Senior Center diving into October fun

Happy October! We have our annual Color Tour on Monday and I am hoping the trees get a little bit more color over the weekend. I love the beautiful oranges, reds and yellows. Aside from riding on the Dial-a-Ride throughout the county and enjoying the colors, we will also be stopping for some delicious pie and coffee. If this sounds like fun, give us a call first thing Monday to check if there are any empty seats.

Sunday, we have the Crop Walk going on at the Senior Center. This is a program that we have been participating in for years. The money that is raised by this program is given to local food pantries and benefits many people in our county.

We have Toe Tapping on Tuesday, as well as the Beltone hearing clinic.

Wednesday there is Fun Bingo and Veteran’s Exchange Day.

Thursday, we have a bus going out to Wellston, so everyone can have lunch and enjoy the Wellston Jammers. This is always such a great time. If you are looking for something fun to do, call and sign up for this fun day. We will also have a presentation on a wonderful trip to Poland, sponsored by Going Places. And remember, Thursday is Paint the Town Pink, which is such a great event for everyone who has been touched in some way by breast cancer.

Last year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am so happy to say she is a survivor. I know so many women who have been given this life-altering news and I am always so amazed how brave they are. I hope there will be a cure soon for this dreaded disease. Don’t forget to wear your pink on Thursday.

We have had so much going on at the Senior Center. We had the great ladies from the health department in on Tuesday for the Flu Clinic, and we had so many people in getting their flu shots. Thank you everyone who participated in this important program. Remember to get your flu shot.

We also had Produce Bingo this past week. Lynn Miller from Miller’s Produce always puts the best fruits and vegetables together for this program. We were lucky. She even did some beautiful caramel apples for some of the winners. Thank you to everyone who comes into play this fun game. I also have to thank the staff and volunteers who keep everything moving along. Without all of you, all of these programs wouldn’t be possible.

We have a lot coming up. We just got the news that there is going to be a senior VFW Bingo in Kaleva during the day on Nov. 13. I am so excited! We are getting all of the details worked out. I do know that Carla and Dave from Kaleva Meats will be in charge of the lunch and the VFW is in charge of the Bingo. So, keep your eyes out for the information on this event.

We are also having a potluck this month on Sunday, Oct. 18. I hope you can come in and enjoy some great food, great conversation and fun.

Remember to sign up for the big Halloween Party. We have a lot of surprises for this fun day. If you need some help with open enrollment for Medicare, give us a call to schedule an appointment. I know Bill our MMAP Specialist is adding some extra days for the busy rush.

We also got a call from FiveCAP this week. They are looking for some good, responsible volunteers to help out in their office. If that’s something you’d be interested in, please stop by their offices, down on the east end of First Street.

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


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 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16.


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 723-6477 to make an appointment with Bill.


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.


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 723-6477 for more information.


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.


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 #1. For more information call Jeanne Lewis 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson 398-9175.


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, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is limited space and preregistration is required. Register with Sharon, 800-442-1713.


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.


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.


We are looking for participants who would like to play board games at the Senior Center. If you are interested in playing Monopoly, chess, Parcheesi, or any other board games, please call the center to sign up.


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.



  • n 9 a.m., exercise class
  • n 9 a.m., Matter of Balance
  • n 9 a.m., Diabetic support group
  • n 11 a.m., Social hour
  • n noon, lunch
  • n 12:30 p.m. Color Tour
  • n 6:00 p.m. Pinochle


  • n 10 a.m., Sit & get fit
  • n 11 a.m.Social hour
  • n noon, lunch
  • n 1 p.m. bridge
  • n Hearing aid clinic


  • n 9 a.m., exercise class
  • n 11 a.m., Fun bingo
  • n noon, lunch
  • n 1:00 p.m. Veterans Exchange day
  • n 1:00 p.m. Going Places Poland presentation


  • n 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit
  • n 11:00 a.m. Social hour
  • n noon, lunch
  • n Wellston Jammers
  • n Paint the Town Pink


  • n 11 a.m. Social hour
  • n noon, lunch


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

Wednesday, Going Places Travel will be here at 1 p.m. to talk about their upcoming trip to Poland. Be sure to attend.

On Oct. 13, it’s Traveling Produce Bingo! We’ll be heading to the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. We will be taking the bus from the Senior Center, so make sure you sign up at the front desk, or call to reserve your seat, (231) 723-6477.


Monday: Chicken noodle soup, egg salad sandwich, tossed salad, mandarin oranges, cookie

Tuesday:Cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll

Wednesday:Sloppy Joes, potato salad, coleslaw, mixed fruit, lemon bar

Thursday: Ham & scalloped potatoes, corn, peaches, bread

Friday:Beef stew, carrots, potatoes, beets, fresh orange, biscuit

(Menu is subject to change)

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

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