Senior Center News: Nov. 6

Joyful Aging with yoga instructor Denise O’Hearn takes place Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9 to 10:30 in the senior center dance studio.

She will help participants find what could be draining their energy and turn it around to strengthen their spirit. The goal is to feel more alive and lighter in body and mind.

Denise is passionate about helping busy women find more energy and joy in their lives.  She enjoys pampering women who are really good at taking care of everyone else and are ready to make a commitment to themselves — to embark on a journey towards conscious aging! She draws from her own past experience of chronic pain caused by an accident, work burnout, and food sensitivities. A certified kripalu yoga teacher and reiki practitioner, she helps people find relief from chronic pain and tension. Denise is a strong yet gentle and compassionate teacher who is enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of yoga.

No yoga experience is necessary. Fee: $25 per class. Space is limited. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Coping with loss

If you are seeking support and coping strategies to make it through the holiday season, you are invited to attend a one-hour workshop and/or a multi-week support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held at Visiting Nurse & Hospice offices at 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk. Three one-hour workshops are available on Thursday, Nov. 6. Choose from 8 to 9 a.m., noon to 1, or 6 to 7 p.m. The six-week support group meets every Thursday, Nov. 13 through Dec. 18, (except Thanksgiving) from 11 to 12:30 or 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving lunch

The Wilton Baptist Church at 254 Danbury Road will treat the town’s senior citizens to a bountiful Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 19. All are welcome! Beginning at 11:30 with hot cider, this will be the 38th year of this generous gift at no cost to Wilton seniors. The luncheon feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, side dishes, dessert, and salad.

Reservations: call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 by Friday, Nov. 14. Do not call the Baptist Church. Dial-A-Ride will be available. To schedule a ride call 203-834-6235.

Bingo luncheon

On Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11:30, Wilton Meadows Health Care, 439 Danbury Road, will host a free lunch and bingo at their site. Gift card prizes are provided by Wilton Meadows.  Space is limited; reservations: 203-834-6240.

Essential advice

Melody Matheny Orpen, RN, BSN, offers the following.

The boomers are coming, the boomers are coming! That means approximately 10,000 boomers turn 65 every day — one new boomer every eight seconds.

With that in mind, here are some tips for healthy “boomering!”

Quit smoking. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death.

Keep active. Exercise or being active improves weight, bone health, and physical looks and reduces stress. Sleep quality improves.  Risk of falls and injuries related to falls/near falls decreases.

Eat well. Vary your diet. Increase protein and control carbs and sweets. You want to protect your muscle mass. Minimize salt and use herbs to flavor foods. Avoid fried foods.  Eating well decreases risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.

Healthy weight. When you are overweight your risk of heart disease, diabetes, pain related to osteoarthritis and hypertension increases.

Prevent falls. Check your home for fall risks. Provide adequate lighting. Wear shoes with good support. Walking barefoot increases your risk of falls.

Immunizations/screenings. Keep track of your immunizations. Get an annual flu vaccine. Check with your medical provider regarding pneumonia, shingles, and tetanus vaccines. Memory, depression and cholesterol screenings are available.

Take care of your skin. Hydration is important. Six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. As you get older the skin is thinner, drier and less elastic. Be screened for skin cancers.

Checkups. Don’t forget to keep medical, dental, vision, and hearing appointments.

Stress management. Deep breathing, volunteering, listening to music, going for a walk or meditating can help you control stress.

Maintain relationships. Isolation can lead to increased illness and decreased sense of well-being. Even if you can’t get out (bad weather or lack of transportation) call a friend and chat about old times.

Coming events

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

For the week of Nov. 6:

Friday, Nov. 7, 9-12 Flu Clinic at the Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 10, Movie Streaming Class; 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, Nov. 10, 9:30, Fire and Clay Studio Art; 9:30-11 and 2:30-4, Blood Pressure Screening at Health Department, 238 Danbury Road; 10, Digital Photo Book Workshop; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9, Joyful Aging with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Acrylics and Oils with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 1, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 2, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 10, Watercolor with Wendy; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 1, Mah Jongg; 3-5, Flu Clinic at visiting Nurse and Hospice; 5:30, Plants that Clean the Air at the Greens.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 11:30, Lunch and Bingo at Wilton Meadows; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 12, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt; 5:30, Social Service Commission Meeting.