For the retirees

For the retirees

Nov. 11, 2012

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.


Sign holiday cards to send to veterans. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Stop by to sign a card that will be distributed to veterans throughout the central Illinois and Indiana VA network of hospitals and clinics. An assortment of cards are available at no charge. Email or call 359-6500.

Toy drive. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Dec. 17, Stevick Senior Center. RSVP and the Stevick Center are collecting toys for The Salvation Army. Bring new, unwrapped toys.

Urbana Seniors Club trips. Nov. 13, Church Basement Ladies in Effingham, $66. Overnight travel: Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2013, Miami and Key West, $670 double; March 10-16, New Orleans, $559 double. Prices quoted are for club members. Join the club for a very small fee. Call travel chair Karen Hackett at 367-1394 for more information.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairbury VFW, 205 E. Locust, 815-692-4210. This is a free refresher course. No reservations are needed.

Understanding Medicare. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Piatt County Office Building Conference Room, 1111 N. State St., Monticello. Piatt County Services for Seniors and Piatt County Nursing Home are sponsoring a free seminar that will help you understand the basics of Medicare. Light refreshments will be provided. Optional question-and-answer session to follow.

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 Provena United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Physical therapist every second Wednesday. Call 443-2999 for more information.

Every Heart Matters Self-Care Course. 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 21, Provena Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. Free, two-part, self-care course discussing matters of the heart and vascular system where you can have your questions answered about the diagnosis and risk factors of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Healthy refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Call 337-2022 for more information.

Minds in Motion. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, through Dec. 20, 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. Lunch included. Fee for a full semester, $180; daily rate, $18. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078 for more information.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday,Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Hear an educational topic while enjoying a complementary lunch. Speaker: Dr. Donald Sandercock II, DO, orthopedic surgeon at Sarah Bush Lincoln Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, SBL Medical Office Pavilion, Mattoon.There will also be information from health care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." To register, call Jarman Center at 253-2323 or 877-223-6109, at least one day in advance.

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. For more information:, 344-1120.

Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspect 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 359-4141 at night) or the Illinois Department on Aging's toll-free number, 800-252-8966 (voice and TDD). Calls are kept confidential. If you suspect abuse in a a nursing home, phone Department of Pubic Health, 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 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: Barbecue sandwich, kidney bean salad, diced buttered carrots, applesauce, bun, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Chicken patty, baked squash, rice lentil pilaf, gelatin with fruit, bread.

Wednesday: Sausage gravy, seasoned tater rounds, buttered hominy, fruit juice, biscuit.

Thursday: Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, five-cup salad, bread dressing.

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.

Senior Transportation Program drivers needed. Volunteers provide rides for seniors who are no longer able to drive themselves. Drive to medical appointments and/or to the grocery store and help carry grocery bags if needed. Let us know what days or times of day you are available. Most rides are to and from the Champaign-Urbana area, but may extend throughout Champaign County. Mileage reimbursement is available. Call Cindy at Family Service Senior Resource Center, 352-0099, or Karen at RSVP, 359-6500, for more information.