HOWARD: Try something new at the Senior Center

Monday is another round of karaoke with Jill. Vicki and Carol got up the nerve and found out how much fun it could be when Jill visited us in December. (Courtesy photo)

Monday is another round of karaoke with Jill. Vicki and Carol got up the nerve and found out how much fun it could be when Jill visited us in December. (Courtesy photo)

Hello Manistee County! I hope you are having a great weekend and have been staying warm.

When I was younger you would have found me out skating, exploring the frozen lakes on cross country skis or even downhill skiing at Crystal Mountain. I can’t believe how much I complain about the weather now. I can remember as a kid (14) going outside with my brother Billy who is two years younger than me. We would wait till dusk so none of my friends saw me and we would bundle up and make forts in the snow for hours.

Now I find myself trying to stay warm with blankets in front of the TV. I am wondering if my blood has gotten thinner with age or did my tolerance to the cold just change? It makes me sad. I would love to be outside playing in the snow with my grandkids, but it is just too cold.

January brings a new beginning for many things. We have been working on some fun gatherings for the new year. I am always excited to have new things to look forward to and it is fun to plan. If you have a knack for planning events, give me a call if you want to help this year.

We had another snow day Friday, so there was no Produce Bingo. But don’t worry, we’re just going to move it to Monday, at 11 a.m. We have got a lot of beautiful produce to give away, so come Monday for our world famous Produce Bingo. It is going to be a day filled with fun. Bingo, a delicious lunch and, at 12:15 p.m., Jill Hunter will be back for karaoke. We’re going to have a wonderful time.

We also have Toe Tapping on Tuesday which is always fun. Come on in and show the guys some love, listen to some great music, or come take a few turns on the dance floor.

We start a new program on Tuesday afternoon, The Learning Kitchen. This program is sponsored by the District Health Dept. #10 and LiveWell Manistee, and it is funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Holly Joseph will be teaching the classes. There will be six lessons including hands on cooking and nutrition education activities. Come and start the new year right. Learn some new ways to cook healthier.

Wednesday, we have our “Losing it” weigh in at the Senior Center right before Fun Bingo. Unfortunately, I will need to take off my shoes and socks for this weigh in.

Thursday, we have our Sit & Get Fit program in the morning at the Senior Center and then at 1 p.m., we have Tai Chi with Paula at the city marina building across the street. If you want a great way to relax and take control of your own health give this program a try.

There is so much, as seniors, we can get involved in. I want to encourage you to get involved in something in your community. I never realized all of the opportunities we have to be a part of our own neighborhoods. I read in the paper about all of the board openings throughout the entire county and think that would be interesting. I know the Vouge Theater, hospital, the Ramsdell Center for the Arts, the Armory Youth Project, the senior center, the school systems, Meals on Wheels, all of the service organizations (Love, INC., Salvation Army, United Way, etc.), churches and many, many more are always looking for great volunteers.

I know a lot of us are still working and have so many obligations in life, but if you have a couple of hours a week, why not give back to your community? This year I am going to find something I can do at one of the places I mentioned. I think it would be fun to find something my husband and I would both enjoy to be able to give back.

The Senior Center lost another great person last week. Not only was he someone who came in every day and had lunch, but he was a very special man. He was a WWII paratrooper who was fighting in Papua, New Guinea at the age of 18. He shared so many interesting stories and he was so proud to be with the Army Airborne. When I first started at the Senior Center he seemed a little set in his ways, but with a little getting to know him and finding some common ground, I found he was the sweetest man. He was the grandpa I no longer had. He would worry about me and he always asked about my son, who was up north, one of his favorite places in the world except next to the love of his life, Pam. Duane took great care of himself. He exercised every day and I remember when he was 90 I saw him trip over the leg of a chair and he tucked, rolled and jumped back up without using his hands. He was in better shape than most teenagers I know. Duane, we will all miss you, but you’re home, fly fishing with your dad and your son, and your mom is cooking the fish over a big fire, and you and your Pam are enjoying being together again.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and remember to try something new!


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 Jan. 19. Please remember, there will be no food bank in December.


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.


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.


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


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 Jan. 8.


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.


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


The MCCOA is asking local businesses and individuals for donations of items to be used as prizes for the upcoming Jingle Bell Ball, the annual Christmas party for our seniors. Donations of non-perishable foods for the senior food bank are always appreciated. Please contact the senior center at (231) 723-6477.


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.


The MCCOA has started a Sit & Get Fit exercise program in the Bear Lake Area. They meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. and Monday at 11 a.m. at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit held on Monday & Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. (just before lunch) at the Farr Center in Onekama, and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. Tai Chi (on DVD) group meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons (on DVD) is held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Inside walking group meets Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Marilla meal site. A new seated Tai Chi class will meet Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. at the city Marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, there is a charge for others.


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


Jan. 8: Produce bingo at 11 a.m.

Jan. 8: Karaoke with Jill Hunter at 12:15 p.m.

Jan. 9: The Learning Kitchen cooking class begins at 1 p.m.

Jan. 11: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city marina building

Jan. 17: Karaoke with Jill Hunter at 12:15 p.m.

Jan. 18: Drum Circle at 12:30 p.m.

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

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



· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 11 a.m., Produce Bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 12:15 p.m., Karaoke with Jill Hunter

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Toe Tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 10:30 a.m., Foot clinic

· 11 a.m., Fun Bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Seated Tai Chi (marina building)


· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Jan. 8-12

Monday: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll

Tuesday: Beef vegetable soup, egg salad sandwich, coleslaw, pears

Wednesday: Sausage and gravy, mashed potatoes, scalloped tomatoes, pineapple tidbits, biscuit

Thursday: Stew brusnwick, tossed salad, roasted zucchini, blueberry crisp, roll

Friday: Turkey, mashed potatoes, broccoli, raspberry sherbet, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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