1 For general information & basic needs, dial 211. For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211

 

 
*Free Shopping Service for Seniors The BC Department of Human Services / Division of Senior Services reports Umbrella is waiving is waiving their membership fee during this time. They connect seniors who need groceries & supplies with volunteers who can provide it. Click here for more information.