List of Virtual Presentations for the Month of September

    These virtual presentations are being shared by AARP, West Hartford Senior Center, Cromwell Senior Center, Fairfield Senior Center and Glastonbury Senior Center.


    • Virtual Concert: Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Wed., Sept 2nd  1:00p.m.

    The Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers strive to preserve and promote the art of the old tyme fiddling that has been passed down from generation to generation.  The live musical performance will be streamed from the Chapel at Atria Hamilton Heights .

    Pre-registration required by emailing to receive the link.


    • Stories from the Attic Wed., Sept 9th  3:00p.m.

    Join Greg Van Antwerp, a successful History Hunter who has discovered numerous documents and artifacts that are as interesting as they are rare.  Greg will share some of the more interesting artifacts he has found and the history behind them.

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    • Tour of the Wadsworth Atheneum Collections Thurs., Sept 10th  2:00p.m.

    Join us for a 75 minute docent-led virtual tour of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, founded in Hartford in 1842. You will see hand-picked pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection, go behind the scenes at the Museum’s conservation studio, and learn how you can access the special exhibition Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture.  Presented by AARP

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    • Virtual Concert: United We Stand. Fri., Sept 11th  1:00p.m.

    Join Brian Gillie as he entertains with live performance of upbeat music and patriotic songs!

    Pre-registration required by emailing to receive the link.


    • Overcoming Stress and Anxiety Using Meditation Wed., Sept 16th  6:30p.m.

    We are living in a time that feels often confusing and stressful.  Incorporating meditation in our lives can be the change that can make a big difference.  Join Dr. Matthew Raider, physician and longtime meditator, as he teaches a simple meditation technique to increase personal well-being.

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    • Exercise and Healthy Aging Thurs., Sept 24th  2:00p.m.

    Through the course of our life, our bodies change.  Our daily activities and habits shape our physiology.  Exercise can be used as a tool to help prevent and fight disease and age-related decline.  Presented by Lisa Murawski, exercise physiologist, from GoodLife Fitness.

    Call Cromwell Senior Center to register.  (860)632-3447


    • Mondays at Mystic Seaport: The Gerta III Story Mon., Sept 28th  12:00p.m.

    Mystic Seaport Museum volunteer and researcher Howard Veisz shares the extraordinary story of Gerda III, a wooden boat built in 1926 to re-supply offshore lighthouses along the Danish coast. During the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II, she took on another cargo: clandestine groups of Jewish refugees that she transported to freedom.  Presented by AARP.

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    • Emotional Lives of Persons with Dementia and their Care Partner Wed., Sept 30th  1:00p.m.

    Learn how emotions influence health for persons with dementia and their care partners.  Joan K. Monin, PhD, Associate Professor at Yale School of Public Health, will discuss effective ways in which care partners can manage their negative emotions and increase their positive emotions.

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    Up Close & Personal at Mystic Aquarium

    Join AARP CT as we virtually explore the Mystic Aquarium and their programs.  Join us for one or more of the four programs in October and you are sure to be inspired by their work in animal husbandry, conservation, research and education.  All programs are live streamed on Zoom.  An opportunity to ask questions of the Mystic Aquarium team will be a part of each event.

    • Beluga Whale Program ~ Wednesday, October 7th NOON
    • Penguin Program ~ Wednesday, October 14th NOON
    • Seal Program ~ Wednesday, October 21st NOON
    • Guided Tour of Aquarium ~ Wednesday, October 28th NOON

    Email Hilary for the link to register.  Please specify which program you are interested in.


    Up Close & Personal at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

    Join AARP CT as we virtually explore Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and how they care for their animals.  In each of the sessions, Zoo staff will explain different aspect of animal care and how all of their efforts help to protect endangered species around the world.  Join us for one or more of the four programs in October.  All programs are live streamed on Zoom with an opportunity to ask questions of the Zoo staff.

    • Animal Enrichment ~ Thursday, October 1st NOON
    • Animal Commissary ~ Thursday, October 8th NOON
    • Animal Health & Wellness ~ Thursday, October 15th NOON
    • Endangered Species ~ Thursday, October 22nd NOON

    Email Hilary for the link to register.  Please specify which program you are interested in.


    Documentary ~ Gen Silent on September 16th

    A virtual screening of the documentary “Gen Silent” is being offered by AARP CT.  Gen Silent shares the stories of LGBT older adults in Greater Boston dealing with the challenges and hopes of growing older.  Since 2010, this landmark movie has inspired a world-wide movement of LGBT and aging advocates to create a safe and welcoming community experiences for older adults and caregivers.

    Those registered will be provided a viewing link via a reminder email 24 hours in advance of the event. That link will be good for 48 hours, beginning at 1:00p.m. on September 16th, to view the documentary.

    Email Hilary for the link to register.


    Active Living with Diabetes Toolkit

    Active Living with Diabetes Toolkit is a program through Senior Resources that you do in the comfort of your own home without having to use any technology beyond a telephone.

    The toolkit will be sent to you at no cost and includes a Living a Healthy Life Book, instruction booklet, exercise and relaxation CD’s and a My Diabetes Plate magnet.  Weekly phone calls from a trained Live Well leader enhances the experience and can help to alleviate social isolation during this time.

    Participants will learn about:

    Participants must be willing to share their name, address and phone number so a toolkit can be mailed to you and have a Live Well leader contact you by phone for a weekly call.  Calls are approximately 45 minutes in length and take place conference-call style to 4-6 participants at one time.

    If you are interested, please contact Lori Rygielski, Senior Resources Regional Coordinator  OR  (860) 887-3561 ext. 127

    Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Department of Aging & Disability Services, and Senior Resources Agency on Aging.

    An evidence-based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University.

    This program supported by funds made available for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support under grant DP13-105.