For the retirees Feb. 17, 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

Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Computer station,sewing corner and 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. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for details.

Indoor walking. 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. Bridle Brook Assisted Living opens its doors to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela, 586-3200.

Provena Powerful Living Series — Your Heart Matters. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Provena Center for Healthy Aging, Wellness Room, 410 E. University Ave., C. Christie Clinic cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kocheril and Diane Genthner, RN, BSN, MSHA will present information on matters of the heart. Heart healthy refreshments provided. Free. Registration required. Call 337-2022.

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. Dietitian every third Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

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.

Brain Health. Monthly four-part series, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at each Extension office, starting Feb. 26 at 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, Feb. 27 at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C, and Feb. 28 at 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Designed to better understand our brains as we mature, full of tips and strategies to improve and maintain brain function. Participants encouraged to attend all four sessions. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or call the Extension Office, Vermilion at 422-8615, Champaign at 333-7672 or Ford-Iroquois at 815-268-4051.

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 nursing home, phone Department of Pubic Health, 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: Closed for President's Day holiday.

Tuesday: Chicken cutlet, potato casserole, escalloped tomatoes, orange, bread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Wednesday: Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit crisp, bread.

Thursday: Barbecue riblet, green beans, buttered carrots, fruit, bun.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Thursday.

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 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.

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.

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 Karen or Brandon at RSVP, 359-6500.

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