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County senior center schedule

Photo submitted to Times Observer Julie Greenland, right, presents a $1,000 donation from the Allegheny Community Greenhouse to Samantha Whitaker to the Warren State Hospital. The donation will benefit the State Hospital’s Indigent Patient Fund, allowing those who do not have any funds to purchase personal care items and other incidental purchases. The Allegheny Community Greenhouse is sponsored by the Allegheny Community Center (ACC). For more information regarding the Greenhouse or volunteering for other community projects, call Sue Himes at the ACC (723-3237).

Marienville

MACA Building

927-6607:

Tuesday (10-8): closed

Wednesday (10-9): cards and crafts; exercise; lunch at 11:45 am; bingo after lunch

Thursday (10-10): cards and crafts; lunch at 11:45 am; 50/50 and bingo after lunch

Endeavor

Township Building

463-7774:

Tuesday (10-8): cards; Left Right Center game; lunch at 11:45 am

Wednesday (10-9): crafts; cards; games; lunch at 11:45 am

Friday (10-11): games; bingo at 10:30 am; lunch at 11:45 am

Tidioute

Tidioute Towers

484-3020:

Monday (10-7): cards; adult coloring; lunch at noon; games

Tuesday (10-8): cards, adult coloring; bingo; lunch at noon; games

Thursday: (10-10): cards; adult coloring; lunch at noon; games

Sheffield

Pickering St.

968-5667

Monday (10-7): Flu shots, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Exercise class, 3 p.m.

Tuesday (10-8): Mystery Lunch, bus pick-ups start at 11 a.m.

Wednesday (10-9): Game Night, 6 p.m.

Thursday (10-10): Jeopardy with Kate from NW Life PA; Exercise class, 3 p.m.

Friday (10-11): Set up for Johnny Appleseed, noon to 7 p.m.; bring donations to the center by noon.

Saturday (10-12): Johnny Appleseed Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Baked goods, apple dumplings, chili, raffle baskets).

Sunday (10-13): Johnny Appleseed Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Allegheny

Community Center, TAWC Building, 2nd floor, at 42 Clark St., 723-3237:

Monday (10-7): Hand & Foot Cards, 9:00 am; Blood Pressures, 10:45 am; Tai Chi, (free of charge) at 11 am; congregate lunch & Bistro salads ($3 donation for 60 yrs. and over) available at noon; Scrabble, 12:45 pm; Bingo and Cards at 1 pm

Tuesday (10-8): Bible study, 10:00 am; Healthy Steps in Motion low-impact exercise class (free of charge), 11 am; Christian Women’s Luncheon, Noon; Congregate lunch & Bistro salads ($3 donation for 60 yrs. and over) available at noon; bridge, 12:30 pm; Allegheny Belles line dancing, Pinochle, Left-Right-Center game, 12:45 pm; Pool 2 pm

Wednesday (10-9): No Beginners Tai Chi, 11 am; Congregate lunch & Bistro Salads ($3 donation for 60 yrs. and over) available at noon; Sunshine Bowling, 12:30 pm; Mah-Jongg, 1 pm

Thursday (10-10): Healthy Steps in Motion low-impact exercise class (free of charge), 11 am; Birthday Celebration at lunch; Congregate lunch & Bistro salads ($3 donation for 60 yrs. and over) available at noon; T.O.P.S. weigh-in at 12 noon; T.O.P.S. meeting at 12:30 pm; Bingo, 12:45 pm; Pool, 2 pm

Fridays: ACC closed on Fridays but lunch is available to all ACC participants at the First United Methodist Church in Warren at noon. Donation is $3/person. Reservations suggested by calling 814-723-4930.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

PROGRAMS

TAI-CHI for Arthritis – Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am in the education room. Tai-chi has been shown to improve flexibility and balance. This Health & Wellness class is free to all participants.

Another free class is the Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:30 in the Rec Room. They are both evidenced-based classes that have been proven to improve your health! Class is almost full so call to sign up (814-723-3237).

Flu Shots – Medicare card and supplemental insurance card required! Shots administered by Gaughn’s Drug Store and Sheffield Pharmacy. October 7– Sheffield Senior Center from 9:00 to 11:30; October 9–Marienville Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:30; October 15– Endeavor Senior Center from 9:00 to 10:00; Tidioute Senior Center from 10:30 to 11:45; Conewango Towers from 1:30 to 2:30 and Canterbury Court from 3:00 to 4:00; October 21–The Rouse Suites from 9:30 to 11:30 & the Rouse Manor Apts. from 1:00 to 1:30

Healthy Steps for Older Adults – Attend this workshop to learn about Healthy Steps you can take to prevent falls. Sign up at the receptionist’s desk or call 723-4180 to register. October 16–Allegheny Community Center from 1:00 to 3:00

ACTIVITIES

You’re invited to the Allegheny Community Center to enjoy the following activities:

GAMES WITH DARLINGS’ HOME HEALTH CARE – The first Thursday of the month at 11:15 am! Fun and interactive games with Lindsay Bevivino; in the dining room.

BRAIN GAMES!!! – The second Wednesday of the month at 11:00. Led by Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Brain Games offer fun and challenging games to strengthen brain health and cognition.

MONTHLY BIRTHDAY CAKE – 1st Thursday of every month at noon. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake and celebrate with those who have a birthday this month. The cake is compliments of Warren Manor.

WARREN CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION – invites you to their monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch and programs. Call Lee Jones at 723-5952 for more info and to sign up for the luncheon.

BILLIARDS – The ACC has a beautiful billiards table for you to hone up your skills on in the dining room. Players meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am.

BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING – Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 10:45 to 11:45 am.

ACC’s SUNSHINE BOWLING LEAGUE – meets at 12:30 pm at the Riverside Lanes at Struthers Street in Warren. Contact Zelda Kittell at 406-4216 for more info or to sign up.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSES – 10/16 & 23, 11/20. Call the ACC to register.

REGULAR BINGO – Mondays at 1:00 pm in the dining room for prize bingo. Thursdays at 12:45 pm in the dining room. WARREN MANOR BINGO – First Wednesday of the month. Prizes provided by Warren Manor, FREE!. TRASH AND TREASURE BINGO – Last Wednesday of every month FREE to play! Donated trash and treasure items can be given to Lynn or Lynda.

BRIDGE – Every Tuesday at 12:30 in the recreation room. New players are welcome – enjoy friendly competition.

PINOCHLE -Tuesdays at 12:45 pm in the dining room. Beginners are welcome.

SCRABBLE CHALLENGE – Monday’s at 12:30 pm in the rec room. Good mind exercise!

MAH-JONGG – Fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles instead of cards. Originating in China, the game dates back to the time of Confucius. Come learn how to play on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Open to the public.

BIBLE STUDY- Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Jim Reese conducts studies.

ALLEGHENY BELLES LINE DANCING PRACTICE – at the Allegheny Community Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:45 to 1:45 pm. It’s an enjoyable way to get exercise.

WII, CARDS AND GAMES – players are always invited to play with no advance signup required.

PA Property Tax and Rebate Preparation Assistance – If you have a Property Tax and Rent Rebate that needs to be prepared, Elaine Krill at Experience, Inc, Warren/Forest Area Agency on Aging can help! Call her at (814) 723-3763, extension 123.

Remember to call ACC at 723-4180 by 11:00 am at least 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE to make your noon lunch reservations. A monthly meal calendar can be picked up at the center and meals can be reserved well in advance, just not less than 2 days in advance. The suggested reserved-meal donation for all those 60 and over is $3, those under 60 years of age pay $4/person. All noon lunches are well balanced and planned to provide maximum nutritional benefits. For more information about the ACC, programs call the number above or visit their website at http://www.alleghenycommunitycenter.com/.

For more information on Aging Services, call Experience, Inc., the Warren/Forest Area Agency on Aging at 814-723-3763 or visit their website at http://www.experienceinc.org/.

ACC AUXILIARY NEWS – The ACC Auxiliary is an advisory group that serves as the fundraising branch of the organization. They meet monthly to discuss programming and fundraising needs. Here are the current projects that they are working on:

They are collecting funds, any gift cards or lottery tickets to put on the fall “MONEY TREE” raffle. The raffle winner will be pulled on October 25th at the Eldercare Senior Expo.

A donation box for school items is at the ACC. Donations to the “MONEY TREE” can be brought to the ACC or mailed to the address above.

The Auxiliary will once again be collecting hats, mittens, and scarves for children this fall. You can drop off your handmade or purchased items at the center.

SAVE THE DATE: Representative Kathy Rapp will be at the ACC on October 17th @ 11:15 am to follow up with more Restore PA information.

ELDERCARE SENIOR EXPO – Save the date for the upcoming Expo to be held on October 25th from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the TAWC/ACC building at 42 Clark Street in Warren.

Volunteer Opportunities

Making a difference

at our local senior

community centers

We are looking for people who want to help in our community! Are you good with numbers? Become a volunteer in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in our area! You will receive specialized training from an IRS-certified VITA volunteer, so don’t worry if you don’t know that much about taxes! Volunteer roles include being a scheduler, a reviewer or a tax preparer. Call Sue at the ACC at 814-723-3237 if you are interested in finding out more about this rewarding opportunity.

Teach a class! – Have a hobby or skill that you would like to share? Call Sue at the ACC to talk about the possibilities!

Blankets for Babies, the Cancer Center and the Vets Hospital – love to knit, crochet or sew? The ACC collects and distributes blankets throughout our area to those in need.

Help at your local senior center with meal preparation, office work or just assisting the staff with cleaning! Call Sue at the ACC for more info at 814-723-3237.

Become an Ombudsman (which is Swedish for “citizen representative”) to be an advocate of elderly residents in Personal Care Homes, Nursing Facilities, Domiciliary Care Homes, and anyone receiving Long Term Care Services in the community. Interested? Call Joy at Experience, Inc. at 814-723-3763 ext. 125.

Learn how to help people with their Medicare and other State benefits as an APPRISE counselor. APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Pennsylvania’s Medicare Beneficiaries. APPRISE will help Pennsylvanians with Medicare understand their health insurance options and help them make sound decisions about what is best for them. Call Elaine Krill at Experience, Inc at 814-723-3763 ext. 123.

Lunches

The Warren-Forest Area Agency on Aging will serve the following lunch menu at senior centers throughout Warren & Forest counties for the week of 10/7-10/11: Allegheny Community Center in Warren – Monday: Baked Ziti & Meatballs with Sauce, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread & Cake; Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Club Sandwich, Broccoli Soup & Pears; Wednesday: Salisbury Steak, Cabbage and Noodles, Carrots, Bread & Fruit; Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork, Potatoes, Lima Beans, Bread & Sliced Apples. Chef salads are available every day as a meal option at the ACC. Marienville: Tues., Wed. & Thurs. meals from the ACC lunch schedule. Endeavor: Tues. & Wed., meals from the ACC lunch schedule, and Friday, the meal of Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Rolls & Fruit. Tidioute: Mon., Tues. & Thurs. from the ACC lunch schedule; Sheffield: Mon. & Thurs. meals from the ACC lunch schedule and Friday the meal of Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Rolls & Fruit.

Eligible participation is 60 years and older with a suggested meal donation of $3. Under 60 years of age, the cost is $4. Call AAA at 723-3763 for info about congregate meal sites center locations. The menu is subject to change if necessary.

Experience, Inc. — your Area Agency on Aging

Established in 1968, Experience, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, is dedicated to meeting the needs of senior citizens of Warren and Forest Counties. Experience, Inc. is a nonprofit company. They offer a wide variety of programs and services created for seniors to enhance the quality of life. Their services are designed with your long-term independence in mind. Their professional staff is here to help, plan, and coordinate your care.

Here is an explanation of the services provided by Experience, Inc., your area agency on aging:

IN-HOME CARE SERVICES – A professional Care Management staff provides service coordination care through an assessment plan of your needs.

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT–Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Experience, Inc. provides programs and services that can help by providing respite care and financial reimbursement for those who qualify.

HOME DELIVERED MEALS–Meals are delivered to older adults, those with disabilities, or anyone who qualifies by the inability to prepare a nutritious meal for themselves.

Personal Care and Home Support–Personal Care Services provides “hands-on” care in the home to individuals 60+ who are unable to independently meet their personal hygiene needs or perform activities of daily living. 

PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM–The Personal Emergency Response System or PERS, are home devices that connect older adults to a 24-hour call center with the push of a button.

SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTERS–Experience provides community supports in centers throughout Warren & Forest Counties – Nutrition and Health Programs, Socialization, Education & Personal Growth, Care Management for Aging Services, & Volunteer Opportunities.

For more information about these services, call Experience, Inc. at (814) 723-3763, extension 139, or visit 905 Fourth Ave. in Warren Monday through Friday.

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