Williams County Senior Citizen Center News (September 2013)

September is National Senior Center Month, and a great time to check out all that goes on in our Senior Centers all over the county – Stryker, West Unity, Pioneer, Edon, Edgerton, Montpelier and Bryan. Each one has its own personality because the people who go there influence their own centers. Stop in – enjoy activities and good food – get a newsletter and join us for all that the senior centers have to offer.
People who participate in our senior center activities are a really varied group with many backgrounds, opinions, abilities and life experiences. But even though we are all different, we all have the same desires to be respected and to enjoy our time at the senior center. To assure that this is true for all people who use our services, we have developed Rights and Responsibilities for our participants. These are included within our newsletter. Please review – I am sure you agree that with the rights you have in enjoying our centers and transportation, there come a few simple responsibilities. Thank you.

September is fair month at the Williams County Fair, and Senior Day will be on Thursday, September 12. We will be serving brunch 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Veteran’s Memorial Building – come enjoy sausage gravy over biscuits and other tasty stuff before heading to the midway to take in what is offered there.

Edgerton will host their evening meal on Thursday, September 19, at their new location at the Edgerton Church of Christ near the entrance to Miller Park on the west side of the village. We will serve dinner from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., then enjoy Bingo and prizes. See you at both the fair and the evening meal!

My best to you this month – Barb

HIGHLIGHTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, September 12: Senior Day at the fair. Join us at the Williams County Fair
Saturday, September 14: Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Bryan Recreation Park
Thursday, September 19: Edgerton’s Evening Meal: Dinner at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. with Bingo following dinner.

Come to Senior Center: Enjoy Trips for Free
We want more people to enjoy lunch at our seven senior centers so we are offering an incentive for all to come. If you eat at our centers regularly, you will get a free coupon for transportation on a recreational trip! Centers go to dinner night out, movies, shopping out of town, play dress rehearsals, and other adventures. If you dine at our senior centers 80% of the serving days in a month, your site manager will give you a coupon to use within six months. For centers that serve 5 days per week, that would be 16 in September, and those serving 4 days per week, it would be 12 days in the month. Each month differs on the number of serving days, so we list them in each calendar. The site managers can answer any questions or call Barb at 419-633-4317. Thanks for supporting our centers and enjoy your trips!

Morning Trips Work Best for Us
As the Williams County Department of Aging takes more and more people to medical appointments, we ask our riders to help us serve everyone well.
• Please try to take make your appointments in the morning, especially when we take you to Toledo, Fort Wayne, or any place out of the county.
• Please be sure to be dressed and ready for your pick up.
• Please give us as much notice as possible so we can schedule trips accordingly. When you make your appointment, call your senior center or main office at 419-633-4317 to book your trip. Have all your information ready to give us so that we are clear on what is involved.
• When a person calls for a ride less than 24 hours before the appointment, we will consider if we can cover it on a situation by situation basis. We will make every effort to provide the transportation, but we cannot guarantee it
• Sit back and enjoy the ride!

EDON SENIOR CENTER NEWS
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, September 12 – Senior Day at the Williams County Fair – Center closed.
Monday, September 16 – Dinner night out at Shaffer’s in Bryan. Leaving the Edon senior center at 4:15 p.m. Donation cost: $3.00. Sign up at center.
Thursday, September 19 – Edgerton’s evening meal.
Thursday, September 26 – Lunch with the County Commissioners
Other Activities
Golf on the following dates: Wednesdays on September 18th, and the 25th.
We are going to do an October craft for the center to welcome in fall.
We are selling Purple Power Posies at all the area senior centers to help “End Alzheimer’s.” Each Purple Power Posy is $1.00 and will be displayed at the centers. Get yours today!
Fair Week – Come into the Edon Senior Center September 9th – 11th to for fun fair-themed games and activities! Popcorn, caramel apples, blue ribbons, the fair fun never ends this week!

MONTPELIER SENIOR CENTER NEWS
Upcoming Activities
Wii Bowling League every Monday – Thursday 12:30 to 2:30. Cheer them on! Fun time for everyone.
Senior Card Get-Togethers – 1st and 3rd Fridays 1:00 p.m. Eucre; 2nd and 3rd Friday 12:30 p.m. 3/13 Game; 4th Monday, 9:30 to 3:00, Hand and Foot. Join us!
Thursday, September 12 – Senior Day at the Williams County Fair. All centers closed. We will provide transportation. Brunch at the Veterans Memorial Building.
Tuesday, September 17 – Opdyke pickin’ and a grinnin’
Thursday, September 19 – Edgerton Evening Meal. Bus leaves 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25 – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Flu Shot Clinic by the Williams County Health Department. Fee of $25 or Medicare Card.
Friday, September 27 – Dottie Vollmar, SI Program Consumer Council: Medicare Basics Part 1

PIONEER SENIOR CENTER NEWS
Upcoming Events
Saturday, September 14 – Memory Walk in Bryan for Alzheimer’s Association starting at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 19 – Edgerton Evening Meal.
Monday, September 23 – El Mariachis for Supper. Transportation fee.
Saturday, September 27 – Hillsdale County Fair Senior Citizen’s Day. Leaving from center at 10:00 a.m. Transportation fee. Sign up at center.

STRYKER SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The center will be closed September 12 for Senior Day at the Williams County Fair. Brunch will be served in the Veteran’s Building from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Call the Center if you need transportation to the fair at 419-682-2083. See you at the fair!
Special Events
Saturday, September 14 – At 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Jaycee Pavilion in Bryan for the Alzheimer’s Walk.
Tuesday, September 17 – At 12:30 p.m. Elizabeth Grimes RN, BSN, Speaker on Pain Management at the Stryker Senior Center.
Tuesday, September September 17 – At 4:15 p.m., leave for the Montpelier Senior Center for sandwiches and musical entertainment.
Wednesday, September 18 – At 11:30 a.m. Bob Rowan speaker from the American Legion.
Thursday, September 26 – At 10:00 a.m., Flu Clinic with at the Stryker Senior Center with the Williams County Health Department.
Evening Activities
Tuesday, September 17 – Leave at 4:15 p.m. for the Montpelier Senior Center for sandwiches and entertainment.
Thursday, September 19 – Leave at 3:30 p.m. for the evening meal in Edgerton.
Tuesday, September 24 – Leave at 5:00 p.m. for Clubhouse Pizza Buffet, downtown Stryker.
Monday, September 30 – Leave at 3:30 p.m. for Essen Haus for dinner night out.

WEST UNITY SENIOR CENTER
Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 12 – Senior Day at the fair. All centers closed.
Wednesday, September 18 – Homestead Ice Cream after lunch.
Thursday, September 19 – Edgerton’s Evening Meal.
Monday, September 23 – Low Vision Support Group at Montpelier at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25 – Grocery shopping at Chiefs – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 27 – Blood Pressure Checks with Americare.

WILLIAMS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGING NEWS
PARTICIPANTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBLITIES
The Williams County Department of Aging operates seven senior centers in the county to offer older adults the opportunity to enjoy a friendly and inviting place to gather. All seniors deserve to feel welcome and comfortable in every center.
We expect all participants and guests to respect the rights and dignity of others, and to behave in a mature and responsible manner.
Actions that undermine the rights and dignity of others will not be tolerated in the senior center setting or during transportation services. Participants are expected to:
• Maintain personal hygiene that is healthy and not offensive, and wear appropriate attire at all times.
• Use voice, language and behavior that will not offend or disturb other participants or staff.
• Be able to function independently in the center or be accompanied by a personal caregiver.
• Recognize and respect the fact that all individuals are different, and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
• Handle county and municipal property and equipment with care.
• Socialize and interact with others in a positive manner.
• Use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs on the property or while participating in programs is forbidden.
If a participant is unable to meet the above expectations, the center manager or designated staff member will discuss the matter with the person involved. If the behavior repeats, on-duty staff has the authority to require the participant to leave the center. The executive director will be contacted and an investigation into the incident will be conducted. The participant can be suspended until the action is complete.
Staff reserves the right to enforce immediate suspension. Also, if an individual’s actions are perceived to present an imminent danger to the life or safety of participants or staff, police will be called immediately.

Curly the Bear Fundraiser
The Department of Aging is selling Curly the Bear as a fundraiser to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Each bear will be gifted to a resident with dementia in a local nursing home. Your generous donation will bring a smile to a local senior and help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The department will deliver purchased bears to local nursing homes. Each donation is $19.99. Order forms are available at the main office or at your local senior centers. All orders must be received by September 7th. Thank you for your contributions!

Join Us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Williams County Department of Aging will have a team again in the Bryan Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 14th at the Bryan Recreation Park. Registration starts at 2:00 p.m. and the walk will begin at 3:00 p.m. We all know someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia – whether family, friend, senior buddy, or the people we serve every day. The funds raised by the walk will go to services for people who currently have it and research with the goal to experience a world without Alzheimer’s in the future. Buy a purple “Forget-Me-Not” at any senior center to help raise funds for the Williams County Department of Aging team. Join the team, make a donation, and work to make a difference for seniors and their caregivers. Call 419-633-4317 with any questions or to sign up for the team.

Senior Day at the Williams County Fair
Join us on Thursday, September 12th at the Williams County Fair in Montpelier, Ohio, for great food and fun. Brunch starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and we will be serving until 11:30 a.m. After your delicious meal, feel free to walk around and enjoy all the sights. See you at the fair!

AREA SENIOR CENTERS
Bryan Senior Center – 1201 S. Portland St. Phone: 419-636-4047.
Edgerton Senior Center – 224 Laubach Dr (Churh of Christ). Phone: 419-298-3564
Edon Senior Center – 320 Parkway St. Phone: 419-272-2070.
Montpelier Senior Center – 325 N. Jonesville St. Phone: 419-485-3218.
Pioneer Senior Center – 101 N. Elm St. Phone: 419-737-3095.
Stryker Senior Center – 116 N. Defiance St. Phone: 419-682-2083.
West Unity – 509 N. Main St. Phone: 419-924-5447
Williams County Department of Aging – 201 E. High St., Suite 2, Bryan, OH. Phone: 419-633-4317.

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