Golden Times


Staff report



HUBER HEIGHTS – Golden Times is a calendar of events for the Huber Heights Senior Center located at 6428 Chambersburg Road.

PRESENTATION

Senior Organizing Solutions

Olive Wagar, professional organizer, returns for another visit to help seniors learn to simplify life, preserve memories, reduce paper piles, eliminate safety hazards, and rightsize to this season of life! Join her at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, for useful and creative solutions to fit your lifestyle. If you think you may attend, please call the center beginning April 7 to help us prepare seating and refreshments. Open to the community.

The program and refreshments are sponsored by Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home in Tipp City.

PRESENTATION

Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Suppliers

Zachary Frymier, public information officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), will discuss resources that help you understand your utility service, including consumer protection tips, consumer rights and responsibilities, payment assistance programs and weatherization programs and the opportunity to select alternative electric and natural gas suppliers.

Zachary travels throughout Ohio educating consumers on Ohio’s competitive supply marketplace and other utility-related issues. Join him at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the senior center. Please call the center to help us plan seating. Open to the community.

TAX ASSISTANCE

Free income tax preparation by VITA/AARP Tax-Aid Volunteers is available at the Huber Heights Senior Center. All volunteers are IRS certified. Taxes are done Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 233-9999 to make an appointment. If you request a specific tax counselor, this may increase your waiting time. Taxes for farms or businesses are not prepared.

Please bring: documents for ALL sources of income (wages, interest, dividends, stocks, social security, gambling winnings, etc.) If planning to itemize deductions, expense information on things like medical, property taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions is needed. Even if not itemizing, bring medical and property tax information. It is essential to bring a copy of your previous tax return, picture ID, social security card, and medical insurance card.

HEARING CHECK UP

The next screening day will be Thursday, April 14. Please call 233-9999 to make an appointment. A basic hearing screening is conducted and hearing aids are examined by the Fairborn Hearing Clinic. Minor repairs may be made on site. Open to seniors in the community.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PAIN

Chronic Pain Management Workshop

A six-week workshop, offered by the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, will be held from 9-11:30 on Mondays starting April 25 (no class May 30). There is no charge for those 60 and over but donations are accepted. Those under 60 must pay a $20 fee. Those who complete the workshop receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain and a Moving Easy CD.

The Healthy U Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop helps people develop the skills and coping strategies to better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. It is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills.

The workshop focuses on pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your pain. Moving Easy, a gentle movement program, is introduced in week three. Participants learn to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, and social support.

Registration: the workshop is open to adults of any age who have chronic pain and/or their caregivers. Space is limited; register by contacting the senior center at 233-9999. Those who attend at least four sessions and are present at the final session on June 6 will be entered in a $25 Visa gift card drawing.

TABLE TENNIS

The fun-loving table tennis players are extending a welcome for more members to play this enjoyable game at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and/or Thursdays. It is casual, good exercise, and fun! Please call Bob at 236-0342 or the center if you have any questions.

TAI CHI & GOLDEN QI (Chair Chi)

A beginner level Tai Chi class will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays starting May 27. Cost is $30 per person for the eight week session and is due when registration begins May 6. Open to members only. This ancient Chinese exercise is taught by Sue and Bill McCabe from TAMA Martial Arts and may help to improve your flexibility, balance, focus, and strength. Note: class held off-site on April 15.

Golden Qi (Chair Chi) is offered at no cost from 9:45-10:30 on Fridays for those who cannot stand for long; it is important to be seated by 9:45 a.m. Note: no class May 6.

BLOOD PRESSURE & SUGAR

Feel welcome to walk in for the following screening (no fasting required). Open to seniors in the community. Unavoidable short-notice cancellations may occur at times.

2nd Monday: April 11, 9:45 -10:30 with blood pressure and sugar checks by The Laurels of Huber Heights.

ADVANCED DIRECTIVES DAY

Living Wills & Health Care Power of Attorney

You will be able to complete a living will and health care power of attorney at the senior center on Wednesday, May 11. From 1-1:30 p.m., elder law attorney, George Lovett, will explain these documents and answer questions. His paralegal team will complete and notarize your paperwork and you will receive the original document the same day. You can then make your own copies for your family and doctor. Please bring with you the name, address, and phone number of any people you want listed on the documents. If you prefer, you can take the completed documents home and have them notarized elsewhere.

In order to know how many paralegals to provide, please register April 7 – May 5 either in person or by calling 233-9999. Open to seniors in the community. Please call by May 5 if you need to cancel

BEGINNER LINE DANCE

Join in the fun and learn to line dance from Rose Winkler. This popular activity includes a variety of music and dance steps. A new eight week session begins April 28. Cost is $15 and due when registration starts April 4. Open to senior center members only. Class is held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays. This activity provides a fun way to get some exercise and the class has a great time!

BINGO BASH SOCIAL

Dinner will be catered by Christy’s and begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Bingo will follow at approximately 7 p.m. Each participant will be issued two bingo cards (no charge, no choice of cards) and the Board approved $150 in prize money! This casual gathering is relaxed and fun. If you do not play bingo, you can come for dinner and visit before the game starts.

The menu includes chicken cordon bleu, Swiss steak, parsley new potatoes, green bean casserole, broccoli raisin salad, coconut cream, chocolate, butterscotch, cherry cheesecake mini tarts. Tickets cost $12 and will be sold April 11 through May 10. Guest tickets may be purchased beginning May 5 if any remain.

CONGREGATE LUNCH

Membership not required; open to community

There is no need to eat alone when you can enjoy a nutritious meal and the company of other seniors in a casual and friendly setting.

The Huber Heights Senior Center is a site for the congregate meal program sponsored by Senior Resource of $2 is suggested from those aged 60 and up. Those under 60 are required to pay $4.65 unless certain eligibility requirements are met. Lunch is open to the public and served 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Milk and/or water are included. Coffee is provided by the senior center for 25 cents for the first cup with free refills. A donation of $2 is suggested from those aged 60 and up. Those under 60 are required to pay $4.65 unless certain eligibility requirements are met. Please call the center at 233-9999 by 12 p.m. the day before the meal to make a reservation or to cancel. The menu is posted on the bulletin board, take home menus are available, or you can call the center for more information.

COMPUTER FIRST AID

Do you need help with your computer, Kindle, Nook, eBooks, cell phones, or any of the current electronic computer devices including games? Drop in from 10-11 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month (April 7) and be prepared with your specific questions. Please bring your device with you if possible. Please note that this is not a computer class.

TERRIFIC TRIPS

Senior center members may register the first ten days. After that, non-member seniors ages 50 and up and those ages 21-49 accompanying a senior, may register for any remaining seats.

May 18 Mystery Trip

Sh-h-h-h – it’s a secret! Cost is $37. Registration due by April 25. Note: no open toed shoes, sandals, shorts, tank tops or sleeveless shirts.

July 11-15 Lancaster Show & Dutch Country

Please call the center to be placed on the standby list.

August 10 Brett Family Show

The Bretts Family has been performing in Branson for 16 years and has won many awards. These performers offer music, dance, comedy, and lots of energy. This trip includes the show and lunch. The bus can provide seating for two people in wheelchairs. Departure time is 11 a.m. with approximate return time of 6:30 p.m. Cost is $69. Registration will begin May 10 for members and May 24 for non-members. Final day to register is July 8.

Oct. 17-21 Nashville

Save the date for this entertaining trip. Highlights include a tour of Nashville, a stop at the Parthenon, ride on the Delta Flatboat inside the Opryland Hotel, show at the Grand Ole Opry, tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, Johnny Cash Museum, dinner and show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, a Grand Ole Opry Behind the Scenes Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame, and more. Cost is $572 rooming double and $752 single.

Member registration: numbers will be handed out at 12 noon to those seated in line and registration will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29. There is a deposit of $75. Non-members may register May 13.

CREATIVE IMPRESSIONS ART SHOW

Open to Public

The Huber Heights Arts & Beautification Commission is once again sponsoring a free community-wide art show. The Creative Impressions Art Show will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Huber Heights Senior Center. All types of media will be on display with some also for sale. Light refreshments will be provided and live harp music will enhance the event.

For those wishing to display artwork, all types of media will be accepted and you must register by April 1 to reserve table space. Registration info is available at Facebook.com/HHABC or contact Margie Muhl at City Hall at 233-1423. Registration forms are also available at the senior center.

PRESENTATION

Severe Weather Preparation

Huber Heights Fire Chief, Mark Ashworth, will provide relevant information on preparing for severe weather and explain how Code Red works, how tornado warnings are determined, how to decide on the safest locations for protection, and much more. Join him at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the Huber Heights Senior Center. Open to the community.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate in center activities and to receive the monthly newsletter, you must be a current member. Dues are $20 (checks preferred); there is no extra charge for non-residents. Renewal is dueevery January. Please make sure that you receive a new membership card when you join or renew (includes honorary members). Those joining for the first time will receive a welcome packet (one per family). All are required to sign a general liability waiver.

New members are welcome anytime; seniors must be at least fifty to join and their younger spouses are welcome to join. Those turning 90 by March 1 are honorary and not charged the membership fee; however, an application must be on file and updated every January.

Interested seniors may be permitted to visit three times before joining. Dues are reduced to $5 October 1 through December 31 for first-time applicants onlywith the full renewal fee of $20 due in January

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Staff report

Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or their website at www.huberseniorcenter.org.

Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or their website at www.huberseniorcenter.org.