16 Mar

Coronavirus Update – NSC to Close as of 3/17/2020

Dear Friends of the Newark Senior Center,

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th the Center will be closed to the public.  Center staff and volunteers will still be delivering Meals on Wheels, following new safety protocols. 

Please call 211 if you are interested in volunteering during these challenging times, or if you have questions or need services. 

We will continue to send updates via email, facebook and the website, You can still call the Center at (302) 737-2336. Staff may not answer immediately, but will return your call if you leave a message. 

Also,keep an eye out, we will be posting links to connect you with options for physical activity, mental stimulation and hopefully a laugh or two. 

Please take care of yourself and your family. 

We look forward to seeing you soon,


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13 Mar

Coronavirus Update – March 3/13/2020

Good Afternoon, 

As we all know, every day is a new day and we are in uncharted territory with this virus.  We have received a directive from the State of Delaware that today, Friday the 13th is the last day that senior centers throughout the state are allowed to serve lunch.  The Food Service staff has frozen soups and a limited supply of meals available.  Members are welcome to stop in to pick up frozen items if needed before 2pm today and next week. 

At the Newark Senior Center we will also be cancelling all organized classes and groups as of Monday, March 16th.  The regular transportation program for NSC members will also be cancelled.  The Fitness Center will remain open and the Pool will be open regular hours for open swim. For Pool and Fitness Center members who have health concerns about visiting the Center, we will be extending those memberships if a request is made to staff. We are trying to reduce the opportunity for large groups to gather. 

At this time the facility will remain open.  If you are experiencing any signs of illness, regardless of any relation to the coronavirus, we ask that you do not come to the Center.   

We continue to encourage, hand washing, keeping a safe distance from others (6’ is recommended) and please stay home if you are sick. 

Meals on Wheels will still be delivered by volunteers and Center staff.  The Meeting of Minds program will still be available, including transportation.   

Please call, (302) 737-2336, or email Center,, staff if you have any questions or concerns. You can also see continued updates about following our Facebook Page NSC Facebook Page or our WEBSITE.  


Carla Grygiel, Executive Director

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10 Mar

Coronavirus Update

March 10, 2020

Dear Friends, 

Please know that we are certainly aware of the dangers and risks that the coronavirus presents to the elderly.  The Newark Senior Center is following the guidance from the State and Federal government.  We will continue normal operations as long as possible because we know what an important role the Center plays in the lives of our members, participants and their families.  

We ask that you use common sense as we all deal with this virus. 


  • Thoroughly and regularly wash your hands
  • If you are not feeling well stay at home
  • Do not return to the Center until at least 24 hours after you have no symptoms
  • While at the Center, please keep a safe distance from others, refrain from shaking hands.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has traveled and may be at risk, we encourage you to self-quarantine.

As the situation changes we will try to keep you informed – please follow our Facebook page, refer to the website, or call the Center at 302-737-2336. 


Carla Grygiel, Executive Director

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26 Feb



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30 Jan

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Do you experience joint pain? Do you feel it is just too difficult to exercise? Aquatic therapy could be just the fuel you are looking for to get going! Here at the Newark Senior Center we have various activities and exercises performed in the water for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefits. A member commented regarding the therapeutic pool saying “The NSC pool is a hidden jewel. The heated pool is excellent for those dealing with joint issues (arthritis), fibromyalgia, etc. You can really feel the difference in your body when you go to the pool faithfully. It is the best exercise and doesn’t cause any pain.” Another member emphasized how not only is it helpful, but it is also fun when they said “And the people are FUN! We laugh away our aches and pains.”

Aquatic therapy has been proven to help with physiological and psychological improvements. Exercising in a therapeutic pool helps to reduce the impact on joints while still allowing for individuals to be active.  For individuals with joint pain this type of workout can help to exercise the joints. Some physiological improvements that have been studied with the use of aquatic therapy are improvements in Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Asthma, Orthopedic impairments, decreased spasticity/increased relaxation, improved bone density, and an increase in circulation. Aquatic therapy has the potential to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities. Some psychological benefits that have been studied are that of improved mood, improved self-esteem, body image, and decreased anxiety and depression. Overall, individuals participating in Aquatic therapy experience increases in joint flexibility, muscle strength, and balance. On the other hand, individuals experience decreases in pain, abnormal tone, spasticity and rigidity.

While in a therapeutic pool the warm water helps individuals increase their circulation, respiratory rate, and improve muscle mass, flexibility, and strength. Water is 600-700 times more resistive than air which allows for strengthening of weakened muscles. The buoyancy of the water causes the individual to feel an upward thrust when submerged and this helps individuals with joint and muscle pains to be able to perform in certain activities. Individuals who are unable to support their weight or have balance deficits experience less fear of falling while in a pool and usually find themselves able to walk with minimal support.  

For more information about NSC’s therapeutic pool click here. Questions please call (302) 737-2336.

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11 Dec

Meet Our Gift Shoppe Crafter: Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer has been creating stunning pieces of jewelry for the NSC Gift Shoppe for about three years. Lisa’s passion for jewelry making started back when she was in high school taking a silversmith class. Her biggest inspiration for the pieces are the beads themselves. Lisa’s incredible creativity allows her to simply look at the beads and know exactly how she would like to use them. Just by looking at the different beads she knows exactly how she would like to show off the tiny details.
In the Gift Shoppe, you will find Lisa’s creations, often in sets. Her favorite piece to craft is the necklace, because of all the personality a necklace displays. Nevertheless, Lisa also creates beautiful earrings and bracelets. Lisa is incredibly grateful for having the NSC Gift Shoppe as one of her outlets of creativity. She loves being recognized at different events because of the NSC Gift Shoppe. Be sure to stop by to check out her work!

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31 Oct

Holiday Shopping on a Budget – Eight Easy Tips

Holiday shopping on a budget reduces stress.  Stick to these eight items and enjoy the holidays!

1. Make a shopping list

Write down the list of people you plan on buying gifts for. Critically consider who should be on your gift list and don’t be afraid to trim it. Start with your immediate family and close friends, and selectively add to your list from there.

2. Set a spending limit

Figure out the total amount of money you want to spend on presents, and divide it up among each person on your list.  It’s the thought that counts, not the price tag.

3. Pay in cash

The easiest way to not go into debt is to use cash to buy gifts. You’ll be forced to stick to your budget. When you use a credit card, it is easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent and on who.

4. Shop by yourself

If you shop alone, you’ll likely spend less money, especially if you have friends with poor money habits. A shopping partner in crime can distract you from your plan by convincing you to buy something unplanned and unnecessary.

5. Tis the season to give, not buy

This is the season for giving, not receiving. If you find something you can’t live without, add it to your wish list. If nobody buys it for you, pick it up on sale after Holiday for yourself.

6. Shop for sales at discount stores

Check out the discount stores where you can find discounted items and great deals. If you shop exclusively online, remember Amazon may not always have the best price. Be sure to check out eBay, Walmart, and specialty stores.

7. Wrap a lot

Some people love having many presents to open.  If you are giving a Holiday gift that has several parts to it – tools, an outfit, and kitchen utensils, – wrap up each item individually. Your recipient will have more to unwrap and a fun time doing it.

8. Buy a combined gift.

You can save money while still giving great gifts by giving a slightly more expensive gift to two or more people instead of buying individual gifts for every person.

Call a $tand By Me 50+ Coach to free financial coaching and take control of your finances!

Call 302-651-3401 and 302-651-3427 in New Castle County

and 302-415-1542 in Kent and Sussex County.

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02 Oct

Check Out Our New Water Exercise Classes

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20 Jun

Credit Scores: Things You Should Know


A higher score makes it easier to qualify for a loan or lower interest rates. Many scores range from 300 to 850, but different companies use different ranges.

You have many credit scores

You can have more than one score, because:

  • Lenders use different scores for different products.
  • There are many different credit scoring formulas.
  • Information can come from different credit reporting sources.

For example, your credit card score could be different from your home loan score, and the scores you purchase online could be different from both of those.  For some people, these differences aren’t that big. But because lenders use different scores, you might qualify for lower rates with one lender and not another. It can pay to shop around.

Where do credit scores come from?

Your credit scores are generally based on information in your credit reports. This information is   reported by your lenders to credit reporting companies. The three biggest are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Several variables affect your credit score:

  • How many credit accounts you have
  • How long you’ve had those accounts
  • How close you are to your credit limit
  • How much credit you have left
  • How often your payments have been late
  • Other factors

How to raise your score

  • Pay your bills on time, every time. One way to make sure your payments are on time is to set up automatic payments, or set up electronic reminders. If you have missed payments, get current and stay current.
  • Don’t get close to your credit limit. Credit scoring models look at how close you are to being “maxed out,” so try to keep your balances low in proportion to your overall credit limit. Experts advise keeping your use of credit at no more than 30 percent of your total available credit.
  • A long credit history helps your score. Credit scores are based on experience over time. Your score improves the longer you have credit, open different types of accounts, and pay back what you owe on time.
  • Be careful closing accounts. If you close some credit card accounts and put most or all of your credit card balances onto one card, it may hurt your credit score if you are using a high percentage of your total available credit. Frequently opening accounts and transferring balances can hurt your score too.
  • Only apply for credit you need. Credit scores look at your recent credit activity as an indicator of your need for credit. If you apply for a lot of credit over a short period of time, it may appear that your money situation has changed for the worse.


Call a $tand By Me 50+ Financial Coach today to see and review your credit report and/or see what to do to improve it at 302-651-3401 and 302-651-3427 in New Castle County

and 302-415-1542 in Kent and Sussex County.

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04 Jun

Medicare Savings Programs

You may be able to get help paying your Medicare premiums. In some cases, the Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions. The income limits for these program are:

Individual monthly income limit*


Married couple monthly income limit*


Contact a $tand By Me Financial Coach to apply for the Medicare Savings Program and be screened for other benefits.

Call a $tand By Me 50+ Financial Coach today

for more information and free financial coaching

302-651-3401 and 302-651-3427 in New Castle County

302-415-1542 in Kent and Sussex Counties.


All of our Services are FREE!



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