What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

November 9th, 2017 6:00 am

Editor’s note: Senior news items will be found in Thursday’s Life section. To submit entries for senior news, correspondences must be received by Monday, or 10 days prior to the event.

If you have questions, call Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651,

HANOVER TWP.: The Lee Park Active Adults Center will be closed for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 10. On Nov. 14, there will be a bag lunch and the center closes at 11:30 a.m. On Nov. 15, Manor Care will have a presentation on Holiday Safety at 11 a.m. and a special Thanksgiving Day lunch. On Nov. 21, Guardian will play a cognitive skills game at 11 a.m. On Nov. 23 and 24, the center will be closed for Thanksgiving. On Nov. 28, Life Geisinger will play a Holiday Trivia Game at 11 a.m.

LUZERNE COUNTY: The Apprise Program, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, is seeking volunteers to train in assisting area elders.

Volunteer counselors participate in an extensive training program and can assist with presentations at various organizations and health fairs and a variety of other tasks.

All training and materials provided. Information, contact Jamie McIntyre, 570-822-1158, ext. 2309.

LUZERNE: The Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy will hold a series 10 free fall prevention workshops on select Fridays beginning in September for adults age 65 and older at The Hope Center, 205 Main St., Luzerne.

The morning and afternoon programs takes place in observation of the 10th annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day and ends Dec. 1. To register, contact Debbie Carey, fieldwork specialist, at 570-674-6481.

Eligible participants will learn to identify ways to prevent falls in the home and in the community. They will also complete an individualized exercise program to build strength, balance and confidence. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in vision, balance and blood pressure screenings.

The fall prevention program is open to people 65 years or older who are living independently within the community. Sessions are on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Volunteer Senior Peer Counselors are available to provide one-to-one support and socialization in the homes of those 60 years of age and older experiencing loneliness or minor emotional issues.

Volunteers, 55 and older, who drive and can devote up to three hours a week are needed to visit older adults with mild emotional issues in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Training is provided. Questions, contact Rhoda Tillman, program coordinator, [email protected] or 570-552-6107. Participation is free.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Vouchers for the Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program can be redeemed for eligible senior until Nov. 30.

The vouchers can be used for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Dept. of Agriculture’s SFMNP farmers market stands. Baked goods, meat, jam, honey, apple cider or eggs are excluded.

You must be at least 60- or turn 60- before Dec. 31, 2017, reside in Luzerne or Wyoming counties and meet the 2017 household total income requirements of $22,311 for one person; $30,044 for two people. One set of vouchers ($20) per senior, per year. ID showing birth date and address required.

If eligible, or for further information, contact Rhonda Adams, 822-1158 Ext. 2337.

Nursing home, convent or assisted living residents where meals are provided do not qualify.

MOUNTAIN TOP: Mountain Top Social Club has meetings scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 309. The club has a planned bus trip for Hunterdon Playhouse in New Jersey on Nov. 9 for dinner and a Christmas show and the Hollywood Casino on Nov. 16. The bus leaves Mountain Top at 8:15 a.m. and St. Aloysius Church in Wilkes-Barre at 8:45 a.m. for all trips. Christmas dinner will be held at noon Dec. 5 at Sands Country Club. For general club information, contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895. For information on bus trips contact Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

NANTICOKE: The Rose Tucker Active Adult Center is accepting deposits for trips. A trip to the American Music Theatre, Lancaster, for a Christmas show and smorgasbord dinner at Miller’s. The bus departs from the center 10 a.m., Nov. 15, and leaves Lancaster 5 p.m. Cost is $105 per person with a deposit due Oct. 2. No refunds after that date, unless seat can be filled. Seat will be assigned with final payment, due Nov. 6.

PITTSTON: St Joseph’s Senior social club will hold its monthly meeting Nov. 16 at Mt. Carmel Center on William St. in Pittston. This month will be a Thanksgiving theme, and the Turkey Trot will take place. The club will also discuss plans for the annual Christmas Party, which will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Fox Hill Country Club. Members should be prepared to make a reservation payment upon attending.

PLAINS TWP.: Plains Senior Citizens will hold their November 15 meeting and Thanksgiving dinner at the Touch of Class on George Avenue in Parsons at 1:00 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $10.00 for members, that have been a member of the club for six months or longer. Members of less than six months the cost will be $18.00. Members who have not made reservation’s, money is due when reservations is made. Guests of members will be charged $18.00. Members should contact Pat Bonchek at 570-823-2871 or at the next meeting. Reminder reservations and money is due no later than November 3rd. Members are reminded to bring boxed, can food and paper products for the food pantry. Unwanted eye glasses are collected too. Anyone 55 and over are welcome to join the membership. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at noon.

PLYMOUTH: The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s in Plymouth will have their next meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m., in the Holy Child School Building on Willow Street in Plymouth. New members are always welcome. Reservations for the Christmas party are now being taken. Members are asked to make them A.S.A.P. The party will be on Sunday, December 10, starting at 1:00 p.m., at the Touch of Class restaurant in Parsons. The club will sponsor a trip, Nov. 16, to Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Dinner Theater. $62 includes transportation, pastry and beverage upon arrival, vendors with a variety of holiday items including hand crafted items, jams, jellies, homemade bread, family style dinner, open bar from noon to 3 p.m; drawing for a holiday gift basket worth $100; and the show, “The Spirit of Christmas.” Seats are assigned with payment. Call Ann, 570-779-3203, for reservations.

SWOYERSVILLE: The Swoyersville Senior Citizens will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church social hall, 116 Hughes St., Kingston, with president Liz Zdaniewicz presiding.

WILKES-BARRE: The St. Robert Bellarmine Seniors announced their Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 14 at Genetti’s Hotel. Nov. 22 is the last day payments will be accepted for the Christmas Party. A trip was announced to Hollywood Casino on Nov. 16. Non-members are welcome on all trips. For information, call Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

WEATHERLY: Heritage Hill Senior Community will hold a Pie Sale to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Pick up takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Heritage Hill, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly. For information or to order a pie, call 570-427-4500 Now through mid-December, the senior community is accepting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots between 1 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

WILKES-BARRE TWP.: UGI Retirees and guests are reminded of the bus trip to the Waterfront at Silver Birches, formerly Ehrhardt’s, Lake Wallenpaupack, on Nov. 15. The bus will leave from Sears parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, promptly at 9:30 a.m. Attendees should be present no later than 9:15 a.m. to secure seat assignments.

WYOMING: The Wilkes University Polish Room Committee will hold it’s November meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 Marianacci’s Restaurant in Wyoming. The next regular club meeting will be held in March.

WHITE HAVEN: The White Haven Senior Citizens will hold their annual Christmas Dinner at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Patrick’s Center. Menu includes stuffed chicken breast and baked cod, scalloped potatoes, vegetables and more. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Romero. $12 for members, $23 for non-members includes gratuity and entertainment. For reservations, call Charlene Miller at 570-443-8526.

National Health Professions Week, will be recognized at Misericorida University in Dallas Township with a program that begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in Insalaco Hall and will give prospective students an insight into multiple medical professions. For more information, call 570-674-6400.

Editor’s note: Senior news items will be found in Thursday’s Life section. To submit entries for senior news, correspondences must be received by Monday, or 10 days prior to the event.

If you have questions, call Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651,