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.

    OATS Fall 2020 Hikes

    OATS- 55+ Outdoor Active Traveling Seniors Group with Groton Senior Center

    Monday, October 5th at Bluff Point State Park hike 9:30am. We will walk the main 3.6 mile loop which varies in flat to hilly with wide trails.

    Thursday, October 22nd at 10am. Sparkle Lake Conservation Area on Thomas Road. This is a short and easy excursion into nature. A 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail.

    Due to COVID19 we are following the proper protocol with hikes:

    • Social distancing of 6 feet if not from the same household
    • Masks when in closer proximity.
    • Not Participation if you have shown symptoms.

    Registration is needed for each OATS outing.

    RSVP at 860-441-6785 or colsen@groton-ct.gov

    Friday, October 9th- DRIVE THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC

    Time: 12:30pm-2pm

    At this time, only the following insurances are covered:

    ·  Medicare Part B

    ·  Blue Cross and Blue Shield

    ·  Blue Cross and Blue Shield- Medicare

    ·  Aetna

    ·  Aetna – Medicare

     

    ** individuals must remain in their vehicles and have on a mask**

    No handling money or checks this year due to COVID.

    Limited quantities—first come, first serve.

     

    Thursday October 8th- 50’s , 60’s and 70’s Parking Lot Party

    50’s , 60’s and 70’s Parking Lot Party

    Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

     

    Please join us for safely distanced outdoor concert at Groton Senior Center back parking lot.

     $5 per vehicle

     Each vehicles party will be designated a safely distanced area (parking space) for you to set up chairs, picnic basket/cooler

    *Vehicles will not be parked near spectators.

     – carry in /carry out –

     DJ Gabe Dela Cruz JR –Live Perfomance

     Registration needed at 860-441-6785

    Rain Date October 15th

     

    Thursday, October 8th and Thursday, October 22nd-Drive In BINGO

    Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    Please join us for safely distanced outdoor Bingo

    At Groton Senior Center Side Parking Lot.

    Please Bring Your Favorite Lawn Chair

    Space Is Limited-Registration is Required by calling 860-441-6785

     

    October 24th- Chili Cook Off

    Please join us for our annual Chili Cook Off with a 2020 twist-  We will hold it outside from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

    As always, area EMS departments battle to see who makes the best chili. This year we will host the event outside to ensure safety and social distancing for all who attend.  In addition, we will have pumpkin decorating for the kids. You can also cozy up around one of the fire pits with your chili.

    $10 per person, $5 for kids 10 and under.

    This family friendly event won’t disappoint. Tickets can be purchased online at www.grotonrec.com or by calling 860-441-6785.