THURSDAY, January 4th 2018 we will NOT be open

    THURSDAY, January 4th 2018 we will NOT be open for programs, transportation, services, or meals.

    Please BE SAFE with this storm ~ the winds will be the biggest issue.

    We do so hope you are keeping warm and safe in these bitterly cold days!!

    In lieu of any of us risking injuries we have some safer O.A.T.S. events planned for January and February  (please reply  860-441-6623 to rsvp)   Have not joined our OATS ( Outdoor Active Traveling Seniors) group yet?  It is easy,  we plan an excursion monthly (in warmer months it is usually hikes and outdoor outings) – just let me know you are interested and YOU CHOOSE what you want to join us for by just rsvp-ing to me.  Easy and FUN!

    • JANUARY 11 THURSDAY 4:30-6:30 PM  POTLUCK OATS GATHERING – let’s get together at GSC, network & brainstorm on possible 2018 outings!   Deadline to register is Monday, January 8th.
    • FEBRUARY 8  THURSDAY  4:15 -5:15 PM  MYSTIFIED ESCAPE ROOM $25-30 pp * (max of 10 persons) Deadline to sign up Jan. 18   (*we pay there)

    Also, coming up we have a couple particular workshops that we really think would help each of us!

    • Wednesday, Jan 10 10:30-11:30 am we have a great new and free presentation EATING FOR HEALTH ON A BUDGET !!  With our own Groton Senior Center’s Registered Dietitian Deb.  Let us know you are coming !  PLEASE SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK OR CALL 860-441-6785


    • Friday,  January 12th  3 pm  MY CHART –  PATIENT PORTAL  in Technology /Computer Center. FREE session with staff representatives from Northeast Medical Group/Yale New Haven Health will be conducting a session here to assist with sign-up and navigation of the My Chart Patient Portal (for Yale New Haven Health) current patients & their proxys who may assist with medical care coordination. Let us know you are coming !  PLEASE SIGN UP AT FRONT DESK OR CALL 860-441-6785.


    • Oh and let us not forget we have our AWESOME GNOG SHOW (variety talent show!) Friday, February  23 at   5PM!!  Dinner – Beef Pot Roast, Pierogis & Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Rolls, Apple Dumplings, Punch, Coffee  Cost: $15 pp     **LOOKING for a FEW MORE ACTS!  Have an act and want to entertain? Call me 860-441-6623!


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    Center Spotlight- Headache Help is Here!

    If you struggle with chronic headaches, the last thing you need is to wait a year and drive several hours for an appointment with a specialist. The opening of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center in Waterford means sufferers from three states can cross that off the list of things causing their heads to throb.

    In September, Kelly Heilman, APRN, and Linda Poteau, APRN, both specialists from the Headache Center, began seeing patients in new office space at 196 Parkway South, Waterford, according to Dr. Brian Grosberg, medical director of the Headache Center. That move brings vital care into the east region of the state and close to the Rhode Island and even Massachusetts borders.

    “With 36 million migraine sufferers in the country, that means one in every 10 to 12 people suffer,” Dr.

    Grosberg says. “The demand for headache services far outstrips the supply of specialists. The care we offer through the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center is unlike any available across the country.”

    “Ours is a very patient-centric approach and the care we give is tailored to the individual patient, not a cookie cutter approach,” he says. “We look at each person, their medical history, preferences, medication list, and the context of what’s going on in their life to come up with a treatment plan. “It’s like a 100-foot view of their headache and all of the internal and external factors that impact their headache and quality of life.”

    “This is the only program in the country where headache care is being geographically distributed across a healthcare system, maintaining a uniform level of care for all patients,” Dr. Grosberg says.

    The next step for the Headache Center is to introduce telemedicine, which will enable the providers to support their patients at home. Even office visits could be conducted in person or via video conference as part of telemedicine, Dr. Grosberg notes.

    “It’s a revolutionary way to deliver headache care and is ideal for patients who live far away from the office, who go away to college or who need to schedule appointments before or after work,” he says. Referrals for appointments in Waterford can be made by calling 860-696-2925.





    Better Breathers Club with American Lung Association- Third Thursday of the Month

    Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Better Breather Clubs (BBC) are support groups sponsored by the American Lung Association. The BBC is held Groton Senior Center on the third Thursdays of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, The gathering offers an opportunity to meet with a licensed respiratory care practitioner to learn the ins and outs of inhalers, and exercises for better breathing. You can also learn from the experiences of other group members who also live with shortness of breath from COPD, asthma, or other respiratory ailments. Call the facilitator, Anne-Marie Foster at 860-823-0543 for more details or email .