For the retirees March 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, 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.

Rantoul Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Urbana Garden Family Restaurant, 810 W. Killarney St., U. The program will address chapter closing, membership transfer subjects and a special 50th anniversary recognition of chapter service to members. Reservations not required. Call 893-3501 or 351-8890.

Rules of the Road. 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, Rantoul. Class taught by a trained volunteers to assist participants who are preparing to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.

Provena Powerful Living Series — Medicare While You Work. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Provena Center for Healthy Aging, Wellness Room, 410 E. University Ave., C. Are you eligible for Medicare (at 65), but continue to work? Local Senior Health Insurance Program counselors from the Provena Center for Healthy Aging and Champaign County Regional Planning Commission will provide an understandable explanation of how Medicare works with different types of employer insurance. Refreshments. Registration required. Call 337-2022.

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; March 26 at 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, March 27 at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C, and March 28 at 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. This is the second of four sessions in the series. 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.

Health screenings:

— Provena Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. HEALTHaware health risk assessments and screenings conducted by an registered nurse, resources on healthy living and Provena Covenant programs are available and participants will be given a comprehensive health status report with health recommendations. One initial free screening session per year. Free screenings in subsequent years if a VIP Advantage member. Eligibility: 55 and older. Registration required. Call 337-2022.

— 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.

Lifelong Learning. Sign up today to become a member of Lifelong Learning at Parkland College. With free membership receive advance mailings of the newsletter twice a year with descriptions of all of our Lifelong Learning class, Travelogues and programs of interest. Call 353-2055.

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: Polish sausage and bean stew, lettuce salad with green peppers and tomatoes, fruit cocktail, corn bread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Chicken cutlet, potato casserole, escalloped tomatoes, orange, bread.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

RSVP, 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.

Preschool Education Program Volunteers. If you would enjoy making a difference in a young child's life, volunteer to read to preschool children, individually or in small groups, with Champaign or Urbana Early Childhood Education Programs. Seniors are especially welcome as they serve a surrogate grandparent role in addition to helping students develop the academic skills needed to succeed in school. Contact Brandon or Karen, 359-6500, or rsvpchampaign@gmail.com.

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