Senior Center News: Jan. 14

Introduction to Bridge

Bridge combines mental exercise of the reasoning faculties, short- and long-term memory centers, planning and collation skills, social interaction techniques, and a host of other mental calisthenics useful in everyday life. You will experience this entertaining and mentally demanding team game from its beginning steps to more advanced concepts by playing the game. This class is for the player with very little or no bridge experience. Dan DeVlieg will teach you this entertaining and mentally demanding game by having you actually play the game. The class takes place on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., $95 for the ten-week series. Signup: 203-834-6240. Class size limited.

Book discussion

A book discussion on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, led by Karen Tatarka, will take place in the Senior Center Game Room at 11 a.m., with a $3 lunch served in the Lounge at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.

Irish playwright Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the quasi-Faustian tale of a hedonistic aesthete pushing the boundaries of sensual life in late-nineteenth century England. With a decadent French novel as his guidebook, Gray bounds from one vice to another, remaining young and handsome as his portrait ages and takes on an increasingly grotesque appearance, a visual testament to his evil deeds.

Planning for Life and Beyond

Beginning in January, this four-part series is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Wilton Senior Center. Each session will serve as an opportunity to gather information about the question for that day. Attorney Christine Tenore, Wilton resident and partner at Eliovson and Tenore in Westport, will lead the discussion. Christine is a cum laude graduate of Pace University School of Law and is admitted to the Connecticut Bar. She received her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton. Christine practices in the areas of Title XIX/Medicaid planning and application, conservatorships, and decedent’s estates.

Jan. 27

What on earth are all those documents? A discussion of the new Connecticut Power of Attorney Act, living wills, and the new Connecticut health care directive called Medicare Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).

Feb. 24: Do I really need to avoid probate? A discussion of wills and trusts and what "probate" actually means.

March 23: What if I live to be 120 years old? A discussion of long-term care alternatives with an overview of Medicaid regulations and long-term care insurance.

April 27: What else? Dialogue with Attorney Tenore and recap of the series including answers to questions posed by the participants.

Registration recommended: 203-834-6240.

AARP Safe Driver Class

Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) hosts the AARP Smart Driver Course on Friday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its 90 East Ridge Road office in downtown Ridgefield. AARP membership is not required; there are no tests to pass. Participants may be eligible for an insurance discount upon completing the course. Taught by an AARP Certified Instructor, the class is designed for drivers age 50 and over. Participants will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle safely in today’s challenging driving environment. They will learn how to manage and accommodate age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Fee: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Refreshments and lunch will be served. Call 203-438-5555 to register for the program.

Photo book workshops

Organizing photos can be an intimidating and time-consuming task. You may think you have to do it alone, but help is here. Linda Thomas, LT Organizer, and Sharon Gialo, Memory Engineer, will help you get started on organizing your photos. The class meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon in the new Technology Room, where you can spread out your photos and organize your thoughts. Linda and Sharon will not only help you organize your photos but will also scan them into the computer for you. This is the beginning of your digital photo book. Now’s your chance to start creating your unique book of remembrances.The first session takes place Jan. 15 and 22, and the second takes place Feb. 5 and 12. There is a $50 fee per session — books are purchased separately depending upon the style book you choose. Class size is limited. Registration required; call 203-834-6240.

Hawaiian music concert

On Friday, Jan. 22, at 11:15 a.m., musician Chris Merwin will present a performance lecture on Hawaiian music in the Wilton Senior Center Lounge. Mr. Merwin will play a Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar made by a German immigrant in Los Angeles in the 1920’s. The guitar is made of Hawaiian koa wood and has an unusual hollow neck. An instrumentalist and lecturer who specializes in multi-cultural music, Chris Merwin has been playing the guitar for 28 years and studying music and instruments of other cultures for the past 18 years. Fee: $5. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Drop-in exercise opportunities

Enhance Fitness:  Thursdays, 9-10 a.m., $3 per class, with Leslie Hinshaw. This is an evidence-based group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives.

Line Dance Fusion: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $3 per class, with Beatriz Araujo. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. Waltz, Mambo Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, samba electric slide and tango are rolled into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction for beginners as well as experienced dancers.

Tai Chi: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $3 per class, with Joe Alampi. 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.

Yoga: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.; $3 per class, with Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton. O'Hearn 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, breathwork (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas), relaxation and meditation. Leave class feeling refreshed and alive.

Feldenkrais: Fridays, 10-11 a.m., $5 per class, with Cathy Paine. Do you limit yourself without even knowing it? Do other people try to tell you how you feel? It’s time to take charge of your own comfort and discard the movement patterns that hold you back. You are the only person living in your body. Why not make it a home you enjoy! Explore this exciting and innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity.

Chair yoga: Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., $3 per class, with Liz Wendell. Wendell will teach gentle chair yoga at Ogden House at 100 River Road. To register, call 203-762-8035.

Weather policy

When in doubt, call 203-834-6240 after 7 a.m. and listen to the recording for information regarding that day’s activities at the Senior Center. We do not follow the public school closings.

Senior Volunteer Program

Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) helps people age 55 and older find volunteer opportunities to match their skills and interests. When you volunteer for the SVP, you receive the benefits of staying active and meeting new people while knowing that you're using a lifetime of experience to make your mark. Call Dell Overby at 203-762-0520 for more information.

Upcoming events

For the week of Jan. 15:

Friday, Jan. 15, 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 10. Digital Photo Book with Linda Thomas and Sharon Gialo; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Senior Swim at the Y.

Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Holiday, Senior Center Closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Introduction to Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 2, Mah Jongg.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by the music of the Grandmas and Grandpas; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan 21, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew Church.

In the course of the Renovation Project, individual rooms in the Senior Center and Social Services wing of the building may, from time to time, become unavailable for public use. All Senior programs and the room assignments will be posted at or on the entrance doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience.