Senior Center News: Sept. 1

Aging myths

Aging Myths According to Melody is the program set for Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:10 in the Wilton Senior Center Lounge. Did you know that there are over six million people over age 85? There are many myths about aging and what older people can and cannot do.

The speaker is Melody Matheny Orpen, a registered nurse and community health nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. She will shares tips on how to stay young at heart — and body too.

Self-hypnosis steps

Eliminate Stress and Learn to Relax is the topic on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 3. To awaken the sleeping teacher inherent in all of us, learn the simple steps of self-hypnosis with Sonia Katz.

“It is a skill that can be easily understood and implemented,” Katz said in a recent interview. “I have used this knowledge for over 40 years and want to share this with you.”

Katz will teach participants how to plant the proper suggestions in the unconscious mind in order to achieve a deep state of relaxation, and take control of your life.

The workshop will take place in the Wilton Senior Center Lounge. Participants sit in chairs (straight back or sofa style) for the gathering. There is no fee, but preregistration is required: 203-834-6240.

Downloads free

Free Downloads takes place in the Wilton Senior Center Technology Room on the second Wednesday of the month, from 1 to 2:30. BYOD (bring your own device) and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates how to obtain free downloadables available through the Wilton Library. Audiobooks and Books will be the focus of the Sept. 14 session, and magazine downloads will be the focus on Oct. 12. Registration is strongly suggested: , 203 762-3950.

Flu clinics

Flu season is fast approaching and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is here to help. Flu clinics will take place at the Wilton Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 to 11:30.

Flu clinics are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and are open to anyone four years or older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost of flu vaccine is $45, payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or HealthyCT. A $60 high-dose vaccine is available for those over the age of 65.

Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up. For more information, call the Flu Info Line at 203-762-8958, ext. 444, or 203-762-8958 to speak to a nurse.

Cholesterol screening

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a cholesterol screening on Monday, Oct. 10, at the agency’s offices in Suite 114 of the Health and Wellness Center at iPark, 761 Main Avenue, in Norwalk. The screening is by appointment only and will be held from 8:45 to noon.

Screening includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose, as well as blood pressure and body mass calculation. It involves a simple, finger- stick blood test and results will be available within 10 minutes. A private health counseling session with a registered nurse will be provided.

The cost is $30, payable by cash or check. Fasting for 12 hours prior to the test is suggested but not required. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 203-762-8958. For information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, visit

Fall activities begin

Comstock Writers Group: The first and third Wednesday of the month, 10 to 11:30. Are you interested in reading and writing? Do you have family history or lore that you would like to record for future generations? Are you passionate about politics, the arts, travel, or gardening, any of which would provide plenty of material to write about? Here’s a group for you. The Comstock Writers Group is led by editor, writer and Wilton resident Magdalen Livesey.

BeMoved: Tuesdays, 9:45 to 10:45. BeMoved is a new dance fitness experience for adults of all movement abilities, designed to deliver a safe, body-friendly movement experience that improves the quality of a person’s movement. The class starts with a warm-up and easy-to-follow therapeutic movements that activate core strength and balance while improving flexibility and coordination. Each class focuses on a different musical dance genre using continuous, engaging dance combinations to inspire anyone from first-time dancer to professional, and concludes with a cool down. There’s a $5 drop-in fee per class.

Studio Knitting: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 1 to 2:30, with instructor Lizabeth Doty. Basic instruction will be provided by instructor for projects, and the company will be great. If you have a work in progress, bring it. If it’s all new to you, come give knitting a try. Practice materials will be supplied. Not a knitter? Bring your own handiwork and enjoy the company.

Monday Movies: Mondays, noon to 2:15. Bring your lunch and enjoy quality features in the comfort of the Wilton Senior Center Lounge.

Open Bridge: Wednesdays, 10 to 12:30. Duplicate Bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal scored independently, permitting comparison of individual scores. For all levels of play. This is not a sanctioned game. There is a $5 drop-in fee.

Tai Chi: Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30, with instructor Joe Alampi. 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. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Bingo: Thursdays at noon. Join the fun and the challenges afforded by playing over 60 different bingo game configurations. The fee is 25 cents per card. Winner takes all.

Feldenkrais: Fridays, 10 to 11, with instructor Cathy Paine. 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. There is a $5 drop-in fee.

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

Jewelry Workshop: The first and third Friday of the month, 10 to noon, with Viola Galetta. No prior experience is necessary for this jewelry-making workshop. Enjoy the fun of making your own beaded jewelry. Select materials to match your own style. There is a $5 drop-in fee

Yoga: Tuesdays, from 11 to noon; and Thursdays, 10 to 11. Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts this gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Line Dance Fusion: Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30, with instructor Beatriz Araujo. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing.This is a great form of exercise and social interaction. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Chinese Mah Jongg: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month, supervised and instructed by Kay Chann. Information: 203-762-9026.

American Mah Jongg: Wednesdays at 1. American Mah Jongg utilizes racks, jokers, “Hands and Rules” scorecards, and has several distinct gameplay mechanics. To play, call Gale Roeder at 203-762-3784 or Pat Wernig at 203-762-1739.

Alzheimer’s Walk

Lizabeth Doty, team leader, invites you to join the Wilton Senior Center team to Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Calf Pasture Beach Park in Norwalk. To be a member of the Wilton Senior Center team, register at or call 888-272-3900. Information and entry forms are also available at the Wilton Senior Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to Alzheimer’s research, care, and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Coming events

Friday, Sept. 2 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Bridge with Sharon Frost.

Monday, Sept. 5, Senior Center closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, Sept., 6, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge; 10, Comstock Writers; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Duplicate Bridge with Lois Bruce; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:00 Lunch; 12:30 -2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Eliminate Stress with Sonia Katz.