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.
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.
Workshops. Noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, April 15 through May 6, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. 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. Attend one or all. $3 each at the door; May 6 program is free. Call 328-6767 to register.
Practical Assistance for Survivors. 3 to 4 p.m. today, far south barn, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. "Celebration of Daffodils," a free program to remember loved ones. PAS is a nonprofit 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.
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 for more information.
Brain Health. Monthly four-part series, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at each Extension office: Wednesday at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C, April 23 at 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, and April 25 at 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Designed to better understand our brains as we mature, 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.
Powerful Living Series — Do you suffer from headaches? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wellness Room, Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University, C. Jerry Pica, a physical therapist with Presence Covenant Rehabilitation Services, will talk about how physical therapy could help you get rid of your headaches. Call 337-2022.
Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Thursday, Paxton Park District, 601 S. Fall St., Paxton, 379-4203; 1:30 p.m. Friday, Chester P. Sutton Senior Center, 256 W. Court St., Paris, Ill., 465-8143. 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.
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.
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.
Free bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.
Free computer classes.9 to 10:30 a.m. April 20, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. "Computers 101" class every third Saturday. One-on-one instruction for up to 10 participants who may bring in their own laptops or use the personal computers in the library's computer lab. Call 367-4405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Love your heart presentation. 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 24, Presence Covenant Medical Center Auditorium, Urbana. Free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings start at 4:30 p.m.. Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Ronald Cossman will present "Surgical Treatment of Heart Disease," 5:30 p.m.; followed by a question-and-answer panel with heart health experts. Registration required. Call 877-737-4636.
Health screenings. Presence Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. HEALTHaware health risk assessments and screenings conducted by a registered nurse, resources on healthy living and Provena Covenant programs are available and receive 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.
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 Public 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: Swiss beef patty, parsley garlic potatoes, mexi-corn, rosy applesauce, bread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Glazed baked ham, twice baked potatoes, capri blend vegetables, banana, graham crackers, bread.
Wednesday: Beef and noodles, red cabbage with sour sauce, sunshine salad, fruit compote, bread.
Thursday: Turkey loaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, dilled carrots and beans, fruit, bread.
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.
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 email@example.com.