Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


Due to recent Covid-19 guidelines set by the State of Connecticut, all indoor programs scheduled for the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., have been canceled until further notice.

 

Ongoing Series: Reflections Café – Mondays, March 8, March 22, April 5 and April 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. Reflections Café is a virtual 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, and more. The group, led by Andrea Sidoruk, MSW intern, meets twice per month to make new friends 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 home or comfortable place. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

 

New Program! Mindful Functional Movement for Activities of Daily Living – Mondays, through May 17, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Mindful functional movement sequencing is tailored to performing the activities of daily living and helping older individuals maintain their independence. This exercise class includes focused sequences and movements with breath components to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and body awareness in performing everyday tasks. Sequences 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. To register or learn more about this program, call Laura Gravel or Stefanie Theroux at (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org. 

 

Winter Weekly Classes

Registration has begun for the Winter Session of weekly classes, which are held online via Zoom. Classes are free for active members of the Cheshire Senior Center. Classes run for 10 weeks unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: Guided Meditation at 11 a.m., for four weeks (started Feb. 22)

Tuesdays: Zumba Gold at 9:45 a.m.  Makeup classes: March 23 and 30

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 either through a computer, smart phone or tablet. Call (203)272-8286 to register or email Laura at lgravel@cheshirect.org or Tracey at trkozlowski@cheshirect.org.

 

March Events

Zoom Bingo with Sahal – Tuesdays, March 9 and March 23, at 1 p.m. A fun afternoon of Bingo via Zoom. Prizes will be mailed to all winners! For registration and Bingo card pick-up, call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Understanding Lymphedema – Thursday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the causes and effects of lymphedema, or chronic swelling, and ways to manage it. Presented by Theresa Plant, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Seniors 4 Seniors Intergenerational Book Club – Thursday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Join a Zoom discussion of “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Exercise Is For Everyone – Tuesday, March 16, at 10 a.m., via Zoom. Exercise is for everyone, no matter your age, gender, or current fitness level. Whether you have a platinum-level gym membership or a simple pair of sneakers, learn about the benefits you can gain and how to get started or keep going. Presented by Masonicare Virtual Education Programs. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register. (This program was rescheduled from February.)

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dash and Dine Lunch – Tuesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. with musical entertainment by T-Bone at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Dash and Dine is sponsored by Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center & New England Young At Heart. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register. Registration by March 12 is required for both the lunch and/or entertainment. 

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

Understanding Truckers – Thursday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Presented by Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast. “Tin in the Wind” with Bulldogs, Buster Browns, Saltshakers and Skateboards — truckers have their own language and they play a critical role in our nation’s economy. Learn how to safely share the road with our good buddies. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Community Yoga Online for the Food Pantry – Friday, March 19, 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 to register.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, March 23 (note date change), at 10:45 a.m., via Zoom. Book choice for this month is “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

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

Cocktails, Coloring and Conversation – Thursday, March 25, 5 p.m., via Zoom. An adult coloring-and-cocktails Happy Hour. The Senior Center will provide a Coloring Kit if needed, or use your own materials. Participant provides the cocktail.  Email lgravel@cheshirect.org or call (203) 272-8286 to register and reserve a kit.

Weekly Trail Walks – Join local seniors for a walk on the Farmington Trail in Cheshire or the Quinnipiac Trail in South Meriden. For more information, call Marge at (203) 272-3316.

 

Updated Transportation Services Infromation

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

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

•Medical appointments in 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. on the day before a ride is needed is subject to availability.

For out-of-town medical appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven and Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington

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


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