For the retirees, Dec. 15, 2013

For the retirees, Dec. 15, 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 also is 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

OLLI classes. Registration began Dec. 12 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1800 S. Oak St., C. Courses start Jan. 27. Free parking. Half-year membership (Dec. 1-June 30), $90; another person in the same household can join for $70. Membership includes one free course and one free study group. Each additional course, $30, and each additional study group, $15. For information about other member benefits and a list of courses, call 244-9141 or visit http://www.olli.illinois.edu.

Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Jigsaw puzzles, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Euchre games, noon Tuesdays. Bingo, 1 p.m. third and fourth Thursday; bring a small prize. Limited number of free parking passes. Closed Dec. 25. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for details.

Health screening. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, CRIS Senior Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Free blood pressure screenings and question-and-answer with a registered nurse from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Dietician every third Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., 477-5220; 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Paxton Park District, 601 S. Fall St., 379-4203. Class taught by trained volunteers to help participants prepare to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by the 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. Fee for a full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.

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. Fatima Alao, neurologist at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. Free. To register, call 253-2323 or 1-877-223-6109.

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 at http://www.wesleypantry.org or call 344-1120.

Free computer classes. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Computers 101 class every third Saturday. One-on-one instruction for up to 10 adults seeking basic instruction. Participants may bring their own laptops or use the personal computers in the library's lab. Call 367-4405 or email reference@tufl.info to register.

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 the Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For information about programs to help 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 the 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 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.

TRANSPORTATION

Champaign-Urbana: Rides for grocery shopping in C-U limits and rides for Champaign County residents to medical appointments can be arranged by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Family Services at 352-5100.

The C-U Mass Transit District provides senior citizens with a special card for free bus transportation in C-U 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.

Books to Prisoners. Books to Prisoners, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U (lower level of the old post office), sends books to prison inmates throughout the state. Volunteers read inmates' letters, pick and pack books for mailing, coordinate book donations, or they may help staff a lending library at local county jail. Call RSVP, 359-6500.

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

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