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.

    Tuesday, November 9th at 1:00pm- Presentation: Raised Bed Gardening

    Free of Charge
    One positive outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic is an increased number of home gardens devoted to vegetables
    and ornamentals. You may have a picture in mind when you hear the term “Raised Bed” and it will probably fit
    into at least one of the many forms of raised beds.
    We’ll talk about the size and style of raised bed that fits your needs, the soil or growing medium to use, how to
    organize your planting, and steps to take through the growing season. Whether you are solely a vegetable or
    ornamental grower there’s a benefit to using raised beds for your gardening needs.

    BIO AND THE MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM Ray Hasson is an advanced Master Gardener having taken the UConn Master Gardener course after retiring from a Navy and civilian career. He developed a passion for gardening while growing up in Bermuda. The English school system he attended while his father was stationed there included class time devoted to gardening. He has tried his hand at having a vegetable, or at least tomato, garden wherever he’s lived. He held off taking the Master Gardener course until he could devote his time to the course. Which was NOT what he expected and he jokingly says he’s embarrassed about constantly telling Sister Mary-Margaret that Latin was a dead language. Ray volunteers both in the New London County Extension office in Norwich and in community outreach programs. He and all certified Master Gardeners help local gardeners and to a limited extent farmers and orchardists in identification of insects, diseases, plants, and answer their questions about how to grow or control the plants on their property. You will also see Master Gardeners at fairs, farmers markets, schools, and other locations providing important information about the things that grow in Connecticut. They raise public knowledge about invasive plants and insects. Some of those, Emerald Ash Borers, and Spotted Lantern Flies can have a significant impact on the state’s trees, agriculture, and farm workers.

    Friday, November 19th at 1:00 pm- DECK THE HALLS AND VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT

    Please won’t you assist us in decking the halls? Come join us for afternoon refreshments and entertainment while we celebrate our amazing volunteers and decorate our Center together. Please help us spruce up for the upcoming holiday season. You can bring your own ornaments /decorations or use ours to decorate for the festivities. All are welcome for a Jolly time! RSVP 860-441-6785

    Thursday, November 4th and Monday, December 13th- OATS Hikes

    OUTDOOR ACTIVE TRAVELING SENIORS(55+) is a group with a shared interest of being outdoors and adventure who happen to be 55 and older. Interested? Email colsen@grotonct.gov or call 8604416623.

     

    UPCOMING HIKES:

    Thursday, November 4th Hoffman Evergreen Preserve with Avalonia Land Conservancy

    Monday, December 13th 1 pm Copp Family Park approx. 3+ miles

    Registration is required for any OATS outingplease call 8604416785.