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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…

 

 

 

 

 

    CONTENT BY JUDY – Independence equals Freedom

    When we think about our own independence, we often equate that independence with our day to day living. Can we get to the store, to work, to school? Is the weather a problem? Will there be a traffic issue? Am I running late?

    And with our day to day living we sometimes forget that Independence equals freedom, and, in this country, we have an abundance of freedoms. We can speak out. We vote.  We are free to worship as we choose. We can assemble when and where we want. We can move about as we choose.

    We are very fortunate to live in the United States and have these privileges.

    But back to our personal independence.

    I found the definition of independence to be – the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people (Cambridge Dictionary)

    Now how silly is that – of course we are influenced by others – the news is just one example. And we are helped by other people on a regular basis. And who might they be – the doctor, your lawyer, your neighbor, a friend. Someone holds the door for you. They are helping you.

    But there are the times when that independence is compromised.

    Our personal independence can become very limited if say the car breaks down. We have a sick child at home. Our eyesight fails. We don’t react as quickly as we once did. A car, the insurance, gas, etc. becomes unaffordable.

    Our mobility. Our ability to get around can really define our life style. Our world can get very small if we no longer have the freedom to get about as we choose.

    What do we do then? How do we get places? What are the resources available to us?

    Who can I ask for a ride? Do I have too much self-pride to ask? What about shopping and all those appointments I have?

    Enable yourself to ask and to find out what resources are out there. Visit or call your Senior Center. Call 211. Use SeniorCenterCt.org. Ask at your Church. If you are a veteran or member of an organization, see if they give rides. And don’t overlook asking your family and friends. They probably would love to send more time with you.

    But remember you need to be flexible and fit what you want and need into someone else’s schedule. You don’t have to go shopping on Tuesday and running errands on Wednesday. Look at this all as a change in your life style – not that you lost your freedom. Embarrass your new methods of mobility as an adventure!

    “Spotlight”- Mirna Bayona

    Words just don’t seem to exist that explain how much we love and appreciate you, Ms. Mirna!  You are incredibly kind and helpful to everyone. You have the sweetest heart and are always so gracious!  It’s tremendously heartwarming to witness the way you go out of your way for others!

    We feel such warmth and happiness each time we see you!

    You are very loved, Ms. Mirna!

     

    Friday, April 26th- Birthday Celebration

    Singer: Kate Stone

    Come join us for cake and entertainment to celebrate our members who had birthdays in April!

    Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm

    Movie Schedule for the month April

    Friday, 4/12 – PATRIOTS DAY – Starring Mark Wahlberg; Based on the Boston Marathon Bombing

    Thursday, 4/18 – RISEN – Starring Joseph Fiennes; Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

    Friday, 4/26 – ROBIN AND 7 HOODS – Starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby; Mobster, Tax Evasion, Taking from the Rick to give to the Poor

     

    New Clubs Forming

    Let us know what you’d like to do and we’ll connect you with others who have the same interests.

    Examples: Book Club, Pinochle, Needle Art, Cribbage, Dominos, Scrabble, Drama Club, Garden Club, Glee Club.

    Contact senior center for more information.