Senior Edition


EATON — Therapist on Call: This is a new activity provided by Vancrest. A Vancrest therapist will come in and talk about a particular subject. Join in at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at the Senior Activities Center.

Thursday night weekly dance

The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5-8 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The Silvertones, a local band from Camden, 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!

Ice Cream, You Scream

July’s theme is Ice Cream. Join us in several ice cream activities, the History of Ice Cream on Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m., Ice Cream Social on Friday, July 22, at 2 p.m., and make your own ice cream Tuesday, July 26 at 2 p.m. Get your ice cream at the Seniors Activities Center.

Bible Study

We are beginning a Bible Study in partnership with Stephen Ministry on Friday, July 8, 10-11 a.m. Janet Philpot and Judy Mayrer of Lewisburg will be leading a Max Lucado Study. All walks of faith are welcome. Join us at the Senior Activities Center in Eaton, 937-456-4947.

Northern Connection Meeting

This month’s “Lunch & Learn” meeting is held on July 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 301 E. Main Street in New Paris. The Northern Connection is a partnership between the Preble County Council on Aging and the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Lunch is served at no charge (donations are welcome) followed by a Reid Health Talk, Wellness: Are you doing all you can? Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the St. Paul United Methodist Church at 937-437-8484, the Preble County Council on Aging at 937-456-4947, or visit the Northern Connection Facebook page.

Senior Center Mini-Trips

The Preble County Activities 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 includes Tuesday, Aug. 23 – Woodland Historical Tour; Friday, Sept. 9 – “Million Dollar Quartet” at LaComedia, and Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Darke County Past to Present. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

Senior Center Motor Coach Trips

Tuesday, July 19 – Rising Star Casino; and Tuesday, Wednesday, July 27 – Ohio State Fair; Aug. 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals evening game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information.

Overnight Motor Coach Trip: Sept. 26-28 – Amishlands, Pennsylvania. White Star Tours is offering this trip in conjunction with the Preble County Council on Aging. The motor coach will meet you at the Senior Center, you can leave your car here for the duration of the trip. Questions and bookings, call 937-456-4947 ext. 220.

HEAP Assistance Available

Summer Crisis Program: 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 cooling systems during the summer months. The Summer Crisis Program provides bill payment assistance to Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines in addition to having a member of the household who is at least 60 years old, or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Applicants must apply in-person at the Community Action Partnership, 937-456-2800. Call to set up an appointment. You will need to include: proof of income for the past 12 months, a copy of your recent fuel/utility bill, proof of medical condition signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner, and a list of all household members (including Social Security Numbers). You can call the Ohio Development Services Agency’s hotline 800-282-0880, Community Action Partnership 937-456-2800 or the Preble County Council on Aging 937-456-4947.

Senior Companionship Program

The Companionship Program at the Preble County Council on Aging helps community seniors stay in their homes and live independently by providing assistance with tasks of daily living and offering friendship and emotional support. Services provided include an in-home companion and/or a daily telephone reassurance call. For more information on these available services, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

Volunteers for the Senior Companionship Program. There are two different levels of volunteers needed:

– 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 Stacey 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 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

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 Activities Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, the Decade’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Choose 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.

Visit our website at or the Preble County Council on Aging Facebook page for more information. Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter which features all the latest news.

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald

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