County’s three senior centers have much to offer

(From left) Elaine Riley, Cindy Shoemaker, and Marjorie Hopkins perform a coordination activity during Ruth Kennedy’s sitting exercise and strengthening class at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center in London. The class takes place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Kennedy is a registered nurse.

(Posted May 10, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Senior Citizens Center in London, Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center in West Jefferson, and Pleasant Valley Senior Citizens Center in Plain City offer a variety of services and activities.

Madison County Senior Citizens Center
Address: 280 W. High St., London; P.O. Box 389, London, OH 43140
Phone: 740-852-3001
Web address: www.mcsenior.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Senior Café hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For individuals who are 55 or older, dine-in meals are $6 and carryout meals are $6.50. For individuals younger than 55, all meals are $6.50.

Annual membership fee: $15 per person or $25 for married couples per year. A membership registration form can be downloaded from the center’s website.

Eligibility: Members must be 55 or older. There is no residency requirement.

Services offered: Assistance with utility bills when funds are available, adult day center, transportation (for individuals 60 and older) for doctor appointments, grocery trips, hair appointments and the like; foot care; and a diabetic and weight loss support group.

Activities: Billiards, easy exercises guided by a nurse, other exercises, chair volleyball, bowling, euchre, bridge, trips (from mystery lunches and shopping to out-of-state and overseas excursions), quilting classes, movies, painting classes and more.
Coming up: The center plans to install a shuffleboard court and horseshoe pits at its outdoor shelter house.

Governing board for 2023: Misty Bradley, executive director; Donna Sheridan, president; Jerry Tompkins, vice president; Loretta Anthony, secretary; Sharon Manion, Steve Saltsman, and Tom Lawrence.

A crowd gathered on April 28 to play euchre at the West Jeffersonian Senior Center. Starting in May, the center will host euchre from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center
Address: 174 E. Main St., West Jefferson
Phone: 380-895-6159; Virginia Miller, president, (614) 302-8883
Email address: westjeffersonseniorcitizen@gmail.com
Hours: The center is open certain hours each month for different services and activities.

Annual membership fee: $10

Eligibility: Members must be 50 or older. There is no residency requirement.

Activities: Potlucks 12-2 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month, euchre 2:30-4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month, and group trips throughout the year.

Services offered: The center is a host site for Madison County for the commodity supplemental food program for low-income individuals who are 60 or older. There is no residency requirement. Distribution takes place from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Friday of each month. (Dates vary in November and December due to the holidays.) Participants receive a 30-pound box of shelf-stable food, a block of government cheese, and fresh produce. Delivery is available for shut-ins.

Open house: The center welcomes the public to visit to learn more about the organization. The open house is set for 12-2 p.m. May 18. Refreshments will be served.

Officers for the commodity supplemental food program are Virginia Miller, president, and Ada Cochran, vice president and treasurer; and Jamielynn Chapman, secretary.

Pleasant Valley Senior Citizens Center
Address: 390 Allgyer Dr., Plain City
Phone: (614) 873-8870
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Lunch: 11 a.m.-noon. Cost is $3.50. Meals provided by Memorial Health of Marysville.

Annual membership fee: $10 per person. Members receive a monthly newsletter listing activities and events. Stop by the center to fill out a membership form.

Eligibility: Members must be 55 or older. There is no residency requirement.

Services offered: The center partners with Daily Needs Assistance (DNA) to provide members with transportation twice a month for grocery shopping. The bus goes to Walmart the first Thursday of the month and to Aldi’s the third Thursday of the month. Pickup is at 10 a.m. at the center.

Activities: Monthly craft projects, bingo twice a month (dates vary), euchre at noon on Fridays, Bible study at noon on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, and quilting all day on Tuesdays. The Lunch Bunch goes to a different restaurant each month, spring through fall. The center celebrates members’ birthdays once a month; Memorial Health provides special lunches for the occasion. Members are welcome to stop by anytime during regular hours to work puzzles, play dominos, sign out books from the center’s library, and more.

Senior Appreciation Day: Memorial Health is providing special lunches from 11 a.m. to noon on May 16-18 in celebration of Senior Citizens Week.

Governing board: Irene Fryman, president and interim activities director; Donna Reed, vice president; and Lois Lowry, secretary/treasurer. Note: The center is in need of a new activities director. The job pays $200 a month and requires approximately four hours of work per week. Call the center for details.

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