Senior edition


Finding our balance and celebrating

By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald



EATON — As we continue to find balance at our center, here at the Preble County Council on Aging (PCCOA) it’s time for necessary changes. If you have visited us in the past couple of months you may have noticed our ongoing facility improvements. Nothing has been done to our facility since 2001, that’s 15 years with no capital improvements. Needless to say, it’s time for change. As our internal painting project is coming to an end, we would like to thank all the volunteers from Silfex, Henny Penny, and Timken who came out to provide community service. We also want to thank our fearless lone ranger volunteer, Valerie Howard who has done an amazing job painting, and painting and painting.

As of last week we began getting new carpet, this too is very exciting for us. If you plan to visit us this week to attend Quilting on Thursday Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. or Billiards at 2 p.m., or maybe you want to experience our Matter of Balance Preview Class on Friday Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. When you do stop in this week please use our employee entrance door on the side of the building. Decade’s Diner continues to be open serving up hamburgers, green beans, chili, and much more Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Or maybe you want to bypass the happenings here at PCCOA and have your congregate meals at Midway Restaurant in Lewisburg open 8-10:30 a.m. or Ron’s Pizza in Camden open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In our ongoing effort of supporting Preble County Seniors, we do our best to provide services that are best suited to our community, all the while making the best use of tax payer’s dollars. Tax levy money provides approximately 57 percent of our income. The rest of our income is largely made up of grant dollars, contracts, contributions and donation. It would be silly of us not to say ‘yes’ to grant money presenting itself at this time. We have been fortunate to receive an Equipment Grant which has provided us the opportunity to get two freezers and two refrigerators paying 15 percent of cost, which is a great deal. Seeing as in 2015 Decade’s Diner served just under 7,000 meals and 8,689 congregate meals, therefore, having proper freezer and refrigeration is important and necessary to ensure our quality food service.

Along the lines of change and balance we have upgraded our bi-monthly newsletter and we have gotten great feedback, thank you. If you haven’t seen our fully colored, more informative, newsletter stop in the PCCOA and pick one up. The decision to outsource our printing and advertising has saved us $5,400 per year. The business we are working with is located in Cleveland, Ohio, and we are pleased with their support through this transition. All the writing and editing continues to happen in house, and we have access to a full team of technical and design support as needed. This has been a great business decision for us and an upgrade for our members.

I hope an elaboration on these internal affairs helps to convey the excitement we are experiencing. It has taken time, energy and money to get to this point of growth and we are pleased with the rewards we are reaping. For all of you that have experienced our services of Homemaking, Transportation, Meals on Wheels, etc. we thank you for being a part of this journey with us. If you have yet to step foot in our facility, by golly now’s the time! We’re looking good now and we have a lot to offer! We are open Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Decade’s Diner is open for lunch Mondays through Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All that being said our facility is closed on Tuesday Sept. 20, for an All Staff Meeting.

Like our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/preblecountycouncilonaging/ or give us a call at 937-456-4947. Visit our website at www.PrebleSeniorCenter.org. Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter that is now in color and features all our latest news and activities.

Birthday Bash: September birthdays, come in and join us for a cupcake celebration of you! Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at PCCOA.

Matter of Balance Preview Class: In honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day we are offering a Matter of Balance Preview Class on Friday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at PCCOA. If you are concerned about falling, interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength, and/or you have fallen in the past, attend this Matter of Balance Preview class on September 23rd to learn more about regaining your balance. According to Steady U of Ohio, ‘Falls are not a normal part of aging, most falls can be prevented. A person’s risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and deaths among Ohioans aged 65 and older.’ If you are interested yet unable to attend this class, call to inquire about the next class 937-456-4947.

Like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/preblecountycouncilonaging/ or give us a call at 937-456-4947. Visit our website at www.PrebleSeniorCenter.org. Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter that is now in color and features all our latest news and activities.

Finding our balance and celebrating

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald