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Wednesday, March 21 News

Series on aging's psychological issues planned

A series of discussions about mental-health issues associated with aging begins on Thursday, July 17 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Discussions will be led by Art Gottlieb, a licensed clinical social worker and certified senior advisor, the center said, and topics will include personal, interpersonal and family dynamics.

All are free and open to the public at the 21 Imperial Ave. Center.

The series kicks off July 17 at 6 p.m. with the topic "Baby Boomers and the Denial of Aging." The one-hour program will examine why some active seniors have difficulty accepting the physical and mental limitations imposed by aging, the center said in a news release.

The discussion will include coping skills and tips for coming to grips with limitations.

The series continues with two more programs in August and two in September. All discussions will be in plain language without psychological jargon, according to the release.

Other topics in the series include:

"Computer Anxiety and the Technology Gap," Saturday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m.

"Understanding Codependence," Thursday, Aug. 14, 6 p.m.

"Hoarding," Saturday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m.

"Parent-Child Role Reversal," Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

Historical look at flags

Bob Bertelson, a Trumbull photographer and history buff, will give a presentation on the history of flags in America at the senior center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12.

Bertelson has lectured at Norwalk Community College's Lifetime Learners Institute, and his topic will be "50 States, 50 Stars, 50 Flags, the Fabric of Our Nation."

The 90-minute program is free and open to the public.

July 19 `Saturday Social'

The center is planning a "Saturday Social" on July 19 featuring lunch and a musical program.

The menu will include Chicken Cacciatore with rice and spinach, plus ice cream and beverages., the center said. After lunch, singer-pianist Brian Gille will perform songs from tin pan and the swing era along with other standards.

The cost is $7. Reservations are required and may be made by visiting the center or calling it at 203-341-5099.