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Senior Center 2/10/17

Senior Center 2/10/17

The Senior Center provides a program of health, recreational, educational, & social activities for residents 60 years of age and older. The Center offers a luncheon program as well as a transportation program. Please contact us at 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org

The Senior Center’s newsletter services are undergoing revision to better serve the entire community. The newsletter will be available as a 2 page informational sheet for the next month while we transition to a new format. Copies are available for pick-up at the Senior Center, Human Services, the Town Hall and the Woodbridge Library. Going forward the new newsletter will combine information from the Library, the Recreation Department, the Human Services Department and Town Hall and it will be mailed to all Woodbridge households. Out of town seniors can request mailed copies with an annual fee of $5.00 or they may pick up at Woodbridge locations.

The Senior Center will be offering a free Diabetes program from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in conjunction with Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. This 16 week program is designed to assist participants in reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Following the 16 weekly sessions, monthly support will be provided for one year. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like this can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes by 58% in adults 60+. Call to find out more information about this class.

Pickleball is now on-going at the Center Gymnasium every Friday at 2:00p.m. This fun exercise program is offered with a yearly fee of $20.00. More weekly playing time is coming soon!

Painting for Pleasure

This on-going class will begin on February 8th and meets Wednesdays from 10a.m. to 12p.m. for 10 weeks. The cost is $60.00 – and can be pro-rated for those who start after the first class. Students should bring their own supplies. The class is for any level of experience and will be offered with instruction by local artist Graham Dale. Those interested in working with acrylic, oil or watercolor are welcome.

VITA –Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available by appointment each Tuesday from 9a.m.to noon through April 11th. Call for information on needed documents and to make an appointment.

The Center will offer 15 minute, private, no cost Memory Screenings with Dr. Susann Verano, Geriatrician with Hamden Health Care Center, on Monday, February 13th from 9a.m.-1p.m. by appointment.

On February 21st Senior Bridge, Humana Social Worker Lisa Navarra will offer a “Mental Health Wellness” program following the lunch program. The lunch (lasagna and salad) is available with a reservation for $3.00.  Ms. Navarra will also coordinate a 6-week support group beginning March 10th from 10a.m.-11p.m.every other week. The focus of the group will be “Loss of Independence”. This group is limited in size- please call to reserve your spot.

Sign up now for the February 23rd trip to the CT Flower Show. The cost is $80.00 per person and includes transportation, lunch at the Chowder Pot in Hartford and entrance to the 36th Annual CT Flower Show.

The Center will offer the AARP Driver Safety Class on March 6th from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. – reservations are required.

The Center will hold its St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Tuesday, March 14th. Join us for a traditional lunch of corned beef and cabbage. Call to make reservations.

Antiques Roadshow—Woodbridge Edition

Have you ever been curious about the history of a family heirloom or a favorite piece of jewelry? Join us for an entertaining & informative evening on Wed., March 22nd from 6-8pm at the Senior Center Cafeteria. Residents are encouraged to bring items of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers. This free program is offered in collaboration with the Woodbridge Library. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided One item per person—please!

Friendly Visitor Program

Seniors often experience limitations in their ability to get out and about as they age.  Make a

difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of our community.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Judi Young, Senior Service Social Worker, at (203) 389-3429 for information about our training program.

For more information about any of our programs please call the Senior Center at 203-389-3430. All programs are at the Woodbridge Senior Center unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Members of the community work out during exercise class; the class includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility & balance. You do not have to be a senior to attend—all ages are welcome. The one hour class is held in the Gym on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 10am to 11am. You may start at any time, prior registration is not required. The cost is only $2.00 per class. If you have weights & choose to use them, please bring them to class.

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