Senior Center News: Sept. 8

Intermediate Bridge

Once you know how to play bridge, it is time to learn how to play it well! 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.  Instructor Michael Hess has been mentoring and teaching bridge for 30-plus years. He recently became a Ruby Life Master and has earned over 2,000 master points. In 2015/2016 Mike won pair and team events at the club, sectional, and regional levels, including the Unit 126 (Connecticut) pairs title.

Classes are on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30, beginning Sept. 9. The fee is $75 for the eight-week series. Call the senior center 203-834-6240 to register.

Aging myths

Did you know that there are more than six million people over age 85? There are many myths about aging and what older people can and cannot do. Join Melody Matheny Orpen, RN, community health nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, as she shares tips on how to stay young at heart — and body too, on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in the senior center lounge.

Free downloads

The second Wednesday of the month, from 1 to 2:30, Melissa Baker demonstrates how to obtain free downloadables through the Wilton Library. On Sept. 14, she will demonstrate how to download eBooks and audiobooks in the senior center technology room. Bring your own device and Wilton Library card. Registration is strongly suggested: 203-762-3950 or

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 senior center on Monday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 to 11:30. No appointments.

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 high-dose vaccine is available for those over age 65.  The cost is $60. Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up.

Information: Flu Info Line at 203-762-8958, ext. 444 or 203-762-8958 to speak to a nurse.

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 senior center.

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

Coming events

For the week of Sept. 9:

Friday, Sept. 9, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Sept. 12, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept., 13, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil Painting with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Studio Knitting; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 7, Next Step:  Senior Solutions, RVNA.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Library Downloads; 1, Pet Portraits with Cindy Sinor.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:10, Aging Myths According to Melody; 12, St. Matthew’s Church Lunch; 12:30, Pencil Drawing with Martha Talburt.