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Thank you New London Seniors!    

…For all that you have done for our community this year:

Fundraising & Donations: Holiday Boot Drive, Adopt-A-Senior, School Supplies, Care Packages for Armed Service Members, Holiday Cards to Veterans, Fundraiser for Soup Kitchen, Tommy Maynard Fund Raiser, N. L. High School Scholarship, N. L. Police Department Brochure, etc.

Volunteerism: Food Pantry, Nursing Home Visits, TVCCA Kitchen, Local Beach Clean-Up, TVCA RSVP Program, Sliver Threads Boutique Thrift Shop, Jason’s Tag Sale, Books Sales and Sawing Shop Sales at the Senior Center, Trips, Bingo, Volunteer Luncheon, Pen Pals Program, Scrapbooking Project for Nursing Home Residents, etc.

Collaboration with Community Organizations: Big Event and Kids Camp (w/ N. L. Recreation Department), “Carousal “ and Senior Prom (w/ Conn. College), Lightbulb Exchange (w/ Eversource), Summer Fiesta (w/ Centro de la Comunidad).

Special Events at the Senior Center: Health Education Series, Intergenerational Programing, Holiday Gathering, Butterfly Memorial, Talent Show, Gong Show, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Breakfast…

 

 

 

 

 

    Perennials, Active Agers, Baby boomers – CONTENT BY JUDY

    Just what are we? And are you paying attention to us??

    A search for a term that doesn’t offend is taking place. Trying to avoid terms like senior citizen, retiree, elder and the elderly. The question becomes what do we call everyone 55+?

    Terms are materializing that are perhaps more appropriate and appealing.

    The term, Baby Boomer was created and has been used since all those World War II babies were being born. This group has changed and revolutionized the United States as the have passed though each phase of aging. And they will and are changing and redefining the term senior each day. Just look around – they are not stationary, boring or old.

    The title, Perennial has been around for several years now and refers to blooming again and again. And yes, we do that again and again during our lives. We become young adults striking out on our own. We become homeowners, parents. So forth and so on as we parade along the paths of our lives. Ever changing and blossoming into the “new” me.

    Active Ager is a newer term and defines seniors as young at heart, tech-loving, gym-using, trend setting, fun-seeking marketer’s dream. This term might be the best fitting so far as each generation is truly younger than the generation before them.

    Whatever term you use 55+ adults are strong, happy, healthy. They are using and buying what they choose. They want the same products all ages want and use. They are not to be overlooked as they are living longer, working longer, staying healthier and maintaining their independent as well.

    Call them what you will but remember they spend over $3 trillion on products and services each year.

    As we await the guidance on the safe reopening of senior centers from the State of Connecticut, we wanted to provide you with several updates.

    In order to continue to support you we are offering the following services:

    1. Assistance with grocery shopping for seniors.
    2. Food Pantry delivery to residents (60+) who meet income guidelines.
    3. TVCCA’s Meals-On-Wheels deliveries and “Grab-n’-Go” curbside meal distributions are deemed to be safest at this time, and will remain in force until social gathering recommendations are relaxed.
    4. Over-the-phone wellbeing checks.
    5. Over-the-phone resource counseling. For assistance, please call Marina: (860) 437-6339.
    6. Renters’ Rebate Program: For program requirements and if you have questions, please call (860) 437 – 6339.
    7. For all senior center members , are you missing the Thrift Boutique? News flash, indoor Flea Market at 133 Bank St.,  the Senior Affairs Commission is staffing a booth on the weekends (Fri & Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5). All proceeds from the senior center booth come back to the center for activities, when we reopen. Drop in and check us out. Also SAC is helping to deliver meals in New London from N.L. Schools Chef Tomm and the Whalers Helping me Whalers program.  For further information or to share ideas, concerns or ask a “senior” question text; karenannepaul@gmail.com or call 860-857-3682.  See ya all soon!

    Museums to go – Content by Judy

    As we continue down this untraveled road, we keep looking for new things to do. We often wonder what is open. What is closed? Have the hours changed? Have they gone virtual? Are they using Zoom or something like that?

    So, let’s see if we can figure some of that out… Let’s take a look at what’s going on with Museums….

    And once you start looking, I think you will find amazing opportunities!! You will be able to visit places you have only read about or learned about in school. And the visit is very real and much better than just looking at pictures!!

    One site I found – upgradepoints.com – has 75 best museum tours around the world that include art, history, science, and technology. From this site I visited…

    The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. In the main museum complex, you are able to visit all 3 stories and see 1,000’s of pieces of art plus the entire building which of course is a work of art in itself. And do not forget to look at the ceilings!! To a degree you can move around almost as if you were there. The added bonus of these virtual tours is no one is in your way!!

    Katie Bourque posted an article in March with a massive list of 30 amazing virtual tours of museums, zoos, and theme parks. I visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This tour is so clear that you can read the plaques for each display. You touch on blue arrows to move and then can zoom in for unbelievable details.

    How about going to a children’s museum?? The Minnesota Children’s Museum even has activity ideas and hands on activities you can do at home. You will have some new things to do with the kids.

    So, when you are sitting home you can travel the world and see amazing works! You can even revisit a museum you have been to years ago. See what is different and what is the same!

    And do not overlook visiting a zoo or a theme park. At many zoos you can watch livestream cameras of pandas, penguins, elephants, koalas or go on a home safari daily at the Cincinnati Zoo.

     

    All of this is a great escape!! Invite others to go with you. You can all visit the same day and conference call as you tour or even afterwards over a glass of wine. Perhaps on another day invite your grandchildren to come along as you go to the zoo.

     

    Hey, visit several art museums. Browse around. Find what you like and be inspired… Order some watercolors or acrylics and paint your own picture. You might discover you have talent or even if you do not have talent it might still be a whole lot of fun and when things are better you can take some lessons. Almost all Senior Centers have art classes. From drawing to painting to collage and more.

    So, do something different today!!

    The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]

    The spread of COVID-19 has placed a halt on so many things in our lives,
    especially our ability to travel, causing many to cancel the vacations they had
    planned. But while we may be stuck inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t have
    some new experiences in the meantime. So we’ve put together an ultimate list
    of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the
    comfort of your couch!

    Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those of us who want to imagine the joys of travel again!

    We’ve broken our list down into 4 easy to review sections, including art, natural
    history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to
    take in a painting at the Van Gogh museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the
    Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

    https://upgradedpoints.com/best-virtual-museum-tours/