MAY 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 serve the following communities: Mariemont, Fairfax, Madison Place, Plainville and Terrace Park.

***Memorial Day Parade*** The MARIELDERS will be in the Mariemont Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th. Come show your support for the Center by walking or riding in our van. Sign-up by Friday, May 25th. Meet at the Parish Center around 8:15 am, parade starts at 8:30.


***”Junque” Sale – Saturday, June 16th***

We are now accepting items for the June sale. If you are spring cleaning, please remember us first to donate to. We take everything but clothes, shoes and large pieces of furniture. Our big items that sell are: linens, antiques, kitchen items, knick-knacks and of course books. Please drop off your items Monday-Friday from 9-4 pm. For more information, please call the Center at 271-5588.


Happy Birthday to our May Members…

5/4 Dell Stringfield, Lois Cox & Bobbie Ness
5/6 Charlotte Nefzger
5/8 Dean Clingerman
5/9 Bonnie Smith
5/12 Maxine Howell & Richard Gegner
5/15 Don Hild
5/17 Sherry Green
5/20 Joe Stoner, Wes Iredale, Jr., & Ruth Iredale
5/23 Retta Spreen
5/25 Jim Lindenschmidt
5/26 Christina Beatty
5/27 Sandra McAfee
5/28 Eileen Baumgartner & Pat Ruscher

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
* Mariemont Hearing Center
* National Exemplar
Yearly Sponsor
* Business Intelligence, Inc.
* Holtmeier Plumbing Co., Inc.
* Eyecare on the Square
* Terrace Park Auto Service
* Greiwe Development

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


Home Energy Assistance Program applications are available at THE MARIELDERS. HEAP is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans with their winter heating bills. Eligibility requirements are based on your total gross household income, proof of citizenship, and that your gas and electric bill be in your name. For a single person the income is $21,105, two people it is $28,420 etc. For an application please call Kathy 271-5588.


NEW!!!Line- Dancing 55 and Up@ Fairfax Recreational Center

When: Thursdays, May 10th & 24th
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 (monthly- pay at MARIELDERS)
Where: Meet at Fairfax Rec
Sign-up by: Tuesday, May 8th
***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

***All classes (except for Meditation and Traditional Tai Chi) start at 10am***
Meet: Lower Level
Limited to 10 (no limit on Meditation or Laughtercise)
Sign-up begins Thursday May 10th @ 9:30 am for June classes

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance
Tuesdays: Tai Chi, Traditional Tai Chi @ 11:00 am
Wednesdays: Laughtercise
Thursdays: Restorative Chair Yoga
Fridays: Maintaining your Strength

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

Weekly Games:

All games start at 1:00 pm except otherwise noted

Mondays: Canasta
Tuesdays: Mah Jongg
Wednesdays: Dominos
Fridays: Bridge @ 12:30 pm

Men’s Bridge –

When: Fridays,May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Call center 271-5588 and leave message for Russ to join this men’s only bridge.

Learning MARIELDER’S Games- NEW!!!

When: Wednesday, May 23rd
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Main Level
Sign-up by: Monday, May 21st

Have you wanted to learn or freshen up on Canasta, Mah Jongg, or Bridge? MARIELDERS offers weekly card games with Canasta on Mondays, Mah Jongg on Tuesdays, and Bridge on Fridays. We are now offering teachers for each of these games to personally instruct you on this Wednesday.

Weekly In-House TV-Show Foyle’s War:

When: Mondays, May 7th, 14th & 21st
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

Foyle’s War is a BBC detective drama television series set during and shortly after the Second World War. It follows Detective Foyle and his team as they deal with the everyday crimes and events during the War.

In July we will start showing The Crown- second season.

Weekly Art Club with David Laug at THE BARN!!!!!  (Session Four)

When: Session Three ends May 8th
Session Four begins May 15th – June 19th
Time: Tuesdays @ 1:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
Sign-up by: May 14th (maximum 15- members only)

David Laug from the Art Barn will continue his 6 week art class session teaching art techniques using a variety of mediums and platforms. David periodically shows art films to complement his classes.

Weekly Individual Private Piano Lessons

When: Wednesdays
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

Ted Talks/Discussion: How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard

When: Wednesday, May 2nd
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.

Fiction Book Club: Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel

When: Thursday, May 3rd
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main Level

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. Another woman with the same namehas vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

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

Lady Bird
When: Thursday, May 3rd

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Steve Jobs
When: Thursday, May 10th

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the Imac.

When: Thursday, May 31st

Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Welcoming Committee

When: Friday, May 4th
Where: Main Floor

Bring your lunch and ideas for welcoming new members for 2018. We will be working on information folders to provide to our new members. We’re always looking for members to join our committee

Walking Club Outings

When: Monday, May 7th & 14th @ 11:00 am – Walk the Memorial Day Parade with us at 8:15 am on May 28th!!!
Friday, May 4th & 18th @ 2:00 pm
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (transportation limited to 6, minimum of 2)
Sign-up by: 2 days before each outing

Walking club outings are an opportunity for members to come together to walk while reaching personal step goals. We need a minimum of 2 walkers for outings. As of March 7th, our walkers added 153.1 miles during month of February!!! making our new total 765.7 miles. We are traveling on SR327 to 587-acre Pike Lake State Park located in the midst of the scenic wooded hills of southern Ohio.

Walking Club 1000 mile Celebration

When: Monday, May 21st
Time: 11:00-2:00 pm
Where: MARIELDERS (open only to walking club members)
Cost: $5.00 – lunch on own @ Dewey’s Pizza
Sign-up by: Monday, May 13th (minimum 4/maximum 6)

Our walkers have reached our 1000 mile marker and to celebrate we will walk through Sawyer Point Park and cross the Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People Bridge). We will dine at Dewey’s at Newport on the Levy.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Wednesdays, May 9th & 23rd
Time: 9:15am
Where: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Monday, May 7th

This month’s topics will build on chemical reactions within the cellular level of various types of body cells. Introduction to Histology will discuss how cells construct into various tissues.

Brunch at the National Exemplar

When: Wednesday, May 9th
Time: 10:30am
Where: Meet at the Inn
Sign-up by: Monday, May 7th

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

Great Decisions

When: Wednesday, May 9th
Time: 1:00pm
Where: Lower Level

The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.  This session we will be discussing Chapter 3, “China’s Geopolitics”.

Go to Movie and Ethnic Food Lunch

When: Friday, May 11th
Time: 1:00 pm – Lunch at El Jinete, Movie at 2:50 @ Mariemont Theater
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS
Cost: $9.00 
Sign-up by: Wednesday, May 9th

FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees -ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?”

Market Tuesday- Pipkins

When: Tuesday, May 15th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $2.00 (transportation minimum 4/maximum 6)
Sign-up by: Monday, May 14th

Montgomery’s Pipkin Fruit and Vegetable Market features the freshest produce, delicious baked goods, and quality frozen foods. Enjoy home cooking again, try healthy new recipes or stir up long lost family favorites. Put some excitement on your plate!

50 Plus Cincy Celebration

When: Wednesday, May 16th
Time: 9:30 am
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS
Sign-up by: Monday, May 14th (minimum 4/maximum 6)

50 Plus Cincy Celebration: Living Well is a new event hosted by the City of Cincinnati to be held on Fountain Square to celebrate older adults. There will be fun activities, music, vendors, giveaways and a grand prize. Join us to partake in this new event and follow with lunch at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

“Just the Guys” Chilo Lock 34 & Meldahl Locks & Dam Tours

When: Thursday, May 17th
Time: 9:30-3:30
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS
Cost: $5.00 (transportation – lunch on own)
Sign-up by: Monday, May 14th

Chilo Lock 34 Visitor Center and Museum offers three floors of exhibits and interactive displays focusing on the history of the Ohio River locks and dams. We will have a personal docent to provide additional facts and to answer questions. Afterwards, we will have lunch at Feed Mill Restaurant & Pizza in Felicity, OH.  Proceeding we will tour the Meldahl Locks and Dam which replaced Chilo Lock 34 and is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. We will have a private tour of the operation of navigating river traffic through the use of this lock and dam.

“Is THIS Art?” Video Installation

When: Wednesdays, May 23rd & 30th
Time: 1:30pm (Part I), 1:00pm (Part II)
Where: Computer Lab(Part I) Meet @ MARIELDERS (Part II) Cincinnati Art Museum
Cost: $2.00 (transportation)
Sign-up by: Tuesday, May 15th (maximum 6)

This month we will be questioning video installation. We will viewing various video formats and discussing the process of film/video techniques these artists use in their art. We will then go to Cincinnati Art Museum to view and discuss Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and Scenes from Western Culture with a docent. Ragnar Kjartansson is an internationally recognized artist known for deeply affecting works that encompass performance, sound, video, painting, and drawing. Kjartansson has presented performances and video installations at prestigious institutions on several continents.

Lecture/Lunch Series & NEW!!! Circle of Life Programming

When: Thursday, May 24th
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00
Sign-up by: Monday, May 21st 

MARIELDERS will begin two new series this month by providing lunch and viewing of PBS’s Frontline’s Being Mortal that will follow with discussion. Members are encouraged to read “Being Mortal” previous to this viewing but not required. Why is it so hard for doctors to speak openly with their terminally ill patients about death as the end nears? Dr. Atul Gawande had a remarkably candid and intimate conversation with the widower of a deceased patient and apologizes for offering false hope in the end.

The Lecture/Lunch series will be a monthly presentation with various lecturers. This series includes lunch. Circle of Life discussion group will be bi-monthly and will cover various to issues pertaining to the transitions of life.

First Cook-out of the Season/Potluck & Cornhole

When: Friday, May 25th
Time: 12:00 pm
Where: Outside/Lower Level (weather permitting)
Cost: $4.00
Sign-up by: Wednesday, May 23rd (please note side dish/dessert)

Kathy is firing up the grill to launch our spring/summer cook-outs. Please bring a side dish/dessert to share while playing a round of Corn Hole (weather permitting).

Nonfiction Book Club- Thank You for Being Late:An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

When: Wednesday,May 30th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

Thank you for Being Late is framed as “an optimist’s guide to thriving and building resilience in this age of accelerations,” in which technology, globalization, and climate change are advancing at speeds that our feeble human brains can barely comprehend. What to do? Echoing the great management consultants REO Speedwagon, Friedman argues that the best response is to roll with the changes.



Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME)

SIGN-UP for June Classes begins Thursday May 10th @ 9:30am!!!

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.