Senior Center Programs Offer Fitness, Fun, And Friends


Printed: Jan 06, 2020 10:45 AM

Whether or not a senior is trying to work out their physique, domesticate their creativity, or hang around and socialize, the Newtown Senior Heart, at eight Simpson Road, has it coated.

With 920 members and counting, the variety of members has practically doubled for the reason that heart left its former location on Riverside Highway final summer time.

The rise in membership is in-part due to the various programming and leisure choices accessible every day on the heart.

Newtown Senior Heart Assistant Judy Thomas works carefully with Newtown Neighborhood Heart Program Coordinator Jennifer Cebry and Newtown Director of Human Companies Natalie Jackson to create actions that enchantment to a variety of seniors’ pursuits.

“Our imaginative and prescient is to offer a wide range of completely different choices to generate [interest from] all completely different ages that vary from 55 and up,” Ms Thomas stated.

Because of this, the Newtown Senior Heart provides speaker occasions, Lunch & Learns, and excursions, in addition to month-to-month and weekly applications.

Listed below are only a few of the weekly applications that passed off final month:

Health Fury

Don’t let the identify idiot you — anger is nowhere in sight on the Health Fury weekly train lessons.

Health Fury has change into one of the crucial well-liked applications on the Newtown Senior Heart with a packed class attending each Wednesday at 10:45 am, in addition to each Friday at 9:30 am.

Oxford resident Chris Hovan instructs the category at a cushty tempo, making train actions efficient but additionally pleasing.

Knitting/Crochet

Since 1993, Jane Sturgis has been volunteering on the Newtown Senior Heart and leads the Knitting/Crochet group that meets each Friday from midday to 2 pm.

Members are welcome to convey their very own initiatives, and periodically there can be group initiatives so that everybody can pitch in. The knitters and crocheters have labored on making child hats for newborns within the hospital, muffs for Alzheimer’s sufferers, and “knitted titties” for ladies who’ve undergone mastectomies.

“We do have loads of enjoyable, too,” member Lynn Welsh stated on the group’s assembly on December 27.

Ms Sturgis agreed enthusiastically, and stated with fun, “Generally we do extra chatting than knitting.”

Whereas the group has grown very shut to 1 one other — even supporting one another via tough instances of their private lives — they’re fast so as to add that every one are welcome to affix, it doesn’t matter what talent stage.

Ping Pong

The sound of a ping pong ball bouncing back-and-forth may be heard coming from the Newtown Senior Heart’s again recreation room most Mondays at 2 pm, along with at any time when just a few gamers have a whim to play.

Newtown Senior Heart member Phil Gross stated he and his spouse have loved introducing different members to what they name “Senior Ping Pong,” the place there isn’t any score-keeping or aggressive calls — only a enjoyable sport to be performed. That informal gaming, he stated, has lured many individuals into attempting out ping pong (also referred to as table tennis).

Whether or not somebody desires to maintain rating or not, the model new ping pong table and tools is accessible for members to get pleasure from.

For these considering becoming a member of the Newtown Senior Heart, the yearly membership payment for residents is $20 and $25 for nonresidents. Nonmembers trying to attend a particular class, pays a $5 drop-in payment previous to attending class.

Be sure you choose up a calendar of occasions on the Newtown Senior Heart, eight Simpson Road, or go to newtown-ct.gov/senior-center to view month-to-month newsletters with upcoming applications. For extra details about the Newtown Senior Heart, name 203-270-4310.

Health Fury teacher Chris Hovan, pictured left, leads a gaggle of seniors in a power and conditioning class on the Newtown Senior Heart on the morning of Friday, December 20. Regardless of the chilly temperature outdoors, seniors acquired their blood pumping whereas exercising indoors. Health Fury runs each Friday at 9:30 am, in addition to Wednesdays at 10:45 am. —Bee Images, Silber

Pictured from left is Carol Fraser, Lynn Welsh, Muriel Ridener, Joanne McCredie, Jane Sturgis, and Ruth Campbell on the Newtown Senior Heart’s knitting/crochet group on December 27. Whereas there was only a fraction of the group gathered earlier than the vacations, the ladies stated some days there are round 20 those who attend. The knitting/crochet group meets each Friday at midday.

Newtown Senior Heart Assistant Judy Thomas watches as Phil Gross, left, and Jim Petro, proper, play a pleasant sport of ping pong on December 30. Senior Heart members are inspired to cease by each Monday at 2 pm to play ping pong with fellow fans.