For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.
RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.
For information about activities or services at CRIS Senior Services, Danville, call 443-2999.
Information is also available from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 800-888-4456; Senior Resource Center at Family Service, 352-5100; Senior Services of Champaign County, 328-3313; and First Call for Help, 352-6300 or 893-1530.
Powerful Living Series — Keep your joints healthy. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wellness Room, Presence Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University Ave., C. At this free event, Dr. Steven Packard, orthopedic surgeon, will discuss tips and tricks for keeping your joints healthy this winter season. Free, but registration required. Call 1-877-737-4636.
Health screening. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, CRIS Senior Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Free blood pressure screening and question-and-answer with a registered nurse from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Dietician every third Wednesday. Call 443-2999.
Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday,Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola.Educational topic, complementary lunch, information from Health Care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Speaker: Dr. Robert Biggs, family medicine at Sarah Bush Lincoln Arcola Clinic. Free. To register, call 253-2323 or toll free at 1-877-223-6109.
Minds in Motion. Fall semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 19, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Activities and programs for older adults that are designed to improve or maintain cognitive, mental, and physical functioning. Also, a variety of social and recreational activities are offered. Free for a full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.
Free bingo at Stevick Center. 1 p.m. third and fourth Thursdays each month, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. The Stevick bingo regulars are looking for more players! Bring a small prize and join them. Call Debbie, 359-6500.
Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday,, parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green, Urbana. Monthly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Order of distribution is random, so there is no need to arrive early. Information: http://www.wesleypantry.org, 344-1120.
General Electric/Valmont Electric Christmas Dinner. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Harrison Park Clubhouse, Danville. Register by Wednesday. Dinner, $14. Membership, $5. All reservations must be paid. Mail fees to Carol Galyen, 123 Delaware Ave., Danville, IL 61832. Call 474-4837, 431-0287.
Health screenings. Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University Ave., C. The VIP Advantage program is just $10 per year, and includes a free annual health screening, including blood sugar, cholesterol, BP and more, conducted by a registered nurse. Also, access to special social programs, educational events, exercise programs and discounts to local businesses. Eligibility: 55 and older. Registration required. Call 337-2022.
Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (Family Service at 352-5100 or 359-4141 at night) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline, 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY, 1-888-206-1327. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 1-800-252-4343.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
Peace Meal Nutrition Program provides daily hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. for a small donation and a one-day advance reservation at various sites in Urbana, Champaign, Rantoul, Sidney, Mahomet and Homer.
The program is for people age 60 or older. For reservations or more information, call 800-543-1770.
Home-delivered meal clients will receive two meals every Thursday and will not have delivery of meals on Friday. Meals will not be served at the Peace Meal sites on Fridays to those clients who typically attend the congregate sites. Reservations for Monday will need to be made with the site by noon Thursday.
Monday: Sloppy Joe sandwich, kidney bean salad, diced buttered carrots, cinnamon applesauce, bun, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Sausage with gravy, seasoned tater rounds, buttered hominy, fruit juice, biscuits.
Wednesday: Swedish meatballs, buttered peas, California blend vegetables, fruit, bread, graham cracker.
Thursday: Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread, pumpkin parfait.
Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Thursday.
Champaign-Urbana: Rides for grocery shopping in Champaign-Urbana city limits and rides for Champaign County residents to medical appointments can be arranged by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Family Service at 352-5100.
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides senior citizens with a special card for free bus transportation in Champaign-Urbana and half-price taxi service. Call MTD at 384-8188 for more information.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Family Service, offers retirees in Champaign, Douglas and Piatt counties the opportunity for meaningful service. For more opportunities, call RSVP at 359-6500.
Receptionists for Stevick Senior Center. Smiling faces are needed to greet and answer phones for RSVP and Stevick Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Work a set schedule or substitute as needed, 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free parking is provided. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or email to email@example.com.
Senior Transportation Program drivers needed. Volunteers provide rides to medical appointments for seniors who are no longer able to drive themselves. Let us know what days or times of day you are available. Most rides are within the Champaign-Urbana area. Mileage reimbursement is available. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Tax-Aide. Volunteer tax preparers and greeters are needed for the coming tax season — no experience necessary. Training begins in January 2014. Work as much or little as your schedule allows from late January — April 15 at Stevick Center in downtown Champaign. Free parking. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or email@example.com.
Tax help. AARP Illinois is recruiting volunteers to help other state residents prepare and file their returns in the tax season ahead. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free face-to-face help for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60-plus. Volunteers are needed in Champaign-Urbana, Rantoul and Danville to prepare tax returns, greet people, maintain computers and other volunteer positions. Training in December and January. Go to http://www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer or call Jim Smith at 446-6978.