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The Granby Senior Center has been chosen as one of 20 sites nationally to host the Aging Mastery Program at no cost!

The Granby Senior Center will be participating in this national, evidence-based program designed to help millions of baby boomers and older adults take critical steps to improve their wellbeing, add stability to their lives, and strengthen their ties to the community. The 10-week series explores how to repurpose and support the Bonus Years that many boomers and seniors will enjoy and will include lectures, expert speakers, surprises, sharing and creating the kind of life you want. Be a member of the first graduating class from the Granby Senior Center. All those who register for the program will receive a free bag filled with fun gifts and information. Generously funded by the North Central Area Agency on Aging. This program is valued at $150 per person, but is offered at no charge!

Program Info Session

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m. Come learn more about the Aging Mastery Program, meet some of the instructors, enjoy games, free food and prizes.

Core Curriculum

Nutrition and Hydration: Presented by Sarah Leathers, the Healing Meals Project

Balance and Falls Prevention: Presented by Barb Evans from McLean Rehab, MSPT

Community Engagement: Presented by Ruthan Wein, former Volunteer Director at Hebrew HealthCare

Advanced Directives: Presented by Kraner and Hess, Elder Law Attorneys

Financial Fitness: Presented by Jim Hammel, Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

Healthy Relationships: Presented by JoAnne Harrison-Becker, MS Gerontology

Exercise and You: Presented by Farmington Valley Health District

The Importance of Good Sleep: Presented by Farmington Valley Health District

Medication Management: Presented by McLean Home Care and Hospice

Graduation Ceremony

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. 

Please visit or check your Program Guide, Center Life Newsletter, or the Facebook page (@GranbyCTSeniorCenter) for a complete listing of our health services, support groups, clubs and ongoing activities.

Lifetime Learning Academy

History and Culture

Fashions and Textiles from the Downton Abbey Era: Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. Presented by Susan Jerome, Collections Manager at the URI Dept. of Textiles. Just in time for the kick-off of the Downton Abbey movie—we will explore the social, technological, and political developments of the early 20th  century as reflected in the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing. We will look back at what was fashionable, or not, as a way of understanding why people wore what they did. Cost $7 member, $9 non-member. Register by Sept. 10.

Survey of the Old Testament: Mondays, Sept. 16–Nov. 4 (no Oct. 14), at 10 a.m. Presented by Bible Teacher, Skip Mission. This 7-week overview of Old Testament history will familiarize you with the key biblical people, events and promises to Israel including Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and others. Events discussed will include the creation and fall of man, the flood, the Exodus and the 10 Commandments, and the exile and return of Israel. Cost $25 member, $35 non-member. Register by Sept. 9.


Mount Everest—In Search of Snow Leopards and Adventure: Thursday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. Presented by Richard Benfield, CCSU Geography Chair. Join Dr. Benfield as he discusses his journey to Mount Everest’s Sagarmatha National Park and his search for the elusive snow leopards. Cost $6 member, $8 non-member. Register by Sept. 19.

Health and Wellness

Tai Ji Quan—Moving for Better Balance: Wednesdays and Fridays, Sept. 25–March 27, 2 p.m. Generously funded by the North Central Area Agency on Aging. This nationally recognized program incorporates elements of Tai Chi that are proven to enhance your stability and walking. This specialized fall prevention program aims to improve range of motion around the ankle and hip joints and lower extremity muscle strength. Limited space available. Free, register by Sept. 11.

The Art of Reiki—Energy Healing and How it Helps: Friday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m. Presented by Tannia Hotchkiss, Reiki Master. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. You will learn what Reiki is, how it’s performed and what health benefits you can gain. Free, register by Sept. 6.

Personal Development

Ask the Attorney with Kraner and Hess: Wednesday, Sept. 4, by appointment. Specializing in Elder Law. Please call for an appointment for a free consultation.

Familiar Favorites

Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. Topic is Today’s Hometown Library, with Amy McCue, Granby’s Director of Library Services. Cost $4. To register call 860-653-9891.

Men’s Breakfast: Friday, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. Topic is the US Navy Sea Cadet Program, with Duncan Rowles. Cost $2. To register call 860-844-5352.

Support And Wellness

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Peggy Coburn, McLean Home Care and Hospice. Caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with the changes in their behavior and understanding how to handle it is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. Free.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Thursdays at noon. Join others, to share friendships, tips and ideas on being a parent again. Free.

MS Support Group: Mondays, Sept. 9 and 23, 1 p.m. Self-help group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.

On Grief and Loss: Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 25, 2:30 p.m. Led by Jane Johnson. Through discussion this non-therapeutic support group will help you in understanding and coping with grief. Find support, information and strategies. 

Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Monday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 27, by appointment. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails. Cost is $29. (Not covered by insurance). Call 860-844-5352 for an appointment.

Free Blood Pressure Checks: Every Thursday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Farmington Valley VNA, held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Free Blood Sugar Checks: First Thursday of the month, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Farmington Valley VNA, held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Chair Massage with Bev Harris: Tuesdays, Sept. 3 and 17, by appointment. Concentration is on upper and lower back and shoulders. Fifteen minutes is $10.


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Senior Van Service and Excursions

The Granby Senior Van provides rides for adults 60 and over to shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling.

Shopping and Day Excursions

Please call 860-844-5352 to register for all trips.

Holyoke Mall, Friday, Sept. 6, departing at 9:30 a.m. Cost $5

Dine and Drive, Friday, Sept. 13, Russell Inn/Bread Basket Deli. Cost $5.

The Big E: Wednesday, Sept. 18, departing 9 a.m., estimated return 2:30 p.m. The largest fair in New England is back. Visit the Avenue of the States, Storrowton Village and the Better Living Center. Lunch on your own at Storrowton Tavern. Cost $17. Register by Sept. 4.

Thimble Islands Cruise, Branford: Friday, Sept. 27, departing 8:30 a.m., estimated return 3:30 p.m. Always a favorite, we will cruise around the islands off Stony Creek. Lunch on your own on the water at the Guilford Mooring Restaurant. Cost $18. Register by Sept. 13.