Educational and Informational Programs

NOTE: Classes are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 situation.

NOPEC Presentation
Thursday, March 26        6:00pm                 Free
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council is the largest governmental retail aggregator in the nation that works cooperatively to achieve lower energy costs for its customers. NOPEC has over 200 communities in 13 Northeast Ohio counties, including Strongsville and surrounding cities. A representative from NOPEC will be hosting an informational session on the services provided by NOPEC, energy saving tips and answering questions about gas and electric bills. This is a great opportunity to learn how to reduce your utility expenses and ask questions regarding gas and electric services. Registration required.   
Presenter:  Tony Ramos, Community Outreach Manager.
Social Security Updates
Thursday             April 2nd                              1:00pm                 Free
If you have questions about Social Security retirement, spouses, or survivor benefits, then this information session is for you. Brandon Smith, Public Affairs Specialist from the Social Security Administration will provide clear and concise information regarding the various Social Security benefit programs available. Registration required.

Stay at Home
Wednesday        April 22nd                            1:00pm                 Free
As we age the function of our house change. Sometimes devices need to be added to aid in your safety so that your house can still work for you. A representative from Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio will discuss tips, tricks, and resources to increase the safety and accessibility of your home so that you can enjoy it more as you age.  Registration required.

AARP Driver Safety
Tuesday, April 28th         5:00-9:00pm
Instructor:           Mike Kolesar
Take this opportunity to review your driving skills, habits, and knowledge of rules of the road. Local driving problems, safety tips, changes in driving laws and rules are discussed.  The course also emphasizes how to adjust your driving in   response to age related physical changes and    declining perceptual skills. Registration required.
AARP Members                                $15
Non-AARP Members     $20

Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors

Monday, April 27th         1:00pm Free
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with         dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.   However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join the Alzheimer’s Association to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease. Registration required.

Aid & Attendance, Improved Pension Program
Thursday, May 7th                          6:00pm                 Free
Cleveland American Veterans Association, (C.A.V.A) will be here to educate about a benefit provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs known as the “Aid & Attendance, Improved Pension Program”. This is a TAX FREE pension available to war time veterans and their surviving spouses who are 65 years and older, and can pay up to as much as $2,085 per month depending on the claimant’s situation.           Registration is required for this educational program. C.A.V.A is a non-profit 501c (3) veterans charity established in the State of Ohio. Registration required.

Ohio Ombudsman Program
Friday, May 8th 10:00am               Free
Ombudsmen are independent, impartial and provide a free service. They investigate nursing facility  complaints that haven't been resolved to the resident’s satisfaction by the provider. Our focus is on the residents. We encourage empowerment, education, and advocating. We also work with individuals concerning issues they may be having with their provider through MyCare Ohio. If you want to learn more about this program, please join Barb Prociak and Kennedy Graham (Ombudsmen Specialists). They will explain the history, mission and services available through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Registration required.

Safe At Home
Thursday, May 14th        6:00pm Free
Most accidents that cause Senior Citizens harm occur right in their own homes. If you are looking to make sure your house safe so that you can remain in it as you age this is the program for you. A representative from Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio will explain ways to increase safety throughout your home, from falls prevention to basic security. Registration required.

Computer One-on-One Instruction 

Do you need help using your personal computer, laptop, iPad, smart phone, digital camera, or   other technical device?  We can help you get    oriented to new equipment or using a particular software package like Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. If so, contact the Senior Center to schedule a One-on-One. Come for an hour or for a longer period or arrange multiple sessions. Our instructors have a broad range of experience and can help you. We’ll discuss your needs on the phone before scheduling an appointment.
Fees for one hour session (minimum one hour)
Member - $5
Non-Member/Resident - $7
Non-Member/Non Resident - $11

The Computer Lab is Looking for Instructors

Like to help others? Have an inquisitive mind? Use electronic devices like a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet, or a smartphone?    Consider joining the Computer Lab instructor team. They help members use their electronic   devices and software applications.  This is not a professional team.  It is Senior Center members that have acquired a level of skill on some of these devices and software and want to help other members use and enjoy theirs. Not sure you have the knowledge or skills to do this?   We will team you up with another instructor until you are   comfortable doing it alone. If you are interested in helping with this service, contact Kathy Sazima RN at 440-580-3277.