EJ Senior Center

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By Peggy Pearson

Many thanks to Linda Himelstein for filling in for me at the Senior Center while I’ve been recuperating on my porch on the lake.  I should be back in full swing shortly and am looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.

I have not submitted a column recently because there is not much to report.  In the summer, we are quite a bit quieter at the Senior Center. The book club takes a break, and we only have a few new activities planned for now.

Rest assured there is plenty of planning going on behind the scenes to make sure there are lots of exciting new activities at the Center in the fall and winter.  Watch this column for more information as dates and programs are firmed up.

Of course our regular weekly roster of activities is still in full swing, and everyone 50 years of age or older is welcome.  Mah Jongg is Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, people play bridge and Skipbo from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Bingo is Tuesdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Seated Yoga is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  Come join the fun.

Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

Everyone 50 years of age or older are welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center.  Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  For information, call 878-6940 or visit essexvtseniors.org

One interesting offering this summer is a workshop on understanding Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, don’t miss a free series of workshops offered by HomeInstead. Family Caregiver workshops on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias will be presented on July 31 and August 7 from 10 – noon at the Senior Center.  This workshop will help you:  learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; techniques to interact and engage with your loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; the challenging behaviors displayed by those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and how to handle these behaviors.  Call 802-860-4663 to RSVP and do plan on attending both sessions.

Do you know a CPA who might be willing to donate some time to the Senior Center this summer?  Our new fiscal policies call for an annual audit, and we hope to find a kind-hearted volunteer.  Interested?  Email info@essexvtseniors.org. We don’t write a lot of checks, so it shouldn’t take too long.

Plans are in the works to offer duplicate bridge in the fall, but we need several hundred dollars worth of supplies.  Since we are on a very limited budget, we would appreciate cash donations to help us purchase supplies for duplicate bridge, or donations of used duplicate equipment.  Also, if you’re interested in helping organize this new activity, call 871-5791.

The Senior Van provides free transportation for Essex residents aged 60 or older anywhere in Essex Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays for church services from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  To make a reservation, call 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m.

We hope to welcome a senior coordinator soon.  The town recreation department will hire the new person with input from the officers of both senior groups.