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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.


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.


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.

    TRIP PRESENTATION California Dreamin’

    Tuesday, January 11th at 2 pm

    Collette TRIP PRESENTATION  California Dreamin’
    Registration is necessary. Please call 860-441-6785 or stop by our front desk.


    Let us gather again for breakfast! Enjoy a hot breakfast
    while socializing with other great people.
    Mmm, our menu this month is sausage and biscuits,
    scrambled eggs, pastry, fruit cup, OJ and coffee/tea. Door
    prizes too. $10.00 per person – Register by Wed, Jan 5th.

    Registrations and Refunds

    Payments for all programs, events and trips are due at the time of registration. Registrations will not be taken
    without payment. No refunds for classes will be made after the second meeting of a program. A $2.00 fee is
    charged to process a refund. No fee is charged if refund is placed on account or the class is cancelled.
    For Meal Events, no refund will be given after the last date for registration (due to food having been purchased
    for the event). A refund will be given if staff find a person to replace you.. For Day Trips, a refund will only be
    given if a person can replace you.

    We are now THRIVE55+

    Groton Senior Center is adopting a new identity THRIVE55+ Active Living Center to better reflect the efforts to promote the healthy and vibrant lifestyles of its members and staff efforts to help older adults thrive in the community. This change is a result of a 2019 research study of perceptions and barriers to using the Senior Center. This study showed that the word “senior” had negative connotations from nonusers affecting the overall perception of its programs and services. An overwhelming majority of survey participants supported removing “senior” from the organization’s title, and suggested branding that reflects the activities and community services offered. Based on the recommendations of the survey, the rebranding of the center was an appropriate step to shift perceptions and ultimately better align with available center services. For at least six months the brand will have the tag line “powered by the Groton Senior Center” before transitioning fully to the new name alone. This will allow time for people to adapt to the new name but also know that it is still the same staff who will continue with the quality programs that are offered. Below is an explanation of the new brand. Both the research of perceptions and barriers and the new branding and renaming efforts were paid for by the center’s fund balance and not from taxpayer dollars. If you have any questions, you can contact Mark Berry or Mary Jo Riley.

    HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Wednesday, December 15th

    Wednesday, December 15th is our annual CLUB 55 HOLIDAY LUNCHEON at 11:30 am. We have the always entertaining Ledyard High School Carolers visiting to perform for us! This is always a wonderful time for all!!

    Menu: beef short rib, stuffed sole w/ scallops and crabmeat, gravy, twice stuffed potatoes, roasted garlic butter mushrooms, broccoli normandy, roll, apple dumpling, eggnog, & coffee/tea

    If you have not signed up yet today at 4 pm is the deadline to do so.

    $15.00 member    $20.00 non member