Activities abound at the Manistee County Senior Center

By SARAH HOWARD

Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Happy weekend! There has been so much going on lately at the Senior Center. I should let you know there have been so many people that have been coming in and enjoying our fun and interesting activities.

I am so excited to share with you that we are going to have a wonderful Harvest Dance at the beautiful Ramsdell ballroom on Oct. 31. We will have a delicious meal prepared by Jerry Zupin and his catering staff and great music by Butch Baker and the Just 4 Fun Boys. I hope you can attend this fabulous afternoon of fun, friends and surprises.

I am looking for a few brave souls to go to the Ghost Ship with me on Oct. 20. If you think you can handle all of the walking, screams, bugs, monsters, and blood and guts, give me a call to sign up. When I was very little my dad always jumped out and scared us or threw cold water over the shower curtain or told us really scary stories. I hated it, but when I had kids, I did the same thing to them. Now with the grandkids, I am really trying to behave and not scare them, but I am always tempted.

This week Nancy took a great group for a color tour and some delicious pie at the Lenz’s Country Side. Everyone said they really enjoyed themselves and the pie was out of this world. I had Nancy bring me a piece of coconut cream pie which was better than any pie I have ever had. We celebrated Tuesday with the 3Ds, Don Pelarski, Dave O’Brien and Bob Veine. Our Toe Tapping Tuesday’s are always a fun time. The guys are so entertaining and we love all of the music. Thanks guys for all you do for the seniors in Manistee County.

Wednesday, we had a celebrity Bingo caller, Tina Bowers from Living Solutions Centers. It was nice. She called really loud and I didn’t hear as many people saying, “what did she say?” Thank you, Tina, we really appreciate you taking your time to spend it with the seniors.

Thursday was Paint the Town Pink and we handed out some beautiful pins that were made by our friend Beverly Bennett. Unfortunately, Beverly just passed away a couple of weeks ago, so everyone who got one of the pins will remember her forever.

Friday, we had Lynda Beaton in as our celebrity Produce Bingo caller. This is always such a fun time. Fresh fruits and veggies that get to go home with all of the seniors.

I also had a group go to South American Sounds at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts Friday night. This was a really fun time. I can’t get over what great entertainment Xavier has coming to Manistee County.

I want to give Paula Barton a big shout out for a huge accomplishment. Paula became certified to teach Tai Chi for the Senior Center through Dr. Paul Lam’s program. Paula runs several of our exercise programs and really encourages all of our seniors to get involved. I love the fact that we have seniors from 60 to 98 involved in our classes. The nice thing about these classes is that they can be done sitting or standing and it is nice to include everyone. So, thank you Paula, you are a wonderful example of a true volunteer.

Check out the schedule for next week to see if there is anything you might like to participate in. I am still looking for some seniors that may want to do Trivia Night on Wednesday evenings at the Fillmore.

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 Oct. 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. Income requirements apply. New clients must fill out registration form. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.

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 Nov. 6.

SENIORS VISITING SENIORS

We are seeking volunteers for the Seniors Visiting Seniors program. Volunteers will visit homebound seniors in Manistee County. Please call the Senior Center for more information.

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.

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 & 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 & Get Fit held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (just before lunch) at the Farr Center in Onekama, and at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. The 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 Mondays and Wednesdays at the Senior Center. The 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 at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Marilla meal site, after lunch.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 10: Beltone will be conducting a hearing aid cleaning and screening at the Senior Center. Please call for an appointment (231) 723-6477.

Oct. 17: Mystery Trip. Be sure to get signed up. Please note the date change.

Oct. 20: Blood pressure clinic at 10 a.m.

Oct. 22: Senior Potluck. Bring a dish to pass. Dinner is at 1 p.m.

Oct. 23: Police Talk with John O’Hagan. Join us at 12:30 p.m. for this informative session.

Oct. 26: Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be entertaining us.

Oct. 31: We will be holding a dinner dance at the Ramsdell ballroom. Jerry Zupin will be catering and Butch Baker & the Just 4 Fun band will be playing. Tickets are available for purchase at the Senior Center.

Nov. 11: Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 15: The annual Jingle Bell Ball. Watch for more details.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Computer class

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Bridge

· 1 p.m., Beltone

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit (Bear Lake)

· 10 a.m., Walk (Marilla)

· 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

Friday

· 10 a.m., Mystery Trip moved to Oct. 17

· 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit (Bear Lake)

· 10 a.m., Indoor walking (Marilla)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Oct. 9-13

Monday: Homemade chicken noodle soup, egg salad sandwich, coleslaw, diced pears

Tuesday: Spanish rice, wax beans, broccoli, mandarin oranges, roll

Wednesday: Creamy beef pasta, sliced carrots, sliced zucchini, pineapple chunks, roll

Thursday: Pork adobo, rice pilaf, Asian vegetable, corn, applesauce, roll

Friday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, peaches, roll

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

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