HOWARD: Senior Center looks forward to fall activities

Happy weekend! The meteorologists are calling for a beautiful weekend. I hope you can take advantage of the great weather. I know there is a lot going on in the world. My sister Heather and her family went to see the Pope in Philadelphia and I know they will have a great time. I can’t wait to hear if they got close enough to touch him or close enough to get a picture. What a once in a lifetime trip they are having.

I was so disappointed. So far I don’t have to jump in Lake Michigan in October. I have asked that we get at least 20 new people to join in for line dancing. We got pretty close, but no cigar. I am sorry for that. I love to have the Senior Center hopping.

We had a great time this week. There was so much music at the Senior Center. I am so grateful for everyone who donates their time to the Senior Center.

Gosh, this week we had the 3Ds come in and entertain everyone; White Elephant Bingo; Dr. Brenda McCann, from the Hearing Institute of Western Michigan, come in for hearing aids; Amy Jo Terry, from Hospice, for our Blood Pressure Clinic; Gaye Fett and Bill Tod for the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Programs; and Carrie Selbee, Dan Miller, and Bob Brenner came in to play some great music. Wow, we are so lucky to have so many wonderful people who want to be here for all of us. Thank you everyone for making our lives better, and for spending some great time with us.

This week, Oleson’s sent over a beautiful, welcome fall cake that we all got to enjoy. The exercise groups are great. They all keep each other going and now that fall is here I bet we see even more people come in and participate as the weather gets colder.

We had a fun Mystery trip this week. Bobbie from Gene’s Ventures picked us up and took everyone east to Cadillac. We went to The Sweet Shop for a tour and then we got to make a chocolate sucker. Then it was off to Hermann’s European Café for a delicious lunch. It was so nice. Chef Hermann came out and visited with everyone.

Next we went to the Wexford County Historical Museum for a wonderful tour of the museum. Then apparently the group were boo hooing about no wine tasting. Guess what? I surprised them with wine tasting at the Cooley Bridge Park. We did some wine tasting and enjoyed some fun conversation.

While everyone was talking, a car pulled up and a very tall young man got out. Some of the ladies were saying, “is that the guy from the Badger?” Lo and behold, yes it was. Nate, who is one of the S.S. Badger employees who calls their bingo on the ship, along with his many other duties, stopped to take a look at the Cooley Bridge.

Everyone was so happy to see him, he visited for a little bit and then the bus was off. Our last stop was for an ice cream cone and back to the Senior Center. Thanks everyone for going on this fun trip. You all make these trips special. If you are interested in going on a Mystery Trip, give the Senior Center a call to get on the October Mystery Trip list.

There is so much going on in Manistee County in the next few weeks. I always enjoy the beginning of fall, the smell in the air, the farmers markets and the cooler weather.

I am so excited we have the color tour the first week of the month scheduled. We get to go out through the county and check out the colors and then we get to stop at a restaurant for some delicious coffee and pie. Call and reserve your seat if you think this sounds like fun.

I am so excited that the Ghost Ship is here again. If anyone is interested in going to the Ghost Ship, I would love to get a group of seniors to go. Last year, the Ghost Ship donated food for our food pantry so I asked everyone if they would go with me and I only had two brave souls go. We had a blast. It was cold and pouring rain but we had a great time. I would like to go again. If anyone wants to go have some fun, give me a call and we will go to the Ghost Ship and scare ourselves.

We are getting ready for our big Halloween Party at the Senior Center. We have lots of fun up our sleeves and we hope you will come and join in on our spooky fun time. Give us a call at the Senior Center to reserve your seat. Remember we have some great prizes for the best costume, and there will be some tricks and treats planned, so be ready to party and have a good time.

This week, plan on some interesting activities. Tuesday is our annual Flu Shot Clinic, thanks to Arlee Sutton and the Health Department. Thursday, Diane Banks from West Shore Medical Center will be here, talking to our seniors about some of the changes taking place at the hospital that will affect them. It should be an interesting presentation. Friday we will be having our Produce Bingo. That’s always a great time.

I hope you come in and give the Senior Center a try. Remember to try something new!

FOOD BANK

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place on the third Friday of the month. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 16.

(MMAP) MEDICARE MEDICAID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

This program provides people on Medicare with free assistance and education so they can make informed health care coverage decisions. Bill Tod is our local counselor and he can help you understand eligibility, enrollment, coverage, claims and appeals; identify resources for prescription drug assistance; understand options under Medicare Advantage plans; solve problems related to Medicare/Medicaid coverage; and understand Medicare notices summary. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 to make an appointment with Bill.

MEDICAID

Gaye Fett is available to answer questions and assist with Medicaid nursing home applications. Call the senior center at (231) 723-6477 or toll free (888) 723-9060 to schedule an appointment.

SENIOR REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors remain independent by reimbursing qualifying expenses. If you are a senior from Manistee County, you could receive reimbursement from house cleaning, yard work, snow removal services. For current clients in the Senior Reimbursement Program, please take note, all receipts must be current, no more than 30 days old. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Diabetic support group that meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be held on Oct. 5.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinson’s support group that meets the third Thursday of every month, except January and February at the West Shore Medical Education Center, Room No. 1. For more information, call Jeanne Lewis 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson 398-9175.

MATTER OF BALANCE

The current class is full, but if you are interested in our next set of classes, please call the Senior Center at 723-6477 to register.

PATH Class, Diabetes Self-Management workshop will be held at the Bear Lake High School. Classes will be held on Saturdays for six weeks, from 9-11 a.m. until Oct. 24. There is limited space and preregistration is required. Register with Sharon (800) 442-1713.

CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE AT THE SENIOR CENTER

If there are seniors who would be interested in playing cribbage on a weekly or biweekly basis later this fall, please call Charlie at 889-0863. Charlie is compiling a list of players.

Also, we are looking for pinochle players, Monday nights at 6 p.m.

SENIOR VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION

The Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help provide transportation for seniors who do not drive and have out of town medical appointments in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, etc. Volunteers must have insurance and a good driving record. Please call the Senior Center to volunteer or for more information.

GAME DAYS

We are looking for participants who would like to play board games at the Senior Center. Please call the center to sign up.

SENIOR TAX PREPARATION

Each year the Senior Center offers tax preparation help for Manistee County seniors. Our tax team is looking for volunteers to join them preparing returns one day a week here at the Senior Center. Training will be provided for three to four days in January at the Manistee County Library. If you like numbers and enjoy being part of a fun team, call Mary Haw at 723-9821.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

  • 9 a.m., exercise class
  • 9 a.m., Matter of Balance
  • 11 a.m., Social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • 6 p.m. Pinochle

Tuesday

  • 10 a.m., Sit & get fit
  • 11 a.m.Social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m. bridge
  • Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday 

  •  9 a.m., exercise class
  • 11 a.m., Fun bingo
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m. Veterans Exchange day

Thursday

  • 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit
  • 11 a.m. Social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m. WSMC presentation

Friday

  • 11 a.m. Produce bingo
  • noon, lunch

UPCOMING EVENTS

At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, we will be hosting a representative from West Shore Medical Center who will discuss some of the changes that are taking place at the hospital.

Monday, Oct. 5, is our Color Tour. Make sure you’re signed up to go. Call the Senior Center 723-6477 to reserve your seat.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, John from Beltone will be here doing hearing aid checkups and hearing assessments. Please sign up at the front desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, is Veterans Exchange day. Local veterans are encouraged to attend.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, we will be taking a bus to the Norman Township Community Center to watch the Wellston Jammers. What a fun day that will be. Be sure to sign up by Friday, Oct. 2, so we can get a head count for lunch.

MENU FOR WEEK of Sept. 28-Oct. 2

Monday: Spaghetti, tossed salad, Italian vegetable, garlic biscuits, pears

Tuesday: Pub burger, baked beans, coleslaw, fruit cocktail

Wednesday: Baked chicken, cheesy potatoes, broccoli cuts, roll, peaches

Thursday: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, Riviera vegetable, tropical fruit, roll

Friday: Breaded cod, baked potato, fresh petite carrots, pineapple tidbits, bread

(Menu is subject to change)

Sarah Howard is the executive director of the Manistee County Council on Aging

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