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The Woodbridge Center – December 2021

The Woodbridge Center – December 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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Time to Move Forward:  As the year comes to an end and we reflect on 2021, The Center has had its challenges:  adapting to the ongoing pandemic by trying to balance programs and services with everyone’s safety, the flood damage to The Center and subsequent relocation of offices and programs, and most difficult, losing many of those who were a part of The Center.  Despite these adversities, we continue to come together to support each other.  Just last month, The Center held a delicious Thanksgiving Drive-thru Luncheon thanks to the generosity and assistance of four Woodbridge sponsors:  Coachman Square at Woodbridge, The Linden at Woodbridge, The Willows, and The Woodbridge Police Union.  Many residents who attended the drive-thru generously donated as well.  In addition, Julie Averbach, a Yale student with a double major in art history and psychology, provided two fascinating and well-attended virtual arts tours of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and clients made beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpieces in a workshop offered by Hamden Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  This month, The Woodbridge Child Center’s pre-kindergarten class donated beautiful handmade snowflake ornaments to distribute to Center clients and The Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Holiday Drive-thru in its entirety.  The Center sincerely thanks all of those who contributed to The Center throughout the year, whether through donations, volunteering, or acts of kindness – it is all appreciated and will be what The Center builds upon in 2022 to create a dynamic, welcoming Center to come together once again.

Start 2022 focusing on your health with these new programs (Not sure if an exercise class is right for you?  Try a complimentary class!)

Balance/Flexibility Class:  Wednesdays beginning January 12, 9-10 am in the Center Building gym.  Led by Michele Tenney, this class welcomes all fitness levels to improve necessary balance and flexibility through a combination of exercises, core work, and stretching.  Please bring a yoga mat and yoga strap.  (Yoga straps are available from instructor for $10.)  The 8-week session fee is $40.

How To Strengthen Your Shoulders and Avoid a Rotator Cuff Injury:  January 14 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Zoom and on WGATV channel 79.  Just in time for snow shoveling and spring training, Kyle Branday, MSPT, of Amity Physical Therapy, will discuss movement mechanics of the shoulder, common injuries, and what can be done to prevent shoulder dysfunction, pain, and avoid the dreaded rotator cuff repair.  No fee.

Evidence-Based Lifestyle Change Program (Diabetes Prevention):  January 18 from 1-2 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16.  The first class will be an informational session to discuss the program in detail and answer questions.  This program, a $1,200 annual value, will be provided AT NO COST to everyone 60+ years of age as it is sponsored by Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) and non-profit Monitor My Health (MMH) in an effort to promote good health.  The program includes 22 coach-led weekly sessions on healthy eating, physical activity, weight loss, stress management, diabetes prevention, and more.  You will also participate in individual sessions with a Registered Dietician and learn new recipes and skills on how to create healthy, balanced meals that can help prevent or manage various health conditions.  The program will meet on Tuesdays, beginning the following Tuesday, January 25, from 1-2 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16.  Call The Center to sign up (203-389-3430).

and these continuing programs

Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am, in the Center Building gym.  Come enjoy a complete aerobic, cardio and strength training workout to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1- or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee paid at the beginning of each class.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.

Targeted Strength Training with Michele Tenney:  Mondays, 9-10 am, in the Center Building gym.  This exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to help increase balance, stability, and flexibility.  Bands are available for purchase through the instructor.  The class fee is $40 for an 8-week session.  Next session began December 13 (no class December 27) and will be prorated as needed.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo:  Fridays, 9-9:45 am, in the Center Building gym.  Who says exercise can’t be fun?  This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  No prior Zumba experience required.  The fee is $30 for a 6-week session.  Next session begins January 24, prorated as needed.

Ongoing Activities at The Center


Computer lab is open Monday- Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Computers are available for two hours of use per day/person.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm, in The Center café.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with Carole Abbate:  Explore a new hobby for the new year- next session to start January 10! Monday 10 am -12 pm, in The Center café.  You will find joy in creating your own paintings as Carole helps inspire rank beginners to intermediates to paint with acrylics or watercolors.  Paint the subject of your choice – bring in a postcard or photo for inspiration.  Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.

Services offered:

AAA Driver Improvement Class, January. 24 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Member and non-members may be able to lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program that teaches the basics of defensive driving and provides current driving practice updates.  Location is in the Woodbridge Library’s meeting room– space is limited.  No cost.  Pre-registration is required.

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:00 pm:  Need some help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Not sure where to start?  Want to know more about what features you aren’t using?  Call 203-389-3430 to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No fee.

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or with disabilities, Monday- Friday from 9 am – 4:00 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals complete with a protein, starch, vegetables, and fresh fruit for $5.25/meal.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including chicken parmesan, crabmeat stuffed sole, eggplant rollatini, meatloaf, vegetable frittata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  There is a minimum order of two meals.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include:  Italian wedding, beef orzo, matzo ball, broccoli and cheddar, chicken noodle and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Looking for company?  Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429, to arrange for a friendly visitor.

Medical Loan Closet:  Durable medical equipment is available for lending including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs and more.  Call for details.

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services, at 203-389-3429, to request a student worker.  Schedule helpers now for snow shoveling, and more.

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