Senior edition


EATON — National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Wednesday, Sept.23! Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans? According to the National Council on Aging, falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

•One-third of Americans aged 65-plus falls each year

•Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall

•Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations

Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. For information on falls prevention programs offered by the Preble County Senior Center, contact Stacey Copes at 937-456-4947.

Take control of your pain! The Preble County Senior Center is offering “Healthy U – A Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop” for 6 weeks beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Facilitated by trained leaders who use this workshop’s tools to manage their own pain, “Healthy U” topics include:

•Setting and achieving personal goals

•Strategies to deal with pain, stress, fatigue and depression

•Using physical activity to maintain, and improve strength, flexibility and endurance

•How to use medications safely and appropriately

•Better ways to talk with your doctor and your family about your pain

There is no charge for this workshop for participants who are 60 or older. For those under the age of 60, the charge is $20. Space is limited, so register today. The workshop will be held at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. For more information, contact Stacey Copes at 937-456-4947.

You can now support the Preble County Council on Aging on “AmazonSmile”. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by you. You will want to select “Preble County Council on Aging Inc.” as your charitable organization. The shopping experience is identical to with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organization (Preble County Council on Aging) selected by you. For more information, contact Karen Lowery at 937-456-4947 or [email protected].

The Ohio Senior Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will present “Medicare 101” at the Preble County Senior Center at 10:00 am on Monday, October 5. Learn about upcoming changes to Medicare; receive help identifying your best coverage for 2016, and more. If you would like to meet for a one-on-one consultation after the presentation, call Bev Shindeldecker at 937-456-4947 for an appointment.

The Preble County Senior Center annual Holiday Craft Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. A wide variety of crafts will be available including afghans, quilts, handbags, wood crafts, candles, jewelry, holiday decorations, baked goods and much more. Lunch will also be available for purchase. Vendor space is also still available. Reserve your space by calling Stacey Copes at the senior center at 937-456-4947.

The Holiday Craft Bazaar is an annual fundraiser for the Preble County Senior Center.

A Quilt Raffle Fundraiser is being held by the Preble County Senior Center. This beautiful full-size scrap quilt was pieced together by the “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” sewing group at the senior center. It was quilted by volunteer Janice Lawson. The quilt is on display at the senior center. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the senior center. The drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Preble County Senior Center located at 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. For more information, call 937-456-4947.

The Preble County Senior Center would like to thank Vancrest Health Care and Fountain Park Home Care for the donation of new computers for the Alice McMann Library location at the senior center. The computers are available for use by the senior center members during normal business hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Thursday Night Weekly Dance takes place from 4:00-7:00 pm at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The barn on the Senior Center grounds is large, lots of room for seating and dancing, heated, comfortable and will be an excellent The dance featuresThe barn on the Senior Center grounds is large, lots of room for seating and dancing, heated, comfortable and will be an excellent delicious food, with a $1 menu, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. We have a new terrific band that many of you have already heard at some of our previous special events. The Silvertones, a local band from Camden, Ohio will provide an enjoyable evening of classic rock & roll and country music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Band members include Michael Powers on piano; Mike Buckley, lead guitar; Danny Witt, Bass; and Gary “Pete” Peters on drums. Admission is $3 per individual/$5 per couple. It’s a fun evening for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at our next Thursday Night Dance.

The Decade’s Diner, complete with juke box, graffiti wall, and striking “fab 50’s” decorations, is a unique location for lunch. The menu features many delicious items and a couple daily specials. The Diner is also the site of our daily Congregate Meal. The Decade’s Diner is located at Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. It is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Carry-out is available. Call 937-456-4947 to place your order.

The Preble County Council on Aging needs volunteers to help deliver meals to seniors and shut-ins in the county. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, except holidays, to seniors in Preble County. Drivers work two to three hours a day delivering meals in their vehicle to senior citizens. Drivers have a dedicated route, and can work one, two or more days per week, or just one day per month. Adult drivers of any age are eligible to volunteer. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement. If you would like to volunteer, or need more information, please call Ashley Bowers, In-Home Services Manager at 937-456-4947.

Many exciting events, trips, and activities are planned for seniors in Preble County in coming months. Check out our website or Facebook pages for the latest news. Membership at the Senior Center is only $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter, which features all the latest news. The menu is also included in the newsletter. Visit our website for more information:

By Karen Lowery

For The Register-Herald

Reach Karen at 937-456-4947.

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