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May 15, 2020
Senior Center Update

A Note from Your Senior Center Administrator and Staff

Hello Friends,
 

During our continued building closure, we are staying connected to you—our clients and Senior Center family—virtually and through door-to-door services like our nutrition program and puzzle and book lending library.

 

Our team has coordinated with our community partners to provide online programming to support your health and well-being. We’ve also brainstormed some fun activities to keep you moving and entertained.

 

Since we can’t be together in person, we recorded a video message to share with you. Watch our video here.

 

We are here to help! Reach out to us by email or phone.

 

Jackie Chavez-Anderson, Administrator

andersonj@north-olmsted.com

(440) 716-5444

 

Tiffany Hunt, Outreach Coordinator

huntt@north-olmsted.com

(440) 716-4264
 

Beth Reitz, Activities Coordinator

reitzb@north-olmsted.com

(440) 716-5434

 

Stay safe and healthy,

Jackie, Tiffany, Beth and Tim

 
Face Mask Donation
Pins and Needles sewing and quilting store, with locations in North Olmsted, Middleburg Heights and Mayfield Heights, has generously donated an assortment of handmade fabric face masks to the Senior Center. These fabric masks are made with ties, machine washable, and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. They are not hospital grade and are not designed to prevent infection. If you need a face mask, call us to make an appointment to pick one up. After you make an appointment, a mask will be placed in a bag with your name on it in our front door vestibule area. To make an appointment for pick up, call the Senior Center at (440) 777-8100.
 
Support Programs

Seniors Strong

Our SENIORS STRONG BY PHONE series with the Far West Center continues through May. Take advantage of this free, mental health information series to learn ways to cope with stress during the COVID-19 epidemic. The simple, call-in format is open to a limited number of participants to allow for a lively discussion. Remaining sessions are from 10 to 11 a.m.:

  • May 21 - Making Positive Changes for the “New Normal”  
  • May 28 - Caring for Your Health, Wellness and Resiliency                                

See our flyer for more information. To register, call Tiffany Hunt at (440) 716-4264.


Conference Call Benefits 101

Join outreach coordinator Tiffany Hunt to learn about benefit programs through phone conference calls. Anyone with a telephone can call in. Participants can ask questions or follow up with individual phone appointments where Tiffany can assist in completing applications or answering more personal questions.

  • May 26, 11 a.m - noon - Utilities: Topics include the Home Energy Assistance Program, Homestead Water Rate and supplier comparisons
  • June 9, 11 a.m. - noon - Food: Topics include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Greater Cleveland Food Bank, accessing local food pantries and free produce distribution

No registration is required. Call 1-978-990-5405 at 11 a.m. and enter access code 2959031# when prompted.

Stay Connected Program
Ohio Department of Aging announced its Stay Connected program, which will provide a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans ages 60 or older. If no one answers after three attempts, a call is made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services. The service can be canceled at any time. Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance. Eligible Ohioans can sign up by calling 1-800-266-4346 or online here.

Transportation Services
Just a reminder that Senior Transportation Connection is available to provide rides to doctor visits. Call (216) 265-1489 to book your next ride. Learn more about what STC has to offer, here.

We Thrive Together
We Thrive Together is an online resource designed to reduce isolation and increase socialization of individuals ages 50 and older in our community. Learn more about free online events and activities available here.

Medicare Webinars
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) provides Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information, one-on-one counseling and educates consumers about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage options, Medicare supplement insurance. Turning 65? New to Medicare? Join OSHIIP for a “Welcome to Medicare” webinar. Webinars are offered several dates and times through June. Learn more here.

 
Education and Fitness

Virtual Seminar: Lessons Learned from the Blue Zones

The Senior Center will share education and entertainment through Zoom, a web-based platform for virtual programming. Our first presentation is “Lessons Learned from the Blue Zones” on Wednesday, May 27th at 11 a.m. Presented by Susan Uranker-Todd from Brookdale Senior Living, this program will help participants learn about “Blue Zones” and research findings from studying these diverse demographic and/or geographic areas of the world where people live measurably longer, healthier lives.

 

To register, contact Tiffany Hunt at (440) 716-4264 or huntt@north-olmsted.com. Join the Zoom meeting at the designated time by clicking here. If you are new to Zoom, download the application first by visiting zoom.us and clicking “Sign up for Free” or click the Zoom link and you will be prompted to download the application.

 

Geri-Fit Fitness Video
Join Carol Silvay, Senior Center Geri-Fit exercise instructor, for a fun video to help keep you moving! Put on your fitness clothes, grab your water and hand weights, if you have them. Then stretch, strengthen your muscles and get your heart pumping. To begin the 34-minute exercise video, click here.

 
Reading Programs

Online Book Discussion

The North Olmsted Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is moving its book discussion online. On Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m., participants will discuss “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. Join the virtual conversation using Skype. To register and get a link to join the discussion, send your email address to NOLmgr@cuyahogalibrary.org. You can borrow and read the title digitally here.

 

Summer Reading Program

Beginning June 1st, the Senior Center is holding a summer reading program and contest. During the months of June, July and August, participants keep track of how many books they read each month. Registered participants will have the opportunity to win a Barnes & Noble gift card compliments of Caroline James, business development specialist of Independence Village in Avon Lake. At the end of each month, participants must contact Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz by phone or email so she can record each participant’s monthly number of books read. The person reading the most books will receive the gift card for that month. Registration is required in order to win a prize. To register, contact Beth at (440) 716-5434 or email reitzb@north-olmsted.com.

 

Entertainment and Enrichment

Staff Recommended Podcast

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast features many favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country.

 

“I enjoy this podcast and like that some of the stories are relatively short, under 20 minutes. The storytellers are wonderful at their craft and keep your interest as they share their tales. Each story is told by a different person from their perspective and can be hilarious, sad or inspirational. If you enjoy a good story, give this podcast a listen!”

—Tiffany Hunt, outreach coordinator

 

Tune in here.

 

Cleveland Orchestra Podcast

The Cleveland Orchestra is recognized as one of the best orchestras in the world, noted for its musical excellence and for its devotion and service to the Northeast Ohio community it calls home. Cleveland Orchestra musicians and its music director share stories about the music that shaped their lives here.


Broadway Performances

For Broadway musical/Stephen Sondheim fans, we share this link to Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration. Enjoy two-plus hours of the best of Sondheim sung by the best of Broadway here.
 

Puzzle and Book Lending Library

We have a variety of puzzles and books available to lend by appointment. Keep them as long as you need, and return them when you are ready. To make an appointment to pick up a puzzle or book at our front door, please call the Senior Center at (440) 777-8100.

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