Volunteers boost the Shelton Senior Center

People are able to join the Shelton Senior Center when they turn 55 years old.

Most don’t.

Volunteers at the senior center are hoping to get a new crop of energetic volunteers to keep the center running.

“We don’t have enough volunteers,” said Marilyn Michel, who has been a member of the center since 1995. “As the older members disappear, the younger ones don’t appear.”

It seems as though people who volunteer as members of the Shelton Senior Center have volunteered their whole lives, according to Kathy Ramia, the center’s director.

It’s true with Michel, who volunteers at the snack bar, kitchen and bingo games and helps with the newsletters. She also volunteers at her church.

“Shelton seemed to offer so much,” so she and her husband decided to make the drive to the 85 Wheeler St. location from their home in Seymour.

Computer lessons are popular

Richard Simko had been teaching computer lessons to seniors since 1996. The computer classes started off being taught with just one computer.

The program has grown, but they are using out-of-date computers. Volunteers said donations are always accepted.

“I volunteered for a lot of things when I retired,” said Simko, who left his teaching post earlier this summer.

Simko and Jon Krijgsman were the two instructors who responded to the need for a computer teacher. The goal, said Simko, is to “teach students how to use computers independently, so they don’t feel trapped.”

“They’re mentally active, they’re physically active, and that keeps them healthy,” Simko said of the members of the senior center.

Many different activities

Ongoing activities at the center include Wii bowling on Thursdays at 2 p.m. and bingo on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Scrabble is Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pool lessons are available by appointment.

Do you like listening to live music, or to go dancing? Band jam is Tuesdays at 1 p.m., with music and dancing.

How about book clubs? This group has monthly reads and meets each month.

Health screenings to emergency light flashers

Health screenings happen monthly. Blood pressure screenings are the fourth Monday of each month from noon-2 p.m., and hearing maintenance checks are the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

This is also a place where seniors can get emergency light flashers to help ambulance crews, police and firefighters spot a home more quickly.

“Having all of these different volunteers helps us teach a wide variety of people,” said Ramia.

For more information about the Shelton Senior Center, call 203-924-9234.