The Wethersfield Social and Youth Services Department operates a Senior Center at the Pitkin Community Center at 30 Greenfield Street. The center serves seniors 55 years and older offering social, educational, entertainment, health and wellness programs. The center is also a source of information and referral to programs and services that can help seniors and their families find the resources needed to maintain active, independent and fulfilling lives. The Senior Center Coordinator is available to provide information about all programs, tours of the Center and registration for programs by visiting the center or calling (860) 721-2979.
Programs and Activities
Senior Center classes and programs are provided throughout the year. Offerings change based on the interests expressed by seniors and resources available. Current programs include: Chair Yoga classes, T'ai Chi Qigong classes, Art classes, free weekly movies, day trips, a Quilting Guild, Wii Bowling, a Mah Jongg group, the Rythmairs Senior Choral, a Book Club, Belly Dance classes, a monthly Lunch & Learn series, and more. A complete list of offerings and class schedules can be found in the monthly newsletter available at the Pitkin Community Center, Town Hall, the Library, on Channel 14 and in the Rare Reminder on the last Thursday of each month, as well as the Parks & Recreation Department brochure. Newsletters are also available at housing sites throughout town, and at many local churches and doctors' offices. A PDF version of the newsletter can be found among the documents listed at the bottom of this page. New in 2015 is the ability to register for classes online.
Health and Wellness Programs
The Senior Center partners with local health organizations to provide a range of health screenings and services for seniors. Services currently available include free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, dental clinics, hearing screenings and foot care.
Health Insurance Counseling (CHOICES)
CHOICES is a program of the North Central Area Agency on Aging. The Senior Center Coordinator is a trained and certified CHOICES counselor who can provide information about the myriad of state and federal benefit programs available to seniors including Medicare options and Medicaid.
Computer Learning Center
A group of dedicated volunteers manages and provides computer classes through the Wethersfield Computer Learning Center located within the Senior Center. The center's mission is to empower adult and senior students for the computer age! Basic computer classes are offered at various times throughout the year as are specialty classes and workshops. Classes currently offered include: Computer Basics I & II, iPad instruction at a beginning and intermediate level and Cybersecurity. WCLC volunteers also offer one-to-one assistance with new hardware and software upon request as possible. A complete listing of computer classes offered is available in the monthly newsletter and the Parks & Recreation Department brochure. Registration is available online.
A nutritional lunch program provided by the Community Renewal Team and the Department of Social and Youth Services provides lunch Monday through Friday at the Pitkin Community Center for those 60 years and older. A donation of $2.50 is requested. Reservations are required. To make a reservation call (860) 721-2955 between 10 a.m. and 12 Noon one day in advance.
Volunteers are always welcome at the Senior Center. If you have a special talent or knowledge base and you'd like to run a class, workshop or Lunch & Learn session, please call the Senior Center Coordinator at (860) 721-2979 to discuss the possibility.
The Computer Learning Center also welcomes volunteers to act as teachers, coaches and to provide one-on-one assistance. You don't have to be a computer 'wiz' to help, you just need to have knowledge in a certain aspect of computing, a willingness to help others bridge the digital divide, and patience! Teaching materials are provided and CLC staff are all friendly and supportive. If interested, please call (860) 721-2979 for more information.
Senior Center membership is required to participate in ongoing classes and programs and qualifies participants for discounted admission to monthly entertainment programs. The center depends on membership and class fees for its continued operation. Annual Senior Center membership costs $5 for Wethersfield residents and $7 for non-residents.
Listing files in 'Social / Youth Services Documents '