Senior Center weathers the cold, looks forward to active week

On Friday seniors had the opportunity to watch the Inauguration at the Senior Center. (Courtesy photo)

On Friday seniors had the opportunity to watch the Inauguration at the Senior Center. (Courtesy photo)

Hello, I hope you’re having a great Saturday, Manistee County.

We had another strange week with a couple of snow days again. They really mess up our fun. Remember, when the public schools are closed due to bad weather, the Meals on Wheels program is also closed. The Senior Center offices open at 10 a.m., but activities and programs are cancelled because we don’t want to encourage people to be on the roads. You can always stop in if you are out later in the day for some coffee and conversation.

On Monday, our Meet & Greet was fantastic! We had a great crowd and so many good questions. I have heard from so many people how informative they felt the presentation by Bob Daniels was. If you couldn’t make it to this last presentation, we will be having another one at 1 p.m. on March 6. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, several of the board members and I took a road trip to see a beautiful senior center in Rochester. Wow, did we ever get some great ideas from their executive director, Renee. They have a lot more building than we will have, but they planned it beautifully. They have several activity and program classrooms like we are planning on having in Manistee. It was nice that Renee took so much time with us and shared so much great information. We had so many questions about flooring, lighting, appliances, pickleball courts, wood shops and so much more. This was such a productive visit. I think Manistee County seniors will be thrilled with this new senior center and everyone in the county will love this project.

This week we have some really interesting and helpful programs. Monday morning we have Tracy Urban from the health department coming in to discuss seniors and STDs. It is amazing how many seniors don’t realize that because they are older you still need to protect yourself.

Monday afternoon we have Police Talk with Sheriff John O’Hagan. I hope you come in and listen to what he will be discussing this month. It is always very interesting.

Tuesday we have our Toe Tapping and a great group of guys who come and entertain us. This is such a wonderful time. I love so much of their music. If I am in my office working I definitely am tapping my toes. At 1 p.m., we will start our First Annual Eugene Erlandson Puzzle Contest. There are four teams signed up. We’ll let you know next week what team won.

Thursday we have Carrie Selbee. What a fun time this is. If you like some good old bebopping music, come down and enjoy a great time.

Don’t forget to get signed up for the fun Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 14. I think you will have a great time. We have a delicious meal being catered by Kaleva Meats and some wonderful fun music by Fuzzy Bear and the band. The party is in Kaleva at the VFW, so put on your dancing shoes and be ready to party.

I hope you have a wonderful week and remember to try something new.

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 on Jan. 20.

MEDICARE MEDICAID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MMAP)

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 or 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. As of Jan. 1, income requirements apply. 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. The next clinic will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP

There is a diabetic support group that meets at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6. Please note the new time.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinson’s support group that meets the third Thursday of every month (no meeting in January and February) at the West Shore Medical Education Center, Room #1. For more information call Jeanne Lewis at (231) 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson at (231) 690-5048.

MATTER OF BALANCE

The next Matter of Balance class is scheduled to begin April 6. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 to sign up. 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. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit held 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.

AARP TAXES

Once again, the volunteers from AARP will be doing tax preparation for the seniors of Manistee County here at the Senior Center. We will begin making appointments on Feb. 1. No appointments will be made before that date.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, is the “Sweating to the Oldies” exercise program. The group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jan. 23, Tracy Urban from District Health Department #10 will present a program at 11 a.m., “Seniors and STDs.” Be sure to sign up for this informative program.

Jan. 23 is Police Talk with John O’Hagan. He will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 is Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds

Jan. 24 is the first Annual Eugene Erlandson Puzzle Contest. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

Jan. 26 Carrie Selbee and band will be here to entertain at 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 6 Dr. Steven Gould from Riemer Eye Center will deliver a presentation on “The Aging Eye.”

At 1 p.m. on March 6 there will be a “Meet and Greet” at the Senior Center. All seniors are invited to come and get involved. We want to know what you think about the proposed Senior Village project.

April 27 and 28, there will be an AARP Safe Driving class held at the Senior Center. Please call (231) 723-6477 to register. Space will be limited.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Seniors and STDs with DHD# 10

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 12:30 p.m., Police talk

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit in Wellston

· 11 a.m., Toe Tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Puzzle contest

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· 11:30 a.m., Carrie Selbee

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Computer class

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Friday

· 10 a.m., Sit/Get fit Bear Lake

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Jan. 23-27

Monday: Beef stroganoff over noodles, fresh red cabbage, brussels sprouts, pineapple tidbits, roll

Tuesday: Glazed baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, peaches, roll

Wednesday: Sweet & sour meatballs, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh beets, applesauce, roll

Thursday: BBQ chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, succotash, cinnamon streusel coffee cake, roll

Friday: Salisbury steak, augratin potatoes, fresh squash, fruit cocktail, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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