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SCOPE SERVICES: While all SCOPE Senior Services centers remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest organization of seniors in Trumbull County is streaming fitness classes through Zoom Meetings technology.

Karen Rutan Fitness, SCOPE’s SilverSneakers FLEX instructor, conducts classes daily. Call or text Rutan at 330-647-8124 to sign up for her online classes 11 a.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. Fridays.

Rich Schlue of Total Lifetime Care as well as The Trumbull County Senior Levy and SCOPE Senior Services are sponsoring the online fitness classes.

SCOPE is also a partner with Steve Pelton of HChoices’s ‘We Thrive Together’ social isolation and loneliness initiative which for the past six months have been providing online educational and health classes to seniors in the Mahoning Valley.

Visit WeThriveTogether.org for additional details and class schedule listings. All of the programming is free and can be accessed by computer, smart phone or even traditional telephone. You can call Alyssa for more information at 330-727-9452.

JOBS FOR AGING: As nonprofits begin to reopen, various government programs such as Vantage Aging will need more individuals 55 and older who would like to get paid to work through their training program. SCOPE Senior Services Centers have been providing host job sites along with other nonprofits in the area for the Vantage Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Participants work up to 20 hours per week and earn the current minimum wage. Because the goal is to get people hired into unsubsidized work outside of the program, participants receive individual job search assistance and frequent check-ins from professional staff. According to the Older Americans Act Amendment of 2000 the wages does not count as income when determining eligibility for subsidized housing and / or food stamps.

The requirements to be enrolled are to be low-income adults 55 or older, unemployed and looking for training for a job. Participants can be assigned to nonprofit community-based or government agencies. Assignments are based on the current needs of the workforce and the participants skill set and interests.

For additional information or to receive an application call Vantage Aging at 330-782-0978 or SCOPE Senior Services at 330-399-8846.

TMM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Trumbull Mobile Meals needs volunteers to help deliver meals. All areas of Trumbull County can use help.

Call Christine Sanford at Trumbull Mobile Meals at 330-394-2538.

NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE: The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at seven locations in the county. Meals will be delivered to county residents 60 and older who are homebound, unable to cook for themselves and not living with someone who can cook for them. Client donations are accepted. For information, call 330-675-2486. Reservations must be made by 2 p.m. two working days in advance.

• Cortland SCOPE, 153 Grove Drive, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-637-3010.

• Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-545-5350.

• Hubbard Senior Center, 220 W. Liberty St., 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-534-3812, Ext. 2200.

• Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-924-0412.

• Lordstown SCOPE, 1776 Salt Springs Road, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-824-2173.

• Warren SCOPE, 375 N. Park Ave., 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-399-8846.

• West Farmington Senior Center, 151 College St., noon Tuesday through Friday (except third Tuesday of every month). Call 330-889-2733.

The menu is:

• Today — Closed for Independence Day;

• Monday — Fiesta chicken wrap, black beans with peppers, corn, pineapple tidbits, sherbet;

• Tuesday — Chicken and dumplings with creamy gravy, dinner roll, tossed salad with Italian dressing, cinnamon apples, cookie;

• Wednesday — Roasted pork with gravy, wheat bread, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, Mandarin oranges, mini loaf;

• Thursday — Maple dijon salmon, wheat dinner roll, garlic butter orzo, three bean salad, pears, ice cream;

• July 10 — Barbecue pork riblet, sandwich bun, sweet potatoes, succotash, fresh fruit, pudding.

DHEO INCREASES FUNDING: The Ohio Department of Aging has received $606,073 supplemental funding through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Congregate and Home Delivered Meals.

Each county has at least one contracted provider who will deliver meals to seniors 60 and older. This will be a no-contact delivery.

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for the deliveries:

• Trumbull — Trumbull Office of Elderly Affairs, 330-675-2486;

• Mahoning and northern Columbiana — Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, or Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929;

• Columbiana — Easter Seals, 330-884-2513;

• Ashtabula — Ashtabula County Community Action, 440-998-3244, Ext. 334.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Individuals or organizations willing to partner with Shepherd of the Valley to provide goods or services to homebound seniors may contact Danielle Procopio at 330-530-4038, Ext. 2057, or email her at dprocopio@ shepherdofthevalley.com.

Seniors in need of help should call the Help Network of Northeast Ohio at 211.

For more information about Shepherd of the Valley’s response to COVID-19, visit www.shepherdofthevalley.com/covid19/.

SCOPE CONSULTATIONS: SCOPE Senior Services offers free consultations during the COVID-19 crisis on reviewing changes to retirement health insurance.

For issues or questions dealing with Medicare, prescriptions and hospitalization benefits, call Marge Haley at the Warren Senior Center at 330-399-8846, Ext. 208.

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

In Ohio, the Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups, which have shifted to a virtual platform. In addition, a number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, go to alz.org/crf, or contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

911 SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY: To be placed on the Trumbull County 911 Special Needs Registry Program to alert first responders in case of emergency, fill out forms at the Trumbull County Commissioners Office, the Trumbull County Recorder’s Office, all Trumbull County SCOPE centers or on the county 911 website at www.trumbull911.co. trumbull.oh.us under the “Special Needs” tab.

For information, contact Mauro DiVieste, special needs coordinator, at erdivies@co.trumbull.oh.us, or at 330-675-7966.

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.

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