SENIOR SIDELIGHTS


Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave. will offer the following opportunities: Monday, mind games at 9 a.m., stretch plus classes at 9:30, and crochet classes at 10:15; Tuesday, Mardi Gras potluck breakfast at 9 a.m., yoga and Pilates ($5) at 10:30 a.m. and stretch plus class at 1:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Oscar Ballot Contest begins, mind games at 9 a.m., stretch plus at 9:30 a.m. and 4th Ward Block Watch meeting at 5 p.m.; Thursday, mind games at 9 a.m., yoga and Pilates ($5) at 10:30 and stretch plus at 1:15 p.m.; and Friday, mind games at 9 a.m., stretch plus at 9:30 and tai chi ($5) at noon. Coffee bar every morning, 8:30 to 11 a.m.; fitness rooms open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wii gaming system and air hockey or ping-pong every day from 8:30 to 2. One-on-one computer or tech tutoring available by appointment. An AARP Foundation tax aide will be available beginning now through April 12, every Tuesday and Thursday, by appointment only. Call the center to make an appointment and for details and items needed, at 330-545-6596. Assistance with Medicare, prescription assistance and many other senior citizen issues are offered by appointment with the center’s licensed social worker, Christine Bridgens. The center is a meal program site offering daily meals Monday through Friday through the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Stop by or call for a menu and details. The Oscar Ballot Contest will take place through March 2. Anyone interested must be a member of Girard Multigenerational Center to enter. All ballots must be turned in March 2. The Academy Awards take place March 4 and the winner with the most correct predictions will be announced during coffee bar March 5.

Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following activities: Monday, Income Tax Return preparation from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only; Tuesday, Fit for Life, brush, knife and needle club at 10 a.m., beginner, intermediate and party bridge at noon and Caregiver Support group at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, watercolors at 10, tap class at noon, 500 bid card club at 1 p.m. and line dancing at 1:30; Thursday, woodcarvers at 9 a.m., Living Well fun day at Boardman Park at 10 and multi media art and socialization at noon; and Friday, income tax return preparation from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only, Living Well fun day Youngstown at 10 and chair yoga ($7 or $5) at 1 p.m. Call 330-744-5071 in advance for reservations for all classes and events.

Ohio Living Park Vista Senior Center hosts Silver Sneakers classes are available at 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the North Lounge. To find out more about Silver Sneakers, or to verify whether your health plan covers the program, visit silversneakers.com. If your health plan does not cover the program, there will be a small fee for each class. For information, call 330-746-2944, ext. 1214.

Senior Corps Retired Senior Volunteer Program, located in First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 201 Wick Ave., is a volunteer program with the mission of linking volunteers, age 55 and older, with a variety of volunteer opportunities within Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to: senior companionship, preparing/serving meals, meal delivery, providing transportation, installing smoke alarms, and working with children in school or community-based settings. There are many benefits to being a volunteer with RSVP including supplemental health/auto insurance while on duty at no cost, mileage reimbursement for transportation activities, volunteer recognition events as well as feeling connected to and making an impact in our community. The program coordinator will meet with volunteers to match them with their preferred site based on interests, skills and location. Individuals who are either interested in volunteering or have a need for volunteers, can call Maria Cavileer, program coordinator, at 330-480-0352 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email mcavileer@fcsohio.org.

Trumbull Mobile Meals is seeking volunteers to prepare, package and deliver meals to over 200 individuals on a daily basis. Those interested in becoming a volunteer should call Terri Dean at Trumbull Mobile Meals at 330-394-2538. TMM is a community-based service agency dedicated to providing a home-delivered meal service to Trumbull County residents who are homebound.

Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, a volunteer program that advocates for people who use long-term care services, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities, to resolve resident concerns or complaints, is looking for volunteers. Volunteer Ombudsman receive free training and are certified as an Ombudsman associate before beginning volunteer work. There are no experience requirements, but there is a short application. Background checks are done at no cost to the applicant. Contact Max Bumgardner, volunteer coordinator, at 330-505-2375 for information and an application. Applications are available online at www.aaa11.org/volunteer.html.

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