For the retirees, Aug. 13-19, 2017

For the retirees, Aug. 13-19, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

For information about activities or services at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville, call 217-443-2999, email, or visit

Information is also available from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 800-888-4456; Senior Resource Center at Family Service, 217-352-5100; Senior Services of Champaign County, 217-328-3313; and First Call for Help, 217-893-1530; or call 211, a new non-emergency number that connects Champaign County callers with free information and referrals for community services.


Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday. Euchre games, noon Tuesday. Adult coloring, second and fourth Wednesday. Bingo, 1 p.m. on the third, fourth and fifth Thursday, bring a small prize. Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 217-359-6500.

Connections Café. 9:45 to 11:35 a.m. Monday,Hays Center, C. A pop-up, free, fun, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends while learning about resources and wellness opportunities for seniors. Free coffee, blood-pressure and vital checks. All seniors are welcome. Call 217-239-5201.

Caregivers Support Group. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 29, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. A facilitated group which helps those responsible for the care of others to discuss their experiences and frustrations as well as share tips and information with each other. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Call 217-893-3955.

Rules of the Road. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, 217-893-5702; 1 p.m. Thursday, Paxton Park District, 601 S. Fall St., 217-379-4203. Class to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. The Alzheimer's Association of Bloomington will discuss detection, causes and risk factors, disease stages, treatment and more. Call 217-485-5558.

Garden Share offers free produce to seniors. 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 27, rain or shine, at CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin Ave., Danville, for Danville area; and 10 to 11 a.m. same day/dates, at Georgetown Township building, 1805 N. Main St., Georgetown, for southern Vermilion County area. Pick up free, fruits, vegetables and herbs through Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Faith in Action's program. No cost, but donations are accepted. Call Ashton Greer at 217-431-8489.

Breakfast on the Patio. 7:30 to 9 a.m. (speaker starts at 8:30 a.m.) Thursday, CRIS HealthyAging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. With Jim Kouzmanoff on "Vermilion County War Museum." Menu: bacon and spinach egg muffins, corned beef hash, crunchy berry parfait. Suggested donation for breakfast, $2.75. Call 217-443-2999 or email by noon Wednesday.

Senior Happy Hour. 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. Adults 60 and older are invited to join us on the third Thursday of each month to get together for a little afternoon fun and a free ice cream social/sundae bar. Co-sponsored by Champaign Urbana Nursing & Rehab. Call 217-485-5558.

It's Coffee Time. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays, first-floor meeting room, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. This program is geared for adults, 60 and older. Enjoy a sociable hour of hot coffee or tea, with conversation, sometimes including music, adult coloring, poetry reading and board games. Free. Call 217-477-5220.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Hoopeston Public Library, 110 N. 4th St. Part of an eight-week course offered by CRIS Healthy-Aging Center for those dealing with health issues such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Refreshments served. Free. Registration encouraged. Contact Lisa Rogers at 217-443-2299 or email

Knitting Drop-in Days. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Phillips Recreation Center, James Room, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Open to all knitters who want to gather together. Free. Call the Urbana Park District at 217-367-1544.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Educational topic, complimentary lunch, information from Health Care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Speaker: Podiatric physician Joseph S. Borreggine, DPM, at Charleston, also at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, and recently became a provider for Preferred Podiatry Group, PC, based in Northbrook, specializing to provide foot care to nursing home, assisted living and group home facilities throughout Illinois. To register, call Jarman Center at 217-253-2323 or 1-877-223-6109.

Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused in any way is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (in this area, Family Service at 352-5100) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For general 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 (hearing-impaired use only), 1-888-206-1327. Calls are kept confidential. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 1-800-252-4343.


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 (home-delivered only) and Homer.

The program is for people age 60 or older. For reservations or more information, call 800-543-1770.

Reservations for Monday will need to be made with the site by noon Friday.

Monday: Roast beef in gravy, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, dinner roll, pineapple, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Saucy ham loaf, creamed peas and onions, corn, bread, graham crackers, cantaloupe.

Wednesday: Meatballs with tangy barbecue sauce, honey glazed baby carrots, kidney bean salad, Texas toast, warm cinnamon pears.

Thursday: Chicken parmesan, au gratin potatoes, midori blend vegetables, Texas toast, fruit.

Friday: Sub sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo packet, broccoli soup, perky cottage cheese, crackers and bun, fruit salad.


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 217-352-5100.

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 217-384-8188 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 or for information about the following opportunities, call 217-359-6500 or email at

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Located at 116 N. First St., C, is open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every day. Volunteer shifts available for food prep, serving and cleanup at your convenience any time starting from 9 a.m. and until 3 p.m. Food Bank delivery: Volunteer shifts available to drive to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank to pick up groceries and deliver to Daily Bread. Call 217-359-6500.

Courage Connection: (Domestic Violence/Homeless Services). Playgroup volunteers needed for (Domestic Violence), 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, and (Homeless Services) shifts, 9 to 11 a.m. and 4:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Clerical/front desk/office assistant needed for two shifts, 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Domestic Violence Shelter: 40 hours training required. Thrift Store at Lincoln Square: Three hour shifts available, call for days.

Money Management Program at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center. Seeking volunteers in Champaign and Vermilion counties to work with senior citizens needing assistance with managing their household finances. Applications for volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis. Call 217-355-1543 (Champaign) or 217-443-2999 (Danville) or email