Hancock County Senior Services announces March events

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Senior Services will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sunny Day Respite at noon March 22 at the respite center located at 1052 County Road, Weirton.

The respite home for those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer or a dementia-related condition will open March 11. The center will provide activities and care designed to maintain cognitive skills during the day.

Potential clients will be assessed, and to be eligible, clients must be diagnosed with a dementia-related condition and be able to communicate needs. An activity plan is developed for each client, based on needs, abilities and likes and dislikes.

Fees are based on a donation scale according to the client’s income. Those interested in the program should call (304) 564-3801.

Senior services is in need for Hard Hat volunteers, especially in the Weirton area, for the Seniors Helping Seniors Program. The program trains senior citizen volunteers and matches them with seniors in need of help with basic home repair and maintenance. Seniors pay only for the materials used for the job.

Hard Hats take two-hour classes three nights a week for three to four weeks at the senior services administrative offices located at 647 Gas Valley Road. The courses are required to address the agency’s liability issues, and those taking them will be certified in carpentry, electrical and plumbing. There is no cost for volunteers; senior services pays for the books.

Anyone interested, even those who have already expressed such an interest, are asked to call (304) 387-3251.

Senior services is offering a Group Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change program for those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. The program provides education, encouragement and tools to reach healthy lifestyle goals. It is designed for non-diabetic, overweight individuals 18 and older who have pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, which increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Those enrolling in the one-year program will:

Participate in 12 weekly core sessions;

Participate in four bi-weekly/monthly transition sessions;

Participate in six monthly support sessions;

Self-monitor weight;

Learn about and track healthy eating and physical activity; and

Learn to problem-solve and stay motivated.

The first session will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 20 at the Hancock County Senior Services center located at 647 Gas Valley Road, New Cumberland. Future sessions will be scheduled at the group’s convenience. Participation is limited; registration is required. For information or to register, call (304) 564-3801.

Activities scheduled for the Hancock County Senior Center on Gas Valley Road include:

1 p.m. today, book club;

10 a.m. Tuesdays, Singing Seniors;

10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Everybody’s Fitness, an Arthritis Foundation-certified cardio and balance program;

10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays, Sun-Style Tai Chi program, an Arthritis Foundation-certified flexibility, balance and strength program;

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Zumba;

9 a.m. Wednesday, Breakfast for Billiards;

11 a.m. Wednesdays, Bingo;

6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Tae Bo fitness classes;

9 a.m., Thursday, Family Medical Care Community Health Center;

1 p.m. Thursday and March 28, Wii Bowling Tournament;

11 a.m. Thursdays, line dancing;

11 a.m. Fridays, bingo;

11:30 a.m. Mondays, crafting;

1 p.m. Mondays, line dancing;

March 22, Calcutta Wal-Mart trip, space is limited; those planning on participating must register by Monday;

11 a.m. March 19, Lunch and Learn on dizziness with Marla Simmons, Weirton Medical Center staff nurse;

10 a.m. March 20, Dimensions of Wellness; and

March 21, Life Line Screening.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 28 at the senior center. The cost is $6, and dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Take-out orders are available. Deliveries will be made from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to Hancock House, Westminster, Alicia Arms, Peachtree Inn, Freedom Place I and II and Overbrook Towers. Order forms have been distributed to housing representatives. Delivered orders must be pre-paid by March 26. If Hancock County Schools are on a two-hour delay March 28, the event will be canceled. For information or to make a take-out order, call (304) 564-3801.

Jennifer C. Coyne, Office of the State Treasurer Regional Marketing manager, will assist seniors with government retirement questions, SMART529 college savings and locating unclaimed property the first Tuesday of each month at the county senior center. She will next be at the center April 2. For information, visit the website at www.wvsto.com.

The senior center holds a daily soup and salad bar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Soup, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage are available for $3, and either soup or salad, bread, dessert and a beverage are available for $2. Extra soup or salad is $1. Five meal trip tickets are $12, and 10 tickets are $24.

For information or to register for a program or trip, call the senior center at (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036.