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Boomers in Brief

January 28, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

AARP Seeks Tax-Aides

Individuals interested in volunteer opportunities with the AARP Tax-Aide program are invited in an informational meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the community room at the Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville.

It is an opportunity to learn about the program, the role of volunteers, see a demonstration of the software and get answers to questions.

Tax-Aide is an all-volunteer service that has been providing free, confidential tax preparation and electronic filing for area residents for more than two decades. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to participate. Prior experience doing tax returns is not necessary, but some experience using computers is helpful.

The Tax-Aide program is a service of the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service as part of its Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

Information about Tax-Aide can also be found online at taxvolunteer. The site provide links to an online application for persons unable to attend the meeting, but who are interested in volunteering.

Free Workshop Set for Seniors

A free educational workshop for area senior citizens will be presented by local businesses.

The workshop, called "Are Your Ducks In A Row? Senior Health, Safety and Communicating Your Wishes," will be held at Liza's Place, 308 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The program is jointly sponsored by Kepner Funeral Homes, Spilman Thomas & Battle law office and Valley Hospice.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Liza's Place.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required by calling Kepner Funeral Homes at 304-232-5110 by Friday, Jan. 17.

Speakers for the workshop include:

Check in With Seniors Now

For a variety of reasons, older adults may have a harder time adjusting to extreme weather conditions. Older adults lose body heat more quickly and are more susceptible to hypothermia.

The Ohio Department of Aging encourages all Ohioans to check in on older loved ones and neighbors during cold temperatures to ensure that they have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.

What to watch for:

Environmental risks

Health risks

Food supplies

Access to help

More tips and resources for checking on loved ones and friends are available on the department's Facebook page, OhioDepartmentOf Aging.

Medicare Sets Online Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services National Training Program will host the first 2014 Learning Series webinar from 1-2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.

During this online session that can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet, seniors will get an overview of Understanding Medicare. Participants will learn how to:

The audio for the webinar will be delivered via the participant's computer's speakers. There will be no video.

To join the webinar, go to https://goto.webcasts. com/starthere.jsp?ei=1026743 .

Center to Host Lifestyle Group

Hancock County Senior Services has started a Healthy Lifestyle Habits support group for anyone wanting to develop lifestyle habits. Participants in the previous Group Lifestyle Balance Program can use this new support group as followup support.

The program takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and consists of daily food intake tracking, daily exercise tracking, weekly private weigh-in monitoring and exercise instruction and classes.

The group will encourage participants to engage in senior service classes and programs and develop solutions and action plans, positive affirmations and active listening skills.

Anyone interested in participating may call 304-564-3801 or 304-387-1036 for information or to register.

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