Senior news

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO MEET: NARFE 2122, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2122 meeting will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Samuel Lanza Trumbull County Veterans Services building, 253 E. Market St., Warren.

For more information, contact Jean at 330-652-7281.

RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET: Trumbull Retired Teachers will meet noon Tuesday at Ciminero’s Centre in Niles. Reservations are due Monday. The August program includes presentations by TRTA grant recipients as well as presentations by U.S. Air Force 910th Airlift Wing representatives.

This month, the group is selling $5 Boscov passes for 25 percent off merchandise purchased on Oct. 19 . All the money from the Boscov passes goes to TRTA. Make checks payable to TRTA and mail them to Dave Ambrose, 2740 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, OH 44483-3666.

For more information, visit the web at https://trumbullrta.wixsite.com/trta.

SENIOR ATHLETES: The Senior Olympics began in Ohio in 1979 to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity for Ohioans 50 and older, and to provide top quality athletic competition.

Locally, the Senior Olympics have been led by Direction Home of Eastern Ohio for close to 40 years. Athletes from Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana compete in a multitude of sports over the summer. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the games are back and free to anyone older than 50.

A closing ceremony is set for Aug. 26 at Boardman Park, along with bocce, disc golf and cornhole.

For a full list of events and how to register, visit www.dheo.org or contact 330-505-2340.

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 ages 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: Breaded fish sandwich, potato wedges, mixed vegetables, sandwich bun, tartar sauce, seasonal fresh fruit, mini muffin;

• Monday: Hawaiian pork chop, rice pilaf, broccoli, sweet and sour coleslaw, wheat bread, Mandarin oranges, cookie;

• Tuesday: Salisbury steak with gravy, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, pineapple, ice cream;

• Wednesday: Chicken Divan, parsley buttered potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, seasonal fresh fruit, mini loaf;

• Thursday: Burrito Bowl with beef taco meat, chedder cheese, corn, brown rice and chilled black bean salsa, dinner roll, pudding;

• Aug. 12: Tuna salad sandwich, potato salad, beets, sandwich bun, seasonal fresh fruit, angel food cake.

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 the center to reserve a spot. Chair massages by appointment start at 1 p.m. 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.

The Center is introducing several new programs designed exclusively for senior citizens of Trumbull County.

•Mondays — Yoga exercise from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Different program each week in the afternoons. Blood pressure checks are available all day.

• Tuesdays — Chair massages, 10 a.m. to noon (clients must sign up in advance), followed by a pizza party lunch at noon. Also, mahjong, Wii bowling, blood pressure checks, coloring for relaxation, crafts and Bible study.

• Wednesdays — Woodburning, 9:30 a.m. to noon; woodcarving and gourd art, 10 to 11 a.m.; needlecraft, 11 a.m. to noon; lunch, noon; tatting, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Thursdays — Needlecraft, 10 to 11 a.m.; metal detecting, 11 a.m. to noon; blood pressure checks, cards and bingo, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Fridays — Line dancing, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; needlecraft, 9 to 10 a.m.; lunch, noon; bingo party, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Daily — Free coffee, newspapers, blood pressure checks and puzzles.

All programs are free to Trumbull County residents 60 and older.

FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER: 150 College St., Farmington, is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 330-889-2733. Lunches featuring home cooking for $4 for ages 60 and older and $5 for younger than 60. The lunch menu is posted on the center’s Facebook page. Served Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information on programs, activities, or to rent the center for your special occasion, 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 to perform free blood pressure checks, 8:30 a.m.;

• Amish Ladies Day is 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month;

• Chair yoga with Vera, 10 a.m. first and second Wednesday of each month, with Doreen Walker directing the third and fourth Wednesday classes;

• TOPS meetings, 5:30 p.m. weigh-in; meeting to follow Wednesdays;

• Dr. Guy Del Prince will provide foot care 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every other month. His next visit is Sept. 28. Appointments can be made by calling Linda at the center. Each session is $25;

• Chair massage with Jason, 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes. Call the center for an appointment.


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

∫ Harvey Feenstra, doctor of chiropractic with St. Luke Vitalistic Health Services in Cortland, will not see patients throughout the summer;

∫ Dr. Steven Arnold will hold clinics at the senior center on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Call for an appointment or stop in. Insurances will be honored or cash or check;

∫ Paint ‘n Sip, project are being held monthly. Check the FaceBook page for the current months project. Reservations are required and the project of your choice. Project cost runs $25 to $30.

∫ Health programs are scheduled for noon at University Hospitals. Scheduled are: Health Eating on Tuesday; Stress Management on Sept. 13;

∫ Bristol High School donated numerous goodies and personal care items that are free until they are gone. Anyone who would like to donate may drop off items;

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

∫ Menu for month:

Week 1 — Tuesday, grilled cheese; Wednesday, meatloaf; Thursday, haystack;

Week 2 — Tuesday, spaghetti with meatballs; Wednesday, chef’s choice; Thursday, flatbread pizza;

Week 3 — Tuesday: Amish Ladies Day — no lunch; Wednesday, keilbasa and kraut; Thursday, sub sandwiches;

Week 4 — Tuesday, taco; Wednesday, omelets and hash brown patties; Thursday, chicken pot pie.

Menu is subject to change without notice. No reservations required.

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.

HUBBARD SENIORS: The Hubbard seniors are looking for more card players to join their group. All are welcome. The group meets every 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at the community room at the rear of City Hall on West Liberty Street. Lunch is available at cost.

JOBS AVAILABLE: SCOPE Senior Service Centers are host job sites for the Vantage Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program. Participants work part time 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 do not count as income when determining eligibility for subsidized housing and/or food stamps.

Participants must be 55 or older, unemployed and looking 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 participant’s skill set and interests. Common assignments include administrative, retail, food service, driving, health care and cleaning.

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

LONELY-CALL SCOPE: SCOPE Senior Centers have partnered with hChoices to provide the We Thrive Together Program with services to area seniors who are lonely. The centers offer free programming for mature adults and use technology so they are able to participate at home as well as at senior centers.

Contact Alyssa Covert at alyssa@wethrivetogether.org, call 330-727-9452 or visit wethrivetogether.org.

There is no cost to attend SCOPE senior centers.

CHAIR VOLLEYBALL: SCOPE Senior Services will start an indoor chair volleyball league this fall at the Warren Senior Citizen Center, 375 N. Park Ave. If interested, call the center at 330-399-8846 or email Marge at mhaley@fcsohio.org.

SCOPE CENTERS ACTIVITIES: Trumbull County senior citizens can attend any of the programs at any SCOPE center. Call 330-399-8846 for more information.

Cards and board games, including mahjong, and indoor cardio walking are available at all of the SCOPE centers. SCOPE also hosts tai chi, tap dancing, quilting, crocheting, ballroom dancing, nutrition and computer classes. Hot lunches are served at all senior citizen centers by calling the center you plan to attend three days in advance. Meals are free but a $3 donation is requested from participants 60 and older. Those younger than 60 pay $5.50 per meal.

Book clubs and Bible studies are held at the Niles and Warren Centers. Bingo is ongoing at Newton Falls on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Howland on Tuesdays, Niles on Wednesdays and the Warren Center on Thursdays. Chair yoga classes at Cortland, Howland, Niles and Warren, as well as line dancing at Niles, Newton Falls and Warren continue to be offered.

SilverSneakers FLEX with Roe is on site at the Newton Falls Senior Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at the Niles Center on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., as well as new sessions at the Warren Center on Tuesdays with strength class at 10:30 a.m. and a stretch class at noon with a break in between for lunch.

Howland SCOPE hosts the Dulcimer Society concerts on the second and fourth Fridays. Ukulele classes with Rich Wyant are 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Niles Center. Howland also features bocce on Tuesdays. The SCOPE choir has restarted at 1 p.m. Fridays at Niles.

Centers are the Warren Area Senior Citizen Center, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren; The Niles Senior Center, across from the police station; the John Emanuel Howland Senior Center, behind the township building; the Cortland senior center is in the fellowship hall at Cortland Christian Church; and the Newton Falls Senior Center is inside City Hall on West Broad Street.

SCOPE Senior Services continues to provide individual assistance with Social Security, prescriptions, Medicare and Medicaid . Contact Marge Haley at 330-399-8846 for details and appointments.

To receive a copy of activities schedule, call 330-399-8846.

FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS: The group meets 9:30 a.m. or later Thursdays at the Fowler Community Center to play cards, dominoes and euchre. The center is for those 55 and older. For information, call Charles Williams at 330-609-0318.

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.

FALLS CENTER OFFERS LUNCH: Newton Falls SCOPE, 612 W. Broad St., serves hot lunches to senior citizens. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JCC EXPANDS MEAL PROGRAM: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown and Jewish Family and Community Services expanded its mobile meals program to include a private pay option.

The fully prepared, frozen meals are available to anyone in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for home delivery or pickup. The kosher-style meals are cooked by JCC staff and include an entree and two sides. The cost per meal is $6, with a five-meal minimum. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

For more information or to join the meal program, call 330-746-7929.

CORTLAND SENIOR CENTER: The Cortland Area Senior Citizen Center 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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