By NANCY LIKENS
Wadsworth Center for Older Adults
There wonâ€™t be a shortage of things to do to keep you entertained and informed this fall. The Wadsworth Center for Older Adults has a terrific lineup of programs, events and activities planned just for you.
Autumn in Ohio means leaves will begin falling, so take advantage of our Fall Leaf Raking Program. Youâ€™ll also want to come to our fire safety open house in October. Get a checkup on your Medicare benefits and come to our senior health fair in November.
Try your luck at our new Friday bingo game or, if action is more your style, give our new Wii Bowling game a try. For those who want to get away from it all, come to our sneak peek trip preview of the Montana and Canadian Rockies vacation.
Fire safety open house
Our friends from Wadsworth Pointe and the Wadsworth Fire Department invite you to an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Wadsworth Pointe, 540 Great Oaks Trail.
Free smoke alarm batteries will be distributed along with information and emergency contact magnets.
A Wadsworth fire inspector will be present to answer questions and distribute fire safety and prevention information.
Our friends from Home Instead Senior Care will sponsor a lively game of bingo at 10 a.m. most Fridays in October and November at the center. No games are available on Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28.
Home Instead will provide prizes and refreshments. Thereâ€™s no need to sign up.
Move over, kids, our seniors want a turn with the remote control!
Our friends from Magnolia Village want to teach you an old game with a new twist: Wii Bowling. Whatever your skill level, youâ€™ll want to try â€œvirtualâ€ bowling at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. Spectators are welcome.
Music, socializing with friends and refreshments will follow game play. No reservations are required.
Flu shot clinic
A flu shot clinic will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Fire Station No. 2 on state Route 94 and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Founders Hall, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
There is no charge for Medicare/Medicaid patients (bring Medicare/Medicaid cards and your HMO insurance cards). Flu shot fees for non-Medicare/Medicaid patients are $25 for Medina County residents and $30 for out-of-county residents. These are open walk-in clinics. No reservations are needed, but a check-in system will be used. Bring your driverâ€™s license or Ohio state identification card. Drive-up service is available at the Fire Station No. 2 clinic for those who cannot walk into the clinic.
Call the Health Department toll free at 888-723-9688 for additional information.
Fall leaf raking project
Student volunteers and adult advisers from Wadsworth High School will come to your home between 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 to rake your leaves and deposit them in the tree lawn for removal by city work crews during regular route pickup. This free service is offered only to seniors residing within the city limits.
Call the Center for Older Adults at 330-335-1513 to pre-register. Registration deadline is Oct. 24.
Please indicate tree density and lot size (small, medium, large) when you phone in your registration.
and senior health fair
A free Medicare checkup and senior health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.
The Medicare checkup is brought to you by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. This comprehensive program will feature: recent changes in Medicare; explanation of how the Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 Medicare Annual Coordination Period can work for you; assistance with identifying your best Medicare coverage options for 2009 and changing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) and/or Medicare Health plans for 2009; and opportunities to talk to representatives from various insurance providers.
The Senior Health Fair will feature the following:
o Health care screenings including blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks and more;
o American Red Cross blood drive;
o Free giveaways, health information and exhibits;
o Snack bar with pizza, subs, homemade desserts and beverages offered courtesy of our sponsors.
This program is brought to you by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program and the following sponsors: Accurate Medical Supply Inc., Celtic Healthcare Lifeline Program and the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults.
Tax Stimulus Rebate
Call the center today for an appointment for help to file for the stimulus rebate. Eligible seniors, veterans and disabled Ohioans can claim the tax rebate through Oct. 15.
Our Travel Preview at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 will give you a sneak preview of a nine-day trip through the Canadian Rockies and Montana.
Make your reservations now for these trips. Be sure to bring your payment to the center (check or money order only). Make all checks payable to Donna Hardy. Your payment serves as your trip reservation.
Sign up now for these trips:
o Oct. 17 â€” Greektown Casino in Detroit, $31 per person.
o Nov 12-13 â€” Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Ind., $78 per person.
o Dec. 10 â€”Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling, W. Va., $27 per person.
o Dec. 12 â€” Malabar Farms in Lucas, Ohio, $62 per person.
Wadsworth Library program
Caesar Carrino will share mysterious historical tales of the Silver Creek Mines of Wadsworth at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Wadsworth Public Library. Refreshments and conversation follow the free program.
Likens is the director of the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults.