National Senior Center month celebrated in Glastonbury with words from 'Experts at Living Well'

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
Nonagenarians Rocco and Marie Loscalzo celebrate at an event during Senior Center Month in 2011. File photo by Steve Smith.
Nonagenarians Rocco and Marie Loscalzo celebrate at an event during Senior Center Month in 2011. File photo by Steve Smith.

To celebrate National Senior Center Month, the Glastonbury Senior Center is presenting some special events, as well as asking local residents what the senior center means to them. The Glastonbury Senior Center is accepting submissions for the "Experts at Living Well" contest, and seniors (or family members) are asked to describe their most memorable experience with the Glastonbury Senior Center and why it positively impacted their life.

Stories can be of any length, and will be reviewed. Winners will be chosen in the categories of most hilarious, most unique, most exciting, and most heartwarming, and will be featured in upcoming editions of the center's “Sharing Tree” newsletter, read during lunch presentations and be on display in the center's display case.

Assistant Program Coordinator Norma Carey said that staff will be looking for stories about how seniors felt connected to others through the center, or how it helped them socially. “What would you have done without the senior center?” Carey said, as an example of another way to think of the contest.

Non-seniors may also take part. “It could be from a family member who found that it was the best thing for their mother, father, grandmother or grandfather,” Carey said.

Carey said the idea for the contest was the idea of Patti White – the senior center coordinator, who started last fall. “It's a fun way to get to know the seniors and families, for her,” Carey said.

Also happening in September are some programs aimed at celebrating the elder residents of Glastonbury, as well as their health and welfare. A presentation on the Affordable Health Care Act will take place during lunch on Sept. 9. State Sen. Steve Cassano and state Rep. Joe Dominico will be on hand to talk about how the act may affect seniors.

A community conversation, sponsored by the CT AARP will follow on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. The national conversation invites seniors to have their say on Medicare and Social Security issues. Information on the latest proposals in Washington, D.C., will be provided and discussed. Light refreshments will also be provided, and attendees are asked to call 877-926-8300 to register.

A program called “Ten Simple Things You Can Do To Age Well” will be presented on Sept. 26 at noon, by the University of Connecticut RN Program Students.

Carey said celebrating seniors is easy because they are indeed "experts at living well."

“They can do so much,” she said. “They have so much experience and knowledge. They've lived through so much that we can't touch.”

A fancy “Summer's End Dinner and Dance” will take place on Sept. 12. Dinner with all the fixings will be followed by dancing to the sounds of entertainer Dave Mindell, who will perform the sounds of Elvis, Frank Sinatra and more.

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