Senior Programs

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all senior programs are suspended with the exception of community transportation service  and our senior wellness check program.  We look forward to resuming all programming as soon as possible!

Community Transportation Service

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a door-to-door transportation service for Bedford Residents. 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. A wheelchair accessible van is available. Boundary lines for all trips are: north - South Pointe Hospital; 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. For more information call 440-735-6570.  An application must be on file with the Parks & Recreation Department prior to service.

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, https://bedfordoh.gov/departments/coronavirus-information 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!

2020 Senior Lunch Menu

Download 2020 Senior Lunch Menu

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP provides free tax preparation services to seniors at the following locations/times.  Those interested should call the specific location for an appointment.

Bedford Heights Community Center

5615 Perkins Rd., Bedford Heights

440-786-3290

Tuesdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Warrensville Heights Civic Center

4567 Green Rd., Warrensville Heights

216-587-1250

Fridays 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Maple Heights Senior Center

15901 Libby Rd., Maple Heights

216-587-5481

Mondays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Garfield Heights Civic Center

5407 TURNEY ROAD, GARFIELD HTS.

216-475-3244

Fridays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Solon Senior Center

35000 Portz Parkway, Solon

440-349-6363

Mondays 9:00 AM – 1:00PM

For additional information click here for a link to the AARP website.

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.

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.

University Hospitals Walking Club

Put on your walking shoes and join the Age Well Be Well Walking Club every Monday. Take a few laps around the gym at Ellenwood Center. Please bring a pair of indoor walking shoes that are appropriate for the gym floor. New walkers will receive a complimentary T-shirt upon sign up. To register for this free program, call UH Bedford Medical Center (440) 735-4739.

Mondays, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

December 23, 30

January 6, 13, 27

February 3, 10, 24

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge

Coming in January of 2020 is the Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge. There will be teams from senior centers and local municipalities competing in a trivia challenge representing four regions of Northeast Ohio.  Bedford will be competing in the Southwest Region with 8 other communities including Bedford Heights, Garfield Heights, Seven Hills, and Broadview Heights.

All participating cities will hold competitions to establish teams.  Our competition will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Ellenwood Center at 1:00 pm.  Snacks and beverages will be served.  There will be a maximum of six players per team with no limit to the number of Bedford teams we can enter.

Regional Competitions will be held in February and later months.  To advance to the next round, our team(s) must finish in the top 50% of competing teams in the region.  In addition, the top scoring team from each city will automatically advance; this keeps all the cities alive for a few rounds.  The Fact Finding Four and Mind Challenge Championship will take place in May.

Last year, Mentor received $2,500 prize money and each of the team members received prizes from the Hard Rock Rocksino.

If you are interested in registering for this program, please call (440) 735-6570.

 

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