For the retirees, Dec. 1, 2013

For the retirees, Dec. 1, 2013

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Robeson Pavillion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Jason Barickman, Illinois State Senator for the 53rd District, "An Update on the Status in Springfield." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.

Sadorus Senior Club meeting. 9 a.m. Tuesday, Senior Club, 115 E. Market St., Sadorus. Speaker: Dave Leake, planetarium director of William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, Champaign. Program, coffee and donuts.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Bev Wolfe. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Thursday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, 367-1544. Class taught by trained volunteers to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.

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.

Champaign County Teachers Association luncheon. Noon Thursday, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Sing-a-Long with special guest, Delta Kappa Gamma Xi Singers. Cost $13. Register by today. Contact Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or henryliz4147@comcast.net.

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors. 9:30 a.m. Friday, University of Illinois Extension Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Seniors can help ease the recovery process by planning and preparing an emergency kit specific to their needs beforehand. Lloyd Weston, FEMA community relations specialist, will present this program and share important information. Presented by Champaign County Home and Community Education. To register, call the Extension office, 333-7672.

Stevick Senior Center news. Holiday open house, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Enjoy seasonal music and refreshments. Call 359-6500.

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: Turkey patty with glaze or sauce, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, apricots, bread, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Baked ham, seasoned butter beans, bravo broccoli, diced pears and grapes, bread.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, ranch potatoes, seasoned greens, glorified rice salad, bread.

Thursday: Meat or cheese salad, hearty vegetable and lentil soup, sliced peaches, bread, crackers.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Wednesday.

TRANSPORTATION

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 Districtprovides 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

TRIAD/S.A.L.T. of Champaign County. Triad/S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) is a crime-fighting partnership between law enforcement and seniors that develops and implements effective crime prevention and education programs for older adults. The council meets once a month. If you are interested in serving on the council, please contact Emily at RSVP, 359-6500 or site.rsvp@gmail.com.

Bulk mailers needed. Working in small groups, volunteers are needed to aid local agencies with bulk mailings and special projects. Flexible schedules. Please contact Emily or Karen at RSVP, 359-6500, to sign up to be on our list for bulk mailings.

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