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.

    July- FROM THE DESK OF MARY JO RILEY

    Welcome Back! We have been waiting so long to say that to you all. We know that some of you are still
    concerned with COVID even with the vaccines. Please be assured that we continue with our extensive cleaning and
    we encourage you to wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable.
    Staff have been diligently working during this past year on virtual programming,
    drive through events and parking lot events. We also have received grants or
    Project Lifesaver a program for persons with dementia/Alzheimer’s who
    wander. This is a police search and rescue program using radio bracelets. Also we
    will continue Community First Meals once a month through the summer. This
    program created by Kathy Williams has received national recognition with a
    Program of Excellence award from the National Institute of Senior Centers.
    One of the unfortunate realities from the pandemic is that finances at the center
    are going to be very tight for the next few years. You will see that class prices have
    gone up slightly to keep up with increased costs. Pricing has not increased for
    many years at the center and we had hoped not to do this. Please feel free to speak to me if you are feeling the
    financial burden and we can discuss options for you.
    We have also had to say goodbye to several instructors due to the pandemic. Julie Oliver, fitness instructor/
    personal trainer, Liz McGee, watercolor instructor and Carol Dunn, Zentangle instructor have moved on to
    other things. We wish them all well.
    Again, we are so happy to see you all and hope you enjoy being back at the center.

    SUMMER 2021 REGISTRATION AND PROGRAMS- July 6 to August 28

    Summer session – July 6 to August 28
    NO MAKEUP TIME

    Residents register beginning June 7
    Nonresidents register beginning June 14

    Registration Deadline – Please register before the first
    week of class. Classes not meeting the minimum will
    be cancelled for the session.

    Register ONLINE at www.GrotonRec.com/Discover55

    Everyone needs a face cover!

    O.A.T.S. OUTDOOR ACTIVE TRAVELING SENIORS (55+)

    A group with a shared interest of being outdoors and adventure who happen to be 55 and older. Interested?
    Email colsen@groton-ct.gov Registration required –for any OATS outing- please call 860-441-6785.

    KAYAKING PROGRAM
    We are partnering with our brother division – Recreation- to make this happen
    again. We shall start on June 29th and meet every other week. (June 29, July 13, 27,
    August 10 and 24) We go out on Beebe Cove. Depending upon our group’s level
    of experience we may even go out on to the Mystic River. We provide the kayaks
    and the life jackets-if you prefer to bring your own that is welcome. You MUST be
    signed up for this program prior to participating. Please RSVP at 860-441-6623 or
    email colsen@groton-ct.gov

    HIKING Thursday, July 15th 9:00 am Bluff Point State Park. We meet there by
    the BPSP large sign. We will walk/hike the approx. 3.4mi – the main loop.

    Wednesday, July 14 at 11am and August 11 at 1pm- Medicare 2021 Presentation

    We’re offering an educational event to review Medicare and how it can impact you and if you’re getting all the
    benefits you qualify for. We’ll be discussing the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Supplements,
    Medicare Advantage and Prescription drug plans. The state assistance qualifications for the Medicare Saving
    Program will be covered and who fits into which tier. We’ll also review how the Part D coverage gap or
    doughnut hole works and how the Insulin Saving program can impact your annual drug cost. This event is being
    facilitated by Senior Health and Retirement Service, located in Clinton CT.