Senior Programs

Senior Programs

In August, in addition to drop-in activities, exercise classes, educational seminars, and Cheshire Readers Book Club, the Senior Center has added Bingo, a variety of card games, and Reflexology. Sign-ups will be required for both Bingo and Setback, due to their popularity. Setback playing groups will be limited to four people per table with a seven-table maximum.

•Everyone on Senior Center property is welcome to wear a mask. However, face masks are not required for outdoor programs. Fully-vaccinated members are not required to wear masks while in the building. Unvaccinated members are required to wear masks while in the building.

•Everyone entering the building will be asked to sign in. Please see the front desk receptionist upon entering. Visitors are asked to continue to practice proper hand-sanitizing and social distancing while in the building.

•Masks must be worn by all passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of vaccination status.

•Hand sanitizer and wipes are readily available throughout the building. Please notify the staff if additional supplies are needed. High-contact areas are disinfected regularly. Please help with this process by cleaning your immediate space prior to leaving it.

•Senior Nutrition Farmers’ Market Program vouchers are available to eligible seniors in the main office at the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. See the article at right for details.

•The Senior Center is a distribution site for Brass City Harvest. Pre-made produce bags will be available for pickup on Mondays. See the article at right for details.

•The Senior Center is accepting 2021–2022 Membership renewals by mail and via the Senior Center drop box.

•The Senior Center is continuing to explore travel opportunities. A meeting is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. to discuss future trips and answer questions attendees may have. To attend, please register with Laura at (203) 272-8286.

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Resilient Living with Dementia: In-Person Six-Week Education Series – Wednesdays, through Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. This interactive in-person education series, facilitated by Erica DeFrancesco, MS, OTR/L director of community education with LiveWell Dementia Specialists, will provide a foundational understanding of dementia and practical ways to adapt and become more resilient. Guidance and resources on key topics, including emotional support, health and wellness, social and meaningful engagement, and planning, will be explored. Participants living with dementia will leave with more resources to live well and spouses and family members will leave more prepared and confident in their new care partnering roles. Sessions build upon one another, but registration is available at any point in the series. To register, contact Patty Richard at (860) 628-3070 or

Monthly Reflexology with Kim – returns on Monday, Aug. 2. Email or call (203) 272-8286 for an appointment or for more information.

Building Better Bones and Joints – Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m., online. Learn about joint health, the benefits of moving to maintain bone health, and the best exercises fo bones and joints. To register, call 1-855-442-4373 or visit

Summer Food Safety & Precautions – Monday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m., via Zoom. Masonicare will present an online discussion regarding food safety to enjoy outdoor eating at any time of the year. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email

Croquet & Lawn Games with Laura – Monday, Aug. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Play croquet and other games on the Senior Center’s front lawn, weather permitting. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email

Cheshire Readers Book Club –  Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 10:45 a.m. The book for August is “The Other Woman” by David Silva. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

Save The Date: Senior Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club – Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An afternoon of lunch, dancing, and music by Ritchie Mitnick & Friends. 

Growing Older Can Bring New Purpose – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Presented by Hartford HealthCare in conjunction with GoodLife Fitness. Learn what can be done about physical and mental changes and how to continue to live an active and engaging life. Register by calling 1-855-442-4373 or online at www.hartfordhealthcare,org/virtualclasses.

Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. During this informal online meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. Please read “The Lost Special” and “The Man with the Watches” by Arthur Conan Doyle. For discussion information, contact Andy Tranquilli at New members and guests are always welcome.

Annual Statewide Senior Outing at Holiday Hill – Monday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-inclusive price of $36 per guest includes unlimited assorted hot and cold food from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; cherrystone clams on the half shell from 12 to 3 p.m.; assorted sodas, water, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, tea and milk; Budweiser beer on tap; free parking; dancing and fun with the D.J.; raffle prizes, bingo, bocce and horseshoes; heated pools. Face masks are required, as well as social distancing at all times. Event is for senior citizens only — no children will be admitted. No admittance to Holiday Hill before 9 a.m. Holiday Hill is located at 43 Candee Rd. in Prospect. To purchase tickets (non-refundable): Make check payable to Holiday Hill and mail to Holiday Hill, P.O. Box 338, Cheshire, CT 06410, or call 1-800-533-0029 to purchase by credit card (Visa/MasterCard/AmEx). Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. Payments must be submitted to Holiday Hill no later than Monday, Aug. 9. Tickets are limited and may sell out prior to this date. For more information, call 1-800-533-0029.

Understanding Arthritis – Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. Presented by Hartford HealthCare in conjunction with GoodLife Fitness. Learn about dietary factors and how free radicals and trauma can cause arthritis, how arthritis is diagnosed and how to prevent it. Register by calling 1-855-442-4373 or online at www.hartfordhealthcare,org/virtualclasses.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Secondhand Lions” – Thursday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. A shy boy is taken by his greedy grandmother to spend time with his great uncles, who are rumored to possess a great fortune. Stars Michael Caine, Robert Duval and Haley Joel Osment. (2003, rated PG) Space is limited and registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

The Connection Between Oral Health and Systemic Diseases – Monday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. Hosted by Chesprocott Health District and the Cheshire Senior Center, Renee Kurtz, D.M.D., will discuss the importance of oral health and how it can affect the entire body. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register. 


Senior Center Travel

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

Hawaiian Adventure – Oct. 7–16 (wait list only).

Atlantic City, New Jersey, Getaway at Caesar’s – Feb. 22–24, 2022.

Exploring Greece & Its Islands – April 21–May 5, 2022. Informational presentation: Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Registration required.

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