Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


Welcome Back to the Senior Center!

The Cheshire Senior Center is happy to announce that the building at 240 Maple Avenue is now partially open to the public. Members can now access the building, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff continues to be available by phone and email Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors should familiarize themselves with the Senior Center’s re-opening rules and guidelines; it is important that these rules and guidelines are followed at all times to ensure everyone’s safety.

Rebuilding a volunteer base is an important part of the reopening plan. Volunteers are needed at the front desk, in the library, to help with the newsletter or call Bingo games. Please contact the Senior Center at (203) 272-8286 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, if you are interested.

Ongoing Series: Mindful Functional Movement for Activities of Daily Living – Mondays, through May 17, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Mindful functional movement sequencing is tailored to performing the activities of daily living and helping older individuals maintain their independence. This exercise class includes focused sequences and movements with breath components to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and body awareness in performing everyday tasks. Sequences include getting up from the floor, mindful walking, balancing, and mindful breathing. Participants will be asked to complete a pre-activity survey and a final evaluation upon completion, which will be reviewed by the mindful movement instructor. This free 16-week program is being led by Ophelia Empleo-Frazier, MSN, GNP-BC, BSN, CDP. To register or learn more about this program, call Laura Gravel or Stefanie Theroux at (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

 

May Programs

Zoom Bingo with Sahal – Tuesdays, May 11 and May 25, at 1 p.m. Join via Zoom for a fun afternoon of Bingo. Prizes will be mailed to winners at the end of the month. For registration and Bingo card pickup, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Seniors 4 Seniors Intergenerational Book Club – Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. Join via Zoom to discuss “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Trickster Cards – Fridays, May 14, May 21, and May 28, at 1 p.m. Play card games virtually. Instruction will be provided, as well as iPads, or bring your own device. Space is limited and registration is required. Reserve a spot by calling (203) 272-8286 or emailing lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Post-Vaccination Considerations and Safety Precautions – Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, May 18, at 10:45 a.m., via Zoom. The book for May is “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Caregiver Burn-Out – Wednesday, May 19, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., in person and via Zoom. 

Sit Down with Stefanie – Thursday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. During this informal Zoom meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. Please read “The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place” by Arthur Conan Doyle for discussion. For information and registration, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. New members and guests are always welcome.

Prepare for the Glare – Thursday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m., via Zoom, presented by Fram Mayko of AAA Northeast. Learn about driving strategies, techniques and equipment to prevent night-time glare from becoming a nightmare Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Outdoor Concert with The Boogie Boys – Thursday, May 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Older Americans month with an outdoor concert on the front lawn of the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. Face masks will be required. Please bring your own lawn chair. Space is limited and registration is required by May 25. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register. (Rain date: Thursday, June 3.)

 

Save The Dates! 

Jump into June: Join the Chesprocott Health District’s Lifestyle Change Program – begins on Thursday, June 10. This year-long program will be held weekly on Thursdays for six months, then monthly for the following six months. Goals are to: 

•increase your quality of life

•increase physical activity, and 

•lose 5-7% of your body weight

Contact the Senior Center at (203) 272-8286 for more information.

Community Tag Sale – Saturday, June 26, on the Senior Center’s front lawn. (Rain date: June 27.)

 

Cheshire Senior Center Travel Opportunities

Flyers are available, or contact Laura Gravel, program coordinator, at (203) 272-8286, for more information on:

Hawaiian Adventure – Oct. 7–16, 2021

Exploring Greece and Its Islands – April 21–May 5, 2022

 

Transportation Services

With Covid-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for:

•Medical appointments in service area

•Grocery shopping

•Pharmacy

•Personal appointments based on availability

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

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

Ride requests are accepted for out-of-town medical appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following days:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven and Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington 

NOTE: Bus drivers now accept cash donations as riders step on the bus. Pricing is 50 cents each way for in-town rides and $5 round trip for out-of-town appointments.

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


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