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    Fitness Fusion

    NEW CLASS-Fitness Fusion Great work out combining cardio, weight training and strengthening along with Pilates core work and yoga stretching for all levels. Modifications are always provided. 6 week class starts July 17th at 5:15pm. Cost is $30. Please call 860-434-1635 x240 – sign up and prepayment required.

    Medicare Updates

    Meidcare Updates and Education will be presented by John J. Pitarra Jr., Senior Benefits and Medicare Specialist from Senior Health Insurance Associates on July 11th at 1 pm. He will review any changes and updates to the State of Connecticut’s Medicare Saving Program and how it could impact you. He will cover the different levels of state aid and assistance that could be available to you and how to apply. He’ll also be covering the differences in Medicare health plans such as Supplements, PPOs and HMO and which could be the right plan for you.

    Movie: The Intern

    Join us on July 10th at 12:45pm as we show the movie, The Intern. This movie is about how a “retired 70-year-old widower, Ben (played by Robert De Niro), is bored with retired life. He applies to be a senior intern at an online fashion retailer and gets the position. The founder of the company is Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), a tireless, driven, demanding, dynamic workaholic. Ben is made her intern, but this is a nominal role – she doesn’t intend to give him work and it is just window dressing. However, Ben proves to be quite useful and, more than that, a source of support and wisdom.” This movie will be shown in closed caption.

    Vision Screenings

    Jacquelyn Dube, manager of the Vision Center at the Waterford Walmart will be offering free appointments here July 5th between 10am-12:00pm for vision screenings, which can help detect visual impairment that may require a referral to an eye care professional. She will also be able to assist in minor adjustments of eyeglasses. Call (860)434-1605 ext. 240 to sign up for an appointment.

    CONTENT BY JUDY – Perennials, Active Agers, Baby boomers

    Just what are we? And are you paying attention to us??

    A search for a term that doesn’t offend is taking place. Trying to avoid terms like senior citizen, retiree, elder and the elderly. The question becomes what do we call everyone 55+?

    Terms are materializing that are perhaps more appropriate and appealing.

    The term, Baby Boomer was created and has been used since all those World War II babies were being born. This group has changed and revolutionized the United States as the have passed though each phase of aging. And they will and are changing and redefining the term senior each day. Just look around – they are not stationary, boring or old.

    The title, Perennial has been around for several years now and refers to blooming again and again. And yes, we do that again and again during our lives. We become young adults striking out on our own. We become homeowners, parents. So forth and so on as we parade along the paths of our lives. Ever changing and blossoming into the “new” me.

    Active Ager is a newer term and defines seniors as young at heart, tech-loving, gym-using, trend setting, fun-seeking marketer’s dream. This term might be the best fitting so far as each generation is truly younger than the generation before them.

    Whatever term you use 55+ adults are strong, happy, healthy. They are using and buying what they choose. They want the same products all ages want and use. They are not to be overlooked as they are living longer, working longer, staying healthier and maintaining their independent as well.

    Call them what you will but remember they spend $2.9 trillion on products and services each year.