Senior Services Programs
Book Discussion Club Group
Meets the third Friday of the month, to talk about the book that is chosen by the group. Books are available for delivery to members at the Senior Center as long as participant is a member of the Indian Trails Library or participates in the inter-library loan program.
Card Games Offered - Bridge, Canasta, and Pinochle
- Bridge - is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships. Our group of Intermediate players meets every Tuesday and Thursdays at 12:30 at the Pavilion.
- Canasta - It is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and "go out" by playing all cards in their hand. Our players come together on Mondays at 1:00pm. Beginners are welcome.
- Pinochle - is a trick-taking card game typically for two to four players and played with a 48 card deck. Players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards into melds. It is thus considered part of a "trick-and-meld" category. Each hand is played in three phases: bidding, melds, and tricks. Our small group meets on Mondays at 1:00pm at the Center
Technology Learning Center
Computer Classes Information Flyer (PDF)
Over the last several years, we have learned Senior Adults have changed their focus in relation to computers and associated technology. Nowadays, most computer learners at the Senior Center bring their own devices and are looking for personalized attention with their own technology. This has led us to make cosmetic changes to the room and program, while still offering technology Senior Adults require. The new specifics of our Technology Center are listed below.
- Laptops are available for use throughout the building by securing one at the front desk. Users must not leave the building with them and must also leave either their car keys or a current valid ID.
- One desktop computer is also available for use in the computer room when there is not another group or tutoring session in progress.
- Technology learning opportunities will be available on a one-on-one tutoring basis with advanced registration at a convenient time to both student and tutor. There is no longer a charge for this service. We ask that students consider making a donation of their choice to be dedicated to technology upgrades.
- BUGS has changed to the Technology Learning Center and will be available on Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. We ask that you notify front desk staff if you will be attending by the previous Friday. Membership in the Senior Center is no longer necessary for this program.
Seniors can enjoy various trips to the Casinos, Musicals, Museums and many more. The trips are qualified by the amount of walking and activity required for the event. Please check out our newsletter for the most up-to-date trips. Call the center to register for a trip. Please see our Trip Policy regarding activity level and refund dates.
Exercise Classes Provided by the Wheeling Park District and Held at the Senior Pavilion
- Monday : 9-10 a.m. Exercise Video at the center
- Tuesday : 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Taught by Park District Older Adult Specialist Instructor
- Wednesday 9-10 a.m. Taught by Park District Older Adult Specialist Instructor
- Thursday 9-10 a.m. Taught by Park District Older Adult Specialist Instructor
Happy Hookers Knitting and Crocheting Group
This lovely fun group gets together every Thursday at 1 p.m. They create beautiful handy work. And use a variety of media including different types of yarn and thread. Sharing patterns and accomplishments is always welcome.
Stich and *itch
Come *itch with us and stich away your troubles! Come join us for an afternoon of stitching at the Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center. Bring your Project and join the fun. No experience necessary just bring on your talent. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.
Play games that encourage you to think is one of many ways to keep your memory sharp. Brain Games will help improve your focus, concentration, and memory through a series of exercises and games. Join us for a thought provoking program of games to keep your brain sharp. This group meets every 4th Friday of each month.
Did you ever want to just sing somewhere other than the shower? Come and Sing-a-Long with volunteer Director Flo Feiner, Wednesdays 10:30am on the first, second and third Wednesdays of each month. Flo plays the old standbys and American favorites. Come join in on this great experience. You’ll be glad you did!
Special Events (Including 50th Wedding Anniversary and 90+ Birthday Celebrations)
The Senior Center offers a variety of parties, guest speakers, and live entertainment. We also host holiday celebrations such as Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. These special events are scheduled throughout the month and are included in the Lunch at Pavilion Congregate Dining program. Join us!
Seniors enjoy playing a simulated real-life bowling by using simple motion controls - bowling the ball is as easy as flicking your wrist. Players can adjust the speed of their throws by swinging the remote faster, and can add spin to the ball by twisting their wrist as they throw. Players can even create a Wii in their own liking to use while playing. This group meets every Monday at 11 a.m.
Your Clock is Ticking/Bucket List
What do want to do before you die? By creating a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” or just keep track of things that you have already done, you can focus on enjoying and fulfilling your life. AND, it’s never too late to start one. JOIN US!!! This group will meet every third Friday of each month from 10:30-11:30 Am. For more information call group facilitator, Jan Christiansen MSW 847-459-2671. This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Ventra (formerly known as RTA)
Seniors ride free on all RTA services on fixed routes (including CTA buses and rapid transit, Pace buses and Metra trains). Apply at Pavilion - Bring proof of age and a passport type head size photo - 1½ x 1½ in color – Walgreen’s or Wal-Mart provide this service. *** New legislation now requires seniors to enroll in the Benefits Access program in order to participate in the senior Ride free program. *** (See Benefits Access)
Rules of the Road Class
Secretary of State’s free refresher class for seniors renewing their driver’s license offered periodically. Check calendar of events for classes
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Senior Health Insurance Program Assistance (SHIP)
The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.
Live Musical Events
Come and enjoy various genres of music. Many local talented musicians perform at the senior center. Live Musical Events are held throughout the month.
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Telephone Reassurance Wheeling Residents 65 years or better
“Good Morning” “How are you this fine day?” asks the volunteer from the Wheeling Pavilion Center. We care about our seniors wellbeing , a volunteer will call Monday thru Friday around 9:00 am each morning to make sure the Senior is doing well.
Memory Screening makes sense for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia: whose family and friends have noticed changes in them: or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to establish a base line score for comparison in the future.
For more information please call Jan Christiansen, MSW at 847-459-2671