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Orange Senior Center

High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT 06477


Orange A.W.A.R.E: Adult Workshops on Addiction Resources and Education

The Senior Leadership Class of 2014 is pleased to announce this year’s project “Orange A.W.A.R.E: Adult Workshops on Addiction Resources and Education”. The class has identified several agencies that will participate in two open forums addressing senior substance abuse and medication mismanagement.  The first session will define the nature of addiction, abuse and misuse of substances and the consequences.  The second session  will discuss community resources, healthy lifestyles, alternatives to abuse, grandparent and caregiver education.  Attendees are invited to submit questions ahead of time or during the forum.  Both forums will be held at the High Plains Community Center. Session I is on Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30 to 5:00PM, Session II is on Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 to 5:00PM.  Reservations requested, walk ins welcome. RSVP to Orange Senior Center 203-891-4784.

Senior Services is a component of the Town of Orange Community Services Department. The Orange Senior Center is committed to providing programs and services that promote independence, creativity, and sound physical and emotional health for residents over the age of 55.

Opportunities for education, cultural development, socialization, and community services are offered. Some of the classes and activities that are offered are as follows: Computer Classes, Watercolor Painting, Gentle Yoga, Tai Chi, Fitness Class, Chair Exercise, Line Dancing, Tap Dancing, Blood Pressure Screenings, AARP Driver Safety Course, Legal Clinic, Shopping Bus, Informal Painting Group, Safety Classes, Bocce, Billiards, TRIAD Yellow Dot Program, BINGO, Social Bridge Group, Various Trips, Writing Classes, Picnics, Dances, AARP Tax Preparation, Bridge Lessons, Money Management Club, I-Club, Teen Tech Talk, Chorus, Movie of the Month, Lunch & Fun, Yoga Dance, Zumba Gold, Laughter Yoga, Mahjong, Chess, Billiards, and Cards.

(Non-residents over 55 are welcome to join the Center for an annual fee)

The Orange Senior Center is a member of the Connecticut Association of Senior Center Personnel {C.A.S.C.P}

Senior Center:  Provides various social activities, educational programs, classes, lectures, safety programs, trips, health screenings and a monthly newsletter.

Elderly Meal Program:  Provides a hot meal at lunchtime, Mondays through Fridays which is sponsored by the Elderly Nutrition Program of New Haven. A reservation and donation are requested. Call (203) 891-4765.

Elderly Outreach Services:  Services include assessments, family consultation, information/referral, support, entitlement applications, and follow-up to homebound seniors. Call (203) 891-4787.

Transportation Services:  The town provides vans to transport Orange seniors and residents with disabilities to and from appointments. The vans are equipped to service handicapped individuals. A 24 to 48 hour notice is required to make these appointments. A donation is requested for each trip. Call Kim Callahan at (203) 891-4788.

Lending Library:  Various books and videotapes on multiple topics are available in the Center's Senior Lounge. This service is based on the honor system. Donations of books and videos are welcome.

Intergenerational Tutoring Program: Retired seniors tutor Orange Elementary school children in English, Math, History, Science, Language Arts, and Study Skills every Thursday from 3 pm until 5 pm at the Case Memorial Library. Call John Ulatowski at (203) 891-4785.

Senior Advisory Committee

  • Ron Arbour
  • Marianne Bauer
  • Rosemary Courtney
  • Dusty Downey
  • Veronica Hendricks
  • Marylou Kochiss
  • Kay Leheny
  • Susan Noonan
  • Linda Sheehan

Senior Leadership Children's Literacy Program: The goal of this program is to provide intergenerational partnering between Orange seniors and fifth and sixth grade students of Orange schools. This would take place at the Senior Center, the Case Memorial Library, Silverbrook, Laurel Estates, or a senior's home. Date and time would be decided upon by participants. It would be after school or possibly Sat. or Sun. The student will read to the senior or play games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Crosswords, etc. The visit could last for an hour or length of time decided upon by both participants. What an enjoyable way to spend some time - sharing the enthusiasm of a child! This could be a very rewarding experience. It will encourage the child to read while also sharing time and interests with an older person. If you are interested in this wonderful, satisfying project (and we hope you will be) please call the Senior Center, 203-891-4784, or Louisa, 203-795-9030.