Aug/Sept 2017, Vol. XVIII, No 1

Music, Food and Fun for a Good Cause

The Council’s Homemade Treats and JamFest is just a few weeks away and we hope you will consider supporting the Council by stopping out for all or part of this family friendly event. We are excited to be holding this year’s JamFest in the Xenia Community Center gym, next door to the Council’s office on W. Second St. and we are thrilled to have the widely unknown Juliette Child stopping in to get some tips from our Greene County bakers!
We have local oldies band The Hoppers sharing their music and energy with us, and this alone is worth the $10 ticket! But wait … there’s more! There will be a variety of games to try, with no particular skill or talent needed. And our Country Store will be set-up for those of you interested in purchasing a jar or two of jam, cookies or bread, or some wonderfully creative items handcrafted by some very talented Council volunteers. And in Council fashion, a tasty refreshment menu is planned and will be ready for you to enjoy.
We are thrilled to have Paul Newman, Jr. returning as our play-by-play announcer for the Cloud Races which kick off at 4:45pm. An impressive array of silent auction baskets have been pulled together which you can find on the Council’s website ( On-line bidding is available and the final bids will be taken at the JamFest.

The highlight of the event, however, is the Live Auction with auctioneer Lee Duteil of the Beavercreek Senior Center and his trusty sidekick Ed Marrinan of the Greene County Community Foundation. 

The auction starts at 5:30pm and mouths will be watering at the sight/descriptions of the homemade pies, cakes, cookies, jams, breads and candies. It is quite exciting to bid, but it is just as exciting to watch!

For those who have come out in previous years, thank you and we look forward to seeing you again (with 2 or 3 of your friends!) For those who have heard about the JamFest and wondered what all the fuss is about—this is the year to see it for yourselves. It is an event you won’t forget and one you will be telling your friends about. It has the best recipe for success, combining food, music, laughter, great people and an important cause. Parking is free, the building is air conditioned, and you will be greeted with a smile.
Wednesday, August 16th
4pm to 6:30pm
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
Tickets—$10; available at the senior centers, Council office and at the JamFest door
Please help spread the word and if you are on Facebook ~ please ‘share’ and watch for photos!

It's Your Money: IRS Scams

We wish we weren’t writing another newsletter article about scams, but unfortunately, America’s elderly population is an extremely inviting target for criminals, and we are trying to keep you safe from the ever increasing ways your money and/or your identity can be stolen. Even though tax season has come and gone, tax scammers are still hard at work, so we are focusing on tax scams and the IRS in this newsletter. In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communications. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail to set up their victims.

Click here for information about how to detect telephone, mail, and e-mail scams, and what to do about them. 

For Your Consideration
Getting organized is a difficult and stress-producing task, but important to the majority of us. Lack of time and energy play a role, as do other barriers, including perfectionism, procrastination, hoarding tendencies, and dealing with guilt.
To give ourselves a boost in the right direction, we invite you to join us for:

Mindful Home Organizing:

Take the First Step

Lori Firsdon of Forte Organizers
Saturday, September 30th 

Registration, Morning Refreshments and Information Displays
Beavercreek Christian Church

3009 Shakertown Road
The Council is partnering with the Beavercreek Christian Church to present this program and we are pleased to have the high-energy and always inspiring Lori Firsdon help to ‘take the first step’.
There is no cost for this program but reservations are requested by September 27th and can be made by contacting the Council at 937-376-5486 or . We encourage you to bring paper products to be donated to area food pantries for our neighbors in need.

  It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!

The fall It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life! is set and the program brochure will be available mid-August. This exceptional program brings together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial, and long term care issues.  

Tuesdays, October 3rd through the 31st, 6pm—8:30pm

Xenia Community Center

1265 W. Second St

(next to the Council’s office).

The cost is $40 per household and includes handouts, heavy refreshments, and a chance to learn from area professionals. To request the brochure, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or

Directory of Services & Support  Available
We are pleased to announce the Council’s Directory of Services & Support is now available for Greene County seniors, caregivers and community members. You can pick up your Directory at one of the senior centers or at the Council’s Xenia or Beavercreek offices. It is also available on-line at .
The Directory includes information about the Council, but more importantly it includes contact information on senior and caregiver related resources, such as: community-based services like adult day services, home-delivered meals and in-home care; consumer information covering senior discounts, home emergency supplies, and identity theft; health-related issues/organizations including arthritis, developmental disabilities, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease; residential care; senior centers; wellness; volunteer opportunities; and much more.
Music and the Brain
Our next Music and the Brain program is:
Wednesday, September 20th
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
(next to the Council’s office)
Our theme is More Than a Mood Changer and an entertaining and energizing afternoon has been planned. We will be playing our own version of ‘Name That Tune’, enjoying some easy-to-do-at-home exercises and dance moves to familiar melodies, and closing with an old-fashioned sing-a-long—generating a flood of tapping toes, clapping hands and humming for the ride home! There is no cost to participate but reservations are appreciated in order to plan for set-up, materials and brain-healthy refreshments. Brochures are available at the senior centers, Council offices, and on the Council website ( ). You can also request a brochure by calling or e-mailing the Council at 937-376-5486 or . We hope you join us!
Fall Prevention Awareness
According to the Ohio Department of Aging, one in three older Ohioans will fall this year. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospital stays, and deaths for seniors, but they do not have to be. During September, Fall Prevention Awareness month, a number of programs and activities have been scheduled at the senior centers to promote fall prevention and to help keep us strong, safe and upright! And if your organization/group is interested in having a speaker on fall prevention, please call or e-mail the Council at 937-376-5486 or .
Changing of the Guard
The Council’s Annual Luncheon Meeting was held June 20th and members, guests, volunteers, and staff came together to share in the accomplishments of 2016. Remarks were offered by Membership Chairperson Judy Baker and Board Vice-President Kraig Hagler, the 2016 Annual Report was presented and elections were held.
Judy Baker, Kari Higgins, and Karen Wolford were re-elected to the Membership Advisory Council. Kraig Hagler, Andrea Harkleroad, and Becky Schatzberg were re-elected to the Board of Directors.
The 2017—2018 Board officers were elected at the July 11th Board meeting:
President ~ Ruth Paulus
Vice-President ~ Kraig Hagler
Treasurer ~ Chris Pomfret
Secretary ~ Paul Brown
  Conference on Aging

The Council is again partnering with the Yellow Springs Senior Center to present a Conference on Aging for seniors, caregivers and professionals.

Living in a World With Dementia

Thursday, October 12th 

9:30am to 3pm 

Antioch University Midwest.

Dr. Daniel L. Swagerty, Professor and Chair of Geriatrics at WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine is the Keynote speaker and will talk about research developments. Breakout session topics include: Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease; Dementia and Depression; Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment; and Keeping Our Brains Sharp. Brochures will be available by the end of August at the senior centers, Council, and Council’s website. The registration fee is $15 and the registration deadline is October 2nd.

Donor Spotlight
Please join us in thanking our donors who have shared a gift since the last newsletter.

In Memory Of:
Garnet Beam, Harold Fawley, Ruth Lentz, Angelo Manzo.

John & Beth Ey, Eugene Johnson, Larry & Susan Lentz, Bob & Ann Larkins, Roberta McQuade, Don & Sadie Necina, Helen Ornella, Ann Rolwing, Joan Rolwing, John Welling, John & Crista Taylor, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Zimmer.

Energizers’ ~ Those Giving of Time & Talent:
Carolee Buccalo, Judy Cartisano, Phyllis Desch, Leah Donohue, Evelyn Ferguson, Alforetta Hughes, Linda Jones, Muriel Keyes, George Knight, Nancy Mullins, Foy Neff, Sherry Newcomer, Carolyn Ponder, Joe Radin, Ken Richardson, Priscilla Stevens, Ginny Vikmanis, Pat Welch, Dee Willis, Barbara Werth.

A Special Thank You To Our Partners and Fellow Businesses who supported the Business After Hours the Council hosted for the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce

Added Touch Cleaning
Dynamic Senior Solutions
Ellie Home Caring     
Fairborn Senior Center
Hillside Assisted Living
Hospice of the Miami Valley
Ed & Fran O’Shaughnessy
Reichley Insurance Agency
Brian & Stephanie Stephan
Greene County Community Foundation
Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center
Hammond, Stier, & Stadnicar        
Stephan & Stephan Law Group, LLC
Xenia Adult Recreations & Services Center
Upcoming Programs & Meetings
Medicare 101 (offered every other month)
Wednesday, August 9th ~ 6:30pm—8:00pm
Council’s Beavercreek Space, Beaver View Health Center
3095 Dayton-Xenia Rd/Dark Brown Building
Homemade Treats and JamFest/Music by The Hoppers
Wednesday, August 16th ~ 4:00 — 6:30pm
Xenia Community Center, 1265 W. Second Street
Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease (offered every other month)
Wednesday, September 13th ~ 6:30pm—8:30pm
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street, Xenia
Music and the Brain: More Than a Mood Changer!
Wednesday, September 20th ~ 2:00pm—5:00pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia
Mindful Home Organizing: Take the First Step
Saturday, September 30th ~ 9:00am—12:00pm
Beavercreek Christian Church ~ 3009 Shakertown Road
It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
Tuesdays, October 3rd thru 31st ~ 6:00pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia


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Committed to Seniors and Caregivers
Our mission: To promote independence and quality of life for Greene County senior citizens and caregivers by facilitating and supporting the development, implementation and continual improvement of a comprehensive and coordinated system of contact and care.