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Bureau County Senior Center Director Denise Ihrig said the new program, A Matter of Balance, is an eight-week course which begins Feb. 5, meets twice a week and ends Feb. 28.
Sessions will be held Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the senior center, 16 W. Marion St. in Princeton. Pre-registration is required with a suggested donation of $10 to cover cost of workbooks, Ihrig said.
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"It will be the same group of folks and the same services and activities," said Bureau County Senior Center Director Denise Ihrig.
"We've just got to tweak the name and tell a bit more about what we do." As of Oct. 1, the Bureau County Senior Center will officially become the Bureau County Aging and Disability Resource Center. Ihrig said Tuesday the name change was requested by the Illinois Department on Aging, both to reflect who the center serves and as part of an organizational change. The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, which provides a large percentage of the funding for the center, includes 13 senior centers, and Ihrig said four centers Bureau County, Putnam County Achievement Services in Standard, Bridges Community Center in Ottawa and the Mendota Area Senior Services are being put together in a sub-group to better serve area residents. Ihrig said they will be working more closely with other agencies in the area such as the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, the Illinois Department of Human Services and its Division of Rehabilitation Services. Ihrig said the intent is to include people with disabilities in its range of clients, but that is something the Bureau County Senior Center has been doing for quite awhile. She said the center has offered services such as exercise classes for Gateway Services clients and will continue to serve those with disabilities in the county. The Bureau County Senior Center, which is located at 16 West Marion St. in Princeton, offers informational and assistance services designed to link the older adult and/or caregivers to needed services, an outreach at-home service program, legal assistance, assistance with Medicare and supplement insurance issues, an assistive device free loan program, income tax service and transportation. The center also offers activities such as exercise classes and a woodworkers group that meets monthly. Ihrig said her biggest concern is getting people used to the new name when they call on the phone. "People will say, 'Is this the Senior Center?'" she said with a laugh.
Denise Ihrig, director of the Bureau County Senior Center, has confirmed the center has received about 175 vouchers, with more than 100 vouchers still available.
The voucher booklets can be used at the Bureau County Farmers Market in Princeton, held Tuesday afternoons and Saturdays at the Darius Miller Park on North Main Street. The Coneflower Farms and Plow Creeks vendors are the two approved vendors for the vouchers, Ihrig said. The voucher booklets can be picked up at the Bureau County Senior Center, located at 16 W. Marion St. in Princeton, Ihrig said. Senior citizens will need to bring a proof of income to verify his/her income. The income level for one person for the Farmers Market program is $20,665, and the income level for a couple is $27,991. The Seniors Farmers Market voucher program is provided nationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for senior citizens, who are defined as persons 60 years of age and older. This program, in its second year in Princeton, is a great opportunity to provide free fresh vegetables and fruits to qualifying senior citizens, Ihrig said.
In an interview last week, Denise Ihrig, director of the Bureau County Senior Center, said the senior center will get only 200 voucher booklets this year, and each senior citizen can receive only one booklet.
However, if two seniors live in the same house, they can each get a booklet, Ihrig said. The vouchers will be income-based for seniors, and seniors will need to bring a proof of income to verify their income, Ihrig said. Each voucher booklet contains seven, $3 vouchers which can be used all at one time or separately. However, no change will be given, she said.