Seniors

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Participation in the arts has proven to be an integral part of successful aging. SAC offers many arts programs; classes in music, language, dance and the applied arts are available at low or no cost.

One such program, the arts and crafts group, meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 1–3 p.m.  Project ideas come from the group and its leaders, Susan Roberts and Leone Lee.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 5:46 PM, 01.31.2016

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 4: Members of Heights High's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Robert Cronquist (Class of 1947) and Bernice Shanker (Class of 1946) will speak about their achievements and experiences. Cronquist has conducted various orchestras, and is music director for the acclaimed Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. Shanker has dedicated her life to education, teaching in local public schools.

Feb. 11: Instumentalists and vocalists from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform a concert.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 5:50 PM, 01.31.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Boulevard, offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

One of the best-kept secrets at the senior center, though not for lack of “tooting its own horn,” is a program that has had a storied history and continues to offer Cleveland Heights seniors a weekly, no-cost, good time. 

The program, known as “Hum & Strum,” meets every Monday morning at 10 a.m. for an hour and a half of music making, singing and stories. Participants can bring their own instruments or choose a rhythm instrument stored on-site, or can come just to join in the singing.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 12.31.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Jan. 7: Mayor Susan Infeld reflects on the issues, accomplishments, and challenges of providing service in the City of University Heights. Patrick Grogan, the city’s coordinator for economic and community development, outlines various county, state and federal assistance programs available to help senior citizens.

Jan. 14: Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, summarizes her scholarly research and life experiences, and discusses her  first book, Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.31.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Dec. 3: Instumentalists and vocalists from the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the country's distinguished music conservatories for both undergraduate and graduate students, will perform a concert.

Dec. 10: Caryn Candisky, district representative for U.S. Senator Robert Portman, will discuss the senator's work to bring child predators to justice, to end human trafficking, and to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 11:44 AM, 12.02.2015

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, located in the Cleveland Heights Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Meet “Ms. Duck,” a vital senior center member and valued volunteer. Earlene Starks Marshall, known to all as Ms. Duck, volunteers to teach two free exercise classes each week: Walking Warm-Up and Workout with Ms. Duck.

Held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., these free, fun fitness classes are based on movement to music using weights, bands and balls. The classes are done using a chair, with participants seated or standing, and are appropriate for any fitness level.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 11:41 AM, 12.02.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Nov. 5:  Linda Miller recently retired after 28 years as a music specialist at The Music Settlement, and will share recollections of her work with students, most of whom were under the age of six. By her estimate, Miller influenced as many as 12,000 young lives with her teaching, singing, composing and playing, and she also spent 25 years in CH-UH public schools.

Nov. 12: Instumentalists and vocalists from the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the country's distinguished music conservatories for both undergraduate and graduate students, will perform a concert.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:33 PM, 10.30.2015

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for CH residents 60 and older. The following programs are among the highlights for November:

Nov. 10 to Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon, “Diabetes Self-Management Workshop.” This free workshop for people living with type 1 or 2 diabetes covers techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, appropriate exercise, information on healthy eating, appropriate use of medication, and tips on how to work more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Space is limited and registration is required.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:31 PM, 10.30.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Oct. 1: Philip J. Metres III, poet, essayist and professor of English at John Carroll University, will talk. He is the inaugural recipient of the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters.

Oct. 8: Lowell Perry Jr., director of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, will describe the work of the nonprofit, to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of its children, closing gaps in achievement and creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:18 PM, 09.30.2015

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, located in the CH Community Center at the corner of Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard, offers a wide variety of programming for CH residents over 60. October highlights include a new class—Argentine Tango—and a talk on “Aging with a Plan.”

A social dance based on a natural gait, tango can be enjoyed and danced by adults well into their 90s. Participants will learn the basics of tango along with information about its history and the culture in which it developed. Tango is scheduled on Friday mornings, 9:30–11 a.m., through mid-November. The fee is $25 for eight weeks. Seniors are invited to try it once for free, to see if the class is for them. (No partner is necessary.)

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:16 PM, 09.30.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

After an August break, Senior Citizen Happenings resumes its schedule of weekly talks on Sept. 10. Sponsored by the City of University Heights, the talks are open to all senior citizens, and take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 10: Joseph Valencic, president of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, will present the story of Frankie Yankovic, Cleveland’s own legendary Polka King.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:03 PM, 08.31.2015

Village in the Heights in development to serve local seniors

Aging in the year 2015 is very different from what it was a generation ago. Today, more people live well into their 90s, many seniors have some form of a weekly work schedule, and even those who retire to their third act—the last two or three decades of their lives—strive to live fully and vibrantly in their homes.

In Cleveland’s eastern suburbs, a group of neighbors has been working to establish a “virtual senior village” in University Heights. The organization, to be known as Village in the Heights, is now in high gear with operational startup expected this fall. Membership for residents in University Heights is open to anyone 65 or older.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:59 AM, 07.31.2015

Seniors invited to annual HRRC expo on Sept. 1

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites seniors to attend its annual Senior Expo, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 10 am to 2:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

Workshops and exhibitors will help seniors plan ahead to protect their biggest investment—their home. Speakers will discuss such topics as understanding homeowner’s insurance and how to use it, deciding which home improvements will have the biggest effect on a home’s resale value, options for using home equity to pay for repairs and improvements, and avoiding scams by unscrupulous lenders and contractors.

No reservations are required for the Senior Expo, which is free and open to residents of all communities. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.31.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

July 2: Joanie Kaufman, who provides the delightful piano music for the popular High Tea served every Wednesday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic, will celebrate Independence Day by performing a medley of patriotic hymns and the best of Broadway’s hits.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.01.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 1:49 PM, 05.29.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 8:50 AM, 05.01.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

April 2: Paul Marasco, staff scientist in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute's biomedical engineering department, will describe his work—funded in part by a $2.5 million award from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—to develop prosthetic limbs that feel and function like natural limbs, via technologies in sensory integration.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.31.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

March 5: In their previous visit to Senior Citizen Happenings, students at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) performed beautiful arias from the beloved operas of Giuseppe Verdi. Today’s performance will feature the work of another esteemed composer as the students celebrate the 95th anniversary of the founding of CIM, acclaimed for its superior music programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:48 AM, 02.27.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 5: Rick Jackson, UH's 2014 Citizen of the Year and host of “Morning Edition" on WVIZ's Ideastream, and Bob Perko, UH's 2014 Employee of the Year and member of the UH Fire Department, will each reflect on their respective occupations and contributions to the community.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 6:42 PM, 01.29.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Jan. 8:  “Big Chuck” Schodowski, a legendary TV personality who spent 47 years on WJW Channel 8, recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He'll reminisce about being hired for a “temporary” position that he wasn’t sure was permanent until he retired in 2007., Schodowski created hundreds of characters and entertained countless audiences in a television career that started in 1960.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:50 AM, 01.05.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 1:54 PM, 12.01.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205 or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.31.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205 or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Oct 2: Sarah Ryzner, director of Thriving Communities Institute for Western Reserve Land Conservancy, will discuss the institute's work to preserve essential community assets, such as clean water, working farms, wildlife areas and parks, to ensure a quality of life that attracts and retains a great diversity of residents.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.30.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205 or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 4: Mickie McGraw, pioneer art therapist, contracted polio in 1953, at the age of 11. She studied art and then counseling, and helped establish the country's first art therapy studio. She will discuss her decades of transformative and healing work with disabled patients.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.29.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

July 3: There is no program scheduled for this week.

July 10: Nylajean R. McDaniel, the outgoing superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, will reflect on her distinguished career in education as she prepares to retire on July 31.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 6:30 PM, 07.01.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

June 5: Mickie McGraw, pioneer art therapist, contracted polio in 1953, at the age of 11. She studied art and then counseling, and helped establish the country's first art therapy studio. She will discuss her decades of transformative and healing work with disabled patients.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.02.2014

Heights senior Ella Hopkins bowls two perfect games

Ella Hopkins, 86, enjoys Wii bowling at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. She usually bowls over 200, but her goal was to bowl 300—a perfect game. On March 26, the day before her birthday, she bowled two perfect games, back-to-back. Way to go Ella!

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:26 AM, 06.02.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

May 1: David Fleshler, Case Western Reserve University associate provost, describes how international students have transformed the campus into an oasis of multiculturism. The school's largest-ever international class enrolled last September, enriching both the academic environment and the local community.

May 8: Chuck Mosberger of Design Wyse Interiors, shares tales of his travels around the world in search of antiques. He'll recount his experiences and finds, which include a 4,000-year-old alabaster bust of an Egyptian queen, tapestries from Thailand and a cabinet from Windsor Castle.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:16 PM, 05.01.2014

Money management classes for older adults start May 13

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) helps senior prepare for the lifestyle transitions that come with age. Moving from work to retirement, or from one’s home to an apartment or assisted living facility, are among the changes that can pose physical, emotional and financial adjustments to seniors and their families.

To help seniors prepare for such transitions, HRRC will offer a series of free, one-hour classes this spring and summer, focusing on financial issues affecting seniors:

Tuesday, May 13: “Managing Your Money as You Age” will cover the importance of budgeting and credit management, especially when adjusting to a fixed income; maintaining good credit and low debt; and how to protect oneself from fraud and scams.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:15 PM, 05.01.2014

HRRC celebrates Seniors Day on April 9

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has planned an event specifically for senior homeowners, to assist them in managing home repairs and making better use of their homes.

“Celebrate Seniors Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road (two blocks north of Monticello Boulevard) in Cleveland Heights.

Seniors are invited to drop in any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for refreshments and information on how HRRC can help them complete repair and renovation projects.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.08.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

April 3:  Sanford Herskovitz, aka Mister Brisket, traces his unique odyssey, which includes Army service and stints as a stockbroker and teacher, as well as degrees in zoology, psychology and education. Nothing satisfied the white-bearded, gregarious world traveler like his family's meat business on South Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights, which his father founded and which he has maintained for 37 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.31.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Jan. 9: Stephen Cory, director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Cleveland State University, charts the spread of Islam across the world, and explores the history and achievements of Islamic culture highlighting the Mediterranean region, Africa and Asia.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:31 PM, 01.02.2014

Art show at Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center

An art exhibition at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center features work by seniors who take art classes with instructor Susan Morse. Some of the works are for sale, and the show will be on view until mid-July.

Visitors can vote for their favorite piece, and the winner will receive a people’s choice award at the end of July. The prize will be a free art class. The Senior Center is inside the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd.

Pictured are: (front row, from left) Elaine Irvin, Kay Aldrich, Susan Roberts, Deloris JacksonBey, Steven Jin; (back row, from left) Carol Walton, Nichol Brown, Elaine Wolk, Rebecca Jefferson, Susan Morse (instructor), and Joann London. Photo by Simone Jasper.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.02.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

July 4: In observance of Independence Day, there is no program today.

July 11: Debra Mandel, director of the Monarch School at Bellefaire for Children with Autism, describes innovative measures the school is taking to address this neurological disorder and help young people master skills, communicate meaningfully and form relationships to enrich their lives.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.02.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 11:54 AM, 02.28.2013

Focus group on senior housing scheduled for Feb. 12

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging identifies concerns of older area residents and makes recommendations to city council when appropriate.

Commission members are currently addressing the longstanding lack of accessible, affordable housing for older residents who no longer can, or wish to, remain in their homes. Many seniors would prefer to remain in Cleveland Heights, but have few options.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.31.2013

February Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the University Heights Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336. 

Feb. 7: Amanda Dempsey, Market District director for Ohio City Inc. on behalf of the West Side Market, shares a PowerPoint presentation of the market's 2012 centennial celebration and its enduring appeal.

Feb. 14: David Rothstein, project director for asset building for Policy Matters Ohio, talks about the launch of an annual campaign to build financial security, Cleveland Saves and America Saves.

Feb. 21: Debra Janik, senior vice president of real estate and business development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, highlights its catalytic role in the transformation of our urban neighborhoods.

Feb. 28: Apryl Rashid, museum educator for the Western Reserve Historical Society, gives a PowerPoint introduction to its storied history, collections, resources, facilities, services and current exhibits.


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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 12:33 PM, 01.31.2013

January Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the University Heights Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

Jan. 10: Jennifer Peck, partner in the law firm of Budish, Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltc., will discuss aspects of estate planning, probate avoidance, elder law, and use of wills and trusts.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:14 PM, 01.02.2013

December Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library.

Dec. 6: The City at Your Service. Meet University Heights Police Chief Steve Hammett, Fire Chief Dave Rodney, Service Director Jeff Pokorny, Building Commissioner Dave Menn, Finance Director Larry Heiser, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:59 AM, 12.03.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for July

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library, with the exception of the July 26 event, which meets at the Maltz Museum.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:16 PM, 06.28.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for June

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library.

June 7: Pierre van der Westhuizen, executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, identifies the major winners of the 2011 Competition and plays their music in tribute to the 23-year tenure (1989–2012) and inspired leadership of his distinguished predecessor, Karen Knowlton.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 AM, 06.06.2012

Heights Culinary Heritage Show at Council Gardens on June 24

Council Gardens willl host the first-ever Heights Culinary Heritage Show, on June 24, at 2501 North Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The free, festive gathering for adults in the community will begin at 5:00 p.m., and is supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

The evening will include free refreshments, ethnic music and dancing, tours of Council Gardens and the recent improvements financed by a $1.6 million Federal Green Retrofit Program Grant. There also will be tours of the organic produce gardens and an ethnic food recipe contest.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 05.30.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for May

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library.


May 3: Fred Griffith, for 30 years the popular host of “Morning Exchange” on WEWS-TV and “Good Morning” on WKYC-TV, reflects on his broadcasting experience, which has earned him many viewers and lasting esteem in the profession.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 11:19 AM, 05.02.2012

Meals on Wheels needs additional volunteers to provide critical assistance

For senior adults and people with physical or mental challenges, simple tasks like shopping and cooking can be difficult to perform. The Meals on Wheels program (MOW) offers a helpful solution, providing nutritious meals delivered right to the door.

MOW volunteers package and deliver two meals a day, five days a week, to people in need throughout our community. The food is prepared fresh each morning at the A.M. McGregor Home, divided into individual packages at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, and delivered to clients between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:30 AM, 02.29.2012

February Senior Citizen Happenings in University Heights

All events take place on Thursdays, at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library. Sponsored by the City of University Heights. 

Feb. 2 

Richard Weiner, principal percussionist and senior member of the Cleveland Orchestra, reflects on a half-century of performing around the world.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 02.01.2012

Moving and relocation services provide valuable help for senior adults

When senior adults make the decision to move to a smaller home, move in with their children, or relocate to assisted living, the tasks involved can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Seniors are often physically unable to take care of moving on their own, and their children are often busy with work or live far away. Senior relocation services can help take much of the burden off of their shoulders.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:52 AM, 02.01.2012

Legal and estate planning for senior adults

As people age, one of the most uncomfortable things to think about is planning for a time when they may no longer be able to take care of themselves or make their own legal and financial decisions.

Seniors with no plans for long-term care or estate management often rely on their families for care and assistance with complicated legal matters. While people seldom want to be a burden on their families, the percentage of senior citizens in this situation is growing. It is important to plan ahead in case these situations arise.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:34 PM, 10.17.2011

The story of a lifetime--writing your personal legacy

Everyone has a valuable story to tell. The experiences, accomplishments, and lessons we have learned throughout our lives are unique. Recording your life story is a way for your loved ones to learn more about who you are and what is important to you. It is also therapeutic to reflect on your life’s progress, and to analyze what you have accomplished and what you would still like to accomplish.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 11:15 AM, 08.09.2011

Gardening at the Senior Center

On June 3, five senior volunteers purchased several dozen perennial plants and planted them in the oval garden near the entrance to the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. Much of the garden contains annuals. Last year and this year, senior members donated money to buy the perennial plants for the remainder of the garden. 

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.05.2011

Heights offers many referral services for senior adults

Many families feel confused, pressured, and frustrated when it comes to deciding how best to care for an aging parent who is becoming more dependent. There are many questions that need to be answered: How will we make the time? How do we decide between home care and assisted living? How do we know when a parent has dementia or Alzheimer’s? What legal and financial issues do we need to be concerned about?

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:41 PM, 07.04.2011

Art on display at the Senior Center

Ninety works of art, including colored pencil, collage and water color, were matted and hung by Elaine Volk in the beginning of June and will continue to be on display at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center through August.

Susan Morse, a graduate of Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Art, taught the class in which the works were produced.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 06.28.2011

Local resources for families affected by Alzheimer's disease

An estimated 230,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and that number is unfortunately rising. As our senior adult population grows, so does the number of families affected by this disease. Statistics are only statistics though, when they apply to someone else. What happens when one of our Heights-area families becomes one of those statistics? Where can we turn for local, reliable, caring help?

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:44 PM, 04.18.2011

Programs and activities for area seniors

Cleveland Heights and University Heights are great places for senior citizens. Our local governments provide a variety of interesting classes and beneficial programs for people of retirement age. For example, the Senior Activity Center (SAC) in Cleveland Heights provides programs to roughly 1,900 seniors annually.

The center is located at the corner of Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard. With bright, open rooms and a helpful, knowledgeable staff, the center comprises a "great and friendly group of people," said Amy Jenkins, social and recreation coordinator for the center, and director of the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:46 PM, 03.01.2011

First wave of boomers reaches Medicare age

If you were born in 1946, you are part of the first wave of baby boomers to reach Medicare age. This year, you are eligible to start receiving health care benefits through Medicare. You must contact the Social Security Administration to enroll; it does not happen automatically. You may sign up as early as three months before your 65th birthday. To enroll in Medicare, telephone the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213. Happy Birthday!

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 5:46 PM, 01.14.2011

CWRU dean highlights NIH study on cataracts and Alzheimer’s for Heights senior citizens on Jan. 27

Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, Ph.D., dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will highlight a new study exploring the link between vision restored and the quality of life for patients with both cataracts and Alzheimer’s disease when he addresses the University Heights Senior Adult Network at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. 

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.31.2010

Heights seniors win Wii tournament

Congratulations to Cleveland Heights Senior Center Wii Bowlers who recently won their first tournament. Pictured from left to right are: Marcelo Atanasio, Ann Holman, Ella Hopkins, Aundrey Pierce and Earlene Starks-Marshall.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 12:12 PM, 06.23.2010

New book discusses elder care

Increasingly more families are assuming caregiving responsibilities as they keep their aging relatives at home. Although this experience can prove stressful, it definitely has its positive aspects. How could it not when it offers people a chance to develop talents they never thought they had?

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:31 PM, 11.04.2009

Alcazar presents 'From House to Home'

As people age, they often find that their house is getting too big and the yard is becoming too much to manage. Yet even thinking about change can be overwhelming. The Alcazar, an institution that offers independent living for seniors, is offering free workshops this fall.

"From House to Home" is a series of workshops designed to help seniors and their children think about the next stage of their lives. These free programs will be held at the Alcazar, 2450 Derbyshire Road, on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning with a reception at 6:30, catered by Ben Cyr, owner of Green Planet Catering.
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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 PM, 08.25.2009

Free classes offer adventure for seniors

Bored? Missing the thrill of challenge and adventure in your life? They say wisdom comes with age, so why not put it to good use and try something different? 

Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University and other area institutions offer free classes to seniors.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 PM, 06.13.2009

Group seeks to help seniors stay at home

A local group, Staying at Home, is interested in establishing a system that would help senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible. A questionnaire distributed earlier this year had a good response and the group is looking for providers who are interested in participating in this program.

The most important needs indicated on the survey include computer assistance, house cleaning, post-storm cleanup, gutters, meal preparation, transportation, handyman, medical bill assistance, window cleaning, home care and pet sitting.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 05.01.2009