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Woodbridge Center – February 2022

Woodbridge Center – February 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. Pre-registration is required for all programming and events.

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COVID Update at The Center:

All in-person programming at The Center is now suspended through February 11 due to the elevated COVID positivity rate. At this time, we are planning to resume in-person programming on February 14.

Drive-thru lunches:

Soup-er Sweet New Year’s Party:

A reminder if you have registered, the drive-thru lunch celebrating the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year will be on February 17 from 12-1 pm. It is generously co-sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and Opal Stork Home Care. A Chinese New Year fun pack will be provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Drive-thru Lunch:

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate at the St. Patrick’s Day Drive-thru, sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and the Holli Shanbrom Team – Coldwell Banker Real Estate, on Thursday, March 17 from 12-1 pm. Pick-up a delicious, traditional lunch of corned beef and cabbage, roasted potatoes, vegetable, Irish soda bread, and a festive dessert. Please RSVP by March 10 as space is limited. No charge.

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 as well as national and state resources that are available for the older population. Call The Center for more information. No charge.

Free Virtual Art Tour Series with optional in-person viewing co-hosted with the Woodbridge Town Library: Experience art history via the oldest public art museum in the U.S. Join us to view the Wadsworth Virtual Art Tour series in The Woodbridge Library’s meeting room and the Center Building room 16. Pre-registration is required – call 203-389-3430 to sign up. Each tour will feature a different docent lead theme. Join for any or all of the free tours.

The series includes:

  • 3/16/2022 @ 1 pm: Women Artists: A Women’s History Month Spotlight (in the library’s meeting room)
  • 4/6/2022 @ 7 pm: Milton Avery: A Special Exhibit (in the Center Building, room 16)
  • 5/11/2022 @ 1 pm: Impressionists (in the library’s meeting room)

If you prefer, you can register to view the tours at home by going to www.aarp.org/ctevents. Please be sure to sign up for each tour individually to receive log-in information. The Zoom link will be delivered 48 hours and one hour prior to the event. Please check junk/spam folders if you do not receive it. AARP membership is not required.

Lifestyle Change program for optimal health- 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 An Evidence-Based Lifestyle Change program, led by a certified lifestyle coach. The program includes 26 weekly sessions on healthy eating, type 2 diabetes prevention, weight loss, stress management, physical activity, and more. You may also participate in individual sessions with a Registered Dietician, cooking classes to support improved health, and fitness sessions.

This program will be provided AT NO COST to everyone 60+ years of age. It is co-sponsored by the South Central CT Agency on Aging and the non-profit, Monitor My Health, in an effort to promote good health. An informational Session will be held on February 15 at 1:00pm. The program will be offered on Tuesdays, beginning February 22 at 1:00pm. All classes meet in the Center Building, room 16 or virtually on Zoom. You may join after the program begins. Please RSVP to participate.

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. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) describes Selma as 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 which culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Enjoy a snack to go provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

The American Armchair Adventure – National Park Series:

Mark your calendars! This in-person monthly series, sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, will take you to 6 National Parks in 6 months. Each month you will travel to one of the most breathtaking parks in the United States. Enjoy simulated tours, interactive discussions, trivia, local cuisine and more. There will even be a passport craft to stamp all your armchair travel adventures! Pre-registration is required for this adventure that will meet the 2nd Friday of each month beginning March 11, with a “trip” to Yellowstone National Park, from 11am – 12pm in the Woodbridge Library’s meeting room.

Exercise:

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

FREE Aerobics Classes during Heart Health Awareness Month! Coachman Square at Woodbridge and The Center will offer Tuesday and Thursday aerobics classes, from 10-11 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 fun, healthy habit to carry you through 2022. Classes will be offered on Zoom until in-person programming resumes on February 15 in the Center Building gym. 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: Monday, 9-10 am, beginning February 14, 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- fee 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 February 18. Please call to register.

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: Next session starts February 14! Mondays, 10 am – 12 pm, in The Center café. You will find joy in creating your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates. Paint the subject of your choice with acrylics or watercolors- bring in a postcard or photo for inspiration. Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.

Mahjong and card playing are suspended until further notice due to the elevated COVID positivity rate.

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. 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 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 hire a student worker. Schedule now for snow shoveling and more.

Yale Research Study Opportunities:

SCOPE (Saliva Carriage Of Pneumococcus) Study: Help researchers understand normal saliva (self-collected) in the households of older adults aged 60 and above. Participation is very easy and can be done from home, without in-person contact. All the study materials will be sent to you in the mail and a courier will pick them up. Participants receive up to $125 each for completing the study (6 virtual visits). Please call 1-877-978-8343 with questions or to participate.

FACT-AD (Families Coping Together with Alzheimer’s Disease Study): If you are over 55 years old, have early-stage dementia, and you have a child that is a t least 18 years old, you and your child may be eligible to participate in a free and confidential study to understand your experience coping with dementia together. Your child does not need to live in the same state as you. Study may be completed over the phone, by mail, or on the computer. Compensation up to $600 for completing all 3 sessions. Contact Kathleen Williams at (203) 641-5373 or email kathleen.williams@yale.edu for more information or to participate.

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