Hancock County Senior Services announces June activities

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Senior Services will hold its second annual senior photo contest July 8 at the Hancock County Senior Center Board of Directors Room.

The contest is for amateur photographers 60 and older. The following may be entered: black and white photographs of any subject; nature; landscapes; holiday celebrations; and people. Entries must be 5-inch by 7-inch prints and be received between June 17 and June 21. Those entering may enter a maximum of two photographs in two categories.

All entries will be exhibited until July 22, and participants can pick up their photos July 26.

First, second and third place awards will be given in each category, and the Best of Show will receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift certificate.

The senior services’ Sunny Day Respite Center is accepting applications for volunteer assistants. Those interested should call (304) 564-3801.

Senior services is offering the Healthy Steps program Wednesdays and Fridays through July 12. The program uses the Lebed Method of slow, smooth movement and gentle resistance. It is designed for all ages and those with lymphedema, osteoarthritis or stroke can participate. Those participating may remain seated during the session. There will be one-hour sessions twice a week.

Classes are limited to 20 per class. call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-3251 for information. The cost is free to seniors, and $3 for all others.

West Virginia World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be held June 15. The day is meant to raise awareness, especially among doctors, of abuse and neglect of seniors. In 2012, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services received nearly 15,000 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation. It is estimated that elder abuse is grossly under reported, because of vulnerability, embarrassment and fear of retaliation.

Abuse includes physical abuse, neglect, emotional or psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial exploitation, sexual abuse and abandonment. It occurs in private homes, nursing homes and institutions.

Possible warning signs include physical injuries, including bruises, pressure marks, abrasions, burns or broken bones; unexplained withdrawal from activities, unusual depressions or changes in alertness; bruises around the breasts or genitals; changes in financial situation; bedsores, poor hygiene or unexplained weight loss; verbal cues by spouses or caregivers such as belittling, threats or other abuses of power; and strained relationships and frequent arguments between the senior and a spouse or caregivers.

Those suspecting elder abuse should contact their local Department of Health and Human Resources or call (800) 352-6513. To report suspected abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility, call (800) 834-0598.

The Hancock County Senior Service’s Home and Community-Based Services is accepting clients. The service offers assistance to day-to-day caregivers by trained and certified direct care workers under the direction of a licensed registered nurse. Senior services provides Medicaid Personal Care, Medicaid Aged and Disabled Wavier, Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury Wavier, Veterans Administration Homemaker and VA Chose Service, West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services Lighthouse and FAIR Programs. For information, call (304) 564-3801.

Upcoming special events and trips include:

11 a.m. Tuesday, Legal Workshop and Luncheon. Attorney Mike Lucas will host a legal workshop on what seniors need to know about power of attorney. There will be a free lunch.

10 a.m. Wednesday, “A Healthier You.” “The 12 Dimensions of Wellness” program is held monthly, and each session discusses a different wellness topic. June’s topic is “feelings.”

Thursday, Wal-Mart day trip. Space is limited, so all purchases should fit into two large cloth shopping bags.

11:30 a.m. June 18, lunch and learn. Jamie Allen, Weirton Medical Center Behavioral Medicine for Seniors outreach coordinator, will discuss depression triggered by strokes. Warning signs include frequent crying spells, feelings of hopelessness, increased agitation or restlessness, thoughts of dying or suicide, increase or decrease in appetite, increase or decrease in sleep or loss of interest in daily activities. Anyone experiencing such symptoms for 12 weeks or more should contact a doctor.

11:30 a.m. June 26, Long-Term Care Insurance Workshop. Gene Porter, Corner Stone Senior Services insurance advisor, will hold a workshop on what long-term care insurance is and what it covers and the differences in policies. There will be a free lunch.

1 p.m. June 26, Living Well with Chronic Disease. Marla Simmons and Sally Knabenshue will lead an evidence-based self-management program. The six-week course helps participants make better lifestyle choices. It was developed by Stanford University and is sponsored by Marshall University’s Center for Rural Health. To register, call (304) 564-3801.

July 29, Pittsburgh Pirates game fundraiser. Tickets are a $10 donation, and the winner receives two Pirates tickets, $20 parking pass and $50 for concessions or souvenirs.

Sept. 13-15, Chicago trip. There will be stops at Tommy Gun’s Garage, Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier and a cruise on the Chicago River. The cost is $400 per person.

Regularly scheduled activities include:

11:30 a.m., crafting; 1 p.m., line dancing and Panhandle Peacemakers, Mondays.

11 a.m., Singing Seniors, Tuesdays.

11 a.m., beginner line dancing classes, Thursdays.

1 p.m., couple’s billiards and women’s billiard lessons, June 13 and 27.

9 a.m., Family Medical Care Community Health Center, June 13. Call (304) 748-2828 for an appointment.

Fitness classes include:

Tai Chi, 5 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Frank Lewis teaches a style focusing on balance, flexibility and strength. Cost is $3.

Arthritis Tai Chi, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays. A joint-safe version which focuses on reducing pain and stiffness and increasing flexibility and strength. The class is free.

Everybody’s Arthritis Fitness, 10 a.m Tuesdays and Thursdays. The free class includes range of motion, cardio, strengthening and balance exercises.

Tae Bo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Susan Clibbens instructs a fitness course which incorporates martial arts techniques, including kicks and punches.

Zumba, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Debbie Teter instructs. The cost is $5 for those under 60 and $3 for those 60 and older.

Walk With Ease, 10 a.m., Mondays. The free class includes 30 minutes of walking, accompanied by music.

Senior services also offers the Group Lifestyle Balance diabetes prevention program. It is for those at risk to develop Type 2 diabetes and provides education and encouragement to help reach healthy lifestyle goals. It is specifically targeted towards those who are 18 and older, overweight and non-diabetic, but have pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

The program includes 12 weekly sessions, four bi-weekly sessions and six monthly sessions. Those involved will self-monitor their weight and track and learn about healthy eating and physical activity.

The first session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the senior center located at 647 Gas Valley Road. Participation is limited; call (304) 564-3801 for information or to register.

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

Throughout the summer, taco salad will be available. The cost is $4 per trip.