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Woodbridge Center – 9/30/22

Woodbridge Center – 9/30/22

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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COVID-19 Guideline Update at The Center:  Masks will be required for all indoor Center programming and events when New Haven County is in a “high” level based on the CDC’s new 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:  Spooky Sponsor Social with lunch and a movie:  Come to the Center Building gym between 12-1 pm on October 27 to express your appreciation to the past year’s drive-thru sponsors and learn more about these generous local businesses.  After going through this Health Fair style event, pick-up a delicious lunch to go sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center to enjoy before watching Phantom of the Opera in the Library Meeting Room at 1:15pm.  Please RSVP by October 20 to participate in this fun event.

Upcoming events/programs:

Lunch and Learn: Hearing Loss is Tiring:  Join Dr. Willa Horowitz, audiologist/owner of Acuity Hearing Solutions, LLC, for a presentation to learn ways to conserve and preserve hearing and understand the consequences of not recognizing or treating hearing loss.  A delicious lunch (sandwich, chips and dessert) sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge, will be served.  This workshop will take place on October 3, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the library Meeting Room.  Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

In-person Virtual Visit to Vermont:  Come enjoy a virtual visit to Vermont while exploring the delicious tastes for which Vermont is known.  Sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, this program will take place on October 7 from 1-2 pm in the library Meeting Room.  Please call to RSVP.

New start date:  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 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, room 16.  Join anytime.  New session begins October 11.  Call to register.

Lunch and Learn:  What’s New for Medicare in 2023 and How to Prepare for the Annual Enrollment Period:  This workshop presented by Jeffrey Comen, local Medicare Advocate/Broker, will cover what is new for Medicare in 2023 and how to prepare for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.  Learn what is covered and not covered, when to sign up and what options are available to add to Original Medicare (i.e., Medicare Supplements, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans).  This is an educational seminar only- no plan or carrier specifics will be discussed.  A delicious lunch (sandwich, chips, and dessert), sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge, will be served.  This workshop will take place on October 12, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the library Meeting Room.  Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

Murder Mystery:  Get into the Halloween spirit with this suspenseful, interactive game of mystery and intrigue.  Participants will be divided into teams, then will look through a case file together.  There will be evidence reports, toxicology and autopsy reports, and actual evidence from the crime scene.  Be sure to call 203-389-3430 to sign-up for this fun program that takes place October 13 from 11 am – 12 pm in the Center Building room 16.

Diabetes Management Class:  This 6-week program, led by Mary Swanziger, BSN, MPH, CDCES, provides the tools you need to better manage your diabetes or prediabetes whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years.  Spouses or support persons 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 Meeting Room beginning October 17.  Please call to RSVP.

Lunch and Learn:  Conservatorship, Guardianship, and Supported Decision Making:  This workshop, presented by Drazen Rubin Law, provides information on navigating the complicated world of special needs planning including key benefits and available resources as well as power of attorney, estate planning, financial considerations, and more.  RSVP to enjoy lunch while attending this presentation on October 19 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in the library Meeting Room.

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– space is limited.  No charge.  Pre-registration is required.

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 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.


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, located in room 13 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 is available for those over the age of 60 or for those temporarily or permanently disabled to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, local grocery shopping, banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  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 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.

by Kristy Moriarty

  1. Participants enjoy Ilana Zaks performance of The Violin Reimagined. This wonderful event made possible through a grant from Agency on Aging.
  2. Esposito, Woodbridge Center, Chef B. Pfnausch, Coachman Square, C. Davino, Director of Community Relations, Coachman Square, K. Moriarty, Woodbridge Center Director, and J. Glicksman, Human Services Director, get ready to distribute food at Coachman Square’s Annual Town Picnic (drive-thru) on September 13.

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