Enhanced Benefits Checkup Counseling is BACK!!

Senior Resources Enhanced Benefits Checkup Coordinator, Lori Napolitano will be taking appointments here at Groton Senior Center twice a month on Tuesdays the following dates:

April 19th

May 3rd

May 17th

June 7th

June 21st

  • Screenings are appropriate for those seeking State/Federal Program assistance as well as Medicare Counseling.
  • Clients can be scheduled regardless of where they live in CT.  If an appointment is not available at the town they reside, clients will can schedule at another location.
  • Clients must come prepared for their appointment. Failure to come prepared impacts the client negatively.

Call 860-441-6785 to schedule.



As a rider on the Senior Center transportation, the center provides a low cost ride to medical appointments and shopping for $2.00 a ride.  Due to the time it takes to process the payments, the center is going to a prepay card system.  One can purchase a ten ride card for $20 which will then be punched by the driver when you arrive for your ride.  These cards will be good until all ten rides are punched then you can purchase another card.

We will be transitioning to using only these cards by January 1, 2016.  You have several options for purchasing a card.  When at the senior center, you can purchase a card at the front desk.  You can mail a check for $20 to the center with a note what it is for.  Be sure to put your driver’s license information on the check.  Or you can purchase the card over the phone (860)441-6785  and use a credit card for payment.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to call Mary Jo at 860-441-6636 or Cindy Morrison at 860-441-6623.

Transportation Information page

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    Get a Job – Content by Judy

    Now’s the time! Companies are hiring! Big and small. Full time and part time.

    Just figure out what are you looking for? Do you want to do the same type of work you did before? Do you want to do something totally different? Do you want something to keep you busy and get you out of the house? Maybe find a job that goes along with your hobby?

    Do you want to work just part of the year? If so, retail hiring for the holidays, garden centers, landscape companies.

    Check out schools. They are hiring nurses’ aides, substitute teachers, Paraprofessionals, bus monitors, and office staff.

    Do you like wine and know a lot about it? Check out the area wineries and see if they have seasonal openings.

    What about the golf course? Work part-time and maybe play for free. The same with a gym, maybe.

    What population would you like to work with? Kids? Maybe a day care or a school? Be a nanny.

    With food? How about a restaurant or a bakery??

    Maybe you want to work in a big box store and take advantage of the discount they give to workers?

    Do you want to meet a lot of people? So, maybe a receptionist? Telemarketer??  How about a service desk clerk? Customer returns?

    What do you want from a job? Extra money? Structure? Identity? Being able to travel?

    Could the job, you are looking for be at a bank, perhaps an online job? Maybe sales where you earn commission based on the sales you make – if that is the case the sky could be the limit for your income.

    Home Care agencies are always looking to hire. So are Nursing Homes and Rehabs. Those jobs could be in the kitchen or laundry at the Nursing Home, a companion, a Certified Nurse’s Aide, taking people to appointments, maybe light housework.

    To find these jobs. Tell others you are looking. Look on Facebook. Lots of times companies post jobs there. Ask at the places you go to each week. Volunteer then get hired.

    And what about tutoring? Were you a teacher? Are you really good at math? Are you already helping some kids with remote learning?

    Right now, with what is going on with COVID, some families are looking for more one-on-one situations. You could teach using ZOOM. You could help kids figure out and organize the assignments that the schools are giving them. It can be every hard for families where both parents are working to then come home and find the time to assist their students every day. And you could be the person they need.

    Also, some families are grouping up and hiring someone to teach all the kids. This would be great if you are a retired teacher!!l

    You can easily put yourself out there on Facebook or LinkedIn with what you have to offer and then anyone interested can private massager you. Depending on what you want to do, you do not ever have to actually meet person to person. You do not even need to live in the same area. You could be in Milwaukee and the student could be in Denver.

    The time to apply is now!! Research. Develop a resume and cover letter. Even if you do not need those, they will help you rediscover your skills and talents. Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer.  And if you get rejected, do not put yourself down. It is not personal.

    Just move on to the next opportunity and “Get a Job”


     Orders can be called in starting at 9:00 am weekdays.
     At this time, we are only providing hot meals (NO soups,  sandwiches, salad bar).
     Orders will be picked up curbside- just pull up-11:30am-12:30pm.

    Weekly menu is posted on Groton Senior Center Facebook page


    Both CHOICES Health Insurance Counseling and Benefits Counseling are going to continue via phone while we continue to deal with COVID19. Please call Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 for either program.

    Senior Resources is pleased to announce the in-home version of the popular Live Well with Chronic Conditions workshop is now available to seniors in the comfort of their home without having to use technology beyond the telephone. The Active Living Everyday Toolkit can be sent directly to participants at no cost and includes a Living a Healthy Life Book, instruction booklet and exercise and relaxation CD’s. Weekly phone calls from a trained Live Well leader enhances the experience and can help to alleviate social isolation during the COVID epidemic.

    Please note there is a limited supply of toolkits. Participants must share their name, address and phone number so the toolkit can be mailed directly to them and the leader can place the weekly call. The Agency on Aging Regional Coordinator will arrange to let you know ahead of time the name of the leader. Contact Lori Rygielski, Regional Coordinator at Senior Resources at 860-997-3561 extension 127 or if interested.


    Since March we have continued to provide transportation to seniors who reside in Groton for shopping and medical appointments in Groton, New London, Waterford, Gales Ferry, Westerly, Stonington, & Mystic.
    For more information or a detailed flyer of our transportation program please call (860)441-6785 Monday through Friday.
    *Please be aware that Groton Senior Center does not provide assistance to and from the vehicle.


    Groton Senior Center in collaboration with Town of Groton Police Department, Town of Groton Recreation Division and Groton Board Of Education Offices is proud to have brought the “Community First Dinner Program” to Groton. Our own fantastic Kathy Williams spearheaded the effort and never let up in creating this program to provide dinners twice a week to families and individuals struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Offering nutritionally balanced meals to the community at ZERO cost. The meal preparation, is headed by our own Lynnsie Manza, of our Coastal Café. The meals are prepared at the center and then individually packaged to be distributed at several meal sites in Groton. At this writing, over 1,400 dinners have been provided to Groton.

    After a lot of behind the scenes work and collaboration, Kathy Williams and Jennifer Meakem scheduled numerous volunteers and the program kicked off on June 3rd. The individual dinners are packaged up, delivered and then distributed Wednesdays and Fridays between 4:30pm and 5:30pm at the following sites: St. John’s Christian Church, TVCAA on Central Avenue, Charles Barnum School /now Beacon Point Homes (Gungywamp Road). A first come, first served basis most nights we had just enough meals or ran out early! Rain or shine! 🙂

    We are proud to announce many of the weeks meals were provided generously by Children First Groton Collaborative, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Covid Relief, Pfizer, Pepsi, Utz, Hartford HealthCare, Village Market, Paul And Angela McGuirk and a very large amount of generous people of our community who have donated to this cause. THANK YOU ALL!