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, Winter Potluck breakfast in the dining hall at 9 a.m., yoga and Pilates ($5) at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, mind games at 9 a.m. and stretch plus at 9:30 a.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 February 1 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.

Guardian Angels of Trumbull County, a volunteer program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, is looking for new volunteers. Angel volunteers receive training to become advocates who reach out as friends to seniors who may need a friendly phone call, a visit in a nursing home or a visit at home. Angels also are involved in planning special events for seniors. The next meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at Shepherd of the Valley, 4100 North River Road, Warren. For information, call 330-675-2521 or go to www.trumbullprobate.org.

Niles SCOPE Senior Center will host a KaleidoSCOPE art program that takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday. Kathryn Infante is the instructor and there will be a $3 fee for each session. Exercise programs including arthritis exercise, square dancing, tap, Zumba, chair yoga, Tai Chi, and line dancing take place every week Monday through Friday. Cost of sessions varies from $1 to $3. The center also offers bingo, card games, book discussion and Monday night cards with an optional snack. For information, call the center at 330-544-3676.

Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following activities: Tuesday, Fit for Life and brush, knife and needle club at 10 a.m., and beginner, intermediate and party bridge at noon; 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. and multi media art and socialization at noon; and Friday, Income Tax Return preparation from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only, 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 that are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:15 p.m. 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 may 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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