Senior center news

By Carol Greve, Manistee County Senior Center

ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY SENIOR KICK-OFF PICNIC — JUNE 29

This year our annual Kick-Off Picnic for the Forest Festival will be held on Friday, June 29 at the Stronach Township Hall. Tickets will be $9 per person and can be purchased the Manistee Senior Center. Jerry’s famous chicken will be served along with potato salad, coleslaw and many other salads.

Desert will be strawberry shortcake along with coffee and lemonade. Jerry Zupin is catering it once again and Virgil Baker’s Just-4-Fund band will play for your dancing and listening pleasure. Prizes will be given away to those present at the party. We will have a special drawing for a free trip through the senior center. Doors will not open until 11 a.m. and band will play until 3:30 p.m. Come join us for a day of fun and good food. Senior centerer and all meal sites will be closed on that day only home delivered meals will go out. For any more information you can call the senior center.

 

LOCAL FOOD SHARE BOXES

If you signed up for the 25 pounds of fresh local produce and paid for it in advance you will need to pick up the boxes at the Manistee Senior Center on Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Please be sure to pick them up because we do not have a cold storage place to keep them.

 

PROJECT FRESH COUPONS

We will once again be doing the Project Fresh $20 coupon books for seniors 60 and older. These coupons can be used at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Manistee, Miller fruit stand on M-22 and in Bear Lake, Millers Produce on U.S. 31 in Manistee, Lutz and Grossnickle Farms in Kaleva. Below is the dates and locations to sign up and receive your coupon booklets:

  • Bear Lake Seniors: Bear Lake Methodist Church – Monday June 11 – 11 a.m.-Noon.
  • Copemish Seniors: Copemish Village Hall – Tuesday, June 12 – 10-11 a.m.
  • Kaleva area Seniors: Kaleva Lions Den – Wednesday, June 13 – 10-11 a.m.
  • Wellston Seniors: Wellston Community Center – Thursday June 14 – 10-11 a.m.
  • Manistee Seniors: Manistee Senior Center – Friday, June 15 – 1-4 p.m..

If you live at Harbor View or Century Terrace you must be over 60 years old.

 

SENIORS ON MEDICAID OR POSSIBILITY OF GOING ON MEDICAID

Come join us for an informational meeting on Medicaid if you have a loved one in a nursing home or longterm care facility or in the hospital possibly going to be transferred to a long term care facility. You need to know your choices and what Medicaid will or will not pay. What assets can be kept and still be eligible for the Medicaid Benefits? If there is a living spouse, what income and assets of his or hers would be included in the other spouse’s care when determining Medicaid eligibility? Once in a nursing home do you still have Medicaid options available to you? These are questions we should all have answers to before we get to the stage of having to make these decisions and we need to protect our assets. Mr. Balkema from the Law firm of Jordan & Balkema (Elder Law Center) of Traverse City can answer all of these questions for you. Also if you are a veteran of a wartime period or a spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for programs that can assist you in many ways. There are veterans benefits out there to help those in need if you need assistance at home or in an assisted living facility or a long term care facility. They can answer questions about pension with aid & attendance, and other types of V.A. Benefits available. Come join us if you are a wartime veteran and see what is available out there for you or your spouse, or a family member of a veteran who cannot attend this informational meeting. Call ahead and sign up for this Facts-N-Snacks session with the Elder Law Attorney, on Tuesday, May 22. Call the Manistee Senior Center at 231-723-6477.

 

ATTENTION BABY BOOMERS & YOUNG SENIORS

Are you going on Medicare in the near future or did you just start getting your Social Security benefits and are totally confused about the A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s of this program? Then this workshop is for You! Sue Graybill a certified Medicare counselor from Area Agency of Traverse City and our own Chris Fedder of our senior center will conduct these very important sessions if you are new to the Medicare program or going to go on it in the near future. Come find out what you need to know about it! This is” Medicare 101” for you! There will be an afternoon session from 3 -5 p.m. for those non-working seniors and an evening session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. if you are still a working senior. Both are free of charge but we ask you to please call the Manistee Senior Center to sign up for one or the other session if possible, but not required. Call 231-723-6477 if you need help understanding Medicare Wednesday, May 30 is the date to remember!

 

NAPH MEETING

The N.A.P.H. group will meet here at the Manistee Senior Center on Friday, May 25 at 1:30-3 p.m. They will have a key note speaker for that meeting. This group helps to facilitate getting hand-caped accessibility to places where otherwise they may not be able to go or get into. The walk-ways down on the beach is one that they worked on and also the lift to get onto the fishing boats was another project of theirs. They have helped to promote the awareness of how important it is to have handi-capped accessibility to many different areas. If you need more information on this group just come to the meeting. It is open to the public and any one or family member of a handi-capped persons are encouraged to attend this group meeting.

 

LAWN CARE SERVICE

The home chore men are filled up at this time and cannot take any more grass cutting clients. But if you have rainy day projects like cleaning a basement or garage, cupboards, window washing or some smaller projects they can schedule them on days they can’t cut grass. Call the Manistee Senior Center at 723-6477 and ask for Chris.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS FOR 2012

S.S. BADGER TRIP

Time is getting short for this trip and I need 10 more people to make this trip go, Please call very soon and sign up! June 10-11 is the first over night trip to Green Bay Wisconsin for the summer. For prices on this trip please call 723-6477. A $50 deposit is due at signing and balance must be paid by May 30. This is a great over night trip for a little summer get away.

 

MENU FOR WEEK OF MAY 21-25

MON. — SWEDISH MEATBALLS, MASHED POTATOES, NORMANDY VEGETABLE, ROLL, & PLUMS.

TUE. — SWEET & SOUR PORK OVER RICE, SLICED CARROTS, WINTER BLEND VEGTABLE, BREAD & DICED PEARS.

WED. — SLOPPY JOES, COLESLAW, V-8 JUICE & PINEAPPLE.

THUR. — CHICKEN, SCALLOPED POTATOES, GREEN BEANS, ROLL,APRICOTS & COOKIE.

FRI .– FISH, SEASONED POTATOES, PEAS & CARROTS, BREAD & FRESH ORANGE.

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