Senior Programs/Information

Bedford Senior Club

The Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreation and education programs and activities for those 60 years of age and older.  Our goal is to positively impact our community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through social engagement, physical well-being, and life-long learning.  Activities include congregate meals, exercise and fitness, crafts, movies, trips, and more.  Must be a Bedford resident to join.  There is no membership fee.

Senior Newsletter - are published at the beginning of each month and are currently distributed during grab and go lunches.  The newsletter provides information on programs and activities, City wide information, senior interest stories, recipes, puzzles, games, and more.  The Newsletter are available at Ellenwood Center.  Pick-up your copy today, or click here for a digital copy!

A licensed social worker is available to residents who need services and/or information.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Department.

Congregate Meals - currently we’re offering grab and go lunches monthly.  Please refer to the monthly Senior Newsletter for dates, times, and meal information.  Must be a Senior Club Member to participate.  In-person meals/meetings will resume when deemed safe to do so.

For more information or to join the Senior Club call Bedford Parks & Recreation at 440-735-6570.

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.

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.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP

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 who qualify on an income basis.  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

University Hospitals - Age Well Be Well Program

The Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to partner with UH Bedford, and to make information on their Age Well Be Well Program for seniors, available to our residents.  Click here for more information or to register http://www.uhhospitals.org/agewell.

University Hospitals - Falls Prevention Program

Representatives from University Hospitals will discuss the definition of a fall, who is at risk for falls and different ways to prevent them. This session also covers what can contribute to falls, including dizziness, and options for treatment. A few basic exercises to help and/or maintain your balance will also be discussed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 1:30 PM Ellenwood Center

To register, call 440-735-6570 or click link below

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.

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.

 

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

 

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.

2022 Mind Challenge Trivia Tournament

May 9-June 17, 2022

No cost to play

Teams of 4 minimum to 6 maximum compete against teams from other cities all across Northeast Ohio. No limit on how many teams can represent a city

Senior Friendly questions

Fun and Exciting-Team Concept-Like a Game Show   Not like Jeopardy

Prize money to the Final 4 teams' Senior Centers- Play for pride-Play for Enjoyment

Call 440-735-6570 to register or for questions.

Social Media 101

Are your friends, kids or grandkids bugging you to get on social media? You've heard of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but maybe you're not quite sure how to get started or use them to their full potential. Which one(s) are right for you? How can you use them while retaining some privacy? Join an instructor from Gigalearn IT as we explore each platform. If you decide to dive in, we'll get you set up with your own account(s). Limited to 12 participants; registration required.

Location: Ellenwood Room 2
Dates: Wednesdays March 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Fee: Free to Bedford Senior Club Members

Click Here to Register

 

CLICK HERE for information on many other programs designed for seniors that are now open for registration!

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