Do any of us know what to call this time we are now living? I can’t figure it out myself. I just know I’ll never live a ‘normal’ life again. That was before COVID. Now I just know things a different and I need to create the life I want to live.
Things will be different because we are different. But how do we want this new ‘different’ to look? Should we be making a new plan? Finding new avenues? Reassessing those things we wanted but didn’t do before?
My husband and I started a list several months ago of things we were going to do after COVID. On it I added go to bars. My husband said, “But we don’t go to bars!” “No, but we’re going to start because it’s something new and different. Who knows we might even like them!” So, we’ll see…
That’s sort of a silly example of trying something new. Going somewhere we might be uncomfortable. Experiencing a new environment. But it will get us engaged in a new way and who knows we might even make new friends or find people we used to know.
I want all of you to experience that new day. A new start. For you to act and move forward. Even if you don’t know what ‘IT’ is. Work on ‘IT’. Figure ‘IT’ out. Make a plan. Pick a day of each week to try something new.
It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee in a new place. You’re not alone. There will be others looking for the same things you are looking for. Say hello as you walk by. You just need to get out there.
The next day maybe go for a walk. Then reach out and ask someone to go out to eat or visit a museum. Even if they can’t go then, see if they want to meet up another time. I can almost guarantee they do! They are lonely too. Invite a few friends and family over for a game night or a cookout. Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Put yourself out there. Volunteer. Go to the library. Join the gym. Sign up for a class at the Senior Center.
And if a few things don’t go as you thought they would, remember it’s ok. You’re trying. Finding a new path can be hard and it will take time. But you just might end up in a totally different place than what you thought you wanted. And it can be even better than you ever imagined!!
So be sure to remember aging is a privilege. A time to explore. A time for growth. A time make new connections with new people and places.
As we travel into this new world don’t forget to reinvent yourself and your life!!
You need to be a registered Member of the Senior Center to take part in any activities, classes, or utilizing any rooms in the Senior Center. This includes using our Hairdresser, Massage Therapy and transportation services. If you have any questions, please call us (860) 889-5960.
This year, we are asking all Members to fill out a Membership Form to update their Membership information regardless of whether your Membership will be carried over from 2020.
In-Town Membership (Norwich Residents) is a suggested $25.00 per year
Out-of-Town Membership is $40.00 per year
Please stop by Reception to update your Membership or call for an application to be mailed to you.
If you renewed your Membership in 2020 and did not use any of our services (such as transportation) in 2020 during our closure, your 2020 Membership will be transferred to cover your 2021 Membership.
If you renewed your Membership in 2020 and used any of our services in 2020, your Membership will not be transferred to 2021 and you will need to renew your Membership to remain a Member.
In addition, we are asking all Members to fill out a Membership Form to update their Membership information regardless of whether your Membership is transferred to 2021 or not.
Starting July 6th, we will be fully open and will resume almost all our programming (see page 5 for changes). It has been a long almost 16 months since we can say we are completely open.
The majority of restrictions have been dropped with the exception of unvaccinated individuals or those not fully vaccinated need to continue to wear a mask, at all times, while in the Senior Center.
In addition, ALL individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask if you are using our transportation services or in our Health Clinic receiving services from Dr. Walter, Nurse Rebecca or Nurse Leonna per the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office.
When you return, you will first notice the nice new smiling face at the Reception Desk. Melissa joined our team in September and is doing a fantastic job with all that we are throwing at her. Please stop by to meet her when you are here and remember, most of this is still new to her.
Hilary has been busy shuffling schedules around as the situation has been very fluid. She continues to do a great job on the newsletter and will look forward to planning some trips (hopefully in the fall). Please bear with her as she fills the schedule with enjoyable activities.
Our drivers have done such great work throughout the pandemic, providing safe transportation, bring our seniors shopping, shopping for our seniors, delivering weekly meals and all sorts of other errands to keep our seniors safe and healthy. We have two new per diem drivers that we added as well; Joanne Trainor and Olivia Davis joined us this spring.
Carolyn continues to put her valuable skills to work assisting many of our seniors with all sorts of services and solutions to issues they face on a daily basis.
Natalie Lindberg, Benefits Counselor, retired in the Spring and will be missed tremendously
As we look forward to this Summer, we will work hard to provide a safe and enjoyable time for all of you while at the Senior Center. By all means, if you have suggestions for us, please share.
We look forward to seeing you this summer and getting over this hump. Again, we will strive to keep you all safe and healthy. ~ Respectfully, Mike