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 for the Cheshire Senior Center have been canceled until further notice.

 

Reflections Café: an Ongoing Series with the Cheshire Senior Center

Reflections Café is a virtual social gathering for place 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, and more. The group, led by Andrea Sidoruk, MSW intern, will meet on Mondays, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8, and March 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. 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. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

 

February Programs
via Zoom

Zoom Bingo with Sahal – Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Enjoy a fun afternoon of Bingo.  Prizes will be mailed to all winners! For registration and Bingo card pick-up, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Heart Garland Valentine Craft via Zoom – Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. A supply kit will be provided to create a heart garland craft at home and via Zoom. Space is limited. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Seniors 4 Seniors Intergenerational Book Club – Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Join a discussion of “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Share the Love Valentine’s Drive-By – Thursday, Feb. 11, at 1:30 p.m. (Snow date: Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m.) Meet at the Cheshire Senior Center to say hello, have a special photo taken (if you choose) and receive a goodie bag, all from the safety of your car. Registration is required by Monday, Feb. 8. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org. Sponsored by Senior Insurance Consultants.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10:45 a.m. via Zoom. Book choice for this month is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register for the Zoom link.

How to Keep Long-Term Care From Becoming a Long-Term Financial Crisis – Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Learn some strategies for preventing impoverishment should you or a loved one need long-term care in Connecticut. Sponsored by Drazen Rubin Law. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Staying on Your Feet in Ice and Snow – Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. online. Presented by Lisa Murawski ,exercise physiologist. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare GoodLife Fitness. To register, call 1-855-442-4373 or go to www.HartfordHealthCare.org/VirtualClasses.  

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Please read the short story, “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” by Arthur Conan Doyle for discussion via Zoom. To attend, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. New members and guests are always welcome.  

Community Yoga Online for the Food Pantry – Friday, Feb. 19, at 1:15 p.m. via Zoom. 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 to register.

Zoom Bingo with Sahal – Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Join us via Zoom for a fun afternoon of Bingo. Prizes will be mailed to all our winners! For registration and Bingo card pick up call 203-272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Easy Treats Baking Class – Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Follow along at home and make a fun and easy Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake. For registration and recipe, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. During this “informal” online Zoom meeting, Stefanie will answer questions regarding the Senior Center. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

 

New! Mindful Functional Movement for Activities of Daily Living

The Cheshire Senior Center is offering a new innovative virtual program via Zoom for people 55 and older. Mindful functional movement sequencing is a mind-body class tailored to performing the activities of daily living and helping older individuals maintain their independence. This movement and breath-based exercise class meets via Zoom on Mondays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. through May 17. 

This class uses 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 that will be reviewed by the mindful movement instructor. 

This free program is led by Ophelia Empleo-Frazier, MSN, GNP-BC, BSN, CDP. To learn more, call Laura Gravel or Stefanie Theroux at (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org. 

 

Weekly Classes

Weekly classes, which are held online via Zoom, are free for active members of the Cheshire Senior Center. Be sure to register for a class prior to the start date; classes with low enrollment will be canceled. Classes will run for 10 weeks unless otherwise noted. No classes on Feb. 12 or Feb. 22.

Mondays – Guided Meditation at 11 a.m. for four weeks starting on 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.

Friday – Art & Painting at 10:30 a.m.

Participants must have access to the internet via a computer, smart phone or tablet. Call (203) 272-8286, or email Laura at lgravel@cheshire ct.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.

 
Graphoanalysis (Handwriting Analysis) Program 

Discover over 100 traits and characteristics found in the strokes of your cursive writing through Graphoanalysis, the scientific study of handwriting analysis. This 5-week Zoom program will run on Wednesdays from 1:15  to 3:15 p.m. from March 3–31, and will be facilitated by Pat Senich, Certified Graphoanalyst for over 55 years. Registration is required by Feb. 24. Space is limited. There is no charge, but participants are asked to commit to attending all five weeks. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org for more information or to register and receive your kit.

 

Transportation Services

Find storm closings and delays on the Cheshire Senior Center Facebook page and on local news channels. Typically, if school is delayed, our buses are delayed. If school is closed, our buses do not run.

The Cheshire Senior Center offers transportation to out-of-town medical appointments on the following schedule:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven & Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington 

Ride requests are accepted for appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call for availability within one week of appointment. 

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


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