Gazette 2014 Feb.pdf - Middletown Senior Center

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					February 2014

                               Celebra ng 60 years of service to the community!

               Middletown Senior Center
            3907 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45044 (513) 423-1734

                                          Welcome New Members! (As of December 31, 2013)
The Executive
                                           Be y Baldwin, Fred Denniston, Ellio Ferrell, Kimberly LaGory,
Director’s Desk                           Thomas LaGory, and Jim Warner.

Dear Members:                             Lyric Theatre returns for Valentine’s Day Weekend!
  So far in 2014, we have experienced     “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” is a hilarious and some-
the winter of all winters. We have         mes touching look at love, sex, and human nature. It promises to be a fun-filled
closed the Center several mes due to      evening with dinner, door prizes, games and comedy galore! Shows are scheduled
bad weather and altered meal deliv-       for Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
eries. Makes one long for the hot dog     with the dinner buffet open at 6:45. The show begins at 7:45. Admission is $25
days of August! We can’t change the       and ckets are available by calling Middletown Lyric Theatre at 513-425-7140 OR
weather, but as a reminder tune in to     you may pick up an order form at the Center.
TV Middletown (cable channel 24) or
WKRC Channel 12 Cincinna for clos-        Free Tax Prep in February
ings. If Middletown City Schools are in
session, we follow their closings and     IRS Cer fied Tax Preparers provided by Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinna and
delays.                                   the United Way will be at the Center in February to prepare your tax return. If you
                                          earned less than $52,000 in 2013 you are eligible for this free assistance. The tax
 In this month’s newsle er you will
                                          folks will be here Monday, February 10 from 9:30–3:00; Wednesday, February 19
find our annual campaign brochure
                                          from 9:30–3:00; and Friday, February 28 from 9:30–3:00. You must make an ap-
 tled “There is no place like home.”
                                          pointment at the Recep on Desk for this service.
Please take me to review the sto-
ries in this brochure. Do they sound
familiar? Maybe you’d like to help
with a dona on to make “home” a
viable op on for another senior in our
community? Your help is always wel-
comed and appreciated.
 A BIG Thank You to donors who
An Emotional Journey                        Seniors Pay-It-Forward:
“An Emo onal Journey - Caring For a
Loved One With Alzheimer’s Type De-                       The Great Cereal Bowl
men a,” is a dynamic video being pre-
sented by Hospice Care of Middletown.
On Wednesday, February 26th @ 10:00         If you haven’t had a chance to contribute to The Great Cereal Bowl, you’re in luck.
a.m. this 50-minute video will be           We will be accep ng dona ons of boxes of cereal un l February 6th in the Center
shown in the Conference Room and            lobby.
offers insight to anyone who cares for,
or has cared for, anyone with Alzhei-
mer’s/demen a. Refreshments will be         We are collec ng boxes of cereal
served. There will be me for ques ons       to help the Louella Thompson
and answers following the video. If you     Dream Center Feed the Hungry
have any ques ons or would like to          Project with its mission. Just like
a end, please call Judy Vincent, LSW at     100 yards is a touchdown in foot-
513-424-2273.                               ball, 100 boxes of cereal is our
                                            “touchdown” in the Great Cereal
                                            Bowl. We are cheering our team
Medicare Questions?                         on to make mul ple touchdowns!
It’s not too late to have your Medicare
ques ons answered, and Ginger Raby
will be at the Center on Tuesday, Feb-      We’ll wrap up The Great Cereal Bowl with an evening of entertainment. At Febru-
ruary 4th at 2:00 p.m. to help you get      ary 6th’s Thursday night dance featuring Live Your Dream, we will offer discount
some answers. Perhaps your doctor           admission from the usual $5 to the reduced price of $3 for anyone bringing a box
has been removed from your current          of cereal to the dance. All the boxes collected will be presented at the dance to a
plan, or maybe your co-pays are too         representa ve from the organiza on. Come on out and let’s boogie to some of
costly. Whatever the ques on, Ginger        the greatest hits from the 1960s to today!
will be happy to help. No appointment
                                                  How to Maximize Social Security Income
Kroger Rewards                                    Couples & singles will learn both fundamentals and li le-known claiming
The Middletown Senior Center is a                 techniques about how to maximize their life me Social Security income and
member of the Kroger Community Re-                survivor benefits. Join Bill Schaufert and Brian Neff for this educa onal and
wards Program which means we re-                  informa ve seminar on Thursday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. Please sign up
ceive income every me an enrolled                 at the Recep on Desk.
par cipant shops at Kroger. This is a
great way for us to earn money without
it cos ng our members or friends any-     Holiday Card Collection
thing extra, and it does not affect your   We’ll s ll be collec ng your holiday cards through February, so please bring them in
Kroger Plus Card rewards. Kathryn         a er you’ve enjoyed them. One of our members, Donna Barker, will get them orga-
Wood, our VISTA worker, will be happy     nized to send to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nevada (not affiliated
to assist you with your enrollment. Let   with St. Jude’s Hospital). The kids then cut out the pictures to make new cards, note-
the Recep on Desk know and they’ll        pads and sta onery which they then sell. To date, we have A LOT of cards, and we
call Kathryn to help (bring your Kroger   thank you, and Donna, for your support!
card). OR, go to and
follow the links to sign up. Thanks!
Center Stage >>>                             Billiards Results
                                             January Blind Draw Tournament                December Scottish Doubles
Upcoming Entertainment                       Winners: Steve Hughes, Ron VanArsdale
Entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. unless                                                  Tournament
                                             Runners-up: J.R. McClellan,                  Winners: Steve Hughes,
                                                                              Les         Jerry Addison
Thu. 2/06        Live Your Dream                                              Helsley     Runners-up: Arnold Hollon,
                                                                                          Les Helsley
Wed. 2/12        Golden Notes Perform
                                             Crafty Corner >>>
                 12 noon

Thu. 2/13        Kenny Rogers & The Del-
                                             Arts & Crafts
                 bert Barker Band            Cra Room sales for December were $647.75. With all the wintery weather be
                                             sure to stop by the gi shop and check out all the hats, scarves and afghans. Such
                                             a beau ful way to stay warm in the winter! Don’t forget to talk to Virginia about
                 Lois Jes ce & Bev Rich-     your altera on needs. Cra ers, thank you for your dedica on.
Fri. 2/14
                 ardson perform
                 Love Songs 12 noon
Thu. 2/20        One More Time Swing
                                                   The Castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria
                 Band 7-9:00 p.m.                  King Ludwig was called the “Mad King” and the “Dream King.” He bankrupt-
                                                   ed Bavaria with his wild schemes and no ons as he built castle a er cas-
                 (change of me)
                                                   tle. The most famous castle is at Neuschwanstein, and it is the castle that
                 Sponsored by                      Walt Disney used as a model for his fairyland castle. Join Dan Flory on
                 Hawthorn Glen                     Wednesday, February 19th at 10:30 in the Center’s library as he presents a
                                                   program on the castles of King Ludwig and the story of his mysterious death
Thu. 2/27        Kenny Rogers & The Del-
                                                   in 1886. Please sign up at the Recep on Desk.
                 bert Barker Band

                                           “Hands-Only CPR” Class
                 The American Kings
Thu. 3/6                                   Our local Red Cross agency is offering a free 30-minute class for Hands-Only CPR for
                                           witnessed sudden collapse. This class will teach untrained bystanders how to perform
                                           hands-only CPR (no mouth-to-mouth resuscita on) which has been proven to save
Bob Evans Fundraiser                       lives. Please join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 10:30 a.m. for this important
                                           class. Sign up at the Recep on Desk as class size is limited.
We’re partnering with Bob Evans Res-
taurant in Middletown for another
Community Fundraiser event. Eat at         Elder-Beerman Community Day Booklets
Bob’s any me February 18th, 19th           Elder-Beerman Community Day Booklets are for sale at the Recep on Desk for $5.
and 20th and, when you present the         There are coupons worth hundreds of dollars in savings in these booklets so it’s defi-
enclosed flyer with your bill, Bob’s        nitely worth your while to pick one up. It’s also a fundraiser for the Center as we keep
will donate 15% of the amount back         the $5; money raised from the sale of the booklets will go towards safety fencing
to the Center. You may present cou-        around the outdoor HVAC system – not a “fun” thing, but necessary. Thanks for sup-
pons as o en as you wish those three       por ng the Center!
days. We have plenty of extra cou-
pons at the Center for you to give to
                                                Our December fundraising effort with Lone Star totaled $204.54. Thank you!
family and friends, as well. Thanks!
       Dinner & A Movie Come join us for Dinner and a Movie night
       on Thursday, February 27th. We’ll be watching Lee Daniel’s The Butler
       featuring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The story chronicles the
       life of a White House butler who served eight presidents while the civil
       rights movement and other major events affect his life, family, and socie-
       ty. No admission fee for the movie and dinner will be available for $5.95.
       The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. and you’re welcome to eat in the Confer-
       ence Room during the movie.
                                                                                      Hours of Operation >>>
Reflexology returns!
                                                                                              Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri
If you missed the January reflexology sessions, you’re in luck! Melissa Lovely and
Carol Knight, Cer fied Reflexologists, will be at the Center on Wednesday, February             9:00a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
5th and Wednesday, February 26th, from 10:00–1:00 p.m. giving free 15-minute                Thu: 9:00 a.m.– 9:00 pm.
foot reflexology sessions to our members. Please sign up for an appointment me
at the front desk.                                                                                  Website:
February is Heart Month                                                               Looking Ahead >>>
Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge               March 6th
Americans to join the ba le against heart disease. Every 36 seconds, someone
                                                                                       The American Kings
dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s No. 1 killer.
                                                                                       6–9 p.m.

Heart	attack	symptoms
                                                                                       March 13th
The five major symptoms of a heart a ack are:
                                                                                       Kenny Rogers &

   Chest pain or discomfort.                                                          The Delbert Barker Band
                                                                                       6–9 p.m.
   Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.

   Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
                                                                                       March 14th
   Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
                                                                                       Night at the Races
   Shortness of breath.
                                                                                       6–9 p.m.
As with men, the most common heart a ack symptom in women is chest pain or
discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience
the other common symptoms, par cularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomi ng             March 20th
and back or jaw pain. If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart      Country Junc on
a ack, call 9–1–1 immediately. Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you
to the hospital unless you have no other choice. Try to stay as calm as possible       6–9 p.m.
and chew a full-strength, regular (not coated) aspirin while you wait for the emer-
gency responders.
                                                                                       March 27th

                                        National Wear Red Day®                         Kenny Rogers &
                                                                                       The Delbert Barker Band
                                               February 7, 2014
                                                    FEBRUARY, 2012
Healing a Heart People who have lost a loved one can find help at support groups offered by Hospice Care of Middletown. A
new drop-in support group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30, beginning March 13th. The group will meet
in the Annex building at the Middletown Senior Center. Pre-registration is not required and there is no charge. “Healing a Heart”
support groups focus on peer support, grief education and the development of coping skills. The group is designed to help the be-
reaved learn about grief as a normal reaction to loss. The group is appropriate for those who have already experienced a loss, as
well as those who are facing the loss of a loved one. During each group session, helpful information about symptoms of grief and
coping strategies that promote healing will be covered. For additional information, please contact Judy Vincent at Hospice, 513-

AARP Tax Assistance Help with filing your simple 2011 tax returns is available from the AARP Tax Aides, beginning Feb-
ruary 2nd. They will be at the Towne Mall on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00-2:00; and at the Middletown Library on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays, also from 10:00-2:00. Bring your 2010 tax returns and any pertinent 2011 tax information with you. No appoint-
ment is necessary.

Uplift Program Representative The Uplift program is designed to improve your mood and help you lead a more active,
rewarding life and provides depression solutions for older adults. Please visit with Leslie Brody on Thursday, Feb. 16th from Noon-
1:00 and on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd from 11:00-Noon. She’ll be at a table near the dining room with brochures and hand-outs for

                   The Middletown Senior Center gratefully acknowledges memorial contributions
                                    for the following members, as of January 10, 2012

                           In Memory of:                                       From:
                         Dr. Ronald Oches                                  Sharyn Edelen

                         Jeanette Lovely                                   Lois H. Harbin

                         Patty Burgemeir                                   Ray & Roberta Moore
                                                                           Joe Scarpa
                                                                           Pasqualina Turner
A chance encounter with an elderly victim of physical violence was the catalyst that prompted me to
bring together representatives of each law enforcement agency throughout Butler County into one unit in
an effort to help protect the senior citizens in our area. Within days of the announcement of the Crimes
Against the Elderly Task Force, it became apparent the need to include not only law enforcement, but the
very agencies that serve our citizens over the age of 65 as well.
The mission of the Crimes Against the Elderly Task Force is to target the apprehension and prosecution
of those who prey upon the elderly who may not be aware of their own vulnerability to emerging new
methods of criminal conduct and create public awareness of such criminal activities. This includes not
only the physical crimes, but financial crimes, which come in many varieties.
Public awareness and education is key to assisting citizens in recognizing scams that presented to them,
or when a caregiver has become a care “taker”. The assistance of the public is crucial to the success of
the program, and has set up a “Scam Hotline”. If you suspect you have been contacted by someone try-
ing to scam you, or you have been taken advantage of by one of these individuals or groups, please con-
sider calling our hotline at 1-888-662-3673. We will put out the alert to law enforcement agencies and
the media in an effort to educate the public of the scam so someone else does not become a target, and
will notify the proper law enforcement agency for investigation.
Another method for notifying the public of potential scams is the SCAM ALERT on the website of the But-
ler County Prosecutor ( Not only are the most recent scams highlighted, but
there is also a running list of scams that have been reported to the task force.
Reaching out to the public is a key component of our task force. We look forward to meeting many of
you as we continue to be invited to speak to many community groups.

Michael T. Gmoser
Butler County Prosecutor
(513) 887-3494

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