Dec 2016/Jan 2017, Vol. XVII, No 3

Holiday Gift Soiree and Open House
We have been preparing for the Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House for the last six months and we hope you will add it to your busy calendar. This ‘event’ will be held at the Xenia Community Center next to the Council’s office, where you will find yourselves transported to a winter wonderland sprinkled with vignettes we hope will bring back some special memories of years gone by.

There will be an expanded Furry Friend Corner, with toys and homemade treats for our dogs and cats. And some furry-inspired items for ourselves! We will also have a variety of popular sports-team holiday items and several patriotic-inspired items.

A large and lovely dollhouse will be on display, along with the Old Toy Shoppe, Vintage Collection, and an illumination of angels. The Country Room will showcase tabletop trees, hand painted signs, yarn and textile creations, and personal gifts including eye masks & zippered pouches.

The Soiree would not be the same without an impressive array of beautifully packaged homemade treats and snacks such as cookies, shortbread, spiced nuts, fudge, granola, breads, jams, candies, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel corn, and gluten-free treats. You will not be at a loss for finding stocking stuffers, gifts and treats for co-workers, neighbors, friends, family and, of course, yourself!
At the request of many of you, we will be opening the Soiree for two hours the evening of the 6th, as well as from 11am to 6pm on the 7th. We will have live music from several area musicians, plenty of sweet and savory refreshments, and a lovely gift basket door prize.

Jackie Markunes has again donated a quilt to be raffled off, with ticket proceeds and the proceeds from Soiree sales to benefit the Council’s Charitable Account with the Greene County Community Foundation, to be used for programs/services for future seniors and caregivers.

Tuesday, December 6th 
6pm to 8pm   
Wednesday, December 7th   
11am to 6pm
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
Next to the Council’s Office

It's Your Money: GCCOA Can Help You Manage It
The holiday season is here, and with it comes the potential for extra financial stress. Whether you are planning an expensive trip out of town, have lots of family and friends that you like to share gifts with, or are being approached by multiple charities asking for help, it is easy to bust your budget for December and beyond. If you know you are susceptible to over-spending this holiday, or you just feel overwhelmed financially, we might be able to help you get through this difficult time.
Your Council has a volunteer financial advocate/advisor on the staff who is available to meet with you at the Council office to answer questions and to offer direction, assistance and other resources.
Here are some of the areas where we might be able to help:
  • · Balancing a checkbook
  •  Creating a budget
  •  Living within a budget
  •  Credit checks, credit scores
  •  How to (and why you should) freeze your credit
  •  Options for cellular phones
  •  Picking an alternate utility supplier to save money over the standard options
  •  Refinancing a home/car loan
  •  Delinquent loan payments
  •  Analyzing alternative investments
  •  Picking an investment advisor
  •  General 401(K) & IRA questions
  •  How much money do you need to retire
  •  Tax questions
  •  Computer questions
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our financial advocate, contact the Council at 376-5486 or .
Are You Turning 65 Soon? Attend Our Medicare 101  
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. This age is significant because it is also the age the majority of Americans are eligible for Medicare.
It has been our experience, at the Council, that many of us closing in on 65 are not clear on the process and timing for signing up for Medicare, the various components of Medicare and what is covered (and not), and the costs.
Our Benefits Specialist and team members through several of the senior centers can sit down with you or your loved ones to explain how Medicare works and answer your questions. In addition, the Council has added a Medicare 101 session to the program calendar which will be held every other month at our office in Xenia. These sessions are posted on our website as well as our Facebook page closer to the program date.
This program is targeted to the individual who is three to six months from turning 65 years of age. Even if you are still working and have health insurance coverage through your employer or have coverage through your spouse, we encourage you to make sure you understand how Medicare works.
The next Medicare 101 session is scheduled for:
Wednesday, December 14th
GCCOA Office
1195 W. Second Street
This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but appreciated to plan for seating and handouts. The next session will be presented in February 2017.
For more information or to let us know you will be coming, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or .

2017 GCCOA Calendars

The printed 2017 GCCOA calendars are going fast, so if you have not picked yours up, please check with your senior center, church, or stop into the Council office. The theme is travel and features some wonderful Greene County seniors who shared their travel stories and photos with us.

 Invitations to known Greene County Senior Artisans will be sent out before the end of the year for the 2017 Senior Artisan Show, to be held the first three Sundays in March at the Fairborn Art Association. The purpose of this special event is to showcase the work of Greene County Artisans (60+) who work with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, clay, wood, mixed media, and photography.
If you would like to receive the information, please contact the Council at or 937-376-5486 to be added to the list. 

It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
The 2017 It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life! Program is set for the last Tuesday in February and four Tuesdays in March. This exceptional program brings together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial, and long term care issues. It will run for five weeks from 6pm—8:30pm and will take place at the Xenia Community Center. The cost is $40 per household. Handouts and heavy refreshments are provided, and space is limited. If you are interested in receiving the brochure, please contact the Council at 376-5486/ The brochure and registration form will also be posted on the Council’s website and Facebook page in early January.

Donor Spotlight  
Please join us in thanking these generous donors who shared a gift since the last newsletter.  All unrestricted financial donations go to our charitable account with the Greene County Community Foundation, for future senior and caregiver services/programs.   
In Honor Of:
Kristy Fickert   
Maggie Morrison
The Marriage of Kate and Greg Hobbs

In Memory Of:
Orlando Brown  
Ruth Brunton
William Duncan  
Dr. Richard J. Paulus
Donald Pennewitt  
Donald Phillips

James Bailey   
Rita Duncan
Jan Gheen & Eric Whitmer 
Corinna Grooms
Gilbert Hamilton  
Linda Harper
Norma & Robert Jackson 
Maryanne LaVigne
Joseph & Tokiko McGee 
Ruth Paulus
Diane Phillips   
Rosemary Nock
Nimfa & Jack Simpson  
Ethel Stone
Kathy & Jerry Pasquinelli
Rona Hills Women’s Club
Energizers (givers of time and talent):
Glenn Anderson  
Carolee Buccalo
Linda Bullock   
Jack Busby
Alice Caldwell   
Judy Cartisano
Phyllis Desch   
Leah Donohue
Dorothy Douglas  
Elva Fallis-Crider
Betty Gibson   
Fran Hageman
Gilbert Hamilton  
Alphoretta Hughes
Linda Jones   
Muriel Keyes
Dora Lawson   
April Lemaster
Jackie Markunes  
Frannie McPherson
Sondra Morckel  
Carolyn Ponder
Ken Richardson  
Pam & Joe Sowder
Teri Toscani   
Ginny Vikmanis
Pat Welch   
Barbara Werth
Dee Willis   
Judy York
Appreciation to the following for their support of the Council’s Fall Programs and Events:

Tammy Cox 
David Cusack 
Jerry Mahan
Dave Peterson 
Perk Reichley 
Eric Sears
Pete Stephan 
Brookdale Senior Living   
Elmcroft Senior Living
Friends Care   
Greene Inc.
Legacy Village   
Greene Oaks
Greene County Public Health 
Hospitality Center
Hospice of the Miami Valley 
Patriot Ridge
Pristine Senior Living  
Pro Seniors
Village at the Greene  
Wright Nursing & Rehab
Greene Memorial Hospital & Soin Medical Center

Upcoming Programs & Meetings
Tues, December 6th ~ 6—8pm & Wed, December 7th ~ 11am—6pm
Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second, Xenia
December 7th
Last Day for Medicare Open Enrollment
Please Contact the Council or your senior center for assistance
Thursday, December 14th ~ 3:30pm—5:00pm
Medicare 101
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street, Xenia
Looking Ahead:
2017 Senior Artisan Show ~ First Three Sundays in March
Fairborn Art Association
Tuesdays, February 28th, March 7, 14, 21, & 28 2017 ~ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
It’s My Money, My Stuff, My Life   

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