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The Woodbridge Center – November 2022

The Woodbridge Center – November 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.  Preregistration is required for all programming and events.

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Funding Awards:  The Woodbridge Center would like to sincerely thank the following Agencies for their tireless efforts to provide funding and services to The Woodbridge Center to support the older adults in our community:

The Agency on Aging of South Central CT for the following grant awards:  The musical entertainment at the Annual Town Picnic and The Solo Violinist Concert performance in September;

The labor portion of Wi-Fi installation in the upstairs Human Services corridor;

The labor portion of the installation of the projector and screen in The Center;

The CT Healthy Living Collective for funding for Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Session;

Monitor My Health for providing the Evidence Based Life-style Change Program, funded through Agency on Aging of South Central CT;

Griffin Hospital and Agency on Aging of South Central CT for providing the 6-week Diabetes Management Class.

COVID-19 Guideline Update at The Center:  Masks will be required for all indoor Center programming and events when New Haven County is at a “high” level based on the CDC’s tool for monitoring COVID-19 in the community.  For the safety of others, please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you tested positive for COVID-19.

Sponsored lunches for Woodbridge residents over 60 years of age Thanksgiving Drive-thru Feast:  We are thankful to our generous sponsors:  Coachman Square at Woodbridge, The Linden at Woodbridge, The Willows, and the Woodbridge Police Union for the opportunity to offer this delicious, traditional Thanksgiving feast!  Enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, freshly roasted vegetables, roll, and pumpkin pie from Lasse’s Catering. Pick-up is 12-1 pm on November 17 in front of The Woodbridge Center.  Please call to RSVP by November 10 – space is limited.

Upcoming Events/Programs:

New FREE Lifestyle Change (Diabetes Prevention) Program – offered in-person and on Zoom:  Concerned about your health risks as you age?  Want to live healthier but don’t know where to start?  Join this updated evidence-based Lifestyle Change Program led by a certified lifestyle coach.  The program now includes 16 weekly sessions followed by 7 bi-weekly sessions on healthy eating, type 2 diabetes prevention, weight loss, stress management, physical activity, and more.  A weekly 45-minute exercise class with Laura Richling is included as well as six private sessions with a Registered Dietician.

This program, valued at $1500, is provided at NO COST to everyone 60+ years of age.  It is co-sponsored by the South Central CT Agency on Aging and provided by non-profit Monitor My Health, in an effort to promote good health.  Weekly lecture/discussion takes place every Tuesday 1-2 pm in the Center Building room 16 with fitness classes every Tuesday 12-12:45 pm in the Center Building gym.  Join anytime!  Please call to register.

Diabetes Management Class:  This 6-week program provides the tools you need to better manage your diabetes or prediabetes whether newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years.  Spouses or support people are welcome to attend.  Brought to you by Griffin Hospital and Agency on Aging of South Central CT. Mondays from 6-8 pm in the library’s meeting room beginning November 14.  Call to RSVP.

Mason Jar Fall Luminary Craft:  Come enjoy this fun crafting activity with Deb Urso of Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center!  All the supplies will be provided to make a beautiful autumnal mason jar luminary that can be illuminated with a candle.  No charge.  Program will meet in the Library Meeting Room, November 10, from 11 am – 12 pm.  Please call to register.

AAA Driver Improvement Class:  Members and non-members may be able to lower their auto insurance costs by taking this class on November 14 from 9 am – 1 pm in the Library Meeting Room.  No charge.  Pre-registration is required.

NEW, Free Session – Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQ:MBB):  TJQ:MBB is a highly sought after, research-based, fall prevention exercise program which uses slow, purposeful movements to improve strength, mobility, balance, and daily function to prevent falls.  It is designed for adults over 60 years of age.  Classes are taught by specially trained local instructor, Bill Banick, in a supportive environment.  This program can accommodate individuals who need some assistance with walking, such as with a cane.  No prior experience with Tai Ji is needed.  The 24-week (48 class) program is offered for no charge in partnership with the CT Healthy Living Collective and funded by the State Unit on Aging.  This program begins January 9, 2023, and will meet Mondays and Fridays, from 11 am – 12 pm in the Center Building gymnasium.  Call 203-389-3430 to register.  Space is limited!

Save the Dates:

December 2     Lunch & Learn: Cardiovascular Disease;

December 8     Gnome Wine Topper Craft;

December 16   Christmas in London.

Exercise:  Not sure if a class session is right for you?  Try a complimentary class first!

Hybrid Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am in the Center Building gym and on Zoom.  Enjoy a complete aerobic, cardio, and strength training work-out 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 payable at the start of class or invoiced monthly for Zoom participants.  Please call for the link.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym and enjoy the new nets outside 7 days/week.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.

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 and will be prorated as needed.


Bridge:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the library Meeting Room.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library.  Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with local artist Carole Abbate:  Monday, 10 am – 12 pm, in the library Meeting Room.  Create your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates to paint with acrylics or watercolors.  Paint the subject of your choice – bring in a note card or photo for inspiration.  No experience necessary.  Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.

Pinochle:  Wednesdays, 1-4 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm in the Center Building, room 16.

Services offered (for Woodbridge residents only):

Tech Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45-4:15 pm:  Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Call to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No charge.

Computer Lab:  Multiple computers and laptops are located in room 11 of the Human Services hallway, is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Two-person limit in the computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Transportation:  Those over the age of 60, or who are temporarily or permanently disabled, may call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, local grocery shopping, banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements.  This service is provided Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  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 during the same week.  Choose from a wide variety of options including honey glazed salmon, baked ziti, chicken piccata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit.  See website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a complete list of offerings.

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, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs, and more, is available for lending.  Donations of wheelchairs and transport chairs are needed.  Call for details.

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services Director, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker.  Schedule now for fall cleanup, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

Interested in participating in a paid research study?  The Yale Brain Imaging Program (YBIP) is a research lab that explores the neurobiological basis of depression and how it changes across folks ages 35 through 70.  Taking part in this research will improve the understanding of addiction and mood disorders so that they can be treated more effectively in the future.  To participate, YBIP will contact you for a short confidential phone interview and an in-person visit for psychological and medical screening (which includes blood work and a urine drug test).  If you meet criteria for any of the studies, you will be asked to return for one or more MRI scans and one or more PET scans.  You will also be asked to perform some tests on a computer to assess cognitive functions such as memory and decision-making.  Participants receive payment in the form of cash after completing the study.  To learn, please call 203-737-6484 or email ybip@yale.edu.  HICs 2000025671 & 2000027842.

  1. Deb Urso from Hamden Health provides an entertaining Taste of VT program in October, complete with a virtual tour and tasty treats
  2. Dr. Willa Horowitz owner of Acuity Hearing gives a very informative presentation on Hearing Loss with lunch sponsored by Coachman Square

By Kristy Moriarty .Senior Center Director

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