SENIOR SIDELIGHTS


Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, has planned the following: Monday, 9 a.m. – Age of Ben Franklin video, Bible study and Total Body Fitness; 9:30 – Sew N Crafts; 10 – Senior Spinning (I), bingo and painting class; 11 – Ballet Barre; 11:30 – chair volleyball; and 12 p.m. – lunch and bridge group. Tuesday, 9 – Tour of Washington, D.C., video; 9:30 – S.O.S.; 10 – crochet and bingo; 10:30 – line dancing; 11 – walking club; 11:30 – chair yoga; 12 p.m. – ballroom dancing; 12:30 – lunch; and 1 – mah-jongg. Wednesday, 9 a.m. – Science of Energy video, Bible study and blood pressure check; 10 – Drum Your Way Fit and bingo; 10:30 – resistance band flexibility training and quilting; 12 p.m. – pizza party, dominoes and beginner’s ukulele; and 12:30 – ukulele class and afternoon movie. Thursday, 8:50 – History of the CIA video; 9 – wood carving and Vets Helping Vets; 9:30 – S.O.S.; 10 – walking club; 10:30 – chair yoga; 11 – chair volleyball; 11:45 – weekly announcements; 12 p.m. – lunch/grocery bingo; and 4 – trip to Stan Hywet Hall Shakespeare Play. Friday, 9 a.m. – Supreme Court video, Bible study and Senior Spinning (E); 9:45 – Senior Strength with Chairs; 10 – bingo; 10:30 – fencing.; and 12 p.m. – lunch and trivia. For information, call 330-953-1416 or visit www.austintownseniorcenter.org.

Family First Adult Day Services, 4199 Kirk Road, Austintown, will host chair yoga classes with Shannon Lehn at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The class is free, open to the community and is appropriate for all levels. Registration is required. For information and to register, call 330-953-2704 or email info@familyfirstads.com. If in need of care for a loved one with memory loss during the class, call Family First. Free tai chi classes also will take place at 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is required.

Gathering Place will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Loghurst Western Reserve Farm Museum, 3967 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield. There will be a tour, presentation, music and crafts. Anyone attending is asked to bring chairs. Donations will cover the entrance fee. There also will be free blood-pressure readings. The event is a free community outreach social program for senior citizens that takes place the second Monday of each month.

Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave. will offer the following opportunities: Monday, mind games, yoga/Pilates at 9 a.m., stretch plus class at 9:30 and crocheting at 10:15; Tuesday, mind games at 9 a.m., monthly birthday celebration at 9:15 and yoga/Pilates at 10:30 for a $5 fee; Wednesday, mind games at 9, Crossroads Hospice Volunteer Seminar 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 and yoga/Pilates class at 10:30 with $5 fee; and Friday, mind games at 9, stretch plus at 9:30 and tai chi at 1 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. 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 class details.

MVI Hospice is in need of 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 conducted at no cost to the volunteer. Anyone interested in hearing more or who would like to get started should contact Christine Featsent, volunteer coordinator, 330-759-9487, ext. 247 (office); 330-506-8057 (cell); or email her at cfeatsent@mvihomecare.com.

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

Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has scheduled the following activities: Monday, rummage sale at 9 a.m. and Scrabble at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Fit for Life and brush, knife and needle club at 10 and party, beginner and intermediate bridge at noon and Caregiver Support Group at 1 p.m; Wednesday, watercolors at 10, tap dance at noon, 500 Bid Card club at 1 p.m., line dancing at 1:30 and Live on the Lawn at 5:30; Thursday, woodcarvers at 9 a.m., multimedia art and socializing at noon and Zumba at 1 p.m.; and Friday, Diabetes Support Group at 10, ukulele class at 11 a.m., potluck lunch at 11:30 and Daughters of the American Revolution at 1:30. Call 330-744-5071 at least one week in advance for reservations for all classes and events. The center will offer AAA Safe Driving Course on July 15 and 17. Anyone interested must attend both days to be eligible for insurance discount. Cost is $18 for AAA members and $25 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. Call 330-747-5071 for reservations.

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 of Mahoning Valley is a national service program for individuals 55 and older with a variety of volunteer opportunities within Mahoning and Trumbull counties. RSVP partners with nonprofit organizations, schools and health agencies to connect volunteers with opportunities such as: meal delivery and distribution, transportation, companionship, mentoring and administrative support. RSVP volunteers also assist with community events. Volunteer benefits include supplemental insurance, recognition events and activities and mileage reimbursement for meal delivery and transportation drivers. The program coordinator will match volunteers to opportunities that best meet their interests, schedules and abilities. Individuals who are either interested in volunteering or have a need for volunteers, can call Leah Sakacs, program coordinator, at 330-480-0352, ext. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email lsakacs@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 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 more than 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, is seeking volunteers. The program advocates for people who use long-term care services such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities to resolve resident concerns or complaints. Volunteer ombudsmen receive free training and are certified as ombudsman associates before beginning volunteer work. There are no experience requirements, but there is a short application. Background checks are conducted at no cost to the applicant. For information, call 330-505-2300. Applications are available online at www.aaa11.org/volunteer.html.

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