Programs

Fitness Programs

The Fitness Programs at the Groton Senior Center promote and maintain the physical abilities of participants and also group classes offer a chance to socialize with other class members and provide mental stimulation through music and physical motion.  Class sizes range from small Qi Gong classes to large Cardio Sculpt classes.

Music Programs

The music programs at the center provide an opportunity for seniors to develop their skills in music whether it is learning to read music, sing in harmony or learning to play piano.  The choruses also take a leadership role in the community by going out to entertain at adult day centers, nursing facilities and schools.

Education/Enrichment

Programs in this category provide seniors with time to learn new skills in the areas of the arts, technology, health and more.  Through education the seniors develop and help maintain their mental abilities as well as support their self-esteem and creative needs.  Class sizes are small to medium.

Cards/Games

A variety of choices for group play and individual play.  Promotes mental stimulation and provides for socialization.  Research has shown that Bingo and other games are good for the brain.  They stimulate memory, attention skills and have great social interaction which works on many parts of the brain.  Our games programs include a variety of levels from basic to more challenging options.

Social Scene

These are events often attached to meals that are offered to provide socialization and entertainment for seniors.  Most events have a meal or food attached to them. These include the afternoon teas, monthly birthday/anniversary parties, special breakfasts, club gatherings, dinner and movie nights, annual Gnog Show (formerly Gong Show), annual Great American Picnic, Luau, Thanksgiving Dinner, Holiday dinner and Rotary dinners.  A regional dinner dance is held annually also to allow for socializing with friends from the other towns in the county.

Community Service Programs

These programs offer the seniors an opportunity to take a leadership role in community involvement either through sponsoring a community event or by participating in the community event.

Health Services

These services are provided to help seniors age at home and stay as well as possible.  Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the programs.

Nutrition Services 

In addition to health services, the nutrition programs offer the opportunity for improved nutrition for participants and also in some cases a way to socialize with other seniors in small to large groups.

Human Service programs

These programs also support seniors aging in place.  They promote individual self-efficacy in making better choices and decisions about their individual needs.

Transportation Services

These programs support aging in place and allow seniors to stay active in their community and at the center.

    Wednesday, January 10th- New Years, New Eats!

    with our Registered Dietitian Deb Downes !

    bring lunch from our healthy salad bar at special price

    Please sign up for this at front desk or call 860-441-6785

     

    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 amarfoster@gmail.com .

     

    SENIOR KARATE program starts January 3

    SENIOR KARATE program with Sensei Ralph starts January 3rd. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:15

    “Three more classes and I get my belt.”

    pm. Martial arts for seniors focuses on improving stamina and endurance, maintaining physical safety, and even promoting mental acuity.

    This program promotes positive personal development of the student. This class is an introduction to traditional karate-do taught in a safe and structured manner which will cater to every students personal needs. Students will learn basic karate technique which will strengthen them mentally as well as physically. Mobility and stretching will be a consistent part of class as well as learning fundamentals for self-protection. The cost will be $65 for 8 weeks. (that is ONLY $4 a class!)

    You can register yourself from comfort of home too! www.grotonrec.com (call us at 860-441-6785 and we can walk you through it)

    Fun and Crafty NEEDLE FELTING Class starts Jan 9th

    Try something new in 2018!

    We have a fun and crafty class on NEEDLE FELTING starting Tuesday, January 9th 9-10:30 am. This is a 4 week class that meets every other week. In class, beginners will learn the technique of using felting needles on wool/alpaca fibers to complete the simple but unique craft item. All materials will be provided.

    You can register yourself from home too! www.grotonrec.com (call us at 860-441-6785 and we can walk you through it)

    HOLLY BERRY BALL dinner dance weather UPDATE!

    Due to impending snow in tomorrow evenings forecast we are hopeful to make a decision on whether to hold the event or to postpone it (to perhaps January) based on the next emergency management weather report we receive later this morning.