Masks encouraged, but not required, when participating in indoor programs at ARC
ARC is one of the largest senior services centers in the state of Illinois, offering daily exercise programs and over 50 free activities per month, including art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards and games, Peace Meal and so much more. ARC is dedicated to providing programs that promote healthy aging. Read on to learn more about a few highlighted programs or check out our monthly newsletter below for full activity and exercise calendars and descriptions of programs and classes scheduled for the month of June!
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August 22nd - 25th, 2022 | Cost: $300 When you take a Richard Stephens workshop, you will be exposed to three main things. Informative technical information sprinkled with humor and anecdotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and lots of one-on-one time with Richard as he helps you through your individual painting process.Days start with short presentation on the "topic of the day" determined by the level and interest of the class. Richard will do at least one complete painting demonstration day. Students learn techniques, creative use of "tools" of watercolor. Emphasis on elements and principals of design. After the demo, students start on their own paintings or the class will work together on exercises to reinforce the theme, "Lighten Up, Loosen Up." Space is limited. Full payment due at registration. Register at ARC or through the GymMaster Member Portal by clicking the blue "Purchase" button and choosing "Buy Products" by July 30th. No refunds after August 1st, unless replacement found. End of workshop lunch will be discussed first day of workshop. Bring sack lunch or sign up for Peace Meal prior to class days. Contact Molly Camper for more details.
Mondays, 7:00 - 11:00 AM & 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Beginners) & 3:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Beginners)
Thursdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Fridays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 13th: Courts will be open
7 - 9 AM and 4 - 7 PM.
July 7th & 14th, 1:30 PM: Meals for a Healthy Heart is a two-part series designed to help you learn how diet and lifestyle changes can help manage or reduce your risk of high blood pressure or cholesterol. We will discuss how to incorporate heart-healthy practices into your daily choices, from shopping to cooking to meal planning. This series includes food demonstrations and tastings! You’ll also take home a binder filled with information, including recipes. Registration required.
In July, ARC welcomes a new support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's in partnership with CCSI and the Alzheimer's Association. Read on to learn more about this new group and ARC's other caregiver support group offerings.
Caregiver Support: CCSI & The Alzheimer's Association - July 6th, 2 - 3 PM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support group meetings may be able to help! Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support,but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possiblefunding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Caregiving is not easy and we’re here to help!
Caregiver Support: CCSI & Sugar Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center - July 5th, 9:30 AM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support, but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possible funding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Join this group on the first Tuesday of each month at ARC! Coordinated by CCSI and Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.
Grief Support Groups
Led by Lisa Flanagan, Carle Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. These programs will meet in person at ARC for the month of July.
Women's Grief Support: W, July 13th & 27th, 12 - 1:30 PM Closed to new members
Men's Grief Support: W, July 13th & 27th,
2 - 3:30 PM Open to members/non-members of ARC, men who are grieving the death of a spouse or other significant person/other.
Co-Ed Grief Support: W, July 20th, 12 - 1:30 PM Open to men and women who are grieving the death of a spouse or other significant person/other. To join a group that is currently open to new members, call ARC at 309-888-9099 and request an intake form to be filled out and sent to Lisa.
Parkinson's Support Group
Tuesday, July 19th, 1:00 PM
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. This month will provide a Parkinson's Exercise Sampler with Drumming with Nancy from 1:00 - 1:30 PM & Zumba Gold Chair with Lucy from 1:30 - 2:15 PM. Reservations are not required.
Thursday, July 7th, 5:00 PM | $9.00 Register at ARC or under "Booking" tab on the Member Portal
This one-hour class uses warm ups, asana (postures) guided by the breath (pranayama) and relaxation. It is for students interested in moderate yoga practice aligned with yoga traditions. During the class, the student will move from seated or lying on the mat, or standing positions. Most classes will include: Opening/Centering using guided awareness and pranayama (breathwork), Warm-ups and asanas (yoga postures) guided by the breath, Mat work that is lying down, seated, hands and knees and/or standing, Working on strength, stability, flexibility and balance, Longer holds of postures, Relaxation, & Closing. You will rejuvenate muscles, repair connective tissue, strengthen bones, improve joint function and balance. Modifications are offered and use of props is encouraged making the practice accessible. For list of recommended props, see an ARC staff member. This trial class will help us gauge interest in this type of yoga class and in the evening time frame for exercise options.
McLean County Lost: An Illustrated Tour of Vanished Worlds - July 15th, 10:00 AM From the tallgrass prairie that long ago dominated this stretch of Central Illinois to the street cars that once trundled down the shaded streets of the Twin Cities, this program is a wistful look at the distant and not-so distant past. Come mourn the loss of everything from once-vibrant main streets to old movie houses. Registration required.
Friday, July 22nd, 6 - 8 PM ARC invites you to join us for a summer dance with music by Al & Diane. Popcorn and water provided. Cost: $5 per person. Members can bring one non-member guest. Registration required. This dance will take place in the ARC Rec Room.
Card Stamping Classes (regularly occurring): T, July 12th & 26th, 10:00 AM You will take home 2 homemade cards. Personalize your cards with stamps, cutouts, glitter, etc. Bring a pair of scissors, clear glue or a snail (crafter’s tape), colored pencils or pens and your imagination. Cost: $8.00; includes all supplies/materials Registration required. Registration closes one day in advance of each class.
Special Alcohol Ink Card Stamping Class: TH, August 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come join Andrea Monninger as she teaches you how to create beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds to enhance the three greeting cards that will be made in this class. No prior experience is required. All materials for the cards will be supplied. Cost: $15.00. Registration required. Register by Wednesday, July 27th.
Nov 30 — Dec 07, 2022 • 8 Days • 10 Meals Highlights: Innsbruck, Choice on Tour, Seefeld, Carriage Ride, Salzburg, St. Peter's Restaurant, Oberammergau, Munich, Christmas Markets
Click HERE to learn more.
Feb 11 — Feb1 9, 2023 • 9 Days • 14 Meals Highlights: San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Choice on Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero
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May 11 — May 24, 2023 • 14 Days • 18 Meals Highlights: London, Eurostar Train, Paris, Seine River Cruise and Dinner, TGV High-Speed Train, Lucerne, Venice, Italian Vineyard Experience, Florence, Michelangelo’s David, Rome, The Colosseum
Click HERE to learn more
Noontime meals are served Monday-Friday and are available to persons 60+. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 for each meal. Those under 60 may participate at a cost of $9.60. Participants are served a well-balanced meal containing at least 1/3 of the daily adult nutritional requirements. To make your reservation, call ARC at 888-9099, press 1 and leave a message with your name and reservation date at least one day in advance of the reservation date by Noon.
SHIP counselors are trained, certified, and experienced in offering one-on-one information for all aspects of Medicare, health insurance and drug plans. A program of ARC, SHIP provides assistance, explanations, and plan comparisons. There is never a cost, sales, or any insurance affiliations. SHIP is especially helpful for those new to Medicare who are trying to navigate the system and meet deadlines or to anyone wanting to lower current insurance costs and understand options. Help is available by individual appointment at various times each month. Call ARC at 309-888-9099, and a counselor will return your call to set an appointment. Walk-in hours are available on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday of each month ONLY. Walk-ins start at 1 PM with no appointment needed and operate on a first come, first served basis. Help is available by individual appointment various times each month as well. Call ARC at 309-888-9099 and press 3 to leave a message for the SHIP team. A counselor will return your call to set an appointment. SHIP is a program of the Illinois Department on Aging.
Click HERE to visit the official Medicare site.
Click HERE to learn more about SHIP & the Illinois Department on Aging.
SHIP remains available through ARC and will follow any COVID protocols currently in place for the ARC facility. In addition to in-person sessions and dependent on your circumstances, the counseling sessions may involve a computer (ZOOM) meeting or a phone conversation. Please call ARC and leave a message on the SHIP line.
Medicare and the Coronavirus
Here is a summary of the coverage provided by Medicare:
· Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
· Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
· Vaccine distribution is underway across the United States. Specifics regarding local access are available from the Mclean County Health Department. Medicare insurance plans will cover vaccine costs, if any.
· If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests. Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits beyond the ones described below. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.
· Scammers may use the coronavirus national emergency to take advantage of people while they’re distracted. As always, guard your Medicare card like a credit card, check Medicare claims summary forms for errors, and if someone calls asking for your Medicare Number, hang up! More information is available from the official website https://www.medicare.gov
More about Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plans
Question: I currently have a Part D drug plan and would like to know when I can change to another plan. Do I have that option at any time?
Answer: In general, someone who has Part D plan can only choose another plan during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) October 15-December 7. Selections made during the AEP go into effect January 1 the following year. Appointments are available each fall with ARC SHIP counselors to help those with Part D select the best plan for the following year. This annual option to change is also available to anyone who has a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Pt D. However, there are a number of special circumstances when someone could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and could switch plans outside the outside the annual period. A few examples included moving outside a plan’s service area, qualifying for Social Security “Extra Help”, or residing in a long-term care facility. A SEP may also be available for someone who believes they were provided incorrect or misleading information when they enrolled in their current plan. Please contact SHIP if you would like to change plans and feel a special circumstance may apply.
Disclaimer: The questions and answers in this column are intended to provide additional understanding on relevant Medicare topics. For additional explanations specific to your situation, please call ARC and request that a SHIP counselor contact you. You may also utilize SHIP walk-in hours on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday at 1:00.