The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services announce the January program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.
All centers will be closed on the following days: New Year’s Day, Wednesday (Jan. 1), and Martin Luther King Day, Monday (Jan. 20).
Outreach Program at Senior Centers: Staff from the Office on Aging & Disability Services will be available at all of the county-operated senior centers each month to assess the needs of individuals, and if appropriate make referrals for services and assistance. Check the senior center schedule for dates and times.
All Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 and above. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch. Please make reservations before 10 a.m. on the previous business day. Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch! Come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs!
If you drive or have a ride, you can visit the center of your choice.
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SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE 202 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-204-3435
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Laurie Roome, MS, community educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Laurie will be at the center on the third Tuesday of each month. On Jan. 21, she will be available to answer any questions about the services that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. She will also be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-204-3435 to schedule an appointment.** Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday.
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Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Take Control with Exercise – Tuesday 10:30 a.m. & Thursdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. This is an ongoing exercise program for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Strengthen core muscles, and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina. **There’s no fee for this class. You must be registered with the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge to participate. Call 908-204-3435 for more information. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Dancercise – Monday, 10:30 a.m. Here’s an innovative and fun way to exercise! This low-impact aerobics class is great for the heart. Dance to popular music that will keep you moving. Start with a warm-up to help you avoid injury – then dance to the beat of the music and finish with a cool-down. **Sneakers are required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins Jan. 13. Register by Jan. 6. Call 908- 204-3435 for more information.**
Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. In this gentle-flow yoga class, participants will practice poses while being seated in a chair or standing. Practicing poses will help release tension in the neck and shoulders. Learn how to stimulate areas of the spine for optimal health. The class will end with a guided relaxation so that participants will leave feeling rested and refreshed. **The cost is $40 for the eight- week program; the next session begins on Jan. 7. Register by Dec. 30. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Beginner) – Wednesday, 12 p.m. Join this beginner’s class that teaches the basics of tai chi. Participants will improve their strength, balance and flexibility while learning new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop a better posture. This class will help participants master the more advanced forms of tai chi. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins on Jan. 8. Register by Dec. 28. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate) – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Master the ability to shift weight from one side of the body to the other, move one leg to the other without stumbling or falling, and help keep the body in alignment. Participants will learn how to move slowly and in a circular motion without hesitation or confusion and improve the practice of specific movements, which will help strengthen bones and develop muscles. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins on Jan. 8. Register by Dec. 28. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Wednesday or Friday, 9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold makes the Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba accessible for people age 60 and above, and beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun dancercise builds cardiovascular health by using dance moves that challenge the heart and strengthen the hips, legs and arm muscles. **Sneakers are required. The cost is $30 for the six-week program; the next session begins Jan. 15. Register by Jan. 5. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Knitting/Crocheting/Stitching Club – Monday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your own knitting/crocheting/stitching project to learn a new hobby or practice an old one while socializing. Participants are encouraged to donate their blankets and other items to the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home. All items will be collected at the Senior Wellness Center and donated monthly.
Bridge Club – Meets Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that when played regularly provides intellectual and social stimulation, and helps your memory stay active. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available). **Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Mahjong Club – Meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Mahjong is a great game to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. Monthly Book Club – Every Third Thursday, 12:30 p.m. On Jan. 16, join us for a discussion of, “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore, then select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!
Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
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Jan. 3 – “Shingles: What You Need to Know” by Jeff Cressman, Wegman’s Pharmacy Program Coordinator, 10:30 a.m. Learn valuable information about the symptoms and treatment for shingles. Jan 6 – “Navigating Your Future” by Laurie Roome, M.S., community educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 a.m. Don’t go it alone! There’s help out there. Learn how to navigate Medicare as well as the services and programs that are available. Find out how to determine when services are needed and what programs are available, when to seek professional help, who to call and how much it will cost, and the necessary documents that are needed to plan for the future including medical emergencies, program applications, long-term planning and end- of- life decision making. We will provide a packet to help organize your documents.
Jan. 7 – FREE Blood Pressure Screenings by the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m. A registered nurse will be onsite to give blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.
Jan. 8 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Jan. 8, 15 & 22 – Country Western Dancing with Vince & Diana, 10:30 a.m. Learn line and partner dances while dancing to popular and classic country music. Vince and Diana will adjust the teaching according to the participants’ skill levels. Everyone is welcome including beginners, experienced, partners, and singles.
Jan. 10 – Total Brain Workout with Kristen 10:30 a.m. Join Kristen for some brainteasers and trivia. Jan. 13 – “Higher Living Through Habit: How to Recruit Your Brain to Affect Real Change” by Anna Nowik Valerio, 10:30 a.m. Have you ever tried to achieve a goal or make a change but get frustrated and give up? Many of us have. This motivational lecture will get to the root of why it is so difficult, and discuss strategies for reaching your goals and creating your best life.
Jan. 13 – FREE Broadway Kick Line Demonstration, 11:30 a.m. Join this fun, energetic class where you will practice a body warm-up, then learn and practice walking and small kicking movements to great music. With enough interest, we may start an on-going program. **Sneakers are required.** Jan. 15 – Holiday Greeting Card Workshop with Jerry, 10:30 a.m. Make a unique greeting card for the holiday season using your creative touch. All levels of creativity are welcome! **All supplies are included. Reserve by Jan. 13.**
Jan. 17 – “New Year’s Resolutions: Do They Work? By Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. Join this discussion about the age-old New Year’s resolutions, which includes a round table about what your resolutions are and why?
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 22 – Winter Floral Arranging Workshop, 10:30 a.m. Members of the Bernardsville Garden Club will conduct an informative and interactive floral arranging workshop. All participants will take home a lovely, live flower basket. **Reserve by Jan. 15.**
Jan. 24 – “New Jersey State Parks” by Kevin Woyce, author and photographer, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a slide show that will include original photography of many of New Jersey’s beautiful state parks, plus vintage maps and images of historic people, places and events. Learn about the Lenni Lenape, historic battlefields that were the “the Crossroads of the American Revolution,” and the beginning of the transportation network – the Morris and the Delaware & Raritan Canals.
Jan. 27 – “FREE Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings: Knowing Your Numbers” with Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10:30 a.m. Learn key risk factors and wellness tips to incorporate into your life for better health management and helpful prevention. No appointment is necessary.
Jan. 29 – “Aloha from Hawaii: Elvis Impersonator Show” by Mike Holland, Elvis impersonator, 10:30 a.m. Mike will warm up your winter with a tribute to Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii concert. Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to have a great time!
Jan. 31 – “LGBTQ Among Older Adults” by Bianca Chanel Mayes, health & wellness coordinator, Garden State Equality Organization, 10:30 a.m. Join Bianca for a discussion about being part of the LGBTQ community as an older adult.
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SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER 876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-203-6101
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Christina Panarese, M.S.W., care manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Christina will be at the center on Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, to assist with questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services and provide support. She will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-203- 6101 to schedule an appointment.**
Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Individual Computer Instruction – Available Monday – Friday. **Call 908-203-6101 for an appointment.**
Carrom – Available Monday – Friday. The Strike and Pocket table game originates from East Asia and is similar to billiards and table shuffleboard.
Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, Cribbage, etc.) – Available Monday – Friday. If there is a game that you would like to play and it is not listed, or if you are interested in starting a club with your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Ping-Pong – Available Monday – Friday. Ping-pong (table tennis) has only been an Olympic sport since 1988. Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game. Play either singles or doubles games. It’s a great way to help improve concentration, agility and hand-eye coordination. **Call for availability.** Table Shuffleboard/Air Hockey – Available Monday – Friday.
Qigong Practices with Michael – Monday, 10 a.m. Learn the traditional practice of Qigong, which is a sitting-meditation that helps participants become acquainted with the mind, body and spirit. Beginners will learn breathing techniques that are coordinated with physical movements while practicing sets of exercises (similar to tai chi) until each movement is perfected.
Gentle Aerobics – Monday & Thursday, 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that will increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can help you decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Zumba Gold – Monday, 1 p.m. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba and makes it easier for people aged 60 and above, beginners or others who need modifications to their exercise routine. This fun dancercise builds cardiovascular health by using dance moves that challenge the heart and strengthen the hips, legs and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins on Jan. 6, 2020. Register by Dec. 30. Call 908-203- 6101 for more information.**
Functional Fitness – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to perform everyday activities. **Sneakers are required. Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins Jan. 15. Register by Dec. 30. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
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Chair Yoga –Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. Practicing chair yoga can help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while participants are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress, can help participants gain an overall sense of well-being, is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly schedule for updates.**
Needlework Crafts Club – Tuesday, 1 p.m. Bring your crocheting/crafting project or learn a new craft and socialize. All are welcome to join. **Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Hatha Yoga – Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m., & Friday at 9:15 a.m. Learn how to improve your posture, control breathing, and practice meditation. Practicing Hatha yoga will help stretch and align the body, improve balance, flexibility, and circulation. **Please bring a personal mat; some mats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Scrabble Club – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Exercise your vocabulary and crossword-solving skills while you enjoy a friendly game of Scrabble. If there is enough interest, members may compete with other Scrabble clubs in the area.
Pinochle Club – Tuesday & Friday, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Pinochle is a trick-taking card game, which can be played with two to four players. Come join us – whether you’re new to pinochle, or you’re just curious about how to play the game – everyone is invited to join the weekly games.
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals either who are at risk for osteoporosis or who already have it. Practicing these exercises can improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. **Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. Class is currently full. For more information, or to hear of other opportunities call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339.**
Monthly Book Club – Fourth Thursday of the Month, 10 a.m. Join us on Jan. 23, to discuss, “In the Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende then we will select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!
Aerobic Chair Exercise with Sabina – Friday, 10:45 a.m. Aerobic chair exercises provide many health benefits such as improving heart health, reducing stress, lowering the risk of depression, reducing the risk of diabetes and osteoporosis, increasing body stamina, and improving metabolism, flexibility and stamina. This is an ongoing exercise program for all levels of skill. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Social Dancing – Friday, 11 a.m. This is a peer-led, social dancing class. Social dancing is not only great exercise but it is an opportunity to make friends in a positive and fun environment. No experience is necessary.
Tai Chi for Health (Beginners) – Thursday, 10:45 a.m. This beginner’s class teaches the core of tai chi and is designed to help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop postures that will help them master the more advanced forms of tai chi. The basic form of this art will help enable participants to experience considerable improvement in their physical ability. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16- week program. The next session begins Jan. 9. Register between Dec. 27. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate II) – Thursday, 1 p.m. Build on the foundation of what you have learned in Tai Chi for Health – Intermediate I and progressively increase your ability to perform the more complex sets of tai chi. This class will help improve your stability, fluidity, self-confidence, concentration, and self-awareness. ** Tai Chi for Health Intermediate I is a prerequisite for this class. There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins Jan. 9. Register between by Dec. 27. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
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Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate I) – Thursday, 2 p.m. Participants will develop the forms learned in the beginner’s class. This class teaches participants to practice specific movements, which will help strengthen bones and develop their muscles. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16- week program; the next session begins Jan. 9. Register by Dec 27. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
Jan. 2 – “Craft: Creating a Clothespin Snowman Ornament” with Caitlin Murray, 10:45 a.m. Make a snowman with just a few simple items from around the house, or make your ornament into a pin that can be worn. **All supplies will be provided. Please register by Dec. 27.**
Jan. 3 – “Maple Sugaring” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:45 a.m. Join a naturalist from the Somerset County Parks Commission to discover the sweet secrets hidden inside a maple tree. Learn the history of maple sugaring and the techniques that the Native Americans had perfected to make this tasty treat.
Jan. 6 – “Understanding Pneumonia and Prevention” by Jeff Cressman, Wegman’s Pharmacy program coordinator, 11 a.m. Learn the difference between two vaccines that are on the market and the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines for each vaccine to help you determine which one is the right choice for you. Pneumonia, an infection, attacks the air sacs in the lungs and can cause fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. Jeff will return on Feb. 12, to provide Pneumonia vaccines.
Jan. 7 & 27 – Bingo, 11 a.m., Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Conversational English with Sally Rob, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, 10:45 a.m. The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is to promote literacy throughout the community. LVSC provides student-centered tutoring and literacy programs for adults to help them function more effectively in their daily lives.
Jan. 8 – Elvis’s 85th Birthday Celebration, 10:45 a.m. Let’s celebrate the King’s 85th birthday with Mike Holland an Elvis impersonator! Sing and dance along to Elvis’s many hits, such as “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog.”
Jan. 9 – Fact or Fiction, 11 a.m. Play this new game where you guess if statements are true or false? The answers may surprise you! Test your memory, your imagination, and maybe learn something new! Jan. 10 – Blood Pressure Screenings, 10 a.m. Nursing students from the Somerset County Vo-Tech will provide free blood pressure screenings.
Jan. 13 – “Better Health Without Breaking the Bank” by Laurie Roome, M.S., community educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 11 a.m. Did you know that you could live healthily and save money? Find out how you can maximize your healthcare dollars and tap into FREE Medicare benefits.
Jan. 14 – Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m. Grieving the death of a loved one is a universal experience. Join this support group for a safe place to share common feelings about your grief and gain hope for the renewal process while learning interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts. Ronald W. Kaplan, doctor of ministry, grief counselor, and pastoral psychotherapist will facilitate discussions. Everyone’s presence and participation are welcome.
Jan. 14 – January Birthday Trivia with Caitlin, 11 a.m. Find out who the renowned horror movie director and history-shaping heroes who were born in January and which birthstone should January babies wear.
Jan. 15 – Pointillist Snowflakes in Watercolor with Karen Haake, local artist, 10:45 a.m. Learn the Pointillist painting technique-using watercolors to paint beautifully textured snowflakes. George Seurat, used Pointillism in his art, which is a technique where the artist uses colored dots to create a jewel-like effect. **All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required.**
Jan. 16 – Challenge Your Cranium, 11 a.m. Don’t let your brain freeze during the cold weather! Improve your memory and attention while having fun. Caitlin will give your brain a workout with a variety of tricky and thought-provoking puzzles, riddles, and questions.
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Jan. 17 – “Armchair Travelers Present North Vietnam” with Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:45 a.m. Visit the jungles and monsoon forests of Vietnam, which has a diverse ecosystem alive with unique wildlife. “Meet” the people of Vietnam and get a glimpse of their dynamic culture and landscapes (i.e. Cuc Phuong National Park) without ever leaving your seat.
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 21 – “New Jersey Originals” by Linda Barth, author, 10:45 a.m. What makes New Jersey so special? In addition to culture, wonderful suburban towns, a high standard for living, strong public schools, a mild climate, mountains and beaches, we must add one more, innovation. Join Linda as she takes us through some of the famous and not so famous hidden gems of the Garden State.
Jan. 22 – Guided Meditation with Caitlin Murray, 11 a.m. Become more self-aware and mindful of your surroundings with the help of calming music and through guided meditation. This class will help you reduce stress, control anxiety, increase your attention span and decrease age-related memory loss.
Jan. 23 – “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” by Nicolette Vasco, the Alzheimer’s Association, 10:45 a.m. Did you know that every sixty-five seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer ’s disease? Learn strategies for preserving the health of your brain and ways to age well physically and socially.
Jan. 28 – Who Did I Grow Up to Be? 11 a.m. Test your memory to see if you can match the youngsters to the well-known figures they became. Name celebrity faces before they were famous. Jan. 29 – Craft: Chinese New Year Lanterns, 10:45 a.m. Celebrate the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Rat) by decorating glass lanterns using traditional colors and symbolism using red that symbolizes happiness, and gold symbolizes wealth. **All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required.**
Jan. 30 – Chinese New Year Celebration with the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater participants, 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional Chinese music, dancing and singing, presented by our very own peers. In the Chinese culture, the rat is viewed as a clever, successful and content animal, which lives a quiet and peaceful life and is celebrated in hopes of having a peaceful and successful year ahead!
SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH 339 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
908-369-8700
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Janice Reitman, eldercare specialist, Project Lifesaver specialist, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, second Tuesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Janice will be at the center on Jan. 16, to answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services and to provide assistance and support, as needed. Janice is available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-369-8700 to schedule an appointment.**
Bocce Court and Horseshoe Pit – Available Monday – Friday, (weather permitting).
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday – Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles. There is a wide variety of puzzles available.
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Tai Chi with Alice – Monday, 9:30 a.m. Learn the basics of tai chi in this beginner’s class, which is designed to help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop postures that will help them master the more advanced forms of tai chi.
Word Games – Monday, 10 a.m. Exercise your mind by playing fun games such as boggle, word searches, crossword puzzles and other mind-stimulating games.
Chair Yoga with Manjula – Monday & Thursday, 10 a.m. Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while you are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being. The class is open to all levels of skill and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Games/Cards (Cards Down, Kings in the Corner, etc.) – Tuesday, 10 a.m. If you have a favorite game that is not listed, and/or you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals either who are at risk for osteoporosis or who already have it. Practicing these exercises can improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. ****For a new participant the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**
Mahjong Club – Wednesday and Friday, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Playing mahjong will help keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. **Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Needlepoint Club – Friday, 10 a.m. Bring a crocheting or crafting project, or learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your (new) favorite hobby. **All supplies are provided. Call (908) 369-8700 for more information**
Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday, 10:45 a.m. This FREE weekly, exercise program changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. Classes will help participants learn stretching, strength training, laughter-yoga, breathing exercises and more. ** Space is limited. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Tai Chi Chih with Janet O. – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. In tai chi chih participants will practice a series of gentle, fluid movements and one pose that will activate, circulate and balance the chi (the intrinsic energy of the body). Learn this practice at any age, ability or condition. This class can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **The cost is $25 for the ten-week program. Register by Jan. 3. The next session begins Jan. 8. Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
Jan. 3 & 22 – Bingo Bonanza, 10 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand- eye coordination, and improving listening and short-term memory skills.
Jan. 6 – “Benefits of Staying Active and Engaged in the Winter Months” by Christina Goldberg, Visiting Angels of Hillsborough, 11 a.m. Beat the cold and join us for this engaging and interactive program about staying physically and mentally active while the weather is cold outside.
Jan. 8 – Elvis Trivia, 10:30 a.m. Do you think you know everything there is to know about Elvis? Do you know Elvis had a twin? Do you know Elvis dyed his hair? If you know the answers to those questions then come give Elvis Trivia a try.
Jan. 8 – FREE Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings by Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10 a.m. Registered nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital will be onsite to conduct FREE screenings and individualized health education. No appointment is necessary.
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Jan. 10 – “Find Your Inner Artist” by Karen Haake, local artist, 10:45 a.m. Create a one-of-a-kind beautiful watercolor winter tree theme using a salt technique that creates a chemical reaction, which forms an image of a snowflake. **All supplies will be provided.**
Jan. 13 – Mind Matters, 10:45 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new, mind-stretching exercises could stimulate your brain and enhance your critical thinking processes? Join us for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled intellectual workout.
Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Trivia with Donna, 10 a.m. Test your brain to find out how much you know about Martin Luther King Jr., who was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and remembered as one of the most inspirational and influential leaders of all time.
Jan. 17 – “New Jersey Owls” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. Explore the nocturnal world of these fascinating birds of prey.
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 24 – Performance by Tony the Music Man, 10:45 a.m. Get up and dance to old-fashioned accordion music.
Jan. 27 – “Moods, Foods, and Senses” by Kim Minerley, C.D.M., C.F.P.P., community liaison, Rehab at Rivers Edge, 10:45 a.m. Learn about how lifestyle and food choices can support your mood in this fun and interactive workshop. Explore healthy eating habits, discuss the food-mood connection and find out how to change your habits to gain a happier and healthier life.
Jan. 29 – Days of Our Lives, 10:30 a.m. Get to know your fellow center members by recalling, sharing and discussing your favorite memories, such as childhood treasures, your favorite gift from Grandma, your favorite book or the best concert you’ve ever been to.
Jan. 30 – Chinese New Year Celebration, 10:30 a.m. We will visit the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater to celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional Chinese music, dancing and singing, presented by our very own peers. In the Chinese culture, the rat is viewed as a clever, successful and content animal, which lives a quiet and peaceful life and is celebrated in hopes of having a peaceful and successful year ahead!
Jan. 31 – Craft Ceramic Hearts with Tammy, 10:30 a.m. Paint a ceramic heart and give it to your valentine or keep it to decorate your home. **All supplies will be provided.**
MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
609-466-0846
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Joshua O’Neal, L.S.W., case manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, third Tuesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Joshua will be at the center on Jan. 21, to answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services and he will also provide assistance and support as needed. Joshua will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 609-466-0846 to schedule an appointment.** Billiards Room – Available Monday – Friday.
Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday.
Bocce Ball – Available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! This game is great for all skill levels. Instruction is available (weather permitting).
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Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) – Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 a.m. –
2 p.m. If there is a favorite game that you would like to play and it isn’t listed, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 a.m. Join this 45-minute exercise class, when you will practice 20 minutes of cardio (or movement), followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), then a five-minute relaxing stretch. This class is great for older adults of all skill levels. **Sneakers are required. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Jan. 20 – Blood Pressure Screenings, Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening from Kate Williams, Montgomery Township, R.N. No appointment is necessary. Montgomery Walkers – Tuesday & Thursday – 12:30 p.m. Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to get motivated? Join the Montgomery Walkers every Monday and Wednesday to get moving and have fun! **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Get started on the right note and learn the foundation of playing the ukulele in this easy-to-follow lesson. Participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. & Thursday, 10 a.m. Now that participants know the basics of ukulele playing, they will be ready to take the intermediate lessons! Using a wide range of musical genres, participants will learn more about chords and melody playing, improvisation, and will play a multi-part arrangement in a band. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11 a.m. Practicing yoga can help to increase bone density, strength and balance. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being. The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11 a.m. Reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness and increase flexibility, strength, balance and endurance while practicing exercises in a safe and positive environment. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.** Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesday, 11 a.m. Tai chi participants will focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. **A doctor’s note is required before the first class and then once every year. For new participants the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**
Crocheting/Crafting with Jane – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Bring your crocheting/crafting project or come to learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. All are welcome to join. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Afternoon Ukulele Jam – Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m. This is an informal jam session. All skill levels are welcome! **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Mahjong Club – Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Keep your brain sharp and supercharged by playing mahjong! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
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Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
Jan. 3, 24 & 31 Let Yoga Dance with Kate Denby, certified yoga instructor, 10:45 a.m. Join this fun class and get your body moving in a safe environment. Practice a fusion of gentle yoga and dance to exciting music. The class will accommodate everyone and is open to participants of all skill levels.
Jan. 6 – “NJSave & Fraud Presentations” by representatives from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, 10 a.m. Learn about the IRS scam, phone scams, lottery scams, grandparent scams, email scams, telemarking scams, identity theft, phishing and more. Listen to a presentation about fraud by a representative from the Division of Consumer Affairs. Find out about NJ Save, an award-winning online application that helps low-income older residents and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs and other living expenses.
Jan. 8 & 22 – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-Matais, former professional dancer, 10:15 a.m. Creative Wellness strives to create a unique combination of wellness exercises for participants by merging aspects of Hatha and chair yoga. Participants will learn gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy, creative play, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. The class will promote calm, control, and meditative practices with imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class is intended for people of all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Jan. 10 – Craft Creating a Snowman Painting with Denise Crowley, 10:45 a.m. Make an adorable snowman painting with just a few simple instructions. **All supplies will be provided.**
Jan. 13 – Bob’s Fun Fitness, 11 a.m. Enjoy a fun, low-impact program, which includes stretching, meditation, music, and yoga to help improve your posture, mobility, flexibility, and strength. This class was designed by Bob Kirby, a certified fitness instructor.
Jan. 15 & 29 – Move Today with Elizabeth, 10:15 a.m. Improve flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. This class focuses on improving posture and fall-prevention. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Jan. 16, 23 & 30 – Tai Chi 24 with Herb Jung, 1 p.m. Focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture, which may help to help reduce pain, fatigue, stiffness for a greater sense of well-being. Tai chi has shown proven health benefits and could help reduce the risk of falls. **This class can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**
Jan. 17 – “Starting the New Year Healthy” by Ashley Q. Lombardi, M.S., R.D.N., ShopRite/Wakefern, 11 a.m. Learn how to make changes in your diet and lifestyle, so that you can get a healthy start to the New Year.
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 27 – “Financial Literacy for Seniors” by Susie Suter, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center, 11 a.m. It’s not too late to learn how to effectively manage your money. In this presentation, you will learn budgeting basics such as understanding interest rates, how to save and avoid debt-credit traps, how to prevent/avoid identity theft and senior scams. You will also learn about available resources, and housing and assistance programs. Test your knowledge and play Financial Jeopardy at the end of the session.
QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd.
Somerset, NJ 08873
908-231-7312
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER – CONT’D
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, third Wednesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adalin will be at the center on Jan. 22, to answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services She will also provide, assistance and support as needed. Adalin will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 732-563-4213 to schedule an appointment.**
A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday. If one of your favorite games is not listed, or if you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Bridge, Cards & Board Game Lessons with Quail Brook Seniors & Volunteers – Thursday & Fridays 10:30 a.m. Classic games of strategy are a great opportunity for people of all skill levels to meet and socialize. Join the Quail Brook Seniors and volunteers for mind-stimulating and competitive games of Bridge, Texas Hold ‘Em,’ Monopoly, dominoes and more! If you would like to play a game that is not listed and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Indoor Shuffleboard – Available Monday – Friday.
Table Tennis (Ping-Pong) – Available Monday – Friday. Did you know that ping-pong (table tennis) has been an Olympic sport since 1988? Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game, and play either singles or doubles. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility. Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24- week exercise and education program for individuals either who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. **A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. For new participants, the price is $45. The cost includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704- 6339 for more information.**
QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. Enjoy discussing global breaking news and current events in a stimulating Q&A session. Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing hot topics of the day.
The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 p.m. Get a head-to-toe workout when you use weights, and perform stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements to help lubricate joints for flexibility, strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation – and with the proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine; Wednesday – Mid Section Routine and Friday – Lower Body Routine. **Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.**
Mindful Meditation and Breathing Techniques – Monday, 2 – 3 p.m. with Dr. Prahba Srinivas Council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India. Learn how to improve your breathing techniques through mindful-meditation. Most people who rush through the day take short shallow breaths. Learning how to breathe properly can promote muscle relaxation, skeletal alignment and relieve stress. **Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the session begins in Feb. 24. Call 732- 563-4213 for more information.**
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Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake “Face Value” – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Create facial expressions using an array of mediums. Module 1 – Pencil/colored pencil (emphasis on a realistic approach to the study of light/dark, shadows, lines, textures; Module 2 – Oil pastels (capture the finesse of blending); Module 3 – Payne’s gray & basic watercolors (create perspective with shadows, light/dark, lines, and textures); Module 4 – Free-choice study (portrait study & self-expression completion, select your medium). **$10.00 fee per class, includes supplies.**
Functional Fitness – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to move more easily while performing everyday activities. **Sneakers are required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins on Feb. 6. Register by Jan. 27. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.**
Yoga Calm with Jade Ko – Friday, 2 p.m. Take a holistic approach to health and wellness. Practice physical poses, breathwork and meditation, while aligning the body and relieving stress. **Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing to allow for movement. Cost is $35 for the seven-week program; the next session begins Jan. 3. Register by Dec. 30. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.**
Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Dancing is an easy way to stay healthy both mentally and physically. It’s suitable for participants with limited mobility and has been shown to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance while participants practice certain moves.
Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Are you looking for a hearty workout? Join Zumba Gold, class that is easy for people age 60 plus, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and exercising the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms with fun, energetic and rhythmic moves. This class can be practiced when seated in a chair or standing up. **Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for dynamic movement.**
Jan. 6 – “Making a Good Impressionism & Go, van Gogh!” by Michael Norris, Armchair Art Tours, former museum educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10:30 a.m. Learn how French Impressionist painters rebelled against an ancient state-system of art training and created new images quivering with energy and emotion.
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Body and Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Learn a mind-body practice that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep-breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy-to-learn format, which can help develop the body’s core strength and is the foundation for physical, mental and spiritual health.
Jan. 8 – “Rejuvenate & Rebalance” with Radiant Massage Therapy and Caitlin Campbell, Foothill Acres, 10:30 a.m. Step into an experience where you learn how to embrace a relaxing moment, zone into the Zen of meditation and speak the art of positive affirmation for a new you in the New Year.
Jan. 9 – Knitting Design & Practical Lessons with Esther Fowlkes, 11 a.m. This class is for beginners, experts and those wishing to brush up on their skills.
Jan. 9 – Brush up on Your Country Line Dance Lesson with Karen Jessie and Deb Gibson, Quail Brook seniors, 11 a.m. Toe tap to some catchy boot stompin’ songs, or get in line and learn the best line dance steps!
Jan. 10 – “All Aboard for Healthy Eating” by Aliz Holzman, R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m. Take a fresh look at key food groups such as proteins, vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy and learn about healthy eating patterns, so that you can get on board of the wellness train. This class is for anyone who wants to be healthier, lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. A demo and tasting are included.
Jan. 13, 27 & 29 – Chair Yoga with Jade Ko, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Practice this gentle form of yoga using specific poses while seated in a chair, which is an effective way to improve one’s strength, flexibility, mental clarity, proprioception, and helps reduce stress.
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Jan. 15 – “Higher Living Through Habit: How to Recruit Your Brain to Affect Real Change” by Anna Nowik Valerio, 10:30 a.m. Have you ever tried to achieve a goal or make a change but get frustrated and give up? Many of us have. This motivational lecture will get to the root of why it is so difficult, and discuss strategies for reaching your goals and creating your best life.
Jan. 16 – “Tango in the Night” with Donnamarie McCarthy, Great Impressions Dance & Yoga Studio, 11 a.m. Embrace an art form that relies on using correct posture while performing synchronized dance steps with a partner. Learn the dance and the history of The Tango, which originated in the regions of Argentina and Uruguay in the 1880s.
Jan. 17 – “The Civil Rights Movement: A Message through Music & Drumming” by Dave Miller, EarthMovers Drum Collective, 10:30 a.m. In this class, you will gain a multi-level approach to history as well as knowledge and insight as you sing and hand drum in honor of Martin Luther King, the leader who gave us strength and hope while we were fighting for equality and justice.
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 22 – A New Year Celebration: Filipino Style with the Quail Brook seniors, 10:30 a.m. Learn about the many traditions associated with New Year’s in the Philippines. Enjoy food and a clothing display.
Jan. 24 – “Armchair Travelers Presents North Vietnam” with Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. Visit the jungles and monsoon forests of Vietnam, which has a diverse ecosystem alive with unique wildlife. “Meet” the people of Vietnam and get a glimpse of their dynamic culture and landscapes (i.e. Cuc Phuong National Park) without ever leaving your seat.
Jan. 28 – Healthy Lifestyle through Nutrition with a registered dietitian, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to obtain and maintain a healthy, happy weight this year.
Jan. 30 – “Chairside Mindful Movement & Stretches” by Lori Morell, director of health & wellness, Parker, 11 a.m. Learn how to maintain a healthier body in this interactive chair-exercise program, when you will practice mindful-stretching, flexibility and a range of motion.
Jan. 31 – “Fire Safety & Burn Prevention” by Audrey Taffet, associate director, A.D.C. and private care services, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 a.m. In this program, older adults will learn safety tips to help prevent burns and fire-related injuries in the home.
WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER (located on the Warrenbrook Golf Course)
500 Warrenville Rd.
Warren, NJ 07059
908-753-9440
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Gabrielle Stander, L.S.W., M.A.S., care manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, second Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gabrielle will be at the center on Jan. 8, answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services and provide assistance and support, as needed. Gabrielle is available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Services are available by advanced appointment only and are available the last Friday of the month. To make an appointment, call 908-753-9440.**
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Computer Lab – Available on Tuesday’s after 1 p.m., Wednesdays after 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 – 4 p.m.
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WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER (located on the Warrenbrook Golf Course) – CONT’D
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday – Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles with others. Choose from a large variety of puzzles.
Lending Library – Available Monday – Friday. Soft-covered books are available to take home and return when finished reading.
Monthly Book Club – Every Second Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Join us for a discussion of the current book, then select the next book to read. New Members are always welcome!
Individual Computer Instruction – Are you intimidated by computers? Do you know how to email and/or play solitaire on the computer? Do you know how to do a web search? By the end of these eight-week sessions, you will finally understand what your grandkids have been trying to explain to you. **Call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9 – 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for an experienced artist to meet new people while water coloring. **Advanced registration is required. Please call 908-753-9440 for more information. Openings are available in the Monday group.** Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at-risk for osteoporosis or have it. Exercises will help improve balance, strength, flexibility and posture. **Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. For new participants, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold makes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba accessible for people age 60 and above, and beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health when participants practice dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hips, legs and arm muscles. **Sneakers are required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Register between Jan. 7 and 17. Call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
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Chair Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. Hatha yoga will help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helps participants gain an overall sense of well-being. The class is open to all skill levels, and the yoga poses can be practiced while either sitting or standing. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins Jan. 7. Register by Dec. 30. Call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
Jan. 1 – Center is closed.
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Line Dancing with Linda, 1 – 3 p.m. Line Dancing is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! This form of dance can help participants stay healthy both mentally and physically, and is suitable for people with limited mobility, can improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, and can increase coordination and balance.
Jan. 3,10, 24 & 31 – Fun with Brain Games and Trivia with Adrienne Graubard, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-activities could enhance your creative and critical thinking processes? Join Adrienne for a mind-tingling, brain-stumping workout.
Jan. 6 – “Moods, Foods, and Senses” by Kim Minerley, C.D.M., C.F.P.P., community liaison, Rehab at Rivers Edge, 10:30 a.m. Learn about how lifestyle and food choices can support your mood in this fun and interactive workshop. Explore healthy eating habits, discuss the food-mood connection and find out how to change your habits to gain a happier and healthier life.
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Jan. 6 – “Creating Art Mosaics” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity with Lisa Brown, Art as Therapy,
1 p.m. Create beautiful mosaics using tiles made from foam board to give as gifts. **Advanced registration is required by Jan. 2. **
Jan. 7 & 14 – Boggle with Some “Folk Dancercise” with Rekha Srinivasan, Bharat Nritya Academy, 10:30 a.m. Before playing Boggle, which is a challenging game that is played using a grid of letters, we will do some Folk Dancercise.
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Bridge Group with Ronnie, 1 – 3 p.m. Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain, keeps it alert, and helps keep your memory active. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available).
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Mahjong Club – Experienced player only, 1 – 4 p.m. Mahjong is a great game to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have some fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Tone and Flexibility Exercise Class with Sabina, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy an energizing class that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Exercising with Sabina will boost your energy level, reduce stress, and help tone your body by practicing exercises using resistance bands, exercise balls and dance moves. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Ballroom Dancing with Art & Fe, 1 – 3 p.m. Dance to a variety of ballroom dance music. Meet new people and make friends while exercising! Dancing is a great way for people to get healthy and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many health benefits such as improving overall flexibility, strength, endurance and one’s emotional well-being.
Jan. 13 – “Alcohol Ink Art” with April Zay, Hummingbird Arts, LLC, 10:30 a.m. Create beautiful abstract works of art using sharpies and rubbing alcohol, which creates unexpected and interesting results. **Advanced reservations are required by Jan. 8.**
Jan. 17 – Cards and Dice Games with Gwen, 10:30 a.m. Join others to play cards and dice games that are guaranteed to make you think, laugh and make new friends.
Jan. 20 – Center is closed.
Jan. 21 – Chinese New Year Celebration: The Zodiac Year of the Rat, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy dancers donned in authentic costume, and learn about China and its new year traditions from fellow center members.
Jan. 27 – “Moving Mind and Body,” with Lara Kats, certified dance educator and instructor,
10:45 a.m. Join this holistic class, which combines meditation and dance as you are guided through mind-body exercises. Class starts with deep breathing and body awareness then progresses to gentle exercise when your entire body will try creative movement to music. The class can be performed while either standing or sitting in a chair.
Jan. 28 – “Shakespeare’s Style of Writing Workshop” by Ellen Parker, educational director, Indecorous Theatre Productions, 10:30 a.m. Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore William Shakespeare’s writing, which is fun, dramatic, beautiful and open to countless interpretations and styles. **This program was made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**
Jan. 31 – Quilting Bee for Experienced Quilters, 1 p.m. Join other experienced quilters once a month to socialize and discuss your individual quilting projects in a group setting. The group meets on the last Friday of each month. Each person is responsible for his or her own fabrics, patterns and notions. For more information, call the center and staff will put you in touch with the person overseeing this group.**This group is for experienced quilters only.**
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