From the Desk of Stefanie D. Theroux, Coordinator of Senior Services:
Happy National Senior Center Month! Every year since 1979, the National Council on Aging has celebrated Senior Center Week and, in 2007, the week-long celebration was extended to the full month of September.
Senior centers serve as a community hub for older adults, connecting them to indispensible services to maintain and elevate wellbeing through a combination of life engagement and both cognitive and physical stimulation.
One of our goals at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is to create a physical space to help our community members forge meaningful relationships with their peers. We offer a variety of programs and, if you haven’t recently stopped in, we would love to see you!
This month, we have added hearing screenings and blood pressure screenings to our calendar. Exercise class sign-ups for the Fall Session are scheduled for Sept. 28 and a Flu Clinic with our friends at Chesprocott Health District will be held on Oct. 1. Also returning this month are Reflections Café and Veterans Coffee House (meeting in Wallingford this month).
To celebrate National Senior Center Month, there will be a free Lasagna Lunch Pickup on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and a movie matinee later that afternoon.
Keep in mind that:
•Masks are required for all indoor activities at the Senior Center and by all passengers using our transportation services, regardless of vaccination status.
•Everyone entering the building will be asked to sign in. Please see the front desk receptionist upon entering. Visitors are also asked to practice proper hand-sanitizing and social distancing while inside the building. Hand sanitizer and wipes are readily available throughout the building. Please notify staff if additional supplies are needed.
•Masks must be worn by all passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of vaccination status.
•Senior Nutrition Farmers’ Market Program vouchers are available to eligible seniors. Also, transportation will be provided to Farmer Joe’s Gardens in Wallingford on the morning of Friday, Sept. 24. Call the Transportation office at (203) 272-0047 for details and to reserve a spot.
•Pre-filled produce bags from Brass City Harvest are available to pick up on Mondays between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Registration deadline for bags is the Friday prior to distribution. Call (203) 272-0047 to reserve a bag. Suggested donation is $3 per bag, one bag per household. Note that distribution next week will be on Tuesday, Sept. 7, because of the Labor Day holiday.
•Grab & Go Meals are available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. (No in-person dining is allowed at the Senior Center.) For more information, see the Grab & Go Menu in the upper right corner of this page.
•The Senior Center will begin accepting Energy Assistance applications on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Follow the Cheshire Senior Center on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Today, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. During this informal meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. Please register by calling (860) 272-8286 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Today, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. Please read “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Arthur Conan Doyle and “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe” for discussion. A speaker is scheduled. For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at email@example.com. New members and guests are always welcome. Registration is required.
Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 10:45 a.m. Book choice this month is “The Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig. Registration is appreciated. Call (860) 272-8286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie Matinee: “Dark Waters” – Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins. Rated PG-13. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (860) 272-8286 or email email@example.com.
Informational Program on Genealogy – Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1:30 p.m. The Mattatuck Historical Society will discuss how to use the Mattatuck Library and Archive to learn more about your ancestors. Registration is required. Call (860) 272-8286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Walking Group
Join local seniors for a walk on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail in Cheshire or the Quinnipiac Trail in South Meriden. Walking is a wonderful way for older adults to stay physically and mentally active. For more information, call Marge at (203) 272-3316.
Senior Center Travel
Flyers with more information are available for the following trips. Contact Laura Gravel, program coordinator, at (203) 272-8286.
Getaway at Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey – 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.
Senior Transportation Services
With COVID-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for:
•Medical appointments in the service area
•Personal appointments based on availability
Ride requests are accepted two weeks in advance. Any request made after 11 a.m. the day before a ride is needed is subject to availability.
Call Eileen in the Senior Center Transportation Office for more information and reservations: (203) 272-0047.
Schedule for Out-of-Town Medical Appointments
Monday – Meriden
Tuesday – North Haven & Hamden
Wednesday – Wallingford
Thursday – New Haven
Friday – Southington
Ride requests are accepted for out-of-town appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Bus drivers now accept cash donations as rider steps on the bus. Pricing is 50 cents each way for in-town rides and $5 round trip for out-of-town appointments.
Dial-A-Ride is available on Fridays for the Waterbury area. Details are below.
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 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.
Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let the dispatcher know if you will need assistance, or if you will be bringing a personal care attendant.