Programs

    Arthritis Lecture

    Join us on May 1st at 1:00pm for an arthritis/ joint conservation lecture sponsored by Fox Rehabilitation.

    Interactive Presentation: Tea with Abagail Adams

    On April 25th at 1:00pm we will be welcoming back Sheryl Faye for present a Tea with Abagail Adams. Sheryl will bring alive Abagail Adams in an interactive presentation of her life. She is sometimes considered to have been a founder of the United States and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of The United States. Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. In one of her more famous letters she implores her husband and his colleagues, all of whom were male, to, “…remember the ladies…If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. Please call to reserve a spot today at (860) 434-1605, ext.240

    Guided Meditation with Laura Kokaska

    Guided Meditation with Laura Kokaska will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 1:00pm. This 45 minute free experience will offer participants the opportunity to use imagery and breathing techniques to release tension and invite a state of relaxation. *Please show up 15 minutes early as not to disrupt the group’s experience.

    Checklist for Life

    Checklist of Life author Lynn McPhelimy will be here to discuss her resourceful book This program is sponsored by Saybrook and Haddam at will be held here at the Lymes’ Senior Center on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00pm. Amazon.com reviews Lynn’s book as follows: “Death is certain. Life is not.” So begins this commonsensical, infinitely useful workbook that’s aimed at helping your survivors handle the requisite legal and household affairs after your death. Author Lynn McPhelimy was inspired to write the book when her parents were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and her father said to her, “‘You know when I’m gone, I don’t want the yard all dug up when you’re looking for the septic tank. So here is this little map.'” It’s a book that’s not meant just for the elderly or the seriously ill, but for anyone who wants a handy reference with all the necessary “facts of life” in one spot. This way, your family won’t be left grieving and scrambling around trying to find your Social Security number, or the name of your insurance company, your lawyer, your second cousin who’s supposed to be left your antique lead crystal vase … you get the picture. The book includes the nitty-gritty: writing a will, what music you want played at your funeral or memorial service (that is, if you want one), what should be included in your obituary or epitaph, and a hundred other things you’ve pondered–but never bothered to deal with. Granted, this is scary terrain, but it’ll make things a lot less traumatic for your survivors if they feel organized and know things like where you hide the key to your safe deposit box and which bank it’s with. It also covers the intricacies of your house, with space for recording the facts you take for granted: where’s the damn fuse box? Do you have anything hidden in the attic, under floorboards, or somewhere else? Which sentimental items do you want left with
    whom or donated to which charity? What are the stories behind those objects that make them sentimental, anyway? And who’s that person in the back row of the old family photo that’s hidden at the bottom of a shoebox that was stashed in the back of the hallway closet?? In addition to its practicality, this workbook is also meant to be a keepsake, with space for writing down memories of important life events and things you’ve always meant to accomplish, the things you’ve always meant to tell people. In this way, The Checklist of Life also functions as a psychological kick in the pants, inspiring you to actually get out and do those things you’ve promised yourself you’d get around to, “one of these years.” –Erica Jorgensen. Refreshments will be served and books will be available to buy.