West Hartford Senior Center

15 Starkel Road, West Hartford

Elmwood Senior Center

1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford

As of the time of printing, the Senior Centers are still closed. Given the uncertainty of physically re-opening, the Senior Centers are offering an extensive fall program utilizing many virtual formats. Look for the newly added instructional programs as well as many virtual special events and educational presentations. To register for all programs or sign up for weekly emails please call 860-561-7583 or email deborah.kennedy @westhartfordct.gov.

EVENTS

All Fall events are free and will be held virtually.

OCT. 8, 1 P.M.: Historical Hartford-Hartford’s Department Stores. We’ll explore the buildings of Wise-Smith (later Korvettes); the Cheney building (once home of Brown-Thomson), Sage-Allen, and, of course, the various homes of G. Fox in downtown Hartford.

OCT. 11, 10 A.M.: From Broadway to Opera Irving Berlin Grab & Go-Pick up your delicious treats prepared by the executive Chef of the Residence at Brookside. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up at the WHSC Parking Lot. Please pre-register one week in advance by emailing deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583.

OCT. 11, 1 P.M.: From Broadway to Opera. Irving Berlin: From Shtetl life to Broadway Legend-Josh Ritter’s presentation highlights some of Irving Berlin’s greatest contributions to American music. It features images of Irving Berlin’s sheet music from the Janice Grower Sheet Music Collection and other Irving Berlin related media from Goodspeed’s Scherer Library of Musical Theatre.

OCT. 13, 10 A.M.: ECC or Oct. 14, 3p.m. WHSC Take & Create Art Projects at Home Kindness Rocks. Paint markers will be used to design your Kindness Rock. Use them to inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way or give the gift of a rock to make someone’s day!All supplies provided including a treat. Please call 860-561-7583 to register at least one week in advance.

OCT. 13, 6 P.M.: What Do You Do When Mom or Dad Can No Longer Drive? One solution in Central CT is ITNCentralCT. Learn about this nonprofit transportation network serving seniors as well as adults with visual impairments. ITNCentralCT Executive Director Kevin Farmer will describe the organization’s history and services and will share stories of riders and drivers.

OCT. 14, 9 A.M.: Veteran’s Coffee Hour. 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.

OCT. 14 AND 28, 1:30 P.M.: Virtual Bingo Game. Play your favorite game on Zoom with our Student Intern Emily and Bingo Caller Vinnie for a FUN hour of BINGO! No computer? No problem! Just phone in to play along! Prizes will be mailed to winners. Please email Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 if you have not already picked up your game packet. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up.

OCT. 20, 10 A.M.: Senior Advisory Commission. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the conversation. Guest speaker Town Manager Matt Hart. For link, please email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 and leave a message.

OCT. 20, 1 P.M.: TED TALKS: Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree. Zachary Wood-We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives.

OCT. 20, 6 P.M.: Social Security Savvy. Join Robert Rodriguez, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration who will educate you on Social Security programs, clarify common misconceptions and address questions. Topics for Discussion Include: When should I retire? Can I work and collect benefits? Will it be there for my children or me? How does my spouse qualify? What if I become disabled? Can my ex-spouse collect on my record? What can I do Online?

OCT. 21, 1:30 P.M.: Paint Party. Come celebrate Fall with a painting of an iconic pumpkin! In this virtual paint party style art class you will learn how to create a still life of a harvest pumpkin that will brighten up any room on a crisp autumn day. Pick up your Art Supplies Packet & Pumpkin Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at West Hartford Senior Center Parking Lot at 12 p.m. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up. Please email Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 for reservation by 10/16.

OCT. 25, 10 A.M.: From Broadway to Opera. Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs: The Pleasures and Perils of Producing Professional Opera. Grab & Go-Pick up your delicious treats prepared by the executive Chef of the Residence at Brookside. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up at the WHSC Parking Lot. Please pre-register one week in advance by emailing deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583.

OCT. 25, 1 P.M.: From Broadway to Opera–Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs: The Pleasures and Perils of Producing Professional Opera. During this talk, Alan Mann will share some of his most memorable, and unforgettable occurrences and events which can happen only in live theater.

OCT. 26, 12 P.M.: What Is Care Management? Please join Joanne Foss, Certified Care Manager, of Caring People as she discusses the topic of Care Management. Care Management can help you navigate complex situations and create a road map to an increased quality of life and peace of mind. Learn if this service would help you or someone, you love.

OCT. 26, 2 P.M.: Grab & Go Senior Survival Kit. Will include products to help survive the pandemic. Co-sponsor Caring People. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up at the WHSC Parking Lot. Please pre-register one week in advance by emailing deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583.

OCT. 27, 10 A.M.: ECC or Oct. 28, 3 p.m. WHSC Take and Create Art Projects at Home. Gratitude Note Cards. Create your own Thank You cards using a glue stick and precut designs. You can send these unique cards to your family and friends to let them know you are grateful for all they do! All supplies included as well as a treat prepared by the Executive Chef of Anthology Senior Living. Please call 860-561-7583 to register at least one week in advance.

OCT. 27, 3 P.M.: Member Mingle-Join Senior Center staff for a fun, informal zoom event. Gina Marino will present the most current information on Senior Center programs and possible re-opening information if available. Perfect time to share your thoughts while catching up with some of your friends. All are welcome.

OCT. 27, 6-7 P.M.: Core Elements for Optimal Health as we Age. Dr. Jennifer Stagg is the author of a recently published book, the Bitter Prescription and a previous book, Unzip Your Genes. In her presentation the doctor will discuss, in length, the core elements for optimal health as we age: using bitter bioactive foods to improve digestion and metabolism, the bitter truth about how your dietary needs change with age and how to get rid of bitter feelings which can set you free for your greatest potential.

CLASSES

All Fall classes are free and will be held virtually.

AGELESS GRACE: A cutting-edge program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain and addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Created by Denise Medved, the program consists of 21 simple exercise tools designed for all ages and abilities. Facilitator: Thomas Atwood, PT. NC: 11/26. Tue., 11:15-12 p.m., through 12/15 and Thu., 10-10:45 a.m., through 12/17.

BALLET FOR SENIORS AND ADULTS: Ballet is a fun way to exercise. Enjoy rhythm while dancing to music using ballet technique. Focus will be on body alignment, natural movements, building strength, increasing balance and stability. Through good body alignment, posture is improved, while strength and balance are gained through movement. A touch of Jazz and modern will be included. Instructor: Bonnie Flattery. Tue., 2:30-3:15 p.m., through 12/15.

BALLROOM DANCE: This instructional course will teach the basics of dances including Foxtrot, Rumba and American style Tango. Advanced students are welcome to attend and learn more difficult steps. Instructor: Wendy Nielsen. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 4-4:45 p.m., through 12/18.

CHAIR YOGA: A yoga practice modified so that postures and movements can be done seated in a chair. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, stress reduction, better sleep and a sense of well-being. Instructor: Christine Bailey. No Class: 10/12. Mon., 4-5 p.m., through 12/14.

CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH: Interested in stimulating French conversation? Join this friendly and informal group. The group will determine conversations. The sessions require knowledge of the basics of French. Instructor: Eliane Matarazzi. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 11 -11:45 a.m., through 12/18.

GUIDED MEDITATION: Relax and breathe deep. Colleen is back to lead you through a calming and supported session through imagery and ques to relax the body allowing inner peace and focus with a positive outcome. Facilitator: Colleen Zimmer. Tue., 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., through 12/15.

HEART HEALTHY EXERCISE: This popular class with a new name formerly known as Light Aerobics and Weights includes light aerobics and stretching done standing although a participant may choose to sit for some of the class. Light weights (or water bottles) are recommended. In some classes, we will add a small beach ball (optional). Instructor: Joan Walden (AFAA certified). No Class: 10/12, 11/11. Mon, Wed & Fri., 7:30- 8:05 a.m. and 10 -10:35 a.m., through 12/18.

LINE DANCING: This fun dance form works even in splendid isolation. Let rock and roll, waltzes, or country western tunes move you. Just watch, or follow along; earn some basics, and enjoy a classic number. It’s your choice to appear on the Zoom screen or not. Jim hopes to see you there. Instructor: Jim Gregory. No Class: 11/11. Wed., 11- 11:40 a.m., through 12/16.

LIVELY MINDS: These guided discussions enlist your ideas and recollections. The topics are sometimes large, sometimes small, and typically leavened with humor. We look for answers beyond the obvious. Come solve a puzzle and show us your smile. Instructor: Jim Gregory. No Class: 11/11. Wed., 1 -1:40 p.m., through 12/16.

MEDITATION: Join Carissa Spada for this weekly zoom series. The 25-minute class will consist of tools ranging from varied types of meditation, breath work, visualization and affirmations to assist in navigating the ups and downs, ebbs and flows of life, especially during these times. Facilitator: Carissa Spada. Thu. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., through 10/29.

QIGONG SERIES: Qigong is an ancient Chinese energy-based practice that taps into the rich storehouse of our body’s natural wisdom. Feel Good Qigong is an anti-aging protocols for longevity. Each lesson in learning Qigong is like building your own apothecary table. Instructor: Debbie Belaus. Tue., 9:30 -10:30 a.m., through 12/15.

SILVER SNEAKERS CHAIR YOGA: Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. While stretching is certainly involved, yoga is also about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. Rikki has taught for over 15 years and holds multiple professional certifications including Silver Sneakers. Instructor: Rikki Alrutz. No Class:11/11. Wed., 3- 4 p.m., through 12/16.

SILVER SNEAKERS PILATES AND STABILITY PILATES: Is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles. Focus is on strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Instructors will emphasize spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (toning abdominals while strengthening the back) and improving coordination and balance. Instructor. Rikki Altruz. No Class: 10/12. Mon., 2- 3p.m., through 12/14.

SILVER SNEAKERS STRENGTH AND BALANCE: This total body fitness class combines a variety of exercises to improve your balance, flexibility, range of motion, muscle strength, stamina, and fall/injury prevention. The low-impact cardio choreography, consists of simple steps, set to favorite tunes from the 50s. Class is suitable for all fitness levels and can be adapted to the individual participant. Non-Silver Sneakers participants are welcome and invited to join. Instructor: Dianne Shobe. No Class: 11/26. Tue., 11-11:45 a.m., through 12/15 and Thu., 11-11:45 a.m., through 12/17.

SING YOUR ‘HARTT’ OUT!: This ten-week program has no auditions and no prior experience, just a joy of singing. Classes will take place on Zoom, and additional resources will be provided to students for extra enrichment during the week. New and past students welcome! Our vocal teacher is from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Instructor: Jennifer Fijal-Brevik. Tues., 1- 2 p.m., through 12/1.

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. Learn the 10 movements of the Yang Style Tai Chi form. Instructor: Marivic Maury. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 10-10:45 a.m., through 12/18.

YOGA GENTLE: Meet our new instructor, Kinjal Patel, MD who combines her experience and empathy as a physician, with yogic skills and tools that will empower you to build and maintain good self-care. Trained in a blend of classical hatha, ashtanga influenced vinyasa, and Vedic philosophy. Options are offered to accommodate different abilities and breathing techniques to energize, focus and calm the body and mind. Instructor: Kinjal Patel. Mon 10-10:40 a.m. through 12/1

TECHNOLOGY: Technology classes are geared to help you access and get the most out of Senior Programs that require computer skills and programs that you may have not mastered yet. Each class will contain a general overview of all programs we are using in addition to the designated topic of the day. Individual help is available if you need extra assistance, email Lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov.

FACEBOOK: Would you like to learn how to set up and use Facebook, one of the most popular social networking sites on the internet? Would you like to keep in contact with family and friends both near and far? You will learn how Facebook works and how to use your Facebook account to stay “In Touch” virtually. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10/9.

YOUTUBE: There is a wealth of videos on every topic you can imagine on YouTube plus music from all of your favorite artists. Find out how to navigate YouTube and subscribe to stations to tailor your experience to your own tastes and preferences. If you have a smart TV, learn how to watch a YouTube channel. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri., 1-2 p.m., 10/9.

For more information or to register for any of the technology classes, please call 860-561-7583 or email lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov.

SUPPORT SERVICES

CRT SENIOR COMMUNITY CAFÉ: The Community Renewal Team, based in Hartford, provides meals for those who are eligible in the greater Hartford area. While facilities and lunch sites remain closed and residents are encouraged to “Stay Home, Stay Safe”, CRT has modified its lunch protocol during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frozen meals (5) are now distributed once per week at the two sites below. Shelf-stable pantry items may be included as well. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register and schedule meal pickup, please call Cafe` Coordinator Jonathan Mack at 860-561-8188. Leave your name and phone number and he will return your call, assist with the registration process and schedule you for the next meal distribution pickup. Please call by Friday noon to be able to pick-up meals the following week. A donation of $3.00/meal is suggested. This is a frozen 5 meal in person pickup at the Elmwood Senior Center, front entrance on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-Noon.

CHOICES COUNSELORS: CHOICES, CT’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free, in-depth, personalized counseling to seniors and people with disabilities who need unbiased help with the growing complexities of Medicare coverage. All appointments will be by phone on Oct. 8, 15, and 22,. Note: Only one person per session. Please have all current medical membership cards and a list of all medications including dosage and frequency. Call West Hartford Senior Center (860) 561-7583 to schedule a phone appointment,

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Do you care for someone diagnosed with dementia? A support group provides emotional, educational and social support. Topics include:• Communication techniques • Caregiver support • Benefits of activities • Stages of disease • Family dynamics • Safety issues When: 1st Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. To join Hartford HealthCare’s Virtual Meeting Room, Call: 860.972.6338. Access code: 19623#. Facilitated by: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging’s Certified Dementia Specialists. For more information, please call 877.424.4641. No RSVP needed.

VIRTUAL BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Losing a loved one is never easy. We help to provide supportive/emotional comfort along with effective coping mechanisms. This is your grief — take it one day at time. Open to the public. Facilitated by Hartford HealthCare at Home every 1st & 3rd Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Nichol Burris, PC, Th.D at (860) 985-3504.

VIRTUAL PULMONARY FIBROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: Join Mal on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m. Group is open to all (including caregivers) and are facilitated by Mal Doyle, 860-805-0504, or nervymal@gmail.com. Please contact Mal for ZOOM invitation.

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