The Woodbridge Center – January 2022 • Woodbridge Town News

Are you over 55 years old? Contact the Woodbridge Center: Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information on all programs.

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Email Blasts: Things are changing fast – please make sure you’re on our email blast list for updates on the Woodbridge Center. Call the center at 203-389-3430 to register.

COVID update in the center: All in-person programs at The Center are suspended until January 17 due to the increased COVID positivity rate. We will reassess at this time whether we can resume in-person programming.

Soup-er Sweet New Years Eve Party Drive-Thru Lunch: Celebrate the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year on February 10th with a drive-thru lunch from 12-1pm co-sponsored by Coachman Square in Woodbridge and Opal stork home care. Enjoy a choice of roast beef and Swiss cheese on a bun or turkey BLT on a croissant with a choice of Italian Wedding Soup or Chicken Rice Soup and Linzer Biscuits for dessert. For free. Please register by February 10th.

Virtual programs: 2-Day Disaster Preparedness Webinar: Tuesday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 23rd, from 12pm to 3pm. Presented by FEMA, this webinar provides information on key prevention, safety and risk reduction strategies. National and state resources available for the older population are provided. Stay tuned in or call The Center for more information.

Watching a movie: Experience the award-winning film with us Selma, Friday, February 25, at 1 p.m., in the Center Building gymnasium. Please register as space is limited. Selma is the story of a movement. The film traces the turbulent three months of 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson’s (Tom Wilkinson) signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories of the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the true story of how revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement brought about changes that changed history forever.

Start 2022 with these programs and focus on your health (Not sure if an exercise class is right for you? Try a free class!)

Evidence-Based Lifestyle Change Program (Diabetes Prevention): 18 January from 1-2pm in the center building, room 16 for an information session to discuss the program in detail and to answer questions. This $1,200 per year program is provided FREE for everyone over 60 years old as it is sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central CT (AOASCC) and the non-profit Monitor My Health (MMH) to promote good health. The program includes 22 instructor-led weekly sessions on healthy eating, physical activity, weight loss, stress management, diabetes prevention and more. You will also participate in 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 manage various health conditions. The program meets on Tuesdays beginning the following Tuesday, January 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Center Building, Room 16. To register, call the Center (203-389-3430).

FREE Aerobic Classes During Heart Health Awareness Month! Coachman Square in Woodbridge and The Center offer aerobics classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1am with Laura Richling for free (usually $3/class) for the month of February to promote heart health! Check out the course and start a healthy new fun habit that will carry you through 2022! Call the center (203-389-3430) to register as spaces are limited.

Pickle: Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the gymnasium of the center building. 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 gymnasium of the center building. This exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to improve balance, stability, and flexibility. Ribbons can be purchased from the lecturers. The course fee is $40 for an 8 week session. Join at any time – lessons are prorated.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo: Friday, 9-9:45 a.m. in the gymnasium of the center building. Who says exercise can’t be fun? This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscle conditioning, flexibility and balance. No previous Zumba experience required. The fee is $30 for a 6 week session. The next session will start on January 24th and will be prorated as needed.

Ongoing activities in the center

Hobbies/Social: Computer laboratory is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Two person limit in the computer room. Printing is possible (first 5 pages free). Pre-registration is required.

Craft Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Café The Centre. Bring your current knitting, crochet or embroidery project to work on while you enjoy quality time socializing.

Painting for fun with Carole Abbate: Discover a new hobby for the New Year – the next session starts on January 24th! Mondays 10am – 12pm, at The Center café. You’ll enjoy creating your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to advanced learners to paint with acrylics or watercolors. Paint the motif of your choice – bring a postcard or a photo for inspiration. Call to enroll in this 6 week course for $36.

Services offered: Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:00 p.m.: Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone? Not sure where to start? Want to know more about what features you’re not using? Call 203-389-3430 to schedule a 1:1 session in the center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable student volunteers from Amity High School. No fee.

transport for doctor’s appointments is available from 60 years of age or with long-term or short-term disability Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 16:00 with few exceptions. Transportation for grocery shopping, local banks and pharmacy pickup are also available. Call to arrange transportation by car or wheelchair accessible van. The vehicles are cleaned between each use. Masks are compulsory.

Meals: Healthy, balanced, quick frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available. Order by Monday noon for home delivery on Tuesday. Choose from a wide range of options including Chicken Parmesan, Lemon Dill Cod, Eggplant Rollatini, Pot Roast Beef, Vegetable Frittata and Fresh Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast. Meals include a bread roll, fresh fruit and dessert. At least two meals.

Frozen soups are available $1.50 per 10 oz. Container. Varieties include Italian Wedding, Beef Orzo, Minestrone, Harvested Vegetables, Chicken Pasta and many more. Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly visitor program: Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker at 203-389-3429 to arrange a friendly visit.

Medical Loan Room: Durable medical equipment is available for loan, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee bolsters, shower chairs, and more. Call for more information.

job bank: Residents can call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services, at 203-389-3429 to request a student assistant. Plan now for helpers for snow shovels and more.

  1. The transportation service is available to people over the age of 60 or with a long-term or short-term disability. The service is available for doctor’s appointments in 17 surrounding cities as well as for local shopping and banking for a small fee. Call for more information.
  2. The aerobics session extends after a fun workout to energetic music with Laura Richling. Enjoy FREE aerobics classes for the month of February thanks to a generous donation from Coachman Square.

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