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GIRARD CENTER RE-OPENS: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., welcomed back participants at the center on Sept. 28.

All participation in programs and services at the center now require an appointment made by telephone. No walk-ins will be permitted. There will be limited programming and a limited number of participants at any given time so that social-distancing guidelines can be maintained at all times.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for participants with fitness room appointments Monday through Friday. Coffee bar and mind exercises will be in the gym at 9 a.m., and stretching class will be in the gym at 9:30.

Coffee bar, mind exercises and stretching class will be held in person on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be virtual programming on Thursdays. The computer cafe will be available between 1:15 and 4 p.m. five days a week. One-on-one supportive service appointments will be scheduled by telephone.

Participants are asked not to arrive more than 10 minutes prior to their appointment.

For more information, contact Laura Carey at 330-545-6596 or go to www.multigen.org.

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.

• Newton Falls Senior Center, 612 Broad St, Newton Falls.

• 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 — Southwest meatloaf, wheat bread, au gratin potatoes, creamed corn, pineapple tidbits and fresh-baked cookie;

• Monday — Bratwurst, hot dog bun, scalloped potatoes, peas, pineapple tidbits and pudding;

• Tuesday — Chicken divan, wheat bread, white rice, lima beans, tossed salad with French dressing, peaches and cookie;

• Wednesday — Cottage pie, biscuit, whipped potatoes, coleslaw, cinnamon apples and ice cream;

• Thursday — Cold Greek chicken salad with Italian dressing, dinner roll, pears and mini-muffin;

• Oct. 9 — Baked ham with pineapple glaze, wheat bread, mashed sweet potatoes, Harvard beets, fresh fruit and cookie.

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.

SENIOR RIDES: Applications to use the senior rides services are available by calling Diane Siskowic-Jurkovic, Trumbull County senior levy administrator, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 330-675-7846, by emailing her at SLJurkov@co.trumbull.oh.us, or online at http://seniorlevyser vice.co.trumbull.oh.us. They also can be picked up at Trumbull County SCOPE Centers in Warren, Howland, Champion, Cortland, Lordstown and Niles.

For rides, seniors can call:

• Comfort Care-A-Van, 330-744-4145, for wheelchair trips or any other trip over 10 miles;

• All American USA Taxi, 330-395-3226, for non-wheelchair rides 10 miles or less;

• Country Neighbor, 440-437-6311, for any trip originating in the northern tier of the county;

• Garwin Inc., 330-534-1335, for non-wheelchair rides 10 miles or less.

RSVP IN THE VALLEY: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Mahoning Valley is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

For more information, contact program coordinator Leah Sakacs at lsakacs@fcsohio.org or at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

NEW SITE: The Lordstown SCOPE Center previously located at the Lordstown Elementary School has relocated and become the Newton Falls SCOPE, 612 Broad St., Newton Falls. Once the site opens back up after COVID-19, lunch will be served at 12:15.

SCOPE SERVICES: While all SCOPE Senior Services centers remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fitness classes continue via Zoom teleconference.

Call or text Karen Rutan Fitness, SCOPE’s SilverSneakers FLEX instructor, at 330-647-8124 to sign up for 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’ We Thrive Together social isolation and loneliness initiative, which provides online educational and health classes to seniors in the Mahoning Valley. Visit WeThriveTogether.org for additional details and class schedule listings. Call Alyssa for more information at 330-727-9452.

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:

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.

OMBUDSMEN NEEDED: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, formerly Area Agency on Aging 11, is looking for ombudsman volunteers who are willing to advocate for residents and families during this time of isolation and separation that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer ombudsmen will receive free training and become a certified ombudsman associate. Contact volunteer coordinator Lauren Hughes at 330-505-2338 or at lhughes@dheo.org.

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.

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

CENTER CLOSED: The Johnston Senior Center is closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. If someone is in need of services, call the center at 330- 924-0412 and leave a message.

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.

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 area-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.

McDONALD COMMUNITY ROOM: 500 Ohio Ave. For information, call director Millie Ritz at 330-288-0015 or millieritz@zoominternet.net.

FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER: 150 College St., Farmington, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Mondays. Call 330-889-2733.

HOWLAND SCOPE: 8273 High St., Howland. To register for one or more classes, call Howland SCOPE at 330-609-7806.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER, 112 Westchester Drive, Austintown; 330-953-1416; austintownseniorcenter.org. Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.

NILES SCOPE: 14 E. State St., Niles, 330-544-3676. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. For lunch, call two days ahead by 2 p.m.

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