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The Woodbridge Center – October 2021

The Woodbridge Center – October 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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The Woodbridge Center experienced substantial flooding on Wednesday, September 1 from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  The flooding resulted in damage to The Center lounge, cafeteria, and director’s office.  All programs that regularly utilize these spaces have been relocated to other areas.  The offices of Kristy Moriarty, Senior Center Director, and Jessica Esposito, Clerical Program Assistant, have temporarily relocated to upstairs in Human Services, Center Building Room 13.  Trying to see this in a positive light, we will take this opportunity to move ahead with the planned renovation project.

Many thanks to Coachman Square at Woodbridge for sponsoring a delicious drive-thru lunch on Sepember 9 for Woodbridge Center clients and the Woodbridge Police Department after the annual Town-wide Picnic had to be cancelled.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s:  Thank you to all who contributed to The Center’s team, Motrin in Motion.  Over $600 was raised for research to help end Alzheimer’s.

New Activities and Events:

Learn to Play Bridge Class, October 13 at 1 pm.  Interested in a refresher or learning to play bridge?  Instructor Wendy Frieden will lead this class – time, duration, and cost dependent on skill levels interested.  Call for more information and to register.  (Class start date may change based on the Town of Woodbridge’s COVID positivity rate.)

Medicare Refresher/Prepping for the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period, October 13, 10-11 am.  Join Jeffrey Comen, local Medicare Advocate/Broker, in the Grove (inclement weather- Center Building gym) to learn about all four parts of Medicare (A, B, C & D).  A free educational guide will be provided.  Bring your questions!  Enjoy a special treat during the presentation provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health-care Center.  Call to register.

Back Pain Zoom presentation, October 15, 11:30 am- 12:30 pm.  Kyle Branday of Amity Physical Therapy will give this Zoom presentation on the differences in types of back pain, how to evaluate and assess it properly to find the true cause of the pain, and most importantly how to alleviate it!

Halloween Box Lunch & Mini Health Fair, October 28, 12-1 pm.  Come through our spooky Halloween entrance, continue into the festive Heath Fair in the gym, then leave with a box lunch sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge.  Wear your costume for added trick-or-treat fun.  Call for more details and to RSVP by October 21.

Ongoing Activities at The Center:

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

Craft Group:  Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm in The Center café (outside by the Newton Road side of the library when the weather is nice).  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Bocce, shuffleboard, pool, and ping pong:  Call The Center to arrange for use or to put your name on a list with others of like interest.

Bridge, pinochle, and mahjongg are temporarily on hold due to the current COVID positivity rate.  Please feel free to call The Center to sign-up for play when it resumes.

Exercise:  Not sure if it’s a good fit?  Try a complimentary class first.

Aerobics Class:  Come enjoy a complete workout to a variety of music.  Highly recommended instructor, Laura Richling, comes with over 15 years of experience teaching fitness classes along with a master’s degree in music that results in an enjoyably choreographed aerobic, cardio and strength training workout.  Preregistration is required for this class offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, outdoors in the Grove (Center Building gym during inclement weather), 10-11 am.  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 takes place Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm in the Center Building gym as well as 7 days/week on the outdoor courts.  Advance court sign-up is required for indoor and outdoor play.  All levels welcome.  Call for more information.

Targeted Strength Training is offered on Mondays, outdoors in the Grove (Center Building gym during inclement weather), 9-10 am.  Led by Michele Tenney, 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:  Who says exercise can’t be fun?  Join instructor Amanda Aranzullo for this fun “dance party” as she introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  No prior Zumba experience required.  Classes are held Fridays, 9-9:45 am in the Grove (Center Building gym during inclement weather).  Next session begins October 29.  The fee is $30 for a 6-week session.

Virtual programs

AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually every Tuesday from 10 am – 2 pm.  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 – 2:30 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 turkey pot pie, Shepherd’s pie, chicken and pasta with fresh mozzarella, vegetable lasagna, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll and dessert.  There is a minimum order of two meals please.

Frozen soups are now available for $1 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include Italian wedding, beef orzo, Matzo ball, sweet potato bisque, and more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Looking for company?  Call Judi Young, senior social worker to arrange for a friendly visitor, 203-389-3429.

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

  1. Town employees get ready to walk around the center of town to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s on September 2
  2. Pero and Jane Baljevic get assistance from Adair Luciani and Ruta Majumdar as they shop The Center’s talented Craft Group’s table at the Summer Second Saturday’s Craft Fair on September 11

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