Senior Notes

September 26, 2004

AARP chapter plans health program, entertainment Friday

Carroll County AARP Chapter 662 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Wilhelm Caterers Ltd. in Westminster.

Guitarist Tim Jenkins will entertain.

Dr. Robert Shaw of the Carroll County Health Department will discuss arthritis and osteoporosis at the health program at 11:15 a.m.

Lunch reservations are required by tomorrow.

Information: 410-374-9249.

Elderly, disabled voters can have ballot transferred

Elderly or disabled people who wish to vote in person but whose election site is inaccessible may request to be reassigned to an accessible location, the State Board of Elections has announced.

Requests for reassignment must be sent in writing to the local election board by Oct. 12.

The local board of elections will reassign the voter to an accessible polling place, where a home precinct ballot can be cast.

The Carroll County Board of Elections is at 224 N. Center St., Room 105, Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2080.

Inclusion program offers activities for the disabled

The Bureau of Aging's Senior Inclusion Program is designed to offer retirement activities to older adults with developmental disabilities.

The program operates from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Activities focus on health and fitness, arts and crafts, recreation, dance and music.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration determines eligibility and available funding.

Activities include:

Game day at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bowling at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Information: 410-848-4049.

Westminster center opens exercise room for seniors

The Westminster Senior Center has opened a new exercise room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment that is open, free, to seniors age 60 and older.

The room has two treadmills, two exercise bikes, a vertical new step and individual strength-building apparatus for arms, legs, shoulders, back and abdomen.

The room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Equipment users must sign an "Informed Consent Agreement" form and read the rules concerning proper attire and operation of machines.

A fitness instructor will hold free, one-hour demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4, and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1.

Registration is required for demonstrations.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-848-4049, ext. 101.

Nutrition talk, crafts, exercise class scheduled

The Westminster Senior Center has announced its scheduled activities.

A nutrition talk will be given tomorrow on "Fruit is a Good Food."

A carnival game day will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Games with prizes will be featured.

A new craft class will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 6 for 10 weeks. Cost is $20 plus materials. Assorted crafts, including sewing, quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch and holiday decorations will be made. Registration is required.

The Carroll County Health Department will sponsor a free "People with Arthritis Can Exercise" class at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Oct. 7 for eight weeks. PACE can include endurance exercises, proper body mechanics, games and relaxation techniques. Registration required.

A food giveaway is held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday.

A weight loss program, "Weight for Tomorrow," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

The center is holding a raffle for a handmade, Victorian-style quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Site Council. The drawing will be Dec. 15.

The center is seeking volunteers for the reception desk, creating fliers and serving in the kitchen. Varied hours and days are available Monday through Friday. Reception desk duties include welcoming visitors, answering the phone, giving center tours and other light clerical tasks. Some computer experience is helpful, but not necessary. Adults who enjoy being around senior citizens and have customer service skills are welcome.

The center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-848-4049.

Mount Airy site to hold computer classes, billiards

Mount Airy Senior Center has announced the following:

All seniors who go to the Mount Airy center must renew their membership each year. Open registration will be held next month.

Free blood pressure screening will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The 55 Plus Club will hold a luncheon meeting with entertainment starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

The center's computer lab is open to all seniors. Six computers and three printers are available. Computer classes in Word I will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays starting Oct. 4. Cost is $3. Reservations are required for classes.

The Billiards League will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays through October.

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