Programs

    Volunteer Knitting & Crocheting Group- Thursdays

    Time: 1:00pm

    This wonderful group makes chemo caps, lap robes, prayer shawls, blankets, hats, etc. which are donated to various local organizations including the ECHO Cancer Foundation at Backus Hospital, Project Linus, VFW and local schools. These donations are a loving gift to cancer patients, children, homeless and to those in need.
    The senior center provides donated yarn as available to this group.

     

    It’s Cold & Flu Season

    If you are feeling ill, please stay home until you are symptom free.  Since people are most contagious the first three to five days of a cold and  the first five to seven days or longer for the flu.  You will help your peers as well as the Staff by keeping it out of the Senior Center.

    By taking some time away from the center, seeing your physician and resting,  you will hopefully improve your health your health and get better faster and help maintain the health of others.

    Please note that there are Hand-Sanitizer Stations throughout the Center. Please let the staff know if they need refilling. Thank you for doing your part.

    New technology – Content by Judy

    How it can assist us in ways we never imagined!!

    At every age we want to feel safe and independent. And as we age those around us become more and more concerned about our wellbeing. With today’s technology there are devices that can help us know what’s going on around us, monitor what we are doing, learn from us and help us.

    Doorbells now can have wi-fi cameras so with your smart phone you can see who is at the door and you can talk to them.

    Thermostats can be programmed and hooked to your Wi-Fi. They can learn when you are home or away and adjust the temperature. You can adjust the thermostat with your smart phone.

    Smart phones can do a huge number of tasks from making phone calls, storing information, reminding you to do any number of things. They have calendars, timers, alarms, calculators, cameras plus more. A smart phone is actually a full-fledged computer that you put in your pocket! They can connect to any number of devices using your wi-fi.

    Home Security System – smart sensors and security cameras can be set up inside or outdoors. With wi-fi we can see if anyone or anything is out there. Used indoors our loved ones can see if we are ok, up and about. They can track activity, the fridge door, the medicine cabinet. Some you can even talk to.

    Smart speakers are great because they respond to our voice. We can ask “what time is it” “play the Beatles” “what’s the joke of the day” or any question. Of course, the speaker is not going to always know the answer. The speaker can remind you to take your meds, an appointment, etc.

    Timers – as simple as turning the living room light on every evening and then again in the morning. To those passing by it looks as if someone is home. For us its light when we get up and go to bed and reduces the change of tripping.

    Smart TVs – who knew!! I can now talk to my TV. I don’t even need to know the channel that the game is on. I just say, “Patriots game” and it shows me. The TV also shows me who’s calling me on my phone before the phone rings.

    Emergency pendants – We all remember “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” commercials now they can also detect falls. The device knows if you fall and alerts the company. Plus, we can activate these devises, tell them what has happened and get help.

    Tracking chips can be attached to the dog’s collar, so we know where he ran off to. Put on our key rings so we can find them, and we can have them in our loved one’s pocket so if they get lost, we can find them. We could even attach it to their smart phone, emergency pendant or key ring even.

    Smart pillbox – medicine reminders, dispensers – notifies a smart phone if you forgot to take your pills or if you take the wrong ones. And who doesn’t forget to take their meds from time to time!

    Now why might I need some of these things?

    To be and feel safe

    To be able to get help if I need it

    To be independent

    Not such bad things….

    Now let’s reassess how we feel about all of this…..

    Tuesday, March 19th- AARP Driver Safety- Smart Driver Course

    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    The AARP Smart Driver Course (formally Driver’s Safety) is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of older drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior.

    And the best part? There are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep you safe on the road! You may get an insurance discount after taking this course! Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates! Please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts available to you.

    Cost: $15 AARP Members     $20 AARP Non-Members

    Pay by check or cash on the day of the class

    AARP Driver Safety- Smart Driver Course

    Tuesdays: March 19th, May 21st, July 23th, September 17th, November 12th

    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    The AARP Smart Driver Course (formally Driver’s Safety) is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of older drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior.

    And the best part? There are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep you safe on the road! You may get an insurance discount after taking this course! Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates! Please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts available to you.

    Cost: $15 AARP Members     $20 AARP Non-Members

    Pay by check or cash on the day of the class

    Please sign up at Reception starting January 22nd.