Senior Center News: Program on 'Superbugs' is offered

The Senior Center will host its regularly scheduled exercise and game programs next week with the exception of New Year’s Day.

Superbugs! What You Need to Know

So-called “superbugs,” drug-resistant microbes, are reported at health care facilities and health clubs alike and can lead to life-threatening infections.

Many questions are often left unanswered. Are the rising rates a true public health calamity or an overblown cause for alarm? Where do these superbugs come from, and what can we do to protect ourselves? “Superbugs! What You Need to Know” will be presented by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Norwalk Senior Center at 203-847-3115.

A lesson learned from Hurricane Sandy

If your land-line telephone is out during a power outage, you need a way to keep your cell phones charged. You can buy battery packs that you can pre-charge before a storm and have available to re-charge your cell during a power outage. These battery packs are available at any store that sells electronics.

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Applications for the Wilton Tax Relief Program for Elderly or Disabled Homeowners and the state of Connecticut Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program are available at the town hall assessor’s office. The filing period for both programs is Feb. 1 to May 15. For additional information, call the assessor’s office at 203-563-0122.

Move, strengthen and stretch

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $3 per class. Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County provides this light aerobic movement class. The exercises promote heart health with light weights for strength and gentle stretching to tone your body. The instructor will be Julienne Camhi.

Line dance fusion

Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $3. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. Waltz, mambo Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, Samba electric slide, and tango all rolled into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome. Beatriz Araujo, instructor.

Tai Chi

Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., $3 per class. Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration.

Practicing Tai Chi leads to relaxation of the body and mind, improves flexibility and balance, and enhances energy and general well-being. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities. The instructor will be Debbie Dong.

Enhance fitness

Mondays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.; $3 per class. The Wilton Family Y conducts the one-hour class that includes 30 minutes of endurance-type activity and specific strengthening exercises for legs, trunk, arms and shoulders.  Enhance Fitness helps to maintain and enhance cardio-respiratory fitness, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. Instructors will be Denise Suarez and Leslie Hinshaw.

Tuesday and Thursday yoga

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; $3 per class. Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts this gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. Classes include warm-ups, breathing exercises (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas), relaxation and meditation.

New bridge groups forming

Two new bridge groups are forming at the Senior Center. If you would like to play, please call the contact person. Monday Bridge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be organized by Nerina Klobas, 203-210-5624, and will take place every Monday. Chicago Bridge will be organized by Dorothy Wright, 203-762-8567, and will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Additional bridge groups playing at the Senior Center are Duplicate Bridge, first Wednesday of the month, organized by Lois Bruce, 203-762-5818; Duplicate Bridge, third Tuesday of the month, organized by Maureen Turnier, 203-762-9386; Contract Bridge, every Friday, organized by Eleanor Mihailidis, 203-762-8720; Drop-in Duplicate Bridge, every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday) of the month, supervised by Dan DeVlieg ($5), 203-834-6240; Beginner Bridge Lessons, Friday afternoon for eight weeks, taught by Dan DeVlieg, ($75), 203-834-6240.

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program(CEAP)

The Wilton Social Services Department is available to help you apply for assistance with your heating bills. Income guidelines for eligibility state that a single individual may earn no more than $31,863; a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $41,667.

Income includes wages, Social Security, pension, rental income, child support, and interest. Homeowners must have less than $10,000 in savings, including IRAs, and renters less than $7,000. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 203-834-6238.

Coming events

All activities take place at the Senior Center unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Dec. 28:

Friday, Dec. 28: 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.

Monday, Dec. 31: 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie: Singin’ in the Rain; 1, Bridge with Nerina (call 203-210-5624 to play).

Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day, Senior Center closed.

Wednesday, Jan. 2: 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Comstock Writers; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Lois; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “MUST” for Seniors; 1:30, Mah-Jongg.

Thursday, Jan. 3: 9 a.m., Enhance Fitness; 10 a.m., yoga with Denise; 10 a.m., Diva Jevas open studio art workshop; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Bingo.