May 2019

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.


Happy Birthday to our May Members

05/04     Dell Stringfield, Lois Cox & Bobbie Ness
05/06     Charotte Nefzer
05/08     Dean Clingerman
05/09     Bonnie Smith
05/12     Maxine Howell & Richard Gegner
05/14     Betsy Craig
05/15     Don Hild
05/17     Sherry Greene
05/20     Joe Stoner, Wes Iredale, Jr. & Ruth Iredale
05/22     Irene Carder
05/23     Retta Spreen & Linda McEntyre
05/24     Ginny Cole
05/25     Jim Lindenschmidt
05/26     Christina Beatty
05/27     Sandra McAfee
05/28     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.

Memorial Gift for Kay Wilson from Carol Olberding and Linda Kratzer
Memorial Gift for Ellie Clark from Jan Davis

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
* Greiwe Development
* Powers Family Dental Care
* National Exemplar


New this MONTH!!!

Thursdays 1:00pm (except 1:30pm on 5/23)


Rookwood Tour/Taste of Belgium
Thursday, May 9th 
Meet at Center by 9:00am (maximum of 7)
Cost: $5.00

Experience the Rookwood Pottery Company in a guided tour and witness the handcrafted quality processes that make Rookwood the premier brand of American-made Architectural Tile and Art Pottery. Afterwards we will be dining at the Over-the-Rhine Taste of Belgium.

“Just the Guys” Metalkraft/Holfbrauhaus Newport/ Riff Distillery Tour
Thursday, May 16th 
Meet at MARIELDERS @ 9:50am
Cost: $ 15.00 (transportation and ticket)
Sign-up by Friday, May 10th 

MetalKraft CoachWerkes specializes in coach building and custom metal work for Porsche & European automobiles. We will be viewing many Porsches in various states of restoration. Following we will enjoying the traditions from Germany at Hofbräuhaus Newport Restaurant. Lastly, we will be touring Riff Distillery which will offer a firsthand look at their bourbon distilling process, from grain to barrel. After our tour, Riff Distillery offers a complimentary tasting of a variety of spirits, including New Riff Bourbon and Single Barrel.

Lunch/Lecture: Small Steps to Healthy Vision
Thursday, May 23rd
Lunch 12:00pm/Lecture 12:30pm
Cost:$5.00(lunch&lecture) $1.00 (lecture only)
Sign-up by Thursday, May 16th

Dr. Carly Rose, OD Eyecare on the Square

Dr. Carly Rose, OD will talk about common eye diseases that increase as we age, easy ways to prevent these conditions, as well as an overview of the anatomy. Dr. Rose, OD was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area and received her Optometry degree in Chicago. Her sister, Dr. Ehryn Cartwright, OD opened Eyecare on the Square in Mariemont in 2013 and early joined her practice in 2016. In 2018, her sister transferred ownership to her.
Lunch will be White Chicken Chili served over brown rice, homemade cornbread and dessert.


Nashville, IN Overnight
Wednesday, May 29th – Thursday, May 30th
Meet at MARIELDERS @ 8:00am
Sign-up by: Monday, May 10th (Space is Limited)
Cost: $99.00
(Double Queen Bed Occupancy and transportation)

The quaint village of Nashville, IN is a great place to explore hundreds of unique craft, specialty & antique shops and is known as the “artist colony of the Midwest”. We will be staying at Brown County Inn which has a dining room and lounge serving three meals per day, a Shopping center shuttle, and Classic Rooms with 2 Queen Beds overlooking their Courtyard.


Cook-out with Jim!!!
Friday, May 31st @ 12:00pm
Bring a favorite salad or dessert


Weekly Programs

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME) Classes
***First class of each free***

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

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance @ 10:00 am 
Tuesdays: Tai Chi Flow I @ 10am 
                   Tai Chi Flow II  @ 11am 
Wednesdays: Laughtercise @ 10:00 am 
Thursdays: Restorative/Yin Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am (no class 3/14- rescheduled for 3/13 @ 3:15-4:30pm)
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: A Touch of Frost

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

A Touch of Frost is a television detective series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV from 6 December 1992 until 5 April 2010, initially based on the Frost novels by R. D. Wingfield. The series stars David Jason as Detective Inspector William Edward “Jack” Frost, an experienced and dedicated detective who frequently clashes with his superiors. In his cases, Frost is usually assisted by a variety of different detective sergeants or constables, with each bringing a different slant to the particular case. Comic relief is provided by Frost’s interactions with the bureaucratically-minded Superintendent Norman “Horn-rimmed Harry” Mullett, played by Bruce Alexander.

Art Club at The Barn with David Laug – Members Only

When: Tuesdays 
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: The Barn – First Level
Cost: $15.00 (winter session ends 03/26)
Limited to 15 participants

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

Individual Technological Support with Aileen – Members Only

When: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00-12:00 pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab

Aileen Beatty is the founder of AB Tech, providing technical services to those needing help navigating today’s world – all aspects of using smart phones, tablets and computers (focus on Apple products).  She has been doing this for 2 years now.  But most of her experience comes from years and years of helping friends and family! Aileen has a Masters in Math and Statistics and worked in the field of Marketing Research for 15 years. 

Conversational Spanish with Paola Biro

When: Wednesdays
Time: 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $ 5.00 (8 members only/monthly)

Conversational Spanish simply refers to the ability to converse in Spanish using complete sentences, understand short sentences and respond appropriately. This is a beginner’s course where participants will learn how to causally converse with our native speaker, Paola Biro.

Weekly Individual Private Piano Lessons – Members Only

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.

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

When: Thursdays (no class 3/14)
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15.00/$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.

Monthly Activities

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

On Golden Pond (1981) 1hr 49m
When: Tuesday, May 7th

Cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his conciliatory wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn), spend summers at their New England vacation home on the shores of idyllic Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), visits with her new fiancée and his teenage son, Billy on their way to Europe. After leaving Billy behind to bond with Norman, Chelsea returns, attempting to repair the long-strained relationship with her aging father before it’s too late.

That Sugar Film (2015) 1hr 37m
When: Friday, May 10th

THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

Tootsie (1982) 1hr 59m
When: Tuesday, May 14th

New York actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent (Sydney Pollack) can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera audition goes poorly, Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his castmate Julie (Jessica Lange), complications develop that could wreck everything.

The Great Race (1965) 2hr 40m

A spectacular land race from New York to Paris in the early 20th century is planned, the two main competitors being the handsome, dashing hero in white, The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis), and the dastardly, black-suited Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon). While Fate’s sidekick, Max (Peter Falk), attempts to sabotage Leslie and the other racers, Leslie finds an unlikely ally in Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood), a suffragette and journalist-turned-racer.

Fiction Book Club- The Rules of Civility (Amor Towles – 2011)

When: Thursday, May 2nd  
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

In a jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn’t afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew. By the end of the year she’d learned – how to launch a paper airplane high over Park Avenue, how to live like a redhead, and how to insist upon the very best.

High Tea

When: Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00 (free for new members who have joined us from January 2019-current)
Sign-up by: Tuesday, April 30th

We will be sharing various sweet & savory English appetizers along with fabulous teas while meeting our newest members.   

Brunch at the Inn

When: Wednesday, May 8th
Time: 10:30am
Meet: The National Exemplar

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

Great Decisions 2019 
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

When: Wednesday, May 8th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them.  The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran.  To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations?  Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?


“Is THIS Art?” Modern Architecture

When: Wednesdays, May 15th and 22nd
Time: 1:30pm (Part I) MARIELDER’S Lower Level with Gene Johnston
            1:00pm (Part II)  Contemporary Art Center
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 6 for transportation)
Cost: $5:00
Sign-up by: May 15th

Gene Johnston’s well-received Lecture Series: “Great Art, Architecture, Public Spaces & Museums of the World” just recently finished an 8-week session at The Barn. She will be giving an abbreviated presentation on Modern Architecture for Part I. 
Gene Johnston has a background in art & design of interiors, furniture, fashion, jewelry, and has owned retail stores & art galleries. She will offer an extensive view of where Modern Architecture is going.

Part II, participants will be viewing the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), which was designed by Zaha Hadid based on her belief that a building can both blend in and stand out at the same time in downtown Cincinnati. We will be learning about her two defining design gestures, the “Urban Carpet,” and the “Jigsaw Puzzle.

The Broken Brain Epidemic: Episode 3/Discussion

When: Tuesday, May 21st
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating brain disorders that many people associate with growing old, however these conditions start decades earlier, and if you address the signs and symptoms in middle age (forgetting words, can’t find keys) you can prevent problems later. Find out what is causing the increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and what to do about it?

Nonfiction Book Club: Dreamland (Sam Quinones – 2015)

When: Wednesday, May 29th
Time: 11:15 am
Where: Main floor

With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive—and extremely addictive—miracle painkiller. Meanwhile a massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel—assaulted small towns and midsized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.


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 personal goals.

Current Tai Chi instructor, Kristin Dietsche, will continue offering Tai Chi Flow I and II 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/Yin Chair Yoga, led by Joan Riemar and Lynn Montag. 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. Lynn is certified in Yin Yoga and has 19 years as a fitness instructor with 10 years leading Silver Sneakers Cardio classes. 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 is offered on Mondays and Fridays led by Activity Coordinator, Nicole Christ. 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.