Activities abound at the Manistee County Senior Center

Hello Manistee County, it’s Monday morning and I am working on my article. Today is Presidents Day and there were no meals today. The Senior Center is open, but it is pretty quiet, so I thought I would get started on the article.

I am so lucky to have both of my parents still here. They are both 82 and, boy, things are really changing. I was on the phone today with my sister about our dad who is having some heart issues. His doctors are trying to figure out how to treat his problems because he also has several other problems. If you do this, it’s going to affect that, if we do this then this might happen. Everything is scary.

My mom fell last week and was on the floor for two hours because she couldn’t get up. I work at the Senior Center and I am really confident with my suggestions when it comes to everyone else, but when it comes to my own parents, I’m not so confident. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I don’t know how to deal with this fear of something happening to my mom or dad; two special people that brought me into the world and loved and cared for me unconditionally, and would still give their life for me. I keep thinking they both have a good 10 to 15 years left to spend with us, but I am not that sure anymore. Any words of encouragement are always appreciated.

This week Monday, our income tax program is going on and I can tell you the volunteers who give their time and talents to help so many seniors get their taxes done are amazing.

Monday we also have Police Talk with Sheriff John O’Hagan. He will be presenting his program at the city marina building, across the street. Come in and see what John discusses this month.

Wednesday is National Floral Design Day and we have Rose from Gloria’s Floral Garden opening up her shop so some seniors can go and learn how to design a beautiful vase of flowers. There still may be some room if you want to give this fun afternoon a try. Thursday, more taxes and Tai Chi, and on Friday we have Produce Bingo. I hope you can find something that looks interesting to you.

I have everything set up and ready to go for our yearly Detroit Tigers trip. We are going on June 14 to the beautiful Comerica Park to root on our beloved Tigers. I hope that if you love the Tigers as much as I do, you will call to reserve your seats. They are going pretty fast. Last year we had a great time. It is a one-day trip. We charter a huge bus and have a lot of fun.

We still have seats available on our first Mystery Trip of the year which is March 27. This will be a fun and interesting trip. So, I hope you will try something new and take a chance this month.

Last week was very weird, like I said Monday was very quiet because of the holiday. Tuesday schools were closed so no Meals on Wheels and all of our activities were canceled. Wednesday, Crista Norman, the new volunteer coordinator for Munson Hospice came in and talked to us before bingo and after bingo we celebrated February birthdays.

Thursday, we had taxes, Sit & Get Fit and we had about 40 people Runaway to Rosie’s with us for some delicious pizza and fun karaoke. On Friday we had a very informative presentation on Dementia and Family Dynamics with Mike Senters from the Manistee County Medical Care. Mike did a great job; there is so much to know when it comes to dementia.

Something I forgot to mention, our monthly potlucks are starting in March. This is always a fun time to visit and eat some delicious homecooked food.

I hope you have a super week and remember to 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.


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 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.


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 5 at the city marina building.


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 non-perishable foods for the senior food bank. These donations are always appreciated. Please contact the senior center at (231) 723-6477.


The Senior Center has a team for this year’s Senior Odyssey. Senior Odyssey encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in creative ways to keep their minds active and engaged. Working together with their peers, it provides an opportunity for seniors to utilize their minds and spirits by immersing older adults in creative problem solving with others. Participants tap into their personal wealth of knowledge and life experience, and share with their team members their ideas to solve creative problems. The next Odyssey meeting will be held at the Senior Center at 3 p.m. on Feb. 20. Call for more information.


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 from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit & Get Fit held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday 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. 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. Inside walking group meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Marilla meal site. A new seated Tai Chi class will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at the city marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, and available for a fee for all others.


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 mealsite, 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. She will make appointments.


The Monday night pinochle group is looking for more players. If you would like to play pinochle, come to the Senior Center by 5:45 p.m. on Monday night.


Feb. 26: Police Talk with John O’Hagan at 12:30 p.m. This will be held at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

Feb. 27: The last Learning Kitchen cooking class begins at 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Senior Odyssey meeting at 3 p.m.

Feb. 28: We will be holding a floral design class at Gloria’s Floral Garden at 1 p.m. Call the Senior Center to sign up.

March 1: Sit and Get Fit will be held at 10 a.m. at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

March 1: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city Marina building.

March 27: The first Mystery Trip of the year. Be sure to call and get signed up to go.



· 9 a.m., Exercise (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· No lunch

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies (at the marina building)

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen

· 1 p.m., Floral Design class

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

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


· 10 a.m., Blood pressure clinic

· 11 a.m., Produce Bingo

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Feb. 26 to March 2

Monday: Beef enchilada, Spanish rice, corn, tropical fruit

Tuesday: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, creamy yellow beans, applesauce, roll

Wednesday: BBQ chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, chocolate pudding, roll

Thursday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, fresh petite carrots, pineapple chunks, roll

Friday: Fish sandwich, tater tots, coleslaw, peaches

(Menu is subject to change)

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