HOWARD: Try something new at the Senior Center

Bob and Dawn, along with a full house of seniors, enjoy the fun and festivities at a previous year's Valentine's Day party. (Courtesy photo)

Bob and Dawn, along with a full house of seniors, enjoy the fun and festivities at a previous year’s Valentine’s Day party. (Courtesy photo)

Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend. I know summer is still a few months away, but to make it seem closer, I just booked the annual Tigers trip.

We will be heading down to Comerica Park on June 14 to see the Detroit Tigers vs. the Minnesota Twins. This is always such a fun time. I love listening to everyone talk about their Tigers and their players on the bus. If this sounds like something you would like to do this summer, give us a call and sign up for this fun trip. Last year we filled the bus and had a lot of fun. You never know, this may be the year the Tigers go all the way.

I was asked to get a team of three together to be celebrity bartenders for the Snowshoe Stampede. Our Senior Center team consists of me, Nancy and Jo, so you know we will be having a great time. You never know about either of these girls. They seem to always surprise me when it comes to having fun. I am going to need everyone to come out and support our team. The group of bartenders that gets the most money in their tip jars has bragging rights for the year.

Manistee County has a very large senior population and I am hoping you stop by and participate in this worthwhile event. The money from this event stays in Manistee and Mason counties to help people with expenses incurred while they are fighting for their lives. Watch for all of the events that will be going on at the VFW on Feb. 3. You don’t have to snowshoe to be a part of this great day. There will be a silent auction, food, chili cook-off, corn hole, kids games and much more.

This week there are no meals on Monday. Meals on Wheels will be closed for the holiday. Tuesday, we have the Learning Kitchen in the afternoon. Wednesday we have Fun Bingo in the morning and, in the afternoon, Sweatin’ to the Oldies. Thursday morning there is Sit & Get Fit and, in the afternoon, Tai Chi with Paula at the marina across the street. I hope you can find something that looks interesting to you. Check the list in the paper or pick up one of our newsletters for all of the activities and programs.

This week we had lots of things going on. Monday we had a lot of exercise happening. Tuesday was Toe Tapping Tuesday with the guys, which is always a great time. We also had Michael Herring, the attorney, in seeing seniors and helping most of the day.

Wednesday, was fun bingo, the foot clinic, Tai Chi and Sweatin’ to the Oldies; a lot going on but somehow it works. We had people in every room of the building doing something. It is just nice to see and hear everyone enjoying themselves. This is really a great place to be, so if you are ever on the west end of River Street, please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and join in.

We are getting ready for our Valentine’s Day party. We decided to take this one out to Kaleva and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the VFW. They have been wonderful to let us use their facility for a couple of events. If you don’t want to drive to Kaleva, we will have a bus from the Senior Center and one from Wellston to get you there. Watch for the date, we’ll have it set soon. We will have a delicious meal, some great music and some fun surprises. So give us a call or stop by to sign up.

We are also working on a “Fun Time at Rosie’s Place” in February. Mike has been gracious enough to let us have a pizza and karaoke party at Rosie’s. If you haven’t been to Rosie’s you have been missing some delicious food, and a great place to just enjoy and visit. We are trying to find some fun things to do during the next couple of months so we all don’t get stir crazy. Come and join in the fun and try something new this month.

I hope you enjoy your week and give something new a try!


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.

Monday’s computer and cell phone help at the Senior Center will be by appointment only for the winter. Please call Linda at (231) 299-1552 and she will make appointments.


Jan. 16: The Learning Kitchen cooking class begins at 1 p.m.

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

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

Jan. 18: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the City Marina building.

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

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

Feb. 2: Produce bingo at 11 a.m.



· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· No lunch, (Meals on Wheels closed)

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· January birthdays

· 11 a.m., Fun Bingo

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

· 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

· 11 a.m., Eyeglass clinic

· Noon, Meal

· 12:30 p.m., Drum circle

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


· 9 a.m., Senior food bank

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Jan. 15-19

Monday: Meals on Wheels closed

Tuesday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, tapioca pudding, roll

Wednesday: BBQ pork sandwich, tater tots, baked beans, pears

Thursday: Sweet and sour chicken, garden rice, scandinavian veggies, tropical fruit, roll

Friday: Chili, ground bologna sandwich, coleslaw, fruit cocktail

(Menu is subject to change)

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