Virtual Presentations

    The Elmwood and West Hartford Senior Centers are generously sharing their online classes and presentations for our Members to join!

    Harry Truman: Keeping the “Cold War” Thurs., July 9th, 16th & 23rd  3:00p.m.

    This 3-week set of lectures will focus on one of America’s most consequential and controversial presidents in recent US history, Harry Truman.  From the Berlin airlift to the Marshall Plan to the Korean War and the Red Scare of the McCarthy era, Truman presided over a nation finding its way out of World War II and creating foundations for the coming struggle, the Cold War.

    Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the link.

    An Invitation to Mindfulness Wed., July 15th  1:00p.m.

    What are you thinking about right now?  Dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future?  An Invitation to Mindfulness presents an opportunity for you to learn how sweet it is to live in the present moment and use new ways to work with challenges and difficulties.

    Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Estate Planning – What You Need to Know. Thurs., July 16th  10:00a.m.

    Attorney Ruth Fortune will explain estate planning basics, including: What is the difference between a Will and a trust?  Do you need a power of attorney?  What are health care directives?

    Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the link.

    How our Pets Keep Us Alive and Well Wed., July 22nd  1:00p.m.

    Audrey B. Carlson, a public speaker, writer and owner of the Happiness Club in Hartford, CT will present a talk on how our pets can play a positive role in our lives.  Audrey will tell stories of how animals teach us unconditional love, forgiveness and how to tap into that forgotten kid in all of us . Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Guide Dogs and the Positive Impact On a Sight Impaired Person Thurs., July 23rd  1:00p.m.

    William DeMaio, gives a firsthand presentation about his personal need for a guide dog presented to him by the organization Fidelco.  Having a guide dog has changed his life giving him independence. He will explain how someone can become a puppy raiser for Fidelco.  This is a feel-good story and an opportunity to hear what a difference a guide dog can make in a blind person’s life.

    Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Highlights of Hill Stead Museum. Tues., July 28th  1:00p.m.

    Join us for a 30-minute zoom presentation by Hill-Stead Museum featuring an up-close look at select works of art from their collection. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentation.  Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the Zoom invitation.

    If you have any questions, need help using Zoom, or would like more suggestions for additional online programs, please call or email Hilary.


    Yoga and Chair Yoga with Carol Klammer on Zoom

    Carol is currently offering Chair Yoga on Mondays & Thursdays at 1:30p.m. and floor based Yoga classes on Mondays at 5:00p.m. and Thursdays at 3:00p.m.  Classes are offered on Zoom but first you need to register on Carol’s Mind Body website (link above).  On the website, use the “weeks” button to scroll through to find the date and class you want to sign up for.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register and select your class.  Classes are free but Carol is accepting donations through her website.  Contact Carol with any questions:

    You can also email Hilary to have website link emailed to you.


    Chair Strength & Balance with Kelly Harper on YouTube

    This Strength & Balance video is a chair based class using a small workout ball.  It’s a great 11 minute workout for anyone to try and it is free on YouTube.  The best part of the video (well…besides the great workout) is a brief visit from Kelly’s pet cat Ferdinand!  YouTube link above or email Hilary to have the YouTube link emailed to you.


    AARP Driver Safety- Smart Driver Course **ONLINE CLASS**

    Take the AARP Driver Safety Smart Driver Course online in the comfort (and safety) of your own home and still receive the same auto insurance discount as the in-person class!  The 4-hour online class can be taken at your own pace and does not have to be completed all at one time.  Do as much or as little as you want until all 4 hours are complete.  The class is available any time of the day or night!

    The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older.  You may get an auto insurance discount after taking this course.  Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates!  Please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts available to you from taking this class. 

    Go to for more information and to take the class.

    Use coupon code DRIVINGSKILLS for 25% off 

    Coupon code expires on 7/31/2020

    If you have already signed up to take an in-person class and now decide to take the class online,

    please call the Senior Center so we can take your name off the in-person class list!


    Renter’s Rebate Program

    Assistance is available over the phone to apply. 

    No in-person appointments at this time.

    Please contact the appropriate person (below) for more information.

    A program for low income elderly (65+) or disabled individuals who have rented in CT in 2019 and have not applied for the homeowners Circuit Breaker Program.  Program open through October 1, 2020.

    Income Limits: Single: $37,000 yearly or less   

    Couple: $45,100 yearly or less

    For assistance, please call:

    Norwich residents, 55 and older call the Rose City Senior Center at (860) 889-5960.

    Ask for Carolyn’s voicemail and leave a message.  Carolyn will call you back.

    If you are under 55 and a Norwich resident, call Norwich Human Services at (860) 823-3778.

    If you reside in Senior Housing, please call your

     Resident Services Coordinator at your housing complex for information.