Quail Brook Senior Center December Schedule
625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.
Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Monday, 10:30 a.m. Body and Brain Yoga is a dynamic mind-body practice that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy to learn format that focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health. Bring mats or you can use a chair.
Individual Computer Instruction – Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. **Please call for appointment**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. Peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals at risk or who have osteoporosis. Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture. Advanced registration is required. Doctor’s note is also required prior to first class and then once every year. For a new participant, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.
A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday
Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)
QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy breaking news around the world or current events of interest for a stimulating Question and Answer session as fellow center members take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.
Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. **$10.00 fee includes supplies**
Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m.
Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Card Sharks – Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.
December 1 & 22 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:00 a.m. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves. This program can be done using a chair for support if desired.
December 1 – Bereavement Group. Enduring the death of a loved one is a universal experience in our lives. The purpose of this support group is to provide our guests a safe place to talk with others who share common feelings about the grief and renewal process. Incorporating interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts, Ronald W. Kaplan, Rabbi, Doctor of Ministry-a grief counselor and pastoral psychotherapist, will facilitate discussions. We welcome your presence and participation. **Call (732) 563-4213 to register**
December 2 – A Singing Holiday Tradition presented by the Swinging Singing Seniors, 10:30 a.m. Get into the holiday spirit and sing along to your favorite holiday songs.
December 5 – Dance Performance by the Franklin Township High-Steppers, 10:30 a.m. Kick up your heels and keep up to the dance steps joyfully executed by these amazing dancers.
December 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Tai Chi with Bobbi Joels, 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is based on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have reported that some participants experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and grain a greater sense of well-being. Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially those with balance problems. This program can be done using a chair if desired.
December 6 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) a counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment**
December 7 – Silver Bells: A holiday chorus of favorite and memorable songs presented by the Canal Walk Choral Group, 10:30 a.m.
December 8 – Pneumonia Clinic with Rite Aid Pharmacy, 10:30 a.m. Learn about the causes, symptoms and how to protect yourself from getting this lung disease. This is a Free clinic. **Please call (732) 563-4213 for more information**
December 9 – “Wellness Template for Life: A Path of Eating Well & Proper Movement” by Dr. Sharon Joag, DPM, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Joag will present ways in which to incorporate positivity that results in life satisfaction, happiness and health.
December 12 – “Diwali Presentation” by Maqsood Mamawala, 10:45 a.m. Today we will be taking a trip to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for this festive holiday featuring Maqsood Mamwala who will present the meaning of Diwali as well as Bollywood songs. Afterwards, enjoy samples of various traditional Indian dishes.
December 14 – “Armchair Travel Presents: The Kingdom of Cambodia” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together they have visited 89 countries! In each country, they have collected artifacts, have taken extensive photos and put them together on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience. Today’s featured tour will be the Kingdom of Cambodia.
December 15 – A Yuletide Christmas Concert, 10:30 a.m. Today we take a visit to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for a holiday concert performed by the participants of the center under the tutelage of John Fitzpatrick.
December 16 – Annual Holiday Party with Entertainment by DJ Gio, 10:30 a.m. Come celebrate with us! Dance to the festive songs spun by DJ Gio who will also share the fun with the talents of ‘Remember-Then,’ an acapella group bringing the art of singing to a whole new level. So, join us incredible cheer and sparkle and let the holidays twinkle as bright as you. **Please call (732) 563-4213 for reservations by December 12th**
December 19 – Holiday Concert by the Quail Brook ‘Quailers,’ 10:30 a.m. Join us as the ‘Quailers’ perform well-known songs inspired by the holidays.
December 21 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. The program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e., strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination, and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for people of all abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
December 22 – A Winter Wonderland Performance by Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Let’s sing our hearts out and herald in the holidays.
December 23 & 26 – Holiday – Center Closed
December 28 – “Holiday Health” by Amy Peterson, Registered Dietitian, Genesis Health Care, 10:30 a.m. Don’t let overindulgence put a crimp in your path to wellness. Jumpstart 2017 with smart ways to make food choices simpler. There will be a cooking demonstration and tasting. Literature will be provided.
December 29 – “Heads Up Seniors: A Safety Campaign” by Janna Boyd, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. This program is geared towards increasing awareness of potential fall hazards in your home and lifestyle along with the associated risks and consequences of brain injury that can occur. Participants will be encouraged to start thinking and talking about issues while having fun playing Jeopardy.
December 30 – Performance by Mr. Sirot, 10:30 a.m. Mr. Sirot will perform a piano medley as a heartfelt tribute to his mother, a former Quail Brook Senior Center member.
December 30 – Charlotte’s Bingo: Paying it Forward. Each player has a chance to win multiple times and garner a gift with each cry of BINGO. The twist is the Quail Brook center members will collectively present their winnings to the patients at the Willow Creek Rehabilitation Center to help lift the spirits of people who are less fortunate. What a wonderful way to welcome 2017!
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