Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


Happy October! We are excited to announce that the Town of Cheshire has joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities and that the Cheshire Senior Center will be spearheading this five-year project. By joining this network, the Town commits to identifying the challenges of its aging population and to identify policy and programmatic solutions that will improve the quality of life for all ages in the community. We invite you to attend the information sessions that will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., and on Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.

It is also time to think about your Medicare coverage. The annual Medicare open enrollment period begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. Now is the time to review your Medicare coverage for the 2023 calendar year. The Certified CHOICES Counselors at the Senior Center will be happy to help you review your Medicare coverage and answer any questions that you might have.

What Inspires You? – Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for 10 weeks, starting on Oct. 11. Instructor Clare Bernard will lead this 10-week class. Participants will write or tell their thoughts on what inspires them, based on the theme for the week. Fee of $30 must be paid before the first class. Register today!

 

Special Programs

To register for any of the following programs, call (203) 272-8286 or email LGravel@cheshirect.org.

Breast Cancer Bingo – Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. An informative talk and bingo game on breast cancer awareness will be presented by Linda Ivey, outreach educator with Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Registration is required.

AARP Age-Friendly Network Information Session – Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. The Town of Cheshire is now a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities! Join us at the Cheshire Senior Center to learn more about this exciting initiative. Bagels will be served. Register today!

AAA Defensive Driving Class – Monday, Oct. 17, from 12 to 4 p.m. Note new time. Upon completion of this free course, you may qualify for an auto insurance discount. Space is limited and registration is required.

Oktoberfest Dinner – Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m., at East Side Restaurant in New Britain.

Snack & Learn: Healthy Eating on a Budget – Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Discussion presented by Masonicare and Marissa McCoy, registered dietician with Wakefern/Shop Rite. Registration is required.

Bake & Tag Sale – Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., indoors. Donations for the Tag Sale will be accepted starting on Oct. 3. Baked goods can be dropped off starting Friday, Oct. 21.

Trip to Africa – Monday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m. Rita Wagener (Kabali), a native of Uganda, will join us on a trip through fashions and dances of Africa. At the end of the show, you will feel like you have traveled to Africa, without even being on a plane! Rita will invite audience members to participate in modeling and dancing — a greattime for everyone! Register today.

Halloween Dash ’n’ Dine – Monday, Oct. 31. Pickup from 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Lunch of lasagna and some Halloween treats, open to all members. Sponsored by Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center and New England Young at Heart. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register by Oct. 26.

The Boogie Boys Halloween Party – Monday, Oct. 31, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Come in costume or Halloween colors for an afternoon of dancing. Registration by Oct. 26 is required.

Aqua Turf Club Senior Event: “Bob Hope” USO Show – Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bill Johnson’s performance brings Bob Hope’s humor and entertainment alive with a few surprise guests. Lunch menu of Roast Beef, Pan-Seared Salmon. Cost is $47 per person, by check made payable to: Cheshire Senior Center.

 

Monthly Programs

Free Memory Screenings – Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Erica DeFrancesco from LiveWell Dementia Specialists provides office hours at the Senior Center each month for memory screenings, caregiver consultations, and additional services, by appointment only. Call (203) 272-8286 to schedule.

Cheshire Reader’s Book Club – Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 10:45 a.m. Book for discussion is “1000 Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. New members welcome.

Veterans Coffee House – Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m.

Hearing Screenings – Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call today to set up a complimentary hearing screening provided by All Ears Hearing, Inc.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. Join in person or via Zoom to discuss “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” (SUSS), “Selecting the Ghost” and “The Terror of Blue John Gap,” all by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The full texts of the latter tqwo stories may be found on the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia website, as well as in many Doyle story anthologies. For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. All are welcome.

Senior Companion Program Information Session – Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Learn about a New Opportunities program and how you can be paid for volunteering in your community. Registration is required.

What Is Adult Bullying and What to Do About It – Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1:30 p.m. October is Bullying Awareness Month. Learn what adult bullying is and what can be done about it. Registration is required.

Sit Down with Stefanie – Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. Join Stefanie for a Q & A on Medicare and Senior Center functioning and programs. Please register in advance.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Rear Window” – Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr. A bored photojournalist, confined to his apartment with a broken leg, busies himself observing his neighbors; however, his voyeurism turns to detective work when he witnesses a murder. Rated PG (1954, 1 hour, 52 minutes). Registration is required.

 

Weekly Programs

To register for any of the following programs, call (203) 272-8286 or email LGravel@cheshirect.org.

Move & Groove Workout – Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome at this low-impact DVD exercise class.Note:  No class on Oct. 17.

Technology Help – Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jared from the Cheshire Library returns to the Senior Center to help with computer/tablet/cellphone technology questions.

A Pathway through Grief – Thursdays, through Nov. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. This eight-week program is for those who have lost a loved one or dear friend and afford them the opportunity to share and discuss issues of greatest concern, to help participants understand their emotions and problems and cope within mainstream society, to support and comfort those who have shared the same experiences. This bereavement support program is offered at no charge to participants. RSVP to Bob Havens at (860) 480-1655 or havensvo67@aol.com.

Bridge – Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Prior to game play, there will be a discussion on the best way to accommodate extra players going forward.

Nickel, Nickel – Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Playing fee is 11 nickels and one quarter per person, per week.

Golf Card Game – Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on the lower level. Weekly fee to play is $3.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Elvis” – Today, Sept. 29, at 12:30 p.m. (note early start time). This 2022 film depicts the life of music icon Elvis Presley from his childhood to his becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Stars Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge. Rated PG-13 (2 hours, 39 minutes). Registration is required.

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

Flyers are available for the following trips. Contact Laura Gravel, program supervisor, at (203) 272-8286.

Holland & Belgium Springtime River Cruise – April 25 to May 3, 2023.

Alaska Cruise – July 25 to Aug. 5, 2023. 

Exploring Britain & Ireland  – Sept. 24 to Oct. 8, 2023.

 

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. Suggested donation is $1 each way for in-town rides, and $6 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 service, free of charge. 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 before a trip, and can be made 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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