Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities  as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it  and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is “Age My Way.”

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.

This year, the Cheshire Senior Center is excited to celebrate OAM with our partners in the aging community. Follow along on social media or visit the Cheshire Senior Center throughout the month to find resources on aging in place, community engagement, and social connection.

Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. Please join the Cheshire Senior Center in strengthening our community.

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Visitors to the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., are no longer required to wear facemasks, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are welcome to wear facemasks if they so choose, and are encouraged to wear them while meeting closely with others when social distance cannot be maintained. Please contact Stefanie with any questions or concerns.

Members can access the building Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff is available by phone and email Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Special Programs

Understanding Stroke – Today, May 19, at 10 a.m. (rescheduled from April). Dr. Patrick C. Thompson will discuss screening, management and treatment of stroke. Registration is required.

 

Senior Center Membership Association Tag Sale & Bake Sale – Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. NOTE: The event will be held inside, and there is no longer a rain date.

 

Trip to Africa – Monday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Travel to Africa without getting on a plane! Rita Wagener (Kabali), a native of Uganda, will guide a trip through the fashions and dances of Africa, inviting audience members to participate in modeling and dancing. A great time for everyone! Register today by calling (203) 272-8286 or emailing lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Outdoor Cornhole – Wednesday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Sign up today.

Celebration of Older Americans Month – Thursday, May 26, at 1 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment outdoors (weather permitting — otherwise, indoors) by The Spanners and the best songs spanning decades from the ’50s to the ’80s, from Elvis to Billy Joel. Bring your own chair (if outdoors). Registration by May 24 is required. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Handwriting Analysis – 8-week class on Wednesdays, June 1–July 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn about the intriguing world of handwriting analysis from certified graphologist Patricia Senich. Fee for the course is $10.

 

Walking Group

Walking is a wonderful way for older adults to stay physically and mentally active. Call Marge at (203) 272-3316 for more information about her walking group.

 

Travel Opportunities

America’s Cowboy Country – Aug. 13–21, with optional Badlands National Park post-tour extension. Wait list only.Contact Laura Gravel, program supervisor, at (203) 272-8286.

 

Monthly Programs

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Today, May 19, at 1 p.m. Please read “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League” by Arthur Conan Doyle for discussion via Zoom or in person in the Senior Center meeting room. For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com.

Move & Groove Workout – Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome at this low-impact DVD exercise class.

Drop-in Blood Pressure Screening – Tuesday, May 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Drop by the Nurse’s Office at the Cheshire Senior Center for a blood pressure check with Nurse Sandy of Waterbury Hospital.

 

Transportation Services

Call Coleen in the Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047 for information and reservations.

With COVID-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for medical appointments in the service area, grocery shopping, pharmacy, visits to the Cheshire Senior Center, and personal appointments based on availability. Masks are required on all public transportation, including Senior Center minibuses.

Ride requests are accepted two weeks in advance. Any request made after 11 a.m. the day before the ride is needed is subject to availability.

Bus drivers accept cash donations each time a rider steps on the bus. Pricing is 50 cents each way for in-town rides and $5 round trip for out-of-town appointments.

Schedule for Out-of-Town Medical Appointments:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven and Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington

Ride requests are accepted for appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Dial-A-Ride is available on Fridays for the Waterbury area.

GWTD Dial-A-Ride:

Residents of any of the seven municipalities in the Greater Waterbury Transit District (GWTD) may use the Dial-A-Ride service, free of charge. Service is limited to a particular day of the week for each municipality due to limited resources. Dial-A-Ride serves Cheshire on Fridays.

To be eligible to use the GWTD Dial-A-Ride Transportation Service, a rider must be:

•60 years of age or older OR

•a person with a disability AND

•a resident of Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Waterbury, Watertown, or Wolcott.

An application must be filled out and returned to the designated address to begin use of the GWTD Dial-A-Ride services. Applications may be obtained by calling the Cheshire Senior Center Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047.  Reservations must be made at least two days, and up to 14 days, before each trip.

Riders may call the phone number on their ID card between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, to schedule a trip.



 

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