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Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs

Due to the uptick in COVID cases and recent guidelines set by the State of Connecticut, all indoor programs scheduled at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., have been canceled until further notice.

Chronic Back Pain Webinar – Today, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Learn various approaches to minimizing lower back pain. Presented by Hartford HealthCare GoodLife Fitness.  Registration is required: call 1-855-442-4373 or visit www.HartfordHealthCare.org/VirtualClasses.

Reflections Café –  Mondays, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. This virtual café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other dementia, along with their family and friends, to share an hour of exploring positive topics such as cooking, art, music, poetry, movies, show & tell, plus more. The group, led by Andrea Sidoruk, MSW intern, meets twice per month. Make new friends, have fun, and share stories, including any feelings about the challenges of living with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other dementia, from the comfort and safety of your own home or comfortable place. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Resilient Living with Dementia: Capturing a Legacy – Creating Life Story Books and Videos – Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join LiveWell Dementia Specialists via Zoom for this free webinar.  Everyone has a story to tell, including people living with dementia! Learn how to capture your loved one’s life story using The Legacy Storyteller Program. Give loved ones the opportunity to share their rich histories, and capture them for a lifetime as a printed photo book or video. Do you have children or grandchildren in middle school, high school, or college? Have them join in as this is a great family project! Go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/ WN_GyR5 YMHDTO273qSkyq7jNA to register. Pre-registration paperwork and questionnaires are required before attending the online sessions. For more information, contact Erica DeFrancesco at (860) 681.4781 or edefrancesco@livewell.org.

How to Become a Better Caregiver – Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. Via Zoom, learn hints and strategies to become the best caregiver you can be. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Seniors 4 Seniors Intergenerational Book Club – Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. Join local senior citizens and high school students via Zoom to discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Community Yoga Online for the Food Pantry – Friday, Jan. 15, at 1:15 p.m. Join Stefanie online via Zoom for Gentle Flow Yoga, with chair modifications available, to benefit the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. The “cost” is a monetary donation made directly to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Is Your Computer Healthy? – Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. Has your computer’s performance slowed down? Worried about computer viruses and malicious software? Join this presentation via Zoom by R&R Technologies. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. During this “informal” online Zoom meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer questions regarding the Senior Center. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. Please read the short story, “The Problem of Thor Bridge” by Arthur Conan Doyle for discussion via Zoom. To attend, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. New members and guests welcome.  

Virtual White Elephant Gift Exchange – Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. If you received a holiday gift that you just don’t know what to do withjoin in a fun afternoon of gift swapping via Zoom. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register, then drop off a wrapped gift with your name on it at the Senior Center, 240 m Maple Ave., by Jan. 19.  

Jukebox Bingo – Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Play the same Bingo game, just with a musical twist! To register, and for Bingo kit distribution, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

New Program! Mindful Functional Movement for Activities of Daily Living – Mondays from Jan. 25 to May 17, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The Cheshire Senior Center and Yale University School of Medicine are pleased to be offering a new innovative virtual program for people age 55 and older. Mindful functional movement sequencing is a mind-body movement and breath-based exercise class tailored in performing the activities of daily living and helping older individuals maintain their independence. This class will create focused sequences and movements with breath components to strengthen muscles and improve endurance and body awareness in performing everyday tasks. Sequences will 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, and is supported by the Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health 4M (COACH 4M) project of Yale University School of Medicine, a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and CARES ACT to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. To register or to learn more about this program, call Laura Gravel or Stefanie Theroux at (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.


Weekly Classes – Winter 2021

Registration has begun for the next session of weekly classes, which will be held online via Zoom. Classes are free for active members of the Cheshire Senior Center. The Winter session of classes begins on Monday, Jan. 11. There are several new classes and programs available. Please enroll prior to the beginning of the session and don’t delay in registering for a class that you are interested in. Unfortunately, classes with low enrollment will be canceled.  Classes will run for 10 weeks unless otherwise noted, with  no classes on Jan. 18, Feb. 12, or Feb. 22.

Mondays – Guided Meditation at 11 a.m. for 4 weeks; Creative Writing at 11 a.m. for 4 weeks, starts Feb. 22.

Tuesdays – Zumba Gold at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesdays – Pilates at 9:30 a.m.; Balance & Coordination at 10:30 a.m.; Get Fit with Brenda at 11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi for All Levels at 1 p.m.

Thursdays – Gentle Therapeutic Exercises at 12:15 p.m.

Fridays – Art & Painting at 10:30 a.m.

To participate in the above classes, you must have access to the internet through a computer, smartphone or tablet. To register, call (203) 272-8286, or email Laura at lgravel@cheshirect.org or Tracey at trkozlowski@cheshirect.org.


Weekly Trail Walks

Join local seniors for a walk on the Farmington 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.


Transportation Services

Storm closings and delays will be announced on the Cheshire Senior Center Facebook page and on the local news channels. Typically, if school or buses are delayed, or if school is closed, Senior Center buses do not run.

The Cheshire Senior Center continues to offer transportation for Cheshire medical appointments, grocery shopping and pharmacy visits, and to out-of-town medical appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following schedule:

Monday – Meriden               

Tuesday – North Haven & Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford                  

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington 

Call for availability within one week of appointment. 

Dial-A-Ride is available on Fridays for appointments in the Waterbury area

New Client Evaluations for Cheshire Senior Center Transportation began on Sept. 1.

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