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The Woodbridge Center – April 2021

The Woodbridge Center – April 2021

Are you over 55 years old? Contact The Woodbridge Center:  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

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Spring Drive-thru Earth Day Luncheon:  Put your windows down and enjoy some upbeat musical entertainment by former CT state troubadour, Pierce Campbell, while picking up your choice of gourmet sandwich on rustic bread, curry chicken salad with mango chutney or seafood salad.  Both are served with an ancient grain side salad and pineapple upside-down cake for dessert.  These delicious lunches provided by Jewish Senior Services are sponsored in full by the newly renovated Linden of Woodbridge.  A beautiful sea glass art craft will be provided by Hamden Health and Rehab.  RSVP with choice of sandwich by April 15.  Masks required.

The next drive-thru luncheon will be Thursday, May 6 celebrating Mother’s Day.  Call for more details and to RSVP.

The Woodbridge Center is excited to announce several programs that will be offered beginning in April.  All programs require pre-registration.  Programs can be accommodated for various levels.  We look forward to seeing everybody regularly in person especially as the warmer weather approaches!  All in-person classes will have COVID-19 safety measures in place which include:  temperatures taken, social distancing maintained, recorded attendance, and masks worn at all times.

These programs will take place outside unless inclement weather, then inside with safety measures:

Craft Group:  Thursdays, 10am – 12pm beginning April 15.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project and enjoy some long over-due social time.  Instructor available if needed.

Painting for Pleasure with Graham Dale:  All levels, Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm beginning April 28.  Come paint your choice of subject with acrylics or watercolors – call for materials list.  10-week session/ $60 (no class 5/5).

Exercise with Laurie:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11am beginning April 27.  Enjoy an aerobic, cardio and strength training (with hand weights) workout to upbeat music. $2/fee.

Targeted Strength Training:  Mondays, 9-10am beginning May 10.  Led by Michele Tenney, this exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to help increase balance, stability, and flexibility.

Pickleball:  Monday thru Friday, 12:30-3:30pm.  Indoor play will resume May 10.  Prior court sign-up required.  Limited number of participants.

Zoom classes continue:

Get to the Point of Health Lecture Series:  Join Dr. Artemis D. Morris, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, experienced educator, researcher, and author, on Friday, April 16 from 11:30am to 12:30pm for the next free Zoom presentation, “Decreasing Systemic Inflammation”.  This program can also be accessed live on WGATV channel 79.

View the last lecture presentation, “Fall Proof Yourself at Home” by Kyle Branday of Amity Physical Therapy, at https://youtu.be/xaXhAO52Ios.

Zoom Targeted Strength Training with Michele Tenney:  Mondays, 9-10am $5/class.  See description above.  Session ends April 25.

T’ai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance (TJQ:  MBB):  24-week session, 2 days per week, Mondays and Fridays, 10-11 am.  Beginning April 26.  Improve strength, mobility, balance and daily function to prevent falls.  This program, instructed by Bill Banick, is offered at no cost in partnership with the CT Healthy Living Collective and funded in part by the CT Department of Aging and Disability Services State Unit on Aging.  RSVP by April 12.  Space is limited.

AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually April 6, 13, 20 or 27.  This free, four-hour class, taken from the comfort of your own home, may qualify you for an auto insurance discount upon completion.  Register at www.AAA.COM/DEFENSIVEDRIVING.

Services offered:

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or disabled Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 2:30pm.  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange transportation via car or wheelchair accessible van.  For safety reasons, masks are required, and temperatures will be taken.  Please know the vehicle is cleaned between each use.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve flash frozen meals ($5/meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including chicken parmesan, stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and cheese, beef stroganoff, and cranberry, ginger salmon.  Meals include a vegetable, roll and dessert.  Minimum order of two meals please.

Boredom Busters:  Puzzles and brain games (word searches/crossword puzzles) are available.  Call The Woodbridge Center to arrange for pick-up.

Woodbridge Human Services:  Call 203-389-3429 or 203-389-3430 for information or email humanservices@woodbridgect.org.  The Human Services Department social worker, Judi Young, is available to those in need of assistance due to isolation and other issues associated with long-term quarantine and social distancing.

Assistance with COVID-19 vaccine appointments is available through the Human Services Dept.  Residents 55+ may email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org for links and phone numbers to access vaccination appointments at area locations.  Homebound residents in need of a vaccine may use https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound to submit information or call Human Services, 203-389-3430.  Residents, unable to drive or find a ride to their appointment, may call The Woodbridge Center for assistance with transportation.

File 2020 taxes with VITA for free from home:  In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Human Services VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is still available to prepare income tax returns at no cost for qualifying residents.  Like everything else in a pandemic, the program looks a little different this year.  If you have a camera phone and an email address, you can begin the process at GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT.

This new and secure national VITA website was created to serve the virtual needs of the program during the pandemic.  To use this website, you will be directed to fill out the intake questionnaire and upload specific documents.  Your secure file will be conveyed to our local group of volunteer tax preparers based on your indicated preference.  One tax preparer will contact you for a phone interview during which your taxes will be prepared.  A second will call to review your return for accuracy, and finally you will receive a copy of your Federal and State returns via email to be electronically signed before they are e-filed.  Estimated turnaround time from start to finish is one week.  Taxpayers who are unable to access a camera phone or email are encouraged to call Woodbridge Human Services at (203) 389-3429.  Following a telephone intake interview, a VITA volunteer will schedule a drive-through appointment for document scanning.

Food Pantry: Woodbridge Human Services is available to assist seniors and families in need with non-perishable food items from the food pantry as well as gift cards to Stop & Shop for perishable items for qualifying families.  Items needed for the Food Pantry include coffee and tea, spaghetti sauce, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and deodorant.

  1. Over 75 Woodbridge seniors enjoyed a delicious, traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch during the monthly drive-thru event at The Woodbridge Center, co-sponsored by Visiting Angels of Woodbridge with treat bags provided by Hamden Health and Rehab
  2. Senior Center Director Kristy Moriarty and Human Services Director Jeanette Glicksman embraced the spirit of the event while enjoying friendly conversations with each participant

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