Retiring, whether by choice or not, can be a challenging experience. On the one hand, retirement is supposed to feel like a happy time earned after many years of hard work: on the other, it can be an uncertain and stressful period. Many new retirees experience a drop in well-being because they find they miss working, miss the camaraderie of colleagues, are bored, or haven't determined what to do with their time. This can also be accompanied by feelings of loss of professional identity, loneliness, and questions about the future. They may benefit from group support and talking with others going through the same life transition. The Senior Center of the Chathams is holding "I'm Retired: Now What?" a new group for recent retirees that is part of its ongoing Connections series. This free six-week session will be held on Zoom on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00PM starting October 7 and running through November 11. The group will be led by Clair Solu-Burd, LCSW with a new topic or activity featured each week. Those interested are asked to register before October 7 by calling the Senior Center at 973-635-4565. 

The Senior Center of the Chathams is a 30-year-old independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located at 58 Meyersville Road (lower level), Chatham, NJ. The Senior Center has helped older adults in the greater Chatham area age in place by providing a wide array of activities and services that educate, empower, and promote community engagement. There is no membership fee. Many programs are offered free of charge, while others involve only a minimal charge thanks to individual donations, fundraising events that benefit the organization, and grants. During the pandemic, the Center has: offered remote and outdoor programs that provide support, guidance, and enrichment; coordinated area volunteers who have grocery shopped for seniors; and helped people attain needed resources and services during this challenging time. For more information about the Senior Center of the Chathams, call 973-635-4565 or visit chathamseniorcenter.org.