Senior Edition


By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald



EATON — B-I-N-G-O: Friday Aug. 19, at 2 p.m., play bingo, sponsored by Heartland. Join us at the Preble County Council on Aging.

Thursday Night Dance: Every third Thursday will be a themed dance. This Thursday’s Theme is 1950s Style Back to School. Come dressed like you are going back to school in the 1950s! Sponsored by Greenbriar. The dance features live music by The Silvertones, 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!

Lunch with Jake: Join Jake at lunch on Monday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 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 Senior 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 Senior Center that would be of interest to men.

Friday Movie: “Inside Out,” a delightful movie not to be missed and sure to increase happiness. Join us at 1:30 p.m. in the Diner at the Senior Center.

New Activities this Month: cornhole: Monday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. and ladder ball: Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. Both activities are at the Senior Center, 800 East Saint Clair Street.

Time Traveler: A Representative from Joy Tour & Travel will be at the Senior Center Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss the remaining 2016 trips and the exciting upcoming 2017.

White Star Tours is providing our tour of the Amishlands in Pennsylvania: three days, two nights, Sept. 26-28. We are going and you can join us too! The deadline to sign up is Sept. 6. Call Cookie at 937-456-2927 with questions.

Motorcycle raffle: Have you bought your ticket for the Harley yet? We are raffling off a 2006 Harley Davidson FXSTB-Night Train. Call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947 to inquire about buying your ticket, $10 each.

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

HEAP. 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 Companionship Program is available through the Preble County Council on Aging. 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 are needed. 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.

Visit our website at www.PrebleSeniorCenter.org 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