SENIOR SIDELIGHTS


Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, has planned the following: Monday, video: “Surveillance State,” Bible study and instructor’s choice at 9 a.m., Sew N Crafts at 9:30, Senior spinning, bingo and painting classes at 10, chair Pilates at 11, chair volleyball at 11:30, lunch, bridge group and euchre group at noon, computer class and advisory council meeting at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, coloring group at 8:30 a.m., American West video and National Nacho Day at 9, S.O.S. at 9:30, crocheting and bingo at 10, line dancing at 10:30, walking club at 11, chair yoga at 11:30, ballroom dancing at noon, lunch at 12:30 p.m. and mah-jongg, AARP choir and computer class at 1; Wednesday, Bible study, video on “Life in the World’s Oceans,” blood pressure checks (Woodlands) and medicare questions at 9, bingo and Drum Your Way Fit at 10, quilting class at 10:30, Zumba at 11, pizza party and beginner’s ukulele class at noon, afternoon movie and ukulele class at 12:30 p.m., computer class at 1 and garden club at 2; Thursday, coloring group at 8:30, video class on zoology at 8:50, Vets Helping Vets and woodcarving at 9, S.O.S. at 9:30, chair yoga and crocheting/needlework at 10, knitting and chair volleyball at 11, weekly announcements at 11:45, lunch and cash bingo at noon; and Friday, video class on the Vikings, Bible study and senior spinning at 9, tone and sculpt at 9:45, bingo and book discussion at 10, fencing at 11:30 and lunch and trivia at noon. For information, call 330-953-1416 or visit www.austintownseniorcenter.org.

Family First Adult Day Services, 4199 Kirk Road, Austintown, will host will host Advanced Directives Assistance from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Monday. The program will provide assistance with living wills, power of attorney for health care, power of attorney for finances or other advanced directives. For information and to register, call 330-953-2704 or email info@familyfirstads.com. Free services will be provided to the caregiver’s loved one during the class.

The Gathering will host “Seniors That Lunch” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. Cost is $14 and includes salad, buffet lunch, dessert, live band, line dancing, door prizes and information about senior living. There also will be vendors and more. To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to Gathering LLC, and send to P.O. Box 31674, Independence, OH 44131. Anyone interested also may purchase tickets by calling 330-808-2935 or online at gatheringsolutions.com/events. Credit cards are accepted.

Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave. will offer the following opportunities: Monday, mind games at 9 a.m., stretch plus class at 9:30, yoga/Pilates class at 10:30 for $5 fee and the Halloween Potluck Luncheon from noon to 2p.m. in the gymnasium; Tuesday,center closed for Election Day except for yoga and Pilates; Wednesday, mind games at 9, November birthdays at 9:15 and stretch plus class at 9:30; Thursday, mind games at 9 a.m., movie with popcorn and hot chocolate at 9:30, yoga/Pilates class at 10:30 for $5 fee and stretch plus class at 1:15 p.m.; and Friday, Veteran’s Day breakfast and mind games at 9 a.m., stretch plus at 10:00 and tai chi at noon with $5 fee. 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 daily from 8:30 to 2. One-on-one computer or tech tutoring available by appointment. 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 330-545-6596 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. Nov. 13 at Shepherd of the Valley, 4100 North River Road, Warren. For information, call 330-675-2521 or visit www.trumbullprobate.org.

Lordstown SCOPE Senior Center is looking for seniors in Trumbull County who are interested in playing mah-jongg. Lessons will be available for beginners. Also, any card players interested in pinochle, hand and foot and euchre. A Mexican Train dominoes group also is being formed. Beginners are welcome. Anyone interested should call Marge Haley at 330-339-8846.

MVI HomeCare and Hospice is in need of companion volunteers to provide companionship and emotional support to patients and caregivers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. There is a brief application, training process and background check that is done at no cost to the volunteer. Anyone interested in hearing more or who would like to get started should contact Dawn Cannatti, volunteer coordinator, 330-759-9487, ext. 247 (office); 330-506-8057 (cell); or email her at dcannatti@mvihomecare.com.”

Niles SCOPE Senior Center, 14 E. State St. SE, sponsors an art class with Kathryn Infante from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday for $3 per lesson. There will be a new project each week. The classes take place at the SCOPE Center. For information, call 330-544-3676.

Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following activities: Tuesday, Fit for Life, brush, knife and needle club at 10, Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s program at 11, and beginner, intermediate and party bridge at noon; Wednesday, watercolors and Financial Empowerment at 10, tap dance at noon, 500 Bid Card club at 1, line dancing at 1:30; Thursday, woodcarvers at 9 a.m., and multimedia art and socialization at noon; and Friday, Diabetic Support Group at 10, ukulele class at 11, Lunch & Learn (“Ask the doctor”) at 11:30 and chair yoga ($7 or $5) at 1 p.m. Call 330-744-5071 in advance for reservations for all classes and events. To make reservations, call 330-744-5071 at least one week in advance.

Ohio Living Park Vista 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 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 ombudsmen receive free training and are certified as an ombudsmen 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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