Senior Edition


EATON — The Preble County Council on Aging offices, Preble County Senior Center, and Decade’s Diner will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Celebrate Your Birthday!

A “Birthday Bash” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Senior Center, located at 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. Seniors having birthdays in the month of January are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome regardless of your birthday month. This will be a fun afternoon, complete with birthday cake.

Book club

The Coffee Lover’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Preble County Senior Center. In January we will be reading about Alexander Hamilton – please select a book by the author of your choice. If you enjoy morning coffee and like books, you are welcome to join us. The Coffee Lover’s Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month. Call 937-456-4947 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. for the Alzheimer’s Support Group, held at the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. The support group is sponsored and hosted by Heartland of Eaton. The support group meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Joy Tour & Travel Presentation

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1:30 p.m. as staff from Joy Tour & Travel will be at the Preble County Senior Center to present their trips for 2016. This is your opportunity to ask questions and make your travel plans for this year. Where will you go in 2016? For more information regarding this presentation, call 937-456-4947.

HEAP Assistance Available

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). Bev Shindeldecker, Preble County Council on Aging I&R Specialist, is available to help seniors determine eligibility, complete paperwork, and answer questions regarding

You can make an appointment to meet with Bev by calling 937-456-4947 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Senior Center Mini-Trips

The Preble County Senior Center plans mini-trips for individuals who want a shorter, less strenuous travel day. Ten-seat passenger vans or smaller motor coaches are used for most mini-trips. Descriptive flyers are available at the Senior Center for 2016 Mini-Trips. Pick up and return to your home is available upon request. A sampling of the mini-trips scheduled so far for 2016 include: Monday, April 4 – Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield; Wednesday, May 4 – Cincinnati Reds’ Day Game; Wednesday, May 18 – Presidential Luncheon Motor Coach trip; Tuesday, May 24 – Dayton Dragons Evening Game; Wednesday, June 15 – Veterans Administration Center; Thursday, June 30 – “The Lion King” (Schuster Theatre); and Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Cincinnati Reds’ Night Game. Call 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a flyer.

Volunteers Needed

The Preble County Council on Aging needs volunteers for the Senior Companionship Program. You can assist our community seniors stay in their homes and live independently by providing help with tasks of daily living or providing a daily telephone call – both of which offer friendship and emotional support. There are two different levels of volunteers needed for the Companionship Program:

– Preble County Senior Center Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance or telephone calls. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like. You will be responsible for recording your volunteer hours and mileage on a monthly basis. Mileage is reimbursed at $.50/mile. For more information or to complete a volunteer application, contact Betty at 937-456-4947.

– Graceworks Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance. Required to attend a 20 hour start-up training at the senior center and one 4-hour in-service each month. You will earn a stipend of $2.65/hour (tax free) and $.30/mile. You must “work” at least 15 hours/week in the clients home. To volunteer in the Graceworks program, you must be 55 or older and your income must be lower than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

Join Us at the Thursday Night Weekly Dance! The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton, Ohio. 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. The dance features delicious food, with a $1 menu, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Admission is $3 per individual/$5 per couple. Join us for a fun evening!

Have you visited the Decade’s Diner for lunch? If not, you are missing out on this unique location with its distinctive 1950’s decor and memorabilia, including a juke box and graffiti wall. Located at the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, the Decade’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Chose from the daily special, combo, or the regular menu. Don’t forget to order one of the delicious homemade desserts! The Decade’s Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Carry-out is available. Call 937-456-4947 to place your order.

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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