Municipal Agent to the Elderly
Agent: Cherri Richardson
Municipal Agent to the Elderly
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury, CT 06331
Monday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Classes: Senior Fitness... Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 10:30 am ($1 per class); Card & Board games... Wednesday 10 am - 1:30 pm (Free); Tai Chi... Fridays 9:15 am - 10:15 am ($15 for 8 weeks).
The Town of Canterbury Municipal Agent to the Elderly is available to assist seniors in information and referral services.
This office also completes energy assistance applications and Medicare applications. Please contact my office at any time to set up an appointment.
Energy Applications- My office will start taking Energy Applications on September 16, 2013. Please call for an appointment, leave you name and phone number and I will return your call as soon as possible. (860) 546-9845 Social Security Statements Go Online – Your Social Security information is now available online. The Social Security Administration website has added a new feature. My Social Security, which allows you to set up your personal page and access it at any time. It includes an online version of the statement that used to be mailed every year, plus estimates of your future retirement benefits, lifetime earnings to date, and the total Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. To open an account go to www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement and answer a series of questions to verify your identity, then create a user name and password.
Energy Applications- My office will start taking Energy Applications on September 16, 2013. Please call for an appointment, leave you name and phone number and I will return your call as soon as possible. (860) 546-9845
Social Security Statements Go Online – Your Social Security information is now available online. The Social Security Administration website has added a new feature. My Social Security, which allows you to set up your personal page and access it at any time. It includes an online version of the statement that used to be mailed every year, plus estimates of your future retirement benefits, lifetime earnings to date, and the total Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. To open an account go to www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement and answer a series of questions to verify your identity, then create a user name and password.
Twelve Tips to Help Seniors Get the Most from Their Doctor Visit
Crucial to take full advantage of limited time with your doctor
Visits to the doctor, in particular those for an annual physical, become increasingly important as we age. Yet, probably few senior citizens have not experienced some doubt after a visit that they failed to tell or ask the doctor all that they intended. U.S. Preventive Medicine, a company that says it is working to organize and advance a culture of prevention throughout America, has released its list of 12 important tips to help consumers get the most beneficial results from their annual physicals.
These suggestions will help provide a more productive experience for both patient and physician, empowering patients with new knowledge to better maintain their health.
"It is crucial for individuals to take full advantage of their limited time with their doctor during their annual physical," said Dr. Boyd Lyles, Corporate Medical Director, U.S. Preventive Medicine. "By preparing for the meeting beforehand, patients will be able to present their doctors with a more complete view of their current state of health, adding valuable information to help the physician during the evaluation."
Here are U.S. Preventive Medicine's 12 key tips to help consumers get the most out of their annual physical:
1. Prioritize and verbalize personal concerns and goals
In advance of the appointment, be certain to identify all primary
health and wellness concerns as well as expectations and goals for
the visit. Upon arrival, address these with your doctor
2. Review family medical history
One of the most important steps in an annual physical is to update or
review the history of illnesses in blood relatives. Many diseases have
a strong hereditary predisposition. Make sure you know your family
history and provide a detailed outline to your doctor.
3. Get an examination the old-fashioned way
A thorough physical must include a thorough physical examination, no
matter how uncomfortable, for early detection and prevention.
4. Address the potential for metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing diabetes and
cardiovascular disease and is easily diagnosed through a cholesterol
or lipid profile, blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure readings and
measurement of waist circumference. However, metabolic syndrome is not
routinely addressed by many doctors during a physical. Take the
initiative and ask if you should be assessed for it.
5. Ask about screening for chronic diseases
Early detection leads to improved prognosis for many of the most
common chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Unfortunately, most people neglect one or more of the crucial
screening tests that can identify chronic disease even before they
become symptomatic, thereby missing the opportunity for early
detection and successful treatment. Talk to your doctor about a
schedule of recommended preventive screenings.
6. Discuss unhealthy habits or lifestyle choices
The confidential nature of the doctor patient relationship provides a
safety zone in which to freely discuss concerns patients may have
about potentially dangerous habits or lifestyle choices. Issues that
should routinely be addressed include tobacco use, alcohol intake,
eating disorders, medication overuse and unsafe sexual practices.
While these are highly sensitive topics, they each have significant
medical implications which should be considered during the exam.
7. Evaluate the best diet
Optimal wellness and disease prevention cannot be achieved without a
healthy nutritional plan. Discuss nutrition with your doctor at each
annual physical and consider consultation with a registered dietitian
to determine the best diet to satisfy individual medical concerns.
8. Create an exercise regimen - even if you have physical limitations
Some people may have physical conditions that they assume limit or
indeed negate altogether, their ability to follow a beneficial
exercise regime. Ask the physician for a referral to a clinical
exercise physiologist, physical therapist or cardiac rehabilitation
program for an exercise evaluation and individualized prescription.
9. Discuss mental health issues
The "mind-body connection" is not just a catch phrase. There is
strong scientific evidence that stress, anxiety and depression
have significant effects on physical well-being. Each annual physical
should include an open discussion of personal stressors (occupational
concerns, financial difficulties, family illness, elderly relatives,
etc.) and any symptoms of anxiety, irritability, tension or
10. Evaluate sleep patterns
A restful night's sleep is of paramount importance to ongoing good
health. During the visit, discuss sleep patterns and note any loud or
disruptive snoring, periods of apnea (pauses in breathing) or
drowsiness during the daytime. Difficulties with frequent urination
during the night, insomnia, restless legs and early morning awakening
should also be mentioned as these are symptoms which may indicate
other medical conditions.
11. Review the list of prescription and over-the-counter medications you
While medications and supplements may have life-saving benefits or
provide symptom relief, all may induce detrimental side effects in
some individuals under certain circumstances. Provide your doctor with
a complete list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications,
vitamins, herbs or other supplements that you are taking or have
12. Keep a personal copy of the paperwork
Request a copy of all laboratory work, diagnostic studies,
consultations and the physician's report for your personal records.
Maintain a notebook or binder with all of your medical records and any
nutritional or exercise recommendations. By keeping everything
organized in one place, you'll be better able to take control of your