EJ Senior Center

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By Peggy Pearson
Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

Another year has come and gone at the Senior Center, and what a year it’s been! Thanks to lots of hard work, generosity and guidance from many people, we accomplished so much. We conducted a community survey, increased participation, secured municipal funding for a senior coordinator, started a website and completed extensive renovations. We sponsored many workshops and classes, held two successful bridge tournaments, an art show, lessons in bridge, cribbage, and Mah Jongg, and initiated several other activities.  Many thanks to everyone who helped us achieve so much this year, especially the members of the Advisory Committee: Joan Carr, Brooke Conger, Gloria Deeley, Bernie Haslam, Donna Harnish, Linda Himelstein, Carl Houghton, Donna Powell, Sandy White, and Pat Wiggett.

Our annual membership meeting June 9 was well-attended. Highlights of the agenda were election of officers and approval of a budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. Sandi McGowan, Sandy White and I agreed to continue as secretary, treasurer and president, respectively. Linda Himelstein and Carl Houghton agreed to share the job of vice president. No one else volunteered so we were all elected. Welcome to Linda and Carl!

Would you like to learn how to play a new card game? In July, Connie Marshall will teach New Canasta. If you’re interested, please call Bernie Haslam at 373-4874 for more information.

Are you caring for a loved one 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 Aug. 7 from 10 to 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. Please call 802-860-4663 to RSVP and do plan on attending both sessions.

Preliminary plans are in the works to offer duplicate bridge in the fall. If you are interested in helping organize this new activity, please call the center at 878-6940.

Newcomers are always welcome at the center, where we offer a full schedule of activities. Mah Jongg is Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, people play bridge and Skipbo from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bingo is Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Seated Yoga is Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Come join the fun!

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

Six spades was the lucky bid recently. Loretta Masi bid six spades and made seven on two different days, once with Dorothy Knox on May 28 and then with Paula Gerlack on June 2. Donna Powell and Newt Garland also bid and made six spades. Congratulations!