HOWARD: A lot going on at Manistee County’s Senior Center

The Senior Center holds another craft day with Pat and Kathy. Participants made sun catchers and stenciled flower pots. (Courtesy photo)

The Senior Center holds another craft day with Pat and Kathy. Participants made sun catchers and stenciled flower pots. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD

Hello Manistee! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. The weather has been just beautiful and, yes, even I plan on doing something outdoors. Maybe a little painting.

There has been a lot going on at the Senior Center this week. I don’t think it will ever be quiet and calm ever again. Everyone has been working to keep the programs and activities moving along.

We had Toe Tapping Tuesday with the guys, and, boy, do they have a great following of fans. This place was really hopping and a-bopping on Tuesday.

Wednesday we had Fun Bingo, Tai Chi and Sweatin’ to the Oldies, plus, Linda and Mary were at the Senior Center doing a lot of foot care.

Thursday is still a blur. We had several exercise programs throughout the day, then the newest program started: Citizens Academy. We had a big group signed up for this one. This is a class that is offered to citizens around Michigan by the Michigan State Police. It is eight weeks long, one day a week with an hour and a half commitment. If you think this sounds interesting, give us a call to sign up for the next classes.

Friday we had food bank. It was another huge crowd. On average we have been serving about 150 seniors per month, plus we get quite a few that need emergency help throughout each month. It is a difficult time for seniors; with the cost of medications, utilities, housing and food, people still have to choose what to do first.

Sunday, we have our monthly potluck at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. Please bring a dish to pass and come share in some great fun, great food and great fellowship.

Monday, Sheriff John O’Hagan will be in for Police Talk. Come in and see what John will share with everyone. You never know who he may bring in or what interesting subject he may discuss.

Tuesday is our first Mystery Trip of the year. I think everyone will enjoy what we have planned for this trip. I will share what we did next week.

Thursday we have Carrie Selbee in with Roger Tarczon playing some great music. Come in and enjoy some fun great music!

Don’t forget that MCCOA are the recipients of the Meijer Simply Give program until June 18. When shopping at Meijer, you can tell the cashier that you would like to donate to the Senior Center and they will take care of you. This is a great program. The money that is donated is put on Meijer food cards so we can purchase food for MCCOA’s food bank.

I will keep everyone up on the fun at the Senior Center. I hope everyone has a great week. 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 June 16.

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. Income requirements apply. New clients must fill out registration form. 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 June 2.

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 June 5. 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 in August. 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 AND 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. on Mondays at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit held at 10:45 a.m. (just before lunch) on Monday and Wednesdays at the Farr Center in Onekama, and 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. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Senior Center (note the time change.) Yoga and chair yoga classes are at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Senior Center. Inside walking group meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Marilla meal site.

COMPUTER/CELLPHONE INSTRUCTIONS

Linda Theisen will be offering computer/cell phone help the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. at the Marilla meal site, after lunch.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 22: Police Talk with John O’Hagan is at 12:30 p.m.

May 21: The Senior potluck at the Senior Center. Dinner starts at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to pass.

May 23: The first Mystery Trip for the year. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. The trip must be paid for at sign up.

May 25: Red Nose Day. Get your red nose and come in for a fun day.

May 25: Susan Morris will be conducting another “Bob Ross style” painting class. The class is full, so be sure to call (231) 723-6477 to register for the next class on June 14.

May 25: Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be entertaining us.

May 30: Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Johnny O in Wellston at the Norman Township Community Center. Please call to reserve your spot.

June 1: Citizens’ Academy with the Michigan State Police is at 12:30 p.m. Call the Senior Center to sign up.

June 2: Blood pressure clinic is at 10 a.m.

June 5: Diabetic Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center.

June 10: Diane Devereaux, the Canning Diva, returns to the Senior Center for a canning workshop/make and take at 10 a.m. Please call (231) 723-6477 to reserve your spot. This event is free and open to the public.

June 26: Forest Festival Kickoff party at the Stronach Township hall. Call the Senior Center for more information or to sign up.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Computer class

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 12:30 p.m., Police Talk

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 10 a.m., Mystery trip

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit in Wellston

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Bridge

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 10 a.m., Walk in Marilla

· 10 a.m., Computer class

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· Eyeglass clinic

· 1 p.m., Computer class

· 1 p.m., Painting class

· 2 p.m., Matter of Balance

Friday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit in Bear Lake

· 10 a.m., Indoor walking in Marilla

· Noon, Lunch

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Yoga

MENU FOR WEEK of   May 22-26

Monday: BBQ chicken, real mashed potatoes, Scandinavian vegetables, banana, roll

Tuesday: Turkey vegetable pie, tossed salad, chilled cucumbers, watermelon, roll

Wednesday: Jeweled pork loin with apricots and plums, sweet potatoes, corn o’brien, applesauce, roll

Thursday: Swiss steak with peppers and tomatoes, roasted zucchini, jello with mandarin oranges

Friday: Corn and potato chowder, chicken salad pita pocket, carrot salad, princess bars.

(Menu is subject to change) (Salad bar also available Monday through Friday)

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