Senior Edition


By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald



EATON — 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 next meeting will be Wednesday, May 11. 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. April’s program will be guest speakers from VITAS Healthcare. 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.

Are You a Silver Sneakers Member?

If so, are you interested in attending Silver Sneakers classes at the Preble County Activities Center? Contact Stacey at 937-456-4947 to sign up or for additional information.

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 barn on the Senior Center grounds is large, lots of room for seating and dancing, heated, comfortable and will be an excellent The dance featuresThe barn on the Senior Center grounds is large, lots of room for seating and dancing, heated, comfortable and will be an excellent 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!

Fall Hazards

Fall Hazards is a presentation given my Amber Borgwardt from Gem City Home Care. She will discuss how to prevent falls, along with what hazards to watch out for. Join us Friday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center.

We Honor Vets

In partnership with Crossroads Hospice we will present a program to identify local resources and personnel available to assist our veteran population. Stop by the Activities Center anytime during normal business hours to have your picture taken. These pictures will be used during the ‘We Honor Vets” program on Friday May 13, at 2 p.m. at The Grange, 501 Nation Ave.

Adult Coloring Therapy

Adult coloring books are finding themselves on more and more bestsellers’ lists throughout the world. Join us on Monday, May 16, 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Activities Center to find out how this childhood pastime can help adults relieve stress. For more information, call Stacey at 937-456-4947.

It’s Time for Bingo!

Join us on Tuesday May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Preble County Activities Center. This month’s event is sponsored by Greenbriar.

Caregiver’s Support Group

Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. for the Caregiver’s Support Group (formerly the Alzheimer’s Support Group), held at the Preble County Activities Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. The support group is sponsored and hosted by Heartland of Eaton. The support group meets the third Wednesday of each month. Call 937-456-4947 for additional information.

Celebrate Your Birthday!

A “Birthday Bash” will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Activities Center. Seniors celebrating birthdays in the months of May are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome regardless of your birthday month. This will be a fun afternoon, complete with birthday cake. Birthday Bash is sponsored by Gateway Health this month.

New Senior Center Mini-Trips Added

The Preble County Activities 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, 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, August 23 – Woodland Historical Tour; Friday, September 9 – “Million Dollar Quartet” at LaComedia, and Tuesday, October 4 – Darke County Past to Present. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

Senior Center Motor Coach Trips

The Preble County Activities Center has the following motor coach trips planned for this year: Wednesday, May 18 – Presidential Luncheon in Marion, Ohio; Tuesday, July 19 – Rising Star Casino; and Tuesday, Wednesday, July 27 – Ohio State Fair; August 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals evening game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

HEAP Assistance Available

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.

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.

Volunteers for the Senior Companionship Program

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 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

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 Activities 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.

Visit our website at www.PrebleSeniorCenter.org or the Preble County Council on Aging Facebook page for more information. Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter which features all the latest news.

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald

Reach Holly Steele at the Preble County Senior Center, 937-456-4947.

Reach Holly Steele at the Preble County Senior Center, 937-456-4947.

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