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AARP Chapter Sets Meeting April 28, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia. Guest speaker Chris Vera will share some of the history of Columbia.

For the month's service project, donations will be accepted for the local food bank.

Visitors are welcome, and new members are accepted.


Senior Center Posts Schedule April 28, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on weekdays. Interested individuals may call the center at 367-7984 for more information.

On Thursday, May 4, the center will offer walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., sewing at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Make Your Wishes Known with Joan Groh at 10:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., and bridge at 1 p.m. Lunch will be a chef salad, wedding soup, and pears.

Activities on Friday, May 5, will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Bible study at 10 a.m., trivia with Vaughn at 11 a.m., and a TGIF Party at 5 p.m. Lunch will be a barbecued beef ribette, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, and a brownie.

On Monday, May 8, the schedule will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., laddergolf at 9:30 a.m., an activity sponsored by Oak Leaf Manor at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be chicken, rice, mixed vegetables, and applesauce.

Activities to be offered on Tuesday, May 9, will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Creative Arts in Aging and a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Bingo Buddies at 10 a.m., Nutrition Activities at 10:30 a.m., and Vacation Destinations at 1 p.m. Lunch will be salisbury steak, a potato, coleslaw, and mixed fruit.

There will be a trip to the Lancaster Barnstormers' game on Wednesday, May 10. On that day, the center will also offer walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., pancakes at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., King's Corners at 11 a.m., and Seniors in GEARS at 4 p.m. Lunch will be sausage and peppers, potatoes, green beans, and birthday cake.


Retirement Community Recognizes Volunteers April 28, 2017


Bereavement Support Groups Posted April 28, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer monthly bereavement support groups.

Life After Loss will meet on Thursday, May 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the James Buchanan Terrace conference room. On Thursday, May 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., a bereavement support group will be held in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor.

The groups are open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 367-1121, ext. 33576.


Retirement Community Honors Volunteers April 28, 2017

During National Volunteer Recognition Week, United Zion Retirement Community honored volunteers at an April 24 event themed "Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place." Becky Link, volunteer coordinator, thanked volunteers for the ways they nurture the joy of life in the community. She noted that volunteers help residents focus on the positive in every situation while also providing encouragement and support in times of need.

Link singled out members of the 100-Plus Hours Club for special recognition. Ten individuals served more than 100 hours during the past year, with some even surpassing the 225 hour mark. These volunteers received awards honoring their exceptional investments of time, talent, and care.

Amid tables festooned with spring flowers, attendees ate hot and cold appetizers and engaged in conversation.

United Zion Retirement Community welcomes adults, teens and accompanied children, as well as church, school and civic groups, to volunteer. To learn more, readers may visit or call Becky at 627-8421. United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz.


Support Group Plans Meeting April 28, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host a meeting of the Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited. Dr. Brubaker will speak about dementia diagnosis.

The group meets every third Tuesday. Light refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For directions and to register, call 367-1121, ext. 33764.


Senior Center Plans Events April 20, 2017

September House, 1251 W. King St., York, has scheduled several upcoming events that are open to the public.

The senior center will recognize Older Americans Month by presenting a monthlong event, "Remembering When." Attendees will play games and share pictures, displays, and artifacts from their younger years. Daily discussions of lifestyle changes over time will follow.

Events for the first week include "Childhood Games and Other Memories" on Monday, May 1, at 1 p.m.; "Young Parents and Family Structure" on Tuesday, May 2, at 10 a.m.; "Technology" on Wednesday, May 3, at 1 p.m.; "Fashion and Music" on Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m.; and "Sharing Your Heritage" on Friday, May 5, at 1 p.m.

September House will present a free program titled "The Assassination and Funeral of President Abraham Lincoln" on Thursday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Ernie Heffner of a local funeral home will share information about the 16th president's last days. A meet-and-greet with the county commissioners will take place immediately after the program.

A trip to New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will take place on Monday, May 15. The fee includes transportation to the Statue of Liberty landing, ferry passage to the statue and Ellis Island, pedestal tickets to tour the inside of the statue, transportation to the 9/11 Museum, a 60-minute guided tour through the museum, and transportation back to York. For a complete itinerary, readers may call Marie at September House at 848-4417 or visit the center's Facebook page. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased as soon as possible.

September House provides services for York County residents over the age of 60. These services include free lunches on Mondays through Fridays for those who are registered. For more information, readers may call 848-4417, email, or search for "September House Senior Center" on Facebook.


Landis Homes Announces New Hire April 20, 2017

Landis Homes has announced that Michele Stipe became the director of life enrichment for the facility in April. In this role, Stipe is responsible for oversight and coordination of the total resident wellness programming, including physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, and vocational wellness, and the general activities program at Landis Homes.

As director she will also oversee collaboration with the Children's Learning Center on campus for intergenerational events and will be a key player in the new programming for the Learning and Wellness center, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

Stipe was most recently employed as wellness manager at Mennonite Home and has prior experience as a wellness director at Brethren Village. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in business administration and is currently attending California University of Pennsylvania, from which she is scheduled to obtain a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion later this year. Stipe lives in Lititz and is originally from Maryland.

Established in 1964, Landis Homes, is a retirement community that is home to more than 800 persons living in cottages, apartments, hybrid homes, suites, personal care facilities and health care facilities.


Elks Help Start Adoption Program April 19, 2017

Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 assisted in initiating the Adoption Program at St. Anne's Retirement Community in Columbia, by providing the funds for life-like dolls and stuffed mechanical companion cats and dogs for residents with dementia. Doll therapy is intended to calm a resident with dementia, provide companionship, and promote social interaction.

St. Anne's resident Millie Hilliar, the widow of a deceased Elks member, was Diane Kane's inspiration for the program. Hilliar has a white mechanical cat named Lulu who goes to fitness class with her.


Senior Center Plans Activities April 19, 2017

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., has posted its upcoming activities. For more information, readers may call 993-3488.

On Wednesday, April 26, aerobics will be held in the community building at the fairgrounds. Mary Ellen will be available to assist with ceramics. The Red Hatters will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wii and table games will be available throughout the day. The bridge group will meet at noon. At 1 p.m., Tai Chi-Z will be held, offering exercises that are done while seated.

On Thursday, April 27, aerobics will be held in the community building at the fairgrounds. Bonnie will be available to check blood pressures and weights from 9 to 11 a.m. Other activities will include Kings in the Corner at 9:30 a.m., the acrylic art class at noon, and Hand and Foot at noon. Wii games will be available throughout the day.

On Friday, April 28, bocce ball will be played in the morning, and bingo will be played after lunch. Various table games will be available throughout the day.

On Monday, May 1, copies of the May newsletter will be available at the senior center. Barb's aerobics class will meet in the fellowship hall. A group will go to the York Galleria.

May is Older Americans Month, and the theme is "Age Out Loud," emphasizing the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages. Local residents are invited to visit the senior center during May.

On Tuesday, May 2, Barb's aerobics class will meet in the fellowship hall. The watercolor class will begin at 9:15 a.m. Table and Wii games will also be available throughout the day. Pinochle games will begin at noon. Doug will be available after lunch to assist with computer issues.

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