MASON COUNTY — Senior citizens in Mason County will have the opportunity to hear a new banking program aimed at protecting their generation when Hope Roush of Ohio Valley Bank speaks at two locations in April.
The banking program is just one of many activities planned for the month at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant and the Mason Senior Center in Mason.
Roush will present “Safe Banking for Seniors,” a program released by the American Bankers Association. It will be held at the Gene Salem center on April 27 and at the Mason center on April 29, both from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Roush said the program will cover several topics, including identifying and avoiding scams, protecting assets by preventing identity theft, choosing a financial caregiver, and budgeting after retirement. The program is geared to empower senior customers to bank more securely, and handouts will be given to those attending.
Several other activities are planned at the centers, according to the monthly newsletter published by the Mason County Action Group, “The Senior Scene.”
In Mason, the Healthy Steps exercise class will be held April 6, 11, 20, and 27, all at 10:30 a.m. The program features fun exercises that can even be done while seated.
Overbrook will conduct blood pressure checks on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., and on April 20, the presentation of “Medicare Preventive Care Services” will be held at 11:30 a.m. Regular activities in Mason include bingo on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., and music on Friday at 10 a.m.
The program, “Everyone With Diabetes Counts,” will continue in April at the Gene Salem center. It will be held April 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Also scheduled in Point Pleasant are visits from Michael Chirico from Congressman Evans Jenkins’ office on April 13; a Veterans Administration representative on April 20 from noon to 2 p.m.; and Brooke Fletcher from the West Virginia Attorney General’s office on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. On April 15, Ann Dalton will present “Medicare Preventive Care Services.”
Regular activities in Point Pleasant include bingo on Monday and Friday, a country band on Wednesday, and church services on Thursday. All begin at 10 a.m.
Lunches are served on weekdays at both senior centers at 11:30 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $2.50 per meal for those age 60 and over, although no one is denied a meal due to inability to pay. Those under 60 are required to pay $5.25 per meal. Menus are available at the senior centers.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.