By Debra Radecky
Medina County Office for Older Adults
September is full of fun and entertainment this year. Every Friday offers a presentation or program, along with bingo, card games and entertainment and a really great home-cooked meal. Join us for a morning of fun and socialization.
Our office now is helping with the 2008-09 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For details on how this program can help with your heating bills for the winter, call our office for an application or information on the program.
Plan now for attending our annual Fall Festival. This Oktoberfest program, featuring polka music, entertainment and door prizes, will be offered Oct. 17 at the Medina County Fairgrounds community center. The cost is $5 at the door and includes lunch. Free doughnuts and coffee will be served in the morning. The lunch menu features the choice of a bratwurst and sauerkraut, sloppy joe or turkey sandwich, potato salad, pie, apple and beverage. Call our office for more details, transit requests and to register.
Call our office for details on how we can help you or any senior in the county. Most of our services are free. Funding for programs come from the Medina County commissioners, the Ohio Department on Aging through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and donations.
All programs listed are held at the Medina County Senior Center unless otherwise noted.
Bingo is offered at 10 a.m. the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month and at 9:30 a.m. every Friday. Local senior providers sponsor the games. Sponsors are: Life Care of Medina, Sept. 10; Summerville at Camelot, Sept. 12; and Elmcroft of Medina, Sept. 24. Home Instead sponsors games Sept. 26 and Humana sponsors games Sept. 5 and 19.
The Car Doctor is in from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday. No appointment is needed. Leo Swancer, a retired auto mechanic and vocational school teacher, provides free automotive advice.
Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid will be here from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24 to answer questions or give guidance in seeking help with problems. No reservations required.
Hot congregate meals are offered at no charge at three nutrition sites; they are funded by the Ohio Department on Aging and the Medina County Commissioners. Lunches are served on Wednesday and Friday in Brunswick; on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in Medina; and Monday through Friday in Wadsworth. They are served at 11:30 a.m. at all locations. Pre-registration is required and can be done by phone. Reservations are taken a week in advance. Call the office for a list of menus and participation requirements.
The MCOOA is offering day trips to various sites and programs in Northeast Ohio. For information about the Sept. 30 trip to The Barn and shops (lunch on your own), call Jenny at the center. The cost is $15.
Every Friday is TGIF at the center. Morning activities include bingo, Jeopardy and exercise classes. Luncheon is served at 11:30 a.m. for only $3.50 per person (advance reservations required). Stay and enjoy an entertaining and/or informative program at noon.
Call the office for details or to request a menu for September. All information is available on the Internet at www.co.medina.oh.us.
September programs are:
o Sept. 5 â€” Birthday party for those 90 and older (lunch at 11:15 a.m. with entertainment by Wally Maxium at 11:30);
o Sept. 12 â€” â€œThree Secrets to a Healthy Life,â€ by Health Source;
o Sept. 19 â€” â€œReverse Mortgages,â€ by Bernadet Ramsey, Cleveland Mortgage;
o Sept. 26 â€” â€œFuneral Planningâ€ presented by Waite and Son.
Golden Buckeye Cards
Golden Buckeye Cards are available to anyone older than 60 who holds a driverâ€™s license or a state ID card. Come to our office with your ID or license, and we can help you apply. Call our office for more details. The Golden Buckeye Web site is www.goldenbuckeye.org.
Health and exercise
Cholesterol screening â€” A free cholesterol screening provided by Elmcroft of Medina will be held from 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Pre-registration is required; call for details.
Gentle Yoga for Seniors â€” Gentle Yoga for Seniors will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Itâ€™s â€œno-impactâ€ exercise for flexibility, balance and strength. Yoga relieves stress and brings harmony to body, mind and spirit. Bring a mat or blanket and wear loose clothing. The first class is free; after that the cost is $2 per class, payable at class time. Call the office to register.
Exercise â€” Free, senior-led Dynaband exercise is offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Arthritis Approved Exercise class â€” Arthritis Approved Exercise is offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, taught by instructors certified by the Arthritis Association. This is a free, low-impact exercise program for endurance-building and joint mobility sponsored by Medina Village Retirement Community. It includes health education and relaxation components; results are increased functional ability, increased self-care behaviors, decreased pain and decreased depression.
Blood pressure screening â€” Free blood pressure screening is provided by Medina Village Retirement Community from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
Tai chi â€” Tai chi meets at 2 p.m. every Friday in the dining room. The cost is $40 for eight weeks; the first class is free. This is an ongoing program, so stop in and join on any Friday. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No registration is required.
The Home Energy Assistance Program has started for 2008-09. It provides help with paying utility bills and improved home energy efficiency. Applications are available at our offices as well as through outreach, where our staff members can come to your home and help you. If you are in need of assistance to pay energy bills, call our office for details of this program, which is made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Aging through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.
Attorney Harvey Goldsmith will answer legal questions at noon Sept. 25.
Move to the music at 1 p.m. jam session on Sept. 11.
The matinee movie â€œOceanâ€™s 13â€ will be shown at noon Sept. 24. Come and watch the movie and enjoy root beer floats for 25 cents.
Sheila Klimas of the Ohio State University Extension Service will hold an informative, free nutrition class for seniors, â€œGet More Grains,â€ at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 in the dining room. No reservations are required.
Book Club â€” In collaboration with the Medina County District Library, the book club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Monday of the month. The group will meet Sept. 8 due to the holiday.
Chess and checkers â€” Join this free program at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. Call the center for details.
Crafts â€” Crafts are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; the program is run by seniors for seniors. A special craft project will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, sponsored by Comfort Keepers.
Pinochle â€” Pinochle is played at noon every Friday.
Pool â€” The pool players invite you to join them from 8 to 11:30 a.m. every morning. Bring your own cue stick or use one of ours. This is a free program.
Scrabble â€” Exercise your brain. Scrabble players will meet at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Healthy Corners room. OOA provides the game board. Call Jenny for details.
Serendipity â€” The Seren-dipity group meets for Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
Sewing workshop â€” A free sewing workshop is offered at 10 a.m. Mondays for those who would like to learn to sew or practice making small crafts. Call Jenny or Melinda for details.
Alzheimerâ€™s â€” This support group meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the third Wednesday each month in the craft room. Call Michelle at the center for details.
CAPS â€” Children of Aging Parents is a free support service offered to adults requesting help with their parentsâ€™ needs. Call Debra or Don for details.
Parkinsonâ€™s â€” The group usually meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the dining room. Call for details of the next scheduled meeting.
MS Support Group â€” This free support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in the dining room of the Office for Older Adults. For more information, call Bob at 330-721-7540, Karen at 330-723-7283 or Kincaid (NMSS office) at 800-667-7131.
Friends Nâ€™ Focus â€” A free support group for those vision-impaired or blind, it helps people make contacts for assistance, provides information and raises funds for purchasing items for members of the community with blindness issues. The group also provides services and equipment for vision loss, shares experiences and gives encouragement. Friends Nâ€™ Focus meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in Healthy Corners.
Circle of Friends â€” Robertson Bereavement Center, a community outreach of Hospice of Medina County, facilitates Circle of Friends, a social dinner group for widows, widowers and people 60 and older who have experienced the death of someone close. They will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Medina Eagles Club, 696 Lafayette Road, Medina. The cost is $12. No reservations are required. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier will present the program. For more information, contact the Robertson Bereavement Center at 330-725-1900 or 800-700-4771.
Radecky is the director of the Medina County Office for Older Adults.