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RETIREES TO MEET: Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Drakes Landing Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., followed by the program and meeting presided by President Phil Butto. The featured speaker, Mario Iacone, will talk about the STRS Forensic Audit. Canfield Veterans Auxilary will be honored, and members are invited to make a donation.

Reservations should be received by Wednesday. Reservation forms can be found on the MRTA website and in the newsletter.

STEELWORKERS RETIREES TO MEET: SOAR 27-2 and 27-6, Local Union 1330 and 1331 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Niles-Canfield Road.

Refreshments will be served. New members are welcome.

STRUTHERS CLASS OF 1954: Struthers High School Class of 1954 will hold its Saturday morning breakfast meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 14, at What’s Cooking on South Avenue in Boardman. Family and friends are always welcome. No reservations needed.

THE GIRARD MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 433 Trumbull Ave., Girard, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Offered are stretching classes, a coffee and snack bar, puzzles, mind games, computer cafe, newspapers and fitness center. Yoga / Pilates is offered; call for class times.

A tai chi class is offered noon to 1 p.m. Fridays for $5 per person.

For more information and lunch reservations (two days ahead), call 330-675-2486.

• Nutrition Meal Program, 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance.

• Fall Food Drive to benefit the Emmanuel Center through Sunday.

• Medicare open enrollment starts today. Call to schedule an appointment with Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselor Christine.

• Walk with Ease classes will be offered 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday through Dec. 1. The Arthritis Foundation six-week structured class meets three times weekly. Walking is the central activity but also includes health education information, stretching and strengthening exercises and motivational tips and tools. No classes will be held Oct. 29 and Nov. 26.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintownseniorcenter.org, is:

• Monday: Painting video, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Meyers Insurance, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; Hospice of the Valley, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon; computer class and online shopping, 1 p.m.; advisory council meeting, 1 p.m.;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by SummaCare, 9 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle art, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; drum your way fit, 10 a.m.; video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Calaveras; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.; computer class and online shopping, 1 p.m.

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check by Woodlands, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; Dominos, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Bamboo Garden, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; walking club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.;

• Friday: Center closed.

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LOWELLVILLE SENIORS MEET: Lowellville Senior Citizens and Friends group will meet noon Nov. 5, with lunch catered by Gianna’s Catering at their building in Lowellville. New members will be recognized. A 50/50 raffle and bingo will follow the meeting, and birthdays and anniversaries will be acknowledged.

Reservations for lunch are due by Tuesday to Paula Kacir at 330-718-2856. Contact Sunshine Chairman Martha Phillips at 330-360-8030 of any illnesses or deaths.

MEDICARE CHANGES: Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, older adults are afforded the opportunity to decide their Medicare coverage. Medicare Advantage managed-care plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are available for everyone covered by Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 or older and some younger disabled Americans.

Changes are effective Jan. 1.

Consumers can choose to include prescription drug-coverage in Medicare Advantage plans or may want a separate Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to use with original Medicare or a Medicare supplemental plan, also called a Medigap plan. The Medicare Part D drug plans are offered statewide; the Medicare Advantage plans vary by county.

Plans change each year so having a Medicare Check Up is the key to ensuring you have the most cost-effective plan that covers all your needs.

Staff at Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (DHEO) can help you navigate the process. DHEO offers free telephonic or video-based Medicare Check Ups. OSHIIP certified staff will assist you by reviewing your current medications, doctors, and pharmacies and offering a comparison on plans that will provide you coverage. Direction Home staff do not sell insurance and only provide unbiased information to you. Ultimately, the decision is yours on which plan you pick.

Those interested in having a free Medicare Check Up or who have questions regarding Medicare Savings Programs like Extra Help, can contact Direction Home of Eastern Ohio at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintownseniorcenter .org, is:

• Today: Bible study, 9 a.m.; painting video, 9:30 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Monday: Bible study, 9 a.m.; Painting video, 9:30 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; hearing screenings, 9 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; drum your way fit, 10 a.m. video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Falcon Grille, noon; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; dominos, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch and trivia sponsored by Woodlands, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.; chair volleyball, 1 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; Walking Club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.

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PERI MEMBERS TO MEET: The Public Employee Retirees of Mahoning County Chapter 18 will meet noon Tuesday at the Avion Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road.

For more information, call Mary Grace at 330-507-9718, Diane at 330-547-9612, or Carol at 330-758-5239.

Guest speaker will be Gina DeGenova, chief assistant prosecutor from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, introducing an early notice registry in collaboration with Sheriff Jerry Greene and the Mahoning County commissioners.

Flu shots will be administered by the medical staff from the Mahoning County Board of Health prior to the meeting from 10:45 a.m. to noon. You must have your insurance card.

Absentee ballots and voter registration forms will be available for the 2021 November election.

Information for PERI membership can be obtained by calling Marilyn at 330-565-6913.

RETIREES AND WIDOWS MEET: The meeting of the Police and Fire Retirees and widows of Ohio, District 2, Chapter 10, will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Winchester Drive, Austintown, Door 108. Refreshments will be served.

BUS TRIP: Jesus the Key Ministries still has a few seats available for its upcoming bus trip in December.

The bus will leave Dec. 8 and return the evening of Dec. 9. The trip includes the Winter Wonder Land Concert at the American Music Theatre and Queen Esther at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa. Dinner will be at Good N Plenty on Wednesday evening and lunch at Dienner’s on Thursday before returning home.

The cost of the trip is $320. To make reservations, call Bing Newton at 330-427-6578.

JFCS OFFERS HELP: Jewish Family & Community Services, in conjunction with Community Legal Aid, is offering older adults an opportunity to complete their Advance Directives with the help of an attorney, free of charge.

The Zoom calls will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 18.

Spots are limited so early registration is recommended. To reserve a spot, call 330-746-7929.

JFCS is an agency of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Visit jewish youngstown.org/jfcs to learn more.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintown seniorcenter.org, is:

• Today: Closed.

• Monday: Paint video, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

∫ Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; hearing screenings, 9 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; drum your way fit, 10 a.m. video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Falcon Grille, noon; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

∫ Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; dominos, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch and trivia sponsored by Woodlans, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.; chair volleyball, 1 p.m.;

∫ Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; Walking Club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program. Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older.

Agencies for Mahoning and Columbiana counties include Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, and Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929.

CAREGIVER PROGRAM: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter has a new caregiver relief program called The Jan & Josephine Castora Family Caregiver Relief Program, which pays for agency caregivers to assist families needing help caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

For more information, people can go to alz.org/eastohio/carerelief.

Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

PERI WELCOMES RETIREES / EMPLOYEES: Ohio Public Employees, retired or working, are eligible to join the State Organization and the local Chapter by calling Marilyn at 330-565 6913 or visiting the Chapter 18 website at www.mahoningperi.com.

MEMORY SCREENINGS VIRTUAL: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering a free virtual memory screening. Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or by visiting www.alzfdn.org. Screenings are conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through secure videoconference. There are no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.

To schedule a screening or for more information about brain health and lifestyle choices that can help promote healthy aging, visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS: Dave Long answers questions during a series of monthly talks on the latest scams, why scammers target seniors and how to protect personal information 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Poland Township Government Center, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland.

Long, of Poland, is a retired public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo who later worked as an Elder Scam Prevention Outreach specialist with Lifespan in Rochester, N.Y., before moving back to the Mahoning Valley.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: ACTION and MYCAP, along with Christ Centered Church, are presenting Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days a week, seniors participate in virtual programs of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit-chat and humor, among other things. Once per week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Pre-registration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

FALL PREVENTION GUIDE: The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS joined with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and released an updated “Elderly Fall Prevention Resource Guide” for EMS providers and the general public.

Download a copy of the guide at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/EMS5934.pdf.

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STEELWORKER RETIREES TO MEET: SOAR 27-2 and 27-6, Local 330 and 1331 will meet 1 p.m. Monday at Smith Corner United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Niles Canfield Road. Refreshments will be served. New members are welcome.

PERI MEMBERS TO MEET: The Public Employee Retirees of Mahoning County Chapter 18 (P.E.R.I.) will meet noon Oct. 12 at the Avion Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road.

Lunch will be $15 per person. Reservations are required by Tuesday by calling Mary Grace at 330-507-9718, Diane at 330-547-9612, or Carol at 330-758-5239. Cancellations must also be in by the Oct. 5 deadline.

Guest Speaker will be Gina DeGenova, chief assistant prosecutor from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, introducing an early notice registry in collaboration with Sheriff Jerry Greene and the Mahoning County commissioners. Should you or your family experience an emergency, critical information will be made accessible to emergency responders through preregistration.

Flu shots will be administered by the medical staff from the Mahoning County Board of Health prior to the meeting from 10:45 a.m. to noon. You must have your insurance card.

Absentee ballots and voter registration forms will be available for the 2021 November election.

Information for P.E.R.I. membership can be obtained by calling Marilyn at 330-565-6913.

CAREGIVER PROGRAM: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter has a new caregiver relief program called The Jan & Josephine Castora Family Caregiver Relief Program, which pays for agency caregivers to assist families needing help caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

For more information, people can go to alz.org/eastohio/carerelief.

Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintownseniorcenter.org, is:

• Today: Bible study, 9 a.m.; painting video, 9:30 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Monday: Paint video, 9:30 a.m.; bible study, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; hearing screenings, 9 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; drum your way fit, 10 a.m. video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Falcon Grille, noon; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch and trivia sponsored by Woodlans, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.; chair volleyball, 1 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; cards, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; Walking Club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.;

• Friday: Center closed.

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