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Somerset County Senior Centers Celebrate Older Americans Month

The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services is joining in the national celebration of Older Americans Month by sponsoring special programs and activities throughout May. The 2012 theme, “Never Too Old to Play,” encourages older adults to stay engaged, active and involved in their communities.

In honor of this year’s theme, Somerset County Senior Centers are inviting active older adults to a ‘playful’ competition in May.  In addition to the inherent benefits that come from socializing and exercising minds and bodies, seniors will be awarded “attendance points” when they participate in programs that are marked with a smiley face J in the schedule below.   

More points will be awarded for attending programs on days in May when the center is being highlighted; see dates marked in bold. At the end of the month, each of the centers will award a prize to the individual with the most attendance points.  The Office on Aging and Disability Services will then hold a drawing that includes the prize winners representing each of the seven senior centers.   The prize for the drawing will be awarded to the winning senior center.

All programs in the schedule begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Please call for lunch reservations by 10 a.m. the day before you wish to come. For more information about activities, contact the appropriate center. 

 

 Somerset County Senior Wellness Center

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge , NJ 07920

(908) 204-3435 

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Bridge – Every Tuesday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Computer Lab – Daily, 10:00 am -3:00 pm (Call for Availability)

Healthy Bones – (Upper and Lower Body Exercises) Every Friday, 10:30

Mahjong – Every Tuesday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meditation – Every Friday, 10:45 am

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available Daily, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 pm (Call for Availability)

Senior Flex Class – (Upper & Lower Body Exercise), Every Monday & Thursday, 10:30 am

Tai Chi – Every Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

May 1 – “Why Live in New Jersey ?” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 am

May 1 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings by Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 am

May 2 – Spring Floral Arranging Workshop by the Basking Ridge Garden Club, 10:30 am

May 4 – J  “Understanding Your Dreams” by Audrey Oxenhorn, LCSW, 10:30 am

May 8 – J “Cholesterol & Stroke Prevention” by Leon Jarvis, RN, Somerset Medical Center , 10:30 am

May 9 – Line Dancing with Ramona, 10:30 am

May 11 – J “Seed Starters” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:45 am

May 14 – J Podiatry Evaluations by Dr. Mary Ann Brazinski, 10:30 am (Evaluations are done by appointment only.  Please call (908) 204-3435.)

May 15 – J “Olympic Games at the Senior Wellness Center” Inspired by the upcoming Summer Olympics, we will incorporate the Older Americans Month theme of “Never Too Old to Play” by hosting our own version of Olympic style events, 10:30 am

May 16 – J Cleave Carr’s Retirement Party with Performance by Leonardo, 10:30 am

May 18 – J Mind Your Mind: Using Language Exercises, 10:45 am

May 22 - J “Osteoporosis: The Silent Thief” by Agnes Salamon, RN, BSN, OCN, Somerset Medical Center , 10:30 am

May 23 - J Free Dermaview Skin Cancer Screenings by Morristown Memorial Hospital , 10:00-11:00 am (No appointment necessary.)

May 25 – Walking Club, 10:30 am

May 25 – Bingo, 10:45 am

May 28 – Holiday – Center Closed

May 30 - J Strawberry Salsa Tasting, 10:45 am

May 30 – May Birthday Celebration, 12:15 pm

 

HILLSBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER
339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough , NJ
(908) 369-8700

Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 2:00 pm

Blood Pressure Screening - 3rd Tuesday of Month, 10:30 am

Caram (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards) & Other Games – Every Thursday

Cards – Daily

Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday

May 2 - J Performance by the Franklin High Steppers, 10:30 am

May 4, 14 & 25 – Walking Club

May 7 – “ No Place Like Home: Helping Loved Ones Live Safely in Their Homes” by Kelly Finnegan, Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 am

May 8 – Mother’s Day Celebration

May 9 – Visit to the Montgomery Senior Center for the Pettets Variety Show by Ashley & Kristen Pettets, Nationally Acclaimed Entertainers

May 11 - J Craft: Fancy Folding of Paper & Ribbon with Sue, 10:30 am

May 15 - J “The Life & Work of Mary Cassatt” – Lecture & Soft Pastels Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:00 am (Registration required.) (Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.)

May 16 – Visit to the Montgomery Senior Center to Decorate Cookies for the Troops

May 17 - J Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose

May 18 - J Decorative Mask Art with Clay by Barbara Gerson, “Art 4 All,” 10:00 am

May 21 - J Word Work Out Tri-Center Tournament

May 23 – “Keeping Your Mind Sharp Through Dolls and Toys” by Virginia Aris, Princeton Doll and Toy Museum

May 29 – Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

 

 

MANVILLE SENIOR CENTER

South Third Ave., Manville , NJ
(908) 526-0175

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 2:30 pm

Bingo – Every Wednesday, 11:15 am

Birthdays – 4th Wednesday of Month

Walk & Chair Exercise Class sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department - Every Monday & Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 am; (No class the week of May 14-18)

Light Weight Exercises sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department – Every Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-11:00 am; (No class the week of May 14-18)

May 4 - J Memory Challenges

May 7 - J Beat the Clock Brain Challenges

May 8 - J Minute to Win It Challenges with the Manville Honor Society High School Students

May 10 – Uno Card Game

May 11 – Checker Tournament

May 14 – Bulletin Board Trivia

May 15 – Left Right Center Dice Game

May 16 - J “A Blast from the Past” Theme Party with Entertainment by Gary Morton, 10:45-11:45 am

May 17 – Mind Your Mind: Perception Exercises

May 17 – “Estate Planning” Lunch & Learn Opportunity, Kevin L. Lynch, Somerset County Chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness, 12:45-1:45 pm (The cost for lunch and the program is $5.00 for attendees over 60 and $10.00 for attendees under 60.)

May 18 – Wii Bowling

May 21 – Sing Along with Ken Tenkel and Arlene Harder

May 22 - J Mind Your Mind:  Brain Memory Exercises

May 24 – Craft: Watercolor Painting “Flowers”

May 24 - Free Blood pressure Screenings by Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills

May 25 – Pass the Pig Game

May 28 – Holiday – Center Closed

May 29 - Free Dermaview Skin Cancer Screenings by Morristown Memorial Hospital (No appointment necessary.)

May 31 – “Keeping Up the Beat” by Cynthia Kusorgbor, MPH, CHES, Health Educator/Risk Communicator, Somerset County Department of Health

 

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Rd , Skillman , NJ

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 – 2:00 pm

Beginners Computer Class – Thursday, May 3, 17 and 24; 1:00 p.m. (Limited seating, call to register)

Birthday Celebrations – Last Friday of the Month

Blood Pressure Screening – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 am

Card Game “3-13” – Every Thursday, 10:00 am

Computer Resource – Every Wednesday, 11:00 am (Limited seating, call to register)

ESL Chinese – Every Tuesday, 10:30 am

Exercise for Arthritis – Thursday, May 3, 10, 24 and 31, 11:00 am

Healthy Bones – Every Wednesday, 10:15 am (Doctor’s note required)

Laughter Class with Denise – Call for schedule

Pool Table – Available Daily

Silver Strength with Linda – Every Monday, 10:15 am

Tai Chi with Mr. Jong – Wednesday, May 2 and 16, 11:00 am

Theatre Jazz with Dawn – Friday, May 4 and 18, 10:15 a.m. (Call for Schedule)

Walking Idols Club – Every Wednesday, 10:15 am

Yoga with Trish – Tuesday, May 1, 15, 22 and 29; 10:30 am

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Mind Your Mind Exercises, 11:15 am

May 4 – Zumba Gold Toning, 11:30 am

May 7 – “Affordable Housing” by Ella Mendalski, Central Housing Resource Center

May 8 – “All About Chinese Food & Culture” by Sara Yan, ESL Instructor, 10:45 am

May 9 - J The Pettets Variety Show by Ashley & Kristen Pettets, Nationally Acclaimed Entertainers

May 10 - J Craft: Fancy Folding of Paper & Ribbon, 10:15 am

May 11 - J “The Life & Work of Mary Cassatt” – Lecture & Soft Pastels Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 am (Registration required.) (Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.)

May 14 – “Let’s Explore Open Space” by Clem Fiori, Montgomery Township

May 17 – Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

May 18 – “Real Life Issues Related to Getting Along With Others as We Age” by the Magic Mirror Players, Somerset Medical Center

May 21 – “Dishing with the Presidents” with displays of presidential china, short stories, trivia questions & prizes by Dan Calvi

May 23 - J “Keeping Your Mind Sharp Through Dolls and Toys” by Virginia Aris, Princeton Doll and Toy Museum

May 25 – Performance by the Franklin Township Swinging Singing Seniors, 10:30 am

May 28 – Holiday – Center Closed

May 30 - J Performance by the Harp to Harp Ensemble

 

 

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset , NJ
(732) 563-4213

Open Monday-Friday,  9:00 – 3:00 pm

Bingo – Every Thursday

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Flex, Stretch & Tone Exercises – Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Crochet Group – Every Friday

Dominoes – Daily

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Monday, 1:00 pm (Doctor’s Note Needed for Class)

Line Dancing – Every Friday, 9:30 am

Rummikub – Every Monday & Thursday

Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, Yahtzee, Uno & Quizzle – Daily

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 - J 500 Rummy Tournament Begins

May 2 – Mind Your Mind: Memory Exercises

May 4 - J “Real Life Issues Related Getting Along with Others as We Age” by the Magic Mirror Players, Somerset Medical Center

May 7 - J “Am I Gluten Sensitive?” by Nancy Rosa Mejias, Program Coordinator, Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:45 am

May 9 - J “Be Wise About Your Medications” by Cynthia Kusorgbor, MPH, CHES, Health Educator/Risk Communicator, Somerset County Department of Health, 10:45 am

May 16 - J Visit to the Manville Senior Center for “Blast from the Past” Theme Party with Entertainment by Gary Morton, 10:45 am

May 21 - J “Over 90 & Loving It” - An inspiring documentary of nonagenarians who live life to the fullest

May 22 - J “Drumming Circle” by Sharon Silverstein, President of Living at Peace, 10:45 am

May 23 - J Baked Potato Luncheon

May 24 - J Off to the Races! Will your “horse” come in? with Lynda Augustine

May 28 – Holiday – Center Closed

May 30 – Exercise

May 31 - J Strawberry Salsa Tasting with Kristen Grieco

 

 

RARITAN SENIOR CENTER
Somerset County Annex
614 First Ave. , Raritan , NJ
(908) 203-0001

Open Monday-Friday 10:00 – 3:30 pm

Bingo – Every Tuesday

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Cards (Uno, Canasta and Bunko) – Daily

Crocheting – Every Wednesday

Pool – Available Daily

Table Shuffleboard/Rummikub, Air Hockey and Dominoes – Daily

May 1 - J Sharing My Country! Exploring Cultures of China , India , France , Puerto Rico & the United States

May 2 - J Caricatures by Steve Nyman

May 3 - J “The Singer of a Thousand Songs” by Marti Noel, Former Mrs. New Jersey

May 4 - J Mail for Heroes- Send public messages of hope and thanks to the men & women who have sacrificed so much for our country

May 7 & 21 – Meditation

May 10 – Respiratory and Education Screenings by Susan Zolandz, Morristown Memorial Hospital

May 11 - J Mother’s Day Celebration

May 14 - J “Backyard Bears” by Carrie Springer, Somerset County Parks Commission

May 16 – Visit to the Manville Senior Center for the “Blast from the Past” Theme Party with Entertainment by Gary Morton

May 17 & 25 – Wii Games (Bowling, Baseball or Tennis)

May 18 - J Word Workout Tri-Center Tournament

May 21 – Pass the Pig Game

May 23 – J Mind Your Mind: Flexible Thinking Exercises

May 24 – J Chair Aerobics

May 28 – Holiday –Center Closed

May 30 – Left Right Center Dice Game

May 31 – J Walking Club

 

 

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
500 Warrenville Rd., Warren , NJ
(908) 753-9440

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Bingo – Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am

Beginner Bridge – Tuesday, 1:00 pm

Brains and Games with Adrienne – Every Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.

Chess – Every Thursday, starting May 17; 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Advance registration required.)

Computer Practice Lab – Every Tuesday, 12:30-2:00 pm (Call by Monday for Availability)

Computer Instruction (One on One) – Wednesdays: 10:00-1:00 pm; (Call for Appointment)

Computer Room – Open Monday thru Friday (Call for Availability)

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Every Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 am (Doctor’s note required.)

Line Dancing – Every Monday, 1:00-3:00 pm

Knit N’ Crochet Circle – Second & Fourth Wednesday of month, 10:30 a.m.

Lending Library – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9:00-11:00 am

Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Social Dancing – Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm

Tai Chi – Every Tuesday, 9:15-10:15 am (Advanced registration is required.)

Zumba Gold – Every Monday (May 14 – July 9), 10:45 – 11:30 am

May 1 - J Mind Your Mind: Communication Exercises

May 4, 11 & 18 - J Brains & Games with Adrienne Graubard, 10:30 am

May 7 – AARP Defensive Driving Course with Instructor Lois Hockenbury, 9:00-4:00 pm (Advanced registration is required.  There is a fee of $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.)

May 7 - J “Nutrition Jeopardy: Test Your Knowledge About Nutrition” by Kate Domen, Diet Technician, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:45 am

May 9 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings by Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 am

May 10 – Lunch & Learn: “Total Hearing Care Presentation with Free Hearing Screenings”, by Elizabeth Coron, Educational Program Coordinator, 11:30 am (How can I tell if I hearing loss? What should I do?  What is tinnitus?  These topics and others will be discussed during this informative hearing program and then will be followed by a free hearing screening.)  (The cost for lunch and the program is $5.00 for attendees over 60 and $10.00 for attendees under 60. Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 8th.)

May 14 - J “Laughter Really Matters” by Ron Owens, M.A., 10:30 am

May 16 - J “Expressing Yourself Through Poetry” with the Watchung Valley View Middle School, Gifted and Talented “SOAR” Students, 10:30 am (Under the guidance of teacher Elaine Chesebro, SOAR students will share original poetry, read poems from their favorite authors & conduct “mini’ poetry writing seminars with the center’s members.)

May 21 - J Valerie Fund Community Service Day, 10:30 am (Valerie Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support for children with cancer and blood disorders. Senior Center participants will assemble craft kits, which will be donated for patients and siblings to do during treatment.)

May 23 – Reminiscing Birthday Memories, 10:15 am (As a child what was your favorite birthday game?  What special activities did you do on your birthday? Share your favorite birthday memories as we celebrate our lives.)

May 25 - J “The Life & Work of Mary Cassatt” – Lecture & Soft Pastels Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 am; Registration required. (Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.)

May 28 – Holiday – Center Closed

May 29 – J Play While Stimulating the Mind, 10:30 am (Join us as we play interactive computer games.)

May 30 – Cholesterol Health Screenings by the Overlook Medical Center ’s Mobile Health Center , 10:15-11:30 am (There is a $10.00 fee.  Call (908) 753-9440 for 10 minute appointments.)

May 30 - J Chair Exercises

May 31 - J “Armchair Bird Watchers” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center , 10:45 am

May 31 – “Beginning Birdwatcher Walk” Lunch & Learn Opportunity, by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center , 11:45 am (The cost for lunch and the program is $5.00 for attendees over 60 and $10.00 for attendees under 60. Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 28th.)