The Mission of the Howell Senior Center is to offer Howell residents 60 years of age and over, and their caregivers, programs and services that promote safety, encourage healthy living, and enhance quality of life.
We had a an outdoor Brick Oven Pizza Party catered by Hott Carl’s Pizza!!!! The pizza was made fresh in a coal fired oven they brought to the park. We had margarita, sausage and pepper, chicken parm, white pie, mushroom, buffalo chicken and classic cheese along with soda and dessert. The pizza was absolutely delicious!!!! We were entertained by catchy tunes of Rhythm n’ Sound.
On Monday, June 17th, the Howell Senior Center and Aldrich School came together to talk about bullying across the generations. As most people know, bullying occurs with children and adolescents in different settings and for a variety of reasons. What is not spoken about is how bullying occurs within the senior generation as well. As the Senior Center continues to educate members and others about this topic, we also hit it head on when it occurs within the center. Senior Center Director Melanie Decker, Program Coordinator Carol Hartigan, Aldrich Teacher/Student Council Advisor Kim Khouzam, Guidance Counselor Jessica Eisenberg, and SAC/ABC Jeanna Ribon worked together to discuss the topic, the issues faced with both generations and how to try and bridge the gap between the students and the seniors. Guidance Counselor Jessica Eisenberg wrote some scripts out for the students and seniors to act out in skits that would be performed at the center. So Melanie and Carol took a few seniors over to the school to meet all the students and start practicing our parts. After a few weeks of everyone practicing, we came together yesterday to perform these skits and discuss the topic. It was a very different approach and as you can imagine, the students were much more knowledgeable about the subject than our members. For anyone interested in viewing the video, you can watch it on Channel 77 within the next few days.
All crafters or want-to-be crafters need to come down and join the Howell Township Senior Center! Take a look at the beautiful garden gnome homes that our members made during the specialty craft class we held. These are an excellent addition to anyone’s fairy garden or just to dress up your flower bed! Jane Fawcett our craft instructor continues to amaze us with an endless array of craft projects, scrapbooking ideas, and card making abilities. If you live in Howell (or pay your taxes to Howell), are at least 60 years old and interested in joining the center or seeing what we have to offer, give us a call at 732-938-4500 ext. 2550.
ProgramsThe Howell Township Department of Senior Services offers a multitude of programs and services to senior citizens of Howell Township age 60 and greater. The majority of our programs are housed in our Senior Center building, a multi-purpose facility housed in the former municipal complex of the township. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Our building is handicapped accessible.
The Senior Services Department works in cooperation with Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. to offer a daily nutrition program to Howell’s seniors at the Senior Center. Lunch is served daily, usually at 12:00 noon.
Home-bound seniors who are unable to attend the center and cannot prepare their own meals may be eligible for the home delivered meals that we provide. If you are interested in participating in our nutrition program or wish to volunteer to deliver meals to our homebound seniors, please call Danielle, our nutrition site manager, at (732) 938-4500, ext. 2556.
Classes offered at the Senior Center include:
- Craft classes
- Knitting and crochet
- Candy Making
- T’ai Chi
- Jewelry Making
- Free Men's Breakfast
- Hair Cuts & Styles
- English as a Second Language Classes
Throughout the year, the center hosts a variety of health screenings and lectures of interest to seniors. In addition to a blood pressure clinic which is held on the third Monday of every month, medical professionals in our community donate their time and expertise by holding free screenings. Recent screenings have included cholesterol, glucose, cataract, glaucoma, hearing, osteoporosis, podiatry, oral cancer, and chiropractic.
We also feature health care and other professionals who lecture on such topics as physical therapy, proper nutrition, hearing loss, dental care, legal and financial issues relevant to seniors, Medicare and supplemental insurance policies, medication management, and scams and their impact on senior citizens.
Other activities at the Senior Center include bingo, holiday parties, and safe driving programs. We periodically offer self-defense classes for senior citizens as well as watercolor classes.