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Event focuses on dementia

November 6, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - The Hancock County Senior Services will host the seventh annual candle-lighting ceremony to raise awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the senior center on Gas Valley Road.

The service remembers those who have died as a result of Alzheimer's Disease and those who are dealing with the disease and related dementia and their families. It includes a candle lighting, reading the names of the deceased and ill, poetry and music. To have a family member memorialized or for information, call (304) 564-3801.

Also at the senior center, an AARP driver safety program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13-14. Those attending will be instructed in defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and adjusting to age-related changes. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. For information or to register, call (304) 564-3801.

The Christmas party will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. The event will include music, prizes and the crowning of the 2012 king and queen. The cost is $9 per person. Registration is due by Nov. 27. Transportation will be provided. To register, call (304) 564-3801.

The center will sponsor a trip to have dinner at Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge, followed by a tour of the park's lights display, with the bus leaving the center at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 14. The cost is $50 for those paying before Nov. 16 and $55 for those paying after.

Nurse Marla Simmons and Sally Knabenshue will hold the program "A Healthy U With Diabetes," beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the center. The six-week course will help diabetics, pre-diabetics and those who have a diabetic family member make better lifestyle choices. The program is sponsored by the Marshall University's Center for Rural Health.

Weekly classes and events include:

crafting, 11:30 a.m. Mondays;

line dancing, 1 p.m. Mondays;

Everybody's Fitness exercise program, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays;

Wellness Group weight loss and exercise program, 4 p.m. Tuesdays;

Zumba exercise program, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

bingo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and

Tai Chi program, 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Special events include:

Singing Seniors, 10 a.m. at Weirton Geriatric Center Nov. 6, Stone Pear Pavilion Nov. 13 and Adkins Nursing Home Nov. 27;

book club, 1 p.m. Tuesday;

Wii bowling tournament, 1 p.m. Nov. 8 and 29; and

card-making classes, 1 p.m. Nov. 8, cost $3.

The center will be closed Nov. 22-23 in observance of Thanksgiving.

For information on any program, call the center at (304) 564-3801.

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