MECOSTA COUNTY SENIORS: News in brief

Senior Center to present music Wednesday

 

MECOSTA — The Mecosta County Senior Center will present a concert with two groups performing Wednesday.

The Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus and The Dixie Ramblers will perform at 12:30 p.m. after lunch at the Senior Center, located at 12954 80th Ave. in Mecosta. Today’s lunch menu will include honey-lime chicken, a baked potato, carrots, a roll and a decadent dessert.

 

Arthritis exercise class available in Big Rapids, Senior Center

 

BIG RAPIDS — Residents with arthritis interested in improving their mobility have a chance to do so through courses offered in Big Rapids and the Mecosta County Senior Center.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is held at 1 p.m. on Mondays at the Salvation Army, located at 325 Linden St. in Big Rapids. Additional classes are held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at the Senior Center, located at 12954 80th Ave. in Mecosta.

The class is dedicated to improving lives through the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Through the hour-long class, participants will socialize and meet new friends in addition to exercising and learning more about their disease.

Each class will spend five minutes learning about health education, followed by a 50-minute exercise period and an additional five minutes will be spent at the end of the class to discuss breathing and relaxation techniques.

Participants should wear relaxed clothing and exercise shoes. The cost is $1 to help defray equipment costs.

For more information, or to register for the class, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.

 

Ageless Grace exercise class available in Big Rapids

 

BIG RAPIDS — An Ageless Grace exercise class has begun at Heart and Sole Yoga Studio in Big Rapids.

The class began last week at the studio, located at 212 Maple St. It is held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The cost for each class is $8, and drop ins are welcome. Seven class sessions are scheduled, but more may be offered based on the interest in the class.

Senior citizens and others interested in increasing neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to send messages to the body — spinal flexibility, joint mobility, confidence, core strength and balance all with playfulness from the comfort of a chair are invited. Each of the 21 movement tools of Ageless Grace, founded by Denise Medved, focuses on a research based anti-aging exercise for the brain and the body. Participants will learn how to start practicing from home for 10 minutes a day to promote lifelong comfort and ease.

For more information, contact instructor Kathy Streng at (231) 225-6750. To register for the class, contact Lisa Sandin at the studio at (231) 592-5289. For more information about Ageless Grace, visit www.agelessgrace.com.

 

Senior Center planning several trips

 

MECOSTA — Anyone seeking a change of scenery should consider joining one of the two upcoming trips organized by the Mecosta County Senior Center.

Guests are invited to experience “a Capitol adventure” from Sept. 6 to 11. The six-day, five-night trip will include a guided tour of Gettysburg and Gettysburg National Military Park, including dinner at Gettysburg’s oldest building, the Dobbin House Tavern. Other tours include Arlington National Cemetery, the National World War II Memorial, several Smithsonian museums, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Capitol Building and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

As the seasons change with the color of leaves, guests are invited to take “a fall foliage adventure” on the Mississippi River from Oct. 9 to 12. A day-long cruise up the river on the Celebration Belle will begin in Dubuque, Iowa and end in the historic city of Prairie du Chien, Wis. The trip also includes tours of the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wis., the National Mustard Museum and the Wisconsin State Capitol.

For more information or to sign up for the trips, contact Dawn Ketchum at (231) 972-2884.

 

Hospice of Michigan to host end-of-life care information meetings

 

BIG RAPIDS — Hospice of Michigan has started hosting a monthly resource night in Big Rapids to answer questions about the program’s services.

The monthly meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Mecosta County Medical Center’s board room, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone in the community to ask questions and get answers regarding the services Hospice of Michigan provides. The sessions also will provide various resources available for caregivers and those seeking comfort care measures at the end of life. Light refreshments will be provided at the meetings.

For more information about the monthly meetings, contact Hospice of Michigan at (231) 796-7371.

 

Senior Center seeking SOAR volunteer

 

MECOSTA — The Mecosta County Senior Center is looking for someone to help volunteer with the Senior Outings and Recreation Program for one Tuesday a month.

The volunteer could offer their time every Tuesday or just once a month. The volunteer would be at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 1 p.m. on Fridays to help the senior citizens play bingo. Tuesday duties include planning crafts, outings, games or other activities.

The SOAR group provides transportation to the Senior Center for residents age 60 or older who no longer drive. Participants in the group can join in the daily activities at the center or are offered another activity to participate in with the group.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Joanne Jones at (231) 972-2884.

 

Transportation volunteers needed in Big Rapids

 

MECOSTA — Residents looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the Big Rapids area should contact the Mecosta County Senior Center.

The Senior Center is in need of volunteers to transport homebound senior citizens to and from medical appointments. Because of health issues or the nature of the appointment, not all senior citizens can rely on Dial-A-Ride or Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority buses to get them to their appointments, said Dawn Ketchum, transportation coordinator.

Volunteers also are needed to help deliver meals to homebound senior citizens.

The center is looking for individuals who can volunteer for a few hours a week or month. Individuals who cannot commit to specific times can be considered on-call in the event the center needs someone on a shorter notice. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.

To volunteer or for more information, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.

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