Montgomery Senior Center – January Activities

Posted on December 30, 2016

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the January program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.  This month, all senior centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, for New Year’s Day and on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

Somerset County-operated Senior Centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50, for anyone 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée and a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations before 10:00 a.m. at least one business day in advance.  Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch!  As an additional suggestion, why not come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs.

If you live in Somerset County, drive or have your own ride, you can go to any center of your choice.  There are senior centers located in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Montgomery, Somerset, and Warren. 

Here are the activities in January at the Montgomery Senior Center:

356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ  08558

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.


Meditation Garden – Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Enjoy this outdoor oasis for your meditation practices. (Weather Permitting)

Pool Table – Monday – Friday

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Chess, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting up a club on the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 a.m. 45 minutes of exercise for older adults; 20 minutes of cardio (or movement) followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), followed by a 5 minute relaxing stretch. This exercise is great for all levels and abilities. Sneakers required.

Mahjong Lessons – Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players?  Lessons and refreshers are available!

Montgomery EMS Blood Pressure Screening – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m.

Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11:00 a.m. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Circuit Training – Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles.  In this class, you will raise your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body.  This will help you in your everyday activities, while working on balance, core and overall agility and muscle strength.  Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will begin on Jan. 4. Registration required, call (609) 466-0846 for more information **

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.**Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Healthy Bones Exercise ClassClasses will resume in April. 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.

Crocheting – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Move Today with Elizabeth – Every Other Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. Move Today is a non-aerobic exercise class conducted by a certified leader and is designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength and stamina.  A major focus of the class is on good posture and fall prevention. Exercises can be done while sitting or standing. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Bocce Ball – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. & Friday, 11:00 a.m. (Weather Permitting)

Ballroom Dancing with the Princeton School of Dance – Thursday, 1:00 p.m. **$40 for 8-week program, session begins Jan. 17. Registration required, call (609) 466-0846 for information**

Card Game: “3-13” – Fridays, 10:00 a.m. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

January 2 – Holiday – Center Closed

January 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Mahjong Lessons, 10:00 a.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players? Thursday mornings are Mahjong mornings.  Lessons and refreshers are available.

January 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:15 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.

January 9Free Blood Sugar Screenings with the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Mobile Unit, 10:30 a.m.  **Please call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment**

January 9 – Minute To Win It Recap. Today we will discuss how successful the “Minute To Win It” event was.

January 9 – 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 (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment**

January 11 & 25 – Laughter Class with Denise Crowley, Certified Laughter Leader, 10:30 a.m. Laughter creates a liberating environment to rid your body of stress while promoting optimal health.

January 16 – Holiday – Center Closed

January 19 – “Cosmic Coloring” by Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Learn the emotional health benefits garnered from this inventive activity. When we immerse ourselves into a coloring action, a destressing effect occurs because we no longer focus on a problem or worry, but focus on a particular activity instead. Coloring also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot of stress.” Enjoy this creative activity with an emotional twist.

January 19 – Book Club, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. We are starting a book club! Want to join?  Come to the first meeting.  We will begin with a “meet and greet” and select our first book. **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information**

January 23 – “The Journey of Frankie & Olive.  Help Frankie and Olive, 2 spunky Boston Terriers, fulfill their certification requirements to become therapy dogs. As part of their training they must be exposed to people in different situations and master various commands. Learn how to teach and practice the commands with Frankie & Olive who must master them to achieve certification.

January 30 – “New Year New You” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern. Come and check out some great healthy recipes.

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Information