SARAH HOWARD: Seniors participate in final mystery trip of year

Thursday was the Senior Center's final Mystery Trip for the year. The trip to Cadillac was a perfect day for the Sound Garden. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday was the Senior Center’s final Mystery Trip for the year. The trip to Cadillac was a perfect day for the Sound Garden. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD
Senior Center Director

Wow, what a crazy week! There is so much going on, and I don’t know how we squeeze it all in.

I really need to say thank you to the great staff at the Senior Center. I have such a great team. They pitch in and do such a great job keeping everything moving. Thank you Molly, Jeanne, Nancy, Jo and Faye; without you, we wouldn’t be able to do all that we do for the older adults of our county.

Recently, I was at the MDSA conference, which was a gathering of about 50 directors of senior centers and councils and commissions on aging. So, I will be working on some new ideas in the next couple of months. It was so interesting listening to all of the directors discuss their centers, and what they do in their counties. I am always looking to bring more programs, activities and services to our area. I have some great ideas and will be working on some of them in the coming months.

Monday Maggie Hardy from the Alzheimer’s Association came in and spoke about “knowing the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s.” It was a very good presentation. I know it is hard to hear difficult information, but sometimes it helps you with someone you love.

Tuesday we had the 3Ds in playing some great music. I love to hear everyone having a good time. It is so important to be able to socialize and enjoy some wonderful music.

Wednesday we had our Fun Bingo which was a great time. We had a celebrity bingo caller, Gary Schlinkert from West Shore Bank. Gary was a big hit. Not only did he do a great job calling bingo, he brought some delicious cookies in, and he did some fun drawings. Everyone is looking forward to Gary coming back to do something else with all of us. Thank you Gary, we really appreciate you spending time at the Senior Center.

We also celebrated October birthdays on Wednesday with a beautiful fall cake, which was donated by Meijer. Thank you Ken, Sue and all of the Meijer team, for everything you do for the older adults in Manistee County.

On Thursday we had our last Mystery Trip until March. I took 21 people on a great trip east. We started with a tour of the Sweet Shop in Cadillac. We watched them make some of the most beautiful caramel apples, and we all got to make chocolate suckers. Then we were off to the European Café for a delicious meal, a decadent dessert and a visit with Chef Hermann. Then it was on to Cadillac Wines for a wine tasting, and our final stop was at the Sound Garden. Thank you everyone who tried one of our trips this year. It is always so much fun spending some special time with you.

More than 20 seniors participated in the last Mystery Trip of the year. The group took a tour of the Sweet Shop in Cadillac, and went to the European Cafe, Cadillac Wines and the Sound Garden (pictured). (Courtesy photo)

More than 20 seniors participated in the last Mystery Trip of the year. The group took a tour of the Sweet Shop in Cadillac, and went to the European Cafe, Cadillac Wines and the Sound Garden (pictured). (Courtesy photo)

Friday we had our monthly food bank. I want to thank all of the volunteers who help us with this important program. There are so many older adults that need a little bit of help at different times of their lives. Thank you to everyone who donates to our food bank. I hope you know how important you are to our county.

This week we have a great day planned for Monday. At 10:30 a.m. undersheriff John O’Hagan is coming in for Police Talk. Stop in and see what he is going to share. John really takes the time to plan these visits and all of the older adults really enjoy it. At 12:30 p.m., Derek, the regional supervisor for Hissho Sushi is coming in to talk about sushi. He will be preparing it and sharing what it is all about. Did you know, sushi is one of the most sought after foods for the younger generation? It is a healthy alternative and it is easy to just pick up and go. I can’t wait to get the low-down on sushi. We will also have Ken and Dale from Meijer helping Derek. I don’t know if they will be preparing it, but I bet they will bring something interesting with them.

Wednesday we have a special Celebrity Bingo caller, Heather Volkema from Hospice. She will be doing a presentation at 9:30 a.m. on why Hospice is like Kleenex, bingo will follow. We also have a special anonymous host for bingo this week. We had a wonderful lady bring in the prizes for bingo. Thank you for this wonderful gift, we really appreciate people like you.

I really enjoy Halloween, and I love scary stuff. So, Friday I will be at the Ghost Ship at 7:30 p.m. Just waiting for you to join me in the fun. I can hardly wait!

We are getting ready for the big Barn Dance on Oct. 31 at the Ramsdell Theatre. This is going to be a great time. Everyone is stopping by to get their tickets for this fun day.  Jerry Zupin is catering, Virgil Baker and the Just 4 Fun Band is entertaining and there will be some fun surprises. Please call the Senior Center to reserve your spot. Tickets must be paid for in advance.

Watch for our Senior Newsletter “Senior Moments” for all of the fun that is scheduled for November, if you want to check it out, call us with your address and we will drop one in the mail.

Come in and give the Senior Center a spin, and remember to try something new!

UPCOMING EVENTS… .

Oct. 28 is Senior Fun Day in Copemish at the Cleon Township Hall. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

Nov. 19 is our Fall Craft Show. Call (231) 723-6477 to reserve your table. There is a small fee for a table.

FOOD BANK

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9 -11 a.m. 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 Nov. 18.

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 for payments you have made for 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.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

There will be blood pressure clinics at the Senior Center. Next clinic will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 28.

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 Nov. 7.

PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinsons support group that meets the third Thursday of every month at the West Shore Medical Education Center, Room #1. For more information call Jeanne Lewis (231) 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson (231) 690-5048.

MATTER OF BALANCE

The next Matter of Balance class will be scheduled after the first of the year. Please call the Senior Center at (231)  723-6477 to be put on a waiting list for the next set of classes. Class size is limited.

DONATED ITEMS

The Senior Center has access to adult briefs and pads if you or a loved one are a senior and are in need. Please call the Senior Center to check on availability.

SIT & GET FIT

The MCCOA has started a Sit & Get Fit exercise program in the Bear Lake Area. They meet from 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. The new Sit and Be Fit class will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m. Exercise

· 10:30 a.m. Police Talk

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· noon, lunch

· 12:45 p.m. Sushi demonstration/tasting

· 3:30 p.m. Beginners computer class

· 6 p.m. Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m Sit & get fit

· 10 a.m Sit & get fit in Wellston

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· noon, lunch

Wednesday

· 9 a..m. Exercise

· 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 11:00 a.m. Fun Bingo

· noon, lunch

· 2:30 p.m. Sit & be fit II

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· 11:30 a.m. Carrie Selbee

· 1 p.m. Computer class

· noon, lunch

Friday

· 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 10 a.m.. Senior Fun Day, Copemish

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· No meal served

· 2:30 p.m. Sit & be fit II

MENU FOR WEEK OF Oct. 24-28

Monday: Stuffed peppers, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, bread

Tuesday: Chicken broccoli casserole, sunshine carrots, pears, roll

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes on bun, tater tots, coleslaw, peaches

Thursday: Pork adobo, rice pilaf, Asian veg, corn, applesauce, bread

Friday: Meals on Wheels staff day. No meals served

(Menu is subject to change)

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