Senior Center News: Dec. 11

On Monday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m., Mary Ann Genuario, health and fitness director for the Wilton Family YMCA, will give an informational session at the senior center on the Diabetes Prevention Program. You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living by attending this program.

About 79 million American adults have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease. The good news is that lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease.

With the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health and well-being and reduce your risk. The program, which is led by a trained lifestyle coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

New classes are forming on Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. Sign up at 203-834-6240.

Firefighters luncheon

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, at noon the Wilton Career Fire Fighters Local 2233 will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at an Ogden House luncheon. This wonderful tradition began in 1985 as a way for the firefighters to thank seniors for their years of support. Volunteers from the Wilton Woman’s Club, under the direction of Marcia Gillespie, will prepare the meal, compliments of the firefighters. Guests are encouraged to come early to socialize. The Middlebrook Singers, under the direction of Susan Kelly and Janet Nobles, as well as the Flute Choir conducted by Jennifer Ginsberg, will provide entertainment. Middlebrook’s Student Council, coordinated by Bill Gerundo and Tom Koch, will treat the participants to homemade delights.

Reservations:  203-834-6240.

Holiday lunch, trivia, and music

The Greens at Cannondale is hosting a holiday lunch on Friday, Dec. 19, at noon, in the senior center café. After this free lunch, trivia contests will precede a holiday music songfest with Pat Spenser at the keyboard. Space is limited; reservations: 203-834-6240.

Tea cup luncheon

Mark your calendar for a sweet date on Monday, Dec. 22, at noon for the second annual Holiday Tea Cup Luncheon sponsored by Laurel Ridge Health Care. Bring your own tea cup and saucer and get it filled with delicious treats just in time for the holidays. Bonnie Leavy-Mello, marketing director for Laurel Ridge Health Care Center of Ridgefield, will host this free luncheon at the senior center. Following the luncheon “It’s a Wonderful Life” will play in the lounge.

Join us while we listen to holiday music, enjoy lunch, and “fill a tea cup!” Space is limited; reservations required 203-834-6240.

Coming events

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

For the week of Dec. 12:

Friday, Dec. 12: 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Dec. 15: 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Dec. 16: 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 12:30, Mah Jongg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 17: 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan; 10, Comstock Writers; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Firefighters Complimentary Luncheon at Ogden House; 12:45, Entertainment by the Middlebrook Singers; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 18: 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn.