VISIT A NURSING HOME WEEK: The Ohio Department of Aging has declared Dec. 24 to 31 as the sixth annual Visit a Nursing Home Week in Ohio and encourage all Ohioans to use the time between Christmas and New Year's Day to continue a tradition or develop a new habit of sharing their time and compassion with residents all year long.
Those wishing to participate may find facilities in their area by visiting the Long-term Care Consumer Guide at www.ltcohio.org or calling the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman at 800-282-1206.
HOWLAND SCHOOLS RETIREES TO?MEET:?Howland Schools Retirees will hold the first meeting of 2012 at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3 at Enzo's Restaurant. Those attending are asked to a bring nonperishable food item for Emmanuel Center. Suggestions are cans of soup or dry mix soup; cans of spaghetti, chili and ravioli; dry pasta; and packets or tins of hot chocolate.
Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $10, with a choice from three to four entrees offered. All retired school personnel, classified and nonclassified are welcome to attend the group's monthly lunch meetings. Spouses and guests of retirees are also welcome.
Retirees should return their response cards if they received one with their newsletter, or call Mary at 330-856-5226 by the Saturday prior to the meeting so an accurate count can be relayed to the restaurant.
AARP OFFERS REVIEW OF SKILLS: Trumbull County Senior Court AARP Driver's Safety Program offers a certified instructor to provide a review of driving skills and techniques as well as strategies to help seniors adjust to physical changes that may affect their driving ability. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.
Class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 13, at the Liberty Administration Building. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
To register, call 330-675-2616 or 330-469-4860. The program is co-sponsored by the Trumbull County Probate Court and the Area Agency on Aging 11.
GUARDIAN ANGELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Guardian Angels of Ohio, a volunteer program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, is looking for volunteers. Angel volunteers receive training to become advocates who reach out as friends to seniors who may need a friendly phone call, a visit in a nursing home, or a visit at home. Angels are also involved in planning special events for seniors, such as health fairs and Make A Difference day projects.
The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Perkins Family Restaurant, 1953 Niles Cortland Road S.E. (state Route 46), Howland. For further information, contact 330-675-2521 or go to www.trumbullprobate.org.
UFCW LOCAL 880 RETIREES MEET: The next regular meeting of UFCW Local 880 Retirees will be 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at Davidson's Restaurant, Cornersburg. Membership is open to all UFCW Local 880 Retirees. All UFCW Local 880 retirees can bring a guest. For questions, call 330-544-5656 or 330-788-2181.
AARP TAX-AIDE: AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation which is offered in conjunction with the IRS. This program provides free tax preparation for taxpayers who need assistance filing their tax returns for the Tax Year 2011.
The Tax-Aide program in Trumbull County is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation for the upcoming tax year. The Trumbull County program takes place at 11 sites throughout the county. No tax experience is needed as training will be provided.
Anyone interested in participating or for more information in this program for Trumbull County is asked to contact Pat Baldwin at 330-372-7488 or PBaldwin2@neo.rr.com. Information is also available at aarp.org/taxaide.
FREE HELP: Free help is being offered for those 60 and older from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Pembrook Place, 850 E. Midlothian Blvd.,Youngstown:
Applications for Utility Assistance (HEAP, PIPP, AT&T Lifeline, Utility Disconnection Assistance Referrals);
Advance Directives Education & Form Completion (Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare);
Medical Coverage Review (Medical Coverage Options, Medicare Part D and advantage Plans. Medicaid, Prescription Assistance Programs);
Support Groups (Alzheimer's Association and Caregivers Support Groups);
Questions about community resources.
Guest speaker will be Debbie Shurilla, senior independence. Light refreshments will be included. RSVP to 330-788-3038 by Jan. 9.
BE?A?SANTA?TO?A?SENIOR:?Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior - a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in the Youngstown / Boardman area.
Upcoming dates include delivery of gifts to seniors in the community today and Saturday.
FREE?LUNCHES?AVAILABLE:?Ward Center Presbyterian Church, 490 Lucy St., Masury, will serve free lunches for senior citizens 60 and older from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third and fourth Wednesdays of each month.
PERI TO?MEET:?PERI?will meet at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 15 at DiLucia's Restaurant, 2610 Elm Road N.E., Warren. There is no speaker due to a Christmas party. Reservations are needed by calling Sally at 330-898-1585 or Barbara at 330-372-2603.
VAN?HUFFEL?AND?VANEX?TUBE?EMPLOYEES?MEET:?Former Van Huffel and Vanex Tube employees meet at 8 a.m. Fridays at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road N.W., Champion. For more information, call Jim Franklin at 330-856-4231.
MEAL?SITES?AVAILABLE:?The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at 10 locations throughout Trumbull County. These sites provide a meal and the opportunity for socialization. Donations will be accepted.
Any senior citizen 60 and older and spouses of those 60 and older are welcome for lunch at any of the following sites:
For more information or to make reservations two working days in advance before 3 p.m., call 330-675-2486.
The menu for the week is:
TODAY: Closed for Christmas
TUESDAY: Southwest meatloaf, cheesy mashed potatoes, sliced carrots, wheat bread, applesauce
WEDNESDAY: Penne pasta with sauce, meatballs, green beans, shredded lettuce with Italian dressing, Italian bread, diced pears
THURSDAY: Teriyaki chicken, au gratin potatoes, oriental mix vegetable, rye bread, mixed fruit.
DEC. 23: Kielbasi with mustard, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, Diamond Jim bun, diced peaches
THOMAS STEEL RETIREES MEET: Thomas Steel Retirees Club meets 9 a.m. the third Monday of each month at the Wayside Restaurant. The next meeting will be held Dec. 19.
CLASS OF 1959 MEETS MONTHLY: The Niles McKinley High School class of 1959 meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month in the meeting room of the Perkins on state Route 46 across from the Eastwood Mall.
WGH 1959 CLASS MEETS: The Warren G. Harding High School class of 1959 meets at 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Reef. For more information, call Pat Zoccali at 330-647-5103.
BUILDING PRODUCTS RETIREES TO MEET: Niles Building Products Retirees meet the second Wednesday of each month at Scenna's Restaurant, 1901 N. State St., Niles.
OLD TIMERS MEET MONTHLY: The Old Timers meet at noon every third Thursday of the month at Lamacusa's. For more information, call Mickey at 330-545-8279.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: Lake Vista of Cortland Bereavement Support Group meets from 1 to 2 or 6 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the multipurpose room of Park Place.