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.

    Chili Cook Off October 24

    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.

    EXTENDED TRIPS 2021

    Here is a quick glimpse at our 2021 trips with Collette.
     Southern Charm Feb. 14 2021
     Hawaiian Adventure Feb. 25 2021
     Spotlight on New Orleans April 17 2021
     Shrines of France Sept. 2 2021
     Exploring South Africa Oct. 2021
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    Please join us Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 1 pm
    at Sutton Park Large Pavilion to learn about our February 2021 Collette trips.      RSVP 860-441-6785
    – Masks will be required and Safe distancing will be adhered to-
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    Call 860-441-6623 or email cmorrison@groton-ct.gov for detailed flyer.

    We Have A Dream 2020 event Friday, August 28

    Please join us August 28th, the Groton Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI) will host its inaugural event: We Have a Dream 2020 at 5:30 pm, in the Groton Public Library’s Courtyard. (free)

    In recognition of the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic speech, the event is a showcase of dynamic local voices honoring Dr. King’s speech through various genres such as poetry, song, and oration. The event carries particular significance this year given today’s social climate.

    Attendance is limited to 100 persons and therefore registration is required. COVID-19 social distancing practices will be implemented and masks are mandatory. Register online at https://register1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/ctgroton.wsc/search.html?interfaceparameter=webtrac_1&module=ar&primarycode=219909#top  You can also register by calling us.

    The event ill also be live streamed and recorded to be shown on our local public access GMTV channel as well as GMTV YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBk-9Ahudi4nbh26x3jZxlA

    WHAT’S COOKING DURING COVID19?

    Lamont Hill, our Coastal Café Chef, has worked here at Groton Senior Center since 1996. In 2013 he became our Food Service Supervisor. To say he misses the daily interactions with our patrons during COVID19 is an understatement. He especially appreciates and misses the “straight forwardness of our seniors”. We sat with Lamont between all his meal prepping, cooking and planning to hear more.
    Planning meal options for a household is a task many of us know is difficult. So take a moment to think about planning weeks ahead. It is quite a feat! Now add in a 2020 national pandemic in which ordering food supplies becomes extremely tricky. As Lamont told us, “either the companies were out of stock or utilizing different brands of product we were used to” so it became an even bigger challenge for Lamont, Lynnsie and Steve to make all those delicious meals we are now enjoying as Take Out Meals.

    Since March 17th our Coastal Café staff has been busy “making inexpensive nutritional meals and then adding desserts or breads where we can”. Let’s talk numbers for a minute. In all of 2019, the kitchen did a total of 3,019 takeout meals. Since COVID19, he and his crew have made 3,581 take out meals! This surpasses their total Take Out numbers for 2019 big time!

    Take Out Meals have been greatly received during the “lockdown” of the center during COVID19. Orders are taken 9:00 to 10:30 am (see page 3). Our phones are a ringing like crazy at the front desk and the numbers show it- most days selling out before 10 am. Then the front desk ladies report to the kitchen how many meals are needed for pick up and delivery (within Groton). That leaves the amazing kitchen staff a small window to get an average of 60 meals ready for pick up to begin at 11:30 am. PHEW!

    Lamont told us “a large perk of this has been the growth of the our customer base”. We have had many new faces participate in the Take Out Meals. Groton Senior Center plans to continue the Take Out Meals until further notice. Which means until our beloved patrons are allowed to dine in house again.
    Well Done Lamont, Lynnsie and Steve! And THANK YOU!!

    OLD SCHOOL PEN PAL PROGRAM

    SUMMER 2020 PEN PAL PROGRAM
    Enough of all the virtual programs!? We are going “old school” this summer for our partnership with the Groton Public Library Teen Scape Program and running a PEN PAL Program. Teens and Seniors (55 plus) will apply to be part of the program. All letters will be vetted through GLP and GSC so no addresses are shared.

    Safely socializing through the form of letters, we are aiming at 20 participants- 10 pairings. This will be a 7 week program with a minimum commitment of one letter a week to participate. To be considered to be part of the Summer 2020 Pen Pal Program, anyone 55 plus may call Cindy at 860-441-6623 or email colsen@groton-ct.gov.