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, with the opportunity to bring the lunch inside and eat with friends and enjoy after-lunch activities.  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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

2022 Mind Challenge Trivia Tournament has concluded.  Check back for information on the 2023 event.

 

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

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