News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2024

Somerset County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Celebrate Older Americans Month with Exciting Programs ‘Powered by Connection’


SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM) in May at the Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers where interesting programs provide seniors citizens a chance to connect with others. Seniors can visit all six-county operated senior wellness centers Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in May and every month.


Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of OAM featuring a theme. This year, the theme is “Powered by Connection,” which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on an individual’s health and well-being.

In recognition of OAM, and as part of the County’s Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, the senior wellness centers will be offering “Powered by Connection” programs that emphasize the vital role connectedness plays in supporting independence and aging-in-place by combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues.

Lunch at the Senior Wellness Centers

In addition to programs and activities, senior wellness centers offer nutritionally balanced hot and cold lunches with meat and meatless, Monday through Friday. Lunch reservations are usually required by 10 a.m. on the business day before attending, unless a specific registration date is designated. There is a suggested lunch donation of $2.50 for seniors over the age 60 years and the cost of lunch for seniors under 60 years of age is $8.47.

For more information about services and programs, call 908-704-6346, toll-free 1-888-747-1122 or email OfficeAging@co.somerset.nj.usSee the list of programs below.


202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920


May 8, 22, 28, 29, 11 a.m. – Moving and Grooving with Jack PulukaStimulate the mind and strengthen the body through a multidisciplinary workout that combines different dance techniques, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, and rhythmic modern dance. **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 9, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Wreath Craft. Take part in this fun flower-wreath craft project to make a nice Mother’s Day gift. **There are only 24 slots open in the class to ensure there are enough materials. Pre-registration is required. To preregister and for more information, call 908-204-3435.**


May 10, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Bingo with Caitlyn Meador, Foothill Acres. Bingo is more than an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory.

May 20, 11 a.m. – Older American’s Month Celebration Juggling Performance with Ryan Ozolins. Enjoy this unique performance that combines juggling, music, and the magic of improvisation. This performance will spark laughter and rekindle dreams during this playful and heartwarming experience that celebrates and reconnects the audience with their youthful spirit.


May 28, 12:30 p.m. – Poetry Workshop with Jack Bernardo and Carolyn Moretti, Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge ParticipantsRead, write, share, and interpret your favorite poems in this beginner-friendly workshop. **New members are always welcome!**

876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

May 10, 17, 24, 11 a.m. – Many Voices, Together as One with Joy Merkel, JAK Music Studios. Join choir practice and prepare for the Older Americans Month performance in May. **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 8, 11 a.m. – Masquerade Mask CraftCreate a unique, alluring, and mysterious mask and wear it to the Masquerade Ball Senior Prom. **Supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-203-6101.**


May 10, 12:30 p.m. – Mother’s Day Photo Share. Share a photo of your mother or a picture of anyone you consider a mother figure to be displayed at the senior wellness center.

May 15, 10:30 a.m. – Masquerade Ball with Lorri WoodwardGet your best dress or suit out of the closet in preparation for the Senior Prom Masquerade Ball. At the event, participants will dance to great music and mingle with Somerset County Vo-Tech students. **Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

May 31, 11 a.m. – Many Voices, Together as One Performance. To top off Older Americans Month, participants can showcase their talents in this wonderful performance. **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.**


339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Enhance Fitness with Jaswinder Kaur, Hillsborough Greater Somerset County YMCA – Fridays, 10 a.m. (May 17-July 12). Take this dynamic one-hour fitness class that combines cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and balance and flexibility exercise. This is a falls prevention program that has been proven to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered. **This class can be practiced while sitting in a chair or standing. Preregistration is required. To register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There is a suggested donation of $10.**Hillsborough Discussion Group –


Every Second Tuesday, 1 p.m. Join this group discussion for a thought-provoking conversation. The topic will be chosen when the group meets.


May 8, 13, 15, 20, 1 p.m. – Art Exploration with Gwen Leubner, Somerset County Park CommissionExplore shape, color, texture, and space using a variety of art materials to make beautiful masterpieces in this hands-on, four-session, art program where participants will learn creative art techniques. **No experience is necessary. 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 31, 11 a.m. – “Living Off the Land in the 19th Century in NJ” with Museum of Early Trades and CraftsExplore the agricultural history of New Jersey and its profound influence on farming today and learn what it was like to live and work on a 19th-century New Jersey farm. **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.**


356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

May 9 & 10, 11 a.m. – “The Montgomery Stable of Racehorses: A Restoration Project.” Learn all about the intricacies of refurbishing the Montgomery stable, which is just in time for the Preakness Stakes (horse race is held the third Saturday in May each year).


May 15, 11 a.m. – “Behind the Scenes of the Montgomery Stable.” Learn the riveting story of Montgomery Stable’s six derby horses including how they were trained, the story of their owners, and why these horses are winners.


May 17, 10:45 a.m. – The Montgomery StakesThe Preakness Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race held annually on the third Saturday in May. Today, the Montgomery Senior Center will be hosting our very own event! Join us dressed in your Saturday best, meet the horse jockeys and bet on your favorite horse.


625 New Brunswick Road
Somerset, NJ 08873

May 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. – Voices Soaring in Strength with Emma Rentzel, JAK Music Studios, L.L.C. Practice singing various genres and styles with the Quail brook Senior Center seniors. There will be five practices in May in preparation for a performance in honor of Older Americans Month on May 31. ** 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 6, 13 & 20, 1 p.m. Poetry with Alyea Pierce. Alyea Pierce is an author, public speaking and poetry teacher and performer. During her 20 years of poetry and performance experience, Pierce has collaborated with Disney, National Geographic, NPR, and TEDx. Her dynamic passion for poetry, history, and culture has led her to share her expertise with museums and institutions and all over the States. The Quail Brook Senior Center is thrilled to welcome Alyea Pierce throughout the month of May. Alyea will be on hand facilitating discussions regarding poetry as well as encouraging any creative expression of personal poem creation.

May 10, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Celebration with Joshua Van NessLet’s celebrate all the Mother’s and Mother figures with acoustic pop and soul hits with a specific emphasis on songs related to “Mom.”

May 14, 11 a.m. – Performance by Tommy Strazza. Enjoy and connect to this guitar and vocal performance of popular music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.


May 28, 11 a.m. – Karaoke with Crystal Clement. Join fellow crooners for a morning of rousing fun. Today, everyone is a singer, get ready to sing and clap along!


500 Warrenville Road
Warren, NJ 07059

May 6, 11 a.m. – Fiesta Games. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo while immersed in the Mexican culture by playing “Pass the Sombrero,” “Limbo,” “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” and dancing to the “Macarena.” Participants also will have the opportunity to sample Mexican chili.


May 8, 11 a.m. – Mariachi Songs Musical Entertainment with Lorri WoodwardEnjoy Mariachi Songs and a Mexico-themed day at the Warrenbrook Senior Center.

May 10, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Bouquet Flowers Craft. Create a vibrant flower bouquet with brightly colored blooms for Mother’s Day using a craft kit. This gift will last much longer than flowers. No green thumb is required. **All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.**

May 29, 11 a.m. – Older American Month Celebration with Joshua Van NessEnjoy entertainment by Joshua Van Ness with music and songs from the 50s and 60s in honor of Older Americans Month.

About the Office on Aging and Disability Services

The Somerset County AAA/ADRC is a local agency that helps ensure seniors (60+), adults with disabilities (18+) and their caregivers have easy access to information, and long-term services and support. For caregiving questions, information, or referral to services, contact the office regarding service eligibility.


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