West Hartford Senior Calendar for August 2020

The Quaker Diner in West Hartford, many decades ago.

To register for any class or event please email Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 at least 24 hours in advance.

August 5: 10 am. Storm Preparedness: How can you be ready? Prevention and preparedness build the foundation to make a positive impact when it comes to a medical emergency during a storm. Steps to prepare your health, emergency plans considerations for long term health conditions, and essential tips for during a storm will be discussed. . Presented by Kaitlin Cuas, Transitional Care Nurse, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. For more information call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, 1.877.4AGING1 (1.877.424.4641).

August 5: Bob Steele- 1:30 pm Join Paul Hensler for a presentation on his biography of Bob Steele. For more than sixty years, Bob Steele was the radio voice of Southern New England, entertaining listeners of WTIC AM with his wit, humor, and an inimitable style that kept listeners faithfully tuning in to his morning show. Capturing the nation’s highest market share, the National Radio Hall of Fame inductee maintained an unparalleled popularity through the latter half of the twentieth century. The first ever biography of Bob Steele details both the home life and the award-winning broadcasting career of this Connecticut media legend, from his humble Midwestern roots to the pinnacle of radio fame. Steele and his “The Word for the Day” feature remain forever embedded in the memories of his many listeners. Program is FREE. Pre-registration is required by emailing Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov. or by calling 860-561-7583 to receive the Zoom invitation.

August 11: Caregiver Road Show for CT Families by AARP at 1 PM: Senior Center and the West Hartford Library are co-sponsoring Free Zoom presentations. https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/services-unpaid-family-caregivers-virtual-program This is a deep-dive conversation designed specifically for unpaid family caregivers. Family caregivers are the backbone of our health care system and they can use some support to make sure their loved ones can make the choice to live safely and independently at home. In this session attendees will learn specific tools for navigating and connecting with available services, gain an understanding of care options and costs, and stay informed on the legislative issues impacting seniors and family caregivers.

August 12: Veterans Coffee Hour — Virtually — 9 am Wayne Rioux will be back to hold Virtual Monthly Coffee Hour, feel free to eat your breakfast too! This monthly social for veterans, their spouses and family members will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am. Rioux has been meeting with veterans in the greater Hartford area for fellowship and to help connect them to each other and offer his assistance in getting access to benefits to which they are entitled. Spread the word! Register by email to: Deborah.Kennedy@WestHartfordCT.gov or call 860-561-7583

August 12: Senior Voting and More — 1 pm Join Senator Derek Slap and Representative Jillian Gilchrest for an informative Virtual Meeting. Issues to be addressed may include: • Primary Voting wrap up • Preparation for safe voting in upcoming November elections • Latest on Ct.’s fight against COVID-19 • Future initiatives that affect seniors • Services for seniors Program will open up for questions and feedback. All are welcome. Program is FREE. Pre-registration is required by emailing Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or by calling 860-561-7583 to receive the Zoom invitation.

Sept. 2: 10 am. Men’s Health — A Path to Health & Wellness. Taking charge of your own health is an important. Understanding what are some common areas of concern related to men will allow you to feel empowered about how to partner with your healthcare provider to live your best life. . Presented by Nicholas Arsenault, Transitional Care Nurse, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. For more information call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, 1.877.4AGING1 (1.877.424.4641).

Classes will be held virtually through various online meeting platforms. Anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone can participate. Please register for classes by emailing: Lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov you will get access link by email, or call 860-561-7583 and leave a message.

Ballet for Seniors and Adults: Ballet is a fun way to exercise. Enjoy rhythm while dancing to music using ballet technique. The advantage of dance and movement programs like ballet is that you can go at your own pace. Focus will be on body alignment, natural movements, building strength, increasing balance and stability. Instructor: Bonnie Flattery. Tue 2:30-3:15P through 8/11

The Conversation Project Ellen Goodman: A good death — or a hard one? Let’s talk. The Conversation Project has the audacious goal of changing our nation’s culture so that everyone’s wishes for end of life care are both expressed and respected. Tue 1:00- 1:45P 8/18

Tai Chi Beginner: Enjoy the relaxing, graceful movements of Tai Chi while improving your balance, strength and mobility. You will learn the basic postures, movements and some breath work. Let’s work together to learn the 10 movements of the Yang Style Tai Chi form. This is a wonderful exercise for all ages and physical abilities. Instructor: Marivic Maury. Fri 10:00-10:45A through 8/28

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