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The Woodbridge Center News – December 2021

The Woodbridge Center News – December 2021

Beginner Bridge members enjoy lessons in bridge from instructor, Wendy FriedenAre you over 55 years old? Contact The Woodbridge Center

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The month of November is full of opportunities to show appreciation.  November 4 was the start of Diwali, a festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil.  On November 11 we honored all who have served the country on Veterans Day.  November 25, Thanksgiving, provides a celebration of gratitude.  And finishing the month on November 28, Chanukah begins.  Chanukah is also a festival of lights which celebrates the miracle of a lasting light and rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem.  Whatever you celebrate, there is a sense of gratitude that circulates throughout the month.  We, at the Center, have an abundance to be grateful for:  the generosity and support shown throughout the pandemic, the S.T.E.A.P. grant and CT State Commission Bond’s generous funding to start a renovation that will allow a broader reach of the Center’s mission, the many local sponsors who enable us to significantly expand upon what we can provide for our clients, but mostly we are grateful for all of you who utilize the Center, and constantly display so much gratitude.

New Activities and Events:

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 1:1 sessions in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School students.  No fee.

Snowman Craft Workshop, December 7, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, in The Center café

Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center once again provides everything you need, including all supplies and instruction, to create a fun craft – this time adorable snowmen.  Pre-register soon for this fun class.  Space is limited.  No fee.

Holiday Drive-thru Luncheon, December 16, 12-1 pm

The Rotary Club is generously sponsoring this festive and enjoyable drive-thru.  A delicious meal from Lasse’s Catering of stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables will be provided along with mini pastries for dessert.  Please RSVP by December 9.  Space is limited.

Coming in January:

Start 2022 focusing on your health with these new programs!

Balance/Flexibility Class

Wednesdays beginning Janusty 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

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

January 18 from 1-2 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16

The first class will be an informational session to explore and discuss the Evidence-Based Lifestyle 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 aerobic exercise sessions, 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 Wednesdays, beginning the following Wednesday, January 25 from 1-2 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16.

Ongoing Activities at The Center:


Bridge: Wednesdays, 1-4 pm in The Center café.

Computer lab is open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Computers are available for two-hour 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.

Mahjongg:  Mondays and Fridays, 10 am 12 pm, in Human Services, second floor.

Pinochle:  Mondays and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16.  Beginners are welcome!

Exercise Classes – Not sure if it’s a good fit?  Try a complimentary class first.  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 as well as 7 days/week on the outdoor courts.  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 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 and is prorated as needed.

Virtual Programs

AAA Defensive Driving Course:  Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm, virtually.  This free class for members and non-members, 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 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/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, turkey pot pie, Shepherd’s pie, vegetable lasagna, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll and dessert.  There is a minimum order of two meals.

Frozen soups are available for $1 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include:  Italian wedding, beef orzo, Matzo ball, sweet potato bisque, 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 fall clean-up, snow shoveling, and more.

  1. Hamden Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center’s Michelle Riley, far right, greets attendees at the Halloween Health Fair on October 28 at the Woodbridge Center
  2. Beginner Bridge members enjoy lessons in bridge from instructor, Wendy Frieden

By Kristy Moriarty

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