Senior Programs/Information

COVID-19 Vaccination

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, more and more Ohioans have become eligible to receive the vaccine.

For a list of vaccine providers within an approximate  5 mile radius of Bedford, click here.

To find appointment information on the more than 1,300 local providers offering the vaccine statewide, including a mass vaccination site at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Residents can also schedule mass vaccination clinic appointments by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Parks & Recreation Department staff may be able to assist residents age 50 and over with COVID-19 vaccine appointments and transportation through a program with Cuyahoga County Division of Adult and Senior Services.  For more information, call 440-735-6570.  In addition, United Way’s 2-1-1 HelpLink also provides resources and referrals regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

Vaccine Transportation

Cleveland Clergy Alliance is offering free roundtrip rides for seniors ages 60 and over to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  Navigators are also available to assist seniors in registering for the vaccine with a local hospital or drugstore. Call the Cleveland Clergy Alliance at 216-727-1020 for more information.

Senior Vaccination Rides

 

 

Senior Transportation Connection is providing transportation to the Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination site for those ages 50 and over who have a scheduled appointment.  To book a ride to the Wolstein Center, call STC directly at 216-265-1489.

Community Transportation Service

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a door-to-door transportation service for Bedford Residents, provided by a third party, Senior Transportation Connection. Service is available for senior citizens 60 years of age and older and disabled persons over the age of 18 and can be used for medical appointments and errands such as banking, grocery shopping, etc. Service is not available to residents in nursing, assisted living or retirement facilities.  Wheelchair accessible transportation is available. Boundary lines for all trips are: north - UH Ahuja Medical Center; south - Northfield Plaza; east - City of Solon; west - Marymount Hospital.

Transportation service operates: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. A fee of $2 per roundtrip is required.   An application must be on file with the Parks & Recreation Department prior to service.

Click here for transportation guidelines and application.  For more information call 440-735-6570 or email recreation@bedfordoh.gov.

 

Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP

Due to COVID-19 AARP will not be offering in-person tax aide this year.  Online tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax Aide is available year-round to answer your tax questions.  For more information on tax aide services please contact AARP at 888-687-2277 or email taxaide@aarp.org.

EITC

The Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offers in-person drop off and virtual tax preparation assistance at no charge for individuals and families earning less than $56,000 per year.  To schedule an appointment visit www.refundohio.org or call 216-293-7200.  EITC Coalition strongly recommends scheduling appointments online.  The in-person drop off locations are listed below.  The preferred location for Bedford Seniors is ESOP on Fairhill Rd in Cleveland.  You can also call them directly at 216-361-0920.  Please note that walk-ins are not permitted.  Click here for a postcard from ESOP with more information.

  • ESOP located at 11890 Fairhill Rd, Cleveland, OH 44120
  • Asian Services in Action located at 3631 Perkins Ave., #2AW, Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Baldwin Wallace located at 275 Eastland Rd., Berea, OH 44017
  • Burten Bell Carr located at 7201 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland, OH 44104
  • CEOGC Central located at 1801 Superior Ave., Suite 400, Cleveland, OH 44114 **This site schedules its own appointments and has its own filing requirements. Please call 216-858-1781
  • CEOGC Glenville located at 10529 St. Claire Ave., Cleveland, OH 44108    **This site schedules its own appointments and has its own filing requirements. Please call 216-268-1600
  • CHN Broadway Office located at 5700 Broadway Ave., Cleveland, OH 44127
  • Famicos located at 1325 Ansel Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
  • Gordon Square located at 6516 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Lin Omni located at 3167 Fulton Rd., 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH 44109

 

Wellness Check Program

The City of Bedford has a program for residents age 65 and older and/or those who may be isolated and desire a periodic wellness check.  Those who participate in the program will be contacted via telephone by City staff periodically as a means of ensuring the well-being of the resident.  All residents are urged to call 9-1-1 for any life threatening emergency, and to contact a physician should they exhibit signs or symptoms of coronavirus or other illnesses of concern.  To enroll in the program or for additional questions, residents can call the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-735-6570, email recreation@bedfordoh.gov, or visit the City’s coronavirus/COVID-19 web page, to submit an electronic form.  All current resident members of the Bedford Senior Club and residents currently enrolled in the City’s senior transportation services are being contacted directly about the program.

 

Senior Club

The Senior Club meets at Ellenwood Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Bedford residents age 55 and older are welcome to join.  Annual dues are just $15!   At the gatherings, members share a brief business meeting, enjoy lunch with beverages and desserts, and take pleasure in plenty of social time with friends. Following a delicious lunch folks can choose from a variety of activities including bingo, card games, or a movie. The Senior Club also plans a variety of field trips and special outings to museums, theaters, concerts, and other great events.  Food, friends, and fun! Come join us today!

Click here for April 2021 Senior News

Update: Senior Club meetings and in-person activities have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are now offering grab and go meals for club members as well as other virtual, and self-directed programs.  See below for details.

 

Grab and Go Senior Club Lunch

Although we cannot socially gather, we can all share a meal together! Boxed lunches will be available for drive-thru pickup at Ellenwood Center in the east parking lot (closest to Baseball Field).  Please remain in your car.

If you are uninterested in the meal served that day, stop by anyways to pick-up your monthly Mini-News and to wave to your favorite Recreation friends.

Reserve your meal online or call 440-735-6570 during the registration dates. Available for Bedford Senior Club Members only. Must register by deadline. Menu subject to change.

Wednesday, February 10 - Stuffed Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes
Drive-thru time:  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Registration Dates: February 1-5

 

Click Here to Register

 

 

 

 

ESOP Small Dollar Loans and Financial Empowerment Workshops

Bedford Parks & Recreation is pleased to partner with ESOP, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People.  ESOP is a non-profit HUD-approved housing and financial counseling agency.

Small Dollar Loans for Seniors

Are you age 55+ and facing a financial hardship? Are you behind on rent or your mortgage? Are you at risk of utilities being shut off? Do you need medications that you cannot afford? Will a small dollar loan prevent or resolve a financial or housing problem? Call ESOP today to find out if they can help! (216) 361-0718.  Click here for a flyer with more details.

Financial Education  Workshops

ESOP offers virtual financial education workshops for seniors with topics that include recognizing scams and frauds, budgeting, taking control of credit, and more.  Click here for a flyer with more information.

 

Sunshine Grab & Go Bags

Register for a free bag of sunshine! Our Sunshine Bags will include a craft, instructions, and additional extension activities to do at home. Each youth bag will also include a complimentary book from Cleveland’s Kids Book Bank. Limited supplies available. Check the week for drive-thru pickup times. If you cannot make a pickup time, please arrange a curbside appointment with Recreation staff.

These bags are free to Bedford children and Bedford Senior Club members; registration is required. If you are interested in joining the Bedford Senior Club, please call 440-735-6570.

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December Sunshine

Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, December 8: 11:00-11:30am or 6:00-6:30pm

Stitched Gingerbread Ornament & Christmas Button Decorating for Bedford Senior Club Members

 

Virtual Bingo

red and white bingo board with red chips

Join us for a fast paced, fun-filled virtual BINGO game!  We will play Four (4) classic “5 in a Row” BINGO plus one “Cover all” game.  Prizes will be given to the winners of each game, and one grand prize for the winner will be crowned for the “Cover All” game! Come and have fun with your Bedford neighbors and Devoted Health!

Each player will receive a bingo kit with (2) Bingo Cards, chips for the gameboard, a Devoted Health thank you gift for playing, and a little something for a sweet tooth. Players will receive a flyer in the bingo kit with login information to join via Google Meets by telephone or video call.

Call the Bedford Parks & Recreation office at 440-735-6570 to reserve a space and setup a curbside appointment to receive your monthly Bingo bag of gameboards and treats.

Dates: Fourth Wednesday of the Month
Time: 1:00 pm

This program is sponsored by Devoted Health
www.devoted.com

Roydean Avery
Sales Executive
Roydean.Averyjr@Devoted.com
216-906-9295

Click Here to Register

 

Virtual Ellenwood Center

Virtual Ellenwood CenterEllenwood Center is VIRTUALLY open! We currently have "rooms" open to our youngest and oldest users.

Check out our Toddler and Preschool Room, Homework Resource Room, and Senior Center. These rooms are filled with links of resources, games, entertainment, health & wellness and other interactive, virtual activities.  Soon we will open our virtual Adult Education Center. Stay turned and check back for updates.

Click Here to Visit!

 

Alzheimers Association - Greater Cleveland Chapter Virtual Education Sessions

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cleveland offers free virtual education sessions on a variety of topics.  See the list below for course descriptions.  Click here for a detailed flyer with dates, times, and registration information.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Join the Alzheimer’s Association to learn how early detection of Alzheimer’s can give you the chance to enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.

Effective Communication Strategies
Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, and current research and treatments available to address some symptoms.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Join the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement. Learn hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations while sheltering in place.

 

How To Zoom

Zoom Logo

Zoom has become a popular platform for virtual meetings and learning; it is a free web-based and mobile app for users. Bedford Parks & Recreation will be utilizing Zoom to host several of our virtual programs. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please browse these resources and video tutorials prior to a scheduled program.

How to Join a Meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Free Live Training Webinars with Zoom experts: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360029527911-Live-Training-Webinars

Pre-Recorded Training Sessions: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/217214286-Watch-Recorded-Training-Sessions

We will be hosting the following practice Zoom phone/video conference calls to help you navigate this technology. Please call 440-735-6570 for more information.

Click Here to Register

 

 

Entertainment from Independence Village

Independence Village of Aurora invites Bedford Seniors to join their free virtual entertainment events via Facebook Live.

Performances are typically Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Go to www.facebook.com/IndependenceVillageAurora to join the live entertainment and to watch previous live events.

Past Entertainment/Presentations available for anytime viewing:
Graeme James: A folk-style live concert performance
Dean Martin: A tribute concert to “The King of Cool”
World War II: Planning for D-Day
The Killer: A live Jerry Lee Lewis tribute performance
Charles Avison: Historic sports stories and their lessons
The Man in Black: A live Johnny Cash tribute performance
Ohio Bird Sanctuary: Birds of prey
Jonny James: A live country music performance

Click here for to access Independence Village of Aurora's Facebook page

 

Daybreak Online Yoga Studio

Daybreak

Bedford Parks & Recreation continues our partnership with Bedford’s own Daybreak Yoga Studio. Before the COVID-19 pandemic instructor Dawn Rivers taught classes at Ellenwood Center. Now, she offers her popular yoga classes via Zoom, and also in-person at her studio on Bedford.

Visit https://daybreak.yoga to learn more about the studio and register for  upcoming classes.

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Bedford Parks & Recreation will be hiding geocaches at our local parks: Ellenwood, Greencroft, Taft, and Interstate. Geocache boxes come in all different sha pes and sizes and will be in a camouflaged container in a safe but non-intrusive place. When you find our cache, please do not take it with you. Write your name and date in the log. In a larger cache, if you are comfortable, you may take something but then that means you leave something to swap! Come prepared with a pencil or pen.

Get out, get active and be one of the first to find our caches! For those seasoned trackers, help our four Travel Bugs go on their first adventures!

Download the app Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc. Create a login or link to your Google, Facebook, or Apple account. Turn on your location and you will immediately see dozens of geocaches within Bedford, especially within the Bedford Reservations.

Starting June 20, find our caches in local parks. Click here for details!

To learn more about Geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.

 

Staycation: Virtual Travel Center

Your vacation may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore a new destination! Museums, theaters, national landmarks and other popular attractions are offering virtual experiences for online visitors. We have compiled a list of great sites to visit for local, national and international virtual experiences from the comfort of your own home.

Please feel free to share some of your great discoveries with us to add to our growing list.

Click Here to Register

 

Senior Line Dancing

This lively group of seniors meets every Monday from 10:30 - 11:30am at Ellenwood Recreation Center to get a little exercise and to socialize. This activity is free to all resident seniors.

Update: This program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back for for information.

 

 

Reach With Rhythm Workout

Seniors that want to sit up, shape up and have fun while listening to great music will enjoy this gentle chair aerobics class that aims at stretching, strengthening, and toning your muscles. This class meets at the Ellenwood Recreation Center every Thursday morning from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The cost is only $1.00 per class so bring a friend and have some fun while getting in shape.

Update: This program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back for for information.

 

University Hospitals Walking Club

The walking club has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but check back for updates as this program will likely resume in the future.  Prior to the pandemic the group met Monday mornings at Ellenwood Center.

 

Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge

Mind Challenge For The New Majority® is a trivia competition for the active 50 years and over community to compete for prizes, money for your Senior program and bragging rights.

The 2021 Mind Challenge For The New Majority® start dates for team formation rounds are tentatively scheduled for middle/end of May, date subject to change pending successful openings of area Senior Centers and Covid-19 vaccinations.

Bedford Parks & Recreation would like to sponsor at least one team to compete this year in the “Central” division, competing against other communities like Bedford Heights, Maple Heights, Garfield Heights, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights.

We will virtually host some “Trivia Spring Training” sessions to learn about Mind Challenge and practice their trivia format.

First Wednesday of the Month
March 3, April 7, May 5
1:00 pm
Zoom—video or call-in

Click Here to Register

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