WOSC May_June 2015 Newsletter



WOSC May_June 2015 Newsletter
May/June 2015
West Ouachita Senior Center's Informative Newsletter
WOSC’s 2015 Older Americans Month Celebration
“Floy Antley Wilhite Memorial”
The West Ouachita Senior Center is honoring our
Ouachita Parish seniors (age 60+) for the contributions
they have made in our community by hosting our “Annual
Older Americans Month Celebration.” This year’s theme
is “Get Into the Act!” A special thank you to Mr. Sidney
Wilhite and sons, Ross and John Mark, for this annual
Memorial in honor of Floy Antley Wilhite, a beloved
mother, grandmother, and an extraordinary classroom
educator. Lunch reservations are required by calling 3241280 to order your crawfish or chicken meal.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Mrs. Sharon Turrentine, will also
be part of our continuous, live on-stage entertainment by
talented seniors! It will be a fun-filled morning for seniors!
Where: West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Avenue
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
You must pre-order your crawfish or chicken meal! RSVP
by Friday, May 8th, by calling 324-1280! No charge!!!
WOSC’s 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Where: WOSC’s Multi-Purpose Annex
WOSC Business Meeting ~ Fiscal Year 2015-2016
* WOSC Membership Renewal
* WOSC Financial Report
* WOSC Volunteer Recognition
Special luncheon
entertainment provided
by local vocalist and
comedian, Gene Norman.
* Highlights of WOSC’s vast array
of activities presented in a
comedy performance by WOSC’s
Broadway Wannabes
Meal co-sponsored by Chick-Fil-A Marketing Director, Michelle Guillot
and WOSC. RSVP your lunch by Friday, June 6, by calling WOSC
at 324-1280, or registering at either of the front information counters.
There is no charge to attend this meeting.
~For the information you want ~ For the support you need~
From the Director’s Desk:
May/June 2015
Rumor ‘tis is a bimonthly publication
of the West Ouachita Senior Center,
1800 North 7th Street, West Monroe,
LA 71291. It is distributed free of
charge to its readers. Postage is
paid at the Monroe Post Office, 501
Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA 71203
Main Office: 324-1280
Transit Office: 397-3299
Fax Number: 324-8750
Issue Date: May/June 2015
Issue Number: Vol. 2015, Issue 3
Executive Director:
Jeanette Ellington
Program Manager:
Cynthia Holland
Transportation Coordinator:
Teresa Hattaway
Supportive Services/
Quality Control
Kim Payne
Aging Advocate:
Terry Bratton
Transit Dispatcher:
Mable Dulaney
Newsletter Co-Editors:
Jeanette Ellington
Cynthia Holland
[email protected]
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I want to express a special thank you to our West Ouachita Senior Center IRS Tax Counseling
Volunteers, AARP Coordinator, Herb Scribner, Coordinator’s Assistant, Judy Scribner, trained
Tax Aides, Steve Clark, Stella Davis, Theresa Lutz, Tracy Sandow, and Mukund Shah. These
dedicated volunteers assisted over 400 Ouachita Parish seniors with electronically filing their
2014 Federal and State Income Tax, from February 1st, through April 15th. This service was
also offered at other locations in the parish. We appreciate the time and effort the volunteers
offered through this free tax service.
Reminder: All seniors that pick up food boxes at
Food for Seniors drive-by distribution, located
at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, are required to
become re-certified, in June. Re-certification dates
are June 22, 23, and 29, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
at WOSC. (Please, see page 6 for specific details.)
(Pictured above) AARP Tax Aid Volunteers, Theresa Lutz,
Stella, Davis, and Steve Clark assisted hundreds of Ouachita
Parish seniors with filing their 2014 Income Tax.
Participation in the annual Louisiana Farmers’ Market Program is greatly beneficial to seniors
(60+), whose income is less than 185% of poverty level. Income eligible households may redeem
these coupons valued at $20.00 for nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables at the local Farmers’
Market. Ouachita Parish has a limited number of coupons for fiscal year 2015. Seniors are
encouraged to apply at the West Ouachita Senior Center or the Ouachita Council on Aging as
soon as possible. You must bring proof of age, residency, and income. There may be a waiting list,
because coupons are being given on a first come, first serve basis. The West Monroe Farmers’
Market should be opening during the second week of May!
April was our annual West Ouachita Senior Center
“Fundraiser Month.” All Community Businesses Partner
and individual contributions received, during WOSC’s
annual fundraiser, will be recognized at our “Older
Americans’ Month Celebration,” on Tuesday, May 12,
and in the July/August 2015 issue our informative Rumor
‘tis newsletter.
(Pictured left)
The incredibly talented
Sharon Turrentine will
once again serve as our
Mistress of Ceremony
at WOSC’s “2015
Older Americans’
Month Celebration”
and “Floy Antley
Wilhite Memorial.”
A Special Thank You to Our May and June 2015 Sponsors
Acadian On Call
Audible Hearing Center
Britton Photography & TV Service
Caring Hearts Hospice
FastServ Medical
First Choice Hospice
Fletcher Financial Group
Floy Antley Wilhite Memorial
Gamble Hospice
Glenwood Regional Medical Center
Glenwood Behavioral Health
Griffin Funeral Home
Home Care Resources
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes
Legacy Hospice
Louisiana Hospice Care
LSU Ag Center
Monroe Housing Authority
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Dept.
Richland State Bank
Ridgecrest Community Care
Senior Insurance Advisory Services
Tubbs by Grubbs
United Home Care
Vantage Wellness
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market
West Monroe Rotary Club
Retirement just
got easy!
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Retirement Community
Studio & One Bedroom Apartment Homes
• Within walking distance to River Market
• Within walking distance to the medical
• Private New Orleans style courtyard and
outdoor gazebo
• Activity room with free internet access
• Convenience services available including
scheduled transportation, weekday hot
lunches, and housekeeping.
Ouachita Grand Plaza
501 South Grand St, Monroe, LA
[email protected]
TDD/TTY 1-800-545-1833
Ext. 872
Farmers’ Market Coupons
Participation in the Louisiana Farmers’ Market Program is
beneficial to seniors (60+), whose income is less than 185%
of poverty level. Income eligible households may redeem
coupons valued at $20.00 for nutritious fresh fruits and
vegetables at the local Farmers’ Market. Ouachita Parish
has a limited number of coupons for fiscal year 2015.
Western Ouachita Parish seniors are encouraged to apply
at the West Ouachita Senior Center or the Ouachita Council
on Aging as soon as possible. You must bring proof of age,
residency, and income. There may be a waiting list, because
coupons are being given on a first come, first serve basis.
July 2015 New Income Eligibility Guidelines
Household Size: 1
Household Size: 2
Monthly Income: $1,815
Monthly Income: $2,456
Available to qualifying
seniors 62 and older.
Are you looking for a lovely location to host a meeting for your
senior adult club or group? Please, contact Cynthia Holland,
Program Manager, at 324-1280, to inquire about the West
Ouachita Senior Center’s elegant Floy Antley Wilhite Classroom.
Many Ouachita Parish seniors enjoy hosting their weekly card group at the
West Ouachita Senior Center. Call 324-1280 to inquire about room availability.
Join the Red Hat Senioritas
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May 2015
Special Monthly Events (See a full listing of all WOSC daily activities on page 14)
12:30 Gospel Singing
2:00 Monthly Birthday
Party for May
10:00 1st Friday Bingo,
sponsored by Gamble
9:00 Purple Hearts
8:30 AARP Defensive
Driving Class
10:00 2nd Friday Bingo,
sponsored by
Sheriff’s Dept.
1:00 Card Club Meeting
9:30 Manicures with Denise
2:00 Vantage Wellness
Seminar Colorectal Cancer
by Dr. Arthur Richert
10:00 Meal Site Bingo,
sponsored by
Quality Home
12:30 Gospel Singing
10:00 3rd Friday Bingo,
sponsored by Home
Care Resources
10:00 -2:00
Northeast Louisiana
Quilters’ Guild Meeting
8:30 Food for Seniors
Distribution at Ike Expo
10:00 Kidney Disease
Awareness Seminar,
by SMC Dialysis
12:30 Gospel Singing
10:00 4th Friday Bingo,
sponsored by Caring
Hearts Hospice
10:00 Meal Site Bingo,
sponsored by
12:30 Gospel Singing
10:00 Last Friday Bingo Bash, sponsored by West
Monroe Rotary, United Home Health, Captain D’s,
Hilton Garden Inn, and Richland State Bank
WOSC/PT Closed for in
observance of Memorial Day
June 2015
9:30 Hearing Screening,
by Audible Hearing
11:00 WOSC’s 2015
Annual Membership
12:30 Gospel Singing
8:30 - 11:30
Food for Seniors/USDA
Commodities ReCertification Updates
8:30 - 11:30
Food for Seniors/USDA
Commodities Re-Certification
11:00 Diabetes Awareness
“Lunch & Learn”
sponsored by
Glenwood Hospital
10:00 Nutritional Seminar,
sponsored by LSU-Ag
July 1
8:30 - 11:30
Food for Seniors/USDA
Commodities Re-Certification
12:30 Gospel Singing
2:00 Monthly Birthday
Party for June
10:00 Meal Site Bingo,
sponsored by
Quality Home
12:30 Gospel Singing
10:00 1st Friday Bingo,
sponsored by
Glenwood Behavioral
Health Center
8:30 AARP Defensive
Driving Class
10:00 2nd Friday Bingo,
sponsored by the
Ouachita Parish
Sheriff’s Dept.
10:00 3rd Friday Bingo,
sponsored by Griffin
Funeral Home
10:00 Meal Site Bingo,
sponsored by
12:30 Gospel Singing
10:00 Last Friday
Bingo Bash
July 2
July 3
WOSC/PT Closed for July 4th Holiday
WOSC’s Creative Arts Classes
Art Class: (acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink, pastel, sketching, etc)
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., with instructor, Debra Heard
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., with instructor, Patti Guerriero
Ceramics Class:
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., with instructor,
Virginia Terry. There is a minimal charge for painting
supplies for this class.
Crochet Class: (knitting, sewing, needlepoint, etc.)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., with
volunteer instructors Ruth Naslund and Carolyn Boatright.
Quilting Class:
Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., with
volunteer instructors, Bobbie Bohannon and Lahonda
Jewelry Making Class:
Join “Jewelry Making with Misty,” on Tuesday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m.
All interested particpants must call 324-1280 or stop by either of our
Front Information Counters in advance to be placed in a group. WOSC
volunteer instructor, Misty Patterson, will be teaching participants
how to make colorful memory wire bracelets and necklaces. Each
participant should be prepared to pay $2.00 each to cover the cost of
jewelry materials.
(Due to WOSC’s Annual Older Americans’ Month Celebration and
Crawfish Boil, on May 12, Misty will not be hosting a class in May.)
WOSC Art Class member, Teddi McGehee, enjoys painting a lovely
portrait from a cherished family photo.
WOSC’s Continuing Education Classes for Ouachita Parish Seniors
Spanish Classes:
A Beginning Spanish Class, led by WOSC Volunteer, Margaret Martin, is available every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Intermediate Spanish, led by WOSC Volunteer, Victoria Teague, meets every Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Non-Denominational Bible Study:
WOSC Volunteer, Matecki Nelson, leads an inspirational Non-Denominational Bible Study Class, every Thursday, from 10:00
a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Basic Computer and Technology Instruction Classes:
Basic Computer and Internet Instruction Classes are offered at the West Ouachita Senior Center’every Thursday, during the
month of May and June, from 2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. These informative sessions will be taught in WOSC’s Computer and Technology
Lab by a qualified instructor from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). Classes will focus on navigating your way around
the basic functions of a computer, browsing the Internet safely, the basics of sending and receiving e-mail, and mobile devices such
as iPhone, iPad, and Kindle Fire. For more information, call Cynthia Holland, Program Manager, at 324-1280.
A $1.00 donation is appreciated for computer classes to cover supplies, printer ink, and paper. There is no charge for daily computer personal use.
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Food for Seniors Distribution
Dates for Mandatory Re-certification
West Ouachita Parish seniors ages 60+, with less than $1,276
per month (family of one) or $1,726 per month (married), are
eligible to receive two boxes of food. The West Ouachita Senior
Center, Catholic Charities, and the Department of Agriculture
sponsor this food program. Each box contains canned milk, meat,
fruits,vegetables, cereals, fruit juice, peanut butter or dried beans,
potatoes, rice or pasta, and cheese. The two boxes of food are valued
at $100 and weigh approximately 80 pounds! All you need is proof
of your birthday, income, and a West Ouachita Parish address.
Pre-registration is required. Remember to bring your pink card!
Mandatory income verification and enrollment for Food for
Seniors (age 60+) and USDA Commodities will be received
during the month of June. Monthly income requirements
are $1,276 for one person household or $1,726 for two
person household. Please bring proof of your birthday,
total income (2015), and a west Ouachita Parish address.
Pick-up date for May:
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Where: Ike Hamilton Expo Center at 501 Mane Street
* There will not be a June pickup.
Mandatory Re-Certification for Food for Seniors
Income verification and enrollment for Food for Seniors will be
received during the month of June. Qualifying seniors (ages 60+)
must proof of eligilibility.
Documentation that you need to bring with you:
* Photo Identification (ONLY for first time applicants) AND
* Current 2015 Benefit Verification Letter from Social Security
* Current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
benefit letter with eligible dates
* Benefit check stub or bank deposit statement verifying deposit
If you need a replacement copy of your Benefit Verification Letter,
you must visit the Social Security Administration’s website, at
www.ssa.gov. If you need assistance with accessing or using the SSA
website, please contact WOSC’s Aging Advocate, Terry Bratton, at
What we can’t accept:
* 2015-1040 Income Tax Form (this is what you made last year)
* Copy of Social Security check or Social Security Disability
check or Employment check
* Copy of Deposit
Note: Only gross total amounts are used to determine eligibility.
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Food for Seniors and USDA Commodities
Income Verification Enrollment will be at WOSC’s Multi-Purpose
Annex, at 1800 North 7th Street, in West Monroe.
Monday, June 22:
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Last name A-E
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Last name F-L
Tuesday, June 23:
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Last name M-R
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Last name S-Z
Parking will be available at
the Multi-Purpose Annex,
on the Recreation Center
side of building.
Monday, June 29:
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Last name A-Z
(All who missed their first appointment times.)
Nutritional Workshop
sponsored by LSU Ag Center
“Building a Healthy Plate”
Nutritional Workshop
Join Pam Sapp, Nutrition Educator,
and learn how to create a healthier plate.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration and
tasty samples of healthy and delicious
recipes. It will be educational and fun!
Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place: West Ouachita
Senior Center’s
Meal Site Room
West Ouachita Public Transit Assists Seniors in Reaching Vital Destinations
In today’s world, transportation is a basic human need. Without access to safe,
reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation, some west Ouachita Parish
residents would be unable to obtain medical care, groceries, banking services,
or entertainment and recreation. This can often isolate senior adults and have
a definite impact on their quality of life.
West Ouachita Public Transit is a safe, dependable, and courteous, curb-tocurb service available to the general public residing in western Ouachita Parish.
Public transit allows west Ouachita Parish residents to access goods, services,
employment, and other vital destinations necessary for independent living.
Transit requests are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All passengers must
have a ticket. Daily or monthly fares are available. Tickets may be purchased
from the van drivers or from the Senior Center’s front desk. To schedule your
transportation, you are encouraged to call 397-3299 at least 48 hours in advance.
Vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts. WOSC Public Transit is a Demand
Responsive/Subscription-Deviated Service.
Title VI Compliance: No person in the United
States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or
national origin, be excluded from participation
in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to
discrimination under any program or activity
receiving Federal financial assistance.
WOSC Public Transit Service promotes independence and enhanced
quality of life by providing seniors with access to vital destinations
within Ouachita Parish.
West Ouachita Public Transit Driver Appreciation Day
(pictured right) West Ouachita Public Transit Dispatcher, Mable Dulaney
(center), join WOPT drivers, Michael Jackson and Romonica McNeal, to
proudly display their certificates, in honor of Transit Driver Appreciation
Day, on March 18, 2015. Not pictured are the additional transit staff, Teresa
Hattaway, Coordinator, and drivers, Stacy Coleman, Cynthia Garoby, Shontia
Gray, Wayne Hammond, Davlyn Jones, Richard Randle, and Leonard Wilson.
Special thanks to WOSC’s AARP Tax Aide Volunteers
On behalf of the West Ouachita Senior Center, we sincerely thank AARP Coordinator, Herb Scribner, and
AARP Tax Aide Volunteers, Judy Scribner, Stella Davis, Theresa Lutz, M.A. Shah, Steve Clark, and Tracy
Sandow, for providing such a valuable service! Over 400 seniors received timely, accurate income tax
service. This free service continues to grow due to these dedicated volunteers who have joined our team.
If you are interested in joining this leadership volunteer opportunity, training is free and the service requires basic
computer skills. Tax Aide Volunteer registration begins in December and training begins in January. These AARP
volunteers are to be commended for their faithful service to Ouachita Parish seniors, during February through April.
AARP Defensive Driving Class for Seniors Drivers
Drivers ages 55+ are encouraged to attend an AARP Defensive Driving Class on Friday, May 8, or Friday, June 12,
from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., with AARP instructor, Bill Edmondson. The cost of the program is $15.00 for AARP
members and $20.00 for non-AARP members. Payments must be paid by check or cash to AARP at the time of the
class. Many drivers ages 55+ receive an automobile insurance reduction after attending this defensive driving program.
Check with your insurance company to verify your discount for completing an AARP Defensive Driving Class. There
is no behind the wheel driving performed in this program. Class enrollment is limited.. Drivers interested in attending
this class may register at the front counter of the West Ouachita Senior Center or by calling the office at 324-1280.
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“Cool Down Ouachita” Fan Drive
Sponsored by CABLE
“Remodeling In As Little As One Day”
402 Cypress St. West Monroe, LA • 318-324-1232
Company makes tub to
shower conversion easy
Today, there are approximately 35 million
people age 65 or older in the United
States. More than 7 million of these older
Americans have some sort of chronic
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installed, covering up old tile and unsightly
By 2013, the baby boomers will be
reaching age 65. As this group of
Americans steadily increases, there is one
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of bathtub to shower conversions, which
allow for easier access.
“Being in the remodeling industry for
more than 37 years, I have seen a variety
of bathroom trends come and go, but tub to
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president of Tubbs By Grubbs.
Tubbs by Grubbs can turn your tub into
an easy-to-enter shower. Call Tubbs By
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Tubbs By Grubbs is the leader in one-day
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difficulties when getting in and out of the
(pictured left) The West
Ouachita “Sassy Senior-itas”
enjoyed an educational tour
of the Farmerville Heritage
Museum, where they admired
the work of legendary senior
Following the tour, they enjoyed
lunch BY:___________________________
at the Main Street Grill.
Communities Acting to Benefit Louisiana’s Elderly
(CABLE) announces their annual Community Fan
Drive to assist the elderly living in Ouachita Parish.
A donation of a new box fan will help to “cool down”
many of our seniors during warm weather.
Event: C.A.B.L.E. “Cool Down Ouachita” Fan Drive
When: June 1 - 30, 2015
Monday through Friday
8:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Drop-off location stations ~ West Ouachita Senior Center
1800 North 7th Street, 324-1280
~ Ouachita Council on Aging
2407 Ferrand Street, 387-0535
SIZE: 7.5 col X 4.9 in
PROOF CREATED AT: 2/20/2013 10:45 AM
Griffin Funeral Home, LLC.
“Manicure Party”
7427 Cypress Street
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
by Denise Smith, First Choice Hospice
Denise Smith, with First Choice Hospice,
will be at the West Ouachita Senior Center,
on Monday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m., to offer light manicures and
hand massages for seniors.
This pampering time
is for both men and
women! See WOSC
staff at either of our
Front Counters or call
324-1280 to make your
manicure appointment!
Denise would love to
visit with you!
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Price Includes: Basic Services of Funeral Director &
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WOSC’s Monthly
Birthday Party
Enjoy celebrating your May or
June birthday at the West Ouachita
Senior Center!
Join us on Thursday, May 7, and
Thursday, June 4, at 2:00 p.m., in
WOSC’s Multi-Purpose Annex.
There is a misconception that you cannot purchase
a full-service funeral at an affordable price. And
that even the most basic services are financially out
of reach. Not so. We offer a variety of full-service
funeral plans to fit any budget, any need. Through
a careful selection of options, we can custom tailor
an affordable funeral to be as special and unique as
the person you are honoring.
Delicious cake and punch are
provided by our Community Partner,
Services. We’ll see you there!
So, why settle for less?
Laura Kilpatrick Marchelos, President
Serving all of Northeast Louisiana
Senior Players Needed for
New Table/Card Game Club
Would you enjoy participating in a
weekly senior adult table game group? If
your answer is “yes,” please join Cynthia
Holland, WOSC Program Manager,
on Friday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m., for a
introductory meeting to discuss card
club possibilities and ideas. If you would
like to attend this meeting, call Cynthia,
at 324-1280, to pre-register. We look
forward to starting a new card club this
West Monroe
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly,
eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ~ Lucille Ball
Suggestions for table game groups include:
Phase 10
Crazy 8s
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Enjoy Great Fitness Classes and Educational
Seminars for Ouachita Parish Seniors
Sponsored by
Senior Chair Aerobics Class
Vantage Wellness “Forever Young”
Aerobics Class meets every Tuesday for
chair-assisted aerobics, at 1:00 p.m., led
by Erin Aucoin, Vantage Health Plan
Fitness Instructor.
Wednesday, May 13th
Dr. Arthur Richert, Gastroenterologist
Colorectal Cancer awareness: symptoms, screenings, and treatments.
West Ouachita Senior Center • 1800 N. 7th Street • West Monroe, LA
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Registration will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Senior Yoga Class
Enjoy the physical and mental benefits of
participating in WOSC’s weekly “Yoga
with Vantage Wellness” classes, every
Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., with Terrieha
Romer, Corporate Wellness Program
Coordinator at Vantage Health Plan.
Get Movin’ with WOSC’s Fun-Filled Fitness Classes!
Sniffles & Deviated Septums
Wednesday, May 27th
with Dr. Joel Norris, ENT
A less invasive method of treating chronic sinusitis.
Carolyn Rose Strauss Senior Center • 2407 Ferrand Street • Monroe, LA
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Registration will take place at 1:30 p.m.
For reservations or more information, please call toll-free
(855) 301-5198 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
These events are for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared.
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Active seniors enjoy the “Forever Young Aerobics Classes”,
offered each Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., sponsored
by Vantage Health Plan. Vantage Fitness Instructor, Erin
Aucoin (seated), demonstrates modified moves for seniors that
struggle with limited mobility. Vantage Fitness Intern, Sacorya
Williams, leads seniors in fun movement routine set to “golden
oldies” tunes. If you are looking for a great low-impact workout,
with chair-assisted support, then join this fitness class on Tuesdays.
Highlights from WOSC’s 2015 Spring Luncheon
Hundreds of Ouachita Parish seniors enjoyed celebrating the arrival of Spring at WOSC’s “2015
Annual Spring Luncheon”, held Tuesday, April 1, sponsored by our newest Community Business
Partner, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, located at 2400 Cypress Street, in West Monroe. Seniors
enjoyed a delicious catered meal and spectacular entertainment from the Broadway Wannabes,
under the direction of Delilah Jones, and special guest vocalist, Mike Freeman. Wonderful door
prizes, provided by Judy Hilton with United Home Care, were awarded throughout this funfilled socialization event for seniors.
(Pictured above) Mary Durham, Martin
Howard, and Corda Queen perform as
“Jackie Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy,
and Marilyn Monroe,” at WOSC’s Annual
Spring Luncheon.
Hundreds of seniors enjoyed a delicious catered meal as they
listened to vocalist, Mike Freeman, perform a wonderful
selection of gospel favorites.
Store Manager, Andrea Allen (holding check on left), and several of her
staff members from the Wal-Mart Neighborbood Market , located at 2400
Cypress Street, present a sponsorship check to the West Ouachita Senior
Center’s Executive Director, Jeanette Ellington, at WOSC’s annual “Spring
Luncheon” event for hundreds of Ouachita Parish seniors.
Freeman, 2015 Gospel Music Artists
Association’s (GMAA) Male Soloist
of the Year, enjoyed performing his
favorite gospel tunes for hundreds of
Ouachita Parish seniors.
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Preventative Health Screenings and Wellness Seminars
Free Hearing Screening
Representatives from Audibel Hearing Center
will be at the West Ouachita Senior Center
on Tuesday, June 2, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30
a.m., to conduct hearing screenings for seniors.
There is no charge for this screening. Seniors
can pre-register in advance by calling 3241280 or by stopping by WOSC’s front counter.
Free Monthly Blood Pressure
The West Ouachita Senior Center
offers no-charge, on-site, blood
pressure screenings for our
seniors. Qualified representatives
from local health care agencies
also provide scheduled screenings
at no charge to our seniors.
Blood pressure screenings for May and June:
Thursday, May 21, and June 18, at 9:30 a.m., sponsored
by Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care.
Thursday, May 28, and June 25, at 11:00 a.m.,
sponsored by Legacy Hospice.
Kidney Disease Awareness Seminar
sponsored by SMC Dialysis Center
Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:
~ Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in
the country.
~ More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease,
and most don’t know it.
~ There are over 95,000 people waiting for kidney
SMC Dialysis Center will be hosting a free Kidney
Disease Awareness Seminar, at the West Ouachita
Senior Center, Wednesday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.
You may pre-register by calling 324-1280 or stopping
by either of WOSC’s front information counters. Please,
make plans to attend this informative seminar if you or
a loved one suffer from kidney disease.
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Diabetes Awareness “Lunch & Learn”
Sponsored by Glenwood Hospital
Easy One
Summertime Fitness and Fun
The West Ouachita Senior Center continues to assist senior participants with staying active and healthy throughout
their “Golden Years.” Let the Senior Center assist you in achieving your health and fitness goals this summer!
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. About 74.5
million people in the United States have high blood pressure, which is
also called hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease
and stroke. Blood pressure reading is written as two numbers. The first
(systolic) number represents the pressure when the heart beats. The second
(diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart rests between
beats. The following is a classification system for blood pressure:
WOSC’s Fitness Room
The WOSC Fitness Room is open Monday through
Friday, between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Initially, a WOSC
Participant Form and an Activity Release Form will be
required for all seniors before using the fitness equipment.
For your safety, proper footwear (closed-toe and closedheel with socks) must be worn when exercising. For more
information about our Fitness Room, contact Cynthia
Holland, Program Manager at 324-1280.
Please note: Before starting a fitness program, consult
your doctor for exercise recommendations.
(Pictured right) These sweet ladies enjoy multi-tasking in the
Fitness Room, by visiting each other while they exercise.
Dance and Fitness Classes for Ouachita Parish Seniors
Active seniors greatly enjoy the weekly dance and fitness classes offered at WOSC. To learn how you can become involved in these
classes, contact Program Manager, Cynthia Holland, at 324-1280. (A WOSC Participant Form and Activity Release Form are required for
new class members.)
Beginners’ Line Dance Class: every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. with WOSC volunteer instructor, Darlene Tippen
Intermediate Line Dance Class: every Thursday at 10 a.m. with WOSC volunteer instructor, Darlene Tippen
Accelerated Line Dance Class: every Thursday at 2:10 p.m. with WOSC volunteer instructor, Ruby Ingram
Dancin’ With Jo: every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. (except on 2nd Tuesday) with WOSC volunteer instructor, Jo Lasyone
In Slow Motion Dance Class: every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. with Dance Instructor, Mike Sullivan
Ballroom Dance Class: every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. with Dance Instructor, Mike Sullivan
Zumba Class: every Monday at 3:15 p.m., and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., with Fitness Instructor, Teddy Varino
Oxycise Class: every Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Fitness Instructor, Teddy Varino
Yoga Class: every Monday at 11:00, with Fitness Instructor/WOSC Volunteer, Dawn Eakin
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WOSC Daily Activities
Ceramics Class
Beginner’s Yoga Class
Crochet Club
Southern Sass Dance Group Practice
Just Friends Square Dancers
9:00 - 2:00
11:00 - 12:15
8:00 - 12:00
10:00 - 11:00
2:00 - 3:00
3:15 PM
7:00 PM
Art Class
9:00 - 2:00
Beginner's Step Class (not on second Tues)
9:00 - 10:00
Beginner's Spanish Class
10:00 - 11:00
Intermediate Spanish Class
11:00 - 12:30
Forever Young Chair Aerobics
1:00 - 2:00
In Slow Motion (age 80+)
2:00 - 2:30
Ballroom Dance Class
2:30 - 3:30
Quilting Group
Crochet Club
Mexican Train Dominoes
9:00 - 10:00
9:00 - 12:00
8:00 - 12:00
11:30 - 12:30
12:00 - 4:30
2:00 - 3:00
Bridge Group
Ceramics Class
Quilting Group
Beginner’s Line Dance
Bible Study
Intermediate Line Dance
Gospel Singing
Broadway Wannabes Drama Practice
Computer and Technology Class
Accelerated Line Dance
8:30 - 12:30
9:00 - 2:00
9:00 - 12:00
9:00 - 12:00
9:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00
10:00 - 11:00
12:30 - 2:00
1:00 - 2:00
2:00 - 4:00
2:10 - 3:30
Crochet Group
Art Class
Mexican Train Dominoes
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8:00 - 12:00
8:30 - 12:30
12:00 - 4:30
Additional Monthly Club Meetings
WOSC Daily Activities (Continued)
and "After Hours" Activities
Happy Wheels Card Club
1st Monday
1st & 3rd Monday
Ponytail Ladies Club
2nd & 4th Monday
Friends Canasta Club
Jan’s Pokeno Club
2nd Monday
Friends Forever Pokeno Club 11:00
3rd Monday
Morning Star Quilters
1st Tuesday
1st Tuesday
American Legion
1st Tuesday
Disabled Veterans
2nd Tuesday
Quilters Playday
9:00 Activities
3rd Tuesday
Bears for Kids
"After Hours"
4th Tuesday
Red Hat Senioritas
2nd Wednesday
Twin City Porcelain Guild
1st Wednesday
LA Appligators
2nd Tuesday
Bell South Retirees
4th Wednesday
Ladies Canasta Club
1st Thursday
Monthly Birthday Party
2nd Thursday
Good Times Pokeno Club
3rd Thursday
Congregate Meal Site Bingo
3rd Thursday
Claiborne Pokeno Club
1st Friday
First Friday Bingo
2nd Friday
AARP Driver Safety
2nd Friday
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Bingo 10:00
3rd Friday
Third Friday Bingo
Last Friday
Bingo Bash
2nd Saturday
Purple Heart Veterans
Every Mon.
Just Friends Square Dancers
Every Thurs.
Gospel Singing
3rd Thursday
AARP - Calhoun Chapter
Every Other Odd
Twin City Mayors' Disability
The West Ouachita Senior Center
is ready for
If you or someone you know is without home air-conditioning
and is in need of a box fan, contact WOSC’s Aging Advocate,
Terry Bratton, at 324-1280.
Community Supportive Services for Ouachita Parish Seniors
WOSC’s Medical Loan Closet
WOSC’s “Medical Loan Closet” provides previously
owned medical equipment to families in need. There is
no charge to borrow this equipment. If you are in need
of medical equipment for a friend or family member,
please call the WOSC at 324-1280.
WOSC welcomes your donations! We are always in
need of items, such as canes, wheelchairs, walkers,
bath benches, etc. Your donation can greatly assist other
families in Ouachita Parish. Call 324-1280 or stop by
WOSC, at 1800 North 7th Street, in West Monroe.
Listening Ears for Hurting Hearts Support Group
Sponsored by Legacy Hospice
“Listening Ears for Hurting Hearts,” sponsored by Legacy
Hospice, is offered each month in the WOSC’s Floy Antley Wilhite
Classroom. This is a counseling/support group led by Deanna
Corbett, Legacy Hospice Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator.
Join Deanna and other Ouachita Parish seniors needing support
and encouragement on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
WOSC/PT Holiday Closures
The West Ouachita Senior Center/Public Transit will be closed:
Monday, May 25, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day
Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Fourth of July
We wish all our seniors a fun and safe holiday weekend!
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"Rumor 'tis" Newsletter
West Ouachita Senior Center
1800 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
U.S. Postage
Permit #50
Monroe, LA. 71203
First Friday Bingo
Friday, May 1: sponsored by Gamble Hospice
Friday, June 5: sponsored by Glenwood Hospital
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Second Friday Bingo
Friday, May 8: sponsored by the Ouachita Parish
Sheriff’s Department
Friday, June 12: sponsored by the Ouachita Parish
Sheriff’s Department
Third Friday Bingo
Friday, May 15: sponsored by Home Care Resources
Friday, June 19: sponsored by Griffin Funeral Home
Seniors greatly enjoy playing Bingo on Fridays.
Members of Rotary Club
of West Monroe enjoyed
interacting with seniors
at West Ouachita Senior
Center’s “Last Friday
Bingo Bash,” in March.
Pictured left are: Jason
McKee, Rotary Club
President; Tom Malmay,
WOSC member, and
Rotary Club members,
Krista Rushing, Craig
Pate, and Janice Sigur.
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Fourth Friday Bingo (May Only)
Friday, May 22: sponsored by Caring Hearts Hospice
Last Friday Bingo Bash
Join Terry Bratton, West Ouachita Senior Center Aging
Advocate, for our monthly Bingo Bash on Friday,
May 29, and Friday, June 26, at 10:00 a.m. Prizes
and refreshments will be provided by Hilton Garden
Inn, Captain D's, West Monroe Rotary Club, and
Richland State Bank.

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