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SELF-HELP GROUP TO MEET: Recovery International, a community-based, self-help mental health group, will meet 2 p.m. today at the Michael Kusalaba Public Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, in Study Room 2.

For more information, phone 330-747-1176.

SHOTS AT THE SHOP: Downtown Grooming Lounge, 137 South Park Ave., Warren, is hosting “Shots at the Shop” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 21. Vaccines are provided by the Warren City Health District. A $100 gift card will be available to those getting their first vaccine dose.

Pfizer vaccine is available for those 12 and older; and Moderna vaccine available to those 18 and older.

The Warren City Health District, 258 E. Market St., Warren, is also offering Walk-In Wednesdays 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. each week. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact the Warren City Health District at 330-841-2596.

MEDICARE CHECK-UP DAY: The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is conducting free Medicare Check-up Day webinars around the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, to educate participants about Medicare basics, coverage options, and financial assistance programs.

OSHIIP, a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, helps Ohioans understand Medicare and determine the best coverage options for their healthcare needs and budget. Coverage and cost evaluation is imperative because Medicare plans can change from year to year.

The webinars are 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18, and Nov. 1, 15 and 29, and 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 and 22. Register at www.insurance.ohio.gov.

During Medicare open enrollment, Ohioans can:

• Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs;

• Stay on Original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan;

•Select a Medicare Advantage plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including prescription drug coverage;

•Utilize certain financial assistance programs.

Medicare 2022 plan information is available at www.medicare.gov.

In addition to webinars, OSHIIP is holding on-site events across the state, which are subject to change. For a full outreach schedule, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov. OSHIIP staff is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-686-1578 and OSHIIPmail@insurance.ohio.gov to provide assistance.

Ohioans on Medicare can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Medicare help.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: Residents from all over Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties will converge Saturday at Youngstown State University’s training facility for this year’s Mahoning Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Participants will also have the option to walk in their neighborhoods.

Walkers in their purple shirts will gather at the Watson and Tressel Training Site at Youngstown State. The Promise Garden Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9:15 a.m.

Participants will find a layout that allows for physical distancing, hand sanitizer stations and contactless registration. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, the Association asks that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.

Kathy Brown, a financial adviser associate at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., is this year’s walk chair. Brown, who lives in Berlin Lake in North Benton, became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association because of her mother-in-law, mentor and friend Almagene Brown.

Money raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Association to provide all of its services for free. The Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes care and support available to 60,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in the chapter area and an additional 250,000 people affected through their role as caregivers.

This year’s Walk Elite Sponsors are Comfort Keepers and Comfort Care-a-Van. The Premier Sponsors are Assurance Health and Hill, Barth & King.

To register or donate to the Mahoning Valley Walk, go to alz.org/walk.


• Today — FCFC Countywide Day 1 orientation, 8:30 a.m. Registration is required.

• Today — Suicide Prevention Coalition, 3 p.m.

• Oct. 18 — Trauma Informed Care Steering Committee, 3 p.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room.

• Oct. 19 — ASAP Coalition, 9:30 a.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room.

• Oct. 19 — TCMHR Board Of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room.

• Oct. 20 — FCFC Countywide Day 2 orientation, 8:30 a.m. Registration is required.

• Oct. 21 — FCFC Full Council Meeting, 8:30 a.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room.

• Oct. 21 — Voices of Youth, 1 p.m.

• Oct. 28 — FCFC executive board meeting, 8:30 a.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. Some classes are by registration only due to social distancing guidelines. Call 330-652-7542 to register. For a limited time, some of the classes will be on St. Joe’s at the Mall Facebook Live page.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active site. For more information, call 330-652-7542.

Weekly exercise classes include: Cardio Jam; SilverSneakers Cardio class; Silver Sneakers Classic; Easy Yoga classes; Chair Yoga; Parkinson’s and Movement disorder Exercise Class; Zumba classes; Beginning Balance class; Advance Balance.

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Free nutritional assessment with a dietitian on Fridays by appointment only.

• Strong People gym membership monthly fees $24 by appointment initially with exercise physiologist.

• Thursday, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. — GRIEF 101, facilitated by Kim Calhoun, licensed social worker for Hospice of the Valley. Call 330-549-5901 to register.

• Today, 9 a.m. to noon — Free bone density screening. Walk in.

• Today, 12:30 p.m. — Medicare update with Dom Mararri Sr. Insurance. Call to register.

• Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon — Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care. No appointment necessary.

• Oct. 18, 8:30 to 11 a.m. — Free blood sugar screenings with eight-hour fast. Walk in.

• Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to noon — Prescription Assistance with paying for meds. Stop by to talk to our prescription assistance person Target Hallway.

• Oct. 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Diabetes education, target numbers monitoring. Call to register.

• Oct. 20, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Talk with a Doc Program, Breast Health Day with Dr. Lindsey Clark and staff from the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Lunch $2. Call to register.

• Oct. 21, 8 to 11:15 a.m. — Mercy Health Mobile Mammography bus will be in the St. Joe’s at the Mall parking area. Screening mammograms in 15 minutes. Also available is 3D mammography. You may be eligible for financial assistance. Call to schedule your visit.

NAR-ANON MEETS: Nar-anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends adversely affected by loved ones and friends, meets 7 p.m. Fridays at the Rust City Church, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

For more information, contact Merle at 330-307-7607.

ADDICTION HELP: The Trumbull County Combined Health District urges residents to help slow the increase of overdoses in the community by taking advantage of free Narcan through the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

Narcan quickly reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin and Fentanyl, and anyone can be trained by one of the District’s to administer the life-saving medication and receive a free kit containing two doses.

For a kit or more information, call the Trumbull County Combined Health District at 330-675-2590, Ext 3.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUPS: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups available free to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one affected by the disease or another form of dementia.

For more information, go to www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/daily-care-plan. Help is available 24/7 at the helpline, 800-272-3900.

WATER BOTTLE FITNESS: SCOPE Senior Services now offers a free Water Bottle Fitness class with Jim Marlowe 1 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the YWCA building, 375 North Park Ave. Warren. Call 330-399-8846 to reserve your seat in the class.

Whether a senior needs rehab or balance training, this class will be quite helpful. Call 330-399-8846 for more details.


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