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May 1, 2020
Senior Center Update

A Note from Your Senior Center Administrator and Staff

Hello Friends,
 

During this stay-at-home order, we have very much missed seeing your faces and interacting with you all on a daily basis here at our Senior Center. We have been busy behind the scenes adapting our efforts to safely meet your needs while our doors are closed.

 

Our nutrition program continues. With the help of dedicated volunteers from Christ the King Vineyard Church, together with City of North Olmsted police officers and city staff, we are delivering meals—accompanied by smiles, waves and sometimes flowers and crossword puzzles—to our registered clients on a weekly basis. The program has grown from delivering meals to approximately 30 households per week to nearly 50 households, with demand rising.

 

We are all in this together! Our staff is available to assist you during this challenging time. You can reach 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

 
Support Series
We’re teaming up with the Far West Center to offer SENIORS STRONG BY PHONE. It’s a telephone version of the Seniors Strong series supporting emotional health and well-being. The free, four-part mental health information series will share ways to cope with the anxiety, isolation and stress we face during the COVID-19 epidemic. The simple, call-in format is open to a limited number of participants to allow for a lively discussion. 

Topics include: 
  • May 7 - Managing Isolation and Loneliness               
  • May 14 - Managing Anxiety                     
  • May 21 - Making Positive Changes for the “New Normal”    
  • May 28 - Caring for Your Health, Wellness and Resiliency
SENIORS STRONG sessions will be presented by Bob Piovarchy of the Far West Center. See our flyer for more information. For questions or to register, call Tiffany Hunt at (440) 716-4264.​
 
Walking Challenge

It’s time to get moving! The Senior Center is jump-starting its walking program this year with a fun challenge open to anyone who would like to participate. Starting the week of May 11th, keep track of your time walking in hours and minutes. This format will help those who do not own a fitness tracker or pedometer. At the end of each week on Friday, participants will report their walking times by calling Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz at (440) 716-5434 or emailing her at reitzb@north-olmsted.com. To register for the Walking Challenge, call or email Beth.

 

The participant logging the most time walking will receive a Panera gift card mailed directly to them compliments of Jamie McGinty, district manager of business development and clinical liaison, at Foundations Health Solutions. Learn more about Foundations Health Solutions and its seven local facilities at https://www.foundationshealth.net.

 
Boredom Busters

Puzzle and Book Lending Library

Are you in need of a puzzle or book to keep busy and challenge your mind? We have a variety of puzzles and books available to lend by appointment. Keep them as long as you need, and return them to our library 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.

 

Museum Virtual Tours

While we cannot currently travel, many museums around the world are offering virtual tours. Explore these world-class museum collections by visiting the links below.
 

The Louvre:
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

 

The Vatican:
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

 
Food Programs

Meals on Wheels

Westlake Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that delivers freshly prepared well-balanced meals to your home at an affordable cost. Two entrees (one hot and one cold) are available for delivery to your home between 11 a.m. to noon, five days a week. Westlake Meals on Wheels is a private-pay program operating without any government subsidy. The weekly meal delivery charge is $45 ($9 per day for one hot and one cold meal). To initiate delivery, call (440) 871-2551. A Recipient Intake Volunteer will contact you and gather delivery instructions, emergency contact, dietary needs and billing information. Visit the Westlake Meals on Wheels website for sample menus and additional information at: www.westlakemealsonwheels.org/meal-delivery.

 

North Olmsted Oxcart Pantry

The North Olmsted Oxcart Pantry provides food assistance to resident families and individuals experiencing need. Individuals and families qualified for assistance will be eligible to receive assistance every 30 days. Recipients must be an established resident (homeowner or renter with a lease agreement) of the City of North Olmsted. Recipients must meet certain income guidelines. Assistance is limited to one application per household. Please call (440) 716-4165 or visit the city’s website at: https://www.north-olmsted.com/oxcart-pantry/.

 

News You Can Use

Tax Filing Extension

The deadline for filing and paying for your federal, state and local taxes has been extended to July 15th. You can find federal filing information online for you and your family. You can get your tax record and view your account. You can also file electronically with e-File or do your federal taxes for free using Free File. Visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for more information. Learn more at: https://www.irs.gov.

 

Healthcare Access

Maintaining your health is very important. The governor’s statewide stay-at-home order was updated to lift hospital restrictions on medical care. Beginning May 1, 2020, all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimizes use of personal protective equipment may move forward. This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, outpatient surgeries, imaging procedures and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/governor-dewine-announces-details-ohios-responsible-restartohio-plan.


Preventing Scams

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has a resource guide to help you avoid scams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more at: https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Media/Coronavirus-Resources-Guidance.

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