SARAH HOWARD: Seniors learn new skills with computer classes

By SARAH HOWARD
Senior Center Executive Director

Happy Saturday Manistee County. Another busy week, and always something new and interesting happening at the Senior Center. We have been so lucky to have so many seniors that come in and enjoy their time with us.

I have to give a big shout out to Connie and her staff at Meals on Wheels for working so hard on the wonderful, delicious salad bar. I know Connie has really gone above and beyond to bring this great addition to the Senior Center. If you haven’t tried it yet, stop down and give it a try.

Everyone seemed to have another great week at the Senior Center. I was in the office most of Monday, but out of town Tuesday and part of Wednesday for a class and then a brutal test. I really give everyone who is studying and learning new things great respect. I was never an extra smart person, but I never felt so out of place. I was definitely intimidated and a tad overwhelmed. I won’t know if I passed until next week. Please think good thoughts. I could really use them.

Linda Theisen meets with seniors at 10 a.m on Mondays to help them gain better computer skills.  (Courtesy photo)

Linda Theisen meets with seniors at 10 a.m on Mondays to help them gain better computer skills. (Courtesy photo)

Monday, we had a large computer class with Linda Theisen. She is doing a great job. If you like a little more structure, this class would work well for you. Thanks, Linda, for volunteering your time and your talents. We also had Dr. Gould from Reimer Eye Center do a wonderful presentation on the aging eye. Everyone who attended really enjoyed this presentation. Thank you Dr. Gould, we hope you return soon.

On Monday evening there was a very nice group who came down to watch “Being Mortal” at the Vogue Theater. Manistee County Council on Aging partnered with Hospice of Michigan to show this special show. I know these are such hard subjects to have discussions about, but I do feel that we need to be honest and talk about them to make it easier on people who are ill and their families. A huge thank you to Heather from Hospice of Michigan and to the Vogue Theater for showing the film.

Wednesday we had Fun Bingo, and Thursday we had computer class with Mike. This group is nice because he will work with you one on one to help solve problems you may be having. Thank you Mike for donating your time and talents for the seniors of Manistee County.

We had Fun Bingo on Wednesday, and Nancy said everyone had a fun time. We also had foot clinic on Wednesday with Mary and Linda. This is a very important program for seniors. Sometimes as we age it is hard to reach your feet and care for them properly. Thanks ladies for bringing this wonderful service to the seniors of Manistee County.

This week we have our big Valentine’s Day party at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Kaleva VFW in Kaleva. I know we have a pretty big crowd signed up to attend but the more the merrier. Give us a call if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, we have the privilege of joining Marian Appicelli and her family as they celebrate her 102nd birthday. They will be at the senior center around 10 a.m. to get set up. Please come join in the fun. How amazing it must be to know you have lived over 100 years. All the changes she must have witnessed.

Thursday we are starting a new program. Once a month we’re going to have lunch with one of our city council members. This month Mark Wittlieff will be joining us. It should be an interesting time. If you have questions you would like to ask our city council members, be sure to come join us for lunch

We are still looking for a group to go have fun at an Old Fashioned Sleepover at the beautiful Little Eden Camp in Onekama. We stay right in the main lodge, play games watch movies, eat delicious meals that their chef prepares and enjoy each other’s company. If this sounds like something you would like to do, give us a call for more information.

We have been discussing some of the fun and interesting things that are always going on at the Senior Center, and I have been thinking about all of the things that we will be able to accomplish in a larger building and all of the things we have accomplished in our current building.

I have such fond memories of the past four years; from the great people, the fun adventures, how silly I am when I am around everyone and how all of you have stepped out of your comfort zones for me. You have made me appreciate things in life that I forgot about and made me realize all of the things that I already had. I want to thank all of you, the people who are here and the ones that are here in spirit, my life has changed for the better since I stepped into the Senior Center.

Remember this Monday, there will be no morning computer class, but they will start back up again on Feb. 20.

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day! And remember to try something new!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be here to entertain at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 23.

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

There will be an AARP Safe Driving class held at the Senior Center o n April 27 and 28. Please call to register. Space will be limited.

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 Feb. 17.

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. 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. Next clinic will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

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 March 6  Please note the new time.

PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinsons 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 PLUS OTHER EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES

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 and at 11 a.m. Monday 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. Tai Chi (on DVD) group meets at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center. Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons (on DVD) is held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Center

SENIOR TAX PREPARATION

Once again, there are volunteers who will be doing tax preparation for the seniors of Manistee County here at the Senior Center. Due to an unfortunate delay, we will not be making appointments until after Feb. 28. NO appointments will be made before that date.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m. Exercise

· 10 a.m. Computer class is cancelled

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· Noon meal

· 6 p.m. Pinochle

Tuesday

· 11 a.m Valentine’s Day party (Kaleva VFW)

· Noon meal

Wednesday

· 9 a.m. Exercise

· 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 11 a.m. Fun bingo

· 11 a.m. Marian Appicelli’s 102 birthday party

· February birthdays

· Noon meal

· 2:30 p.m. Tai Chi

Thursday

· 10 a.m. Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m. Eyeglass clinic

· 11 a.m. Social hour/Lunch with a Commissioner

· Noon meal

· 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

· National pancake day

· Noon meal

· 2:30 p.m. Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK OF Feb 13-17

Monday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, peaches, roll

Tuesday: Corn chowder soup, round bologna sandwich, coleslaw, mixed fruit

Wednesday: Beef stew, potatoes & carrots, peas, cauliflower, brownie, biscuit

Thursday: Sweet & sour chicken, scalloped potatoes, Scandinavian vegetable, mandarin oranges, roll

Friday: Beef pepper steak, au gratin potatoes, Normandy vegetable, pineapple chunks, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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