Senior Center News: Picasa photo workshop slated for Sept. 21

Computer class

Bill Brautigam will lead a Picasa photo workshop on Friday, Sept. 21. This free Google software lets you organize, edit, and upload your photos in quick, easy steps. Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. $20.

Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register.

St. Matthew’s lunch

Pre-eminent gardener Melinda Wolcott will present “Talking to your house plants is not enough” at the St. Matthew’s Seniors luncheon on Sept. 20 at noon in the church lounge. Call St. Matthew’s at 203-762-7400 to reserve a place.

Live well

The Live Well program brings great news for adults age 60 or older with one or more conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart or lung disease, asthma, cancer or chronic pain and their caregivers. It is a nationwide, evidence-based health promotion program developed by Stanford University to help adults living with chronic conditions manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives.

Workshops encourage participants and caregivers to:

•Find practical ways of dealing with pain and fatigue;

•Discover easy exercises that will improve or maintain strength and energy;

•Learn the appropriate use of medications;

•Improve nutritional choices;

•Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals;

•Understand new treatment choices; and

•Feel better about life.

This series is designed to energize both older adults with chronic health conditions and those who care for them. Led by two trained facilitators, the workshops cover new topics each week and provide opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

The program will be offered on the following Fridays: Sept. 21 and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 9:30 to noon. Space is limited. Please call 203-834-6240 to register. For more information visit and click on “Benefits and Services” and “Live Well Program.”

Live Well is sponsored by the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, the Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Medicare update

Representatives from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will present information regarding updates in the Medicare program for 2013 on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 2 in the senior center lounge. Please call to reserve your place: 203-834-6238. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the presentation.

Book discussion

Barbara Jones from the Wilton Library has prepared a wonderful reading series for the coming year at the Senior Center. Each session begins at 11, and lunch ($3) is served at noon. Please call the Wilton Library (203-762-3950) in advance to reserve a copy of the book.

Judson Scruton will lead a discussion of The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Ms. Gluck, U.S. poet laureate 2003-2004, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Wild Iris in 1993. In this book she uses a highly symbolic structure placing parallel thoughts between flowers of a garden and the gardener/poet and between the poet/gardener and an unnamed god.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Sept. 14:

Friday, Sept. 14, 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y; 4, Book Signing by Dorothy Wickenden, Executive Director, The New Yorker, at the Greens.

Monday, Sept. 17, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Monday Movie: Hollywood, An Empire of their Own.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9, Enhance Fitness; 10:30, Billiard/Pool; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Conversations with Women: Money Habitudes; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8, Painless Move at Bookdale Place; 9-10:30, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Comstock Writers; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “My Children are Worried about Me;” 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Diva JEVAS; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew’s Church; 1:30, Mah Jongg.