For the retirees March 24, 2013

For the retirees March 24, 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 tax preparation. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available. Free for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those more than 60 years old. Call 359-6500.

Senior exercise. 9 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Strong for Life program is used. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville.Class taught by 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.

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. Pharmacist every fourth Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Brain Health. Monthly four-part series, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at each Extension office; Tuesday at 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, Wednesday at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C, and Thursday 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.

Minds in Motion. Spring semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, through May 30, 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. Fees: Full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Lunch included. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.

Free bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325, for more information.

Workshops. Noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, April 8 through May 6, Anita Purves nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave., U. Long Term Care Insurance, April 8. New Illinois Laws/Change to Advance Directives, April 25. Estate Planning Basics, Part II, April 22. Clearing the Clutter. Stop the Hoarding, April 29. Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud, May 6. $3 at the door; five program is free. Call 328-6767 to register.

Practical Assistance for Survivors. 3 to 4 p.m. April 14, far south barn, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. "Celebration of Daffodils," a free program to remember loved ones. PAS is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to anyone who has experienced a loss or who is preparing for their own death. They offer education and outreach to the community. Call 328-6767.

Urbana Seniors Club trips. Day trip: April 17, "Menopause, the Musical" at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis, price to be announced. Prices quoted are for club members. Join the club for a very small fee. Call travel chair Karen Hackett at 367-1394.

Free home visit service expanding. Home Visit Program is an initiative by senior care professionals at Canterbury Ridge Assisted Living, Urbana, that's designed to check on the well-being of older people throughout the region.Emeritus connects the senior and family with the proper resources and services to provide assistance. Call 328-3150, to request a visit to a local senior.

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: Barbecue riblet, baked beans, creamy cole slaw, diced peaches and pears, bun, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, copper carrots, pea salad, pineapple tidbits, bread.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, capri blend veggies, fruit gelatin, bread.

Thursday: Salisbury beef patty, hot German potato salad, pickled beets, fruit, bread.

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.

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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