The Putnam County Community Center is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a variety of services to the aging & disabled. As a community center, we also strive to provide programs & activities for all ages in our community. Located off of Route 71 in Standard, the PCCC has been serving residents of Putnam and surrounding counties since 1975. The PCCC is partially funded by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.
The Putnam County Community Center is state, federal and locally funded by business and civic organizations, township and county governments and individuals in our community. We must raise $34,035 this fiscal year in order to meet our obligations for matching federal funds. PCCC is a not-for-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible so please request a receipt if you would like to have one for your records. Online donations can be made below through the "Donate" button or you can help PCCC when you shop online with Amazon Smile or Goodsearch. Click on the Goodsearch or Amazon links below to start shopping!
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Medicare Open Enrollment is here!
Each year, Medicare beneficiaries should review available Medicare Part D plans to ensure they have the right plan to fit their needs. As a certified SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) site, the PCCC has counselors ready to answer your questions and assist with enrollment. Medicare help is by appointment only. Please call (815) 339-2711 or (800) 757-4579 to speak with a Medicare counselor. Due to COVID-19, we will be doing primarily telephone and virtual appointments, however in-person appointments are available if necessary.
Upcoming Outreach Events
PCCC staff will be holding enrollment events to discuss available benefits and programs for those 60+ and provide enrollment assistance with Medicare D, Medicare Part A & B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs and Benefit Access. No appointment necessary. Call 1-815-339-2711 or 1-800-757-4579 if you plan to attend.
9.17.20- Magnolia Library 9:30-11:30 a.m.
10.22.20- Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse 9:30-11:30 a.m.
10.29.20- Granville Library 9:30-11:30 a.m.
11.5.20- Hennepin Library 9:30-11:30 a.m.
11.9.20- McNabb Library 9:30-11:30 a.m.
11.19.20- Magnolia Library 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Are you a caregiver of a family member? Whether you take care of a parent or older family member or are a grandparent taking care of grandchildren, the PCCC can provide information, assistance and referrals.
The University of Illinois Extension is presenting a free webinar series "Discover Caregiving" which will focus on different topics related to caregiving. The series will begin October 8 and continue through November 12.
Register for the first webinar in the series "Discover Caregiving: Caregiver Self-Care" and view the complete webinar series HERE.
Attention those 65 and older and people with disabilities:
Benefit Access (formerly Circuit Breaker) income limits
have increased. You may now qualify for a discount
on your license plate sticker!
Income limits for:
One person in household- $33,562
Two people in household- $44, 533
Please call for more information and assistance with your application.
The Alzheimer's Association is offering free webinars through the end of October
Please see the links below; login details will be given after you register.
Watch online or listen by phone.
Thursday, October 15 @ 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 @ 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 @ 11 a.m.
Thursday, October 22 @ 10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 27 @ 11 a.m.
REGISTER ONLINE OR
BY CALLING 800.272.3900
The PCCC is teaming up with the University of Illinois Extension to provide virtual nutrition programs every month!
"Dining Out Without Filling Out"
Friday, November 6 @ 10:15 a.m.
Learn how to order food and modify just a bit to decrease extra calories, watch portion sizes and keep on track! Enjoy ordering a delicious meal that fits a healthy lifestyle without any dishes to wash. Have fun dining out without filling out!
Join us for helpful tips and trusted information from University of Illinois Extension. Presented by Susan Glassman, Nutrition & Wellness Program Educator.
To register online, go to https://go.illinois.edu/dineout or call 815-223-0889. After registration, you will receive the Zoom meeting link.
DUE TO COVID-19, THE PUTNAM COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OUR CONGREGATE MEAL SITE ALONG WITH ACTIVITIES & IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING. STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE BY APPOINTMENT, TELEPHONE & E-MAIL. WALK-INS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE CALL 1 (815) 339-2711 OR 1 (800) 757-4579 OR E-MAIL STAFF@PCASERVICES.ORG. PLEASE NOTE: OLDER ADULTS DO NOT NEED TO MEET THE USUAL CRITERIA FOR HOME DELIVERED MEALS (ISOLATED, FRAIL, HOME BOUND, ETC.) ANYONE 60+ IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HDM DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW COULD BENEFIT FROM HOME DELIVERED MEALS AT THIS TIME, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE. LEAVE A VOICEMAIL IF A STAFF MEMBER DOES NOT ANSWER AND WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL ASAP.
AARP Smart Driver Courses have been canceled through the remainder of 2020. You can access the course online here.
Promo code for 25% discount: DRIVINGSKILLS
MORE VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ISOLATED INDIVIDUALS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
If you have any questions about these links or programs, please call the PCCC. More virtual opportunities are available for those who are isolated
during this time, call the PCCC for more information.
The PCCC is now offering virtual programming for older adults!
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Highway61 to offer you real time, conversation groups including Aging Alone Support Group, Trivia, French Culture, Entrepreneurs Circle, Opera, Classic Movies and so much more! Seniors from all over the United States are on Highway61 and it is a great way to stay connected. Recently, Highway61 was featured in an article in the New York Times!
All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone!
For more information and to receive an entry code for events, please call the PCCC at
1-815-339-2711 or 1-800-757-4579.
Selected October events:
October 20: Reading Room-Crime/Mystery @ 11 a.m.
A short story, poem, or article will be read, followed by a discussion!
This week, we will be reading a crime/mystery short story.
October 27: Aging Alone @ 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Carol Marak
Carol is a syndicated columnist and the founder of The Elder Orphan Facebook Group. She will speak about practical tips on how to build your self-reliance and confidence to face the future!
She will be speaking about how to create a roadmap to age confidently! To feel more confident about having more control of the future, solo agers, seniors aging alone without a nearby family, must actively plan for what they want. It’s through understanding the options and then creating a strategy that will reduce uncertainty and confusion, and ultimately, give peace of mind and confidence. It starts with shifting the mindset, assessing the situation, and seeing possibilities.