Town of Canterbury CT

Town of Canterbury
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury CT 06331

Municipal Agent to the Elderly

Municipal Agent to the Elderly

Agent: Ella Hebert

Municipal Agent to the Elderly
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury, CT 06331

Office Hours:
Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Classes: Senior Fitness... Tuesdays and Thursday's (Except 2nd Thursdays of the month) 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).  Art Class Thursday's 1:30 am - 3:30pm $3.00 per class.

Bistro Meal 3rd. Wednesday of the Month at Noon.  $5:00 at door, Pre-registations due 1 week prior by calling (860)546-2057 or (860)546-6136 or sign up at Senior Luncheon held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

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 10, 2015. Please call for an appointment, leave your 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 "" 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
      currently take
      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
      recently taken.

  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
      own health.

Senior Programs:

Join us for fun and exciting senior programs/classes

All programs/classes to be held in the Town of Canterbury Community Room.

Senior Fitness with Christine Bernier on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-10:30am.  Cost to Students $1.00 per class Starting September 2015.

Card and board games on Wednesdays from 10:00am - 1:30pm (free program).  Currently on-going.

Bistro Meal - 3rd Wednesday of the Month, $5.00 at the door. Preregistrations due one week prior by calling either 860-546-2057 or 860-546-6136 and leaving name, number and how many will be attending.


Art Class with Mary Bingham Abby on Thursdays from 1:00pm -3:30pm.  Cost to Students $3.00 per class (9 week program) beginning September 2015.

Tai Chi on Fridays from 9:15am - 10-15am.  Cost to Students $15.00 (8 week program).  Beginning September 2015.

Canterbury Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM