From the office of Stefanie D. Theroux, LCSW, Senior Services Coordinator
Happy National Senior Centers Month! Every year since 1979, the National Council on Aging has celebrated Seniors Center Week, and in 2007 the week-long celebration was extended until September.
Seniors’ centers serve as a community center for seniors, connecting them to services essential to maintain and enhance their well-being through a combination of life engagement and cognitive and physical stimulation.
One of our goals at Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is to create a physical space to help members of our community forge meaningful relationships with their peers. We offer a variety of programs and, if you haven’t stopped by recently, we would love to see you!
This month, we’ve added hearing and blood pressure screens to our calendar. Registration for exercise classes for the fall session is scheduled for September 28 and a flu clinic with our friends from the Chesprocott Health District will be held on October 1. month).
To celebrate National Seniors’ Center Month, there will be a free lasagna lunch pickup on Wednesday, September 29 and a morning movie.
Keep in mind that:
• Masks are mandatory for all indoor activities of the Senior Center and for all passengers using our transport services, regardless of their vaccination status.
• Anyone entering the building will be invited to register. Please speak to the receptionist at the front desk upon entering. Visitors are also encouraged to practice good hand disinfection and social distancing inside the building. Hand sanitizer and wipes are readily available throughout the building. Please advise staff if additional supplies are required.
• Masks must be worn by all passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of their immunization status.
• Senior Nutrition Farmers’ Market Program vouchers are available to eligible seniors. In addition, transportation will be provided to Farmer Joe’s Gardens in Wallingford on the morning of Friday September 24th. Call the transportation office at (203) 272-0047 for more details and to reserve a seat.
• Brass City Harvest pre-filled fruit and vegetable bags can be picked up on Mondays between 11:30 am and 12 noon. The registration deadline for bags is the Friday before the distribution. Call (203) 272-0047 to reserve a bag. Suggested donation is $ 3 per bag, one bag per household. Note that next week’s cast will be Tuesday, September 7 due to Labor Day.
• Take-out meals are available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:30 am and noon (no in-person meals are allowed at the Seniors Center.) For more information, see the Grab & Go menu in the upper right corner of this page.
• The Senior Center will begin accepting energy assistance requests on Wednesday September 8th.
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Discovery trip of Greece and its islands 2022: information presentation – Thursday September 9 at 1:30 p.m. Presented by Colette Travel.
Monthly reflexology with Kim – Friday September 10. Contact Laura at (860) 272-8286 or [email protected] for more information and to make an appointment.
Treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea – Monday, September 13 at 10 a.m. Join a discussion with Dental Sleep Experts of Connecticut to review oral appliance options that may be as effective as CPAP in treating obstructive sleep apnea. Registration is compulsory. Call (860) 272-8286 or email [email protected]
Simplified health insurance – Wednesday September 15 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Independent Medicare Broker Jeffrey Comen will discuss the four elements of Medicare, what’s covered, when to enroll, and what options are available. Registration is compulsory. Call (860) 272-8286 or email [email protected]
Sit online with Stefanie – Thursday September 16 at 11 am During this informal meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer all questions concerning the Senior Center. Please register by calling (860) 272-8286 or emailing [email protected]ect.org.
The Sherlock Holmes Society of Cheshire – Thursday, September 16 at 1:00 pm Please read “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Arthur Conan Doyle and “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe ”for discussion. A speaker is planned. For more information, contact Andy Tranquilli at [email protected] New members and guests are always welcome. Registration is compulsory.
Cheshire Readers’ Book Club – Tuesday, September 21 at 10:45 am The book choice this month is “The Last Wisdom Bus” by Ivan Doig. Registration is appreciated. Call (860) 272-8286 or email [email protected]
Morning of the film: “Dark Waters” – Wednesday, September 29, at 1:30 p.m. A tenacious lawyer uncovers a dark secret that links a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins. Classified PG-13. Places are limited and registration is compulsory. Call (860) 272-8286 or email [email protected]
Genealogy Information Program – Thursday, September 30 at 1:30 pm The Mattatuck Historical Society will discuss how to use the Mattatuck Library and Archive to learn more about your ancestors. Registration is compulsory. Call (860) 272-8286 or email [email protected]
Local Walking Group – Walking is a wonderful way for seniors to stay physically and mentally active. Join the locals for a walk on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail in Cheshire or the Quinnipiac Trail in South Meriden. For more information, call Marge at (203) 272-3316.
Travel opportunities for the senior center
Flyers are available for the following trips. Contact Laura Gravel, program coordinator, at (203) 272-8286.
Hawaiian adventure – From October 7 to 16 (waiting list only).
Getaway to Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey – February 22-24, 2022.
Explore Greece and its islands – April 21 to May 5, 2022. Information presentation: Thursday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m. Registration required.
With COVID-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for:
• Medical appointments in the service area
• Grocery shopping
• Personal appointments depending on availability
Race requests are accepted two weeks in advance. Any request made after 11:00 a.m. the day before a race is subject to availability.
Call Eileen at the Senior Center Transportation Office for more information and reservations: (203) 272-0047.
Out of town medical appointment schedule
Monday – Meriden
Tuesday – North Haven & Hamden
Wednesday – Wallingford
Thursday – New Haven
Friday – Southington
Race requests are accepted for out-of-town appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Bus drivers now accept cash donations when passengers board the bus. The price is 50 cents each way for in-town trips and $ 5 round trip for out-of-town appointments.
Dial-A-Ride is available on Fridays for the Waterbury area. Details are below.
Residents of one of the seven municipalities in the Greater Waterbury Transit District (GWTD) can use the Dial-A-Ride service free of charge. The service is limited to a particular day of the week for each municipality due to limited resources. Dial-A-Ride serves Cheshire on Fridays.
To be eligible to use the Dial-A-Ride GWTD transportation service, a passenger must be:
• 60 years or older OR
• a disabled person AND
• a resident of Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Waterbury, Watertown or Wolcott.
An application must be completed and returned to the designated address to begin using GWTD Dial-A-Ride services. Applications can be obtained by calling the Cheshire Senior Center Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047.
Reservations must be made at least two days before a trip, and can be made up to 14 days before each trip. Runners can call the phone number on their ID card between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to plan a trip.
Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Please let the dispatcher know if you will require assistance or if you will be bringing a personal care attendant.