December 2018

THE MARIELDERS is a nonprofit senior center dedicated to the enrichment of life for adults 55 years and older by providing activities and services. We were established in 1977 and provide transportation to the following communities: Mariemont, Fairfax, Madison Place, Plainville and Terrace Park.

The MARIELDERS will be closed: Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26th & Tuesday, January 1st

Happy Birthday to our December Members

12/02    Luann Scherer
12/03    David Stricker
12/04    John Mullan
12/05    Nancy Powell
12/06    Lynda Reis & Richard Cocks
12/08    Aquila Stoner
12/09    Lee Cowan
12/10    Jan Davis
12/13    Maria Heredia
12/14    Bill Bender
12/15    Mary Kay Denny
12/17   Carol Bowman
12/18   Ellie Clark
12/19   Kay Wilson & Gloria Morelli
12/22   Susan Thornton
12/23   Wanda Martineck
12/24   Nancy Anderson
12/31   Pat Van Stone

Planned Giving Program

For more than 40 years, MARIELDERS has been here to help older adults in living their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in their own homes.  Wouldn’t you like to be part of insuring that this help continues?  A charitable bequest to the MARIELDERS will allow us to carry on our important work.  Please discuss this with your family, friends and of course your attorney.  Thank you for thinking of us.

There are two free and easy ways to support the MARIELDERS!

Kroger Community Rewards:
1. Go to
2. Create an account using your Kroger Plus Card
3. Select Charity: MARIELDERS (#80279)

Amazon Smile:
1. Go to Amazon smile
2. It will prompt you to select an organization: MARIELDERS
3. Shop every time using this website.

 Community Business Sponsors

Yearly Patron Sponsor 
* Mariemont Kiwanis Club
Yearly Donor Sponsor
* Mariemont Community Church
Yearly Supporting Sponsor
* Forsee Plumbing (271-6720)
Yearly Sustaining Sponsor
* Thomas-Justin Funeral Home (271-0732)
* LaRosa’s Mariemont
* Business Intelligence, Inc.
* Holtmeier Plumbing Co., Inc.
* Eyecare on the Square
* Terrace Park Auto Service
* Greiwe Development
* Powers Family Dental Care

Volunteer Drivers Needed! Please call Kim if you can help taking members to their doctor appointments.



Members’ Meeting
Tuesday, December 4th @ 11am
Special Speaker: Ingrid Keating
Owner of Lotus Integrated Therapy

Ingrid Keating, L.Ac., OTR/L, MSOM, BSN, Watsu® Practitioner is an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Founder of LOTUS Integrative Therapy LLC practice which opened in November in Mariemont. Ingrid will discuss how Integrative Medicine used with Therapeutic Care can optimize the healing process of various musculoskeletal, chronic pain, and somatic challenges with adults.

Waldorf Holiday Concert & Light Breakfast
Wednesday, December 12th
9:30am – Light Breakfast  10am – Performance
Cost: $5.00
Sign-up by Monday, December 10th

The Waldorf School seventh and eighth grade vocal and string group will perform holiday classics to get you into the holiday spirit. Come support this local talent that is now becoming a MARIELDER’s Holiday tradition while enjoying various baked goods.

Holiday Luncheon with the Grinch’s Roast Beast
Thursday, December 20th @ 12pm
Lower Level
Cost: $7.00
Sign-up by Monday, December 17th

The Grinch will be hosting a three course meal starting with a spring mix salad. Main course includes roast beef, twice baked mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and biscuits. Finishing off with Whoville pudding. We ask members to bring canned/dry goods to donate to a local food pantry.   


NOW Weekly!!!Line- Dancing 55 and Up@ Fairfax Recreational Center
***First class free***

When: Thursdays (No classes 12/27)
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20.00/$25.00 (per month members/non-members-PAY at MARIELDERS)
Where: Meet at Fairfax Rec
***Call if you need transportation to Fairfax Rec***

Kim Cafazo, with over 35 years of various dance experience, will be leading this fun group that will be geared towards seniors 55 and up. This class will have appropriate music, teach various routines that will accommodate different levels of fitness, and offer a fun way to stay physically and mentally active. MARIELDERS will provide van service for those need a ride. Be prepare for lots of movement and footwork.

Weekly Programs

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME) Classes

***Please Note New Times for Tai Chi Flow II***
***First class of each free***

Meet: Lower Level
Limited to 10 (no limit on Meditation or Laughtercise)
Sign-up begins Thursday, December 13th @ 9:30 am (January classes)

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance @ 10:00 am 
Tuesdays: December Tai Chi Flow I and II combined at 10am (No Tai Chi 12/18)
Wednesdays: Laughtercise @ 10:00 am (no class 12/12)
Thursdays: Restorative Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am (No class 12/20)
Fridays: Meditation @ 9:15 am & Maintaining your Strength @ 10:00 am

Cost: $30.00/$45.00 members/non-members unlimited
$8.00/$10.00 a la carte

In-House TV Show: The Roosevelt’s: An Intimate History

When: Mondays
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

This new documentary series from director Ken Burns explores the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. The 14-hour series follows the trio for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. During those years, the Roosevelts helped shaped history, notably the creation of National Parks, digging of the Panama Canal, passage of New Deal programs, and improving civil rights.

Individual Technological Support

When: Mondays (No class 12/31)
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab

Jake Goodwin, a student from UC, is continuing to offer 1-on-1 30 minute technology assistance for computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Jake also teaches how to safely surf the internet, set up Facebook accounts/security features & smartphone apps.

Art Club at The Barn with David Laug

When: Tuesdays (No class 12/18)
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: The Barn – First Level
Cost: $5.00 (monthly- members only)

David Laug from the WACC/Art Barn will continue his weekly art class session teaching various techniques using a variety of mediums and platforms.

Weekly Individual Private Piano Lessons

When: NOW Thursdays
Time: 1:30-3:45pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab
Cost: $5.00 (monthly)

Jim Lindenschmidt will be available for one-on-one 45 minute piano lessons where you will be able to form chords  both major and minor, learn how simple chord songs work, and be able to read tabulature.


Monthly Activities


In-House Movies
***All movies shown in Lower Level at 1:30pm***

The Bishop’s Wife 
When: Tuesday, December 4th

Dejected by his efforts to raise money to build a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) beseeches heaven for guidance, and is visited immediately by Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be an angel. Henry is skeptical, then annoyed when Dudley ingratiates himself into the household as his assistant — and worse, wins the attentions of Henry’s long-suffering and kindly wife (Loretta Young). When Dudley continues to intervene in Henry’s struggles, the bishop decides to challenge heaven.

Christmas in Connecticut
When: Tuesday, December 11th

While recovering in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) grows familiar with the “Diary of a Housewife” column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). Jeff’s nurse arranges with Elizabeth’s publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth’s bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm.

A Man Called Ove
When: Wednesday, December 12th

Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. After a boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox, an unlikely friendship forms.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Wednesdays, December 5th & 19th
Time: 9:15 am
Where: Lower Level

This month, we will be wrapping up the study of the skeletal system and discussing healthy food/mineral options to promote bone health. .

Fiction Book Club- A Man Called Ove

When: Thursday, December 6th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November  morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Great Decisions will return in second Wednesday in January!

Tree Trimming, Pizza & Holiday Charades

When:Thursday, December 6th
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: Main Level
Cost: $5.00

Join us in trimming our Holiday Tree while enjoying pizza and conversation together. Afterwards, bring your miming skills for Holiday Charades. There is sure to be plenty of giggling and guessing.

Holiday Pops @ Music Hall SOLD OUT!!!

When: Sunday, December 9th
Time: 12:30 pm (show starts at 2:00 pm)
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 12)
Cost: $52.00
Sign-up by: Wednesday, November 14th

Cincinnati’s holiday tradition returns! Enjoy this sparkling blend of holiday favorites at Music Hall. Send your holiday spirit soaring with singers and dancers, humor and joy, magic and music. CCM graduate and Broadway star Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) joins the fun.

Make/Take Holiday Centerpiece with Jean Fuller

When: Thursday, December 13th
Time:  2:00pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $2.00 (maximum 6)
Participants must bring Kitchen Shears and a Serrated Knife

Jean Fuller is a long-time member of the Mariemont Garden Club and has been creating their centerpiece arrangements for many years. She is bringing her talent to the Center by hosting a Holiday Centerpiece Arrangements Class using typical holiday greenery to incorporate into beautiful creations.

Promont House Holiday Tour

When: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10.30 am (tour @ 11:00 am/lunch afterwards)
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 7 for transportation)
Cost: $10.00 (transportation and tour- lunch on own)
Sign-up by: Friday, December 7th

Experience the magic of Promont decorated for Christmas!! Always a magical event, you don’t want to miss Milford’s Victorian gem all decked out for the holidays! This year’s theme is The Nutcracker. Lunch afterwards in downtown Milford at Copper Blue.

Santa’s Gift Shop

When: Friday, December 14th
Time:  12:30pm
Where:  Mariemont Elementary Kindergarten
Sign-up to volunteer by December 12th

Santa’s Gift Shop will open on Friday, December 14th at Mariemont Elementary School. The kindergartners get to “purchase” gifts for their families. Come volunteer at this great Holiday Celebration.

Ted Talks: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

When: Tuesday, December 18th
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. Perfect for the holidays!

Texas Roadhouse & Pyramid Hill Light Show

When: Tuesday, December 18th
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 12 for transportation)
Cost: $12.00 (transportation and entrance fee- dinner on own)
Sign-up by: Friday, December 14th

What better way to get into the holiday spirits than having a tasty meal at Texas Roadhouse and following with holiday lights? Even better, is having someone drive you to and from Hamilton, OH with time to spend gabbing with friends while gawking at the magical transformation of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

Brunch at the Inn

When: Wednesday, December 19th
Time: 10:00am
Meet: The National Exemplar

Join us for delicious food and wonderful company at The National Exemplar.

Nonfiction Book Club- The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

When: Wednesday, December 19th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

Is This Art? Origami/Folded paper

When: Wednesday, December 19th
Time: 1:00pm (Part I) Moravian Paper Star Workshop
3:00pm (Part II) The Origami Revolution
Where: Lower Level (maximum 6)
Cost: $2.00

You may have seen them before, but did you ever ask yourself “What is a Moravian Star?” This beautiful 26 point Moravian Star, also known as a Hernnhut Stern, has been a popular decoration during the Christmas Season in parts of Germany for almost 200 years. Moravian Stars are used to represent the Star of Bethlehem, and are hung in churches and homes, in windows, or on top of Christmas Trees. Joan Cochran will be sharing her talent by hosting a Moravian Paper Star workshop where members will be able to make 2 ornaments with various levels of difficulty. Stars will be dipped in wax which increases their longevity.

The Origami Revolution is a Nova presentation focusing on the centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes which is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and more.


Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME)

SIGN-UP for next month classes begins the second Thursday of each month @ 9:30 am

This exercise program’s purpose is to design classes which will enable our members to participate in classes that are specifically designed around their individual fitness assessments. All classes will address various components to increase balance, mobility, and reduce fall risks through a mindful awareness approach.

Personal trainer, Teresa Robinson, A.C.E. will be leading two classes, Core and Balance and Maintaining your Strength that will allow members to increase balance and strength through various strength maintaining/training exercises. She will be providing modifications for each individual based on their assessments.

Current Tai Chi instructor, Kristin Dietsche, will continue offering Tai Chi Flow classes based on the teaching of the Health Institute for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. The Harvard Medical School has named Tai Chi the best exercise for improving balance.

Another component offered by our Mindful Maintenance Exercise program will be Restorative Chair Yoga, led by Joan Riemar and Diane Faul. Joan has developed “Long Life Yoga” programs for seniors and currently teaches Senior Chair Yoga at Mercy Anderson Health Plex. She has been involved with the Cincinnati Creative Aging organization for ten years. Diane has been practicing yoga for 45 years and has continued her studies throughout those years. Her mentor has been and remains Lilias Folan since the 1970’s. Yoga can help slow down the effects of the aging process by maintaining muscle softness and flexibility, keeping the mind alert and awake, encouraging relaxation and strengthening muscles and joints.

To keep with the philosophy of mindfulness, Meditation will initially be offered once a week. An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus. This area of the brain is known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures that provide self-awareness and introspection. By increasing our members’ self-awareness, it will empower them to examine and maintain attention during mobility.

We will be continuing to offer our Laughtercise class that is led by our volunteer member and president, Delores Tate. This class focuses on principles designed by the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation and is well attended. Members leave laughing which allows them to feel relaxed and wanting to come back.



GEE, I didn’t know MARIELDERS did THAT………………
We can’t begin to tell you how many times we have heard this comment in the last 37 years. We have written numerous articles for the newsletter listing all of the services, but still many of our members are not aware of the “helps” provided by the Center. Unfortunately, we cannot do all the things you need, but we know how to find someone that can. NOW, here are some of the services we do provide. If you have any questions call Kathy at 271-5588.
1.  Transportation – Currently our Van Service runs Monday through Friday from 9:15am till 4pm. We ask that you call 1 day ahead of time to schedule a ride.
2.  Medical Transportation – Volunteers provide rides to doctors, dentists, hospitals and testing areas by appointment. Call to let us know where you need to go 5 days prior to your appointment.
3.  Insurance Assistance – We help you make sense out of all the Medicare, Co-Insurance and HMOs statements. We also will review any of your doctor bills.
4.  Assistance with Finances – We will help you write checks to pay your bills, balance your check book and help keep your records straight.
5.  Grocery Shopping and Banking – For those of you who can’t get out and for the times when the weather is bad – call the Center and one of us will go shopping for you or pick up prescriptions etc.
6.  Miscellaneous Services – Includes almost everything else. Call with your questions and concerns and we will see what we can do.


When you take a trip or plan on attending any MARIELDERS programs there are several things you need to know.
These procedures make things easier for all of us.

1. You must sign up for all events at the front desk whether there is a fee or not. Fees can be paid at front desk.  No reservations will be taken without payment.

2. Once a trip is planned we do not change the schedule or where we are going.

3. Many trips must be paid for three to six weeks in advance. Please pay attention to the reservation deadline. Waiting to sign up at the last minute may not always work. A trip may be cancelled because members waited too late to sign up.

4. When money is paid out to a company (tickets, meals, etc.) no refunds can be made unless your “place” is filled by someone else. Every effort will be made to refund your money but the Center cannot pay the charge if you chose not to go.

5. Your friends are welcome to attend trips – there is a non-member fee for trips.

Thank you for understanding and following these procedures. If you have any questions please call the Center.