Age has its privileges in Centre County. People who are 60 or older qualify for a variety of programs offered through the Centre County Office of Aging and its six senior centers.
The local centers offer everything from line dancing and billiards to more traditional fare such as cards and crafts.
The county also offers a Telephone Touch Reassurance Program, a daily safety check in which emergency procedures go into effect if a person does not answer a call.
These services help to obtain legal advice on the client’s affairs for managing long-term care. Issues could include representative payee, power of attorney, trusts, life estate, guardianship and wills. Local services include the Centre County Office of Aging, 355-6716; MidPenn Legal Services, 238-4958; and Pennsylvania Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 800-692-7375.
For information about possible side effects, recommended dosages, potential interactions and over-the-counter medications, contact Community Help Centre at 237-5855 or a pharmacist.
RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
RSVP of Centre County helps individuals age 55 and older put their skills and life experiences to use through volunteering in the community. The staff assists each person in choosing the right opportunity based on the volunteer’s interests, abilities and schedule. RSVP receives requests for volunteer help from more than 100 community agencies and organizations. The RSVP office, 339 Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 355-6816 for information.
SENIOR CENTER AND HEALTH INFORMATION
Services for those age 60 and older include group meals, socialization, recreation and education programs tailored to the participants’ interests. Wellness is promoted through PrimeTime Health. For more information on programs, contact the Centre County Office of Aging at 355-6716. Find any senior center in the state at www.paseniorcenters.org.
For information about essential transportation services to and from medical appointments, shopping, human service agencies or senior centers, contact one of the following: Centre Area Transportation Authority at 238-2282; Centre County Office of Aging at 355-6716; Centre County Office of Transportation at 355-6807; RSVP office at 355-6816; or Community Help Centre at 234-8222.
Van service to all six senior centers is free by calling 355-6807 at least 24 hours in advance when planning to ride in a van or to eat a meal at a center. Centre County’s senior centers are free to all people age 60 and older. Call Sandy Schuckers at 355-6716 for information.
BELLEFONTE SENIOR CENTER
203 N. Spring St. Bellefonte, PA 16823
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
Activities: Internet access, board games, billiards, shopping trips, religious studies, exercise classes, craft classes, bingo, water exercises at nearby YMCA, trips to farmers markets, museums and Penn State
Special: Health checks with nurses, exercise workout room, educational and health-related seminars, volunteer opportunities
CENTRE HALL SENIOR CENTER
207 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, PA 16828
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Activities: Outings, Bible readings, walks, crafts, computers
Special: Information given on health-related issues, blood-pressure screenings
CENTRE REGION SENIOR CENTER
131 S. Fraser St., State College, PA 16801
Web site: www.crpr.org
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Activities: Fitness programs such as line dancing, weight lifting and yoga, performance groups, variety of recreational and educational programs; noontime meals every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and alternating Tuesdays, and Thursdays if enough reservations are made
Special: Educational opportunities are available through OLLI at Penn State, a cooperative group that promotes daytime activities, programs and special events
PENNS VALLEY SENIOR CENTER
102 Leisure Lane, Madisonburg
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Activities: Parties, educational programs, trips, support groups, crafts, exercise room, two computers with Internet access, monthly evening card parties, bowling, trips to farmers markets
Special: Transportation to doctor appointments on Thursdays
PHILIPSBURG SENIOR CENTER
Philipsburg Towers, 300 N. Front St. Philipsburg, PA 16866
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
Activities: Parties, trips, strength training and chair exercises, cards, bingo, crafts, board games, swimming program at Clearfield YMCA, bowling, shopping trips to State College, Clearfield, Mill Hall and Altoona
Special: Blood-pressure screenings twice a month, assistance provided for PACE applications and property tax rebate forms, home-delivered meals in Philipsburg area
SNOW SHOE SENIOR CENTER
Mountain Top Medical Center
402 Sycamore Road
P.O. Box 152, Snow Shoe, PA 16874
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday
Activities: Swimming program at YMCA in Bellefonte, bingo, crafts, poetry reading, Bible study, playing cards, bowling, farmers market
Special: Trips to State College on Thursdays and Fridays, home-delivered meals, doctor appointments daily
KARTHAUS CENTER FOR ACTIVE LIVING (CLEARFIELD COUNTY)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
3637 Main St., Karthaus, PA 16845
Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Activities: Ceramics, puzzles, crafts and Internet
KYLERTOWN CENTER FOR ACTIVE LIVING (CLEARFIELD COUNTY)
P.O. Box 125
70 Senior Drive Kylertown, PA 16847
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday
Activities: Puzzles, reading, computer/Internet service, crafts and quilting