November 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.


Congratulations to Nancy Powell nominated by her peers for 2018.
Nancy joined the center in 2015 and has been a great, friendly, and
caring member. She volunteers as a front desk receptionist, the
Welcoming Committee, and drives other members to doctor appointments.
At the time of our printing of this newsletter, she was enjoying a trip to the East
Coast. Nancy’s Hall of Fame Luncheon/High Tea will be November 8th at 2pm at the Center.

Happy Birthday to our November Members

11/02   Ruby Meyo
11/04   Jackie French & Janice Arthur
11/05   Sharon Swanson
11/06   Marie Huenefeld
11/11   David Randolph
11/12   Barbara Juengling
11/13   Joe Milenkevich
11/14   Barbara Wagner, Ken White & Mary Lou Busam
11/16   Charmaine Leser
11/17   Flo Carroll
11/18   Dee Crabb
11/19   J.F. Scherer & John Nefzger
11/21   Mary McMannes
11/25   Kathy Chapman-Dick
11/28   Marian Hicklin
11/30   K Boniface & Audrey Sharn

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.



Mammogram Van
Tuesday, December 4th
Please call Center (271-5588) to schedule



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

When: Thursdays (No classes 11/22)
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, November 15th @ 9:30 am (December classes)

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance @ 10:00 am 
Tuesdays: November Tai Chi Flow I and II combined at 10am (No Tai Chi 11/20)
Wednesdays: Laughtercise @ 10:00 am
Thursdays: Restorative Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am (No class 11/22)
Fridays: Meditation @ 9:15 am & Maintaining your Strength @ 10:00 am (No Meditation 11/16th & 11/23, No Maintaining Your Strength 11/16 & 11/23)

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/Advanced @ 12:30 pm/1:00 pm

Individual Technological Support

When: Mondays
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
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: The Barn – First Level
Cost: $5.00 (monthly)

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: 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.

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

When: Mondays (Starting 11/19)
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.

Monthly Activities


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

Planes, Trains & Automobiles 
When: Tuesday, November 13th

Easily excitable Neal Page is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith, whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their destination.

When: Tuesday, November 20th

After his 27-year imprisonment and subsequent election as President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela faces the task of unifying a country divided by race. Only months since the end of Apartheid, divisions still exist between the country’s whites and blacks, something Mandela notices during an international rugby match. Realizing black supporters cheer on the opposing side when their white Springboks take to the field.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Wednesdays, November 14th & 28th
Time: 9:15 am
Where: Lower Level

This month, we will continue to focus on the human bones and the various roles that they have beyond support.  We will be discussing various health conditions related and/or linked to overall health of the osseous tissues.

Great Decisions: South africa’s fragile democracy

When: Wednesday, November 14th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

Thanksgiving Lunch/Dessert Contest

When:Friday, November 16th
Time: 12:00 pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $7.00
Sign-up by: It is important that you sign-up by Monday, November 12th

Kathy will be serving her annual Thanksgiving dinner with Nicole making her pumpkin soup. We will be hosting a best dessert tasting contest. Desserts serving size is 8 (we will be tasting & judging multiple samples).

“Is THIS Art?” Fabric & The Fabric of India

When: Wednesdays, November 21st & 28th
Time:  1:30 pm (Part I) Computer Lab
1:00 pm (Part II) Cincinnati Art Museum
Where: Meet @ MARIELDERS (Part II)
Cost: $12.00(transportation)
Sign-up by: Wednesday, November 21st (minimum 4/maximum 6)

Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading designers, and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s own outstanding permanent collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

Nonfiction Book Club- A Line Becomes a River

When: Wednesday, November 28th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

Swan Lake

When: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 6:30 pm (show starts at 8:00 pm)
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 12)
Cost: $47.00
Sign-up by: Monday, November 26th

This full-scale production, set to the music of Pytor Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. On its first visit to the US, the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will bring 55 talented ballet stars to Cincinnati to bring this romantic tale of true love to life.


Coming in December

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.

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 2nd

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.

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

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.