Windsor Senior Center offers holiday meal and celebration

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
New senior center director Rebecca Joyce dances and sings along with one of her clients at the Windsor Senior Center.  Photos by Jennifer Coe.
New senior center director Rebecca Joyce dances and sings along with one of her clients at the Windsor Senior Center. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

As families age and move to different parts of the country, the challenge of making sure older mothers and fathers feel happy, active and social always becomes a concern. Will they have a special meal during the holidays? Will they be with friends when family cannot be there?

Seniors in Windsor have the benefit of being part of a long-running senior center and are enjoying the senior center’s updated appearance. And on Dec. 4, they were treated to a holiday luncheon and fun music to get them in the spirit of the season.

A new addition to the party this year is the Windsor Senior Center’s new director, Rebecca Joyce. Joyce came to the position a couple of months ago after the departure of longtime director Rick Liegl. Joyce has been employed by the town of Windsor since 2009 as the senior transportation coordinator.

“I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with the Windsor community now as its senior services coordinator,” she said. Joyce had a good time getting to dance and sing with her clientele at the party. “Santa Claus even paid us a visit,” she said. “There was singing and dancing and we really had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season.”

“[The party] provides our patrons a time to celebrate with their senior center friends and family, it provides our seniors the opportunity for community involvement and socialization, and a time to relax and enjoy the holidays without having to prepare the meal themselves,” said Joyce.

Joyce is looking forward to getting to know the seniors in Windsor. “I love working with people in general, however, I particularly enjoy working with the senior population because I am given the opportunity to spread joy into their days and to provide quality services that meet their needs,” she said. “I would like them to feel that their Windsor Senior Center is their home away from home, a place for any age senior to attend and receive a well-rounded array of services.”

The Windsor Senior Center is currently taking entry forms for a baking contest. The categories include cupcakes, pies and cookies. You must be a Windsor resident age 55 or up to enter. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 7. Obtain an official entry form at the Windsor Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded for each of the categories as follows:  First Place: $75; Second Place: $50; and Third Place: $25. Best in Show will receive $100 and free dinner for two at Seabury.

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