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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.

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.

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., 1:45 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, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-306-9577.

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

The menu is:

• Today — Turkey club sandwich, potato salad, three-bean salad, sandwich bun, pears and cookie;

• Monday — Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day;

• Tuesday — Chicken Marsala, wild rice, broccoli and cauliflower, dinner roll, mixed fruit and cookie;

• Wednesday — Barbecue pork riblet, sweet potato puffs, green beans, wheat bread, pineapple and sherbet;

• Thursday — Creamy chicken and veggies, dumplings, side salad with Italian dressing, biscuit, warm cinnamon apples and angel food cake;

• Jan. 21 — Double burger patty, baked beans, peas, sandwich bun, fresh orange and pudding.

FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER: 150 College St., Farmington, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon Mondays. Call 330-889-2733. Lunches featuring home cooking for $3 for 60 and older and $5 for younger than 60. The lunch menu is posted on the center’s Facebook page. For more information, contact the center at 330-889-2733.

• Monday Morning Breakfast, full menu, 7 a.m. to noon;

• First Monday of the month, University Hospitals sends a nurse for free blood pressure checks, 8:30 a.m. No appointment necessary;

• Amish Ladies Day is the third Tuesday of the month, which will this Tuesday;

• Chair yoga with Vera, 10 a.m. Wednesdays;

• TOPS meetings, 1 p.m. weigh-in; meeting 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays;

• Dr. Guy Del Prince will be doing Foot Care from 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Appointments can be made for Jan. 26 by calling Linda at the center. Each session is $25;

• Chair massage with Jason, 2 to 3 p.m. first Thursday of the month. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes. Call the center for an appointment time;

• Book Worms, 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month;

• Bristol High School donated numerous items for folks that need a helping hand. goodies and personal care items are free for the taking until they are gone. Anyone who would like to donate can drop off items;

• Every lunch day, there are freshly made chef salads, a homemade dessert and a homemade soup that changes weekly;

• The calendar has been completed for numerous health programs, such as Heart Attack Care, Feb. 2 and Gut Health, March 8. Programs are given by University Hospitals at noon on the assigned dates. No reservations required. Come for lunch and stay for the program.

THE GIRARD MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 433 Trumbull Ave., Girard, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Offered are stretching classes, a coffee and snack bar, puzzles, mind games, computer cafe, newspapers and fitness center. Yoga / Pilates is offered; call for class times. For more information and lunch reservations (two days ahead), call 330-675-2486.

• A tai chi class is offered noon to 1 p.m. Fridays for $5 per person;

• Nutrition Meal Program, 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance.

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.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

“CAREGIVER CAFE”: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering a free “Caregiver Cafe” twice a month through May.

Lynne Azar, master of arts, gerontology, and Laura Haas, master’s in social work, will lead the support group that offers information about affordable counseling, resources, and more. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The support group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and 28, March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25, and May 9 and 23.

Jewish Community Center of Youngstown offers social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs in a Jewish environment. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit jccyoungstown.org.

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 nonwheelchair 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 nonwheelchair rides 10 miles or less.

CORTLAND SENIOR CENTER: The Cortland Area Senior Citizen Center, located at Cortland Christian Church, 153 Grove Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with activities such as cards, fitness, board games, puzzles, coloring, arts and crafts, and walking, along with free coffee for visitors.

Lunches are served around noon. Make a reservation three days in advance by calling 330-509-2415 or by stopping by the center. Cost is $3 for those 60 and older and $6 for people younger than 60. No carryouts are available.

Call Center Manager Diane Jordan for more information.

• Those who would like to learn how to play or relearn various card and board games may contact Diane at 330-637-3010 for details.

JOHNSTON CENTER: The Johnston Senior Center, 5922 state Route 5 in Johnston is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reserve a lunch, call two business days in advance 330-924-0412 or 330-675-2486. Cost is $2.25 for Trumbull County residents 60 and older and / or their spouse.

Classes include yoga, dance and flexibility, and a variety of others, all which can be modified to meet seniors at their level of capability. Bingo is held weekly. Stop in or call 330-924-0412 to reserve a spot. Chair massages by appointment start at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays for $1 a minute from Living Wellness Holistic.

The center and the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs have resumed the congregate lunch program and include the “grab-n-go” lunch.

For a complete listing or more information, visit the Facebook page or call the center at 330-924-0412.

FALLS CENTER OFFERS LUNCH: SCOPE relocated a senior center to the recently purchased Newton Falls Village Building, 612 W. Broad St., where hot lunches are offered to senior citizens.

To eat, people need to call the center two days in advance at 330-306-9577. There is no charge for the meals but participants are asked to provide a donation. Meals are served noon Monday to Friday. Due to limits on indoor seating, reserved meals may also be packaged up for carryout.

The center is open for a wide variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Masking and social distancing rules are followed.

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.

MEMORY SCREENINGS VIRTUAL: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering a free virtual memory screening. Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or by visiting www.alzfdn.org. Screenings are conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through secure videoconference. There are no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.

To schedule a screening or for more information about brain health and lifestyle choices that can help promote healthy aging, visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.

VOLUNTEER PACKERS / DRIVERS NEEDED: Trumbull Mobile Meals delivers meals five days a week to Trumbull County residents who are homebound. The agency needs volunteer packers and volunteer drivers.

Volunteer cold packers help pack cold meals, 8:15 to 11 a.m., and volunteer hot packers pack meals from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers deliver between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Anyone who can spare an hour or two once a week or even just once a month is invited to help.

For further information, call Christine Sanford at 330-394-2538, Ext. 101, or email tmmvolunteer@aol.com.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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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