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    So, What’s Going on at Senior Centers during COVID – Content by Judy

    People continue to be surprised on what is still happening in Senior Centers as we continue dealing with COVID and all of those restrictions.

    Well first off, the Senior Center Staff is still working. They are just as helpful as they were when you were there. They miss you, too!! They cannot wait for you to come in those doors!

    The staff is just as committed to serving you – it’s just that things are different

    The Senior Center phone lines are manned, and you can still get your questions answered. Call and let them know what you need help with.

    You can still sign up for Meals on Wheels, Fuel Assistance, Elderly & Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program, AARP income tax assistance, and other programs. Or get the information on how you can apply.

    You can find out which of these programs you are eligible for. Plus, any others you might be able to take advantage of.

    You can get Meals on Wheels delivered to your home.

    Most Senior Centers are still providing transportation.

    Many Senior Centers have meals you can order and pick-up curbside.

    If your local Senior Center is not distributing food, they can tell you where your closest location is.

    There are lots of virtual and Zoom classes available. The beauty of those is that you can attend events that are well out of your area. There is no need to travel to a Senior Center across the state. Just register and login on the day and time the event is happening.

    SeniorCenterCt.org has a Zoom calendar on the main landing page. Just click on the Zoom Calendar icon and you’ll find any number of things you can do.

    Here is an example of some of the virtual and Zoom classes that you might find: Tai Chi, Genealogy, Sing Along, Trivia, lectures on a number of topics, paint night, bingo and more!!

    So, call your Senior Center and see if you can pick up jigsaw puzzles, books from the Senior Center Library, or maybe even craft kits. Who knows, give them a call, and ask!!

    So even though, you might have thought your Senior Center is CLOSED, it’s not really…. It’s just that the public cannot go into the building.

    ZOOM ZUMBA- Mondays 5:30 to 6:30pm

    Must be 60+ to participate, please call the office during regular office hours to sign up! #860-848-0422.

    ZUMBA GOLD is specifically designed for senior citizens and now you get to do in the privacy of your own home – staying safe while staying active.

    Zumba Gold is the lower impact, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness class that will help keep you healthy & happy while having lots of fun!

    STRENGTH TRAINING / HEALTHY STRETCH w/Lorraine

    Monday—Strength Training 2:00 PM
    Wednesday—Strength Training 2:00 PM
    Thursday—Healthy Stretching 3:00 PM

    We are providing a ZOOM class with the Healthy Stretch and Strength Training Programs. Our regular instructor Lorraine will be teaching the class. If you are interested in participating via ZOOM for the next few months, please call and sign up with the office. We will give you the details at that time. Classes will be every Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 PM. Classes will include the Strength Training as Strength training increases muscle mass and also strengthens your bones, helps with weight management, provides relief from arthritis pain, lowers risk of injury, and improves cardiac health. You will be safely guided, by an ACE certified personal trainer, through a variety of exercise designed to increase muscular strength, range of motion, and flexibility required for everyday living at its best.” No need to sign up; just wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and come on down and take charge of your health. Classes will also include a Healthy Stretch portion of the class.
    “As we age our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of our bones and muscles causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulders, spine, and hips. Stretching is an excellent way to help relieve pain, increase flexibility, and increase range of motion to enhance our everyday life. Class is for anyone seeking to achieve the many benefits of stretching.” Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers to participate in class.

    ZOOM ZENTANGLE- TUESDAYS from 2:30 to 4:30pm

    Cost: FREE
    (Materials can be purchased at the Center FOR $10.00 KITS or you can bring your own)
    Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Learn to relax (the “ZEN” part) while creating beautiful, repetitive, design work (the “TANGLE” part). You will learn a variety of “tangles” (patterns) and combine them in your own unique way. IT’s easy to learn, and the best part is that you don’t need to have any drawing skills to do this! Each intricate design is broken down in easy to follow steps that guarantee a successful and unique piece.

    Please register in front office during regular office hours.

    RAFFLE TIME w/ CAITLIN

    Want to have a little fun while stuck home and staying safe and healthy—how about a weekly raffle?  Call #860-848-0422, speak with Caitlin OR email her at MontvilleSeniors@montville-ct.org and you can sign up for our weekly raffle—Raffle Prizes will be dropped off at “winners” home each week!  Our weekly raffle will start on Mondays for that week— “winners” picked each Friday of the week!  You can have some fun with us at the Montville Senior Center, even while staying home and safe!