Senior Center News: Jan. 30

A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program was developed and formally evaluated by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University using a grant from the National Institute on Aging. It acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies.

Trained facilitators, students from Fairfield University School of Nursing, conduct eight two-hour sessions for a group of 10 to 12 participants. The class learns how to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. Participants also discover ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to improve strength and balance.

The senior center is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20; and April 3 from 1 to 3. in the lounge.  The total program cost is $10. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.  Please call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to register.

Book discussion

In The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, Sir John Falstaff rolls into the town of Windsor, England, thinking he can solve his financial problems by luring rich housewives into bed with steamy love notes. When the women realize that Falstaff has sent them both the same love note, they hatch a plot to teach him a lesson. One of the husband’s, however, is jealous and learns of the plan. He disguises himself and becomes Falstaff’s newest drinking buddy.  Conflict and disguise continue throughout the play.

The group will read Acts I, II and III on Monday, Feb. 3, at 12:30. Acts IV and V will be read in March.

Call the senior center at 203-834-6240 to register. Copies of the play are available in the senior center café.

Tax relief

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. 3 to May 15.  For additional information, call 203-563-0122.

Computer classes 

The following computer classes for PC users are offered at the Comstock Computer Learning Center in the Senior Center, 180 School Road. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register. Classes take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

iPads: Convenience and Connection for the Beginner, taught by Dolores Tufariello, director of Wilton Continuing Education, will review the new iOS7 operating system on Friday, Feb. 7, from 10 to noon. The class will be repeated on Friday, March 7, at the same time. A general working knowledge of computers and email set-up are required. Wilton resident fee:  $25; Non-resident fee:  $35. Register at 203-834-7694.

Word Graphics will teach how to insert pictures and clipart and alter them by enlarging, cropping, and changing their shapes and position in the document. Step into the world of graphics that Word offers for using artistic text, borders, drawing, color, and special effects. Come with an idea and the course will show you how to develop it in Word 2007 or with instructions to use with Word 2010, which has more and different graphics.  Taught by Catherine Myers; Feb. 10 and 11; Fee: $30.

Breathe easier

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition that slowly decreases lung function over time. The term COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

To learn more about diagnosis, treatment, and how to live better with COPD, you are invited to attend COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better on Monday, Feb. 10, from 11 to noon at the senior center.  The presentation is free and open to the public

Information: 203-834-6240.

Cholesterol screening

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County offers cholesterol screenings by appointment on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 8:30 to 11:30, 761 Main Avenue, Suite 114, on the Norwalk/Wilton town line. Includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose.  Simple finger stick with results within 10 minutes. Allow 30 minutes for your appointment.  Fasting recommended, but not necessary.

Call 203-762-8958 ext. 221. Cost: $25, cash or check.

Coming events

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

For the week of Jan 31:

Friday, Jan. 31, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Feb. 3, 9:15, Enhance Fitness; 10:30, Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10, Oil and Acrylic Painting with Althea Erikson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Garden Club Lunch and Activity; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10, Duplicate Bridge; 10, Comstock Writers; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Lois Bruce; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, I Can Draw with Martha Talbert; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12, Blood Pressure Screening with Laura Word, RN, Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 12, Portraiture Painting with Martha Talbert; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 1, A Matter of Balance with Kelly Flynn and Maura Calamari of Fairfield University.