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The Woodbridge Center – January 2022

The Woodbridge Center – January 2022

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

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COVID Update at The Center:  All in-person programming at The Center is suspended through January 17 due to the elevated COVID positivity rate.  We will reassess at that time if we can resume in-person programming.

Soup-er Sweet New Year’s Party Drive-thru Lunch:  Celebrate the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year on February 10, with a drive-thru lunch from 12-1 pm, co-sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and Opal Stork Home Care.  Enjoy a choice of roast beef and Swiss cheese on a hard roll or turkey BLT on a croissant with a choice of Italian wedding soup or chicken and rice soup, and Linzer cookies for dessert.  No charge.  Please RSVP by February 10.

Virtual Programs:  Disaster Preparedness 2 Day Webinar:  Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23, from 12-3 pm.  This webinar, presented by FEMA, will include information on important prevention, safety, and risk-mitigation strategies.  National and state resources that are available for the older population will be provided.  Stay tuned or call The Center for more information.

Movie Viewing:  Join us for the award nominated movie Selma, Friday, February 25, at 1pm, in the Center Building gym.  Please RSVP as space is limited.  Selma is the story of a movement.  The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.  The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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

Evidence-Based Lifestyle Change Program (Diabetes Prevention):  January 18 from 1-2 pm, in the Center Building, room 16 for 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 the Agency on Aging of South Central CT (AOASCC) 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).

FREE Aerobics Classes during Heart Health Awareness Month!  Coachman Square at Woodbridge and The Center will offer Tuesday and Thursday aerobics classes from 12-1 pm with Laura Richling at no charge (regularly $3/class) for the month of February to promote Heart Health!  Come try out the class and start a healthy new, fun habit to carry you through 2022!  Call The Center (203-389-3430) to register as space is limited.

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.  Join anytime – class will be prorated.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo:  Friday, 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

Hobbies/Social:  Computer lab is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  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, crocheting, or needlepoint 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 24!  Mondays 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:  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 age 60+ or with a long-term or short-term disability, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping, local banking, 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:  Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including chicken parmesan, lemon dill cod, eggplant rollatini, beef pot roast, vegetable frittata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two-meal minimum.

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

Friendly Visitor Program:  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.

  1. Transportation service is available to those age 60 and above or with a long-term or short-term disability. Service is available to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, as well as local shopping and banking for a nominal contribution. Call for more information.
  2. The aerobic class stretches after enjoying a fun workout to energetic music with Laura Richling. Enjoy FREE aerobic classes for the month of February, thanks to a generous donation from Coachman Square.

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