The Woodbridge Center – December 2021 • Woodbridge Town News

Are you over 55 years old? Contact the Woodbridge Center: Call 203-389-3430 or email for information and registration for all programming.

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Time to go forward: As the year draws to a close and we look back on 2021, the center has had its challenges: adapting to the ongoing pandemic by trying to balance programs and services with the safety of all, the flood damage to the center and the subsequent relocation of offices and Programs, and the hardest part was losing many of those who were part of the center. Despite these adversities, we continue to come together to support one another. Just last month, thanks to the generosity and support of four Woodbridge sponsors, the center hosted a delicious Thanksgiving drive-thru lunch: Coachman Square in Woodbridge, The Linden in Woodbridge, The Willows, and The Woodbridge Police Union. Many residents also made generous donations. In addition, Julie Averbach, a Yale student with double degrees in art history and psychology, offered two fascinating and well-attended virtual art tours of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and clients made beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces in a workshop offered by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Center. This month the Woodbridge Child Center preschool class donated beautiful handcrafted snowflake ornaments to distribute to the center’s customers, and the Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Holiday Drive-Thru in its entirety. The center thanks everyone who has contributed to the center throughout the year, whether through donations, volunteer work, or kind gestures – all of these are appreciated and will be what the center builds on in 2022 to be a dynamic, welcoming center for the To create the future all over again.

Get started in 2022 with these new programs focused on your health (Not sure if a fitness class is right for you? Try a free class!)

Balance / flexibility class: Wednesdays from January 12th, 9-10 a.m. in the Gym Center Building. Led by Michele Tenney, this class welcomes all levels of fitness to improve the balance and flexibility needed through a combination of exercises, core work and stretching. Please bring your yoga mat and yoga belt. (Yoga straps are available from the instructor for $ 10.) The 8-week session fee is $ 40.

This will strengthen your shoulders and avoid injuring the rotator cuffJanuary 14th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Zoom and on WGATV channel 79. Just in time for snow shoveling and spring training, Kyle Branday, MSPT, of Amity Physical Therapy will discuss shoulder movement mechanics, injuries in general, and what to do to avoid shoulder dysfunction, pain, and the dreaded rotator cuff repair. No fee.

Evidence-based lifestyle change program (diabetes prevention): January 18, from 1 am to 2 pm, in the Center Building, room 16. An information event will take place in the first class to discuss the program in detail and to answer questions. This program is made available with an annual value of $ 1,200 FREE for everyone over 60 years of age as it is sponsored by the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) and the nonprofit Monitor My Health (MMH) to promote good health. The program includes 22 weekly coaching sessions on healthy eating, physical activity, weight loss, stress management, diabetes prevention, and more. You will also attend one-on-one sessions with a registered nutritionist and learn new recipes and skills on how to prepare healthy, balanced meals that can help prevent or treat various health conditions. The program takes place on Tuesdays, starting the following Tuesday, January 25th, from 1 to 2 a.m. in the center building, room 16. Call the center to register (203-389-3430).

and these ongoing programs

Aerobics class with Laura Richling: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11am, in the Center Building gym. Come and enjoy a full aerobic, cardio and weight training session to a variety of music. Bring your own 1 or 2 pound hand weights, if you have one, for class. There is a $ 3 fee at the start of each class.

Pickleball: Monday to Friday, 12.30pm-3.30pm, in the Center Building gym. New players please register by phone. All levels are welcome. Call for more information.

Targeted strength training with Michele Tenney: Mondays, 9-10 a.m., in the Center Building gym. This exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to improve balance, stability, and flexibility. Tapes can be purchased from the lecturer. The course fee is $ 40 for an 8 week session. The next session started on December 13th (no classes on December 27th) and will be prorated as needed.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo: Fridays, 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., in the Center Building gym. Who says exercise can’t be fun? This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscle condition, flexibility and balance. No previous Zumba experience is required. The fee is $ 30 for a 6 week session. The next meeting begins on January 24th, proportionally as required.

Hobbies / Social:

Computer laboratory is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Computers are available for two hours per day / person. Two person limit in the computer room. Printing is possible (the first 5 pages free of charge). Pre-registration is required.

Craft group: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., in Café The Center. Bring your current knitting or crochet project to work on while you have a good time socializing.

Painting for pleasure with Carole Abbate: Discover a new hobby for the new year – the next session starts on January 10th! Monday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Café The Center. You will enjoy creating your own paintings as Carole helps beginners to advanced learners to paint with acrylic or watercolor. Paint the motif of your choice – bring a postcard or photo for inspiration. Call to sign up for this 6 week course for $ 36.

AAA Driver Improvement Class, January. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Members and non-members can potentially lower their auto insurance bills while improving their driving skills by signing up for AAA’s Driver Improvement Program, which teaches the fundamentals of defensive driving and provides up-to-date driving practice updates. The location is in the Woodbridge Library meeting room – space is limited. No costs. Pre-registration is required.

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 pm-4:00pm: Do you need help navigating on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone? Not sure where to start? Would you like to learn more about which features you are not using? Call 203-389-3430 to sign up for a 1: 1 session in the center’s computer room with patient, knowledgeable Amity High School volunteers. No fee.

transport Doctor’s appointments are available from the age of 60 or with a disability from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a few exceptions. Transportation to grocery shopping and picking up from pharmacies is also available. Call to arrange transportation by car or wheelchair accessible van. The vehicles are cleaned between each use. Masks are compulsory.

Meals: Seniors can reserve healthy, balanced, snap-frozen meals containing protein, starch, vegetables, and fresh fruits $ 5.25 / meal. Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday. Choose from a variety of options including Chicken Parmesan, Crab Stuffed Sole, Eggplant Rollatini, Meatloaf, Vegetable Frittata, and Fresh Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast. Meals include a bread roll, fresh fruit and dessert. There is a minimum order of two meals.

Frozen soups are available for $ 1.50 per 10 ounces. Container. The varieties include: Italian Wedding, Beef Orzo, Matzo Ball, Broccoli and Cheddar, Chicken Noodle and many more. Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Looking for company? Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429 to arrange a friendly visit.

Medical credit locker: Durable medical equipment can be borrowed, including rollators, wheelchairs, knee rolls, shower chairs, and more. Call for details.

Job bank: Residents can call Nancy Pfund, Youth Welfare Office at 203-389-3429 to request a student assistant. Now plan helpers for shoveling snow and more.

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