May 2018

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Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The 2019 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start! Check out all we have to offer at the Senior Center. We have a lot going on!

National Dementia Week  May 21 – 25

And although it’s a tough topic to talk about and face, we would like to provide an opportunity to have a free memory screening for anyone who is concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia. Screenings are also appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now for future comparisons. Representatives from The Atrium at Cardinal Drive will provide complementary memory screenings on Wednesday, May 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. Ice cream sundaes will be served while you wait. Please call 413-821-9911 to reserve your 15-minute time slot by May 18th.

Ask the Attorney 

First Thursday of each month. Please call for an appointment.

Introduction to Card Making

May 8th at 9:30 a.m. Create four beautiful cards that you will be so proud to give someone. This month we will be creating a graduation card, two baby shower cards, and one sympathy card. Cost is $10 and includes all materials and instructions. Please sign up by May 4.

Diabetes Series

May 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Parkway Pavilion. Please register by May 7.

Part 1: Learn about the different types of diabetes and how it affects each system in the body and why.

Part 2: A dietician will explain the importance of carbohydrate control, how to read labels, and explain the problems with sugar-free products.

Part 3: A physical therapist will go over the importance of exercise and programs that can meet the needs of people with different disabilities.

Part 4: A pharmacist will review the new and up-and-coming drugs and answer questions people have about their medications.

Free Healthy Creations Cooking Demonstration

May 15 at 2:30 p.m. Chef Carlos from Suffield by the River. Taste his healthy creation and take some home too! You must register by May 10.

Medicare is complicated! 

Have questions? Want to see if you can save some money? Trained volunteers are available to provide unbiased assistance on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Call for an appointment.

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group 

Monthly meetings areon the third Monday of each month at 10:15 a.m. Topics vary monthly. Refreshments are served. The next meeting is May 21. For more information, call Janet at EAA at 860-668-1986.

Hands Touching Hearts

A global outreach effort developed by Vernon artist Ann M. Cosgrove. This program gives Americans of all ages the opportunity to create medals of appreciation for members of our military. Come decorate a medal ribbon with your own hands, write a thank you note, and touch a heart! Medals are given out at military bases and healthcare facilities. All you need is a heartfelt desire to say thank you to our service members. A décor donation of $5 per medal covers supplies, printing and postage. Support our Troops on Tuesday May 22 at 10 a.m.! Please Register by May 15.

SafeCARD System

A voluntary identification card for Suffield’s first responders to better serve children with special needs and adults with Demential/Alzheimer’s Disease. The ID cards are carried by the individual and/or family member and can be used in case of an emergency or if an individual goes missing. Learn more on Tuesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. or Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

Veterans Coffee Hour

May 25 at 8:30 a.m. with Wayne Rioux, veteran and veteran’s liaison from Hartford Healthcare at Home. This is a great opportunity for veterans to come together, ask questions, share stories, and build relationships.


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