Somerset County Senior Centers Offer Virtual and In-Person Programs Throughout Older Americans Month in May

 Somerset County Senior Centers Offer Virtual and In-Person Programs Throughout Older Americans Month in May

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – All Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers, managed by the Office on Aging and Disability Services, are open for in-person programming on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The senior wellness centers continue to offer virtual programs and Grab & Go Lunch service to all older adults.

Older Americans Month 2022

May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Age My Way,” emphasizing that older adults have individual and unique needs. By planning, participating, making connections and staying involved with their communities, they can remain independent and age in place for as long as possible.

 

Registration for In-Person Programs and Social Distancing

Somerset County continues to follow state-mandated public healthcare guidelines for the safety of its staff and clients. Attendees will be required to register in advance and provide proof of vaccination or show exemption approved by the county. Attendees must wear face masks and maintain social distance.

There will be no virtual or in-person classes/programs on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day Holiday).

 

Congregate Dining

Somerset County-operated senior centers will offer a nutritionally balanced lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through March 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.

 

Zoom Guidelines

Unless otherwise specified, residents age 60 and above can join any Zoom programs listed in this schedule even if they are not a client at the host center. Zoom is a secure, video-based, user-friendly, online platform that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet, or computer that allows residents to see and hear others. Participants can join Zoom meetings through a web browser without downloading any applications or software.

 

Zoom Activity Release Forms

Participants are required to obtain and complete an Activity Release Form from the senior center they regularly attend. After submitting the form to that center, participants will receive an email with information about all Zoom classes and programs listed in this schedule. All programs are FREE for registered members!

 

Zoom Tutorial and Registration

Learn how to use Zoom or sign-up for a virtual tour, at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email [email protected]

 

Virtual Programs for All Senior Center Clients

May 2-6

 

May 3, 10:30 a.m. – “The Bees Knees” by Adele Barree. Learn about the possible extinction of honeybees. Land development, pesticides and parasitic mites are all factors that have caused the honeybee population to dwindle. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

 

May 3, 12 p.m. – “Armchair Travel: Mexico.” Visit Mexico in your mind’s eye. Known as the land of tacos, Aztecs, sombreros and tequila, Mexico is a fascinating country that has epic landscapes, shimmering beaches, lush jungles, snow-capped mountains and cactus-strewn deserts. **This program is hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

May 4, 3 p.m. – Guided Meditation with CateTake a break and soothe yourself with calming music and meditation to help reduce stress, control anxiety, increase attention span and decrease age-related memory loss. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

May 5, 11 a.m. – Laughter Wellness (Part 2) by Certified Teacher of Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness, Beverly Burns. Join the class for a belly full of laughs and light aerobic exercise, gym activities, breathing exercises, affirmations and positive reinforcement with laughter. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

May 5, 1 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo Cooking Demonstration with Jennifer Furman and Jessica Cuccurollo, Bridgeway Senior Healthcare. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo and learn how to make a tasty Mexican treat. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

 

May 9-13

May 10, 10:30 a.m. – “Aging in Your Own Space” by Rebecca Abenante, M.A., M.S.W., L.S.W., Atlantic Healthcare. Learn how to develop an aging-in-place plan including home modifications, assistive technology, health care services, community resources, financial concerns, and legal preparations. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

May 10, 1:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club – (Every Second Tuesday). Join the book club to discuss, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte and select the next book to read. New members are always welcome! **This book club is only for Warrenbrook Senior Center Participants.**

 

May 10, 2:30 p.m. – “Self Care” by Crisis Counselor Elizabeth Schwartz, Hope & Healing Social Concerns. Learn the importance of practicing self-care, which includes setting aside time to be alone, trying something new, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, being creative and connecting with others. **This program is hosted by the Montgomery Senior Center.**

May 12, 11 a.m. – “Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a Clutter-Free Spring” by humorist author of “Keep This, Toss That” Jamie Novak. Start fresh this spring and clear the clutter. Learn ten do’s and don’ts for getting organized. **This program is hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

 

May 12, 11 a.m. – “Strike Out Stroke Month” by External Liaison Brienne Jahno, River’s Edge Rehab. Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke as well as tips for preventing a stroke. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

 

May 12, 1 p.m. – “Top 5 Medicare Mistakes” by Senior Advisor Roderick Spann. Are you overwhelmed and confused about Medicare? In this program, you will learn how to avoid making mistakes, gain a better understanding about Medicare and get your questions answered. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

 

May 16-20

May 17, 1 p.m. – “Remembering Betty White” by Crisis Counselor Samantha Malinger, Robert Wood Johnson Institute for Prevention & Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program. Take a look at America’s sweetheart, Betty White. She had a love for animals, a witty sense of humor, and an award-winning career spanning seven decades. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

May 18, 3 p.m. – Guided Meditation with CateTake a break and enjoy calming music and meditation to reduce stress, control anxiety, increase attention span and decrease age-related memory loss. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

May 19, 11 a.m. – “Betty White Trivia” by Crisis Counselor Samantha Malinger, Robert Wood Johnson Institute for Prevention & Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program. Celebrate Older Americans Month by playing a Betty White trivia game. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

 

May 19, 1 p.m. – “Healthy Living for Brain & Body” by Robyn Kohn, Alzheimer’s Association. Learn how to keep your mind sharp and body healthy. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

 

May 23-27

 

May 24, 10:30 a.m. – “Assistive Technology” by Laurie Shaller, National Disability Institute. Learn about the many Alternative Finance Programs (AFP) that provide referrals for assistive technology grants for hearing and vision aids, standing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, business equipment and more. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

 

May 26, 10 a.m. – Monthly Book Club with Nan – (Every fourth Thursday). Join fellow book club members to discuss “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and select the next book to read. New members are always welcome! **This program is only for Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater Participants.**

May 26, 11 a.m. – “George Washington and Morristown: Perfect Together” by Joel Farkas. Take a journey without moving from your chair and explore how the Revolutionary War, Morristown New Jersey, and George Washington are connected. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission. The program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

May 26, 1 p.m. – Rearview Mirror Musical Performance. Have fun at this concert by Rearview Mirror when they will perform country music, rock, pop, Motown, and standard hits from the 1940s to 70s. Songs will be accompanied by photos, videos, and graphics. Participants will also play music trivia and enjoy some jokes. **This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

 

Virtual Exercise Classes for All Senior Center Clients

NOTE: An Activity Release Form and the use of a camera (audio and video) are required to participate.

Mondays, 10 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Manjula. Gain health benefits from practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and can help you gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-369-8700 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. –Take Control with Exercise. This ongoing exercise program is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Participants will strengthen core muscles, and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina. **A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 908-204-3435 or email [email protected]. The program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – Hatha Yoga with Bharti. Improve your body posture through controlled breathing and meditation. Learn how to align the body, and improve balance, flexibility, and circulation. **A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-203-6101 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements to increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can help decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **Exercises can be practiced while standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels. A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-203-6101 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

 

Tuesdays, 12 p.m. – Yoga/Meditation & Breathing Techniques with Dr. Prabha Srinivas, Council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences. Reduce stress and take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation. **A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 732-563-4213 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

 

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – Fit & Flex with Rose. Get fit while performing 20 minutes of low-impact exercises to music, with 15 minutes using weights, and 15 minutes using resistance bands. Perform stretching exercises with a chair and other movements while standing. Proper breathing and positioning of core muscles during all exercises will be practiced. **This class changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. To register, call 609-466-0846 or email [email protected]. A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. This program is hosted by the Montgomery Senior Center.**

Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – Chair Yoga with Manjula. Gain health benefits from practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping to gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-203-6101 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Zumba Gold (Chair) with Laurie Fetcher. Get your blood pumping to zesty music that will inspire a hearty workout. This class is manageable for people ages 60 and above, beginners, or others who need modification to their exercise routine. Participants will build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the hip, leg, and arm muscles when practicing fun, rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair.**A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 732-563-4213 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Yoga for All! Stand & Chair Yoga with Manjula. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses from the support and safety of your favorite chair or practice without a chair. Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance, relieve stress and gain an overall sense of well-being. Expect gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. **The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 732-563-4213 or email [email protected]. This program is hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Thursdays, 1 p.m. – Fit & Flex with Rose. Get fit while performing 20 minutes of low-impact exercises to music, with 15 minutes using weights, and 15 minutes using resistance bands. Perform stretching exercises with a chair and other movements while standing. Proper breathing and positioning of core muscles during all exercises will be practiced. **This class changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. To register, call 908-369-8700 or email [email protected]A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. This program is hosted by the Senior Center Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Fridays, 10 a.m. – Chair Exercises with LisaHave fun while practicing chair exercises, which can help increase blood circulation, improve flexibility and strengthen one’s muscles. Exercises can be practiced while standing or sitting. **Participants need a sturdy chair, water bottle, and hand weights for strength training (or substitute hand weights with two soup cans or two filled water bottles). A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-369-8700

or email [email protected]This program is hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

 

Senior Center In-Person Programs, Classes and Clubs at

the Senior Wellness Centers

NOTE: For safety and quality assurance purposes, the following are ONLY available for participants of the hosting center. Call for more details.

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

908-204-3435

Tai Chi for Health – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (March 2 – June 15)Reduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai Chi. Participants will focus on shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that some participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, and stiffness, and have a greater sense of well-being. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Registration is required. The next session will begin on June 22nd. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Knitting/Crocheting/Stitching Club – Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your knitting/crocheting/stitching project or learn something new and meet friends while practicing your favorite hobby.

Take Control with Exercise – Mondays, 10:30 a.m. This ongoing exercise program is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Participants will strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina. **There is no fee for this ongoing class. For more information, call 908-204-3434.**

Bridge Club – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain, keeps it alert, and helps your memory stay active. New members and beginners are always welcome. **For more information, call 908-204-3425.**

Mahjong Club – Fridays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Play Mahjong! It’s a great way to keep your brain sharp and supercharged. Anyone who loves the game wants to meet new people, and have fun should join. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.

Monthly Book Club – Every Third Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Join other club members on May 18, to discuss the current book selection, “Mao’s Last Dancer” by Li Cunxin. New members are always welcome!

Computer Lab – Is available daily. Participants are invited to use the computers at their leisure.

May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 10:30 a.m. – Mandala Art WorkshopCreate intricate designs using colored pencils and markers. **All skill levels are welcome. No experience is necessary. Supplies are provided.**

May 4, 10:30 a.m. – Music of the 1960s & 70s with Andrew Lobby. Enjoy popular light rock songs from the 60s and 70s.

May 6, 10:30 a.m. – “Eternal Spring” by Art Historian Michael Norris, Ph.D. Wander through fabulous ancient, medieval and Roman gardens. Art enthusiasts and anyone will love this presentation.

May 11, 10:30 a.m. – Blood Pressure ScreeningsCommunity Health Nurse Laura Cummings, R.N., from Atlantic Visiting Nurse. Have your blood pressure taken for free and get your questions answered.

May 11, 10:30 a.m. – Greeting Card Workshop with Jerry Garris-Happ. Make a unique all-purpose greeting card. **All supplies are included. Advanced registration is required. To register, call the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge at 908-204-3435.

 

May 13, 10:30 a.m. – “Hand Therapy” by Kessler Rehabilitation. Learn about the benefits of hand therapy, which offers proven treatments. Participants will discover tools and strategies to help restore function, flexibility and mobility.

May 18, 10:30 a.m. – Songs You Love by Singer Michael Andrew. Sing along to your favorite songs from decades past.

 

May 20, 10:30 a.m. – “Processed Foods and How They Affect Your Nutrition” by Program Coordinator Sigrid Solis, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn about processed foods other than frozen meals, fast food, and boxed macaroni and cheese. Discover how processing changes the chemistry of food and affects its nutritional value.

 

May 25, 10:30 a.m. – Get Up and Dance by Singer Clifford Seay. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready for this lively show.

May 27, 10:30 a.m. – BingoResearchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple benefits, such as socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and helping to improve short-term memory skills.

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER

876 East Main Street

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-203-6101

 

 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention – Thursdays, 10 a.m. (April 7-July 28). Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility, relieve stress and boost your body’s immune system by practicing a combination of Tai Chi and Sun Tai Chi. In this class, participants will perform a sequence of very slow and controlled movements using both sides of the body with Tai Chi (breathing techniques) and posture poses (Sun Tai Chi). **Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 908-203-6101.**

Scrabble Club – Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Exercise your vocabulary and crossword skills by enjoying a friendly game of scrabble. If there is sufficient interest the senior centers may host a Scrabble competition.

 

Qigong Practice with Michael – Mondays, 1 p.m. Learn the traditional practice of Qigong a sitting meditation that helps participants coordinate their mind, body and spirit (similar to tai chi). Beginners will learn to practice breathing techniques combined with physical movements until each movement and posture are perfect.

 

Bridge Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Regularly playing this game has been shown to stimulate the brain to keep it alert, and help the memory stay active. New members and beginners are always welcome. **For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Mahjong Club – Learn to play an interesting game. Mahjong is a great way 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.

  • Wednesday Mornings – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Beginners)
  • Wednesday Afternoons – 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday Mornings – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Take Control with Exercise – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program.

 

Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin – Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements to increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for

flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can help decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. ** The class is open to all skill levels. Participants can practice exercises while standing or sitting. This is a hybrid class that will be conducted live at the senior center by an instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

 

Pinochle Club – Fridays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join the club and play Pinochle! New members are welcome. **For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

Chair Yoga with Pushpa – Fridays, 1 p.m. Align the body, improve balance, flexibility, and circulation by practicing Hatha Yoga, which will help participants improve their body posture through controlled breathing and meditation.

May 2, 11 a.m. – “Mature Life Planning” by Christopher Kellogg, NightingaleNJ. Join this presentation Gain insight and hear expert advice from an Eldercare Navigator, Wealth Manager, and Elder Law Attorney to learn how a proactive, interdisciplinary approach to the aging process can help maximize one’s quality of life. Mature Life Planning considers an individual’s health status, financial security, and legal needs while also managing the aging process.

May 4, 11 a.m. – Older Americans Month Celebration with Russ MartoneHosted by the Hunterdon Care Center. This year the theme for Older Americans Month is “Age My Way.” Get up and dance, sing to show the world how to “Age My Way!”

May 6, 11 a.m. – “Fall Prevention” by Kelly Goense, American Physical Therapy. Join this presentation to learn how to prevent falls and help quell your fears. A fear of falling can have a terrible impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

May 9, 11 a.m. – Drum Circle with Dave Miller, EarthMovers Drum Collective. Soothe the mind, body, and spirit when participating in this drumming circle. Learn how to hold a drum and make different tones. During this holistic experience, participants will feel a sense of joy while healing. Drumming will incite self-expression, and deep relaxation, lower blood pressure and reduces stress.

May 11, 11 a.m. – Springtime in Paris with Musician and entertainer Gordon James. Enjoy this performance of your favorite romantic songs from different decades.

May 13, 11 a.m.– BingoResearchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple benefits, such as socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and helping to improve short-term memory skills.

May 16, 11 a.m. – Your Favorite Hits with Clifford Seay. Wear your dancing shoes and sing along to your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

 

May 18, 11 a.m. – Mistakes Were Made: The Value of Messing Up by Motivational Speaker Anna Nowik. Join other center members for a discussion about mistakes including famous historic mishaps that became victories, how to use mistakes to your advantage, as well as learning strategies for accepting and becoming comfortable with your mistakes.

May 20, 11 a.m. – Ukulele Sing-Along with Roberta Foster. Sing along, relax and enjoy an hour of ukulele performance that includes Broadway show tunes and songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

 

May 23, 11 a.m. – The Fun Side of Using Watercolors with Local Artist Karen Haake. Create nature designs using glossy paper and watercolors. **Class size is limited. To register, call 908- 203-6101. This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

 

May 25, 11 a.m. – Centenarian Luncheon with Performance by the Full Monty Uke Band. Sing along to your favorite feel-good songs with this wonderful, enthusiastic group of ukulele players the Full Monty Uke Band.

May 27, 11 a.m. – A Time to Move by the Magic Mirror Players, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJ Barnabas Health) volunteer actors. Enjoy this dramatic presentation when actors use improvisational and role-playing techniques to depict the trials and tribulations that people experience in a post-Covid society.

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

Sit & Stitch Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. Bring knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects and share your skills and talents with other members. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 908-369-8700.

 

Beginner Ukulele Club – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. (March 16 to May 1) Start on the right note in this beginner ukulele class. With easy-to-follow lessons, participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords participants from the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough and the Montgomery Senior Center will learn together via Zoom. **To register and reserve your ukulele, call 908-369-8700 or email [email protected]**

 

Mahjong Club – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join others center members for fun and action. Learn how to play Mahjong a tile-based game of skill, strategy and luck, which was invented in China and has been played throughout the world since the early 20th century. **For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

 

Cardio Boxing with Lisa – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Learn this exciting easy-to-follow exercise for older adults. This exercise can be practiced while standing or sitting. **For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

 

Card Club – Fridays, 1 p.m. Play Rummy, Poker, Blackjack, Solitaire and other favorite card games. Share your card skills with others. Beginners are welcome. **For more information,

call 908-369-8700.**

 

May 2, 11 a.m. – Rock Steady Boxing by Barbara Kelly, Rock Steady Boxing Fitness. Learn exercises adapted from boxing drills that can help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease with symptoms such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty walking that can worsen over time.

May 4, 11 a.m. – Lessons for a Long Life and the Mediterranean Lifestyle by Program Coordinator for Healthy Living Jennifer Korneski, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn tips for eating healthier with basic eating options adapted from the Mediterranean lifestyle.

May 6, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Flowers by Alison TrottaAll American Assisted Living. Create a bouquet of flowers to enjoy or give as a gift. **All supplies will be provided.**

May 9, 11 a.m. – Advertising Trivia by Crisis Counselor Samantha Malinger, Robert Wood Johnson Institute for Prevention & Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program. Test your knowledge of advertising, commercials and more!

May 11, 11 a.m. – Spring Has Spring by Caitlin Campbell, Foothill Acres. Create a potted plant to take home. **Planting supplies are included.**

May 13, 11 a.m. – British Invasion by Chris Giakas. Join multi-talented musician Chris Giakas when performs Beatles songs and music from other English bands of the 1960s.

May 16, 11 a.m. – Craft: Patriotic Wreaths with Tammy. Make a patriotic wreath to hang on your wall or door. **All supplies will be provided.**

May 18, 11 a.m. – Integrative Mind/Body Sound Journey Meditation by Certified Integrative Guided Imagery Practitioner Nadine Roberts. Take a meditation journey with soothing sound therapy and imagery.

May 20, 11 a.m. – “The Battle of Princeton” by Barry Singer, Historical Society of Princeton. Learn how “Ten Crucial Days” culminated to the January 3, 1777, Battle of Princeton that led to the creation of our free nation. Discover how the war affected Princeton, and hear past stories from soldiers about their sacrifice, bravery and perseverance. The presentation will include beautiful illustrative images. **This program is made possible through funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**

May 23, 11 a.m. – Jingo with LisaWhat is Jingo? It’s similar to Bingo but participants will learn interesting facts about a variety of topics. Have fun playing and win prizes!

 

May 25, 11 a.m. – The Bees Knees by Adele Barree. Learn how the extinction of native pollinators and the honeybee have been recognized as a serious agricultural problem worldwide. Destruction of their native habitat through land development, the negative effects of pesticide use and a parasitic mite have contributed to the dwindling of the necessary bee populations.

May 27, 11 a.m. – BingoResearchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and helping to improve short-term memory skills.

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER

356 Skillman Road

Skillman, NJ 08558

609-466-0846

Montgomery Blood Pressure Screenings – First Monday of Every Month, 9:30 a.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening with a Montgomery Township nurse who will be onsite. No appointment is necessary.

Take Control with Exercise – Mondays, 9:45 a.m. This gentle exercise program, in video form, is for all skill levels. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. This program will strengthen core muscles, and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina.

Nia Melt with Alida Westfield – Mondays, 11 a.m. Have an hour of fun with a full-body workout while moving to music. Start with the MELT Technique by using little balls on specific positions of the hands and feet to help eliminate stress and pain in the body and to increase balance, agility, and mobility as well as maintain strong bone density. The class ends with 15 to 20 minutes of non-impact Nia movements that will stimulate HIITS (High-Intensity Interval Training) to help burn fat. **For more information, please call 609-466-0846.**

 

Yoga Chair Fusion with Debbi – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. Practicing yoga may help to increase bone density, strength, and balance, relieve stress and gain an overall sense of well-being. **There will be no class on May 17This class is open to skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Build on the skills learned in the beginner’s class, plus master chords, melodies and improvisation. Participants will play a multi-part arrangement in a band and perform a wide range of musical genres. **Virtual class is available.**

 

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Reduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai chi. In this class, 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 some participants have reduced pain, fatigue, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of wellbeing. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. For more information, call 609-466-0846.

 

Beginner Ukulele Club – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. (May 11 – June 29). Start on the right note in this beginner ukulele class. With these easy-to-follow lessons, participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords. Clients from the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough and the Montgomery Senior Center will learn via Zoom. **To register and reserve your ukulele, call 609-466-0846 or email [email protected]**

 

Line Dancing with Debbie Bjornstad– Thursdays, 11 a.m. Increase cardiovascular and muscular strength, and improve coordination and balance with line dancing. This is an easy way to stay mentally and physically healthy and it’s suitable for participants with limited mobility. **All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Advanced Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Denise – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Learn how to play songs with more challenging chord combinations by strengthening your strumming techniques. ** Virtual class is available. Call to register and reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846, or email [email protected]**

 

Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Thursdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. Now that participants know the basics of ukulele playing, they will be ready to take 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. **Virtual lessons are Available.**

 

Mahjong Club – Fridays, 9 a.m. Play Mahjong! It’s a great way to keep your brain sharp and supercharged. Anyone who loves the game, and wants to meet new people and have fun is welcome. This is not a competitive club. **All levels of experience are welcome.**

 

May 4, 11:15 a.m. – Somerset County Library Programs by Adult Services Supervisor Manny Miracle Mary Jacobs BranchSomerset County Library System. Manny will discuss the many aspects of the Somerset County Library programs.

May 6, 10 a.m. – Age My Way: A Celebration of Older Americans Month hosted by the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill. Celebrate friendships, and relationships and have fun while appreciating the community together at this welcome-back event. Watch a mesmerizing magic show, enjoy the sweet sounds of the Full Monty Uke Band, and play competitive Bingo games for prizes. **This event will be held indoors and outdoors. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

May 11 & 25, 11:15 a.m. – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-MataisAchieve calm, gain control, and learn meditative practices through imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class combines wellness exercises with Hatha and chair yoga. Participants will learn gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy, creative play, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. **Participants of all skill levels are welcome, and the class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

May 14 & 28, 11 a.m. – White Lotus Qigong with Bobbi Joels. Practice Qigong to unify the mind, andLace-upimprove posture by using a series of slow, flowing, low-impact movements. Qigong will help release tension, regulate breathing, improve body alignment, stimulate circulation, improve the immune system, and help loosen the neck and shoulder muscles. **For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

May 17, 10 a.m. – Take Control with ExerciseThis gentle exercise program, is in video form, is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Participants will strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina.

 

May 18, 10:30 a.m. – Craft: Creating Greeting Cards with Jane and Delores. Jane and Delores will share their card-making skills with us. You will get to create a beautiful greeting card to give to a loved one or friend. All supplies will be provided.

May 20, 10 a.m. – How to Paint a Sunflower with Denise. Paint a picture of a sunflower using acrylics and a template. Denise will provide a tutorial. **All supplies will be provided.**

May 27, 10 a.m. – Community Service Project. Do a good deed with fellow center members and assemble hygiene bags for the Samaritan Homeless Interim Outreach Program (S.H.I.P). **For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER

625 New Brunswick Road

Somerset, NJ 08873

732-563-4213

Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Get your blood pumping with some zesty music that will truly inspire a hearty workout. Build cardiovascular health by challenging your heart and working, hip, leg, and arm muscles by performing fun and rhythmic moves all while sitting in a chair.

 

This class is good for beginners or others who need modifications to their exercise routine.

 

Line Dancing – Fridays, 9 a.m. Line dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. It is suitable for people with limited mobility and is known to improve cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance while participants practice different moves.

May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 10:30 a.m. – Stretching with AllisonStart the day off right with some stretching, which keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy for flexibility and to maintain a range of motion in the joints. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center by a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom as a hybrid class.**

May 2, 11 a.m. – “Expectations and Assertiveness with Dr. Prabha Srinivas.” Learn how to tackle challenges, connect with expectations and manage personal conflicts by shifting perceptions through the technique/tool of journaling.**This is a hybrid class that will be conducted live at the center by a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom as a hybrid class.**

 

May 2, 1 p.m. – Tai Chi Chair with Bobbi Joels, Healing Hands/Calming Touch. Improve your balance, flexibility, range of motion, strength, energy, and pain levels by practicing Tai Chi Chair, which is perfect for participants who have balance issues. Other benefits include stress reduction and peace of mind. **This class will be conducted live at the center by a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on zoom as a hybrid class.**

May 4, 11 a.m. – Cinco de Mayo: A Celebration of the Quail Brook Way with the Quail Brook Seniors. Join fellow center members to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Piñata, authentic music, history, taste, and festive colors. **This is a hybrid class that will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

 

May 6, 11 a.m. – “NJ Facts and Firsts” by Eve Mandel, Historical Society of Princeton. Celebrate the 350th anniversary of the state by learning about the history of the Lenape Indians and early European settlers, the development of cities and suburbs, and technology and inventions. This fun and interactive presentation include a multiple-choice game that includes N.J. facts and symbols. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission. This is a hybrid class that will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

 

May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 1 p.m. – Steps, Stop, Stretch: An Outdoor Walking ClubEnjoy the itsdiseasesfresh air and walking to improve flexibility, lower blood pressure, elevate mood, and socialize with friends! **Wear sturdy walking shoes, wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather, bring water, and/or a hat as needed. For more information, call 732-563-4213.**

 

May 9, 11 a.m. – “Processed Foods and How They Affect Your Nutrition” by Program Coordinator Sigrid Solis, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn about processed foods other than frozen meals, fast food and boxed macaroni and cheese. Discover how processing changes the chemistry of food and affects the nutritional value. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom as a hybrid class.**

May 9, 2:15 p.m. – The Regime 2022: A New Start to Exercise Series with Allyson. Begin a new journey with this head-to-toe workout using weights, stretching and aerobic movements to help lubricate joints for flexibility, strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation, boost your confidence, and support weight loss (combined with smart eating). These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. **This program, can be practiced while either standing or sitting (with modifications) and with or without hand weights. All skill levels are welcome. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and sneakers. Bring water. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom as a hybrid class.**

May 11, 10:30 a.m. – “Epigenetics” by Research Project Coordinators Dana Dychtwald, Michael Toto, Khuzeman Abbasi, Swati Kumar & Lisa Lanza, Ph.D., M.PH, RDN, CLC, Institute for Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers, the State University. Learn about factors that impact gene expression without changing the DNA. Epigenetics may help researchers better understand factors that cause age-related disease such as cancer and premature aging. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

 

May 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 a.m. – Music for Wellness Practice with John Fitzpatrick. Make music with fellow center members during a revitalizing hour when John will play the guitar and invite clients to play hand percussion instruments. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

 

May 16, 11 a.m. –. Tai Chi Chair with Bobbi Joels, Healing Hands/Calming Touch. Improve your balance, flexibility, range of motion, strength, energy, and pain levels by practicing Tai Chi Chair, which is perfect for participants who have balance issues. Other benefits include stress reduction and peace of mind. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

 

May 18, 11 a.m. – Drum Circle with Dave Miller, EarthMovers Drum Collective. Soothe the mind, body, and spirit when participating in this drumming circle. Learn how to hold a drum and make different tones. During this holistic experience, participants will feel a sense of joy while healing. Drumming will incite self-expression, and deep relaxation, lower blood pressure and reduces stress. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

May 23, 10:45 a.m. – “Back Yard Bears” by the Somerset County Park Commission. Bear sightings are increasing throughout the state of New Jersey. Learn the bear necessities about bears. **This is a hybrid class and will be conducted live at the center with a presenter/instructor and simultaneously offered on Zoom.**

May 25, 11 a.m. – Beloved BingoBingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improving concentration, listening and short-term memory, and a little bit of friendly competition!

 

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER

500 Warrenville Road

Warren, NJ 07059

908-753-9440

Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity for an experienced artist to meet new people while water coloring. **All supplies are included with this class.**

 

Bridge Group with Ronnie – Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain to keep it alert, and helps your memory stay active. New members and beginners are always welcome. **For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

(NEW) Healthy Bones – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. Exercises are meant to 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. The cost is $45 for the 24-week program if you have to buy weights, otherwise, the cost is $15. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

(NEW) Gentle Yoga with Jillian – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Hatha yoga poses can be practiced while either sitting or standing. Hatha yoga will help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while 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 helping gain an overall sense of well-being. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. The session begins on May 5. Advanced registration is required. This class is open to all levels of skill. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Mahjong for Experienced Players – Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m. If you are an experienced mahjong player and would like to play this game of skill, strategy and calculation then join fellow players on Thursday afternoons. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

Billiards Room – Available daily on a drop-in basis.

Computer Lab – Available daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Carrom – Available daily. Carrom is a strike and pocket table game of Eastern origin thatCerveza is similar to Billiards and Table Shuffleboard.

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, etc.) – Available dailyHave fun playing these games or suggest another game of your choice.

Jigsaw Puzzles – Available daily. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy putting pieces of the puzzle together. A wide variety of puzzles is available.

Lending Library – Available daily. Pick a paperback book and return it when finished reading.

 

Individual Computer Instruction – Mondays, 10 a.m. Learn how to send an email, search the web and play solitaire on your computer during this eight-week, one-on-one class when you will finally understand what your grandkids have been trying to explain. **Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

May 2, 11 a.m. – Hello May with Parul. Begin the month with a quiz about documentsMay. The first ten answers begin with the letter M, the next ten answers begin with the letter A and the final ten answers begin with the letter Y.

May 4 & 18, 11 a.m. – BingoBingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening and short-term memory, all with a little bit of friendly competition added!

May 6, 11 a.m. – Craft: Making Wind Chimes with Parul. Paint and/or embellish the terra cotta pots, and add bells to make wind chimes. **All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

May 6, 1 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo Trivia with Parul. Cinco de Mayo is an excellent time of year to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, talk about cerveza recipes, take a Mexican quiz, and play a game using the word guacamole.

May 9, 11 a.m. – Age My Way Musical Performance with Andrew Lobby. Celebrate Older Americansdocuments Month and enjoy musical entertainment with songs of the sixties and seventies. This event will have you moving and grooving!

 

May 11, 11 a.m. – Wills Workshop by Scott Dranoff, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey. Get assistance with preparing a will with pro bono service when participants can meet with the attorney one-on-one and get help completing their personal document. All client-legal service information will be completely confidential. **Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

May 13 & 20 – Brain Games and Hand Bells with Adrienne Graubard. Join fellow center members to play mind-tingling, brain-stumping word games and participate in a fun-filled workout using handbells. In this session, participants will solve puzzles and be challenged with mind-stretching activities to stimulate the brain and enhance creative and critical thinking processes.

May 16, 11 a.m. – Recycled Jewelry by Local Artist Debbie Perez. Create a unique, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind pendant with a designer who creates nature-inspired jewelry with upcycled items. **All supplies are included. **Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 908-753-9440. This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

 

May 23, 11 a.m. – “Foot Health” by Dr. Dunja Cronje, Foot & Ankle Center of New Jersey. Learn why healthy skin, muscles, tendons, and circulation in the feet are important to one’s health and comfort. Dr. Cronje will hold a screening for a limited number of clients to check the skin, circulation, and nerves in the feet.

May 25, 11 a.m. – “Love Your Heart: An Introduction to Heart Health and Reducing Sugar” by Program Coordinator for Healthy Living Jennifer Korneski, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. This program will help you learn the lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and how you can lower your risk by being smart about sugar intake.

May 27, 11 a.m. – Memorial Day Musical Concert with Entertainment by Gordon James. In observance of Memorial Day, Gordon James will entertain us with a wonderful collection of songs that will span the decades.

May 27, 1 p.m. – “Conquering Everest” with Parul. Lace up your mountaineering boots and take an informative trek on Mount Everest, a Himalaya mountain range and one of the tallest points on earth and was the first successfully climbed mountain range in 1953. Enjoy a brief documentary and slide show, and then test your knowledge with a word search and quiz.

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