Senior Center News: Sept. 10

Join the festivities on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7. in celebration of Brookdale’s name change.  Brookdale Place of Wilton will now be known as  Brookdale Wilton. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30.  Take part in tours of the residential facility plus a light dinner plus the sixth annual silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Tempting auction items will include gift cards from local restaurants and hair salons, jewelry, artwork, hotel stays and gift baskets. Brookdale Wilton is at 96 Danbury Road in Wilton.
“We are excited about the change of name which demonstrates both our strong connection to the Wilton community and our broad nationwide mission to provide seniors with the highest quality care, service and living accommodations,” said Wendy Kaufman, executive director of the facility since December 2011. Brookdale acquired the senior living facility on Route 7 in 2009. The nation’s largest operator of senior living services with approximately 1,150 facilities in 46 states, Brookdale is headquartered near Nashville, Tenn.
Kaufman now oversees a staff of approximately 70 to 75 who serve a resident population of about 75. “At Brookdale Wilton you know that the people who work here have a passion for helping seniors and finding solutions to their needs,” she explained. “Associates have always provided exemplary care for our residents and that will not change. We are proud of the care we have provided in Wilton in the past and look forward to continuing to provide and elevate that level of care in the future as part of the Brookdale family.” Studio and one-bedroom apartments are currently available. There is no waiting list.
With personal bonds to the town of Wilton as a Wilton High School graduate and a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Wilton, Kaufman is dedicated to the best interest of her Brookdale seniors, 25% of whom come from Wilton or have family connections in Wilton. Reservations requested: Brookdale Wilton at 203-761-8999.

Book discussion

Michael Bellacosa from the Wilton Library has prepared an exceptional reading series for the coming year at the Senior Center. Each session begins at 11 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Lunch ($3) is served at noon.   Books are on reserve at Wilton Library. Brochures describing the entire 2015-2016 season are available at the senior center and the library.
First up is The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, on Sept. 22. Discussion leader is Judson Scruton. The Poets Laureate Anthology brings together a sampling of the works of the 43 “poets laureate” of the United States from the inception of the position in 1937 until the book’s publication in 2010.   Schmidt is the former poetry editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Introduction to Bridge Lessons

Tuesdays beginning Oct. 20, 1 to 3, $95 for the 10-week series.
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 is the instructor.

Intermediate Bridge

Fridays beginning Sept. 18, 1:30 to 3:30, $75 for the eight-week series.
This course is ideal for the person who used to play bridge but has not done so for years and needs to get up-to-date on the latest advances in this forever-evolving game, for the person   who plays bridge but feels developmentally stalled and needs help getting to the next level of proficiency, or for the moderately experienced social and/or duplicate bridge players. Dan DeVlieg is the instructor.

Photo Book Workshop

Mondays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, 10 to 11, $45 fee.
Organizing photos can be an intimidating and time-consuming task. Linda Thomas and Sharon Gialo of LT Organizer will help you “tackle” this task. They will guide you every step along the way to creating a digital photo book. Now’s your chance to get started in time to have a beautiful gift for the holidays. The cost of the hardcover photo book, depending upon the type of book ordered, will be payable to the instructor.

Coming events

For the week of Sept. 11:
Friday, Sept. 11 , 10. Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge.
Monday, Sept. 14 , 20:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 1, Encore Bridge.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 , 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 , 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdalen Livesey; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg;
Thursday, Sept. 17 , 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Bingo; 4-7, Brookdale Name-Change Celebration and Alzheimer’s Benefit Auction at Brookdale Wilton, 96 Danbury Road.

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.