February 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.

The MARIELDERS will be closed: Monday, February 18th for President’s Day

Winter Weather Closing Policy
If the weather is bad and the Mariemont Schools are delayed or closed so is the MARIELDERS



Happy Birthday to our February Members

02/01   Kay Everhart
02/08    Sara Gurney
02/09    Jim Crabb
02/10    Les Overway
02/11    Susan Dewees
02/12    Jean Stewart & Julia Heiner
02/13    Pam White
02/14   Jim Liming
02/16    Georganna Miller
02/17    Elaine Hammersmith
02/18    Lynne Ferguson & Joan Walley
02/21   Helen Wendel
02/25    Judy Dooley & Judy Smalley
02/26    Elaine Brinker
02/27    Elsie White, Joyce Hall Campbell & John Beatty

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
* Greiwe Development
* Powers Family Dental Care
* National Exemplar

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


Women’s Self-Defense Classes

February 6th 11:00am-1:30pm
February 20th 5:00pm-7:30pm
                     Cost: $30/$45

Purpose: Participants will learn, experience and practice real-life defensive techniques to protect them from perpetrators and to establish a strong persona that will dissuade potential criminals. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Instructors: Retired Major Charmaine McGuffey of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.  “Charm” has 33 years of law enforcement experience.  In addition to managing hundreds of officers over her career either in the public force or officers supervising inmates in jail, Major McGuffey has been dedicated to raising awareness and empowering citizens in how to avoid being a crime victim, but also how to proactively walk through life unafraid.  Her self-defense curriculum starts with basic body posture and self-defense moves, all the way to hand–to-hand techniques to disarm and dissuade any attacker we may come into contact with.

                     Teresa Robinson, ACE Certified personal trainer.  Teresa has 18 years in strength training that includes aerobics, core and balance, sports training and nutritional Diabetes certification.  She is also certified in Parkinson’s disease fitness training.  Teresa also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has participated in many self-defense classes (her favorites are Charm McGuffey’s!)

Members’ Meeting
Tuesday, February 5th
Lower Level

Please join us for our monthly Members’ Meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Hear Judy Kagrise read her entertaining monthly meeting minutes, catch-up on the happenings of the previous month and learn what is coming in the following months. This is a great chance to meet others and share ideas. Afterwards, Nicole Christ will present a second showing of her metalwork from RIT and CIA.

Lunch/Lecture: What is Palliative Care?
Wednesday, February 27th
12:00pm (lecture) 1:00pm (lunch)
Lower Level
Cost: $5.00 (lunch & lecture)/$1.00 (lecture)
Sign-up by Wednesday, February 20th

Jennifer D. Hester, CNS serves as APRN for an inpatient palliative care consult service at Christ Hospital and will be discussing her personal experiences with various situations where palliative care was elected. She led the development of the program implemented in 2010 and spearheaded the successful effort to attain Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care in 2015. Jennifer also serves as faculty for The Christ Hospital Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program (ACGME-accredited). She has extensive knowledge in this emerging healthcare option. Lecture will being at 12:00pm and we will be serving homemade Turkey Pot Pie after lecture.




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, February 14th @ 9:30 am (March classes)

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance @ 10:00 am (no classes 02/18)
Tuesdays: February Tai Chi Flow I @ 10am 
                   Tai Chi Flow II session begins 01/15 for six weeks @ 11am (no class 02/05)
Wednesdays: Laughtercise @ 10:00 am 
Thursdays: Restorative Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am (no class 2/14)
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

Individual Technological Support – Members Only

When: Mondays (No class 02/18)
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab
Cost: $5.00 (monthly)

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.

In-House TV Show: A Touch of Frost

When: Mondays (no show on 2/18)
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 01-03/19)
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.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Wednesdays, February 6th & 20th
Time: 9:15 am
Where: Lower Level

Our anatomy classes for the next several months, will focus on understanding of muscles, the various shapes and how this relates to their function, and identify major skeletal muscles in each region of the body. We welcome new participants to join us in “Getting to Really Know Your Muscles”.

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
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.

Monthly Activities

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

The King’s Speech (2015) 1hr 59min
When: Tuesday, February 5th

England’s Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 1hr 40min 
When: Tuesday, February 19th

Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Daisy and Hoke’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

Out of Africa
When: Tuesday, February 26th

Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.

Oscar Movie Double Feature Pizza/Graeter’s Run Party

When: Friday, February 22nd
Time: 11:15am
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00 (ice cream on own)

Gigi (1958) 1hr 59min

Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is a restless Parisian playboy who moves from one mistress to another, while also spending time with Gigi (Leslie Caron), a precocious younger friend learning the ways of high society. The platonic relationship
between Gaston and Gigi changes, however, when she matures, but the possibility of something lasting seems unlikely
since he won’t commit to one woman. Gigi refuses to be anyone’s mistress, however, and Gaston must choose between
his carefree lifestyle and Gigi.

Casablanca (1942)

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

“Is THIS Art?” Sears Catalog Homes

When: Wednesdays, February 6th & Friday, February 15th
Time: 1:30pm (Part I) MARIELDER’S Computer Lab
            1:00pm (Part II)  Milford Sear House Tour
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 6 for transportation)
Cost: $5.00 (transportation)

We will be examining Sears Catalog Homes and if they can be considered art. Our van will tour Milford where there are many different styles of these homes. We will be using the late Laraine Shape’s website “Sears Houses in Cincinnati” to view the original Sears ads that include floor plans with the various homes on the tour.

Rookwood Tour/Taste of Belgium

When: Thursday, February 7th 
Time:  10:00am
Sign-up by: Monday, February 4th
Cost: $5.00 ( transportation -maximum 7) Lunch on own

Experience the Rookwood Pottery Company in a guided tour and witness the handcrafted quality processes that makes 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.

Fiction Book Club- The Coldest Winter Ever

When: Thursday, February 7th 
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

The stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah — her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold more than one million copies worldwide and introduced readers everywhere to the real ghetto experience. Here are answers to the questions fans everywhere have been asking; the meanings and inspirations behind such memorable characters as Winter, Midnight, and Santiaga; and insights into why and how Souljah conceived of one of the most powerful novels of our time.


Ted Talks Video/Discussion: An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning

When: Tuesday, February 12th
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a primetime voice to underrepresented Americans. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “the foolishness of the human condition” shaped his life and creative vision.

Brunch at the Inn

When: Wednesday, February 13th
Time: 10:30am
Meet: The National Exemplar

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


When: Wednesday, February 13th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants? Join us for this discussion group that is open to all.

Valentine’s Day Luncheon

When: Thursday, February 14th
Time: 12:00pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $7.00
Sign-up by: Monday, February 11th

What comfort food/sweets do you love? Many say Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese bring memories to those cold wintry days. When signing up, please fill out a survey on various things that you love. At lunch, members will try to guess which items belong to whom. We will finish with Chocolate Fondue.

Nonfiction Book Club- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

When: Wednesday, February 27th
Time: 11:00am
Where: Main floor

The Amazon Editors’ Pick for the Best Book of 2017: In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.

 Origami/Folded paper Part II

When: Wednesday, February 20th 
Time: 1:00pm (Part II) Moravian Paper Star Workshop
Where: Lower Level (previous experience required)
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.

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.