Senior Center Programs

Senior Center 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. Please see the front desk receptionist upon entering.

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

•The Cheshire Senior Center Membership Association and Cheshire Nursery are taking orders until Nov. 5 for the second annual Winter Wonderland Fundraiser. Holiday centerpieces and swags, and poinsettia plants in three colors are available at special pricing. Call Linda Buckley at (203) 272-7391 for information, or use the order form in the Senior Center Newsletter.

•Medicare Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7. Certified CHOICES counselors are available at the Senior Center to help with this process. Call (203) 272-8030 for an appointment.

•Energy Assistance applications are now being accepted at the Senior Center by appointment only. Call Kristen Schechter at (203) 272-8030.

 

Special Programs

Breast Health – Friday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Elizabeth Riordan and Sandra Micalizzi, R.N., of Waterbury Hospital will lead a discussion on prevention and the importance of early diagnosis. Registration is appreciated: call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

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.

Autumn Corn Craft – Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg – Wednesdays beginning on Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. Free instructional classes, after which attendees can watch or join Mah Jongg players at 1 p.m. Sign up today!

Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. (rescheduled from September) Dental Sleep Experts of CT will review oral appliance options that can be as efficient as CPAP in treating obstructive sleep apnea. Registration is required.

Coin Show – Monday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. Presented by Blair Soucy, professional coin dealer, president of the Litchfield Coin Club and former president of the Bristol Coin Club. Bring your old coins and find out about their value and rarity. Register by Nov. 12.

 

Monthly Programs

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Today, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. For 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.

Reflexology with Kim – Monday, Nov. 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Laura at (203) 272-8286 or email 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. 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.

Exploring Greece & Its Islands – April 21–May 5.

 

Senior 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 follow.

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, by calling the phone number on the ID card between 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. Let the dispatcher know if you will need assistance or be bringing a personal care attendant.


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