Senior Edition


By Karen Lowery - For The Register-Herald



EATON — You are invited to join the music club. Calling all musicians, singers, and anyone interested in music. The next meeting of the Preble County Senior Center Music Club will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The Music Club meets the first Thursday of every month. For more information, call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947.

“Fun Friday”

The February “Fun Friday” will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 at noon at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. This month’s theme is “For the Love of Seniors!” Food and musical entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Purchase your ticket in advance at the Preble County Council on Aging. This month’s event is sponsored by Heartland.

“Lunch with Jake”

On Monday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., join us for “Lunch with Jake”. Jake Dailey is a volunteer with the U.S. Veterans Administration. “Lunch with Jake” is an opportunity for veterans to ask questions and get information about services available through the Veterans Administration while enjoying lunch in the Decade’s Diner at the Preble County Senior Center, located at 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. Jake also has a lot of knowledge about Preble County. In addition, Jake wants input about possible trips that would be of interest to men. He will also provide information about activities at the Senior Center that would be of interest to men. “Lunch with Jake” will take place the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.

Hearing Screenings available

Avada Hearing Care Center will be offering free hearing screenings for older adults at the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. No appointment is necessary. Call 937-456-4947 for more information.

Joy Tour & Travel

On Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1-3 p.m., a representative from Joy Tour & Travel will be at the Preble County Senior Center to take reservations and/or answer questions on upcoming trips. You may also call Joy Tour & Travel direct at 513-777-8221 or 800-875-4569.

Northern Connection

The Northern Connection “Lunch & Learn” meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 301 E. Main Street in New Paris. The Northern Connection is a partnership between the Preble County Council on Aging and the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Lunch is served at no charge (donations are welcome) followed by either a speaker on a topic of interest, or entertainment. Information is also available on services provided by the Preble County Council on Aging. Everyone is welcome to attend. February’s entertainment will be Glen Parks – providing strolling banjo music. For more information, contact the St. Paul United Methodist Church at 937-437-8484, the Preble County Council on Aging at 937-456-4947, or visit the Northern Connection Facebook page.

HEAP Winter Crisis Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). Bev Shindeldecker, Preble County Council on Aging I&R Specialist, is available to help seniors determine eligibility, complete paperwork, and answer questions regarding HEAP. You can make an appointment to meet with Bev by calling 937-456-4947 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program runs through March 31.

Senior Companionship Program

The Companionship Program at the Preble County Council on Aging helps community seniors stay in their homes and live independently by providing assistance with tasks of daily living and offering friendship and emotional support. Services provided include an in-home companion and/or a daily telephone reassurance call. For more information on these available services, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

There are two different levels of volunteers needed:

– Preble County Senior Center Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance or telephone calls. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like. You will be responsible for recording your volunteer hours and mileage on a monthly basis. Mileage is reimbursed at $.50/mile. For more information or to complete a volunteer application, contact Stacey at 937-456-4947.

– Graceworks Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance. Required to attend a 20 hour start-up training at the senior center and one 4-hour in-service each month. You will earn a stipend of $2.65/hour (tax free) and $.30/mile. You must “work” at least 15 hours/week in the clients home. To volunteer in the Graceworks program, you must be 55 or older and your income must be lower than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

Senior Center Mini-Trips

The Preble County Senior Center plans mini-trips for individuals who want a shorter, less strenuous travel day. Ten-seat passenger vans or smaller motor coaches are used for most mini-trips. Descriptive flyers are available at the Senior Center for 2016 Mini-Trips. Pick up and return to your home is available upon request. A sampling of the mini-trips scheduled so far for 2016 include: Tuesday, April 5 – Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio; Tuesday, April 19 – Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Township, Ohio; Wednesday, May 4 – Cincinnati Reds’ Day Game (sponsored in part by Heartland of Eaton); Wednesday, May 18 – Presidential Luncheon Motor Coach trip (sponsored in part by The Knolls of Oxford); Tuesday, May 24 – Dayton Dragons Evening Game (sponsored in part by The Knolls of Oxford); Wednesday, June 15 – Miami Valley Military History Museum; Thursday, June 30 – “The Lion King” at the Schuster Theatre (sponsored in part by Arbor Trace); Tuesday, July 19 – Rising Star Casino; and Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Cincinnati Reds’ Night Game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a flyer.

Thursday Night Weekly Dance

The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5-8 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The Silvertones, a local band from Camden, Ohio will provide an enjoyable evening of classic rock & roll and country music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Band members include Michael Powers on piano; Mike Buckley, lead guitar; Danny Witt, bass; and Gary “Pete” Peters on drums. The dance features delicious food, with a $1 menu, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Admission is $3 per individual/$5 per couple. Join us for a fun evening!

Have you visited the Decade’s Diner for lunch? If not, you are missing out on this unique location with its distinctive 1950’s decor and memorabilia, including a juke box and graffiti wall. Located at the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, the Decade’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Choose from the daily special, combo, or the regular menu. Don’t forget to order one of the delicious homemade desserts! The Decade’s Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Carry-out is available. Call 937-456-4947 to place your order.

Many exciting events, trips, and activities are planned for seniors in Preble County in coming months. Check out our website or Facebook pages for the latest news. Membership at the Senior Center is only $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter, which features all the latest news. The menu is also included in the newsletter. Visit our website at www.prebleseniorcenter.org or the Preble County Council on Aging Facebook page.

By Karen Lowery

For The Register-Herald

Reach Karen at the Preble County Council on Aging Senior Center, 937-456-4947.

Reach Karen at the Preble County Council on Aging Senior Center, 937-456-4947.

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