Senior center news

By Carol Greve, Manistee County Senior Center

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope yours was a great and safe one. This is your chance to do something different in 2012. Pick out something you have wanted to change or do for yourself or someone else and take charge of it. Maybe spend some time volunteering for some good cause or a special donation to a worthy organization who could use help. Let’s try and do something special to help somebody and make you feel good!

SENIOR FOOD BANK 

There are new rules for attending seniors. Please note the changes in the income level. We got a new update on the requirements.

The next one will be Jan. 13.

There will be some new rules that F.E.M.A. will be doing as of the first of the year participants must follow in order to be eligible to partake in the food bank here at center and all food banks in the out county area.

You will have to sign a self-declaration of Need & Liability Release before going through line.

1. You must be in need of emergency food and a senior

2. Or you must be a participant in a USDA Income-based program such as ours, or  the Food Assistance Program (formerly “Food Stamps”).

3. And you must be in a household where the income falls at or below the posted Federal Poverty Level which is:

Household size Ann. income Mnth. Wk.
(1) person $21,780 $1,815 $419
(2) person $29,420 $2,452 $566
(3) person $37,060 $3,088 $713
(4) person $44,700 $3,725 $860 

Your sheet of liability will require you to sign for each Senior Food Bank you attend and will read as follows: “The food I receive today from Manistee County Council On Aging will be used by me and/or my household and will not be sold or misused in any way. The food I receive today comes from a variety of sources. I accept the food “as is” and release both the original donor and the pantry from any liabilities, damages, losses, claims, causes or actions and suits of law pertaining to the food I receive.”

This is a federal policy and you must sign the sheet stating you understand the income limits and the liability release issue.

BAD WEATHER POLICY

Remember if the weather is bad and Manistee Public Schools are closed, so is the Senior Center and all meal sites and home delivered meals will also not go out. This only pertains to the Manistee Public School system, not any of the out county schools. If it falls on a day when there are cards, foot clinic, lawyer services or any other program going on they will all be canceled.

SENIOR CENTER WATER AEROBICS CLASSES

The new session of water aerobics has started for the 2011-2012 year. The classes are instructed by Kathy Fenstermacher and Vicki Sheffield at the Manistee High School Pool “Paine Aquatic Center.” Classes start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. You can come as often as you like once a week or twice a week, but the benefits of going to the classes is so great you will want to do it. These classes are for senior adults, male or female. Go check it out if you have never done this before and see the fun they have. These classes are held in the big pool at the shallow end. Kathy or Vicki would love to have you.

PARTY BRIDGE

Party bridge is being offered on Monday night’s at the Manistee Senior Center starting at 6:30 p m.

If you are interested in playing call Mary at (231) 887-4083 to sign up or find out any details on this bridge group.

HOME CHORE OR HOME MAKER SERVICES

Are you over 60 years of age and need assistance with chores or cleaning around your home? Paid help is available for jobs such as regular cleaning, washing windows, cleaning out a refrigerator or freezer, cleaning a garage/basement/attic and recycling. Call Chris at the Senior Center (231) 723-6477 to set up an appointment. Those of you who like to get things done early specially the garage, basement and outside work before the weather get cold, call today and schedule a work time to get it done soon.

SENIOR CENTER HOURS

Many of you have asked about our hours of operation, so here they are: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m., closed on Saturday and Sunday. The center is also closed on certain holidays throughout the year.

The center is open Monday through Friday and dinner is served each day at noon.

Come join us for lunch and enjoy the time with other seniors. Out of town visitors are always welcome to join us. If you can call a day ahead to sign up for the noon lunch at 723-6477 it is appreciated.

FUN BINGO DAY

Check out our Fun Bingo on Wednesdays from 11 till 11:45 a.m. We give away lots of little treats and food at this game. Come see what you can win, stay for lunch and make a lot of new friends or meet up with old ones. You would be surprised what fun we have.

We also have a bonus Bingo on the first Friday of each month, unless it lands on a holiday.

Have very prosperous and” Happy New Year” to you all.  I will be working on future trips this month and will let you know what is going to happen in 2012!

SENIOR MENU

  • MONDAY: Cabbage rolls, chives potatoes, cottage cheese, tropical fruit
  • TUESDAY: Braised beef over noodles, buttered carrots, Brussel sprouts, bread, Jello with fruit
  • WEDNESDAY: Sweet & sour chicken, augratin potatoes, peas and carrots, rolls, Mandarine oranges
  • THURSDAY: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, biscuit, banana
  • FRIDAY: Lemon pepper cod, baked potatoes, coleslaw, scalloped apples, bread

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