Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is open to the public 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. 

The Senior Center will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 23, and on  Friday, Dec. 24, for the Christmas holiday, and also on New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31.

•All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are again required to wear face masks inside the Senior Center. 

•All passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks.

•Everyone entering the building is asked to sign in. Please see the front desk receptionist upon entering and continue to practice proper hand sanitizing and social distancing while inside the building.

Visit the Senior Center’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

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

Medicare Open Enrollment ends next Friday, Dec. 7, for coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2022. Certified CHOICES counselors are available at the Senior Center to help with this process. Contact Kristen at (203) 272-8030 with any questions or to make an appointment.

Wallingford/Cheshire Senior Centers Annual Holiday Party scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, at Il Monticello in Meriden will feature a sit-down luncheon with entree choice of London Broil, Chicken Francaise or Stuffed Fillet of Sole, cash bar, raffle prizes, and music by Airborne Trio. Tickets are $32 for members, $35 for guests. Registration deadline is Dec. 1. Round trip transportation from the Cheshire Senior Center is available.

Sign up today for a Special Holiday Chicken Parmesan Dash & Dine on Monday, Dec. 13. Pickup will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Special holiday goodies will be included with lunch. Sponsored by Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center and New England Young at Heart. Registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 to sign up.

Winter Wonderland Fundraiser Orders for Christmas/Winter will be ready for pickup at Cheshire Nursery, 1317 South Main St., on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Curbside pickup is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Cheshire Fire Department’s Fire Marshall’s Office, in conjunction with the Connecticut Fire Marshalls Association, has received a supply of batteries for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. The batteries are available at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Online Programs

Home Modifications for Independent Living – Today, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. Amy Finke of Lifeway Mobility will discuss common home modifications, from the simple to the more complex, that can increase safety, comfort and convenience. Presented in conjunction with Masonicare Community Services. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

Join the EV-olution! Plug into Electric Cars – Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. There is an EV-olution underway in America. It involves replacing your gas-guzzling auto with a cleaner, quieter, less-polluting electric vehicle. This AAA Northeast presentation will outline the history of electric cars, review different types of EVs, discuss purchase costs, and describe what’s going on in the field of EV research. Call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org to register.

 

Special Programs

Learn to Play Mah Jongg – Wednesdays, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. A second session of three free instructional classes continues. After class, attendees can watch or join Mah Jongg players at 1 p.m.

Veterans Coffee House Christmas Reception – Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Wallingford Senior Center, 284 Washington St., Wallingford. For more information, call (203) 272-8286.

Seniors 4 Seniors: Hot Cocoa & Painting – Monday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. Join Cheshire High School seniors for a fun, interactive afternoon of creativity, hot cocoa, and conversation. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

Holiday Craft: Light-up Gnome – Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided for this fun holiday craft project. Space is limited and registration is required.

Make a Gingerbread House – Create your own individual gingerbread house to take home and share with family and friends. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Queen Bees” – Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 1:30 p.m. A fiercely independent elderly woman reluctantly moves into a retirement community for a short-term stay and slowly realizes that it’s never too late to make new friends and find love. Stars Ellen Burstyn, James Cann, Ann-Margaret. Space is limited and registration is required.

New Year Celebration – Thursday, Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrate the New Year by dancing the afternoon away with Music by Design DJ Stephen. Individual refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

Weekly/Monthly
Programs

Reflexology with Kim – Monday, Dec. 6. Contact Laura at (203) 272-8286 or lgravel@cheshirect.org for an appointment.

Memory Screenings & More with Erica – Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Erica DeFrancesco from LiveWell Dementia Specialists will have office hours monthly during which time she will provide memory screenings by appointment only, caregiver consultations and additional services. Contact Laura at (203) 272-8286 or lgravel@cheshirect.org for an appointment.

Sit Down with Stefanie – Thursday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. During this informal in-person meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer questions regarding the Senior Center. Please register in advance.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – will not meet in December. January book choice is “Three Things About Elsie” by Joanna Cannon.

Our Reflections Café – Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. On the third Tuesday of every month, join this group-setting social gathering for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia, along with their family members and friends, to share an hou exploring positive topics. Registration is required.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – will not meet in December. For information about the group, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com.

 
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. Wait list only.

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 to begin use of the GWTD Dial-A-Ride. Call the Cheshire Senior Center Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047 for an application.

Reservations must be made at least two days before a trip, and can be made up to 14 days before each trip. Call the phone number on the ID card between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, to schedule a trip. Reservations are 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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