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BE A SANTA: Home Instead’s Be A Santa to a Senior program will continue this year new options for community participation.

With Mahoning and Trumbull counties seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, this year, for the first time in the program’s 17-year history, along with traditional trees with gift-request ornaments, Home Instead is teaming up with Amazon Business to create a contactless gift-giving experience for volunteers and recipients.

Trees at various businesses will be decorated with ornaments listing seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Donors can also visit BeASantatoaSenior.com and enter their ZIP code to view wish lists for local seniors for Amazon businesses through Dec. 9. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following Trumbull County locations:

• Home Instead Senior Care, 953 Niles Cortland Road SE, Warren;

• Niles Nutrition, 815 Youngstown Warren Road, No. 16, Niles;

• Optical Solutions, 2658 Niles Cortland Road, Niles;

• Walmart, 2016 Millennium Blvd., Bazetta.

For more information about the program, call 330-729-1233.

TRIP PLANNED FOR SENIORS: Jesus The Key Ministries is making arrangements for a trip to Lancaster, Pa., for seniors. Seating is limited to 30 persons and face masks and social distancing will be observed.

The bus will leave Dec. 8 and return Dec. 9. There will be stops to Elva’s Chalk Art Studio, “Elf the Musical” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and “Queen Esther” at the Sight & Sound Theatre.

For more information, call Bing Newton at 330-427-6578.

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.

The menu is:

• Today — Roast beef au jus, potato wedges, broccoli, sandwich bun, Swiss cheese, mixed fruit, angel food cake;

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

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

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

• Thursday — Closed for Thanksgiving;

• Nov. 27 — Closed for Thanksgiving.

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.

MEDICARE CHECK-UP FOR SENIORS: The deadline to change Medicare Advantage managed-care plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans is Dec. 7, and changes are effective Jan. 1.

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio offers free telephone or video Medicare Check-Ups to discuss plans and what’s different for the coming year. Certified staff will review medications, doctors and pharmacies, and offering a comparison on plans that provide coverage.

Direction Home staff do not sell insurance. They only provide information.

For a free Medicare Check-Up or information on Medicare savings programs like Extra Help, contact Direction Home of Eastern Ohio at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

SCSEP OFFERS TRAINING: SCOPE Senior Service Centers have been providing host job sites along with other nonprofits in the area for the Vantage Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program offers paid job training and placement to low-income adults 55 and older.

Besides age, requirements are to be unemployed and looking for training for a job. For additional information or to receive an application, call Vantage Aging at 330-782-0978 or SCOPE Senior Services at 330-399-8846.

The SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging.

SCOPE PARTNERS WITH H-CHOICES: SCOPE Senior Services is partnering with Steve Pelton of HChoices’s with online programming for senior citizens. The We Thrive Together social isolation and loneliness initiative have been providing online educational and health classes during the COVID-19 crisis to senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley.

Visit WeThriveTogether.org for additional details and class schedule listings. All programming is free and can be accessed online. For more information, call Alyssa at 330-727-9452.

FIRST AID KITS FOR GIFTS: SCOPE is selling various Right Response First Aid Kits for home, auto, pet, sports, outdoors and workplace needs. Through a partnership with Jim Ezzo of Money & Motivation in Girard, SCOPE Senior Services will receive 50 percent of all sales.

Brochures with order forms which include a list of supplies included in each different type of kit are available at any SCOPE center, or call SCOPE at 330-399-8846 to have a brochure mailed.

For information, call Jim Ezzo at 330-545-4747 or Yvonne at SCOPE.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers who wish to be part of this organization. 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 the seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation, to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

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 Debbie Zador at the Warren Senior Center at 330-399-8846, Ext. 202. She is also handling those with governmental plans such as PERS and SERS where retirees must also review their benefits on a yearly basis.

GIRARD CENTER: Participation in programs at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., is by telephone appointment only. 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.

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

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/

NILES SCOPE, 14 E. State St., Niles, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Call 330-574-2888. For lunch, call two days ahead by 2 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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