Quail Brook Senior Center’s January Schedule Released

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213

Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Individual Computer & PED (Personal Electronic Devices) Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.**Call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment. Check the monthly calendar for schedule updates.**

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone your muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. In addition, help improve your balance, agility and increase your ability to perform everyday activities. **Sneakers are required. Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins Thursday, Jan. 10. Register by Jan. 2. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information.**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it.  Exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility, and posture.  **Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class and then once every year. For new participants, the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. Enjoy discussing global breaking news and current events in a stimulating Q & A session.  Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 p.m. A head-to-toe workout that also uses intervals of weights, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that lubricate joints for flexibility strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation and with proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine, Tuesday – Mid-Section Routine, Wednesday – Lower Body Routine, Friday – Total Routine. **Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.**

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Portrait Studies in Different Mediums. Modules 1 – Pencil (Pencil drawing is for beginners; explores form and shape) Module 2 – Watercolors (An unpredictable medium; the visual possibilities for creative self-expression are amazing) Module 3 – Pastels (A strong and vibrant medium heralded by da Vinci) Module 4 – Acrylic (Versatility that lends itself to creating different styles by layering for dimensional art). **$10.00 fee per class; includes supplies.**

Bridge, Card Club & Card Sharks with Hatim, Andy & Jaye – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Bridge is a classic game of strategy. This is an ideal opportunity for people of all skill levels to have social and intellectual stimulation on a routine basis. Card games are a wonderful way to stimulate areas of the brain, such as memory, visualization, and sequencing. Also, join the group for other card-playing competitions, such as ‘Texas Hold ‘em’, Poker, Po-Ke-No, etc. Games can be for group play and/or tournament participation.

Crochet & Knitting Esther Fowlkes – Thursday, 10:30 or 11 a.m. Learn the difference between the two methods of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Which method do you think is easier? This class is for beginners, experts and those wishing to brush up on their skills! **Check the monthly calendar for schedule updates.**

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 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 different movements.

A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday. If you have a favorite game that is not listed and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Indoor Shuffleboard – Monday – Friday

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – Monday – Friday. Take a shot at being a tournament master by playing singles or doubles games. An Olympic sport since 1988, table tennis is a great way to maintain and improve hand/eye coordination, concentration, and agility.

Jan. 1 – Center is closed.

Jan. 2, 9, 16 & 23 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. This program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity, imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for participants of all abilities and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.

Jan. 3 – “Enviroscape” by Von Scully, Americorp’s watershed ambassador, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, 10:30 a.m. Learn about what constitutes a watershed area (a region draining into a river, river system, or other bodies of water). Find out about New Jersey’s watershed through this interactive display model of how water flows from various topographical points with increasing amounts of ever-present pollutants.
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Chinese Language Lessons with Lillian Liuling, center volunteer, 10:30 a.m. Learn what key components form the beautiful Chinese language. Participants will learn, pronunciation, tones, pinyin (a system of romanized spelling to translate Chinese) and characters/symbols. The goal is to be able to pronounce (and write) everyday pleasantries, numerals and simple phrases by the end of the session.

Jan. 8 & 15 – Body and Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, 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, which focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health. **Mats are not required as this program can be practiced standing and sitting.**

Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Popular music will inspire a cardio workout in this class. Zumba Gold makes working out accessible for people age 60 and above, beginners or others that need modifications in their exercise routine. Using fun, energetic, and rhythmic movements participants will build their cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms.

Jan. 11 – “Healthy Aging: Tips for the Body & Brain” by Marion Ross, Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey, 10:30 a.m. Over the past several decades, researchers have explored how our lifestyle may affect our physical and cognitive health. Diet, exercise, stress, sleep problems, and other factors may influence age-related physical and cognitive decline. Learn the latest research on lifestyle changes and how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine.

Jan. 17 – “Addiction, Awareness & Avoidance” by 1-800 Gamblers, 11 a.m. The state of being addicted to a habit or practice can negatively affect you or a loved one. This program will provide hope and awareness by providing information about how to access support, as well as the various tools and treatment advances that are available to anyone who may be dealing with addiction.

Jan. 18 – “Reducing Stress in 2019” by Lori Morell, director of health & wellness, Parker, 10:30 a.m. Get a new mindset in 2019. Having mindfulness, (the awareness of what’s transpiring within) is a way to decrease the gap between our stressed-out inner person and the outer person we present to the world. This program will help us learn to function at our optimum level as we learn how to reduce stress and anxiety by understanding and embracing different approaches to our life.

Jan. 21 – Center is closed.

Jan. 22 – Indoor Herb Gardening with a Rutgers Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Fresh herbs in the winter! Absolutely! Herbs add a texture and feel that is unlike any other plant. There is nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. From start to finish (seeds to cultivating), this program will help the center reap the benefits of having a fresh harvest of basil, cilantro, parsley, oregano, and more!

Jan. 24 – “Phone, Mail & People Scams” by Jay Reyes home care consultant, Home Instead Senior Care, 11:15 a.m. Fraud has many faces, and targeting and preying on seniors through unscrupulous methods is happening everywhere. This program will bring awareness about common scams that involve health care, finance, police activity, and grand/great grandchildren, so that you and your family can be better protected.

Jan. 25 – “Crossover: New Orleans Jazz, Rhythm and Black History” with Dave Miller and Dana McCurdy,hand drumming facilitators, Earthmovers Drum Collective, 10:30 a.m. This program will highlight the New Orleans Jazz/African crossover as a tribute to Black History Month. Participants will be introduced to hand-drumming techniques, with syncopated musical styles that were influenced by African-American traditions, such as cakewalks and minstrel tunes.

Jan. 29 – “The Health of Your Bones: Bone Density Screening” with Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10:30 a.m. Find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis – a condition where bone strength weakens and bones are susceptible to fracture. There are about three million cases per year in the U.S. Be proactive and take the test; then learn about the next step for maintaining bone health.

Jan. 30 – “Probating a Will and the Basics of Estate Planning/Administration” by Frank G. Bruno, surrogate, Somerset County, 10:30 a.m. This program provides an interactive introduction and general overview of information about wills and the probate process, which will be valuable for you and your family.

Jan. 31 – Pilates Demonstration with Laurie Fetcher, 11 a.m. Pilates is a great workout for adults without mobility because it can be practiced in a chair. This exercise targets the neck, shoulders, hips, and feet to help improve your strength and overall wellness.

Jan. 31 – Yoga with Dr. Prabha Srinivas (Council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India), 1 p.m. Take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation and help reduce the stress in your life. **Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.**



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