You’re invited to a complimentary lunch presentation, “Medicare A and B: To What Are You Entitled?” Sponsored by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, this presentation takes place on Wednesday, June 19, at noon at the senior center. Chris Crain, director of programs for the Southwestern Connecticut Area on Aging, and Natalie Farrar, vice president of clinical operations for the RVNA, will conduct an information session which includes:

• What Parts A and B cover and what they don’t;

• Premiums, deductibles and cost sharing;

• The new durable medical equipment program effective July 1;

• The effects of the Jimmo vs. Sebelius settlement.

A question-and-answer session will conclude the presentation.

Call Ridgefield VNA at 203-438-5555 to register; a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Yoga

Is yoga for you? Perhaps yoga instructor Denise O’Hearn can help you decide.

No one really chooses to age, but unfortunately it just comes with the passage of time. As we age, it often becomes difficult or even painful to move, and we tend to slow down or sometimes even stop moving altogether. If we stop moving, the body loses strength, and we feel even more stiffness and pain. It’s a vicious cycle. To stay active and vibrant, it’s imperative to keep moving. Yoga offers a great way for seniors to tune in to their bodies and to learn effective and gentle ways to keep moving and to heal.

Why are many people around the country and the world doing yoga these days? Simply because it makes them feel better — and not only physically, but mentally and energetically as well.  Yoga, from the Sanskrit root word “Yuj” means “union or to yoke.” Yoga returns us to wholeness, bringing together body, mind and spirit.

Not only will yoga make you stronger and more flexible. With regular practice it can greatly improve your balance and make you feel more alive. Your posture will improve as you gently move your body and spine, drawing fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients to the spine, muscles, limbs and brain. Yoga can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Yoga may even help release chronic tension and pain. (That’s why Denise started doing yoga.)

Breathing is an autonomic response, and most people assume they already know how to breathe. Unfortunately, many people are not breathing effectively. By learning full yogic breathing, you will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, the opposite of the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system. Conscious, effective breathing relaxes the body, calms the mind, helps decrease stress, anxiety and depression, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

Denise loves teaching yoga to seniors.  Her “elders” are very important to her and to her community. Keeping them moving and strong is her personal goal. Ask yourself:  Would you like to age with more grace, less pain and more energy? Would you like to feel more relaxed and balanced, both physically and mentally? Then why not try a gentle yoga class?

Denise is the owner of Vibrant Moves, LLC (vibrantmoves.com) in Wilton, and she teaches yoga at the senior center on Tuesday at 11  and Thursday at 10. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Canasta anyone?

Anyone interested in getting together to play canasta? Call the senior center 203-834-6240.  Several interested card players are gathering to get a game going.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of June 14:

Friday, June 14, 9, Mental Health First Aid Training; 10, Move, Strengthen, and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30-3, free swim for seniors at the Wilton Y.

Monday, June 17, 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 9:30, Beyond Beginners in Word with Catherine Myers; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie:  Ivanhoe.

Tuesday, June 18, 9:30, Beyond Beginners in Word with Catherine Myers; 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, June 19, 9-10:30, Blood Pressure Screening at the Y; 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Last session of Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdeline Livesey; 12, “Medicare A and B: To What Are You Entitled?” 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, June 20, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:45, Wilton Senior Council Meeting.