MACEDONIA – Seniors have plenty of activities to keep them busy in February at the Senior Center in Macedonia, 9691 Valley View Road.
Although the weather and illness closed the center Feb. 1, Senior Coordinator Cheryl Kuczma said card games, hearty lunches and BINGO will be provided at the Monday, Wednesday and Friday meetings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A smaller group meets on Thursdays for foot care appointments twice a month.
The kitchen renovations are nearly done along with the senior center banquet room renovations previously completed and financed with two grants totaling $80,000 from Summit County, Kuczma said.
"We can fit about 100 people in our banquet room and have a game room for more people," she said.
Members, who range from newly retired to 100, don't have to live in Macedonia and come from all over the area, she said. The Nordonia Hills Senior Center joined in June of 2018.
"I think it's important for seniors to get our and be social with their peers," Kuczma said. "Almost everybody who comes for the first time almost always finds somebody they know from church or different groups. They know each other and social interaction is very good."
Northfield Village, Sagamore Hills and Northfield Center pay $3,500 each annually toward utilities, supplies and meals. The City of Macedonia subsidizes supplies, maintenance and the $5 meals which seniors pay $4 for and is the only cost.
Attendance averages from 45 on Mondays to 70 on Fridays. Seniors who don't get out a lot look forward to coming, Kuczma said. In addition, a lot of seniors don't cook anymore at home and enjoy the hearty meals.
"We serve 150 lunches a week," Kuczma said. "Everybody leaves with a full belly."
Meals vary from stuffed cabbage, meatloaf, breaded pork chops and more and include a side dish or vegetable, bread and dessert. Leftovers can be purchased for $3 for a take-home dinner.
"We are looking for recipients who need meals delivered to their homes," Kuczma said. "Volunteers are standing by to take meals to people on their way home. It's a new thing we're launching this year."
Besides, BINGO, members can enjoy entertainment, crafts, activities, games and clinics on senior self defense, home improvements, safety, scam prevention, Medicare 101 and health.
Some of the programs offer information and what is available in the community, she said.
"They don't want to hear about nursing homes but they need to keep up on the information and what is available if they need it," Kuczma said. "I try to sneak in a little bit of education for them."
For more information, see http://www.macedonia.oh.us/senior-center/, or call Kuczma at 330-468-8300 ext 432.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.