Senior Center News
Ogden House holiday lunch
The annual holiday luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at noon, at Ogden House, 100 River Road. The luncheon is presented by Wilton Woman’s Club and will be served by the Wilton firefighters. For reservations, please call 203-834-6238.
Holidays can be a time for togetherness, festivity, and celebration, but sometimes feelings of sadness surface around the holidays. At times, health conditions, financial concerns, or missing how the holidays once were can make enjoying the festive season more challenging. Here are some tips for beating the holiday blues from the American Geriatric Society’s Health in Aging Foundation at healthinaging.org :
- Get out and about. Ask family and friends for help traveling to parties and events. Invite family and friends over. Take a brisk walk in the morning before your begin your day or in evening to wind down.
- Volunteer. Helping others is a great mood lifter. Try contacting your local United Way (unitedway.org) or call places such as schools, hospitals, museums, or places of worship to inquire about volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood.
- Drink responsibly. It can be easy to overindulge around the holidays, but excessive drinking will make you feel more depressed. The recommended limit for older men is 14 drinks per week and seven per week for older women.
- Accept your feelings. There is nothing wrong with not feeling jolly; many people experience sadness and feelings of loss during the holidays.
- Talk to someone. Don’t underestimate the power of family, friends, mentors, and neighbors. Talk about your feelings, it can help you understand why you feel the way you do.
If the holiday blues don’t lift or dissipate, keep an eye out for signs of depression: feeling depressed nearly every day for most of the day, loss of interest in pleasure or activities you once enjoyed, changes in weight or appetite, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much, feeling fatigued, feeling worthless or guilty, frequent crying, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor. If you are suicidal or having recurring thoughts of suicide, call 9-1-1, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Crisis Services at 1-800-586-9903. The number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you know someone who is having a tough time, you can help by inviting them out, lending a hand with tasks they might need help with, or encouraging them to talk to their healthcare provider about how they are feeling.
Please call Town of Wilton Social Services for any other non-emergency mental health supports and resources at 203-834-6238.
Friday, Dec. 14 , 10, Feldenkrais; noon, Bridge; 1, Intermediate Bridge.
Monday, Dec.17, 10:30 Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; noon, Movie; 1, Bridge.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30; Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Studio Knitting.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10, Open Bridge with Mike Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; noon, Holiday Lunch with Wilton Woman’s Club and Wilton Firefighters at Ogden House; 1, American Mah Jongg.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; noon, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.