Masks are encouraged but not required to be worn when visiting 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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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
*No Open Pickleball Saturday, September 10th due to scheduled Beginner Pickleball Clinic*
Beginner Pickleball Clinic: Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us and Pickleball Ambassador Mike Mitchell at ARC to learn the fundametals of the game at this Pickleball Clinic for beginners! Cost: $10 Register at ARC, on ARC's website through the GymMaster Portal. Registration opens August 24th at 8 AM. Registration closes Wednesday, September 7th
Internet TV: Tuesday, September 13th, 1:00 - 2:45 PM
Tired of paying that high Cable TV bill? Instructor, Nancy Komlanc, The Tech Tutor, will show you step-by-step how many of us are saving $50 - $100/month by gradually moving from watching Cable TV channels to Internet Streaming TV channels. Using the same internet connection, you can still watch your favorite shows, movies, sports, local news, Netflix, Amazon Prime, & more! In this class Nancy will compare costs of local Internet Service Providers and streaming subscription services, Plus show you how to set-up an inexpensive device to a TV so you can save $$$! Fee: $20
Android Basics: Thursday, September 15th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Join us and learn how to: Turn phone On and Off, Adjust volume, Increase the screen timeout, Increase text size, Make a call, Turn on Speaker during calls, and Add names and phone #’s to Contacts list. Bring your phone to the workshop so you can make the adjustments on it to get plenty of hands-on practice! Fee: $20
Android Apps: Thursday, September 29th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
If you have questions about downloading and installing a "safe" app on your Android Smartphone, this class is for you! We'll answer these questions as well as go over step-by-step instructions on how to install & uninstall an app. Plus, Nancy will share with you some apps that she has used a long time and believes they will be helpful for you, too! Fee: $20, Register for this program at ARC.
You must register 1 day before workshop for each above class.
Beginner Ukulele Lessons: Fridays, September 9th - October 21st, 10 - 11 AM
(No class September 23rd)
You can ukulele too! Join Marth Tyner for a FREE 6-week class on how to play the ukulele. Loaner instruments will be available for use for $10. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Ukulele: The First Craze - Intermediate Level Class: Fridays, September 9th - October 21st, 11 AM - 12 PM (No class September 23rd)
The ukulele made a big leap from Hawaii to the US mainland after the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, where the Hawaiian Building was a main attraction. Songwriters and publishers of Tin Pan Alley jumped on the bandwagon with Hawaiian-themed songs, novelty songs, and pop songs published with ukulele fingering charts. Learn a batch of these particularly entertaining numbers in this class. Students should be able to play basic first-position major, minor and 7th chords (the chords from the beginner class, for example.) Caution: Kazoos might also be involved. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Caregiver Support: CCSI & The Alzheimer's Association - September 7th, 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 - September 6th, 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 August.
Women's Grief Support: W, September 14th & 28th , 12 - 1:30 PM Closed to new members
Men's Grief Support: W, Sept4ember 14th & 28th, 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, September 21st, 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, September 20th, 1:00 PM
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets onthe third Tuesday of each month. Thismonth's speakers are Kim Adelman from the Parkinson Voice Project and Jenna Souhrada from Rock Steady Boxing.
Internet Safety with Oasis Connections: Wednesdays, September 7th, 14th & 21st, 5-6 PM
Taught by an Oasis Connections Instructor - Teaching our students how to be safe online is one of our most important tasks. Everyone who uses a smartphone, email, or surfs the internet will be targeted by scammers. This course will cover skills needed to recognize scams, create good passwords, and avoid identity theft. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Cyber Security for the Modern Era: Tuesday, September 20th, 10 AM
This is an open forum of information with full questions and answers on how to properly protect yourself and your computer while online. We will be discussing Internet safety concerns with Internet Browsers and Extensions, Email and Phishing, and proper password control. We will also cover Federal, State, and Public recommendations. We will go over common threats and how these recommendations will assist on your protection and your online well being. Feel free to bring your laptops and questions. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Outdoor Concert: Friday, September 9th, 5 - 7 PM
Join us in our new green space area at ARC for a free, outdoor concert by The Aristocrats! Jurassic Grilled Truck will be at ARC to provide meal options for purchase. Bring your own chair. This event is open to the public! Rain or shine! Registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.
Drive-In Bingo: Friday, September 30th, 11 AM
Join us for an hour of drive-in style grocery store bingo sponsored by Evergreen Senior Living & Heritage Health! Players may win up to 3 times during the hour. If you get a bingo, honk your horn, flash your lights or shout bingo to notify prize runners, so they can check your card. Use the Beech Street entrance on arrival to pick up your bingo card set. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the 11:00 start time. Rain or shine.
Friday, September 16th,10:00 AM
Jeff Saulsbery, Site Manager for the David Davis Mansion will be giving a presentation on JudgeDavis, his friendship with Abraham Lincoln, and about the Mansion itself. The DNR-run historic site is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the publication of a new book about the Mansion by Dr Marcia Young with exciting scholarship placing the Mansion firmly in a new historical era, the Gilded Age. He will also be discussing Sarah's garden, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and books will also be available for purchase following the talk. If you've had questions about the building and site that you'd like answered, please be ready! Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Watercolor Painting the Australian Way with Carol Boerckel: Friday, September 16th, 8 AM - 1 PM
Have fun loose painting with a water spray bottle and spater. Will paint poppies, but any subject matter can be done. Negative paiting will make your poppies pop. We will use simple pencil shapes. Contact Carol with questions at 309-230-8743. Cost: $25. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
Supply list: any size 140lb watercolor paper(good paper is important), 140lb cold press rag cotton (Arches), Canson XL WC paper pad, wc paint, brushes, small smist spray bottle, pencil, tissues or paper towel, water container and drinking straw. Need to know stores to check? See Director of Programming Molly Camper for info.
Intro the the Arts Series: Basics of Digital Photography with Ray Silva: Friday, September 9th, 10 AM
For those who have digital cameras at home that are collecting dust just because it was too complicated to use, this class is for you. The goal is to explain the basics of digital photography so that you feel comfortable enough to utilize its features with confidence. This is a “hands-on” class so bring your camera with acharged battery and memorycard. The program will discuss Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) and bridge cameras (fixed lens), but cell phones users are welcomed as well. Other than the technical side, will discuss composition styles, methods for editing images and how to display digital images for wall display. On Ray Silva: "I am an experienced photographer who has presented programs to several photography groups in Central Illinois and participated in exhibits from Savannah, GA to Chicago. My interests include nature, wildlife, landscape, and astrophotography. I hold memberships in the Champaign County Camera Club and the Georgia Nature Photography Association." Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or through the online GymMaster Member Portal.
*Note this program is funded by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant.*
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
Sept 15 — Sept 22, 2023 • 8 Days • 10 Meals
Highlights: Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Deadwood, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park
Click HERE to learn more.
March 14 — March 21, 2024 • 8 Days • 9 Meals
Highlights: Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Farm Visit, Cliffs of Moher, Whiskey Distillery, Castle Stay
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 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.
Part D Prescription Drug Coverage | September 14th, 10 AM
Are there steps you can take to lower your prescription drug cost? Does your drug cost vary greatly in the same year, or is the cost fluctuating from year to year and not making sense? This presentation will answer these questions and offer pointers to help you determine if you could benefit from a review & compare this fall of available 2023 drug plans. The Plan Finder tool used by SHIP will be demonstrated. This presentation is Part D drug plan basic information in a group setting, not specific individual counseling. Information on scheduling time with SHIP counselors during the annual open enrollment will be available in the October newsletter.
Medicare Advantage | September 22nd, 5 PM
This presentation will benefit anyone new to Medicare, someone currently with a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan & looking to change plans, or someone just wanting to better understand MA. General information will be provided in a group setting with Q&A to follow. Personal appointments are available with SHIP Counselors for more in-depth reviews.
Registration (encouraged) for both above presentations is available online using the Member Portal or by calling ARC at (309) 888-9099. Both the Medicare Advantage and Part D presentations will be held in the ARC Auditorium. You do not need to be an ARC member to attend the above presentations. SHIP is a program of the State of Illinois, Illinois Department on Aging.
Medicare Scam Caution
An ARC member recently received genetic testing materials they had not requested. Further investigation determined it was a scam and the result could have been very expensive for Medicare and for the individual. While Medicare may approve certain narrow, medically necessary genetic testing, this must be done through your doctor. Unsolicited genetic testing offers are most likely not legitimate. Be very careful in giving out your Medicare number as that can result in charges to Medicare without your knowledge. Suspicious genetic testing services (or any other illegitimate charges showing on your Medicare Summary Notices) should be reported to the SHIP team at ARC, or directly to the Senior Medicare Patrol (800) 699-9043.
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.
Work is underway on ARC's new green space & we're just $7,100 away from our total fundraising goal for Phase 1. Support the green space, fitness programming and more with your gift this month!