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, yoga and Pilates ($5) at 10:30 a.m. and stretch plus class at 1:15 p.m.; Wednesday, mind games at 9 a.m. and stretch plus at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, mind games at 9 a.m., movies with popcorn and hot chocolate at 9:30, yoga and Pilates ($5) at 10:30 and stretch plus at 1:15 p.m.; and Friday, mind games at 9 a.m. and stretch plus at 9:30. 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 12, only by appointment. 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 is 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. Project VIBE, Valley Initiative to promote Balance among the Elderly, is a combined effort with Ohio Living Park Vista and Youngstown State University and will be hosting assessments of volunteers age 65 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m April 9, 13, 23 and 27 at Ohio Living Park Vista. Registration must be made in advance. For information or to register, call 330-746-2944, ext. 1553.

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. April 3 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 is sponsoring an art class with Kathryn Infante that takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday for $3 per lesson at the Wellness Center. There will be a new project each week. The classes will take place at the Wellness Center until further notice.

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, Living Well fun day at Boardman Park at 10 a.m. and Diabetic Empowerment Education Program at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Living Well fun day Petersburg, Fit for Life, brush, knife and needle club at 10 a.m. and beginner, intermediate and party bridge at noon; Wednesday, Rivers Casino at 8:30 a.m., 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, basket bingo at noon and chair yoga ($7 or $5) at 1 p.m. Call 330-744-5071 in advance for reservations for all classes and events. Project VIBE, Valley Initiative to promote Balance among the Elderly, is a combined effort with Ohio Living Park Vista and Youngstown State University and will be hosting assessments of volunteers age 65 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m April 9, 13, 23 and 27 at Ohio Living Park Vista. Registration must be made in advance. For information or to register, call 330-746-2944, ext. 1553.

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 the 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 a community-based service agency dedicated to providing a home-delivered meal service to Trumbull County residents who are homebound. Due to an alarming increase in senior hunger in the community, volunteers are desperately needed to deliver meals in the Niles, Cortland, Howland, Warren, Vienna, Girard, Liberty and McDonald areas. Daily, 45 to 50 volunteers are now delivering meals to over 200 individuals. Volunteers are the heart of Trumbull Mobile Meals. Anyone can help if they have an hour to spare once a week or even just once a month. For information, call Terri at 330-394-2538.

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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