Senior Center News: Oct. 29

Living with Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a course covering strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of the disease on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Guest speakers will discuss understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, effective communication strategies, and resources available to caregivers. Learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and employ different techniques that are helpful during this stage of the disease. This program at Laurel Ridge Health Center at 642 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, is open to the public and free with registration. A complimentary dinner is available at 5 with the lecture starting at 5:30. Reservations: 203-438-8226.

Bingo luncheon

On Thursday, Nov. 5, at noon, The Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road, will host a complimentary lunch and bingo at its site. Prizes are provided by The Greens. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Flu clinic

Visiting Nurse and Hospice will conduct a flu clinic at the Senior Center, 180 School Road Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day), from 10 to 11:30 a.m. First come, first served, the clinic is for age four years or older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Cost for flu vaccine is $42, payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Healthy Ct, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B.
A high dose vaccine will be available for those who are over 65 years old and would like it instead of the regular dose vaccine. Cost is $60. Bring your insurance card with you. Nurses will need to make a copy of both sides of your card. For additional information, call the flu infoline at 203-834-6341, ext. 444. This is an information only line. To speak to a nurse, call 203-762-8958.
If you are unable to attend the clinic, Visiting Nurse and Hospice will be holding open clinic time each Wednesday until Nov. 18 from 3:30 to 5 at 761 Main Ave., Suite 114, Norwalk. No appointment is necessary. Website: www.visitingnurse. net t

Bridge groups

If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge from noon to 3, call the organizers listed below: Encore Bridge: Mondays, contact Maureen Turnier at 203762-9386 to play; Duplicate Bridge: first Wednesday of the month, contact Lois Bruce at 203-762-5818 to play; Duplicate Bridge: third Tuesday of the month, contact Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386 to play; Contract Bridge: Fridays, contact Eleanor Mihailidis at 203-762-8720 to play.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is offered Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30; $3 dropin fee. Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities. Joe Alampi is the instructor.

Enhance Fitness

Wilton Family Y (Riverbrook YMCA) brings Enhance Fitness to the Senior Center on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m.; $3 drop-in fee. This class includes 30 minutes of endurance- type activity. Leslie Hinshaw is the instructor.


Feldenkrais is offered on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.; $5 drop-in fee. 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. Cathy Paine, Instructor.

Five Crowns

Five Crowns is a progressive rummy-style card game on the first and third Tuesdays at 12:30. It has spades, hearts, diamonds and stars. It can be played by two to seven players. It’s easy to learn and lots of fun to play. Call Nerina Klobas at 203-210-5624 for details.

Yoga class

Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts a gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. Classes take place Tuesdays, 11 to noon and Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m. There’s a $3 drop-in fee.

Line dancing

Line Dance Fusion is Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; $3 drop-in fee, This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. Beatriz Araujo is the instructor.


Bingo takes place Thursdays at noon. There are a variety of bingo games...60 different configurations to be exact. Fee: 25 cents per card. Winner takes all.

Upcoming events

For the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5:
Friday, Oct. 30, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Digital Photo Book; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan Devlieg.
Monday, Nov. 2, 9-4, SVP Crafts Sale in the Lounge; 9:30, Coffee and Clay; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 1, Bridge.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 9-4, SVP Crafts Sale in the Lounge;10-11:30, Flu Clinic by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Garden Club Lunch and Activity; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Introduction to Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9-4, SVP Crafts Sale in the Lounge;10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Mah Jongg; 5, Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Session at Laurel Ridge Health Care, Ridgefield.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 9-4, SVP Crafts Sale in the Lounge;9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10-2, Medicare Appointments; 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at the Greens at Cannondale and Bingo; 12:30, Portraiture with Martha Talburt.

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.