By NANCY LIKENS
Wadsworth Center for Older Adults
138 High St., Wadsworth
Director: Nancy Likens
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Web site: www.wcoa.wadsworthcity.com.
Remember how we complained about the cold in January? Well, now is the time to make the most of summer 2008. We still have a terrific lineup of trips suited to every budget. Sign up early because many trips fill up fast. If you want to stay closer to home, why not make plans to volunteer for the OSHIIP insurance program? Or stop in and play a friendly game of cards. Donâ€™t forget that our indoor walking track is air conditioned â€” no excuse to miss your daily walk.
Wadsworth Pointe wins
Wadsworth Pointeâ€™s Chef Michael McBride took top honors at the 2008 Wadsworth Rib Cook-Off sponsored by the Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation and Altercare.
Wadsworth Pointe had stiff competition from fellow contestants representing Autumnwood, Caffessimo, The Galaxy and Zeppeâ€™s. But in the end, judges preferred Chef Michaelâ€™s ribs cooked to perfection in a smoky bourbon sauce. The panel of five judges included Chef Bryant Watson of Altercare, Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh, Captain Tom Grace of the Wadsworth Salvation Army, Jeff Davis of Great Oaks Cinema/Blue Sky Drive-In and Michelle Masica, the new director of the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.
Besides finger lickinâ€™ good ribs, almost 300 guests enjoyed homemade sides prepared by Wadsworth Center for Older Adults volunteers and apple pie a la mode furnished by Home Instead Senior Care. The Wadsworth Salvation Army was also a big winner at the event, as guests brought canned goods in exchange for treats provided by Magnolia Village and Great Oaks Cinema. The food was donated to the Armyâ€™s food pantry.
Summer Courtyard CafÃ© â€” Open to the public, rain or shine, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 29, all ages are welcome at the Summer Courtyard CafÃ©. With every sandwich purchased, your name will be entered into our door prize drawing to be held at the last cafÃ© celebration at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Menus are available at the center. Complete meals are $5 and a la carte items are available.
Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation Hall Of Fame â€” Created in 2008, the Hall of Fame awards were designed by the Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation to recognize those in our community who help make a difference for older adults. Inductees will be announced the week of Aug. 17.
Induction into the Hall of Fame will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony and gala reception Oct. 4 at The Galaxy Restaurant. The awards induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and the gala reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 for the induction ceremony/gala reception and $50 for the gala only. Highlights of the evening will include a variety of games of chance, prizes, hors dâ€™oeuvres, domestic beers, house wines and great fun for all. Dress is casual â€” wear Grizzly spirit wear and support your favorite local team.
For tickets and reservations, call the center at 330-335-1513.
Medicare Check Up and Senior Health Fair â€” After you receive your insurance benefit check up, stay for the interactive health fair, featuring blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, hearing and vision screenings, body mass composition testing, health and wellness exhibits, informational booths and much more. The check up and health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21.
Representatives from the Ohio Department of Insurance will offer an overview of Medicare and will help beneficiaries review enrollment in the Medicare program. Representatives of various insurance companies will also be present to offer information and answer questions.
OSHIIP training announcement
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will host a training session at the center for those interested in becoming a certified OSHIIP volunteer. OSHIIP volunteers assist seniors in navigating the complicated world of Medicare and other insurance coverage for seniors.
Save the dates of Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1 and 8 and Nov. 3. Seating is limited and registration is required. Volun-teers must attend all five training sessions to become certified. For more information and to register, call 330-335-1513.
Senior Farmers Market
The HANDS Foundation is proud to offer the 2008 Senior Farmersâ€™ Market Nutrition Program through Oct. 31. Vouchers will be provided to buy produce free of charge.
Transportation is available through Medina County Transit. For bus reservations, call the Office for Older Adults at 330-336-6657 to register for transportation service or call Medina County Transit (same number) if you are already registered for senior transportation.
Applications for the program are available at the center. You must be 60 or older and must qualify by income to participate in the program. Income guidelines are $19,240 per year for a single individual and $25,900 per year for a household of two.
The Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation also sponsors the 2008 Farmers Market.
Summer Crisis Program
Do you need help staying cool this summer? If so, you may be eligible for the Summer Crisis Program, which can provide a one-time credit of up to $100 on your summer electric bill.
To qualify you must be low income ($18,200 for one person, $24,500 for two) and you must be age 60 or older or have someone in your home age 60 or older or have a documented medical need. Call Community Action at 330-723-2229 for application information.
Tax Stimulus Rebate
There is still time to file for the stimulus rebate. Eligible seniors, veterans and disabled Ohioans can claim the tax rebate through Oct. 15. The center can assist with completing the necessary paperwork. Call the center today for your appointment.
Make your reservations now for these trips. Be sure to bring your payment to the center (check or money order only) as soon as possible, as our trips fill up fast. Make all checks payable to Donna Hardy. Your payment serves as your trip reservation.
o Aug. 21 â€” Lighthouses & Lunch in Erie, Pa., $65 per person.
o Aug. 27 â€” Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y., $40 per person.
o Sept. 19 â€” The Meadows Casino, $27 per person. Join us for a trip to the Meadows Race track and Casino in Pittsburgh, Pa. $5 casino bonus plus $5 meal coupon.
o Sept. 21-26 â€” Branson, Mo., $812 per person.
o Sept. 30 â€” â€œWhatcha Got Cooking?â€ Ohioâ€™s Amish Country, $65 per person. Enjoy a progressive dining tour that will include cooking demos, hands-on candy making, tasting, testing recipes and more.
o Nov. 12-13 â€” Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Ind., $78/person. Visit the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Ind., and receive $10 back in coin or two meal vouchers.
o Dec. 10 â€” Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling, W. Va., $27 per person.
Wadsworth Library program
Check out regular Wadsworth Center for Older Adult programs
The Wadsworth Public Library offers monthly programs for seniors on the second Thursday of the month. Bill Koster of the Ohio Bottle Club will tell all about the local history of antique bottles and how to find them at 2 p.m. on Aug. 14. Refreshments and conversation follow these free programs at the library.
o Art Deco group 1 p.m. Monday: greeting cards, every first Monday; Giving Dolls, second Monday; independent projects, third Monday; Magnolia Village sponsors a special project Aug. 25; Wadsworth Pointe sponsors a special project Sept. 22. Reservations required for all Art Deco programs.
o Giving Doll program volunteers make cloth dolls for area children in need from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every second Monday. Patterns available at the center.
o Womenâ€™s Bible Study Group, Captain Debbra Grace of the Wadsworth Salvation Army, 10 a.m. every Thursday.
o Free watercolor classes 10 a.m. first and third Tuesdays, taught by members of the Medina County Art League. Call the center for a supply list.
o Breakfast Group eats out once a month. Call the center to make reservations for the 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19 breakfast at Rittman Diner.
o Lively Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays at the center for cards, sewing and socializing.
o Grandmothers Club hosts a potluck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month.
o Register for the Experience
SeniorPower training program, free computer classes for seniors. Learn about the Internet, e-mail and basic computer applications; small class sizes; session begins in September at Wadsworth High School.
o Euchre tournaments, 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 27 and the first Wednesday in September. Regular bridge play, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Open pinochle tournaments, 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month
o Pool tournaments, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays.
Health and fitness
o Walk indoors 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, second floor indoor track.
o Certified diabetes educator Brenda Witsaman of the Medina County Health Department will offer tetanus diphtheria vaccinations by appointment Sept. 3 in the second floor conference room. Cost is $10, cash or in-county check only. Call the center to make an appointment.
o Altercare of Wadsworth free blood pressure screening 10 a.m. the second Tuesday.
o Bayada Nurses free blood pressure checks 11 a.m. first and third Wednesday and 10:30 fourth Tuesday.
o Free arthritis exercise classes, Arthritis Foundation Exercise offered by Altercare of Wadsworth, 10 a.m. every Wednesday.
o Tai chi classes 10 a.m. every Monday, $40 for eight weeks, payable to Mary Cuchna, instructor.
o Sheila Klimas, Ohio State University Extension, Medina County, free 15 to 20 minute cooking and nutrition program at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the nutrition site.
o An Alzheimerâ€™s disease and memory impairment disability support group meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Respite care is available; call the center for details.
o Medina County Veterans Service representative answers questions for veterans or veteransâ€™ spouses at 1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays.
o Parkinsonâ€™s disease support group 12:30 p.m. every third Tuesday. A caregiver discussion group will take place Aug. 19.
o The Low Vision support group 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday every month.
o Community Legal Aid will take applications for legal assistance 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 for ages 60 and older.
o OSHIIP volunteers offer assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, supplementary and long-term care insurance problems by appointment. Call the center to schedule an appointment.
Likens is the director of the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults.