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 8, 2024

 

Somerset County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Offer Exciting Activities in June

 

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Connect with others at any of the six Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers, which are managed by the County Office on Aging and Disability Services. Join the fun, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The senior wellness centers offer games, activities, and educational health and wellness programs in a social and uplifting atmosphere.

The Senior Wellness Centers are closed on June 21 (Juneteenth) and June 25 (Staff Inservice Day).

Lunch

Attendees can invite a friend or neighbor to join them for lunch. All county-operated senior wellness centers provide a nutritionally balanced lunch on Mondays through Fridays for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 years and above. The menu includes a choice of hot meat-based or meatless entrées or cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunches. Senior wellness center clients must make reservations for lunch by 10 a.m. on the previous business day.

 

Virtual and Hybrid Program Guidelines

Hybrid and virtual programs are noted throughout the schedule. Participants can attend hybrid programs in-person with an instructor or via Zoom.

Participants can join Zoom programs through a web browser without downloading applications or

software. A camera (audio and video) is required to participate in Zoom programs.

 

Zoom Tutorials

Learn to use Zoom and sign up for a virtual tour at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us. To register for a virtual program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

908-204-3435

Computer Lab – Available daily. Participants can use the computers at their leisure.

Geri-Fit with Connie Ledder – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (April 29 – July 26). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process and achieve a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks (24 classes). **Pre-registration is required. Participants can practice Geri-Fit when seated or standing. This class requires a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

Stronger Seniors: Core Strength – Mondays, 1 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. Get a safe and easy workout for core muscles by using resistance bands in this pre-recorded exercise program.

Mahjong Club – Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Learn how to play Mahjong, an interesting game that helps keep the brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves games and wants to meet new people and have fun. **This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

Canasta Club – Tuesdays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Play this traditional card game that requires strategic and tactical thinking. **New members are welcome. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

Bridge Club – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Get intellectual and social stimulation when playing this mentally challenging card game. Studies show playing Bridge regularly can stimulate the brain to keep it alert and help one’s memory stay active. **New members and beginners are welcome.**

 

Chair Yoga with Jillian –Wednesdays, 1 p.m. (May 29 – July 17), & Fridays, 1 p.m. (May 31 – July 19). Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of a favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping participants achieve an overall sense of well-being. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Next session: May 14 – Oct. 22). Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who either have or are at risk for osteoporosis. **Pre-registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the start of the first class and then once every year. For more information, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

(Virtual) Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention with Phillip Chan – Thursdays, 10 a.m. (April 4 – July 25). Learn how to reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, gain a greater sense of well-being, and reduce the risk of falling by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will learn how to shift their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

Line Dancing – Thursdays, 11 a.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, coordination, and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Line dancing doesn’t require a partner, and it’s a great way to maintain one’s mental and physical health.

Take Control with Exercise – Tuesdays &Thursdays at 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina during this gentle exercise program that is presented via video. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. There is no fee for this class.**

Mahjong Lessons with Sylvia Rubin – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Learn how to play this fun and challenging game. Playing Mahjong helps keep the brain sharp and supercharged.

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 10 a.m. (June 7 – July 19). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There is no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

June 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Hearing Screenings with Tracy Walker, Hearing Life. Get a free 15-minute hearing screening, which is recommended for everyone over the age of 60 years. Even with good hearing, participants can use their screenings as a baseline if experiencing hearing loss in the future.

 

June 4, 11 a.m. – Prostate Health and Cancer Prevention with Ryan Moulton from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New JerseyLearn about the risks of prostate cancer, how it’s treated, and prevention tips. Approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but most men survive the disease if it is detected and treated early.

 

June 5, 11 a.m. – Paint a Pot With Donna Smith, Arbor Terrace. Take this opportunity to beautify the home by painting a clay flowerpot and then planting herbs in the pot. **Pre-registration is required. All supplies will be provided.**

 

June 6, 11 a.m. – June Trivia.  Play this fun game that will test your knowledge about all things June with categories, such as history, science, nature, zoology, and more.

June 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity with Cathryn Chamberlain, Care Manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability ServicesMeet Cathryn, who will be at the center to answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, assist with referrals for services, and provide information and support as needed. She will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible residents. Eligible recipients must be Somerset County residents, age 60 years or above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individual -$27,861 or couple- $37,814). Proof of identification, residence, and income will be required. **Cathryn is available to meet one-on-one as requested.**

June 11, 11 a.m. – Hillsborough
 Rockettes and Rockets Dance Troupe. Enjoy this beautiful celebration of music, costumes, and dance that sparkles and impresses as much as their costumes do. The volunteer group meets weekly to master the steps, moves, and musical numbers.


June 12, 12:30 p.m. – 
Monthly Book ClubJoin fellow book club members to discuss “The 2nd Mrs. Astor: A Novel of the Titanic” by Shana Abe.

June 12, 11 a.m. – Cards with Gerry
Design and create beautiful cards to give to family and friends. **All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call 908-204-3435.**

June 7 & 28, 11 a.m.  Bingo with Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge Volunteers. Partake in a friendly game of Bingo, which is more than a fun activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple health benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory skills.

June 13, 11 a.m. – Memory Enhancement Techniques with Devon Grier, OTR, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset. Understand memory and the difference between short-term and long-term memory. Learn about the causes of memory loss, the relationship between acquisition and recall, strategies to enhance memory and learning capacity, as well as memorization techniques, and when to seek care.

June 14, 11 a.m. – Father’s Day Windchime CraftCelebrate this special day by creating a windchime for beauty and relaxing tones in the home. **Pre-registration is required. Supplies will be provided.**

June 17 – “The ABCs of Subacute and Long-Term Care” with Emily Bassiacos, Allaire Health Services. Learn what type of care family members may need throughout different stages of life.

June 18, 11 a.m. – “Shipwrecked” with Meg WastieLearn the history of famous  shipwrecks from the 17th to 20th centuries that occurred off the coast of New Jersey. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.** 

June 19, 11 a.m. – “Uncovering the Enslaved” with Gwen Allen, Liberty Hall MuseumLearn the  history of slavery in New Jersey in honor of Juneteenth. Find out how the Liberty Hall Museum is trying to uncover the stories of the enslaved people. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.** 

June 20, 11 a.m. – Table Games. Join fellow game lovers to play an array of table games including Scrabble, Dominos, Parcheesi, Rumiko, Chess, Yahtzee, and PO-KE-NO. **No experience is required. Beginners are welcome.**

June 21 – Juneteenth is Observed – the Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 24, 11 a.m. – “How to Talk to Your Doctor” with Connie Pizarro, Oasis Senior Advisors. Learn how to prepare, take notes, and get the most out of the next doctor’s appointment.

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 26, 11 a.m. – “The Dangers of Sugar” with Public Health Nutritionist Andrea Huber, Bernards Health Department. Learn how much sugar is in soda and other popular drinks, the health risks associated with consuming too much sugar, plus tips to cut back on one’s intake.

 

June 27, 11 a.m. – Summer CraftCreate a mirror craft in the shape of a sun to beautify the home. **Pre-registration is required. Supplies will be provided.**

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER
876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-203-6101

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Darren Lau, Care Manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability ServicesJune 7 & 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet Darren, who will be at the center to answer questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, assist with referrals for services, and provide information about the Office on Aging and Disability Services.

  • Darren will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible residents. Eligible recipients must be Somerset County residents, age 60 years or above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individual -$27,861 or couple- $37,814). Applicants must show proof of identification, residence, and income. **Darren is available to meet one-on-one as requested.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Next session: April 1 to Sept. 23. No class on May 27), Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Next session: April 5 to Sept. 20, No class on June 21). Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk for osteoporosis or have it. **The current sessions are full. Preregistration is required for the next sessions. A doctor’s note is also required before the start of the first class and then once every year. For more information, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

Qigong Practices with Michael – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Learn the traditional practice of Qigong (similar to Tai Chi), which involves using techniques for meditation, controlled breathing, and movement to connect the mind, body, and spirit for healing. **There is no class on June 5.**

Walking Club – Mondays at 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk outside for exercise. Walking regularly can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Participants will walk under the awning in case of inclement weather. Appropriate footwear is required.**

(Virtual) Hatha Yoga with Bharti – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Improve body posture through breath control and meditation by practicing Hatha Yoga, which can provide health benefits, such as aligning the body and improving balance, flexibility, and circulation.

Card Games – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Play favorite card games with fellow center members at the senior wellness center.

Line Dancing –Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, coordination, and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Line dancing doesn’t require a partner, and it’s a great way to maintain one’s mental and physical health.

(Hybrid) Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin – Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on the body. Learn movements to increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels. Note: Friday Gentle Aerobics classes will return in August. **

Mahjong Club – Beginners (Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Advanced (Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Learn how to play Mahjong, an interesting game that can help sharpen the brain and keep it supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to have fun, and meet new people.

 

Take Control with Exercise – Wednesdays 1 p.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina during this gentle exercise program, which is presented via video. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**

Monthly Book Club with Nan – June 20, 10 a.m. Join fellow book club members to discuss, “The Only One Left”, by Riley Sager. **New members are always welcome.**

Aerobic Chair Exercise with Sabina – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Improve heart health, reduce stress, and lower the risk of depression, diabetes, and osteoporosis while increasing stamina, improving metabolism, and increasing flexibility during this exercise program. **This program is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. There is no class on June 27.**

Stronger Seniors: Stretch – Thursdays, 1 p.m. Join this simple, 45-minute pre-recorded exercise program. Use a chair for a safe and thorough stretching routine to feel more flexible.

Geri-Fit with Karen – Fridays, 10 a.m. June 7 – July 26. Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

Crafts Club – Fridays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Craft and chat. Knit, crochet, embroider, or bring any crafting project and have fun socializing. **The senior wellness center has limited supplies available.**

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 1 p.m. (June 7 – July 19). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There is no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

Pinochle Club – Fridays, 1 – 4 p.m. Play Pinochle. It’s a fun card game! **New members are welcome!**

June 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Technology Assistance with RadhaGet 1-on-1 technology tutoring for help with tablets, laptops, and cell phones. **All tutoring will be scheduled as one-hour appointments. To make an appointment call Lorraine at 908-203-6101.**

June 3, 11 a.m. – “Here Comes the Bride” with Historian Meg Wastie. Discover the origins of marriage and wedding practices including traditions such as white dresses, wedding rings, and other interesting details.

 

June 4, 11 a.m. – Swinging, Singing Seniors PerformanceEnjoy this performance by an amazingly talented choral group of local seniors who will share their vocal talents while spreading some smiles. Songs include “Hello Dolly,” “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da,” and “Lullaby on Broadway.”

June 4 & 18, 11 a.m. – Bereavement Support Group. Share common feelings about grief and the renewal process in this support group that provides participants with a safe place for grieving the death of a loved one. Interfaith, bereavement principles, and universal spiritual concepts are incorporated into this group. Doctor of Ministry, Grief Counselor, and Pastoral Psychotherapist Ronald W. Kaplan will facilitate the discussions. **Everyone’s presence and participation are welcome. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

June 5, 10:30 a.m. – Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services Public HearingThe Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services and its Advisory Council will hold a public hearing regarding programs and services for adults 60 and above and their caregivers. The purpose of the hearing is to offer county residents the opportunity to comment on the needs of those age 60 years and above, caregivers, and persons living with a disability.

The 2025 – 2027 Area Plan Contract provides services funded under Title III of the Older American’s Act including Supplemental Aging Supportive Services, State Safe Housing and Transportation, Adult Protective Services, Casino Revenues, State, County and Local Funds. The plan identifies trends and conditions affecting the aging population in Somerset County. Goals and implementing strategies to meet current needs will be discussed. The services and programs to be provided under the Older American’s Act will be described, along with the proposed spending plan. The forum is an opportunity for the public to talk about community needs and recommend potential solutions.

  • Written comments will be accepted up to June 4, 2024, as part of the public record of the hearing and should be addressed to: Joanne Fetzko, Executive Director, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, New Jersey, 08876 or email OfficeAging@co.somerset.nj.us
  • For more information or to register, call Helen O’Connor at 908-704-6336 by Monday, June 3.

 

June 6, 11 a.m. – Cards for GradsCheer on 175 graduating Bound Brook High School seniors by creating cards, which will be distributed with the students’ diplomas. Help students celebrate a major milestone.

June 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m. – AARP Smart DriverTEK with Bill GilbertLearn all about the new safe automobile technology in this interactive 90-minute workshop. **The class size is limited. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

June 7 & 24, 11 a.m. – BingoPartake in a friendly game of Bingo, which is more than an exciting activity – researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple health benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory skills.

June 10, 11 a.m. – “Scam Prevention” with Detective Bryan Bailey, Somerset County Prosecutor’s OfficeLearn all about the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and what it is doing to keep the public safe and find out how to avoid scams and keep safe.

June 11, 11 a.m. – “Health in Motion: The Benefits of Staying Active” with Al Raccuia, JAG PT. Learn how regular physical activity can help prevent and manage heart disease, diabetes, several cancers, and more. Discover all the hidden benefits of staying active as one ages.

June 12, 9 to 2 p.m. – Free Hearing Screenings with HearingLifeGet a free hearing screening. Nearly 25 percent of those 65 to 74 years of age, and 50 percent of those 75 years of age and older, have disabling hearing loss. **Space is limited. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 908-203-6101.**

June 12, 11 a.m. – “Untreated Hearing Loss” with Tracey Walker, Hearing LifeLearn about untreated hearing loss, which can lead to other health risks such as dementia and falls and find out how hearing can affect one’s overall health.

June 13, 11 a.m. – “The Long-Term Care Continuum” with Christopher Kellogg, Nightingale NJ. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of various long-term care options, the costs associated with each option, and what to consider when choosing care for oneself or a loved one.

June 14, 11 a.m. – Unused Medication Collection, and K9 Demo with the Somerset County Sheriff’s OfficeDispose of unused and expired medication safely with a Sheriff’s Officer at the senior wellness center. A K9 Officer will also pay a special visit. **Medication cannot be dropped off at the senior wellness center without a Sheriff’s Officer present.**

June 14, 12:30 p.m. – Father’s Day Photo Share. Celebrate everything dad, father figure, grandfather,  or any influential male figure in your life by bringing a photo of you and your dad that will be added to a slideshow to watch during lunch. **Photos are due to Cate by June 11.**

 

June 17, 11 a.m. – “Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know” with Ryan Moulton, Rutgers Cancer Health Equity CenterLearn about the risks of prostate cancer, how it’s treated, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease. Approximately 1 in 8 men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer, but most men survive the cancer if it is detected and treated early.

 

June 18, 11 a.m. – Painting with SandraCreate a beautiful painting for your home. **All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

June 19, 11 a.m. – “Uncovering the Enslaved” with Hannah Gaston, Liberty Hall MuseumLearn the  history of slavery in New Jersey in honor of Juneteenth. Find out how the Liberty Hall Museum is trying to uncover the stories of the enslaved people. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.** 

June 20, 11 a.m. – Beach Necklace CraftCelebrate the beginning of summer and get ready for the upcoming Luau! Participants will use clay, seashells, and paints, to make a lovely, summery necklace.

June 21 – Juneteenth Observed – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

 

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.


June 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rutgers Health Screeningswith the Interprofessional Health Screening Team, The Rutgers Health Service Corps
. Get comprehensive health services including blood pressure screenings, diabetes education, medication review, nutrition education, brain health activities, and other health-related assessments and education.

 

June 26, 11 a.m. –“Senior Medicare Patrol & Fraud Prevention” with Joel Schneider, Jewish Family Services of Middlesex CountyLearn how to detect and report Medicare fraud and protect yourself from scams.

June 27, 11 a.m. – Luau Celebration with Lorri Woodward, Sponsored by Foothill AcresHave Hawaiian-style fun. **Space is limited. Reservations are required. To register, call 908-203-6101.

June 28, 11 a.m. – Bernards Ensemble PerformanceBe amazed by this talented ensemble of student musicians. The group was founded in 2016 to bring live musical performances to those unable to attend concerts.


SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Meet with Care Manager Max Rosenheck, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Get assistance with questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, programs, referrals for services, and more.

Max will also be issuing electronic benefits for the

  • Max will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible Somerset County residents who must be ages 60 years and above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individuals: $27,861 and couples: $37,814). Applicants must have proof of identification, residency, and income. ** Max is available to meet one-on-one upon request.**

Word Puzzles & Mad Libs – Mondays, 1 p.m. Play these fun party games and favorite pastimes including crossword puzzles, word searches, and Mad Libs.


Judgment Card Game – Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1 p.m.
 Challenge your cognitive abilities during a fun card game. **There will be no group on June 11.**


Rummikub 
– Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Play this fast-moving board game, which requires a little bit of luck and the use of one’s strategic thinking skills. Playing Rummikub promotes social interaction, mental stimulation, and relaxation. Time flies when participants play this game. **All levels of playing ability are welcome.**

Take Control with Exercise – Mondays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program. **Participants can practice exercises while either standing or sitting.**

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 1 p.m. (Sessions run from June 7 to July 19). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There will be no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

Sit & Stitch Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. Bring knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects to this club, and share your skills and talents with other members. **Beginners are welcome.**

Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesdays 1 p.m.  & Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Get fit while performing 20 minutes of low-impact exercise to music, use weights for 15 minutes, and then use resistance bands for 15 minutes. Perform stretching exercises with a chair and other movements while standing. Participants will also learn how to achieve proper breathing and positioning techniques. **There will be no class on June 11.**

Beginner Ukulele Club with David – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Start on the right note with easy-to-follow lessons. Learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords while learning the foundation of playing the ukulele. **There are a limited number of ukuleles available to borrow.**

 

(New) Enhance Fitness with Jaswinder Kaur, Hillsborough Greater Somerset County YMCA – Fridays, 10 a.m. (May 3 to June 28). Take this dynamic one-hour fitness class that combines cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and balance and flexibility exercises. This is a fall-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. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There is a suggested donation of $10.**

Puzzle Club – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 p.m. Strike up a conversation, make new friends, and enjoy assembling puzzles with others. Choose from a wide variety of puzzles available at the senior wellness center.

 

Walking Club – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk in the gym for exercise, which can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Wear appropriate footwear. There will be no class on June 19.**

Mahjong Club – Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., and Fridays, 1 p.m. Learn to play Mahjong, an interesting game that helps keep the brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves games, wants to meet new people and have fun. **This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

June 3, 11 a.m. – Art HourDuring this art hour, participants will complete a painting by numbers and shape ultimately revealing a beautiful piece of artwork.

(NEW) June 4 & 18, 10 a.m. – Reader’s Theater with Sandy. Enjoy this unique perspective on theater when actors “perform” by reading a script, and the interpretation of the reading relies almost entirely on the actor’s voices. There is little staging or physical movement, other than upper body gestures and expressions.

June 6, 10 a.m. – Vitality: Cardio Boxing Series with Curtis AdamsGet fit while practicing this exciting and easy-to-follow blend of exercises, in a video format. **All exercises are demonstrated while standing and sitting.**

June 6, 11 a.m. – Bingo with Caitlyn Meador, Foothill Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 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, improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory.

June 7, 11 a.m. – Stepping Into Summer Drumming with Touch Mother Earth ProductionsStrike the drum and play African-based and popular easy rhythms for all to participate. Start by learning proper posture and how to strike the drum and learn some popular summer songs.


June 10, 11 a.m. – Jeopardy
Play the game and win a door prize.

June 11, 1 p.m.  Hillsborough Discussion Group with Al. Join this group discussion for a thought-provoking conversation. The topic will be chosen when the group meets.

June 11, 1 p.m. – Hillsborough Swinging Singing Seniors. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music by the Hillsborough Swinging Singing Seniors, who volunteer to bring the joy of music to others. Get ready to sing along, tap and dance.

June 13, 10 a.m. Chair Yoga with Alyssa from Alvita Home Care. Come breathe, stretch, and move with  a certified yoga instructor who loves sharing the practice with others. Yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY. **All are welcome!**

June 13, 11 a.m. –  “Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know” with Ryan Moulton, Rutgers Cancer Health Equity CenterLearn about the risks of prostate cancer, how it’s treated, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease. Approximately 1 in 8 men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer, but most men survive the cancer if it is detected and treated early.

June 14, 11 a.m. – Father’s Day Craft with TammyTake part in this fun Father’s Day art project that is easy to complete. Participants will color a pencil case as a gift for dad. **Supplies will be provided.**

June 17, 11 a.m. – “Oral Health and Hygiene Essentials” with Dr. Viveka Patel, DMD, MPH. Transform your health with this enlightening presentation about the infectious nature of dental cavities and the impact of poor oral hygiene on one’s overall health. Discover the power of proper brushing techniques, the importance of flossing, and how to maintain a healthy mouth for a lifetime. In this interactive session packed with expert advice and practical tips, participants will learn how to elevate one’s oral care for excellent oral health.

June 19, 11 a.m. – “The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth” with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
 Learn about the “Second Independence Day,” when African Americans were declared legally free.

June 20, 10 a.m. – Simply Seated with Curtis AdamsGain strength, energy, and a positive mood by practicing chair exercises during this video presentation.

June 20, 11 a.m. – Start of Summer Performance with John Sudia.
 Kick off the first day of summer with singer and musician, John Sudia, who will play guitar and sing summertime classic songs including classic country, rock, popular hits, and more.

 

June 21 – Juneteenth Observed – the Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 24, 11 a.m. – Sing and Spin
Listen to your favorite music while learning fun facts and a few dance moves in this engaging program, which uses a digital spinner to play hit Academy Award-winning songs.

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – the Senior Wellness Center is closed.
June 27, 11 a.m. – Do You Hear What I Hear? Unlock memories and inspire the imagination during this video presentation of eight everyday sounds for participants to identify and discuss.

June 27, 10 a.m.  Line Dancing Video. Join this line dancing class to help improve mobility, coordination, and cognitive skills, promote social engagement, and provide an overall good time.**This class uses a video.**

 

June 28, 11 a.m. – “Princeton: Then and Now” with Eve Mandel, Princeton Historical Society. Learn what has changed over the years, and what has stayed the same in the town of Princeton, which was settled more than 300 years ago. Tour Princeton through visual images taken from historic archives while sitting and seeing transportation, shopping, education, and historic sites. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.** 


MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER

356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
609-466-0846

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Meet with Care Manager Max Rosenheck, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, June 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Get assistance with questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, programs, referrals for services, and more.

  • Max will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible Somerset County residents, who must be 60 years of age and above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individuals: $27,861, and couples: $37,814). Applicants must show proof of identification, residency, and income. **Max is available to meet one-on-one upon request.**

Billiards Room – Available dailyThe pool table is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, Monday to Friday.

Blood Pressure Screenings – First Monday of Every Month, 9:45 a.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening from a Montgomery Township nurse who will be onsite at the senior wellness center. **No appointment is necessary.**

Bocce Ball – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! The game is open to all levels of skill. Instructions are available. **The game will take place only when weather permits.**

Take Control with Exercise – Mondays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program. **Participants can practice exercises while either standing or sitting.**

 

(Hybrid) Yoga Chair Fusion with Debbi – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. Practicing yoga can help increase bone density, strengthen muscles, improve balance, relieve stress, and help participants achieve a sense of well-being. **These exercises can be practiced while standing or sitting and are open to all skill levels. This class will be presented via Zoom and simultaneously conducted live at the center by an instructor.**

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesdays, 10 a.mReduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will focus on shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies show that participants reduce their pain, fatigue, and stiffness and achieve a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. **This program can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

Nia Melt and Yoga with Alice – Mondays, 11 a.m. Eliminate stuck stress and pain in the body by releasing it from the joints where it is trapped, in this class tailored for seniors. Practice MELT exercises to help improve joint stability, and at the end of the class, participants will stand or sit while practicing 15 to 20 minutes of Gentle Somatic and/or Chair Yoga movements, which help to improve flexibility. **There will be no class on June 3.**

 

Line Dancing with Debbie Bjornsted – Thursdays, 11 a.m. Line Dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like exercise. You don’t need a partner and dancing is an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. It’s suitable for participants with limited mobility and has been shown to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance as you work through the different moves. **All levels of skill are welcome.**

Advanced Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Denise – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Hone the skills you have learned in the last class, such as playing basic chords and strumming techniques, and now learn how to play songs with more challenging chord combinations. **To register and to reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846, or email crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

Intermediate Ukulele – Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Play the uke with members of the Full Monty Uke Band in this peer-led class where members practice their favorite tunes and create programs for future performances. **To register and/or reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846 or email crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

Mahjong Club – Fridays, 10 a.m. Join this club to meet new people while learning to play Mahjong, which is an interesting way to keep the brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who wants to learn the game or loves playing it. **This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

 

Geri-Fit with Rutgers University Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University Occupational Therapy Prog Fridays, 10:15 a.m. (Session runs June 7 to July 26). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There will be no class on June 21.**

 

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 1 p.m. (Session run from June 7 to July 26). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching, strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There is no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

Card Club – Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. 
Join in to play a favorite card game or learn how to play. There are so many fun and stimulating card games to choose from at the senior wellness center.

 

Walking Club – Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk in the gym for exercise, which can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

(Hybrid) June 3, 11 a.m. – The Journey of Jack the Ripper with Charles Smith. Take a journey back to 1888 and dive into the mystery of Jack the Ripper – the world’s first serial killer. Become a Ripperologist and try to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper’s identification. Delve into Queen Victoria’s England for clues, in the wealthy West End of London and London’s gritty East End. ** This class will be presented via Zoom and simultaneously conducted live at the center.**

 

June 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free Hearing Screenings with Tracey Walker HearingLifeGet a free hearing screening. Nearly 25 percent of those 65 to 74 years of age, and 50 percent of those 75 years of age and older, have disabling hearing loss.**Space is limited. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 609-466-0846.**

(Video) June 4, 11 a.m. – “Destination: Hotel Safari in Africa.” Take a virtual trip to Africa and learn more about the continent, its people, and cultures.

 

June 5 & 19, 11 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace Educator Roz GerkenActivate all five functions of the brain when participating in this program, including strategic planning, memory, recall, analytical thinking, creativity, imagination, and kinesthetic thinking. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which means it will help the brain and central nervous system change functionally and structurally when practicing this exercise. **Participants of all skill levels will be thoroughly engaged in the class while seated in a chair.**

 

June 6, 12, 20 & 26, 10 a.m. – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-MataisAchieve calm, gain control, and learn meditative practices through imaginative, joyful, and social interaction in this class that combines wellness exercises with Hatha and Chair yoga. Participants will learn gestural, improvisational, and world dance forms, sound therapy, creative play, guided relaxation, and meditation techniques. **Participants of all skill levels are welcome. The class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

June 6 & 11, 10 a.m. – Crocheting with MaryLearn everything there is to know about crocheting, such as how to hold a crochet hook and how to practice the most common crochet stitches. Crocheting is the process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other material. This is a fun and relaxing hobby for everyone. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

June 7 & 28, 11 a.m. – Bingo. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory with a little bit of friendly competition.

June 10 & 17, 1 p.m.  Left-Center-Right GamePlay this fun dice game to pass the time. There aren’t a lot of rules, so learning the game is a piece of cake.

June 11, 11 a.m. – Singing Bowls with Marina Kogan. Learn how to relax, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, balance, harmonize the body, and stimulate the immune system with Tibetan singing bowls. The origin of singing bowls began in the 16th century when Buddhist Monks used the bowls while meditating, and this practice is now used throughout the world as a form of therapy with other holistic techniques.

 

June 14, 11 a.m. – Sticker PaintingBring out the inner artist by using stickers to enhance your painting.

 

June 18, 11 a.m. – Touch Drawing with Karen TuvesonTake this cathartic class for healing and self-discovery through touch-drawing, which is spontaneous, and deeply intuitive. The touch-drawing method does not require a brush, pencil, model, or objects. Participants will place paper over a surface of ink or paint and apply gentle pressure with the fingertips and hands, while images emerge on the paper. Through tactile engagement with the materials the sensory experience creates a grounding in the present moment like the experience one would have walking through nature.

(Video) June 18, 1 p.m. – “Juneteenth, Faith, and Freedom.” Enjoy this riveting video about a black man who is troubled by the legacy of American slavery and the misuse of Christianity to justify it. He travels throughout Texas and discovers how the Juneteenth holiday reveals a resilient hope that empowered the formerly enslaved and their descendants to fight for freedom in an often unjust society.

 

June 20, 12:30 p.m. – Ukulele Rhythm Session Series with JAK Music Studios LLC. Practice rhythm and timing, master playing in various time signatures, work on counting exercises, syncopation, ensemble playing, and more. For these three sessions, participants will practice with the Montgomery Senior Wellness Center ukulele players on (June 20, July 18, Aug. 8).

 

June 21 – Juneteenth Observed – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.


June 27, 11 a.m. – Prostate Health and Cancer Prevention with Ryan Moulton from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Learn about the risks of prostate cancer, how it’s treated, and prevention tips. Approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but most men survive the disease if it is detected and treated early.

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-563-4213

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Meet with Care Manager Shaquana Thompson, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, June 13 and 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Get assistance with questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, programs, referrals for services, and more.

  • Shaquana will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible Somerset County residents, who must be 60 years of age and above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individuals: $27,861, and couples: $37,814). Applicants must show proof of identification, residency, and income. ** Shaquana is available to meet one-on-one upon request.**

Bingocize with Deborah – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., (Session runs from May 21 to July 23.) Bingocize is a 10-week program that combines a bingo-like game with exercise and/or health education with a focus on nutrition. Participants will also achieve better lower/upper body strength, gait, balance, range of motion, cognition, have social engagement, and learn about fall risk reduction, and other important health topics. **Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 732-563-4213.**

 

Geri-Fit with Karen – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. (The next session begins on Wednesdays July 17 to Oct. 2, and Fridays, July 19 to Oct. 4). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There will be no class on June 21.**

 

Geri-Fit with Susan –Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. (The next sessions begin Tuesday, July 16 to Oct. 5, and Friday, July 19 to Oct. 4). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

(Hybrid) Your Essence of Yoga – Fridays, 1 p.m. Learn about signal paths and how to find your essence through yoga. **** This class will be presented via Zoom and simultaneously conducted live at the center by an instructor.**There is no class on June 21.**

Rummikub – Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Play this fast-moving board game, which requires a little bit of luck and the use of one’s strategic thinking skills. Playing Rummikub promotes social interaction, mental stimulation, and relaxation. Time flies when participants play this game. **All levels of playing ability are welcome.**

Walking Club –Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk outside for exercise. Walking regularly can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep.**This club will meet when the weather permits. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.**

Games Club – Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Engage in a game with a friend or learn a new game to stimulate your mind.

 

(Hybrid) Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Get your blood pumping to zesty music during this hearty workout to help build cardiovascular health. In this class, participants will exercise the hip, leg, and arm muscles and practice fun, rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair. **This is a hybrid class and will be presented live at the center by an instructor and simultaneously presented via Zoom.**

Introduction to Line Dancing 101 with Deborah Gibson – Thursdays, 1 p.m. Learn how to line dance. In this class, participants will become familiar with line dancing steps and movements. Each class will prepare participants for the next class by incorporating a new movement to build on the line dancing skills learned in previous classes.

 

Line Dancing – Fridays, 9 a.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Participants don’t need a partner, and it’s a great way to improve one’s mental and physical health.

Mahjong Meet Up – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Play this fun game requiring participants to use their strategic thinking skills. **This is a six-week series and is open to beginners, and those who need a refresher course. For more information and to join, call 732-563-4213.**

Stretching Exercise with Karen – Mondays, 10 a.m. Start the week while gently stretching in a chair.

Tai Chi for Seniors with Anna – Mondays, 1 p.m. Reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, decrease the risk of falls, and gain a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will focus on shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **This program can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. (June 7 to July 26). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching, strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There is no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

June 3 & 17, 11 a.m. Ageless Grace Brain Health with Roz Gerken, Certified Ageless Grace Educator. Activate and improve all five functions of the brain including strategic planning, memory, analytical thinking, creativity, and kinesthetic thinking when practicing Ageless Grace. This class is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change functionally and structurally when performing certain exercises.

**This program is for participants with all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting in a chair.**

 

June 3 & 17, 1 p.m. – Art Craft and Knitting with Senior Wellness Center Volunteer Patrick. Learn how to create a variety of art and crafts projects including knitting. **All Supplies will be provided.**

June 4, 11 a.m. – “Criminal Minds: Killer Handwriting” with Terry Antoniewicz Learn about the high-profile cases that used handwriting specimens of killers that gave clues to their behavior resulting in stunning outcomes that may surprise history buffs. The presenter and professional handwriting expert Terry is also a retired calligrapher who has worked with royalty, governments and religious groups, police departments, private investigators, the courts, and financial institutions.

 

June 5, 6, & 10, 11 a.m. – All About Art with Barbara Yaney. Learn about drawing and art history in this hands-on class. **Pre-registration is required. Supplies will be provided.**

 

June 7, 11 a.m. – Prostate Health and Cancer Prevention with Ryan Moulton from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New JerseyLearn about the risks of prostate cancer, how it’s treated, and prevention tips. Approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but most men survive the disease if it is detected and treated early.

 

June 10 & 24, 1 p.m. – Ping Pong instruction with Jin MarParticipate in this exciting game to help improve hand-eye coordination. **All levels of skill are welcome.**

 

June 11, 11 a.m. – “Jersey Fresh Fruits & Vegetables” with Mikaela Kane, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn about seasonal produce and take home some great recipes.

 

June 12, 11 a.m. – “How to Be a Better Grandparent” with Sharon Gianneschi, the Institute for the Health and Wellbeing of the World’s Children. Learn how to be a better grandparent. The program will include child development theory and practical steps for managing grandchildren. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

 

June 13 & 27, 11 a.m. – Sing-Along with Nap. Enjoy this session with Nap, a crooner who enjoys singing and will sing popular songs. Audience participation is encouraged.

 

June 14, 11 a.m. – Secrets of Liberty Hall” by Liberty Hall Museum. Join fellow center members for a fun, virtual, behind-the-scenes tour of Liberty Hall! Discover the former residents, explore the many rooms of the mansion, and enjoy the mysteries and wonders of this incredible home.

June 18, 11 a.m. – “Animals Go to War” with Joan Schaible. Join this engaging presentation about how a variety of amazing animals and even insects comforted and bonded with troops during World War I.

 

(Video) June 19, 11 a.m. – “Juneteenth Celebration.” Learn the history of  the Juneteenth holiday and find out about the celebration that marked the end of slavery in the United States.

June 20, 11 a.m. – “Exploring Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine” with Michelle and Koby Chan. 
Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine and interventions that can restore one’s yin and yang.

June 21 – Juneteenth Celebration – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 24, 11 a.m. – Performance with Gordon Wells. Join fellow center members for toe-tapping, clapping, singing, and guitar-playing dance performance of popular songs.

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

June 26, 11 a.m. – Karaoke with Crystal Clement. Join fellow crooners for a morning of rousing fun. Get ready to sing and clap along!

 

June 28, 11 a.m. – “Indian Traditional Ingredients” with Senior Wellness Center Volunteer Rujul Shah. Rujul will talk about some traditional Indian ingredients they use are play a big role in your health.

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
500 Warrenville Road
Warren, NJ 07059
908-753-9440

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Meet with Care Manager Cathryn Chamberlain, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Get assistance with questions about the Office on Aging & Disability Services, programs, referrals for services, and more.

  • Cathryn will also be issuing electronic benefits for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible Somerset County residents who must be 60 years of age and above, and at- or below eligible income limits (individuals: $27,861, and couples: $37,814). Applicants must show proof of identification, residency, and income. ** Cathryn is available to meet one-on-one upon request.**

 

Billiards Room – Available daily. The pool table is available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Computer Lab – Available daily. Senior wellness center members can use the computers at their leisure.

Carrom – Available dailyPlay this fun game that is like billiards and table shuffleboard.

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, Rummikub, etc.) – Available dailyHave fun playing these games or suggest another favorite.

Jigsaw Puzzles – Available dailyStrike up a conversation, make new friends, and have fun putting together puzzles. There are a wide variety of puzzles available at the senior wellness center.

Lending Library – Available dailyBorrow a paperback book and return it when finished reading.

 

Watercolor Paint Class – Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet new people and practice your craft with other experienced artists. **All supplies are included.**

1-on-1 Computer with Sal – Mondays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.mLearn how to email, play solitaire, and search the web in this eight-week, one-on-one class when participants will finally understand what their grandkids have been trying to explain. **Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 908-753-9440. There will be no classes on June 17 and 24.**

Stretch, Mondays, 10 a.m., with Warrenbrook Senior Center Volunteer Kanwaljit Minhas. Improve flexibility and balance by stretching, which keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy so participants can maintain range of motion in the joints. **There is no fee for these classes. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

Mahjong for Intermediate Players – Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join other intermediate-level mahjong players to play an interesting game of strategy and calculation. **For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Zumba Gold with Judith –10:15 a.m., Tuesdays  & Fridays (Next Session on Tuesdays July 9 to Aug. 27(Next sessions on Fridays Aug. 2 to Sept. 20). Get the blood pumping with zesty music and a hearty workout in this class. Build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and exercising, the hip, leg, and arm muscles when performing fun and rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair. **Pre-registration is required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is suitable for beginners or anyone who needs modifications to their exercise routine. To pre-register or for more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Bridge Group with Ronnie – Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Play bridge, a mentally challenging card game that provides intellectual and social interaction. Playing this game can stimulate the brain to keep it alert and help it stay active. **New members and beginners are always welcome. Lessons are available.**

 

Gentle Yoga with Jillian – Tuesdays, 1 p.m. & Thursdays, 10 a.mPractice Hatha yoga poses while either sitting or standing, to increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. The class is perfect for relieving stress, and it also helps participants achieve an overall sense of well-being. **Pre-registration is required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is appropriate for all skill levelsTo pre-register for the next session, or for more information, call 908-753-9440. Next sessions begin Tuesdays July 30 to  Sept. 17 and Thursdays Aug. 1 to Sept. 19.**


Project Healthy Bones – Wednesdays, 10 a.mImprove balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. **Class is currently full. This session is from March 20 to Aug. 28. For more information, and to register for the next session call 908-753-9440.**

 

Tai Chi with Senior Wellness Center Volunteer Roger – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness to gain a greater sense of well-being. In this class, participants will practice shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Practicing Tai Chi can help reduce the risk of falls, especially for those who have balance problems. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**

Advanced Bridge – First & Third Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m. Play Bridge to stimulate the brain and keep the memory active and alert. **This group is for advanced players only.**

 

Art Hour with Jean – Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m. Take this great opportunity to meet new people while creating a piece of artwork using watercolors or acrylics. **All supplies will be provided.**

Take Control with Exercise – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program. **This class is free. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

Card/Table Games – Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join other senior wellness center members to play favorite games such as dominoes, Left-Right-Center dice games, Rummikub, Canasta, and more.

 

Bridge – Fridays, 1 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that stimulates the brain, keeps the memory active and the brain alert while providing intellectual and social stimulation.

Geri-Fit with Rutgers University Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University Occupational Therapy Fridays, 10 a.m.  (Session runs June 7 to July 26). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with stretching and range of motion exercises, stability, and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There will be no class on June 21.**

 

Walk with Ease with Occupational Therapy Doctoral students, Rutgers University – Fridays, 1 p.m. (This session occurs June 7 to July 19). Walk with ease in this multi-component program that includes health education, stretching, strengthening exercises, and motivational tips. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program is a community-based, physical activity and self-management education program. **There is no class on June 21. Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to pre-register call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

June 3, 11 a.m. – Martial Your Strength: Senior Self-Defense with L. Greg Smith. Learn how to  feel secure through initiatives, techniques, and tips. This program will build on the 2023 introduction series by taking it to the next level. In this class, participants will learn high-level/basic martial arts moves by watching and doing simple effective methodologies to keep focused and gain more street smarts.

 

June 3, 1 p.m. – Meet & Greet Warren Librarian Jennifer KonopackiLearn all about the programs that are available at the library for everyone to enjoy.

 

June 5, 11 a.m. – “Jersey Fresh Fruits & Vegetables” with Mikaela Kane, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn about seasonal produce and take home some great recipes.

June 6, 11 a.m. – Physical Therapy Exercises (seated) with Nicholas Matthew, Trinity Rehab. Improve strength and mobility without leaving the chair.

 

June 7, 11 a.m. – Pompom Key Ring Craft. Create a beautiful Pom Poms keyring with leftover yarn from winter projects. **Pre-registration is required. All materials will be provided.**

 

June 10, 27, 11 a.m. – Bingo with Bob MazetPlay a rousing game of Bingo, which is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and improves listening and short-term memory skills.

(Virtual) June 11, 1:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club, Second Tuesday of the Month. Join fellow book club members to discuss the book of the month and select the next book to read.  **This club is only for Warrenbrook Senior Center Participants. New members are always welcome!**

 

June 12, 11 a.m. – Nutrition for Colorectal Health with Cecilia Gomez, Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Learn tips about nutrition to help lower the risk of colorectal cancer.

 

June 13, 11 a.m. – Breathing Techniques for Mental Wellness by Dr. Prabha SrinivasLearn useful techniques to distract the mind and induce calm during an episode of anxiety. These techniques will help participants identify situations that may trigger anxiety and by using the techniques learned in this class they will calm the nervous system.

June 14 & 28, 11 a.m. – Brain Games and Handbells with Adrienne Graubard. Solve puzzles and use handbells to stimulate the brain and enhance creative and critical thinking in this mind-tingling, brain-stumping, and fun-filled musical workout.

June 17, 11 a.m. – Carnival GamesCelebrate summer by participating in carnival games, such as Ring Toss, Button Toss, Spin the Wheel, Darts, and Roll the Ball and wake up the inner child. The event will  be indoors. Winners will receive prizes.

 

June 19, 11 a.m. – “Africans in America” with Charles Smith, Rutgers Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn the history of the descent of Africans in America and their origins in Africa, the history of slavery in the U.S., and information about Martin Luther King Junior the leader of the civil rights movement.

 

June 20, 11 a.m. – “Lawn Care for the Homeowner” with Tom Reede, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County. Learn the basics of lawn maintenance including mowing, watering, fertilizing, thatch management, aeration, weed management, diseases, grubs, and more, for a healthy and attractive lawn! This class is for experts and anyone new to lawn care.

 

June 21 – Juneteenth Observed – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

 

June 24, 11 a.m. – Summer Musical Entertainment with Tommy Strazza. Enjoy this guitar and vocal performance of popular music from the 50s and 60s.

June 25 – Staff Inservice Day – The Senior Wellness Center is closed.

 

June 26, 11 a.m. – “How to Talk to Your Doctor” with Connie Pizarro, Oasis Senior AdvisorsLearn how to prepare, take notes, and get the most out of the next doctor’s appointment.

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