Activities At The Senior Center

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May Activities

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Granby Senior Center located within the Municipal Complex at 15 North Granby Road. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information.

Special Opportunities

AARP Safe Driver: Tuesday, May 5, 8:45 a.m. By taking a driver safety course you will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. This class is open to both AARP members and non-members. Fee paid directly to instructor. Call 860-844-5352 to reserve a space.

Normal Aging vs. Dementia: Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m. Have you ever walked into a room and forgot what you were looking for? Do you wonder if you could be on the road to having dementia? Normal Aging vs. Dementia, a seminar presented by Arden Courts, will answer your questions about what is normal and what is dementia. We will look at how the brain ages and what takes place to classify “normal again” or a dementia diagnosis. We will also discuss the different types of dementia, symptoms and possible causes. Come with questions and concerns and we will address them at this informative seminar.

Food and Medical Myths: Wednesday, May 6, 12:45 p.m. Does chicken soup really help when you are sick? Sandee Fleet, FV-VNA nutritionist, will separate fact from fiction. Free program.

Lunch for the Mind—Art Looting During WWII: Wednesday, May 13, 12:30 p.m. Recent movies, The Monuments Men and Woman in Gold, have exposed the systematic looting of artwork during WWII. Barbara King of Manchester Community College will talk about the practice and try to answer the question, “Will stolen artwork ever find a way back to its rightful owner?” Program brought to you by the Civic Engagement Education Team, and funded in part by NCAAA, Inc. Please register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost $5. Bring your brown bag lunch, beverage and dessert provided.

Senior Club Talent Show: Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m. Join us for an afternoon showcasing the many talents of our friends and members. Refreshments will be served. No charge, but please call 860-844-5350 to register.

Stroke Awareness: Tuesday, May 18, 1:30 p.m. Hear personal stories of those who have experienced a stroke, get the facts and ask questions at this very informative gathering. Class size is limited. No charge but please pre-register.

Annual Veterans’ Luncheon: Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 p.m. Granby Veterans are invited to lunch as a thank you for their service. The menu includes baked ham, mac and cheese, and more. Live patriotic themed entertainment provided by Roland the Keyboard Guy. FREE for Veterans and their guest. Please call Trish at 860-844-5350 by May 15.

Promoting Your Good Health

Meditation Workshop with Debra Mullins: Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Meditation allows you to focus your mind and eliminate stress caused by jumbled thoughts. Join us for 45-minute sessions to experience its benefits. Sponsored by MeadowBrook of Granby.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with the changes in their behavior, changes in your relationship with them, and understanding how to handle it all is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. Led by Peggy Coburn, executive director of Arden Courts of Avon.

Healthy Minds: Coping with life’s transitions is not always easy. Situations such as the death of a loved one, failing health, strained family relationships or the stress of deciding to leave a home that is too big to manage can be daunting to face alone. Working through feelings of isolation, anxiety, abandonment or failure may ease your mind. Colleen Golnik, therapist, can help you understand and deal with these feelings so you may move forward with the better part of life. Call 860-844-5352 to schedule a confidential appointment. Suggested donation is $20 per session.

Dental Care Clinic: First Friday of the month by appointment. Licensed dental hygienist will provide dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, denture cleanings and oral health evaluation at an affordable rate. Eligible seniors may receive a subsidized rate. Enrollment forms are available at the Senior Center office. Please call for additional information 860-844-5352.

On Grief and Loss: Second and fourth Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Through discussion, sharing and creative activities this group will help you in understanding and coping with grief. Whether your loss is recent or was long ago, you will find support, information and strategies for helping you with the grieving process. Facilitated by Jane Johnson, Granby resident and creator of Bryan’s Landing and the Our Children’s Garden in Salmon Brook Park. No charge.

Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Checks: Every Thursday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. No charge.

Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Fourth Friday of the month by appointment. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails, smooth corns and calluses, massage feet and make referrals to medical doctor or podiatrist as needed. Cost is $29 at time of service (not covered by insurance).

Reiki Sessions: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Half-hour session cost $20.

Chair Massage with Bev: First, third and fifth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Enjoy a 15-minute chair massage for $10.

Grandparent Support Group: Thursdays at noon. This is a group for grandparents who are raising children.

CHOICES Counselor: Third Wednesday of the month by appointment. Do you need help in understanding Medicare and its supplements? Our counselor will help you weigh the medical plan options to find the plan that fits your needs. No charge.

Medical Equipment Loaner Closet: Should you need a wheelchair, walker, cane, tub seat or other durable medical equipment contact 860-844-5352. Donations accepted.

Keeping You Informed

Ask the Doctor: First Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Dr. Peter Barwick leads the group discussion on varying health topics. The open forum invites questions. No charge.

Ask the Attorney: First Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. What do you do when a loved one is suddenly unable to make decisions for themselves? How do you ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the event you can no longer communicate? There are documents that can be put in place to make unforeseen events a little less traumatic. Generic situations can be discussed. No charge but please call 860-844-5352 to register.

Staying Physically Fit

Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair exercise, Cardio, Strength Training, and Pilates offered at various degrees of difficulty.

Classes are available six days a week at the Senior Center. Classes are on going, most run for a 6-week cycle and can be joined at any time. Cost $36 for 6 weeks for residents, $40 for non-residents. To register or discuss which class best fits your needs, call 860-844-5350.

Just for Fun

Setback: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.

Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays at 8:45 a.m.

Community Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. Complete hot meal is served for seniors through the Community Renewal Team. Suggested donation of $2. Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center. Call 860-844-5350 by Friday noon to make a reservation for the following week.

 Senior Voices, Expressing Yourself through Poetry: Second and fourth Tuesday at 11 a.m. for six weeks. Turn everyday thoughts into written works. No experience necessary. Cost $50 for the 6-week session.

Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m.

Artist Group:
Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Greeting Card Stamping: Third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Cost $5.

Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Creative Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Conversational Spanish with Fred Kahlman: Fridays at 10 a.m. Free drop in program.

Club News

Camera Club: First Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Civic Club: Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m.

Senior Club: First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Annual membership is $3.

Men’s Breakfast: Second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $2.

Women’s Breakfast—First Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $3.

Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Cost $3.

Call 860 653-9891 to reserve your spot.

Senior Van

The Granby Senior Van provides rides for shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call Nancy Grakowsky at 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling. All persons who use the van must have a valid van card.

Excursions

Ethnic Markets: Wednesday, May 6, departs 9:30 a.m. Sample the spice of diverse cultures in our region at some of the area ethnic specialty markets. Travels will take us to Cora Cora for a taste of one of South America’s distinctive cuisines. Cost $4 for the ride.

Laurel Ridge Daffodils: Friday, May 8, departs 9:30 a.m. Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to a spectacular daffodil display in a natural, rural setting in the Litchfield hills. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Corner in Litchfield and finish with a stop at White Flower Farm for further inspiration. Cost is $4 for the ride.

Canton Historical Museum: Wednesday, May 13, departs 9:30 a.m. House on three floors of one of the original Collins Axe Factory buildings, the museum holds an extensive collection of 19th century memorabilia reflecting life in a quintessential New England manufacturing village. Cost is $8, includes museum admission.

Meadow View Nursery: Friday, May 15, departs 9:30 a.m. Try your green thumb again this spring selecting from Meadow View’s nearly endless assortment of annuals, perennials, veggies and shrubs. Bring your checkbook, as Meadow View does not accept credit cards. Be prepared for walking on outdoor, uneven surfaces. Cargo space is very limited. Enjoy lunch at the Russell Inn. Cost is $4 for the ride, plants and lunch is your expense.

Ocean Beach, New London: Wednesday, May 27, departs 9:30 a.m. The trip begins with an early lunch stop at The Dog Watch in Stonington. Then continue on to take in the sea air at Ocean Beach. Choose to put your feet in the sand or stroll along the boardwalk. A stop for ice cream will sweeten the ride home. Cost is $5 for the ride.

Taste of the Valley: Monday, April 20. Lunch reservations at Maine Seafood in East Windsor at noon. Cost is $3 for the ride, lunch is your expense.

Shopping

$3 fee for each out-of-town shopping trip.

Enfield Mall on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m.

Ocean State/Big Y on May 14 at 1:45 p.m.

Manchester Shopping on Friday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Grocery shopping trips and in-town errands on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Medical/Dental/Personal Care Appointments

Local appointments (Granby, East Granby, Simsbury) may be scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays and medical appointments out of the area may be scheduled for Fridays. The Senior Van is equipped with a wheelchair lift. There is no additional fee for local service.

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