Senior Programs

Senior Programs


The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is open 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.

•Masks are still required for all indoor activities at the Senior Center, and for all passengers using transportation services, regardless of vaccination status. Also, please continue to practice proper hand-sanitizing and social distancing while inside the building. Thank you for helping to keep the Senior Center community healthy!

•Everyone entering the building is asked to sign in with the receptionist.

•Pre-made Produce Bags as well as Grab & Go meals are available for pickup at the Senior Center. Suggested donation is $3. Call (203) 272-0047 for details on how to register.

•The Cheshire Senior Center Membership Association and Cheshire Nursery have organized the second annual Winter Wonderland Fundraiser to support the members of the Cheshire Senior Center.

With their usual artistic expertise and attention to detail, Cheshire Nursery has designed beautiful items — two floral centerpieces and a seasonal door swag —- to give as gifts or to use for winter decorating. These items, along with Poinsettia plants in three colors, are all being offered at special pricing.

Each purchase will entitle the purchaser to one entry in a drawing for a $50 gift card for Cheshire Nursery, donated by Cheshire Nursery.

Orders with payment must be received no later than Nov. 5. Orders will be ready for pickup in late November and December. Order forms can be found in the Senior Center’s October Newsletter. For more information, call Linda Buckley at (203) 272-7391.

•Medicare Open Enrollment begins on Friday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Certified CHOICES counselors are available at the Senior Center to help with the enrollment process. Call the Social Work Office at (203) 272-8030 for an appointment.

•The Senior Center will provide transportation to the Concert for Caring at the First Congregational Church of Cheshire on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The concert, featuring Alchemy, Elm City Girls’ Choir and Saecula Singers, will benefit the Cheshire Food Pantry and Cheshire Human Services with free-will offerings and collection of non-perishable food items. Call (203) 272-0047 to register for transportation.

•Many support services, including Reflections Café, a Caregiver Support Group, and a Bereavement Group, are offered through Social Services. See Support Groups story on page 8 for more information, or contact Laura Gravel at (203) 272-8286 or lgravel@cheshirect.org.

•Energy Assistance applications are now being accepted at the Senior Center by appointment only. For more information, or an appointment, contact Kristen Schechter at (203) 272-8030.

•In partnership with Franciscan Home Care, the Senior Center will hold a second Flu Clinic on Friday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (203) 272-8286 for details and to register.

 

October Programs

What’s Your Funny Story? – 5-week series on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. beginning on Oct. 19. Join Claire in this writing class to discover what makes people laugh and how to make others laugh, and how the commonality of humor enriches our lives and helps us to look forward to new adventures each day to record. Registration is required by Oct. 15. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Breast Health Program — Friday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had your mammogram? Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Prevention and early diagnosis is key. Join Dr. Elizabeth Riordan, Director of Women’s Health, and Sandra Micalizzi, RN, MSN, CDE, of Waterbury Hospital for this discussion. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Veterans Coffee House – Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. Held at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., on the third Wednesday of each month. This month, Author Janet Barrett will discuss her books, which will be available for purchase. For additional information, call (203) 272-8286.

Halloween Movie Matinee: “The Birds” – Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” stars Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Tippi Hedren. Rated PG-13. Special Halloween treats will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

 

Monthly Programs

Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Today, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. During this informal meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. Please register in advance by calling (203) 272-8286 or emailing lgravel@cheshirect.org..

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:45 a.m. The October book choice is “We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker. New members welcome.

Our Reflections Café – Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. On the third Tuesday of every month, persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other dementia, along with their family and friends, are invited to join this group-setting, social gathering place to share an hour exploring positive topics. Please register in advance by calling (203) 272-8286 or emailing lgravel@cheshirect.org. Special Event: Reflections Café Bus Trip to Old Bishop Farm in Cheshire on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. (weather permitting).

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Please read “Lot 249,” “The Brazilian Cat” and “The Surgeon of Gaster Fell” by Arthur Conan Doyle. For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. New members and guests are always welcome.

Blood Pressure Screening – Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please register in advance by calling (203) 272-8286 or emailing lgravel@cheshirect.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 — a wonderful way for older adults to stay physically and mentally active. For more information, call Marge at (203) 272-3316.

 

Senior Center
Travel Opportunities

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.

 
Transportation Services

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

•Medical appointments in the service area

•Grocery shopping

•Pharmacy

•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.

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 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.


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