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Woodbridge Human Services – April 2020

Woodbridge Human Services will assist qualifying seniors and families in need with non-perishable food items from the food pantry as well as gift cards to Stop & Shop for perishable items.  Please call 203-389-3429 to speak with a member of the staff.  Monetary contributions and gift cards are needed.  Donations of canned fruit, Parmalat milk, cereal, tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, oatmeal, cold cereal, spaghetti sauce, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and other non-perishable items are welcome–please make sure all donated items are not expired.  Call 203-389-3429 to arrange a drop-off appointment.

The Woodbridge Center is temporarily closed for all programming with the exception of essential transportation needs.  This service is available to Woodbridge residents only.  Call 203-389-3430 to arrange transportation needs.  Woodbridge seniors may also reserve fresh, flash frozen, prepared meals which will be delivered to your home on Tuesdays.  Cost for these meals is $4.00 and they must be reserved by noon on Monday.  All current services are subject to change.

The Town Social Worker and other staff are calling all residents 70+ years old for wellness checks.  Isolation can be dangerous to seniors.  Loneliness and depression are just a short step away from social distancing.  Human Services will continue to provide outreach and assurance throughout this difficult time.

Ways to stay happy and healthy at home with or without a computer:

  • Watch a movie, Netflix, DVD;
  • Do something crafty–knit, crochet, make a collage, scrapbook;
  • Instructions to make hand sewn protective masks following CDC guidelines can be found at deaconess.com/masks;
  • Write a memoir, poem, a letter, a song;
  • Give your brain a workout and play online games;
  • Crossword puzzles–free printable (http://qets.com/crossword_puzzles.htm);
  • Coloring pages are not just for kids! There are many free printable sites;
  • Jig-saw-puzzles and word searches–let us know if you need one and we will drop some off;
  • Meditate–Try lying down or sitting with your eyes closed, palms up, while focusing on your breathing;
  • Call a friend, facetime or skype;
  • Pamper yourself, have a cup of tea, listen to music;
  • Find a project at home–clean your windows, dust your house, fix broken items;
  • Go through old photographs and write on them (who or what) and organize them;
  • Go through your old clothes and set aside the ones you don’t want any more or fix the ones that are missing buttons,;
  • Stretch, walk, take an online T’ai Chi or Yoga class with Bill Banick–William Banick, lrtaiji@yahoo.com, or a 3-week free series of Yoga For Heathy Aging with Julie Luciani, Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 from the YCYC studio in Hamden, call for details;
  • Go outside, plant a garden and sit in the sunshine or just watch spring unfold;
  • Gaze at the stars;
  • Redecorate your space;
  • Make a bucket list of things you want to do when this is all over!

Call The Center and we will walk you through finding any of this information or print instructions and send to you.

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