By DEBRA RADECKY
Medina County Office for Older Adults
Plan now to attend our annual Fall Festival. This Oktoberfest program will be offered Oct. 17. Call our office to register. Admission is $5 and includes lunch, entertainment, door prizes and more.
Our office is now helping with the 2008-09 Home Energy Assistance Program. For details on how this program can help with your heating bills for the winter, call our office for an application or information.
The Medina County Office for Older Adults offers day trips to various sites and programs in Northeast Ohio. For information about the next trip in November, call Jenny at our office for details. There is not an October trip due to the Fall Festival.
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 our programs come from the Medina County commissioners, the Ohio Department on Aging through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and your 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 on each Friday. Each bingo is sponsored by a local senior provider. These programs are free.
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 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 to answer questions or give guidance in seeking help with problems. No reservations required. Legal advice also will be given at 10 a.m. Oct. 30.
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. These 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.
Every Friday is TGIF at the center. Morning activities include bingo, Jeopardy and exercise classes. Luncheon is served at 11:30 a.m. for $3.50 per person (advance reservations required). Stay and enjoy an entertaining and/or informative program at noon, after lunch.
Call the office for details or to request a menu for October. Remember, all information is available online at www.co.medina.oh.us.
October programs are:
o Oct. 3 â€” â€œDigital TV is Coming;â€
o Oct. 10 â€” â€œDiabetes 101â€;
o Oct. 17 â€” Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds;
o Oct. 24 â€” â€œNew Changes in Medicare and Medicaidâ€;
o Oct. 31 â€” Oktoberfest with the Jolly Jammers at 11 a.m.
Game Day begins at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2.
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 to 11 a.m. Oct. 20. 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. 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. The free class, sponsored by Medina Village Retirement Community, is a low-impact exercise program with Dynabands for endurance-building and joint mobility.
Blood pressure screening â€” Free blood pressure screening is provided by Medina Village Retirement Community from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on 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 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 fill it out. This program is made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Aging through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.
The matinee movie â€œBonnevilleâ€ will be shown at noon Oct. 30. Come and watch the movie and enjoy root beer floats for 25 cents.
Sheila Klimas of the Ohio State University Extension Service will hold informative, free nutrition classes for seniors in the dining room. â€œMake It, Take It: Spice Blendsâ€ will start 10 a.m. Oct. 9. â€œPull Out the Crock Pot Againâ€ will start 11 a.m. Oct. 21. 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.
Chess and checkers â€” Join this free program at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.
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 craft project also will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 5.
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.
Scrabble â€” Exercise your brain. Scrabble players will meet at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Healthy Corners room.
Serendipity â€” The Serendipity 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.
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. Oct. 14 at the Medina Eagles Club, 696 Lafayette Road, Medina. No reservations are required. Dinner is $12.
Dennis Hanwell, police chief of Medina, will speak. For additional 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.