Senior Edition

By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald

EATON — Are You a Silver Sneakers member? If so, are you interested in attending Silver Sneakers classes at the Preble County Activities Center? Contact Stacey at 937-456-4947 to sign up or for additional information.

Caregiver’s Support Group

Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. for the Caregiver’s Support Group (formerly the Alzheimer’s Support Group), held at the Preble County Activities 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. Call 937-456-4947 for additional information.

Celebrate Your Birthday!

A “Birthday Bash” will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Activities Center. Seniors celebrating birthdays in the months of May are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome regardless of your birthday month. This will be a fun afternoon, complete with birthday cake. Birthday Bash is sponsored by Gateway Health this month.

Music Club Meeting Dates

The Preble County Senior Center Music Club meets at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. The Instrumental Music Club meets the first Thursday of every month (June 2) at 10 a.m. The Choral Music Club will meet on the second and fourth Thursday (May 19, 26) of every month at 10 a.m. There is always an open invitation for musicians, vocalists, and anyone interested in music. For more information, call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947.

Join Us at the Thursday Night Weekly Dance on May 19! The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5-8 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. This week’s dance is sponsored by Greenbriar. 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!

Friday Bingo!

Join us on Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Preble County Senior Center for an afternoon of Bingo! This month’s Friday Bingo is sponsored by Heartland of Eaton.

You Are Invited to “Lunch with Jake”

On Monday, May 23, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., join us for “Lunch with Jake.” Jake Dailey is a volunteer with the U.S. Veterans Administration. “Lunch with Jake” is an opportunity for veterans to ask questions and get information about services available through the Veterans Administration while enjoying lunch in the Decade’s Diner at the Preble County Activities Center, located at 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. Jake also has a lot of knowledge about Preble County. In addition, Jake wants input about possible trips that would be of interest to men. He will also provide information about activities at the Activities Center that would be of interest to men. “Lunch with Jake” will take place the second and fourth Monday of every month.

Adult Coloring Therapy

Adult coloring books are finding themselves on more and more bestsellers’ lists throughout the world. Join us on Monday, May 23, 1:30pm at the Preble County Activities Center to find out how this childhood pastime can help adults relieve stress. For more information, call Stacey at 937-456-4947.

Ice Cream Floats!

Save the date, Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more information call us at 937-456-4947.

New Senior Center Mini-Trips Added

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 include: Tuesday, May 24 – Dayton Dragons Evening Game (sponsored in part by The Knolls of Oxford); Wednesday, June 15 – Miami Valley Military History Museum; Thursday, June 30 – “The Lion King” at the Schuster Theatre (sponsored in part by Arbor Trace); Tuesday, August 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

The Preble County Activities Center has the following motor coach trips planned for this year: Wednesday, May 18 – Presidential Luncheon in Marion; Tuesday, July 19 – Rising Star Casino; and Tuesday, Wednesday, July 27 – Ohio State Fair; August 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals evening game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

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 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Senior 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 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 1950s 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

Reach Holly at the Preble County Senior Center, at 937-456-4947.

Reach Holly at the Preble County Senior Center, at 937-456-4947.