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For the 55-and-over crowd, Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 | Local News

For information on services for older adults, contact Pam Jacobsen, Director of the Retiree and Seniors Program and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 2102 Windsor Place, C at 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Center are administered by the Family Service of Champaign County.


We introduce ourselves … Dr. William Gingold will take over our Stevick Center low-impact training course starting Monday, January 24th at 9:00 AM. For more information, please contact Debbie at 217-359-6500.

Pinochle, anyone?

  • Looking for a pinochle group at the Stevick Center. If you are interested, contact Vicky at 217-359-6500 or [email protected]


Knitting or crocheting for those in need:

Meditative movement with yoga:


  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, second and fourth Tuesday. Call 217-359-6500.


  • Thursdays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Coffee / tea for women:

  • Thursdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Snacks are served.


Exercise hours with low stress:


The Peace Meal Nutrition Program offers hot lunches daily at 11:30 am at locations in Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, Sidney (home delivery only), Mahomet (home delivery only), and Homer for a small donation and a one-day advance notice.

Call 800-543-1770 for reservations. Reservations for Monday must be made by Friday noon.

NOTE: There is no change to home deliveries, but meeting venues can provide a take-away meal.


  • Sausage in sauce, hash browns, orange juice, sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers, biscuit.


  • Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Brown Sauce, Italian Green Beans, Cranberry Salad, Whole Wheat Wheat Bread.


  • Beef tortellini, peas, carrots, tropical fruit salad, bread.


  • Fried country steak, mashed potatoes with white sauce, nantucket vegetables, apricots, whole grain bread.


  • Closed for New Year’s Eve holidays.


If you’re 55 years or older and want to volunteer in your community, RSVP (funded by AmeriCorps Seniors and the Illinois Department on Aging) provides a unique connection with local nonprofits in need of help. We offer support, benefits and a secure connection to partner sites. Contact Pam Jacobsen at [email protected] or 217-359-6500.


Voluntary Seniors.

  • RSVP of Champaign, Douglas and Piatt Counties / AmeriCorps Senior Volunteers is your connection to over 100 nonprofits. Please contact Pam Jacobsen at [email protected] or call 217-359-6500 for information on volunteers.

Eating for seniors. Workers had to unload boxes of groceries at 7 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for repackaging and delivery to seniors suffering from food shortages. Must be able to lift 30 to 40 pounds. Contact Robbie Edwards at RSVP for information.


Care by nurses. This time of year can present additional challenges for caregivers, including mood swings caused by seasonal affective disorders. This disorder can cause symptoms such as loss of interest in things, fatigue, and irritability. Many people with other forms of depression often wake up early, but those with the disorder usually have difficulty getting up in the morning. Exercise, ideally outdoors, can help, as can talking to friends and family about how you are feeling. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center offers support for caregivers, and we can even offer these services virtually if required. Call 217-449-2333 to find out more.

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