Senior edition

Seniors empowered, enlightened, engaged — and enriched

By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald

EATON — When someone says “senior center,” images of bingo may be the first thing that come to mind, but today’s senior center is celebrating the vital community resources they provide as masters of aging.

From our legal aid series to art classes, Thursday night’s weekly dance to sewing groups, and pool playing Preble County Council on Aging is a community nexus where seniors find friendship, meaning, and purpose. To highlight the power of these programs and activities PCCOA has planned amazing activities and programs for the month of September, and for the rest of 2017. We’re not stopping.

“Today’s seniors aren’t looking to slow down,” said Shelley Ratliff, Executive Director of PCCOA. “They want to make new friends, learn new skills, and remain relevant in the community. We support their curiosity and growth through fun and engaging programs, while also providing practical tools and resources to help them stay healthy and independent.”

The year’s national theme, Senior Centers: Master of Aging, emphasizes the knowledge and experience senior centers bring to their communities, including programming that;

1. Empowers older adults to be strong, confident, and independent. We now offer weekly Tai Chi for Health classes on Thursdays, along with Weight Resistance, and Stretching & Relaxation classes.

2. Enlightens them by broadening their horizons to new choices and adventures, such as our 10 day cruise we have planned to Canada and New England in 2018.

3. Engages through seeking a welcoming space and an opportunity to develop friendships, which we do our best to provide daily through Decade’s Diner, our weekly activities, and time traveler trips.

4. Enriches participants and the larger community, like our six week course on Chronic Disease Self-Management. This is an evidence based program out of Stanford that teaches strategies to deal with stress, fatigue, pain, weight management, and depression. Learning how to better self-manage your health.

In addition, the Preble County Council on Aging also provides Transportation Services, Information & Referrals, Home Delivered Meals, Homemaker Services, Agency Activities, Congregate Meals, Caregiver Support Groups, and Minor Home Repair. To learn more about PCCOA, call 937-456-4749 or visit our website at, or Facebook page. The PCCOA is located at 800 E. St. Clair St., Eaton, OH 45320. We are open Mondays through Fridays 8:00-4:00 p.m.

To stay up to date on all of our activities, trips and senior news sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter the “Senior Scene.” 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 our latest news and activities, additional benefits are discounts on trips and select activities. Like our Facebook Page at or give us a call at 937-456-4947. Visit our website at

Seniors empowered, enlightened, engaged — and enriched

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald